About Hero’s Shield by Joyce Holt
~ on sale Nov 26-30, 2020 ~
Trapped and tormented in a form not her own, Gwen of Raven’s Crag rouses from the depths of misery when she learns of the peril awaiting her kin. The sorcerer who has kidnapped her is raising a host of kin to aid in besieging the clans of the mountainous west.
Fear for folk overrides fear for self. Somehow Gwen must break her paralysis of dread, escape and outrun the Angul sorcerer, and bear warning to her king in the west.
Outrun, perhaps she can– with four fleet hooves pounding the road home. But who among her Brytish kin will understand her whinny of warning?
Carrying a terrified fellow hostage on the perilous road home, Gwen battles human and inhuman foes as well as her own skewed concept of courage.
Reader review: “A wonderful tale of dreams, hopes, foolish deeds, courage and friendship woven into a tapestry of myths and legends.”
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Joyce Holt spins and weaves, draws caricatures, plays the fipple flute and Celtic harp, and translates folktales and folk songs into English. For years she entertained kindergarteners and their teachers with her Mother Goose ventriloquist act. (Her goose puppet insists Mother Goose is the dummy.) She pulls out her dragon puppet for fantasy events.
Joyce walked all the scenes in Hero's Shield (the first in a 5-book series). An excerpt of the novel placed high in the Amazon Break-Through Novel Awards, earning a review from Publishers Weekly; it was also a finalist in the literary contest of Pacific Northwest Writers Association.