Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Author's Inspiration - Mary Morgan @m_morganauthor

It is with great pleasure that I welcome historical romance author, Mary Morgan, on to the blog today to tell us about the inspirations behind her fabulous books. Before I had over the blog to Mary, let's take a quick look at her latest book which is due for release 01.08.16.

Dragon Knight’s Shield  
Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 4



Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him. 

Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight.

Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?

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The spark of inspiration for the Dragon Knights and the time-period developed many years ago. I’ve always had a fascination with medieval history, but I didn’t realize I would venture so far back in time with my stories. Let me start from the beginning—a place that called out to me…

My love affair with Scotland and Ireland began decades ago. I blame it on my own bloodline—a yearning to return to the land of my ancestors. It called out to me within the stories of Irish mythology and Scottish history. I'd close my eyes and pretend I was there. When I finally took my first trip to Scotland sixteen years ago, the birth of a series—the Dragon Knights were born. I was sitting on a boulder in the Highlands, surrounded by the magic and the mists of the land. However, on the second half of my trip, I visited Ireland. As I wandered the soft rolling hills in various shades of green, the land spoke to my soul and urged me to place the Dragon Knights here, too. It would be several more years before I decided on both countries—Scotland and Ireland as part of my stories. A perfect solution to a problem I had been debating on for the Dragon Knights.

Of course, we must have a castle in any medieval story, right? It doesn’t matter if it’s real or one we’ve created. I’ve always been drawn to Urquhart Castle, so this was the home I envisioned for my Knights. It’s ancient, mystical, and where the Loch Ness Monster dwells within the loch. This site first appeared in historical records in the 6th century. Yet, in researching the ownership of the castle, I eventually choose a time when there was a “gray” area of possession—the early 13th century. I’ve visited only once, but vow to return to run my hands across the stones. Perhaps if I close my eyes, I will be transported back in time to the Dragon Knights of Scotland. A girl can only dream.

Where can I pre-order Dragon Knight's Shield?
Kobo 
The Wild Rose Press 

About the author 

Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return. 
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
 

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, Mary Anne! :)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for visiting my writing blog. Hope to see you again soon.
Mary xx