~ Trekking through Time ~
Joyce Holt
author of historical fantasy

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Gem of
the Day
As I delve through the past, digging deep in research about Dark Ages Norway and Cumbria, I unearth a trove of clinkers and jewels that catch my eye -- but not all of them make their way into my novels. Here's one of them...

A "Flying Rowan" (called a "flogronin" in Norway and Sweden) refers to a young rowan tree that has taken root within the fork of an older tree. Wands made from a Flying Rowan are considered especially powerful and often used by diviners to locate metal and (when forked) water.

Other common names for the rowan are: Mountain Ash, Quicken Tree, Quick Beam, Witchwood, Wiggen, Witcher and Sorb Apple.

"Rowan" is a word of Scandinavian origin: Norwegian rogn, Danish rn, and Swedish rnn, all descending from the Old Norse "reynir," which probably means "to redden."


historical fantasy
Novels-In-Waiting

     Troll and Trylleri
         manuscript completed at 114,500 words
         novel pitch
         literary contest finalist, fantasy/sci-fi category
                - - at 2015 PNWA* writers conference



Tapestry of Cumbria
     Hero's Shield
         manuscript completed at 91,000 words
         novel pitch
         Publishers Weekly Review from 2013
         literary contest finalist, fantasy/sci-fi category
                - - at 2012 PNWA* writers conference


     Brigand's Blade
         manuscript completed at 105,000 words
         novel pitch
         literary contest finalist, fantasy/sci-fi category
                - - at 2014 PNWA* writers conference


     Crofter's Spear
         manuscript completed at 105,000 words

     Smith's Hammer
         manuscript completed at 112,000 words

     Sentinel's Staff/Herald's Banner
         manuscript first-drafted at 66,000 words

           * PNWA: Pacific Northwest Writers Association


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Maps of Cumbria



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Other great historical series taking place long ago upon the Isle of Albion:
Juliet Marillier: Bridei's Chronicles: set in a kingdom of the Priteni/Picts
Bernard Cornwell: Saxon Stories: the Danish invasions on the east coast of Britain; and The Arthur Books
Stephen Lawhead: The Pendragon Cycle; King Raven trilogy

Another timeline for Cumbria, centered on Dufton village:
http://www.dufton.info/history.htm
(need to ask their permission to link in here)




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