Please make welcome the wonderful Juli Revezzo to my blog today. I’m thrilled to be able to chat with her and share her new release, Druid Warrior’s Heart, book 2 in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles. The title immediately drew me in, since you all know how much I love druids. Her cover is stunning, too!
I’ve brought some mead, so fill your cup, get comfy, and let’s find out more about Juli…
MM: Welcome, Juli! So happy to have you here today. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
JR: Well, see now, that’s an interesting question. I usually write whenever I can, but my schedule is such that I guess you could say I’m a night-owl writer. However, I have really late nights, so if I start writing about 7pm, it’s sort of my afternoon.
MM: Good for you! I often told many here that I envy those that can write in the evening to late hours of the morning. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?
JR: I’m currently working on the follow up to Druid Warrior’s Heart. Since the series goes backwards in time with each book, the writing of the new book (tentatively titled Druid Warrior Prince) has meant a little more research (see below) and double checking things to make sure the 6th century Irish setting is as correct as can be. The book will be about an ancestor who wasn’t introduced in the last two books in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles. Though I will say, you’ll get a glimpse of her hero in the latest release, Druid Warrior’s Heart. (and right there, I’ve given you a hint as to a fantasy element in the series!) I hope to have Druid Warrior Prince done and out sometime next year.
MM: Ooo…a sneak peak! I’m a huge lover of Irish Mythology, Juli. I like the element of going back in time with your series. What inspires you when you’re writing?
JR: On the one hand, the myths involved, like the one that influenced the Celtic Steward Chronicles series, The battle of Mag Tuired (which according to the myth was a battle fought between two sets of gods: The Tuatha dé Danaan and their enemies the Fomorii. It is the battle that inspired the magical war fought in Druid Warrior’s Heart). I think it goes back to all the research I did in college. I studied Medieval and Renaissance art and fell in love with the 1400-1600s and digging through the library to find information on one artist or another. And boy, did it take a lot of research to build Ruth’s town in Druid Warrior’s Heart! As much as has been written about Italy in the 1500s (which was my focus in college), not so much when it comes to Ireland. I had to dig way more than I thought I would to build that world. It’s great to be able to world build, in fantasy romance, but when your setting is a real place, sometimes, it can be a lot more work than you expect! *lol*
Also, music. It depends on what era I’m writing in, but even when I write historical settings, there’s usually always some song I can point back to having an influence. For instance, though Druid Warrior’s Heart is set in the 16th century, I hear a heavy metal song from the late ‘90s in my head, in relation to the heroine Ruth and the villain Balor.
MM: The Tuatha dé Danaan play a large role in my stories, too. As one of the invasions of Ireland, I’ve always been fascinated with these god-like people–the Shining Ones as they are often referred to. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
JR: I have a mug in the shape of a fox that I use as a pen holder. My husband got it for me for Valentine’s Day. 🙂
MM: What a wonderful gift. Now for the fun questions. Do you prefer…
Champagne or Beer? Neither, actually. I’m more a soda and/or coffee girl. 🙂
Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Southern drawl, definitely, though I really like Irish accents too.
Kilt or Leather pants? Leather pants. Well, Isaac doesn’t wear leather pants in Druid Warrior’s Heart. His trews, as they’re called, would’ve more often made from wool. But given the choice. Yeah. I’m fond of Leather pants.
Print book or e-reader? I like both. Sometimes, I just can’t take my e-reader with me, so it’s nice to have a paperback on hand.
Thanks so much for visiting today, Juli! Wishing you all the best with your new release. You’re welcome back anytime!
Druid Warrior’s Heart ~ Blurb:
As the latest in her family’s long line of Stewards, Ruth Macken awaits the arrival of a warrior sworn to the Tuatha dé Danaan, the Celtic gods her family has served since the beginning of time. For on that day, a magical battle will erupt. A war between druids and an evil that will decide the fate of mankind.
Isaac Connel knows the battle is imminent, and is ready to fight, once again but from the moment he sees Ruth flitting around the sacred ground, he’s captivated by her fiery charms and a need to protect her.
Despite Isaac’s assurances and the dreams that guide her, what can Ruth and her lover do to drive off this evil? Despite everything, will the world end at the hands of an evil god?
“All men forget eventually,” Isaac mused.
“Forget stories?” Ruth guessed.
She broke his gaze to take in her property. “I don’t know how they could.”
“Neither do I. But it is a blessing some do.” Isaac sat down on the top step and gazed up at her. “What makes you so interested in war?”
“My brother came home with such fascinating stories when he studied with Father Ciaran.” She smoothed her skirt and stared into the distance. “I suppose they lodged in my imagination along with Mother’s tales.”
Isaac snorted. “Where they are more romantic than real life. Take my word on that.”
“How many have you fought in?”
He studied his nails but she had most of his attention. He willed her to come closer, and scolded himself for it. You can’t ravish her yet. “This will be my twentieth.”
Her breath caught in her throat. She knew he didn’t speak of border wars, religious wars, or clan skirmishes. “It need not happen,” she said.
“Is that so? How can you tell?”
“I won’t let it.” She touched the knife at her belt. “My father’s blood has been shed. It’s enough to strike a balance.”
He gazed up at her through the dark night. Did she prophesy? Or was this a mere hope? Damn Cyreth for being inside when he needed a clear reading on the situation!
Maybe she would speak more. He took a chance and asked, “What balance would that be? What do you see?”
She took a breath and let it out, waving her hand through the air. “I see little. A battle.” After a moment’s silence, she shook herself. “But it’s no more than Mother tells. Whether or not it comes, who knows?”
“What if it did?” he asked.
“If it does,” she said, angling her chin, “what does it matter? I can’t stop it.”
The moonlight glinting off her eyes accentuated her innocence. He rose to see them better, but still maintained his distance. “No. But you can minimize the damage.”
“As if that’s as easy as kissing you.”
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