MERLIN'S STRONGHOLD: Faerie Crossed Book Two by Angelica R. Jackson ***Guest Post by Angelica R. Jackson -- Giveaway***

Merlin's Stronghold (Faerie Crossed Book 2)

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 23rd 2018

Just when Avery Flynn thinks she’s gaining some control over her magic, the Border between Faerie and the human world collapses in a catastrophic explosion. With waves of wild magic laying waste to Fae and human territories, the blame falls on Avery and her fiery temper.

Clearing her name will mean staying ahead of the grim Wild Huntsman on her trail, and convincing Merlin, the original embodiment of wild magic, to help before the devastation becomes permanent.

But as allies and enemies alike try to force their own agendas on her, trust does not come easily to Avery. She’ll need to set aside her doubts and accept that she can’t do this alone—before it’s too late for both worlds.

Guest Post by Angelica R. Jackson

For this guest post, I was invited to share something about Merlin, as he is portrayed in my version of Faerie (my Merlin has wild magic). A Compendium of the Faer Folke, a field guide to the Fae, gives a rundown of his origin story:

I like that Merlin is such a complicated character in the legends and myths surrounding him. In the myths of the roundtable, he is a hero at one turn and a villain in another. I definitely wanted to play with that dynamic in my book. We get more of his story in the pages of Merlin’s Stronghold, plus a song.
I wrote an original song for Crow’s Rest, and in the sequel I wrote new lyrics for a traditional song known as The Blacksmith or A Blacksmith Courted Me. There is a popular recording by Steeleye Span with the original lyrics.

But Lonan, the corbin character in my books, claims that the song was originally about his kind and it begins:

Oh, a blackbird courted me, through wind and weather
He fairly won my heart, softly as a feather.
He told me of rare lands, with his tongue so clever
And if I go with my love, I could live forever.

I can’t wait to hear how the narrator for the audiobook interprets the song!

I believe that folklore and music have kept our interest over the centuries because each generation makes something new of the old stories and characters, and I hope that my own twist on them inspires new perspectives on familiar characters.

What is your favorite retelling of a fairy tale or folk tale? Please share in the comments. (I love the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!)

About the Author

In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here.

She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband, a rescued Basset Fauve de Bretagne named Chloe, and a reformed-feral cat in California's Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and pet cuddling too.

Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill sanctuary.

She blogs at Angelic Muse, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Independent Book Publisher's Association, Northern California Publishers and Authors, and the Author's Guild.

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