Madeleine Ribbon, author of the Ren Faire series
I encountered Madeleine Ribbon through her first story, Faire Fugitive almost a year ago. Recently I sort of ran into her again and asked about how the series was doing, where the idea came from…those sorts of questions. My answer from Madeleine was that the sequel, Faire Protector, was getting ready for release shortly. That news prompted all kinds of anticipation and ideas, including having Madeleine Ribbon here to talk about the series inspiration behind Faire Fugitive and Faire Protector.
To help celebrate the release of Faire Protector, Madeleine has brought a book giveaway with her, a choice of either book to one lucky reader. To enter to win, leave your email address and a comment at the end of the post. As usual, must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Contest ends July 8 at midnight, Winner to be announced on July 9th!
The Maryland Renaissance Festival starts August 23, Chances are you can find both myself and Madeleine in attendance at some point in time. Wave a turkey drumstick or pint at us if we happen to walk on by….
A Trip to the Faire by Madeleine Ribbon
When I first started writing the Faire series, my entire goal was finding an excuse to get my ass into costume and flounce around any and every Renaissance festival I could manage to get my grubby little hands on. Luckily, all that Ren faire visiting (and subsequent note taking, because I had to justify ticket prices somehow) led to some perfectly reasonable ideas, and Devin and Max’s stories were born while I was in the midst of half-hour Shakespeare skits, jousting tournaments, bagpipe concerts, corsets, steak on a stake, and copious amounts of ale and mead.
A Renaissance faire is like the bastard child of a seventh-grade world history book and the most amazing circus ever. The festivals all try to recreate a romanticized version of history, and in doing so, they create a place that’s almost magical in its other-worldliness. At the faire, you can get lost in a new world for a day. You have a chance to marinade yourself in everyone else’s weirdness—and just about every sort of weird is acceptable there. My Faire takes these bits and kind of pushes them to the next level by making the magic real.
I gave the main characters for both Faire Fugitive and Faire Protector rather unfortunate histories, and since I didn’t want to go full-on angsty in this series, I needed something to balance the darker sides of the story out. Using the Ren faire has been a great way to create a peppy, wacky, unique, can’t-take-yourself-seriously environment to balance out the harsh realities of my characters’ lives.
Max’s soul has become a virtual slave to the magical Renaissance Faire, and he can’t leave the grounds. He’s very, very attracted to the Faire’s brewmaster, but Shepherd wants nothing to do with him. Shepherd thinks Max is the reason his cousin got back into drugs, and Max has a bad history—dealing, a prison term, and last but not least, a little four-year stint as the personal assassin of a drug kingpin. For once, Max didn’t do it, but Shepherd isn’t about to believe him.
When Max’s old boss becomes a threat, the Faire that had been his prison becomes his protection. Max hides out at the brewery. As he deals with Shepherd’s bad attitude, the physical and mental side effects of having his soul imprisoned, and guilt over the people he’s killed, he finds himself falling for the sexiest man to ever hate him. But the only way he can keep Shepherd is if he can find some sort of magical redemption for his past.
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Author: Madeleine Ribbon
Book 2 of the Faire series
Length: Novel, 90,000 words
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
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