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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Mary Morgan - Author of Dragon Knight's Sword

I'm thrilled to have fellow Wild Rose Press author Mary Morgan on the Flight Deck today. She has very kindly offered a copy of 'Dragon Knight's Sword to one lucky reader of this post.  So don't forget to leave a comment with your email address when you've read her fascinating interview answers.

 Good morning Mary.  Let's sip a glass of something sparkling, make ourselves comfortable and find out more about your new release: Dragon Knight's Swords, first in series of the Order of the Dragon Knights


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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.

Time Travel
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Page Count: 380
Word Count: 91636
978-1-62830-397-1 Paperback

978-1-62830-398-8 Digital


Excerpt:

He stood next to the waterfall. Beads of water glistened from his dark locks.

Brigid watched as they trailed down his chiseled torso, traveling down to where his tartan was wrapped low on his waist. The wind whipped at the folds of his plaid, the power coiling within and around him, as mystical as the land he stood on.

Ancient warrior,” she uttered softly.
When she looked up into his eyes, they smoldered with desire, and it startled her. A sensual shiver ran through her, wanting to be crushed within his embrace. The raw desire to be in this man’s arms, touching and tasting him, was so potent, she could feel her heart hammering inside her chest.
He tilted his head to the side, as if studying his prey.
Brigid didn’t know if she should run or step into his massive arms.
He took a step toward her, and her pulse quickened. The very air around her seemed electrified. He then took another...and another, until he stood merely inches in front of her.
Her breathing became labored, as he bent his head leaning close to her ear. She was engulfed in a sensual haze wanting his lips to touch her anywhere and put an end to her torture. His mouth was so close, she could feel a dark lock of his hair against her cheek, and she shuddered.
“Bring me back my sword,” he growled into her ear.
Brigid’s eyes flew open, clutching the sheets as the last fragments of her dream faded.

Oh this sounds like a wonderful read Mary, I need to get this book!  Tell us a bit more about it, and what was your favourite part of writing the book/series?

MM: Dragon Knight’s Sword, which was just released, is the first in The Order of the Dragon Knights. I always thought I was telling the story, but the characters would often lead me down different paths. I had the ending plotted out for a year, but in the end, the hero took over surprising me with his vision.

LOL - the heroine of my first book did that to me, too!  So what comes first in your stories: the plot or the characters?

MM: Definitely the plot. I always have these scenarios running through my mind, and then all of a sudden the characters start to enter the scene.

If someone were to play one of your characters in a movie, which character and actor would it be and why?

MM: Ahh…Richard Armitage. He has this intense look, as if he can see right through you. Yet, there is also a softer, gentler side to him, too. I love the contrast, which is exactly how I envision Duncan. Besides, Richard and Duncan are both very sexy alpha males.

*Squeal* Ooh sorry, it's just that he's one of my favourites too - I couldn't agree more about his intense look - and the softer side. I was crazy about him in the
 Robin Hood series, and although he was even darker in 'Spooks' I loved him in that too.  *Sigh* If he's a model for Duncan I've definitately got to read the book now!
Andy Android - another cool drink please, and lower the atmosphere a notch, Mary and I suddenly feel very warm! :)  Phew let's get back to the interview again. What’s your writing process Mary? Has it changed since writing your first book?

MM: Absolutely! In the beginning, all I had to focus on was the writing. Now, I have to find the balance between the business of promoting and the writing. I find that it’s easier to take care of the business side in the early mornings and focus on the writing in the early to late evening. Of course, I have to find time for my husband, too – chuckling here. 

Ooh, the dreaded promotion - it can be a real time suck! Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what kind of music – or do you find it distracts you?

MM: I definitely listen to music when writing. It’s a huge part of my inspiration and contributes immensely to my writing. I listen to a lot of Celtic instrumental, since my books are steeped in Celtic mythology. With Dragon Knight’s Sword, I listened to Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. No matter how often I hear this piece, it helps to open up the well of creativity.

A lady after my own heart. I love Celtic instrumentals too, and of course being a Celt myself, I love Celtic mythology.What sort of research do you do for your books and what’s your favourite source of information?

MM: I love delving into the research for a book. It’s positively fascinating finding out information to add or support to my writing. I tend to have many resources for research – from books, magazines to historical sites on the internet. At the moment, my favorite is Google Earth! I love whisking myself over to the ruins at Urquhart. I can almost touch the stones.

Yes, Google Earth is amazing isn't it.  And I've been to Urquhart myself, a beautiful part of Scotland! What is your personal definition of success?

MM: If you can feel my story, then I have accomplished what I set out to do – tell a great story. I have been successful in the “telling of the tale.”

Absolutely! Is there any advice, as a new writer, that you were either given, or wish you had been given.

MM: If you want to write, then write every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 words, or 1,000, just write. It helps to keep the creativity flowing.

Great Advice Mary, and finally, before you board the shuttle back to Earth,  if you were an animal, which one do you think you would be, and why?

MM:I would want to be a falcon. I could watch them all day, jealous of their capacity to fly. It would be so freeing to soar to any destination. Perhaps, that is why I love to travel in planes. I probably was a falcon in my past life. 

