“The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”s Launch Week+ continues!
And after a few minutes knocking my head against the blank, white wall of the page, trying to figure out how I wanted to introduce this post and its gallery of images, I came to an inspired remembrance: That sometimes, that’s what bards are for.
So I’m stepping aside ‘til after the main event. Take it away, Allyn-a-Dale!
An author with a love of tales –
Particularly those retold
About a certain outlaw
And his band merry and bold –
Herself betook and several books
Into the German wood,
To shoot (with camera, not a bow)
A show of Robin Hood.
Among the many models,
An especial favorite:
A YA reimagining
By another Robin writ.
A new addition to her hoard,
Centered around a Will;
A little younger than her taste,
But she enjoyed it still.
Here, Angus Donald’s grimmer take,
Narrated by myself.
(And purchased, ere the shop passed on,
From a Bristol Ren Faire shelf!)
Another tale of Scarlet –
Second in a trilogy
That lends a sort of Celtic air
To Hood’s mythology.
A chance find, and a happy one,
Among used books for sale.
Old ballads – many of Robin Hood;
One even with “Allin a Dale”!
No such tribute’s complete, says she,
Without a nod to Pyle,
Seen here reposed upon a tree
In harmonizing style.
And last of all, but far from least,
The author’s own addition:
A brand new ballad joins its tune
To the honored Hood’s tradition.
Beautifully told, thank you, Allyn! There are a few more book-in-the-woods shots where these came from, which will most likely find themselves on display on the Outlaws of Avalon Tumblr.
On that subject, don’t forget that following the Outlaws Tumblr is but one of several ways you can enter into my ongoing Rafflecopter giveaway! I certainly hope you’ll take advantage by some means or another; there’s cool stuff to win!
And if you haven’t yet, now’s a great time to drop everything and purchase your copy of “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”! (Via Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive…Take your pick!) Or, if you’ve already read the book, leave a review! Both are not only ways to earn giveaway points, but to fill an author’s sails with a blessed breeze. ❤
Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.
Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.
What if robin hood were a woman?
Marion raises a brow. “She might have mentioned that before our wedding.”