Wednesday, December 21, 2016
A Holiday Romance from Across the Sea
Tell us about your writing process. Do you plot carefully or wing it?
I'm definitely a plotter in the beginning. Since I write medieval romances (my love of history), I have to "feel" the ancient. Therefore, I start all my stories by writing down as much as I can in a leather journal--from character descriptions, environment and general outline. However, once I get started writing on the computer, the character inevitably take over the story. I'm hardly ever in control, especially at the back end of a story. It's similar to a freight train and the words fly across the pages.
Tell us about your latest book and what made you want to write it?
A Magical Highland Solstice was inspired by my love for the holidays. After finishing the Order of the Dragon Knights series, I wanted to wrap up the year with a holiday-themed romance. It was a labor of love to write this story. I took a major secondary character from my series, Cormac Murray, a true and loyal friend to the Dragon Knights and gave him his "happily ever after." He deserved his own book.
What do you like best about your hero?
I've always admired Cormac's steadfast loyalty to the Dragon Knights, especially after the death of their sister, Margaret MacKay. He never judged them. In addition, he had a great sense of leadership when it came to taking care of his clan and people--qualities I truly admired in this character. He jumped out at me from the very first story.
What about your heroine?
Eve was such a joy! She was giving, supportive, and she was putting other's needs before her own. I wanted to be her best friend.
How about a blurb?
Laird Cormac Murray has witnessed how love destroyed his own father after the death of his mother, and he vows to never take a wife. Yet, when he comes upon a bewildered lass traveling alone, he finds his heart will no longer listen to his mind. In the end, Cormac risks everything to claim the love of a woman not of his time.
Eve Brannigan loves helping others and baking. After winning a contest, she is stunned to learn that the Clan Murray has requested her assistance to cater to their guests during the holiday season. When a lost path in Scotland leads her to a handsome but gruff Highlander, Eve fights the temptation to allow love to enter her heart for the first time.
Can the Fae and the magic of the Yule season bring together two souls who have forsaken love? Or will tragedies from the past separate the lovers forever?
That sounds like a wonderful romance for the holidays--perfect for a calm evening of reading after wrapping presents.
Barnes & Noble:
All Romance ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-amagicalhighlandsolstice-2150328-143.html
The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4714-a-magical-highland-solstice.html
How can readers get in touch with you?
Thank you, Mary, for bringing us this week's holiday romance. Any comments or questions for Mary?