LOL wouldn't it be just wonderful to fly like a bird of prey!  Well thank you so much for being my guest, Mary, and for your fascinating answers to my questions.  I  can't wait to read your book myself.  Before you leave, can you tell us where we can buy 'Dragon Knight's Sword'?

You can purchase it from


Barnes&Noble

Thanks again Mary - and wishing you much success.

AUTHOR BIO
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.

Pure 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.

You can visit my website: http://www.marymorganromancewriter.com

37 comments:

  1. Good Morning Mary (and Duncan) so happy to have you on my blog today.

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  2. Good morn to you, too, Hywela! So happy to be here! What a lovely place you have (taking another sip of my mimosa) and I'm swooning over the picture of Richard Armitage. Oh my...just loved him in "North and South," too.

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  3. Ooh yes, I'd forgotten about 'North and South' Mary! That pictre is rather droolworthy isn't it! Do have some more mimosa!

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  4. Hi Mary I love your choice of Richard Armitage I'm swooning over the picture!!

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    1. He is very "swoon" worthy, Debbie. I've been a fan of his for years. :)

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  5. Mary, I don't need I to wish you luck because your book sounds so great I just know it will do well!

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  6. Hi Debbie, thanks so much for stopping by. *fans herself* I think we're all a bit in love with Richard Armitage - he's great, isn 't he!

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  7. Hi Frances, thank you so much for stopping by. Yes Mary's book certainly has the hall mark of a bestseller!

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  8. Yes! Fellow fans of Richard Armitage!!! He's in my movie, too LOL. Great excerpt, Mary. Can't wait to read your book. Best of luck with the release. Barb Bettis

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    1. Woot, Barbara! We'll keep him busy. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Great interview ladies. Mary, the book sounds fantastic. Good luck and great sales!

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  10. Hi Mary! I really enjoyed your interview and excerpt from DRAGON KNIGHT'S SWORD. I have to read that book. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

    kscathy AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Yay, Cathy!! So happy you stopped by today! Good luck in the giveaway, too. :)

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  11. I loved the interview and the excerpt from the book really grabbed me. I'll be buying the book soon.

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    1. Oh thank you, Marlow! That's such great news! So hope you enjoy Duncan and Brigid's story. :)

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  12. I enjoyed the excerpt and interview - can see Richard Armitage playing your hero in the movie adaptation. :>) i've only every seen him in North and South - wow! What a role.

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    1. Thanks, Ashantay! If you get the chance, watch the bbc series "Robin Hood." He played Sir Guy of Gisborne and was excellent in the role. It's no longer running (ran for three years about 4-5 yrs ago), but I loved the show. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  13. Hi Barbara, Sandra, Cathy, Marlow and Ashantay - thank you all so much for stopping by to say hello to Mary today - and I see we have the start of a new Richard Armitage on-line fanclub! :) I am looking forward to reading Dragon Knight's Sword myself, and I know he will be firmly implanted in my mind as Duncan! :)

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  14. Great interview and I LOVED the excerpt!

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  15. Hi Lane, thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the interview - and that excerpt really draws one in, doesn't it!

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  16. I love a good time travel and I love the cover, blurb and excerpt of Dragon Knight's Sword!

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    1. I've always loved time travel, too, Lilly. I often thought I was born in the wrong century, since I would rather shop for swords and ride horses. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Hi Hywela and Mary! Great interview! Lots of fun questions and answers. I love everything dragon, so this is already on my TBR list! Congrats with your new release and good luck with everything. :-)

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    1. Hello, J.C.! I've always had this fascination with dragons and do believe they once existed here. Thanks so much for your well wishes, and I'm happy you stopped by. :)

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  18. Hi Lilly, thanks for commenting - yes, time travel is such a great genere!

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  19. Hi JC, thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  20. ***WINNER***
    Congratulations, Cathy P.! You've won an e-copy of Dragon Knight's Sword. I see you've included your email, so I'll send you a message.

    Again, my thanks for Hywela for this great opportunity to chat about my debut release, Dragon Knight's Sword. I had a wonderful time! Slainte!

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  21. What an intriguing story, Mary! I love all things Celtic, too! BTW is Richard Armitage playing Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit movies? If so, he's quite impressive.

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    1. Hi Helen! So happy to see another fan of Richard Armitage. Yes, he did play Thorin. Wasn't he marvelous? I was very impressed, too. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  22. Hi Helen, thanks for coming by and commenting - and yes, Richard does play Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf in The Hobbit - depsite being 6ft 2":)

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    1. Haha, Hywela! I was thinking the same when I first heard he was going to play a dwarf.

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  23. Love the cover. Sounds like a really good book Mary. Great interview.
    Sue B

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  24. A wonderful post thank you. Richard Armitage is delicious.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. Hi Sue and Mary, thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the interview - and I think we definitely have a Richard Armitage appreciation society going on hre LOL
    Thank you for being such a wonderful guest Mary M, it's been brilliant finding out more about you and your book.

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