On the wild, sea coast of Saels, there stands a villa, its terra cotta walls enclose a wild heart, but not for long. Aolwynd is a young girl when she first sees Boru, Guardian of the realm of Earden, riding past her gates. Whatever you may say about thirteen year old girls, no one can deny how easily they fall in love. And so, that magic happens for Aolwynd. As she grows to womanhood, fortunes change and so does she. So begins the Tales of Earden...Love found, love lost and love discovered anew. In the meantime, her city must be saved from pirates, Boru's younger brother rescued and she is the only one who can make it all happen. J. Carter Merwin's fiction is filled with fantasy/romance and adventure. Take your first step alongside hundreds of characters into a new 'old' world, an alternate medieval universe you will never want to leave.
Every day Arius slips away from his chores at The Falconry, from the curses and beatings he gets at the hands of his 'so called' family...slips away to a hoary oak tree that sits high above the road leading away from the Black Mountains. There he dreams of escape with his companion, Monk, a very mischievous crow. Never could he imagine just how much his life will change when he follows the exiled Lord Boru into a world of coarse soldiers, palace intrigue and his own sexual awakening. Arius strives to help Boru, 'his captain', this clearly troubled man, find the courage to lead a nation and go back to find the woman he loves. Travel further into the lands of Earden in volume two which takes up the story eight years later.
As war comes to Earden, Aolwynd's entire family is torn apart and scattered across the landscape against their will and Boru's father, Borchard, the Supreme Guardian of Earden, through his own lust for power, brands his son a traitor, forcing his younger son to choose between them. The lives of many familiar characters are twined together with new ones like Rooster the army cook and Princess Jermaine of Bow Mountain. Boru's bastard son must be hidden in plain sight and Faolan is bewitched by three women, two living and one dead. Passionate lovers, vengeful spirits, power-hungry villains and a child possessed of un-worldly gifts are among the people you will fall in love with when you re-enter and travel deeper yet into the world of Earden.
About the Author
J. Carter Merwin lives in a small college town in Vermont and runs a gallery with her artist husband, Tom. They have one son who is a film-maker and five rescue animals. Although she has been writing nearly all her life, The Tales of Earden is her first foray into fantasy and romance literature. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Womens Fiction Writers Association. For nearly ten years Julie worked for an animal shelter (The Rutland County Humane Society of Vermont) and proudly contributes a portion of the profits from her books to that organization.
Where to find the books...
The Tales of Earden are available online from Amazon.com, also at Barnes and Noble.com, Northshire Bookstores.com, Bol.com in Norway, Abebooks.com in Australia and New Zealand amongst others...Happy reading!