Friday, December 13, 2019

#GuestPost and #BookSpotlight - "To Weave a Highland Tapestry" by Mary Morgan

Behind the Scenes of To Weave A Highland Tapestry by Mary Morgan

Hi Amber! Delighted to be on your blog today! I’d like to share how this story, To Weave A Highland Tapestry evolved…

Often times, a character grows over the course of several stories. I felt it was time to give the hero, Patrick MacFhearguis his own “happy ever after.” He’s been a secondary character since my first book and series, Dragon Knight’s Sword, Order of the Dragon Knights Series. I sensed he was brooding at his home in Scotland. What he needed was a wife and a purpose. In truth, he has been a favorite of mine since he stepped into the first story. I wove his castle, Leòmhann, as the center of this love story, along with an ancient yew tree. 

What began as a Highland holiday novel, morphed into a much broader story—one that connected the past and present-day Clan MacFhearguis. And incorporating the Dragon Knights (Clan MacKay) into the story meant I was in for an even larger scenic tale. If you’ve read my stories, nothing is straightforward with these two clans. They dominate every scene they enter, each fighting for control. While they started out as bitter enemies, they are now allies and good friends. With this friendship, there also came loss. I realized both clans still mourned the absence of family members.

This story was one of friendships—new and old— trust, and letting go of previous sorrows. I said farewell to the Dragon Knights of Urquhart. Yet I welcomed a new beginning for the MacFhearguis clan of Leòmhann, and the MacKays of Aonach Castle.


TO WEAVE A HIGHLAND TAPESTRY (A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights)
By Mary Morgan
Release date: December 9, 2019
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Time-travel/Scottish medieval/Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel

Tagline: Do they dare to unravel the past for a future of love?

Blurb:

Patrick MacFhearguis, hardened by battles won and lost, desires what he can never have—peace within his heart and soul.  Yet, the ever-meddling Fae weave a new journey for him to conquer—a task this highlander is determined to resist.
When skilled weaver, Gwen Hywel, is commissioned to create a tapestry for the MacFhearguis clan, she embraces the assignment. While seeking out ideas, she finds herself clutching the one thread that can alter the tapestry of her life and heart.
A man conflicted by past deeds. A woman with no family of her own. Is it possible for love to unravel an ancient past, in order to claim two badly scarred hearts? Or will the light of hope be doused forever?

Excerpt:

Patrick’s eyes smoldered like fire. “Will ye heal me with a kiss?”

Her breathing became labored. “We’ve only just met. I don’t kiss strangers.”

Slowly, he brought her fingers to his lips, kissing each one. “I have told ye my name. What more do ye wish to ken?”

Gwen chuckled low. “I don’t even know your surname.”

Bringing her wrist to his mouth, he nipped along the vein, sending shards of pleasure up her arm and down her back. “MacFhearguis. Patrick MacFhearguis.

Gwen swore her heart stopped beating. Lights danced in a tempest around her. “No,” she whispered.

He arched a dark brow. “Aye. ’Tis my name, lass.”

This time, Gwen yanked with all her might and was rewarded when he released his hold on her. All the pieces of her jumbled puzzle of insanity slipped into place with clarity. Her mind screamed at the impossibility. She refused to submit to the conclusion. He must be a different Patrick MacFhearguis. However, the further she fought the realization, the more everything became crystal clear.

Gwen required proof.

She fought to steady her nerves and clutched her hands to her chest. “What is the year?”

Patrick’s brow creased. “Are ye troubled, Gwen?”

“The year!” she demanded, pounding her fist into the palm of her hand.

A flicker of uncertainty reflected in his eyes. “Twelve hundred and nine.”

Hysterical laughter bubbled up inside her, and she squashed its release immediately. “How in the hell did I end up here?”

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About the Author:

Award-winning Celtic paranormal and fantasy romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
 
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling by writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Amber! :)

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  2. Congratulations on another wonderful book, Mary. I know it will be a smash!

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    1. I'm feeling blessed already, Barbara. Thanks so much! :)

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  3. Congrats on your new release. Hope it's a great success!

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  4. An interesting read. I enjoy learning how authors create their characters and plots. Best of luck.

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    1. Thanks, CB! This character wove his way into my heart many years ago. His story was long overdue.

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