Monday, April 27, 2009

Guest Blog w/ Maia Strong

Many, many thanks to Lucy for inviting me to visit today! It's great to get out of one's own blog and go traveling once in a while. ;-)

Now, if I may, I'll tell you a little story…

Long years ago a Wand'ring Minstrel was born into a fantasy world. He leapt—or, more accurately, scrawled—fully formed from the pencil of a high school junior deliberately writing with her wrong hand. He wasn't the hero of these fantasy tales. Indeed, he appeared in only two short stories. He was simply the hero's best friend and roommate. His sounding board. His cohort. Alternately his voice of reason ("She's just not worth the anguish.") and his enabler of poor choices ("More beer!"). His name was, and is, Jimothy Redwing. (The high school junior stole one of those names from a fellow student, but to this day she cannot remember if it was the first or the last name as she never met the student in question, but I digress.)

Jimothy never asked to be the hero. At least not back in those days. He played his guitar and quietly bided his time. Far more patient than any character should have to be who has a story to tell. The years ticked by and the high school junior became a college senior, and then a corporate drone. At some point she forgot how much fun it was to write stories about Wand'ring Minstrels and all the other people who populate the unnamed planet on which they live. Later she escaped the corporate hamster wheel (she never was on the ladder) in exchange for the freedom of contract employment. And somewhere in that freedom she rediscovered how much she enjoyed writing. More than that, she discovered the joys of writing m/m erotic fantasy romance. It was then that Jimothy sat up and took notice from inside her creative mind. That was his genre! He'd never known it before because she had never known it before. At last here was a chance to tell the tale he'd been waiting for so many years to tell! And what was that? National Novel Writing Month ( Perfect!

In November of 2006, that tale became The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing, which is releasing in paperback on 28 April 2009. A happy ending? Not quite. If Jimothy and the woman who created him have anything to say about it, it will be more of a happy beginning.

The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing

by Maia Strong

Arriving 28 April 2009 from Samhain publishing (

Come on over to my blog party before midnight PDT on the 28th and you could win an autographed copy!

Author bio:

Maia Strong lives in the Pacific Northwest with her fabulous husband. When she's not writing about sexy boys doing sexy things, she works in local theatre, bellydances, and watches too much Food Network and NCIS. She loves baseball, cooking and baking, daffodils, grey skies, Shakespeare, travel, yoga, and a damned fine cup of coffee.


Wand'ring Minstrel Jimothy Redwing is used to life on the road, delivering messages and performing music. He's also accustomed to occasional trysts with amenable strangers.

Ricky Lennox is smart, funny, handsome, and very amenable. He makes it clear that the night they spent together left him wanting more. That "more" becomes complicated when Jimothy discovers Ricky's true identity.

Usually the anonymous messenger, Jimothy never suspects a letter he carries could impact him directly. But a potential political coup means danger for the lovers; both become targets of violent attacks. Together they must discover the conspirators and bring them to justice.


Jane said...

Hey Maia,
Congrats on the print release of "The Ballad of Jimothy Redwing."

Maia Strong said...

Thanks, Jane!

Caffey said...

What a beautiful cover this is Maia! I've read some m/m but hardly see them set in a fantasy erotic romance!! Will you be having more books of the same characters?

Maia Strong said...

Hi, Caffey. At present, I have a short story with these same heros that is available as a free ebook download from Samhain's blog, The Samhellion. It's a Solstice story that came out this past December. As soon as Jimothy and Ricky have another story they want told, I'll start writing it.

I do have another book coming that takes place in the same country as this one, though. There's a sneak peek available over at Just add coffee. It'll be coming from Torquere Press later this year.

Rhonda said...

Maia, congrats on the print release! I really need to get this book and read it.

Maia Strong said...

Thanks, Rhonda!

Amy said...

Congrats on the Print release of the book. It sounds like a great read, I don't read very many m/m books but I will have to check this one out

Maia Strong said...

Thanks, Amy! I hope you enjoy it! :)