THREE STORIES OF LOVE
An Arthurian romance comes to life in a modern city...A man seeks love in the legend of an ancient ash tree...A woman wonders if she is worthy of the deep love of her husband and children.
Legend claimed King Arthur himself helped the hero Culhwch meet the demands of the giant Ysbadadden so as to win the hand of his beloved Olwen. Cully Logan knows the old story all too well, burdened as he is with the modernized name Culwich. But he is surprised and enchanted when he meet an ethereal young woman named Olwen walking in the small city graveyard where he’s having a take-out lunch, after being let go from his corporate job. Before he can react, she slips away into the crowded streets. They are brought together again by chance during the sale of an old painting. "Perhaps we were destined to meet, like our namesakes," Olwen tells him, and laughs. What happens next changes his life forever.
"Yggdrasil was a very ancient ash tree and according to legend it was the tree of the Universe. It is said that all ash trees are its children and a source of rebirth and healing." So George Symons learns from Juliana when he comes to her home to help her father puzzle out a bad investment in Belize. The house is a sprawling, somewhat isolated place near the sea. Juliana is enchanting, and he feels he has gone under her spell. She takes him to a massive ash tree and bids him sit under it with her, and tells him of its legend. She becomes his reason for living, and when she becomes ill, he is afraid he might have nothing more to live for. Until he understands the gift she has for him.
For Jen Wakefield each day is an unknown. The slow, gentle hours of keeping house and the planting of seeds, the deep emotional connection with her husband, and the walks on the dunes with her children Maggie and Sam are what she loves. Is she going to lose it all?
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About the Author
REGINA CLARKE was born in England and grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. With a doctorate in English, she taught at CUNY and then spent many years writing for corporations, creating books on network management systems, virtual protocols, and military surveillance software. (Who knew!) But during those years, writing books and stories, especially fantasy, mystery, and science fiction, was her passion. Her short stories have appeared in Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, Over My Dead Body!, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, Alien Dimensions, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. She has also been a ghostwriter, published a book on environmental management, and created an online workbook on soul development for the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. She was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script about a mother seeking the disabled child she had abandoned, in “Second Chances.” Her YA fantasy book MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobook competition. Two short stories-- “Calliope” and “Stopover”-- have been featured on The Strange Recital podcast in Woodstock, NY. After working on both coasts, in Texas, and overseas, Regina calls the historic and beautiful Hudson River Valley region her home now, and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.