Book Spotlight: The Druid Next Door by E.J. Russell
The Druid Next Door
(Fae Out of Water #2)
by E.J. Russell
Date Released: August 21, 2017
About The Druid Next Door
Professor Bryce MacLeod has devoted his entire life to environmentalism. But how effective can he be in saving the planet when he can’t even get his surly neighbor to separate his recycling?
Former Queen’s Enforcer Mal Kendrick doesn’t think his life could get any worse: he’s been exiled from Faerie with a cursed and useless right hand. When he’s not dodging random fae assassins in the Outer World, he’s going toe-to-toe with his tree-hugging neighbor. And when he discovers that the tree hugger is really a druid, he’s certain the gods have it in for him—after all, there’s always a catch with druids. Then he’s magically shackled to the man and expected to instruct him in Supernatural 101.
All right, now things couldn’t possibly get worse.
Until a mysterious stranger offers a drunken Mal the chance to gain back all he’s lost—for a price. After Mal accepts, he discovers the real catch: an ancient secret that will change his and Bryce’s life forever.
Ah, what the hells. Odds are they won’t survive the week anyway.
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Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—
Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.
Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.
The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar. But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.
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A Guest Post by E.J. Russell
Electric Folk and Dysfunctional Relationships
In case you can’t tell from the way my books are awash with myth and legend, I’m a folklore junkie. I love ‘em all, but especially tales from the British Isles. I credit the British band Steeleye Span for kicking off my obsession.
I discovered the band in the early seventies while browsing in a Denver record store (we still had record stores then). Their album, Below the Salt, was playing on the store’s sound system and I was immediately captivated. I fell into a conversation with the sales clerk about the band and walked out with the album (as well as Leo Sayer’s Just a Boy, if I remember correctly—but I digress).
I played Below the Salt more times than I could count that year, fascinated by the rock arrangements of traditional ballads—aka “electric folk.”
In Below the Salt, however, all the cuts were traditional. My two favorite tracks were the ones that bookended side two: "Saucy Sailor", the last cut, and "King Henry", the first.
It’s interesting that the two tracks are sort of flip sides of dysfunctional relationships.
The eponymous King Henry, on the other hand, gives his monstrous lady visitor everything she asks for, no matter how outrageous—not that she appears to be grateful for each offering.
King Henry always seemed a little wimpy to me. All his companions got the hell out of Dodge. Why did he stick around? Furthermore, why not just tell her no once or twice? I suppose if she could eat a horse, several greyhounds, and drink a pipe of wine, yet be frisky enough to propose an impromptu wedding, she wasn’t a wench to mess with. But still.
It’s like the worst blind date ever.
But the King’s compliant nature is rewarded when his new bride improves significantly on the morning after, and (we assume) the two achieve their HEA. (We might also assume that the bride mends her appetite and table manners—although the song doesn’t go into details about the wedding breakfast.)
If you’re interested in listening to either of the songs, here are the links:
“King Henry” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U400-AvPKbo
“Saucy Sailor” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxXhA88ru0A
About E.J. Russell
E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
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