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Sherwood Charade
     

Sherwood Charade

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by Mimi Riser
 
Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Marian Allanson would prefer to avoid it, period. Emotionally scarred, and haunted by nightly dreams of the mythical Robin Hood, Marian is just limping through life till a mysterious quirk of fate tosses her and twelve-year-old street kid Orlando Konstantinos centuries into the past. Now she's on a

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Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Marian Allanson would prefer to avoid it, period. Emotionally scarred, and haunted by nightly dreams of the mythical Robin Hood, Marian is just limping through life till a mysterious quirk of fate tosses her and twelve-year-old street kid Orlando Konstantinos centuries into the past. Now she's on a full-scale run through medieval Sherwood, threatened by the Sheriff of Nottingham, and discovering there may be truth to the myth, after all. A forest phantom appears out of the shadows to rescue her from death, then disappears again, leaving her to a different danger in the form of a forced marriage to Lord Roland of Hunterdon, a man hot enough to melt a maid's skivvies--despite the fact underwear hasn't been invented yet. To make matters worse, when the old sheriff is murdered, Roland steps into the job with plans to kill Robin Hood, unless Marian can stop him. Or will Roland be the one to die? With the questions striking deeper than Robin's arrows, and a sudden uncertainty as to who's the villain and who's the hero, "Maid Marian" has much more to worry about than her missing unmentionables. And speaking of missing, where the devil is Orlando? Before the secrets crack open and the dust clears, an unlikely heroine will rise from her own ashes, a legend will be rewritten, and a love will be forged strong enough to conquer time... Genres: Romance / Fantasy / Time Travel / Romantic Comedy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602729520
Publisher:
Amber Quill Press, LLC
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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He glanced up at her approach. "Whatsa matter? You look worried."

Worried? She was having visions of them both being ravished and killed by a band of Sherwood outlaws who could be lurking nearby this very moment. "Worried" barely scratched the surface.

The real outlaws had hardly been like Robin's mythical merrie men. In fact, "merrie" was probably the last thing any of them were. A brutal, bloodthirsty bunch, medieval criminals. They had to be with the penalties for crimes so harsh in this era. Once a man broke the law, he had little left to lose. Those who escaped capture lived like animals in the woods, doing anything to survive. If there were outlaws close by, ones who knew they were here, who watched them even now...

Her stomach knotted as she stared Orlando in the eye. "Just tell me one thing. When you ran off before ... um, you didn't really meet anyone, did you?" She held her breath.

"Nope."

Her breath whooshed out in relief. Thank God. He had been bluffing. Which still didn't explain why Sir Guy's company bolted, but she'd work on that question later. One problem at a time. With a last look around, she made her decision. They'd follow the road, in the opposite direction the men took, but stick to the shadows of the trees. That would give them a little cover. Maybe. Hell, it would be full dark soon and no one would be able to see a damn thing, anyway.

"Okay then, let's get moving." She grabbed Orlando's hand and pulled him to the edge of the forest.

He pulled back. "Hang on. We can't go anywhere yet."

"Why not?"

"Because they'll be here any sec. We gotta wait for them."

"Who's 'them'?" She wanted to shake him."You just said you didn't meet anyone."

"That's right. Not anyone. Robin Hood and his men."

A shriek sounded. Marian's.

"Orlando, there is no Robin Hood."

"Bullshit. There is, too. He told me who he was. Who do you think chased off Sheriff Sleazeball? You saw what happened. They heard he was coming, and hauled ass." Orlando paused, his brows pulled together. "Huh. Maybe I shouldn't have warned them. I didn't realize what a badass reputation he's got. He must be cooler even than he is in the movies."

Marian clenched her teeth to keep from screaming again. Things were becoming too surrealistic. She closed her eyes and counted to ten, then rested her hands on his shoulders and leaned forward. "Orlando, listen to me. Whatever those men were running from, it was not because of anything you said."

He blinked and stared past her. "You might be right about that."

"I know I'm right. And you did not meet anyone who told you he was Robin Hood. There's a good chance no one around here even knows who Robin Hood is. The earliest known legends about him haven't been written yet. Do you get what I'm saying? He's not a real person."

"Does he know that?"

"He doesn't know anything. Robin is just a myth, a folktale, a literary invention. Understand? Historians have been researching him for years. I've researched him myself." God, how she'd researched him. "But I've never found any solid evidence he really existed--not now, not ever." Only in my dreams. She drew a deep breath.

"Yeah? Well maybe you just never looked for him in the right place."

Marian stepped back and planted her hands on her hips. "And where would you suggest looking for him, Mr. Know-It-All?"

Orlando grinned. "Right behind you."

What?

She spun about--froze.

"Shit," she heard someone say. Herself. Surprising. It wasn't a word she often used, but she couldn't think of a better one just then. She couldn't think at all. The woods were moving, shadows detaching from shadows. Weird shapes materialized in the mists between the trees, figures on two legs, crowned with antlers and horns. Some wore leaves, some feathers, some fur. One had a wolf's head, one a bear's. And one...

Her legs went weak. She knew him--the tall one who stood in a tunic of forest green, his bow in hand, his face hidden behind the folds of a deep hood.

A dream, just a dream...

He stepped toward her.

Marian forgot how to breathe. Dizziness swamped her. She swayed, locked her legs to keep from falling--crumpled, anyway.

The hooded man caught her, just as he had a thousand times before.

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Robin Hood redux. All her life Marian has been haunted about dreams of Robin Hood. Well, small wonder, eh, with a name like Marian? Yet, in fiction where all things are possible, this Marian finds herself and her friend, Orlando, carried back in time to ancient England, where King John (Edward Longshanks's grand pappy) is the ruler, while Richard the Lionheart is away. Marian doesn't, however, meet Robin ala Errol Flynn and things are not quite have they have been handed down in tales!! For one, Robin's true love and lady fair is Elaine. The real Marian, back then, was his horse!!! (mind out of the gutter...lol). Elaine was presumed dead, thus putting Sir Guy of Gisborne in such a snit because he lost her monstrous dowry when he hoped to wed her. But what ho!! In a strange twist, the modern Marian (not the horse, mind) happens to look just like Elaine, so plotting is a foot! They think by passing Marian off as Elaine's long lost twin sister, they can get both Elaine's money and appease John since he wasn't too happy about Elaine's death. Marian hopes Robin will show up soon, because she isn't really happy with Guy and the Sheriff's machinations. With me so far? Buckle up because, as Bette says, it's about to get bumpy!! Complications abound when Marian is forced to wed, but fortunately not to Guy. Instead she is wed to Roland, lord of Huntingdon...who reminds her vaguely of.... Well, I won't spoil the fun. Riser has conjured a ripping tale of auld with enjoyable twists and double twists to keep you loving this fun story. A wonderful time-travel with all the elements carefully measured and added to the mix. Riser shines.