Spirit of the Knight
by Debbie Peterson
She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast his gaze upon her...
Renowned artist, Mariah Jennings hired to paint a thirteenth-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks.
But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.
Will those forces tear them apart, or is their love destined to last throughout the ages?
He tilted his head to the side and shrugged. “It wouldn’t have mattered. I didn’t know when I brewed it that you had already given your heart away. And of all th’ stupid, ridiculous things you could possibly do, you gave your heart to a ghost. I should have realized it from th’ beginning when I first laid eyes on your sketches. Therefore, my potion wouldn’t have had th’ desired effect.”
“And you think this new one will?”
“Och, without doubt.” He nodded his confidence. “This one will make you forget any of th’ knights ever existed. Do ye ken? All your memories of them will be gone in th’ mere blink of an eye.”
The arrogant tone roused her temper even further. “Just so you know—there’s not an herb, potion, or magic incantation powerful enough to erase Cailen from my heart. He’s possessed it far too long. You’re wasting your time.”
He shrugged. “We’ll see.”
Though she tried not to show it, Evan’s calm assurance scared her half to death. Her thoughts drifted to Cailen. Surely when he returned to the castle, he would move heaven and earth to find her. If she called out to him periodically, he would hear her. He could find her simply by following the sound of her voice—
“If you’re thinking your knight will rescue you, let me save you th’ trouble of hoping,” he said. “Cailen is not coming back.”
Let's learn a little about Debbie Peterson:
I am really excited to visit your blog, so thank you very much for the invitation. I know that you have some questions for me, so let the games begin!
Booklover Sue: What is your writing environment?
My work desk is tucked away inside a room just off my library. Each wall in that room has a specific theme that changes from time to time. Right now I have a Civil War wall (my nod to Spirit of the Rebellion), a Revolutionary war wall (Spirit of the Revolution), and a Medieval-themed wall wherein “The Accolade” by Edmund Blair Leighton is my centerpiece in honor of Spirit of the Knight. At present, I am contemplating what I want to hang on that fourth wall. The possibilities are endless, right? So, anyone care to make a suggestion?
Booklover Sue: Who is your perfect hero and why?
I have two. First up, my beloved husband is my perfect hero. He is and always has been my greatest friend, my confidant, my protector and my sweetheart. The icing on that cake? In all of our thirty-seven years together, he has never once failed to make me feel deeply loved and incredibly cherished. No wonder you can find a little bit of him in every one of my heroes.
My Dad is the other. He was/is one of the greatest, kindest, patient, most loving men to have ever walked the face of the earth. The world truly needs more men just like him. Enough said…
Booklover Sue: What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
At the risk of sounding boring—here of late, I have been devouring the works and writers of the classics. Authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens to name a few. In the past, other books and more contemporary authors have always taken precedence over my desire to read them. Now just seemed like the perfect time to finally indulge that desire!
Booklover Sue: What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A very, very good one! Of course, I’m such a romantic, I’m afraid the subject matter would still have to fall under the genre of romance coupled with adventure and at least a touch of the paranormal.
Booklover Sue: Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Before I kick that proverbial bucket, I would really like to visit some of the castles in the United Kingdom that I blog and write about…preferably without any other tourists in the vicinity. I would also love to travel to all of the countries that make up the ancestral blood flowing through my veins. Now, in regards to that ancestry, I would finally like to solve the mystery surrounding Reuben Wallace and Amy Grimes (My great-great grandparents) before I meet them on the other side...
Booklover Sue: How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I suppose simply from my love of castles and “knights in not-so-shining armor.” I have several such stories floating around inside my head. Now having said that, I will also tell you that Sir Cailen is a minor character in Spirit of the Revolution. He was so much fun to write that I knew he needed a story of his own.
Booklover Sue: What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I thoroughly enjoyed writing every page of “Spirit of the Knight,” so narrowing down a favorite scene is nigh on impossible. Now having said that, I do have a soft spot for the scene in which Mariah realizes her knight truly exists.
Booklover Sue: What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
At the moment I am working on my revisions for “Court of the Hawk,” which is a fantasy romance surrounding a lost kingdom. Hopefully it will be available sometime in 2015.
Booklover Sue: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I have a passion for genealogy. I love uncovering the lives and loves of my ancestors and spend quite a bit of my time (probably far more than I should) doing just that.
Booklover Sue: What would you consider a perfect date?
My idea of the perfect date is a long, hand-in-hand walk underneath the stars, a glorious sunset or even a spectacular sunrise. That walk could take place on a sandy beach, meadow, park, or even the mountains. Such a setting gives one the unfettered ability to speak of things of the heart. I can’t imagine anything better.
Booklover Sue: What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I hate speaking in public… It’s just not something I do well.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has five published novels to her credit.
When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.
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