MERLYN’S RAVEN: My first novel is HERE!

 

Today’s the day!

So, how did this happen? I’m not sure I know myself.

I fell in love with Arthurian legend in high school. My English teacher, Mr. Geier, introduced it to us junior year. We read Mary Stewart’s The Crystal CaveΒ and T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. Those stories were enough to hook me into a universe where knights and ladies and magic permeated every page and kept me engaged from cover to cover. I continued reading Arthurian legend in college and even considered pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in Arthurian literature.

Once I began to study metaphysics, my interest in Celtic mythology, legend, and magic (spelled with a “k,” to define it as the purposeful manipulation of energy) only deepened. I read a great deal of Celtic history and submerged myself in works by John and Caitlin Matthews, who shed light into the very early roots of Arthurian legend and helped me to better understand the underlying esoteric mysteries of the stories. My love for King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Lancelot, and especially Merlin the Magician grew by leaps and bounds as I began to not only enjoy them as characters but understood their intrinsic archetypal energies and how these might be useful insights in my own life and on my spiritual path.

Many of you who regularly read my blog or who have read my metaphysical nonfiction books know that I am a Spiritualist medium, and I work very closely with my spirit guides and teachers. One of them is called Merlin, and he is my master guide, a being who is very interested in helping me along my spiritual path. Is it a coincidence that I have a Merlin who is very prominent and important in my spiritual life, and I have a character in a novel based on that figure from legend? I don’t personally believe in coincidence, but I do believe in energy parallels. It’s not surprising to me that my love of Arthurian literature and my deep connection to these legends became a theme in my first fiction book. I didn’t necessarily plan it that way, but Spirit has a way of leading us to events in our lives that are important and essential to our continued growth. I know that this novel is a reflection of that progress forward in some way, even if I don’t know exactly how.

The Merlin I communicate with on a regular basis is very different from the Merlyn in MERLYN’S RAVEN. In fact, my Merlin thinks it’s quite funny that the Merlyn in the book is the romantic hero, something that is very different from his own reality. But it is still my interest in my Merlin and the many Merlin legends that coaxed this novel into being. The Vita Merlini,Β written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1150, is a lyrical poem describing the life of Merlin. In it, Geoffrey draws on other old legends to tell the tale of Arthur’s Merlin, including in it a wife named Guendoloena. When I read this, I was stunned. Nowhere else in Arthurian legend had I seen Merlin in love, let alone married! This revelation started my creative juices flowing. Who was this woman? What was she like? Why would Merlin fall in love with her? And what would it be like for her to be married to the greatest wizard/magician/necromancer/prophet (pick your poison) that the world has ever known?

Thus, my heroine, Gwendydd, was born. (I didn’t like the name Guendoloena, so I chose a Welsh name similar to it.) And I decided to spell Merlyn with a “y,” just to be difficult. πŸ™‚

So yes, Merlyn’s RavenΒ is a love story. But it’s also an adventure, as is all Arthurian legend. For people who enjoy Arthurian stories, there are references to other aspects of Merlyn’s life that may seem familiar. Hopefully, no matter if you are a fan of the Arthurian universe or are brand new to these tales, you will find a story centering around two young people who fall in love and try to change a kingdom for the better. Along the way, they encounter terrible obstacles, including evil kings, dragons, invaders, magical swords, spells, and family secrets that threaten to destroy their union. Can Gwendydd and Merlyn find a way to be together and fulfill their destinies?

You’ll have to read the book to find out. I hope you will. And if you need another incentive to do so, here is the beautiful book trailer that my twins sons put together to support Merlyn’s Raven. Enjoy.

Merlyn’s Raven

You can download an e-copy of the book at Soul Mate Publishing today. By the end of this week, it should also be available for download at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

And to celebrate today’s release, I am offering a special prize. If Β you leave a message here on the blog, I will put your name in a drawing to win a 3-month forecast Tarot reading, performed via email by me! The winner of this prize will be announced on Friday, April 20. And if you feel compelled to share this announcement with your friends, please do! I’d love to welcome them here on the blog.

Thanks and love to you all!

 

35 Comments

  • By Lia Davis, April 17, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    Happy Release Day!!! Congrats.

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 3:01 am

    Thanks so much, Lia!

  • By Char Chaffin, April 17, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    Rose my love! I’m so proud of you. To see Merlyn’s Raven for release, at last, just makes my heart glad. I know it’s been your passion for a very long time. It’s such a wonderful adventure as well as a lovely love story.

    Have a wonderfully successful release day! And give those men of yours a hug and kiss from me! (then have them give you some back, in my name!)

  • By Ann Montclair, April 17, 2012 @ 3:33 am

    Can’t wait to read it. Tarot me!

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    Dearest Char, I couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your encouragement and hard work on this project. You are the best.

