~ Trekking through Time ~

Media Kit: Joyce Holt

author of historical fantasy



Press Releases


Dateline: January 22, 2018

 To Spurn a King

Troubled Times in the North


2018 is a landmark year for King Harald the Fifth of Norway. Five decades ago, against his parents' wishes, he followed his heart and married a commoner. Eleven hundred years ago, the first King Harald could not win the maiden he desired, an ambitious young noblewoman. At her brazen challenge, he set out to forge a nation from the many small kingdoms along the Nord Way.

From the high mountain dales of Norway comes a tale of loss and peril, torn loyalties and broken promises. Norse sagas, folklore and mythology intertwine in TROLL AND TRYLLERI, a historical-fantasy novel that brings to life the wit and beauty of one far-seeing young woman - who sets off an avalanche of change across the land of the midnight sun.

Author Joyce Holt will hold a book signing at [location] on [date, time], featuring the newly released TROLL AND TRYLLERI. Drop by and chat about books and Vikings and ancient fiber arts like spinning by drop spindle. The first five visitors get a free needle-felted bookmark, no purchase necessary!

Holt writes flash fiction, too. For two years and more, she's been turning old Nordic folktales into short stories set among the fjords and fjells of an enchanting world, a mystical world, a perilous world haunted by trolls, merfolk, elves, wee folk, and creatures unheard of beyond the bounds of Scandinavia.

Of Norwegian ancestry herself, Holt wishes all the best for the current King Harald V and his beloved Queen Sonja on their 50th anniversary!

Troll and Trylleri

by Joyce Holt, author of historical fantasy

ISBN-13: 978-1548172510

Find TROLL AND TRYLLERI on Amazon.com in these formats:

  • 336-page print-on-demand paperback: $13.00
  • Kindle ebook: $1.00

YouTube trailer for TROLL AND TRYLLERI

Where you can find Joyce Holt:


Book launch and author signing

Date: --------

Location: ---------------







Dateline: December 26, 2017

 Burned out by the Holidays?

De-stress with quick-reading flash fiction!


Don't have the time or energy to invest in a novel? The tales in SPUN AGAIN: OLD TALES RETOLD make light reading a delight! In this 112-page flash-fiction anthology, each folktale takes up a mere two-page spread.

SPUN AGAIN brings you, in short-short story form, 44 folktales from Nordic lands -- the perfect way to take a break from hectic modern life. Visit the fjords and fjells of an enchanting world, a mystical world, a perilous world haunted by trolls, merfolk, wee folk, and creatures unheard of beyond the bounds of Scandinavia.

Some of these tales author Joyce Holt translated from Norwegian sources in print. Others she gathered while visiting Norway, land of her ancestors.

But she doesn't play favorites. She brought in stories from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and the Faeroe Islands as well, mined from a scholarly compendium of folk belief and legend.

For the cover of SPUN AGAIN: OLD TALES RETOLD, Holt used illustrations by Theodor Kittelsen, a "romantic" artist beloved by his fellow Norwegians for the last hundred years. His artwork also appears in the book trailer, found on YouTube and on Holt's author Facebook page.

 Spun Again: Old Tales Retold

by Joyce Holt, author of historical fantasy

ISBN-13: 978-1979478823

Find SPUN AGAIN on Amazon.com in these formats:

  • 112-page print-on-demand paperback: $7.00
  • Kindle ebook: $0.99

YouTube trailer for SPUN AGAIN: OLD TALES RETOLD

Where you can find Joyce Holt:


Book launch and author signing

Date: --------

Location: ---------------