Thursday, May 27, 2010

Author Spotlight: The Oak King's Daughter by Emily Pikkasso

The Oak King's Daughter is a romance fantasy. Dara the Oak King's daughter, is in love with someone who her father deems unsuitable for her. Tinne, the court mage, is not worthy of his daughter in the Oak King's eyes. And, Tinne, well he seems to have an agenda all his own, or is he merely a pawn in a larger plan?

Dara decides to risk everything, including her father’s wrath, to run away with her lover, they succeed and Dara surrenders herself to Tinne, only to discover that the mage is more than what he seems.

Read an Excerpt!

“Soon, Oak King’s daughter, soon,” Tinne promised her.

Before Dara had time to think or change her mind, she was astride her fastest horse and racing through the forest with Tinne hot on her heels. Her father wouldn’t discover her missing until late tomorrow morning or early afternoon if she was lucky, they must be on the ship and away by then. Despite the urgency of their flight, Dara smiled as the heat in her belly rekindled and her breasts tingled at the memory of Tinne’s touch. Yes, the sooner we reach the ship the better.

Behind her Tinne grinned and pushed the horses faster. This was even better than kidnapping the Oak King’s daughter. Making her an accomplice in her own disappearance was a stroke of genius on his part and if it included pleasuring her young body, well that was a bonus too, wasn’t it? His master would be very pleased with him when he delivered the Oak King’s daughter. The only hitch in the plan was that Tinne had grown very fond of Dara for her own sake, not just a prize to be ransomed.

The dark ribbon of road cut across the rolling hills that shone palely in the fading moonlight. Dara smothered a yawn and concentrated on staying upright in the saddle of the racing horse beneath her. I think we should have made Oak Landing by now. Dara tried to force her brain to make some sense of her surroundings and then gave up. Let Tinne worry about where we are. I just want to get there and get him in bed.

Tinne allowed his stallion to come abreast of Dara’s gelding as they crested the top of the last row of hills. The lamps of Oak Landing shimmered in the hollow below them and the last light of the moon silvered the waters of the high tide. The vessel Tinne had arranged for bobbed gently at anchor on the gently rolling swells. He reached over and took Dara’s reins, drawing her horse to halt beside his. Tinne leaned toward Dara and ran his cold hand gently down her cheek and into the hollow of her throat. Dara’s breath caught in her throat and she swallowed thickly.

“Are you sure you wish to do this?” Tinne’s voice hung in the darkness between them. It was better to find out here, away from anyone who might feel obligated to help her, if Dara should decide to make a scene about getting on the ship.

“Yes, I want to go away with you, where my father can’t interfere in my life.” Dara smiled against the hand that now cupped her cheek. “I want to make love to you,” Dara rubbed her face into his hand and purred like a kitten.

“Very well, then Dara, the Oak King’s daughter. Let us go.” Tinne released the gelding’s reins but stayed close by Dara’s side as they rode into town and made their way to the docks.

Emily Pikkasso is a proud Albertan, and horsewoman. She lives on a farm near Balzac, Alberta with two horses, two ponies, various dogs, cats and whatever else happens to wander into the yard. Emily had her first poems and short stories published while still in grade school. She enjoys writing poetry and stories, both long and short. Emily welcomes feedback from her readers and can be contacted at

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Paul and Karen said...

Cool interview, Emily! You go, girl! Can't wait to hear more about Dara.

Karen :)

Nancy Bell said...

Greeting, Karen. It is I, Dara, Princess of the Oak, daughter of the Oak King. I have kidnapped Emily's email so I could see what she posted about me.Tinne is quite beautiful in a manly way, and I think that I am quite daring and brave to have convinced him to run off. I am NOT reckless, as my father keeps telling me. I hope everyone will read my story and side with me. Help me to convince Emily to let Tinne and I live happily ever after.
Dara, the Oak King's daughter

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Emily! I wish you the best of luck! I know you will be a success!

Erika Gilbert said...

Congratulations, Emily. This sounds like a unique premise! I just love original takes on paranormal themes. Best of luck with it.

Christopher Hoare said...

A good excerpt, Emily. Nothing like a headstrong young woman to plunge into something more than she expects. It also sounds as if Tinne will get more than he bargained for.

Lots of trouble for readers to enjoy.

Fellow Albertan: Muse release in March.

Chris H.

Nancy Bell said...

Dear Chris H,
Tinne has no idea that he has bitten off more than he can chew! I have big plans for that gorgeous man! I am trying to convince Emily to let me tell her the next part of my story. Wish me luck

PS Yay, Alberta!

Unknown said...

All I can say this is a "read over" Thanks for letting be one of your testers. This is a great read, and I can't wait to see it in print and read it again!

Anne Duguid Knol said...

Dear Emily and Dara,
So sorry I did not manage to be with you earlier but look forward to your next visit.
Can only echo all the praise for you both.
Lovely story so well told.

Nancy Bell said...

Thanks for your kind comments everyone! Thank you Cheryl, for hosting us.
Emily and Dara

Anonymous said...

Good to see you here Emily keep the great works coming