    And I will certainly give and receive those hugs and kisses! πŸ˜‰

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 3:37 am

    Ann, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the book. And you are in the running! πŸ™‚

  • By Tanychy, April 17, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    Happy Release Day!! Good luck with you book! πŸ™‚
    Btw you don’t have to enter me for tarot reading. Somebody more interested in tarot than me should win that. πŸ™‚

  • By Jennifer Phillips, April 17, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    Rose – congrats, I can’t wait to read it. I so enjoy your writing style, it is refreshing and I can feel the inspiration on every page. I feel blessed to have been introduced to you, and to be able to enjoy and learn from the fruits of your labor πŸ™‚

  • By Tracy, April 17, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    Happy Release Day! Merlyn’s Raven sounds fascinating – I can’t wait to read it! Best of luck and great post!

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 4:46 am

    Thank you so much, Tanychy! I appreciate you commenting, and no worries–I’m sure Spirit will draw the name of the person who most needs the Tarot reading. πŸ˜‰

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    Jennifer, thank you for your lovely comment. I am blessed to meet so many wonderful people like you. I hope you enjoy the new book as much as my other work. Blessings to you!

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    Thank you, dear Tracy! I hope you will enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it. And I appreciate all your love and support. πŸ™‚

  • By Marilyn Woods, April 17, 2012 @ 4:49 am

    I am looking forward to reading your new book. I’m currently reading Ask a Medium, and I’m almost done. This one is next on my list. Congratulations!!

  • By Dave R, April 17, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Yea!!! So proud of you! I’ll be downloading your book soon!!!

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    Marilyn, thank you so much! I hope you are enjoying ASK A MEDIUM. MERLYN’S RAVEN will obviously be much different, but I appreciate your support and encouragement. Blessings to you!

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    Thank you so much, Dave!! You are the best! And I hope you enjoy the book. πŸ™‚ xox

  • By Meggan Connors, April 17, 2012 @ 5:22 am

    Congrats on your release! It sounds great, and I can’t wait to read it.

    Happy release day!

    (Oooh, and tarot? I’m totally interested!) πŸ™‚

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 5:31 am

    Thanks so much, Meggan, for your comment and your support as a Soul Mate sister!

    And you are entered in the drawing–I would love to do a reading for you. πŸ™‚

  • By Christy Miller, April 17, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Rose–Congratulations! I am heading to Boston this weekend for work, and plan on reading your book while traveling. Can’t wait! How do you sign e-published books? πŸ™‚

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    Thanks, Christy! Say hello to Boston for me, my old stomping grounds. What an honor to have you take MERLYN’S RAVEN along with you. I hope you enjoy it, dear friend. Thank you for stopping by. xox

  • By Andrew Vogel, April 17, 2012 @ 5:53 am

    CONGRATS on MERLYN’S RAVEN! We couldn’t be more proud of you!

    Now, how does one get an autographed copy of an e-book?

  • By Carolyn Burke, April 17, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    My Kindle w/b on “Fire” now. Isn’t it great to be aware.

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    Thank you, Drew! I appreciate you stopping by.

    Well, I think you’ll have to settle for an autographed copy once it is released in soft back. Hopefully not too far in the future. πŸ™‚

    Give my love to Wendy, dear. πŸ™‚

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    Thank you for stopping by, Carolyn! I hope your “fiery” Kindle will survive the heat of MERLYN’S RAVEN.

    (Well, it’s really a sweet love story. But I had to extend the metaphor.) πŸ™‚

  • By Lee Allen Howard, April 17, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    Literary baby born. Woo hoo! Much success for you with MERLYN’S RAVEN — and your next project.

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    Thanks, dear Lee! Yes, birth is a hard process! I appreciate your help and support so much. Sending you hugs and love. πŸ™‚

  • By Karen E. Rigley, April 17, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Congratulations, Rose! That is so exciting & I can’t wait to read it. Hugs, Karen

  • By Rose, April 17, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Thanks so much, Karen! It is exciting! I hope you enjoy the book. Sending love to you!

  • By Sheila Polansky, April 17, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Congratulations, Soul Mate sister. Good sales to you.

    Raven

  • By Michael Roberts, April 17, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Congratulations on your book launch! That’s very exciting.

  • By Shannon, April 17, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Congrats on your book! A love story is just what I need now. I look forward to reading it.

    Warmly Shannon

  • By Cynthia Gail, April 17, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Congratulations – I’m so excited for you!

  • By Michelle, April 17, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Congratulations on the release of MERLYN’S RAVEN! Best of luck! πŸ™‚

  • By Cat Knutsson, April 18, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Yay! I just posted about the release on my blog. So excited for you and MERLYN’S RAVEN!

  • By Rose, April 18, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Thank you, Michael, Cynthia, Michelle, and Shannon! It’s great to have you here, and I appreciate your support.

    Cat, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You are the best! xo

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