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 Cave 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, 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.
So yes, Merlyn’s Raven 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.
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 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!