Merlin’s Stronghold (Faerie Crossed Book 2)
by Angelica R. Jackson
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.
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Crow’s Rest (Faerie Crossed Book 1)
Release Date: May 2018
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.
But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers, and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.
Her quest to find the real Daniel, and get him back, plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.
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The Guest Post
The myths of the Fae or the myths of Merlin
For this guest post, I was invited to share the “myths of the Fae or the myths of Merlin,” which I took to mean the myths about either of those. But, I also thought of a scene in Merlin’s Stronghold, where Avery’s search of an abandoned library turns up a strange volume of tales:
I pulled a book down at random, and was soon lost in a collection of fairy tales I’d never seen before, with titles like “The Thief and the Bottle Spirits,” “The Bonnie Griffons,” “How The Brownie Tricked The Cat,” and so on. Were these written for Fae children? It would explain why the Fae always got the best of the hapless humans in these stories, ha.
The sound of falling books pulled me from “The Dryad and the Woodcutter,” and I glared at Lonan as he bent to pick them up.
“It’s like bookworm Jenga in here,” he said. “Who would want to live like this?”
I scoffed. “If you’re not going to be helpful in here, go make sure Uncle Tam and Nykur are packing the good food. If we leave it up to them, it will all be whiskey and porritch.”
He shuddered. “I’m on it,” he said as he left me in the library.
When I originally wrote this scene, I threw some titles out there and that was it. The only one that had any particular significance was “The Bonnie Griffons,” because we had just adopted a bonded pair of sister-dogs that we thought were the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne breed. (We have since learned they are Basset Fauve instead, but Griffon sounds more fitting for a fairy tale anyway.)
The rest of the titles were just pairs of words, framed like traditional fairy tales titles. But I thought it might be fun to come up with first lines for each of these titles for this post, like this:
The Thief and the Bottle Spirits
There once was a boy who raided a wizard’s collection of bottled Fae, and made the mistake of drinking one.
The Bonnie Griffons
Once again, Sister’s beard was thick with glitter, left over from the tray of pixies she had eaten without sharing a one.
How the Brownie Tricked the Cat
Housecats are known for their vanity, and for their casual bloodthirstiness, but their ability to sleep their lives away is frequently underestimated as a strength.
The Dryad and the Woodcutter
When the love of oakmen wearied her, Dauphine swayed her limbs onto the village green, where she could watch the passing human folk—and mark her next sweet victim.
Thanks for reading! Which tale would you read more of, or do you have a title of your own for a collection of stories that the Fae tell their children?
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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