Today I am on the blog tour for Discovering the Woodsman by N.M Brott. Book One The Evgenia Trilogy. Out now in paperback and ebook.
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (14 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1973544644
- ISBN-13: 978-1973544647
In the beautiful and peaceable kingdom of Evgenia, it is rumoured that mysterious creatures still survive long after the secrets of magic have been lost. Lady Heather Bloodstone’s headstrong nature impels her to discover whether the creatures are known as Woodsmen truly exist outside of the fairy tales she adored as a child. When she meets Jasper—a handsome Woodsman with deep blue eyes, wild grass-coloured hair, and a cocky smile—she is nearly overwhelmed by his kiss. Jasper the Woodsman’s life consists of fulfilling requests from the maidens and ladies of the castle—be it for a healing potion, a kiss, or to become lovers. When the lovely Lady Heather refuses his offer of the latter, he is nevertheless intrigued by her request to become friends. A dangerous situation arises when their friendship deepens because those who cross noble bloodlines with a commoner are banished from Evgenia forever.
Author Guest Post By N.M Brott
Discovering the Woodsman is the first book of a trilogy that takes place in the kingdom of Evgenia. I was inspired by a dream I had of a woodsy sort of fellow that I wrote a few descriptive paragraphs about. Ever since reading Clarissa Pinkola Este’s Women Who Run with the Wolves, I’ve been writing down anything I remember after having a vivid dream. I then promptly forgot him for several years. During that time, I wrote several other contemporary romances, but during a lull, I found those paragraphs and became inspired to learn about Jasper, who he was, how he came to be.
I read Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and had fallen in love with the idea of fairy tales for adults. I also love how his characters prevail over the bad guys using just their wits, even against violent foes. In those scenarios, anyone can be a hero, especially a woman. Nothing turns me off more than the threat, real or fictional, of violence against women. We all have to acknowledge that it’s real, but when I escape into books, I want to escape that as well.
I have a magnet on my refrigerator with a quote from Toni Morrison that states: “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So in my fantasy kingdom, violent crimes against women are judged the worst of all crimes and are punished accordingly. It makes perfect sense since the island where Evgenia exists was created hundreds of years earlier by a powerful sorceress. She is long gone, but many aspects of the social order she created still exist. Many of the sensual creatures she created for her pleasure do also.
Being that this is a historical sort of fantasy, I had to deal with the issue of a young woman’s virginity. That being said, I didn’t want my heroine, Lady Heather, to be ignorant of sex. I imagined her mother as the sort of woman who would have tried to influence the parties in power to enlighten other females, and thus give them a measure of control over their lives. The novella, A Rare Gem, is the tale of how Lady Heather’s mother fought against social restrictions in order to be free to marry the man she loved. It’s available as a free download through my website at: https://nmbrott.wixsite.com/evgenia. Although neither of Lady Heather’s parents are fantasy creatures, a few Woodsmen make appearances in the story.
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