Cornelia Amiri and her muse, Severus the Cat, live amid the hustle and bustle of humid Houston, Texas, as does her wonderful son and granddaughter. She’s currently working on her 40th book —a sci-fi comedy romance with a Celtic goddess as the heroine. Learn more about Cornelia and her books at her website.
Cool Things about Celtic Halloween and a Wolf Shapeshifting God
As an author of Celtic/Paranormal/Romance novels, my favorite holiday is Samhain, the Celtic festival which gives us our Halloween traditions. Samhain, pronounced SOW-uhn, is the Celtic New Year, October 31st or November 1st. Samhain falls between the old year and the new; it is a day without time. Spirits of the dead and supernatural beings easily cross into our earthly dimension on this day, since the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.
In our modern Halloween celebration, one of our favorite supernatural creatures are werewolves. The ancient Celts liked shapeshifters probably even more than we do. All their gods had shape-shifting forms.
For instance, the Welsh God Gwydion, that name means born of trees, which sounds very Druidry and for good reason, he’s basically the druid of the gods. Along with that, he’s a powerful sorcerer, a master of illusion, a trickster, and a poet. Plus, one of his main shapeshifting forms is a wolf.
Gwydion is the hero of The Wolf and the Druidess. It’s set at Samhain rather than Halloween and instead of a werewolf, the hero is the Celtic god Gwydion. It’s my version of a sexy, romantic Halloween werewolf tale. And it does have a Little Red Riding Hood vibe.
The Wolf and the Druidess is the first book in my Druidry and the Beast series. All are all set in Iron Age Britain during one of the ancient Celtic festivals. The hero is always a shapeshifter god and the heroine a smart, strong druidess. All the druidesses are from different tribes, so you get to know a little about the tribal culture of those times.
The series is complete at five books. All are available individually or together in a box set.
The Wolf and the Druidess
Druidry and the Beast, Book 1
A Celtic Tryst with A Shape Shifter Twist
In days of old, deep in the dark woods, Druidess Seren discovers a wolf shapeshifting into the bare, muscular Celtic God, Gwydion. Seren's mind turns from the Samhain feast to wicked thoughts of Gwydion's gorgeous body. Is the love Gwydion and Seren share strong enough to overcome barriers between an immortal god and a mortal woman? Or will a warning of danger from beyond the grave destroy the sensual magic brewing between the wolf and the druidess?