My Grim Series is bringing ancient faery legends to modern-day America.
Rhys and Morgan are hero and heroine of the first book, STORM WARRIOR. Ranyon is a small fae creature (with an enormous personality) called an ellyll.
All turn up again in Book 2, STORMBOUND, along with new characters, Aidan and Brooke, and many more.
And Ranyon, as usual, nearly stole the show in newly released Book Three, STORM WARNED.
So what if someone who'd never even heard of a coffee break suddenly had to take a SUMMER VACATION? Check out the following conversation between Rhys and Ranyon....
RHYS: My name is Rhys, and I’ve had over two millennia of experience in the human world above and the faery realm beneath, but I’ve never journeyed on a “vacation” before.
RANYON: And ya wouldn’t be now, save your good wife says you have to.
RHYS: *whispering* You didn’t need to tell them that part.
RANYON: Of course I did, ya twpsyn. Every human male likes to pretend everything’s his very own idea. Morgan should get the glory for finally getting you away from yer farm. Ya need yer mind expanded.
RHYS: My mind is fine and well, thanks. And when did you become such an expert on vacations?
RANYON: Leo and I traveled to see the Blue Jays in Toronto last summer, remember? What a brammer of a time we had!
RHYS: That’s because you love baseball more than food or drink.
RANYON: Oh, but the food and drink were tasty too. Leo got these great huge pretzels and –
RHYS: Morgan has something very different in mind. There’s no baseball where we’re going.
RANYON: None at all? Surely there’s a sport o’ some kind!
RHYS: Swimming, she says, but only because it’s on an island.
RANYON: *horrified* Ya mean yer gonna get yerself wet on purpose?
RHYS: You forget, ’twas my own people, the Celts, who invented soap. And I went swimming often as a boy. It’s fun, and Morgan says the water is clear as the sky and warm as a bathtub.
RANYON: *shudders* I suppose next you’ll be tellin’ me there’s no beer!
RHYS: I’m not sure about beer. She showed me pictures of strong drinks inside big prickly fruits, with strange little umbrellas in them.
RANYON: Whatever are the umbrellas for? You don’t have to get wet while you drink, do you?
RHYS: I don’t know. But I promised to try the drinks for her sake. And to look at the fish. She says there’s hundreds of beautiful fish to be seen in the waters.
RANYON: *counting off on his twiggy fingers* No baseball, no beer, yer gettin’ wet and yer lookin’ at fish? I won’t be going with ya, if that’s yer idea of a good time.
RHYS: You’re not invited to go with us, not this time. Morgan calls this a “romantic retreat”. It’s only for couples.
RANYON: Oh, I get it. Yer gonna be all dovey and cooey. *makes a face* Well, human females love that, and yours deserves naught but the best, even if that means fishy water and little umbrellas. She’s been more than brave, what with all the faery troubles she’s been through, and goddess knows what perils yet to come to us. We were lucky to escape with our lives that last time.
RHYS: Aye, I wish I hadn’t brought such danger to her doorstep. So it’s more for her sake that I’m agreeing to this vacation.
RANYON: And are Aidan and Brooke going on this lovers’ journey as well?
RHYS: Nay, they’ll be caring for the horses on our farm. But they have plans of their own while they’re there. Camping, they say, in the little stand of trees in the back pasture.
RANYON: Outside? But you have a fine dry house! And ’tis mortal danger to sleep outside with the Fae about. You’ve still got all the charms that I made you?
RHYS: Aye, on every wall and roof and fencepost. I’d never take them down, not with the Wild Hunt roaming the countryside. Aidan doesn’t like the idea of spending the night outdoors any more than you do, but he has faith in Brooke. She’s a powerful witch, and I know she’ll take precautions. She says she used to do a lot of camping with her friends when she was young; that it’s something done for fun. People tell ghost stories and roast hotdogs and –
RANYON: Hotdogs, ya say? Like at the ballpark?
RHYS: Aye, that seems to be an important part of the custom. And there’s marsh candies too, some sweet white things that you toast on a stick over a fire.
RANYON: Well, now yer talkin’. It’s a pretty big farm you have, lots of work to be done, and animals to be looked after. I’m sure Aidan and Brooke will be needin’ my help. And besides, they might need a little extra magic to keep the dark Fae at bay.
RHYS: *putting his hand on the ellyll’s shoulder* That would bring me much peace of mind while I attend this vacation.
RANYON: One thing you could do for me, though…
Wishing you a wonderful summer, whatever your plans may be! And don't forget to enter my summer giveaway below! Runs from June 1st to 8th, 2015, and open to USA, Canada, and UK. Winner gets their choice of an ebook from my backlist, plus some little paper umbrellas to use in summer drinks or to bribe Ranyon with!