He, Arthur, is a reflection of luck, an abomination. He can feel the love, the pain, the sorrow, and the joy of all the ages. If he doesn't save the Druid he is sent to find, all known history could change. Some things are worth dying for. But first a man must live.
Arthur didn't count on becoming human. And now the fairies want him to break dragon law... He never expected his charge to push him to the edge of reason. But a man must live before becoming king.
Fear not. The fairies have a plan.
Trust not the fairies.
Druids wed one soul for eternity to protect the integrity of the timeline. Druid Solas’s soul mate was taken from her. Now, an 11th Century Irish bishop stalks her to serve as his mistress. She has nothing left yet everything to live for in creating the historical maps she was sent through time to make. She will break time-travel Code if she submits to another man by allowing even one paradoxical child to muddy history. Then Arthur arrives to save her. He is anything but a time guardian. And a fairy tells her to help him. To ignore a god’s instruction could prove detrimental. Yet, every time guardian knows believing the Gods is wielding a double-edged sword. Since it is forbidden for Druids to wield weapons, her future relies on He of the Fiery Sword.
Emma: Welcome Skhye! First, let me say, I’m addicted to the Time Guardians. Anyone with any interest in mythology should find this series riveting.
Skhye: Thank you.
Emma: I’m sure a lot of readers wonder where authors get their inspiration. The blurb hints at the King Arthur of legend. What a tease! I’m more interested in knowing if you know that “He of the Fiery Sword” is a tarot card. If so, I don’t think you could have found a better representation of Arthur…noble, brave, and honest. (Well, as honest as he can be with the stringent requirements of The Code.)
Skhye: That’s where I found the book title, in Brian Froud’s deck.
Emma: Your work is very complex. You take great care with culture and weaving in details that draw the reader deeper into the world. I feel you hide little truths in your work as well that invite the reader to engage in a little philosophizing. Is this important to you as a writer?
Skhye: Oh, yes. It’s what makes writing fun. The hardest part for me in writing is not sounding like a stuffy anthropologist.
Emma: I would never label you as a stuffy anthropologist. I’m amazed at the amount of emotion you convey, especially with Arthur, and the imagery is beautiful in the work is beautiful. Are you also an aspiring poet or do you like your writing to have a certain lyrical rhythm?
Skhye: Me, a poet? Gadz no. When you step into your character’s shoes, you must phrase things the way the character would. Or you really aren’t in your character’s POV. ;) Then again, my critique partner says I’m channeling something. But what do I know? I’m a boring scientist.
Emma: Boring definitely does not describe you! Skhye has other works available to include The Spell of the Killing Moon, Naked on the Staircase, Ancient Musings [Song of the Muses], Vow of Superstition: Dragon’s Blood, and Sacrificial Hearts also available through The Wild Rose Press. Wow! I need to take a deep breath after all that. Did I miss anything, Skhye? Which one do you recommend I read next?
Skhye: LOL, I would like to warn you Arthur is very deep because of what he is. The other Time Guardian tales are lighter and more mainstream. If you’re looking for psychic vampires, read Naked on the Staircase. If you’d prefer burning wicker men, read Sacrificial Hearts (lots of double entendre in that imagery). Or do you fancy a female were-assassin? Read The Spell of the Killing Moon.
Emma: Well, I don’t want to keep you too much longer, but I have to ask what we get to look forward to next.
Skhye: Another Time Guardian novel will be available April 3rd… Forbidden Eternity. The hero is a Native-American shaman. And I think it’s the zaniest of the stories. Or should I use the word “strangest” just to be clear?
Emma: Thanks so much for dropping by. Good luck on your future works!
Skhye: Thanks so much for the interview. I can’t wait to read your story! Skhye