The Pict King Series
The King’s Executioner, Book 1 Tentative release date late Dec. 2015 or early Jan. 2016
The King’s Warrior, Book 2
The King & His Queen, Book 3
The Picts were known as the ‘painted people’. Since little was chronicled about them, mystery and myth surround them, leaving my imagination to run wild. Though, there is a legend that fits the King who introduced himself to me and demanded I tell his story.
The legend says the first Pict King reigned for 100 years and he had seven sons and they spread out across the land that eventually became Alba and then Scotland. So journey with me back to the Early Middle Ages to a people that were barbarians to some, but to others they were mighty warriors, their honed bodies tattooed with symbols of importance and protection. To a people who were skilled craftsmen, builders, farmers, healers, and much more.
Journey with me to Pictland and meet the mighty King Talon…
It is said the land is thick with woods that are magical and rolling hills covered in purple heather are everywhere. Lochs, streams, and seas run plentiful with fish and other creatures, and the sacred mist holds the mountain tops captive, freeing them briefly only now and again.
One man reigns over it all…King Talon. It is said that he can tame the wild beasts, calm the angry seas, and make the land tremble in fear when he walks upon it.
Relative peace prevails because of him, though there are some who seek to dethrone him. So far, they have not succeeded. King Talon conquers all in his path. Some believe he has struck a deal with evil while others insist that evil wants no part of him. Others claim he was sent from the Heavens, for only the Mighty One could create such fine features.
Men respect him and come from all regions to serve as one of his warriors—if accepted. And as for women, there is not a single woman who can satisfy him or touch his heart.
More importantly, however, is his legacy. He wants sons to send throughout the land so that when the tribes unite and form one powerful homeland, his blood will run through the man who unites them all. But the task of finding a wife who will give him many sons is proving difficult. After two childless marriages, tongues whisper that the mighty King is not capable of fathering a child. King Talon will soon silence the wagging tongues, for he will let nothing stop him from finding a child-bearing wife and securing his place in history.
The King’s Executioner
The Pict King Series
Talon, King of the Picts, has entered into an agreement with Cathbad, overlord of the western region to wed his daughter Anin. Blyth, Anin’s mother, has given her husband four fine sons and King Talon hopes Anin will do the same for him. Unfortunately, Anin’s mother wants no part of the agreement. She intends for her daughter to live a pious life, free of a husband’s dictates, which is why she sent Anin away as soon as she learned of the marriage agreement. No amount of threats or persuasion will make Blyth confess her daughter’s whereabouts and so King Talon sends the one man he knows who can make the woman talk and bring Anin to him…his executioner.
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