Friday, June 22, 2012

Solstice Fun with Kerry Adrienne

If you're looking for the Hot Summer Nights Blog Hop, it's one post down, or click on that title. Plus, make sure to leave a comment on Kerry's blog because she has a giveaway, too!

I love history, and I love writing about hot men in historical settings. There is something about a primal man—one who hasn’t been “metro’ed.” Of course, I’d still like my primal man to be cleaned and ‘scaped as much as possible, so I do veer from history in that area. I think reading “Clan of the Cave Bear” when I was a teen really impacted me.

When researching Druids for this novella, I found out that we really don’t know a whole lot about them. Not really. Sure, there are lots of people speculating—but most of our Druid sensibilities come from Neo-Druids in the seventeenth and beyond centuries. When you think of Druid, you likely think of these Neo-Druids. The culture is quite romantic.

For Druid, Mine, I took the fun parts from the Neo-Druid movement and ran with them. I love the idea of a central hearth and firepit. I love the back-to-nature aspects and being in tune with the astronomical events around us.

Druid, Mine takes place on Summer Solstice Eve—a night of magic. Set in Ireland, I also took advantage of the ripe faery culture there. All in all, I really enjoyed writing this novella and am proud that it is in the 1Night Stand series at Decadent.

Druid, Mine is the second in a subseries (the series being the 1Night Stand series), All Mine. The first novella is Senator, Mine (April 2012) and the third is Pharaoh, Mine (fall 2012).

I’d like to offer one commenter a free copy of Druid, Mine. I’ll select the winner on Sunday, June 24 and post here (the winner can then contact me to get the book).


Kerry Adrienne

Druid, Mine blurb:

Anya’s wish for a normal date—away from the old man she is caretaker for—comes true in unexpected ways when she finds herself whisked to an ancient Irish stone circle on solstice eve.

Carrick’s decision to follow the path to become an Ovate druid has not come lightly, and he plans to spend the solstice eve in meditation unless fairies or evil spirits disrupt the circle. When a feisty girl walks right up to the fire, more than sparks fly.

They each seek healing and a connection, but the darkness of summer is short, and once the solstice sun breaks through the circle at dawn, the magic of the night will be over. Even Madame Eve can’t stop the day from rising.

Maybe I’m the first person Madame Eve can’t find a match for. And how was it any better than just picking someone up from one of the dozen bars along the street?
Bile filled her throat. Being caretaker for the old man had filled her days but left her empty inside. I’m lonely. I need this 1Night Stand. She stifled a sob. Crying wouldn’t help anything. She had chosen her path knowing full well what the consequences would be. Maybe she hadn’t foreseen how deeply alone she’d feel, but she’d known what she was getting into, work-wise. She used to be a risk taker, impulsive and willing to try new things. Why was she so willing to settle for security now?
The town’s few buildings rose in shadowed relief in the dusky twilight around the city center like tall stones. Guardians, perhaps. Behind them lay the mountains, the wild unknown. She sat straight and leaned into the faint spray from the fountain. The cool mist spread across the back of her arms. Closing her eyes, she lifted her long hair so the moisture could reach the back of her neck.
Anya dropped her hair.
“Hello?” No one.
“Aine. Let’s go.” The voice floated on drops of water and fell through the air.
“What?” No one was near.
“I’m here.” The voice settled softly like dew on her skin. The air wavered over the fountain and the water slowed.
I only had one beer.
“Come. He awaits.”
For the briefest moment, a golden light eclipsed the edge of Anya’s vision then darkness slid over her.

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Recently, I reviewed Kerry's debut novel Senator Mine for Night Owl Reviews Magazine. Here's a copy:

Senator Mine Review
1Night Stand
Decadent Publishing

New writer Kerry Adrienne tackles one of my favorite short reads with Senator, Mine, a 1Night Stand release from Decadent Publishing. Adrienne draws readers to New Pompeii, Italy, where Eleanor wants to get over her failed relationship. Rather than getting engaged, she’s hooking up for a night of debauchery.

As a senator in ancient Rome, Darius can have his choice of any servant girl in his bed. When Eleanor purchases a ring with a special connection, she’s in for the night of a lifetime.

Senator, Mine features some delicious time travel, and Adrienne’s writing adds a richness to the intriguing tale: “The scent of age hung in the shop. Dust and dirt—once a king’s ransom—and tithes to long-forgotten gods circulated in the cool air.” I definitely look forward to more from this author. 

Available via Decadent Publishing & Amazon.

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  1. Love it. Being of Scottish decent, I love all things Celtic and am fascinated with Druids.

    I picked up Senator Mine after you featured that one, still need to find the time to read it. And now I must have this one too! Louisa, you're killing my wallet, LOL

    Congrats on the new release Kerry!

  2. Raelyn, They are such fun, quick reads. You just need to do it! I plan on reading the new one this weekend while they family is away!

  3. Clan of the Cave Bear is on my TBR pile. Will get to it one day.

    When I think of druids I always imagine old men white long white beards like Getafix from the Asterix comics. I clearly had a sheltered upbringing :)

  4. woot! Raelyn, I am happy to get you a free copy, so please send me your email address and your preferred format. my email is: vail(at) mindspring (dot) com thank you! I hope you enjoy it.