A Midsummer Night’s Bet

A novel

A Midsummer Night’s Bet is my forthcoming novel. In movie terms (which we writers can’t get away from) it’s Shakespeare  meets Braveheart, with Californians and real fairies: a love story. It’s a time travel romance with stakes that affect the entire human race. The fairy queen, Sophia Cundry, doesn’t quite violate her bet with estranged husband, Oborn, the fairy king. Two modern-day Californians get caught up in her machinations, which thrust them back to twelfth century Scotland, where they must play leading roles in a struggle between a group of sacred priestesses, the Kindred of Brigit, and the encroaching Catholic Church and its powerful bishop.

The book will be available later in 2014. For now check out the links below for excerpts, a bit of the backstory, and the real context in which the story’s bet takes place.

Excerpts from the novel

Prolog

The story alternates between twelfth-century Scotland—known then as Alba or Moray—and modern day California, somewhere on the central coast.

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Chapter One

Kings & Queens Resort

The first chapter takes place  on the central coast of modern day California.

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Chapter Three

Charlmar Proposes

Charlmar is the bishop of Moray. He is an unconsecreated bishop, due to political problems the Scots King Alexander is having  to the South.

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Chapter Eleven

The Girls Go Riding

The first chapter takes place  on the central coast of modern day California.

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The Novel’s Backstory

Brigit in Fourth Century Ireland

[Coming soon.]

Early Clans in Scotland

[Coming soon.]