Highlander Magick Series
Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: June 8, 2015
Number of pages:176 pages
Word Count: 57K
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
When an immortal Highlander falls in love with a human witch, “Mortal Magick” soon casts a spell of its own.
Doomed for eternity to wander nights as half man and half creature, rugged Highlander, Duncan McCord, discovers his curse is the least of his problems when he sets out for a cure and rescues the beauty determined to help tame his beast.
When a reluctant witch, Keara, gets whisked back to 18th century mystical Isle of Skye to learn lessons in magic, she faces the true test of love when she meets the man beyond her wildest dreams burdened with dark secrets from his past.
Forced together to journey through an enchanted country filled with mythical creatures and magical lore, will they survive in a world where evil sorcery reigns, or will a shocking twist of fate tear them centuries apart?
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Trotternish ∙ Isle of Skye, Scotland ∙ October 7, 1797
Duncan McCord wanted a woman. His entire body and soul hungered for a special lass’ touch. The one destined for his love, whom he would call kindred spirit. His stomach tightened, a pain ripping through him like the slice of a broadsword. This canna happen. Not now, not ever. Reality hastily slapped him back to his senses. He vowed never to be foolish enough to let himself fall into another vixen’s treacherous traps.
Dark, threatening clouds rolled over Scotland’s glorious mountain peaks in the distance. The muscles in his legs rippled, gripping both sides of his mount. His stallion, Goliath, snorted and stopped short in his tracks. His enormous hooves stomped the hard ground.
“Aye, ‘tis all right, me friend. Just a bad storm startin’ to brew. What a grand spot to rest for the night.” Duncan bent down and stroked the neck of the black steed then swung his leg over and jumped to the ground, beginning to remove both gear and saddle.
Goliath neighed, his breath white in the cold air.
A gust of frigid air swept around Duncan’s feet, spiraling its way beneath his woolen plaid. Leaves rustled from the biting breeze as they whispered danger through the towering pines.
Goliath snorted again and reared his mighty head.
The sweet scent of honeysuckle filled Duncan’s flaring nostrils and jabbed his memory. The pleasing fragrance was soon replaced with the putrid smell of dead worms and rotten leaves. Clenching his fists, his knuckles cracked. Short hairs bristled on the back of his neck. Wicked laughter echoed through the Highland hills.
A woman’s teasing, silky voice sparked his memory, whispering poison in his ears.
“Your journey is for naught, my beloved Duncan. I see you’re still stubborn as always. Your horse seems to have more common sense than you.”
The snicker became a cackle. Invisible fingers like fuzzy feathers tickled his whiskers, making his face twitch.
“I see ye still didna have the guts to face me, ye bloody she-devil. Afraid ye might finally get what ye rightfully deserve?” Stone-faced, he shouted into empty space. “I promise, witch. Ye won’t be laughin’ for verra much longer.”
“Careful, my spirited lover. You don’t want to wake the inner beast before sunset.
About the Author:
Patty was raised as a “country girl”, and fell in love with animals, books and the mystical world of magick from a wee girl. With her mother’s heritage, born and raised in Northern Ireland, along with the discovery of her father having American Indian ancestry, Patty’s fascination for both cultures quickly led her imagination to run wild.
Her love of The Chronicles of Narnia Series, from C.S. Lewis inspired her to start creating magical realms and characters of her own.
Patty’s dream to work with white wolves didn’t become a reality, but she considers herself blessed to have been “owned and loved” by a pack of beloved Samoyeds for over 20 years.
In her spare time, Patty can be found sitting beside one of her favorite spinning wheels, blending exotic fibers while her imagination weaves more stories. While she cherishes fond memories of both her parents, thanks to her beloved Irish Mom, Patty’s belief in the little people and fairies still carries on.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank my host, Deal SharingAunt, for having me here today as her guest.
Where are you from?
I grew up and still reside in the beautiful countryside of Carroll County, Northern Maryland.
Tell us your latest news?
I just got back from visiting my family in Northern Ireland, where my beloved Mum was born and raised. I had a grand time and have attached a few photos so everyone may get a wee glimpse of the breathtaking scenery. I’m also delighted to be able to share that I had a fantastic sendoff right before I left for my trip, by receiving another contract from my publisher, Soul Mate Publishing, for Sea Wolf Magick, book 2 of my new Highlander Magick Series.
When and why did you begin writing?
I fell in love with books as long as I can remember, from the stories my beloved Mum would read and make up for me. My teachers would encourage me to tell some of my “make believe stories” in front of the classroom for show and tell. I guess I actually began “writing stories” when I was around 8 years old.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
If I had to pick a specific time in my life, I would say when I was in my thirties. I wrote my first 65K manuscript and put it on the shelf where it collected dust for many years due to life’s circumstances and pursuing other interests.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The true life experience of my Mum being in the British Army during WWII, falling in love with my Daddy and becoming a “war bride”, then traveling by ship to a strange country to start a new life. Her love, strength and courage has always inspired me to pursue my dreams.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My imagination seems to run wild and in many different directions at the same time. I love seeing where my new ideas lead the characters and the story. I find I normally like to write the ending chapter after the first few chapters, and then go back and fill in the rest.
I’ll always remember the first time I spotted some gorgeous photos of the magical fairy pools, located southeast of Glen Brittle Forest. The imagery alone encouraged me to start writing a variety of stories mixed with handsome, wandering Highlanders and mythical creatures just waiting for the opportunity to tell their own tales.
How did you come up with the title?
Mortal Magick’s title actually “popped” in my head one day as I was striding down the stairs at work. I had decided I wanted to use the word “Magick” in all my book titles, as sort of my author’s trademark. Since Keara is a Mortal Witch and falls in love with an Immortal Highlander, that’s how the first title in the Highlander Magick Series came to be J
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are times you must be willing to search deep in your heart for the truth, so you can face the reality of what life throws at you.
How much of the book is realistic?
I consider my book to be similar to a beauty and the beast story, in that sometimes people can miss the inner beauty of someone very special, by judging them by their outer appearances.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I feel very fortunate having Irish, Scottish and American Indian ancestry from my parents. I strongly believe that the combination of all these cultures have made a huge impact on my upbringing, beliefs and values and helped make me a stronger person.
What books have most influenced your life most?
From a small child, I fell in love with the famous Chronicles of Narnia written by CS Lewis. His stories helped to inspire in me, that it’s ok to let your imagination run wild.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
C.S. Lewis, without a doubt J
What book are you reading now?
To be honest, at the present, I haven’t had much time to read much of anything because of my work and writing schedule, but I do enjoy watching a variety of fantasy series.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
(didn’t answer since I really don’t have much time to read)
What are your current projects?
I have currently started working on Dragon-Fae Magick, which is book 3 of my new Highlander Magick Series. This romance is set inside haunted castles nestled within majestic Scotland and Ireland, and of course, you guessed it – there will be dragons included in this story J
I’m also excited to share about another project I’ve been working on and planning to have the first book finished by the middle of next year. It’s a young adult fantasy trilogy, set in the mystical fairy glens of Northern Ireland.
What would you like my readers to know?
To never give up on your dreams. Like my beloved Mum used to encourage me, if something you’re working on is that important to you, you must believe in yourself and persevere to help your goals become a reality.