Monday, July 27, 2020

The Lynx and the Druidess by Cornelia Amiri

Lynx and the Druidess
Druidry and the Beast Series

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: July 1, 2020
Number of pages: 94
Word Count: 22,600
Cover Artist: Kyra Starr

Tagline: Loving a god has its advantages

Book Description:

Lleu, the radiant sun god,
crosses between worlds to the Silures village for the fierce and stunning
druidess, Wendolyn —a woman worth battling for. He longs to celebrate Lughnasa,
the festival that honors him, with her.

Wendolyn is captivated by the
striking stranger the moment he wanders into her village. Furthermore, she
wants him with a fervor, burning her from within. However, he’s hiding his true
identity. When he vows to save her tribe from the Romans marching toward them,
everyone, including her dead father in a dream, says he is a coward who has run

Lleu is determined to win the
love of druidess Wendolyn even if it means fighting the Roman army singled
handed—by shapeshifting into in his lynx body.

Will her tribe survive the
Romans? And, can Wendolyn and Lleu’s relationship survive her tribe’s mistrust
of him?

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With her heart hammering,
Wyndolen stared with wonder at Lleu’s luscious nude body. She only glanced away
long enough to pull a white robe, speckled with gold, out of the chest in the
corner. She tugged it on, then fastened a plaid cloak over it with a round
silver broach and latched her gaze onto Lleu again while he slipped his clothes
back on.
They left the
roundhouse and walked hand in hand to Cynfor’s home.
She called out
to the woodmaker, “It is time.”
 Cynfor stepped out, clutching an iron rod and
the wheel of the year coated with gooey tar.
As the three walked together to the center of the village, men, women,
and children gathered around the druidess, muttering, “Lleu,” and “coward.”
Scanning the
angry faces in the crowd, Wyndolen sighed. If only they knew the truth about
him. But she couldn’t blame them, she was as guilty as they were. She hadn’t
recognized he was a god, even after he’d told her. No, he had to show her his
magic spear and reveal his dazzling aura. Now the others needed to learn the
truth.  Tonight, at his festival, she
would announce who he really was. But first she had to prepare her tribesmen
for the news, to lessen their shock.
She held her
palm upward toward the crowd and cleared her throat. “Hear me, I have a
surprise for all of you. The presence of the god Lleu is here. You do not see
him as he is in the guise of one of us. So, take care of how you treat each
other, lest you offend the deity.”
expressions shifted from anger to shame as they were now all on their best
Taking graceful
steps, she led all her tribesmen, chief, and Lleu to a cliff. Their chief
proudly carried a blazing firebrand, and Cynfor held the sacred wheel with
reverent hands. Everyone grew quiet and gazed down the mountain slope.
announced, “We have gathered this Lughnasa to observe the Wheel of the Year as
it turns.” She raised her arms to the sky and smiled at Lleu as she chanted,
“The sun burns, yet winter nears. The season turns. Summer comes to an end. Sun
and earth, life to death the wheel turns, Lughnasa, Lughnasa.”
She took the
torqueh from Corio, handed it to Lleu, and he lit the wheel of year aflame.
Cynfor handed Wyndolen the iron rod. Then, the sun god, Lleu, ran beside her,
on the other side of the flaming wheel, as she used the rod to roll it down
that part of the mountain slope.
She chanted,
“God of the sun, the wheel has turned, the yearly end of your reign has come.”
Smoke rose, as
flames ate the wood. The wheel reached its end at the foot of the slope and
crumbled into ash and burning fragments. The crowd stopped in their tracks and
circled the symbol of the dying Lleu.

the Author:

The Celtic Warrior Queen
influenced Cornelia Amiri to write professionally. Cornelia loves history and
in reading a book about the dark ages, she came across the rebel queen, who
inspired her so much, she started jotting down notes. But they were fiction,
visions of her involved in the Boudica revolt. Before she knew it, Cornelia had
accidentally written a rough draft for a novel. And she’s been writing books on
purpose ever since. Drawing on her love of a happy ending she’s currently
penned 39 published romance books.

Now, for the more mundane stuff.
She and her muse, Severus the Cat, live amid the hustle and bustle of humid
Houston, Texas, as does her wonderful son and granddaughter. Cornelia’s
currently working on a sci-fi comedy romance series with a Celtic goddess as
the heroine.

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Interview with Cornelia Amiri

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
One time I felt my characters were hijacking the story a bit. But I was wrong. Except for The Warrior and the Druidess, the characters in my books usually made some type of anti-war statement even though they had to fight for their land and their people. So, I was shocked at how both the hero and heroine of that story wanted to kill Romans and had no second thoughts on taking their lives at all. So, I went back to their character charts to try to find out why they were acting like this. Per two generations, tribes associated with the heroine (her mother’s tribe and her father’s) were annihilated by the Romans. And the hero was the son of a Pict chief who even as a boy had been to protect the land and their way of life from the Romans and to never back down when he knew he was right. And he knew Rome’s invasion was wrong. So, the characters were just doing what I wrote them to do. The character chart was working. Anyone in their situation would want to kill Romans. So, once I realized that, I left them alone. 
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. 
It’s the fifth book in the Druidry and Beast series and god Gwydion and druidess Seren, who are the main characters in book one, The Wolf and the Druidess, are in this one too. So, it wraps up the series well. In other words, if you read the other four books, you’ll be missing out by not reading this one. Also, the book lets you totally escape the pandemic and other modern-day issues by whisking you away to the adventurous, mystic world of the ancient British Celts. Also, it’s different than a lot of shapeshifter books as the shapeshifter is a god, plus many readers enjoy the change of reading a shapeshifter book about something other than a wolf or a bear. 
Have you written any other books that are not published? 
All my books are published except the one I’m currently writing. I think anyone who likes this book would like the other books in the series and would also like my Dancing Vampire series. 
Pen or typewriter or computer? 
I write on the computer. I’m a fast typist and worked in clerical jobs most of my life, so I am most comfortable with a keyboard.
Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I truly appreciate the interest you show in my books so much. It warms my heart to know that with so many options available to you that my books are among those you chose to read. I try to create characters that will feel like close friends to you. I also aim to offer you a bit of an escape, a bit of adventure, a little romance, and to lift your spirits with a happy ending.

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