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About Joyce Holt
Forever fascinated by cultures of the past, Joyce Holt often steps away from the wired world. Spinning by drop spindle, weaving by loom or tablet, teaching "sprang" netting (a technique older than knitting). Acting in demos of the Dark Ages, garbed in historically accurate clothing of the times. Playing the Celtic harp, the langeleik, and the fipple flute. Translating old Norwegian folksongs into English.
Holt has walked the hills and dales of Telemark (inland Norway) and Cumbria (northwest England), the settings of her historical-fantasy novels. Wander through the wildwoods, glens and wind-swept heights of another age with Holt's historical-fantasy novels.
In the Tapestry of Cumbria, one hot-headed young swordswoman gives her all in defense of her clan and the ancient Brytish way of life high in the mountains of Cumbria.
- HERO'S SHIELD
- BRIGAND'S BLADE
- VAGABOND'S DAGGER
- SMITH'S HAMMER
- MINSTREL'S STAFF
"A wonderful tale of dreams, hopes, foolish deeds, courage and friendship woven into a tapestry of myths and legends..." ~ J.C.
TROLL AND TRYLLERI carries you away to the troll-haunted mountains of 9th century Norway where three young women guard their secrets. The daughter of a king, plotting treason. Her unwilling maid, planning flight to freedom. An ugly goatherd, masquerading in the realm of mankind...
Short story and flash fiction anthologies:
- SPUN AGAIN: Old Tales Retold
- SPUN AGAIN 2: Telemark
- HAUNTS: Spooky Short Stories
- ONE SEA, MANY SHORES: Tales on the Tides
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Family history buffs, you can still find the diary and artwork of Frederick William Hurst here on Amazon as well as on Holt's site:
...huddled in all their old haunts, just waiting for someone to wander by within reach.
This might be a good night to stay home.
Wandering adrift in the ninth century, Gwen and Trystan find no trace of their kin. Norse refugees have taken over the mountains of Cumbria.
Gwen burns to push further, to seek any lingering remnant of the proud, boisterous clans who once ruled the heights.
But autumn deepens toward winter. Trystan wants to shelter with the Northfolk until spring. And each day they linger, his roots sink deeper into the Norse way of life.
The hag hasn't yet called the name of Gwen or her companions. How long will that last? For the vagabonds traipse deeper and deeper into peril...
Listen! The names now cried by the goorach belong not to a few weary travelers but to the Thirteen Kings of the North themselves! Their golden age comes to a close.
In the second book of the Tapestry of Cumbria series, seventeen-year-old Gwen fends off bigotry, an amorous shapeshifter, lecherous Frank traders, a man-eating kelpie, and her own rash impulse to leap into action without a moment's thought.
Throughout this ill-fated venture, Gwen scoffs at the tale of a stuttering maiden from three centuries earlier, a young woman lost between two cultures. This timeslip historical-fantasy sweeps readers from Gwen's time into the perilous moment when the Roman stranglehold on Britain nearly came undone.