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Character Interview | Queen Morag from The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight #fantasyromance



Every once in a blue we interview a character that makes you shiver. Whether in anticipation or dread, the reaction is the same. She’s driven by greed and power and she assures us, nothing can stop her. We wouldn’t want to stand in her way. Please welcome to Book Heaven Queen Morag. Your highness, please introduce yourself.


I am Queen Morag, the reigning sovereign of Ireland, Cornwall, and Lyonesse. The dark wizard Voldurk and his legion of diabolical dwarves serve me, as does Lord Indulf of Dubh Linn, whose invincible fleet of Viking ships has earned him the title “The Scourge of the Celtic Sea”. My stepdaughter Issylte—called the Emerald Fairy of the Enchanted Forests-- and my husband’s nephew Tristan, dubbed the Dragon Knight of Avalon, are the rightful heirs to my three crowns. Because of this, I am actively seeking to eliminate them as the sole threat to my royal power..


What is your greatest fear?


That my stepdaughter Issylte will claim her father’s crown of Ireland and expose me as the Black Widow Queen who poisoned her first husband.


What is the trait you most deplore in others?


Weakness. I value brute strength and dauntless valor.


What is your current state of mind?


I am outraged that my elusive stepdaughter Issylte has become the Lady of the Mirrored Lake and a Priestess of the Goddess Dana. I am furious that she has married Sir Tristan of Cornwall, the Dragon Knight of Avalon, and allied with a triad of shapeshifting warrior tribes. They plan to challenge me and reclaim their right to the three thrones that are mine!


What is the quality you most like in a man?


Virility. I want a man to be a skilled lover as well as a seasoned warrior. As adept in my bedroom as he is on a battlefield.


When and where were you happiest?


I was happiest in the arms (and bed) of my beloved Black Knight, the Morholt of Ireland, whom my execrable nephew Tristan of Lyonesse slew in the Battle of Tintagel.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?


I am the sole sovereign of a trinity of Celtic kingdoms: Ireland, Cornwall, and Lyonesse.


What is your most marked characteristic?


I am exquisitely beautiful, for my eyes are like black obsidian jewels.


What do you most value in your friends?


Unerring loyalty and willingness to die in defending me as queen.


What is it that you most dislike?


I dislike that my own father never showed me the paternal love that my late husband, King Donnchadh of Ireland, showed for his daughter Issylte.


Thank you, Queen Morag, for the interview. Readers, please scroll down to read more about the queen and the final book in the trilogy.


Title The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight

Author Jennifer Ivy Walker

Genre paranormal fantasy medieval romance

Publisher The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb


Wielding a trio of enchanted Elven weapons to battle a dark wizard and a legion of diabolical dwarves, Tristan is faced with the impossible choice between saving the woman he loves or defending his endangered kingdom. Inexplicably compelled to remain in the sacred forest where he hears the voice of her heart, the heir to the throne of Cornwall incurs the wrath and scorn of his army when he decides to hunt for his captive mate.


Her verdant magic greatly enhanced by the mystical Morgane la Fée, Issylte must summon a coalition of Naiad nymphs and celestial fairies to destroy a nascent evil as she fights to reclaim her rightful crown.


When the Black Widow Queen unites with a malignant menace and a ghost from Tristan’s haunted past, the Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight must ally with a triad of shapeshifting warrior tribes to defeat a Viking Trident and defend their trinity of Celtic kingdoms.


Interwoven fates. Otherworldly mates. Destiny awaits.



Excerpt


She held the églantine to her nose, inhaling the delicate fragrance with a smile of wonder. “Thank you, my love. It reminds me of the nightingale in the woods of Avalon. You never cease to amaze me.” Gratitude shifted to empathy as she intently searched his face. “How does it feel to come home?”


Tristan looked out at the cerulean sea. The blue waters of Lyonesse. His home. “I feel…conflicted. Tremendous guilt and grief, mingled with incredible joy.” He raised the hand in which she held the wild rose, lifting the pink blossom to his nose. He inhaled its soothing floral fragrance—Issylte’s essence—to ease his heavy heart. “When I saw the edge of the forest where Goron held me that day…I relived the horrors…” A violent shudder shook his body.


Issylte wrapped her arms around his waist and nestled her head against his thundering chest.


He kissed the top of her head, cocooning her in loving arms. “But now…with you here…I remember the love.” He rocked her in his arms as fond memories flowed, washing away the sadness and sorrow. “My mother’s tender touch…my sister’s beautiful smile…my father’s noble face. All the happiness we shared here. All the laughter. All the love.”


Issylte raised her tear-stained face to beam at him. “Love conquers hate. It is the Goddess’ greatest gift. And I am eternally grateful that She has healed your broken heart.”


He kissed her. His Wild Rose. His green golden goddess. His Emerald Fairy. “Aye, my love. She has. Through you.”


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Author Biography


Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French. As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had written, "Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête"--an imaginative blend of the medieval French legend of "Tristan et Yseult" and the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast", enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch. “The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight”—the conclusion of “The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven” trilogy--is a blend of her love for medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a paranormal fantasy adaptation of the medieval legend of "Tristan et Yseult" (Tristan and Isolde), interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande, and otherworldly elements such as Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies and magic. Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you.


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