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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

WIP it Real Good: Romantic fantasy author Jennifer Ivy Walker + giveaway

My new WIP is a novel about a sullen, solitary, chivalrous knight and his impossible love for a Viking princess who will be forced to marry a man she loathes. As her personal royal guard, he teaches her weaponry and equestrian skills, battling a horde of invading pirates to defend her beloved kingdom like a Valkyrie shield maiden of Nordic lore.

The Viking Princess of Finistère
He loved watching her long red hair billow in the briny wind, sheathed sword strapped at her slender hip, black cloak unfurling like enormous swan wings of a Valkyrie shield maiden. Marivée, her fleet footed gray Andalusian, flew across the heathered moors, the horse’s incredible speed a sheer, thrilling delight to the free spirited, flame haired, fire hearted Gabrielle.

The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven 
Book One
by Jennifer Ivy Walker
September 5, 2022
Genre: Fantasy/Medieval Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
ISBN: 978-1-5092-4568-0 Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5092-4569-7 Digital
Number of pages: 377
Word Count: 111,565
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Mirror, mirror on the lake. Reveal the path the queen will take.

In this dark fairy tale adaptation of a medieval French legend, Issylte must flee the wicked queen, finding shelter with a fairy witch who teaches her the verdant magic of the forest.

Fate leads her to the otherworldly realm of the Lady of the Lake and the Elves of Avalon, where she must choose between her life as a healer or fight to save her ravaged kingdom.

Tristan of Lyonesse is a Knight of the Round Table who must overcome the horrors of his past and defend his king or lose everything. When he becomes a warrior of the Tribe of Dana, a gift of Druidic magic might hold the key he seeks.

Haunted and hunted. Entwined by fate. Can their passion and power prevail?

Excerpt 1 from “The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven”
He opened the brilliant blue eyes that she’d seen in the vision.

As she gazed into them, the earth tilted. Her heart raced; her bearings were lost. In the depths of his eyes, she glimpsed a fountain in a forest. The turquoise waters of the ocean. An underground well encased by sacred stones. She, the forest fairy, was immersed in the blue waters of the warrior’s eyes, the waves emanating from him flowing through her, cleansing her. Beckoning her.

In Tristan’s eyes, Issylte glimpsed a black bird—a sea raven—soaring over an open sea, hovering now before her. A small dove fluttered in her breast, called forth from her soul. White wings unfurled as she took flight, rising into the azure sky alongside the black seabird—-floating together through the diaphanous clouds scattered across the vast ocean.

In the breadth of an instant, Issylte was bound to this warrior, the Blue Knight of Cornwall, as if fate had indeed entwined them. Through the windows of his eyes, she peered into his soul, her own blending with his, as if they were the forest and the ocean, encircled now within the three layers of protective stones, the holy trinity of sacred elements of the Goddess.

About the Author:

Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.

As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had written, "Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête"--an imaginative blend of the medieval French legend of "Tristan et Yseult" and the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast", enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch.

Her debut novel, "The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven"--the first of a trilogy-- is a blend of her love for medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a retelling of the medieval French romance of "Tristan et Yseult", interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande, and otherworldly elements such as Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies and magic.

Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you.

A paranormal romance, dark fantasy adaptation of the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde, blended with Arthurian myth, Druids, Avalonian Elves, magic, and French fairy tales from the enchanted forest of Brocéliande.
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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven sounds like a fantastic medieval fantasy for me to read! I love the cover and the title!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a sunshiny day!