OS: Welcome to EJ Russell, author of The Druid Next Door (a great book!) who has graciously come by today to share with us!
In the Fae Out of Water universe, being a druid is as much heritage as choice. In fact, in my story world, you can’t be a druid unless you’re born into the bloodline. In Cutie and the Beast, the druid aunties are connected to nature and the earth and their druid craft by actual crafts: herbalist, wood carver, weaver, potter, glassblower, jeweler.
But Bryce, in The Druid Next Door, doesn’t know he’s a druid. His grandmother (who unbeknownst to him, was a druid) died before she could initiate him fully into his birthright.
So, if my story-world druidry is based on maintaining the balance of nature, on connection to the earth, how would a modern-day druid who didn’t know about his nature instinctively choose to live?
Well, the answer to that was obvious—he’d be an environmentalist, of course! One with an awesome herb garden and a militant attitude about taking care of the planet.
Naturally, the unwitting druid would be drawn to a lifestyle that limited his footprint on the earth. Bryce drives a LEAF when he’s not riding his bicycle. He’s active in the homeowners’ association for the “green” community he and Mal live in (although Mal lives there much to his own dismay and disgust).
I had a lot of fun researching the kinds of materials that might be used in the eco-friendly houses. Recycled materials, obviously, as much as possible—and there are some really cool (and gorgeous) products available on the market now. In addition to the energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets, and triple-glazed windows—check out some of these options.
These countertop products are from a U.S. company called IceStone (https://icestoneusa.com) and they’re made from recycled materials. This one is made from recycled glass. I think it would be something Bryce would have in his kitchen, because it has the blue of water and the green of grass and trees.
The kitchen floors in both men’s houses are cork, their other floors bamboo. Mal mentions that his coffee table was made from wood salvaged from a local gym. This little detail was mined from my own experience—or rather that of my neighbors.
When the gym floor in a nearby community high school was damaged by flooding, my neighbors (who were building onto their house) were able to acquire the salvaged maple boards and used them for the floor in their addition.
Bryce would have been so proud.
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.
Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/the-druid-next-door
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.
Check out Fae Out of Water! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/fae-out-water
About E.J. Russell
E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.
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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To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Druid Next Door tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!