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Friday, 13 July 2018
By Dorothy Wiley
A heart-pounding novel of a love that must truly conquer all.
In 1811, strengthened by his own struggles and triumphs, Liam Roberts earned the respect of his commanding officers and his current boss, cattleman Stephen Wyllie. Although Liam considers himself a homebody, he lacks a home. Tired of bunkhouse life, and twenty-five-years-old, he is ready for a home of his own and a family.
Polly Wyllie, Stephen’s nineteen-year-old bookish daughter, has graduated from an academy for young ladies. Liam and Polly’s fourteen-year-old brother, Samuel, are sent to escort her home. But their return to Wyllie Cattle Farm is endangered by a vicious hurricane-spawned thunderstorm that threatens their lives. The storm is only the beginning of the troubles and predicaments Polly and Liam must face while their attraction to each other grows. And when Liam brings a young orphan into their lives, their blossoming relationship grows even more complex. But the worst test Polly must face is one she never expected—shocking news that changes everything.
Danger and beauty, trials and heroism, faith and family, at the heart of the American frontier. A sweet historical romance set against the stunning backdrop of the Kentucky wilderness.
LOVE’S GLORY is the highly-anticipated tenth book in Wiley’s best-selling novels of the American frontier. Presented in the American Wilderness Series and the Wilderness Hearts Series, the highly-rated and award-winning novels in these two series will capture your heart and touch your soul.
The storm outside still raged as Liam watched Polly’s peaceful sleep. But the sudden sound of flowing water inside the cave jolted Liam from his thoughts of Polly. Liam sprang up and went to look. The fire illuminated a stream of water now rushing through the other side of the cave where it was somewhat lower than where they were. The stream swelled and flowed toward the cave opening with a speed that increased even as he watched.
He hurried to the cave opening and peered outside. At least five inches of water surrounded the cave opening and it appeared to be rising fast.
“Wake up!” Liam yelled.
“What is it?” Polly asked, sitting up. “An animal?”
“No! Get dressed!” Liam ordered.
“I’m still sleepy,” Samuel said groggily.
“Wake up! Water’s pouring into the cave. It will soon flood. Get dressed. Quickly!” Liam instructed as he swiftly did the same.
“Liam, how bad is it?” Polly asked as she found her spectacles. He could hear the worry in her voice.
His heart thumped with his own apprehension. He had to get Polly and Samuel to safety. “It’s been raining on and off all night, mostly on and dreadfully heavy at times.” He knew that unfortunate fact because he’d slept little, tending the fire most of the night to be sure it stayed burning and kept the other two warm. Worried now about flash flooding, he said, “We have to get out of here and on the trail again as soon as we can.”
Samuel slowly stood up and looked around for his clothes.
“Samuel, Hurry!” Polly admonished.
“I am,” he said.
“Hurry faster,” Liam admonished in a stern voice and then stuck his pistols in his belt and buttoned his coat. Next, he heaved his saddle over his horse and, after tightening the straps, he wrapped his rifle in doeskin and shoved it into his saddle sheath.
Polly finished throwing on her clothes, not bothering with buttons, and while she hurriedly saddled her mount, Liam saddled Samuel’s horse. The horses hadn’t been fed since early yesterday morning and Liam knew they would grow weak if they didn’t get nourishment soon.
“Thanks,” Samuel said slipping the headstall over his horse’s head. “I’m sorry I was so slow. I was just so sleepy.”
“Liam, the water is coming in faster,” Polly said, with a worried glance at the much larger stream spilling into the cave.
Liam heard deep gurgling and a steady gushing of water coming from somewhere in the darkness at the back of the cave. A flash flood was now pouring through the cave's passages toward them. That meant trouble. The cave could flood in mere moments. No wonder there were no animals living in here.
Polly yelped when waterfalls started shooting out of the ceiling and the sound of rushing water became thunderous as it echoed in the cave. Their situation was fast becoming a watery nightmare.
“Out now!” Liam ordered.
