The Oak King's Daughter
The Oak King's Daughter is a romance Fantasy. Dara the Oak King's daughter, is in love with someone who her father deems unsuitable for her. Tinne, the court mage, is not worthy of his daughter in the Oak King's eyes. And, Tinne, well he seems to have an agenda all his own, or is he merely a pawn in a larger plan?
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I am pleased to announce The Oak King's Daughter has won the New Covey Award for Most Artistic Cover for July 2010. Cover artist Delilah K Stephens has created an award winning civer that beautifully captures the essense of the story while also creating a feast for the eyes. This is the first award for Emily Pikkasso and she is very grateful to Delilah for this wonderful cover and very proud of her story. Available from MuseItHOT! Publishing, a division of MuseItUp Publishing.
Reviews for The Oak King's Daughter
Killarney Sheffield shares her thoughts with a 4 star review:
The Oak King's Daughter is a fast paced and engaging read. It is an erotic fantasy about a mythical Oak King's daughter Dara, who finds herself in love with a mage. Of course as a King's daughter the man is far beneath her station but love makes her defy her father and steal away with the man of her dreams, who isn't quite all he seems.
As a reader I found myself instantly connected with Dara and sympathized with her plight and desires. I was so engrossed in the story and plot that I found myself surprised when it came to an end. I was definitely left rooting for the heroine wanting more!
Anyone looking for a smooth, light erotic read will enjoy The Oak King's Daughter, by Emily Pikkasso.Rating- 4 stars!
The Story Behind the Story
For those who are interested, the inspiration for this tale comes from the old Welsh and Celtic myths which tell the tale of the twice yearly battle between the Oak King, who rules the summer months and the Holly King who rules the winter. They fight over the hand of the queen or princess or goddess, depending on which legend you read, who rules as the consort of the victor. For my purposes, the Oak King is named Dairmuid, which means Oak Wood and the name Tinne means Holly. As the Celts were lusty people I had no trouble adding a little spice to the tale. So, in effect, Tinne seduces Dara, the Oak King's daughter, and takes her as his own. When he consumates their union, Tinne the mage becomes the vessel that allows the Holly King to take physical possession of the Oak King's daughter, who embodies the sought after consort. And so, Dara returns at Beltaine to give birth to the summer from her pregnant belly, the blossoming result of the seeds the Holly King sowed and guarded during the dark months of winter.
The Oak King's Daughter is nominated for a Dan Poynter Global eBook Award in the short story category. Judging by a panel will take place in July with the winners announced July 20, 2011. There will be an awards dinner in Santa Barbara, CA on August 20, 2011 where the winners will be presented with their awards.
Excerpt from The Oak King's Daughter available from MuseItHOT! Publishing
“Soon, Oak King’s daughter, soon,” Tinne promised her.
Before Dara had time to think or change her mind, she was astride her fastest horse and racing through the forest with Tinne hot on her heels. Her father wouldn’t discover her missing until late tomorrow morning or early afternoon if she was lucky, they must be on the ship and away by then. Despite the urgency of their flight, Dara smiled as the heat in her belly rekindled and her breasts tingled at the memory of Tinne’s touch. Yes, the sooner we reach the ship the better.
Behind her Tinne grinned and pushed the horses faster. This was even better than kidnapping the Oak King’s daughter. Making her an accomplice in her own disappearance was a stroke of genius on his part and if it included pleasuring her young body, well that was a bonus too, wasn’t it? His master would be very pleased with him when he delivered the Oak King’s daughter. The only hitch in the plan was that Tinne had grown very fond of Dara for her own sake, not just a prize to be ransomed.
The dark ribbon of road cut across the rolling hills that shone palely in the fading moonlight. Dara smothered a yawn and concentrated on staying upright in the saddle of the racing horse beneath her. I think we should have made Oak Landing by now. Dara tried to force her brain to make some sense of her surroundings and then gave up. Let Tinne worry about where we are. I just want to get there and get him in bed.
Tinne allowed his stallion to come abreast of Dara’s gelding as they crested the top of the last row of hills. The lamps of Oak Landing shimmered in the hollow below them and the last light of the moon silvered the waters of the high tide. The vessel Tinne had arranged for bobbed gently at anchor on the gently rolling swells. He reached over and took Dara’s reins, drawing her horse to halt beside his. Tinne leaned toward Dara and ran his cold hand gently down her cheek and into the hollow of her throat. Dara’s breath caught in her throat and she swallowed thickly.
“Are you sure you wish to do this?” Tinne’s voice hung in the darkness between them. It was better to find out here, away from anyone who might feel obligated to help her, if Dara should decide to make a scene about getting on the ship.
“Yes, I want to go away with you, where my father can’t interfere in my life.” Dara smiled against the hand that now cupped her cheek. “I want to make love to you,” Dara rubbed her face into his hand and purred like a kitten.
“Very well, then Dara, the Oak King’s daughter. Let us go.” Tinne released the gelding’s reins but stayed close by Dara’s side as they rode into town and made their way to the docks.