Happy May Day! Today has long been a time for parties, and to celebrate spring, fertility, new life, and love.
The start of May has been marked as special since at least the invention of Julian calendar in 46 BCE. Between 28th April and the 3rd of May, the Romans held the festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring, and ritual celebrations at this time of year can be traced much further into the mists of time. May Day is linked with Beltane, the beginning of summer in the ancient Gaelic calendar, and with Walpurgis Night, a traditional spring festival in Germany, Scandinavia, and the Baltic. Unlike the May queens, flowers, and dancing we associate with British and US May celebrations, in parts of Germany and Estonia, Walpurgis Night is more reminiscent of Halloween—which it falls six months before. Folk dress up as witches, who traditionally gathered on this night, to whip up the carnival spirit. Some even carry out “trick or treat” like pranks.
Even the maypole isn’t as innocent as it seems. The symbolism of the maypole has been often debated, and yes, its phallic shape has contributed much to these discussions. It’s not much of a leap to suggest maypoles are a symbol of fertility, maybe a celebration of the appendage itself. And while it’s always good to commemorate the coupling of men and women, May Day also seems a great time to rejoice in the right to love whoever we damn well choose. After all, one of the themes of May festivities through the centuries has been the challenging of authority, and often, of laws and boundaries. In its essence, May Day is a challenge to perceived “norms,” harking back to pre-Christian religion—the worship of trees, flowers, and the seasons—and thus has often been suppressed. The Puritan parliament of the English Interregnum (after the Civil War) banned it all together.
So there’s no better day to celebrate queer love—whether between men, women, or however one likes to be labelled. In the tradition of May Day, sod those stupid boundaries and categories. Happy First of May!
And if you fancy a story set on and around May 1st…
A novella continuing the adventures of Herne the Hunter (sequel to Bound to the Beast.) Set in the Greenwood universe.
Locking Horns Blurb: England, 1804. Herne the Hunter has roamed the forests for hundreds of years and he’s known love with fellow half stag-shifter Tam for the past two centuries. The passion between them sizzles hot as ever, but times are changing. Greenwood magic is fading and this threatens both Herne and Tam’s immortality and the bond between them.
After Herne discovers the Greenwood fairies are dying, and dockworkers felling oaks to build warships might be to blame, he wants to fight the modern world with his warrior’s sword. Tam, who embraces all things new, desires a dominant partner, not a brute who wants to drag England back to the Dark Ages. Soon the Wild Hunt, Herne’s ancient army of doom, are back, tempting him to unleash his wrath, and the rhythm of Herne and Tam’s lovemaking seems broken for good. When Tam’s plan to reinstate a spring ritual goes awry, only Herne can save him. Herne must choose between his past and future, and they both must decide what matters most—eternal life or eternal love.
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This story can be read as a sequel to Bound to the Beast, a prequel to Bound for the Forest, or as an introduction to the Greenwood series.
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Tam’s words trailed to near nothing as Herne pressed forward and seized his lips in a ravishing kiss. He yielded at once, drawing Herne’s hot tongue inside, savoring the scrub of hard stubble against his softer skin. Even after all their years together, Herne’s taste and commanding demeanor sent a wondrous shock coursing through him. Herne’s raw masculinity had been wrought in a lost era of tribal lords, when he’d battled the might of Rome. His power as a spirit—gifted to him by the Mother Goddess, creator of all things—rolled in torrents from him too.
Herne crushed Tam against him, sweeping to such depths that Tam could scarce breathe. Tam didn’t care. He slipped his tongue against Herne’s and worked the kiss with an affection that sang sweeter each season they passed together. The demispirit of the holly, while not always in perfect agreement with his lover, had been created to cherish the oak.
When Herne finally broke the kiss, he cupped Tam’s face and growled in hunger. Tam gasped for air, and his cock ached. He needed Herne to pull him closer, to fuck him to oblivion, and he couldn’t contain the lust that flooded his veins.
An exquisite pain ripped through his head, and the pressure released. As Herne caressed him, his antlers surged upward from his skull. When Herne had made him a demispirit, he’d shared his crown. Though not as majestic as Herne’s, Tam’s horns were now as impressive as those of a buck in his prime, covered in a velvety down.
Panting, Tam scuffed his foot and straightened, adjusting to the weight on his head. When he leaned closer to Herne, their bony appendages interwove with a noisy clack.
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Locking Horns has gained a 4.5 hearts review from MM Good Book Reviews. Pixie writes:
“The conflict between Tam and Herne radiates from the pages, they adore each other, but the state of the Greenwood has them conflicted. These two characters are incredibly passionate and it reflects in how they react to the threat of the Greenwood and the fairies, they are explosive together especially when they play with a ribbon *fans self*.
I have to recommend this if you love slight kink and D/s, myths and legends, sexy brutes, a hot lithe beauty, a gruesome Wild Hunt, fairies, explosive sex and a happy ending.”
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