Amazon bestselling novelist Dorothy Wiley is an award-winning, multi-published author of Historical Romance and Western Frontier Romance. Wiley’s two series, the highly-acclaimed American Wilderness Series and Wilderness Hearts Series, blend thrilling action-packed adventures with the romance of a moving love story to create exceedingly engaging page-turners enjoyed worldwide by her readers. With an average Amazon rating of 4.6 stars and more than a thousand five-star reviews, Wiley is one of the most highly-rated Amazon authors.
Like Wiley’s compelling heroes, who from the onset make it clear they will not fail despite the adversities they face, this author is likewise destined for success. In the last three years, her novels have won numerous awards, notably a RONE Award Finalist; a 2016 Laramie Award Finalist; a Chatelaine Finalist for Romantic Fiction; an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-finalist; a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal; a USA Best Book Awards Finalist; and a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice. Her books continue to earn five-star ratings from readers and high praise from reviewers, including a Crowned Heart from InD’Tale Magazine.
Wiley’s extraordinary historical romances, inspired by history, teem with action and cliff-edge tension. Her books’ timeless messages of family and loyalty are both raw and honest. In all her novels, the author’s complex characters come alive and are joined by a memorable ensemble of friends and family. As she skillfully unravels a compelling tale, Wiley includes rich historical elements to create a vivid colonial world that celebrates the historical heritage of the frontier.
Wiley attended college at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor of journalism, and grew to dearly love both Texas and a 7th-generation Texan, her husband Larry. Her husband’s courageous ancestors, early pioneers of Kentucky and Texas, provided the inspiration for her novels. After a distinguished career in corporate marketing and public relations, Wiley is living her dream—writing novels that touch the hearts of readers.
All of Wiley’s books are available in print and eBooks and most in audiobooks at Amazon US or in the UK at Amazon UK
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Where history meets magic!
By Mary Morgan
I have always been fascinated with Celtic Mythology, so it only made sense that I would develop and expand the world of the Fenian Fae Warriors. Theirs was a world rich in legends, colors, and senses. I’ve based my own fictional account on the legend of the Tuatha de Danann—one of the invasions of Ireland. They were known as the Shining Ones or the Fae. And I’m not talking about the demure faeries you’ve seen portrayed in Victorian stories and artwork. These Fae are generally described as tall with red or blonde hair, blue or green eyes, and pale skin. Of course, I’ve added my own fictional descriptions and ideas within my stories.
The Tuatha de Danann were defeated in two battles by the Milesians, whom historians and scholars alike agree were probably the first Gaels in Ireland. It was agreed that the new invaders (Milesians) and the Tuatha de Danann would each rule half of Ireland. Therefore, it was that Amergin of the Milesians chose that half of Ireland, which lay above ground, leaving the Tuatha de Danann to retreat below. They were led underground by Manannán mac Lir, God of the Sea, who shielded them with an enchanted mist from mortal eyes. As time passed, they became known as the Sidhe (Shee), or Ireland’s faery folk.
In doing research for Oath of a Warrior, Legends of the Fenian Warriors, Book 2, I came across hundreds of cases pertaining to witches and the witch trials in Scotland. The records of Scotland’s witch trials spanned a period of over 200 years during the 16th and 17th centuries. However, I did find evidence of several women being burned, or executed in the late 15th century. This was a dark period in Scottish history, exposing a culture of fear and panic that cast a cloud over much of Scotland.
Some of the charges brought against these individuals ranged from belonging to a coven, receiving herbs from the Queen of the Faeries, and using charms against another person. It did not matter if you were a servant or upper class, either. If you wanted to rid yourself of someone, all you had to do was accuse a person of being a witch.
The heroine, Erina MacIntyre, was a wonderful character to write and one I knew who would appeal to my Fae hero, Rory MacGregor. She loved her garden and animals, tended to those who required healing, made love charms, and believed in the old ways. A perfect combination for any to accuse her of dealing in the black arts. Yet, she never saw herself as a witch. Only someone who was different. Sadly, even in this century, we tend to look at others who do not walk the same path as the majority as odd.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my own twist on history, legends, and mythology. As I’ve often stated, “history is only as good as the bard weaving the tale.”
