The final full-length novel in my Greenwood series, Lord of the Forest, was released in paperback last week! Hurrah! It seemed a great time for me to ponder on this month’s Birdies’ theme, which just happens to be … series v. standalone books.
I’ve loved writing the Greenwood series, and they are the definitely my favorite of my books (yeah, I know I shouldn’t have favorites, but I do!) Obviously, I enjoyed writing my other stories and hope they give as much pleasure to readers, but to devise a whole fantasy universe and develop it through four books (three full-length novels and a novella) has been a wonderful creative experience.
I’d love to write more in this universe—to use the characters of Herne the Hunter and Tam in more novellas, and to create another full-length novel set in pre-history and dealing with the foundations of the magic in the forest. But alas, fantasy isn’t the most fashionable genre right now, so I have put those plans on hold. However, for anybody out there looking for some m/m fantasy with some light kink and a lot of loving, the Greenwood world is there and waiting to be discovered. With four books, there’s certainly enough to get yourself lost in.
And I guess that’s why I often (though not always) love series more than standalone books. You can never get enough of a good thing, right?
About the Greenwood Series:
Lord of the Forest, Bound to the Beast, and Bound for the Forest, are three standalone m/m romances, interlinked by my fantasy version of the English Greenwood, in which all are set. The world is inspired by forest lore, especially the myths and legends of the New Forest, which is near where I live in Hampshire, UK. The Greenwood is a dreamlike world rich with magic, fairies, mystery, sweet and evil spirits, action, fighting, and passionate lovers. I’ve had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you will enjoy exploring it too.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SERIES USING MY A TO Z OF THE GREENWOOD
“England, 1217. Dark forces are rising. Only one man dares fight back—Robin Hood.”
Out now in paperback! You can order from amazon.com (not yet listed on international amazon sites, but should show up soon!)
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Lord of the Forest by Kay Berrisford. Genre: m/m, fantasy and paranormal with some BDSM and fetish elements. Novel length (60k). Art by Anne Cain.
Blurb: England, 1217. Dark forces are rising. In the Greenwood, foul spirits grow powerful, and greedy barons plunder the lands. Only one man dares fight back—Robin Hood.
Robin’s band of brothers is broken. Now a lone warrior, he denies his famous name and laments the friends and lovers he’s lost. When the fair folk capture Cal, a beautiful young forester descended from the Greenwood’s ancient protectors, Robin rescues him and forges a new alliance.
Despite a sizzling attraction, Robin senses Cal isn’t like his old comrades, and he’s right. Cal’s been raised as a royal spy. He plans to seduce and betray Robin, but can’t harm the man he’s falling hard for. Mistrust and arguments spill into passionate lovemaking, as Cal learns the meaning of loyalty, fighting beside Robin, the only friend he’s ever known. Even the enchanted forest seeks to bind Robin and the returned protector ever tighter.
Their connection will be tested by nature’s wildest forces, Robin’s past, Cal’s lies, and in a baron’s darkest dungeon. To survive, Robin and Cal must admit their love and embrace their true destinies. Only then can they save England and each other—and win their happiness ever after.
A note on the kink level in the story. Although there is a BDSM and fetish warning on Lord of the Forest, Robin and Cal’s is not a traditional D/s BDSM relationship. MINOR SPOILERS. There is a small nod to this kind of play in one scene, but that is all. The warning is there because of the kinky nature of the enchanted forest and the rituals and practices this entails, and because of some medieval dungeon scenes. Hope that clarifies everything without giving away too much
“Fantastic sex scenes convey the depth of emotion that the two share. I highly recommend this engaging read as well as the other books in the Greenwood series. Great writing, smoldering sex and a different kind of love story awaits in each book.” – EMMA, NIGHT OWL REVIEWS. Read more.
“The writing is as lush as the forests our characters find themselves in and despite there being elementals, spirits and fairies, everything seemed so real. With descriptions so vivid you could almost imagine yourself there among the Greenwood yourself. The writing is very lyrical, almost like poetry… The love scenes between Robin and Cal are scorching hot, but as well as the physical connection, there is also the emotional one between them… The book is wonderful and I don’t really know what else to say about it except – go, read and enjoy!” – ANNETTE GISBY, ZIPPER RIPPERS. Read more.
“There is danger and treachery and even a little bit of heartbreak before an ending that effectively resolved the demands of the Greenwood that the protector bloodline must endure. It is an alchemy that only the Fae could perpetuate; it challenges the imagination, and it also left me wondering if (read: hoping) the author might consider a sequel to the adventure.” – LISA, THE NOVEL APPROACH. Read more.
“We are pulled into a wonderful new story that combines fantasy with history, myths with facts, and legends with historical figures, combining everything together to give us a new spectacular Greenwood story… I will recommend this story to those that love history mixed with their fantasy, who love folklore and legends, hot sex and a happily ever after.” PIXIE, MM GOOD BOOK REVIEWS. Read more.
“This smoothly written story celebrates the erotic and supernatural adventures of Robin Hood within a perilous forest… a fun way to spend an afternoon. Recommended.” - VAL KOVALIN, JESSEWAVE REVIEWS. Read more.
Find our more! Who was Robin Hood?
“Even the trees whisper of Robin Hood.” – Meet my version of Robin, the hero of Lord of the Forest.
The Greenwood series can be read in any order. Other titles: Bound for the Forest; Bound to the Beast; and Locking Horns
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