Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway - Court of the Hawk by Debbie Peterson
Court of the Hawk
Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an
Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd.
But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord
of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and
magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.
Garreth didn’t plan for
Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead,
he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now
the Lord of
Llys y Gwalch must find
a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers
that threaten them both.
Garreth rose from the bed, dressed for the day, and wandered
outside his bedroom doors to the connecting veranda. He leaned against the
balustrade, propped an elbow on top of it, and turned his gaze to the scattered
lights that caused the hills to sparkle. Dawn had yet to touch the sky, though
the sun would make its appearance soon enough. He took in that deep breath of
fresh air he craved, held it for a moment, and then released it as he wondered
what the day would bring.
“Now tell me something Garreth, why am I not surprised to
see you wide awake, fully dressed, and outside in the dark all by yourself?”
Garreth turned around in response to the sound of Essie’s
voice and fastened his gaze to hers. She looked so beautiful dressed in blue and
bathed in glorious moonlight. He took a moment to drink in the image she
presented. With her hands behind her back, she shut her balcony doors, and then
strolled toward him. Didn't she understand the peril in which she had placed
herself with each advancing step she took?
By heaven—he sincerely hoped not.
He remained silent as she approached. Once she arrived at
his side, she rested a hip against the railing, and turned to face him. She
lifted a brow and waited for him to speak.
He didn’t intend to speak.
Talking with author Debbie Peterson!
When did you decide to become a writer?Why?
I decided to become a writer over a lovely lunch with my
beloved husband. At the time we were sitting at a table inside the Sizzler’s
Restaurant in Las Vegas--the one on Decatur for those who know (knew) the area.
I had just shared a story with him that I’d been conjuring in my head for a
while. After he considered that story for a minute or two, he told me that I
needed to write it down and submit it to a publisher. Until that moment I never
even considered doing such a wild and crazy thing! He gave me the courage—and
the encouragement to do just that.
What are some of your favorite authors/books?
I still love Charlotte Brontë, her Jane Eyre and Wuthering
Heights. I adore just about anything written by Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.
And I am finding a new appreciation for the writings of Oscar Wilde and
Shakespeare, especially his A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
Have you written a book where the ending surprised you?
The ending is usually something I am always writing toward
and is generally the ending I had in mind from the beginning. However the
twists and turns of how I get there is what always surprises me most.
Can readers find you at any Author/Reader conventions in the
Not in the near future, I’m sorry to say. Right now I’m up
to my elbows in writing and concentrating on getting those books finished.
If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?
Oh, too many to list here. Each time I write a book, I want
to visit that particular area and experience up close and personally what my
characters are experiencing. Right now, that would be Romania, but I wouldn’t
be adverse to an extended stay in the United Kingdom either.
If you could meet any person (dead or alive), who would it
be and why?
Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a genuine love
for history. Therefore, the person I would most like to meet depends on what
portion of history I’m studying at the moment. Right now? I’d love to meet the
real King Arthur, whoever he might be!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she
has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an
impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art,
beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.
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, which she
also teaches, mythology, and history.