Oath of a Warrior
"You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!"
Fenian Warrior, Rory MacGregor’s love conquests are legendary, but he has never spoken of the one mortal female who captured his heart. After his dark secret is finally revealed, he is ordered to return and seal the wounds left open by her death. Yet, he finds the timeline altered and swears an oath to rewrite fate, even if it brings about his own death.
Erina MacIntyre is known for her healing herbs and love charms. Determined to aid others, she refuses to listen to the whispers that call her a witch. When a Highlander steps forth into her path, he ignites a thread of strange familiarity and sparks a flame of desire she is unable to control.
Can the destiny of two lovers find love once more among the ashes of death and betrayal? Or will history repeat itself, leaving a scorching path of destruction for both mortals and Fae alike?
Award-winning Celtic 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.
If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Misfortune of Time
By Christy Nicholas
In the past, I’ve tried to address particular issues as a subplot of my novels. I’ve showcased things such as the Great Hunger in Ireland, forced marriage, or marginalized populations.
However, Misfortune of Time deals with a difficult subject – abuse. In order to get a proper feel of the horror of this situation, I interviewed three friends, all of whom suffered from spousal abuse. Gretchen, Ian, and Lindsay were all kind enough to give me anecdotes (which is a hopelessly innocent word for such stories) of their time with their partners. Examples of gaslighting, physical and emotional abuse, using a child as a tool to inflict harm.
In the course of this research, while writing the novel, the explosion of the #metoo movement came into popular media coverage. The sheer volume of voices shouting against the centuries of injustice have finally become too loud to drown out in misogynistic bullying.
The legion of men (and women) who are being brought down by the increasing cries of abuse increases every day. While some may be false cries or exaggerations, the vast majority will be true accusations, shattering the previously impervious armor of Establishment and Custom.
In my book, I try to highlight the fact that this abuse is NOT new. It is endemic to many cultures, many times, many people. The only way to minimize this abuse is to make it not normal. The only way to remove it from normalcy is to call it out as something unacceptable whenever it’s encountered. The wolf whistle on the subway or the condescending mansplaining in the board room, both need to be called out.
I also wanted to portray the heroine, Étaín, as someone who isn’t young and naïve. An abuse victim can be any age. Even if she ‘knows better’, if she’s had abusive partners in the past, she is MUCH more likely to find herself in another abusive relationship. The spiraling self-doubt is not easily cured. Étaín has lived many lifetimes thanks to a magical brooch that allows her to maintain her age. Despite her years of experience, she once again falls into a marriage with a husband who becomes abusive. And yet, she stays to protect her grandson, despite being beaten to within an inch of her life.
For all the men and women that struggle from day to day with their partner, their parent, their sibling, their boss, whomever is in their life and abusing their trust, believe that there is not only hope, there is avenue for escape. There are friends who will help. There are agencies designed to extract you and your children. There are options for each and every one of you.
People care. They really do care. If you cannot believe that, remember that your brain can lie to you.
If my novel reaches one person and convinces them of the above, then all the hard work and research that went into writing it will have been worth it. All it takes is one life made better.
Misfortune of Time
Book #6 of The Druid’s Brooch Series
In 11th century Ireland, Étaín must hide her pagan magic from her pious Christian priest husband, Airtre. She wants to escape his physical abuse, but she must stay to protect their grandson, Maelan. Over many lifetimes, she has learned how to endure her own pain, but Maelan is young and vulnerable. When Airtre's paranoia and jealousy spiral out of control, Étaín has no choice but to escape in the night with little more than the clothing on her back, leaving a trusted friend to protect Maelan. This is not the first lifetime Étaín has fled, and she knows how to survive. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she must make decisions that may result in disaster for her, her grandson, and everyone she loves.
Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with ‘A’, and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors she knows with NO unfinished novels.
Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she’s a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were.
She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth.
Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.