Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dragon Knight's Sword: Battles and Ancient Curses with Author Mary Morgan

Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O'Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes.


Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together. 

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Travel Q&A with Mary Morgan
You've done a bit of traveling. What places have you seen? 
Yes, love to travel. I've been to England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Mexico. 

Why did you choose those countries? 
Mexico was my honeymoon destination and it was wonderful, but the others were places that I had always yearned to visit. My heritage is Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and French, though, I wouldn't be surprised to find a bit of English in there, too. 

Did you have a favorite? Would you like to return to any of them? 
I have two favorites--Ireland and Scotland. Scotland has this wild, untamed, mystical beauty, which captured my soul the moment I crossed the border from England. It was almost like passing through a veil into another realm. With Ireland, it's beauty and magic is softer--more vibrant in colors--and I gave a huge sigh when I got off the ferry and stepped on Irish soil . . . home. I definitely want to return to both. 

What country or place has most influenced your writing? How? 
In the beginning, both countries pulled at my writing. Ireland's mythology and legends have always fascinated me, but I wanted to base my characters in Scotland. It's where I first started weaving my story, sitting on a boulder in the middle of the Highlands. I loved the landscape of where I wanted them to be, so after several years of this battle between both places, I had what you would call an epiphany one day. "Why not combine both?" It was so simple. Immediately, the Order of the Dragon Knights came together. 

Will you share with us one of your favorite moments from Scotland? 
Ahh . . . Summer Solstice on the Isle of Skye in 2000. I took a long walk alone after dinner. It had rained the day before, so the air was crisp and clean. As I stood still, I looked out and a fish jumped out of the water, which was north. To the east was a small house bathed in the last rays of sunlight. A double rainbow was south and to the west, mists descended over the hills. Standing at that spot, I felt the magic of Scotland all around me--one I will never forget.



Book Giveaway! 
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From the Author
I am a constant daydreamer and have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid. 

Bliss!

I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there, or maybe in Ireland. 

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden–another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.

Connect with Mary Morgan at http://marymorganromancewriter.com

21 comments:

  1. Thank you, MK, for hosting me today. It was wonderful talking about my travels, and now I long to return to those special places.

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    1. It's wonderful to have you visit us today, Mary! What a lovely memory you've shared from Skye. I remember feeling that same way many times whilst in Scotland. I need to add Skye to the next trip. :)

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  2. I loved reading Duncan's story! It was filled with magic! congratulations Mary, and looking forward to your next book!
    I am new to your blog, and love it, so nicely done and I adore the photo at the top, it's breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Nicole. I love new visitors! :) I was in the middle of a few books when Mary's story came out, but I have it ready and waiting. Such wonderful things I've heard about it, and you've given me yet another reason to get to it!

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    2. I just found your beautiful books too! your series British Agents, seems very interesting to read. Sent you a Facebook friend request and a private message!
      Where is the peaceful scenery in the photo at the top of your page?

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    3. Thank you, Nicole! So very happy that enjoyed Dragon Knight's Sword. I love the photo at the top, too! I could sit in a place like that for some time...

      So glad you stopped by.

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    4. Nicole - The photo is actually of Alberta. They have some of the most incredible scenery up that way. Similar in many ways to Montana, but I loved that image.

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  3. Hi. The interview was great. I want to travel to both Scotland and Ireland so bad.

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    1. Thanks, Danniell! I truly hope you get to visit one day. I've been twice and cry each time I have to leave. I even told my husband I would give up my collection of books to move there...well, almost all of them.

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  4. Glad to have met a new author!! I have been to Ireland and it is wonderful. Now I am hoping I can go to Scotland next year.

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    1. Hi Virginia! :) You will fall in love with the rugged beauty of Scotland. I'm hoping to return next year, too.

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  5. Hi, Mary! I haven't read any of your books yet, but DRAGON KNIGHT'S SWORD sounds wonderful. I enjoyed your Q&A session. I want to visit Scorland, Ireland, Wales, and Australia one day. I have never been in another country except for Canada, and that was beautiful!

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  6. Oh Cathy, I've heard Canada is spectacular! I lived in Washington state for a few years, and I'm just kicking myself that I never made it over there. I hope you get to visit all those other places you want to see.

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  7. I'd love to travel more, but for now I must be content to travel through my reading. Not a bad thing at all.

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  8. Mary, I'm a great "armchair" traveler. If I can't get there in person, I'm pulling out books -- fiction or non-fiction. They whisk me away...

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  9. WooHoo!!
    Big congrats on your new book Mary!! (((hugs)))
    You already ready know how jealous I am of you and your travels...but I'm very, very happy for you!! LOL!!
    Any new places lined up that you'll be sharing with us on your blog?
    I enjoy looking at your pictures and the stories you tell of your adventures.
    Best to you! :-D

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  10. You're a sweetie, Dalila, and thank you! I plan on returning to Scotland next year, but will continue to share more of my past trips. I'm so happy that you've enjoyed them. (((HUGS))) back to you!

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  11. ***WINNER*** Congratulations, Dalila G.! You are the winner of an autographed copy Dragon Knight's Sword! Please send me an email at: mary@marymorganromancewriter.com with your mailing address.

    Thanks so much to MK for hosting me and for all those who commented. If you can't travel to your destinations, then may your dreams carry you there. :)

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  12. Yippee!!
    How exciting, thank you Mary!
    Sent you my information. :-)

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  13. Great post ladies. I really enjoyed it :-)

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  14. I loved hearing about your travels. I'm from an Irish family, but I grew up in London. From your travel photos I could just see the cold and damp of summer.

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