Can’t get enough Merlin

Merlin stories abound. Seriously! I did a quick bit of research to see if I could find out just about how many Merlin stories there were and just listed on Wikipedia I found 32 movies, 11 video games, 7 musicals, 87 tv shows and many, many books and short stories.

So who is this wizard who enthralls us so?

Well, according to various legends, he was a Welsh boy who went by the name Emrys or Ambrosius (in Latin). His mother was an ordinary woman; his father an incubus (which is how he gets his powers) or a demon. He might have also been the son of  king in Southern Wales (according to Geoffrey of Monmouth. The paradox about Merlin is that even though he was the son of a demon or the devil, he was also a servant of God.

With loads of political intrigue (brothers fighting each other for the throne; a divided country needing unification) the tales of Merlin and his great prophecies abound. He worked tirelessly to see the Great Britain united—eventually under the reign of King Arthur, who Merlin taught and then brought to power.

The wonderful thing about Merlin is the scope for story within the mythology. Today, I’d like to tell you about one such story – Rolf’s Quest, one of the short stories in the new anthology (in which I’ve got a story as well) Love Least Expected.rolf'squest E-01

The anthology is filled with wonderful stories which span all of romance from historical to contemporary, paranormal and non. But this is the one which, I have to say, I love the most.

It tells the tale of a young man (Rolf) who is a descendent of Merlin. In this version of the tale, Merlin has been trapped into a tree by a spurned lover. Cursing him, she determined that Merlin would live in the tree until a descendent of his was able to have a woman fall in love him (the descendent, not Merlin) without the aid of magic. Enter Rolf.

He’s been trained to be a great magician. One day he spies the beautiful Melissa on her way to London to meet the king, Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her father has arranged a marriage for her that can only proceed with the blessing of the royal pair. Rolf knows that Melissa is the woman he is destined to marry and becomes determined to make her fall in love with him and thus break the spell holding his esteemed ancestor prisoner.

The story takes you through the medieval king’s court, the beautiful romance between Henry and Eleanor, parents trying to do the right thing and a nasty villain. The characters are beautifully developed despite the shortness of the story, and by the end when (I don’t think I’m giving anything away here) Melissa does fall in love with Rolf, you begin to wonder whether freeing Merlin is such a good idea after all. But that is a story Aubrey Wynne, the author, will be telling us some time in the future. I can’t wait!!New Cover

To pre-order your copy of Love Least Expected and/or find out more about the stories in it and authors who wrote them click here. And to see the gorgeous book trailer created by Kris Calvert just click here.

Words can be fun!

Wow! I can hardly believe it is January 21st and 2015 is in full throttle. I’m spending most of my time working on my next novel in the Highland Gardens time travel fantasy romance series, Just Wait For Me. I’m what writers call a pantster. I write by the seat of my pants—so to speak. Actually, the term means that I do minimal plotting before jumping in and letting the words flow.

Words can be so much fun. The other day, while doing research, I stumbled across a new-to-me word in the Etymology Online Dictionary. Fern-tickles. I just love the way the word sounds. Fern tickles is from the late fourteenth century and means: freckles, spots or blemishes on the body.

So, I just had to use the word in my book…

Stephen meets Jillian for the first time in Just Wait For Me:

The lass standing before him must be the one of whom Munn spoke. Her garments were strange. Of a type of cloth unknown to him. But it was her face that left him spellbound. Dark lashes graced warm brown eyes specked with gold that made his insides shiver. And the tip of an impish nose sprinkled with fern-tickles—as if the lass was descended from the fae—begged to be kissed. And her lips—

Just Wait For Me

Just Wait For Me

Coming Summer 2015

In the chaotic aftermath of the battle of Flodden, an injured Highland warrior makes a bargain with a twenty-first century lass cast back in time by a meddling, matchmaking faerie. Stephen MacEwen promises that if the lass will help him get home, he’ll find a way to send her forward to her own time. But is that a promise he’ll want to keep after finding love in Jillian O’Donnell’s arms? And after saving Stephen’s life, will Jillian want to go?

~Dawn Marie

Making New Year’s Resolutions? Not me!

Angelina Jolie once said “People say that you’re going the wrong way when it’s simply a way of your own.” and her statement matches my thoughts when people ask me about my New Year’s resolutions.

I don’t make resolutions. Why set myself up to fail? My doctor and my dentist keep my health on course. I work hard to spend our income wisely while striving to save a little money. I work from home so changing jobs will not improve my life. I am a writer. 

I spent over twenty years working in retail. I spent nearly a decade as a well-educated, highly stressed 9-1-1 emergency medical dispatcher. After years as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in a small town, I keep looking for avenues where I can volunteer my services.

The year 2015 is upon us. All I can do is strive to do the best I can. The only ‘resolution’ I might quote to y’all is that I plan to release three full-length books in 2015. I will also visit with bloggers, offer goodies as prizes, and hope that a reader will give back to me by posting a review of one of my many books.

If some of my readers find time to make and follow New Year’s resolutions, do it if doing so makes you happy. Remember, do it FOR YOU.

Here is a recap of the books I have published in 2014:


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See a listing of all my books HERE

Nancy Lee Badger