One Final Celebration for Dragon Knight’s Axe!

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***UPDATE*** For some reason, the rafflecopter crashed my system, so I had to disable it. However, if you’ve signed up, it goes directly to my email, so you’re automatically entered. Sorry for the confusion and the technology issues. Such is life…

To wrap up the month long celebration of the release of Dragon Knight’s Axe, I’m doing a giveaway. This Scottish package includes…

A signed print copy of Dragon Knight’s Axe; Gardiners Traditional Scottish Toffee, A sgian dubh letter opener, A Scottish musical fridge magnet, and swag.

In order to be considered, you have to be signed up for my Newsletter and Blog. For new subscribers, you can enter your email on the right side bar above the cover of Dragon Knight’s Axe. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter, too!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just discovered the Dragon Knights, or if you’ve been with me from the beginning. I appreciate and love each and every one of you! Your support means the world to me.

I am keeping this post up for the entire week. One winner will be announced on Friday, July 31st.  Friday Feast and Quote for the Week will return in August.

Until then, may your days be filled with love, happiness, and dreams of the Highlands.

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Spotlight Celebration: Love’s Battle by Angela Hayes

Come help me celebrate the one year anniversary of Love’s Battle by my dear friend, Angela Hayes! You will be swept away to another world within the pages of her book. Grab your copy now while it’s on sale! 

Let’s take a peek into Love’s story…

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“If love isn’t worth fighting for, what is?”

Blurb:

Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

Excerpt: 

The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”

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Buy Links: 

Amazon  Amazon Uk  The Wild Rose Press   Barnes and Noble

All Romance Books  Bookstrand  Itunes

Author Bio ~ 

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A married mother of two, I split my time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find me at:  www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com where I help connect readers and the author’s they love.

Other places you can find me:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/imahayes

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/imahayes

Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/AngelaHayes/

Website: www.amazon.com/author/angelahayes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author_angelahayes

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Co. Clare, Ireland ~ Mary's trip

Co. Clare, Ireland ~ Mary’s trip

“They say Ireland’s Giant Causeway was created by the giant, Finn McCool. In truth, it was caused from the tail of a Dragon.”

–Dragon Knight’s Axe

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Friday Feast ~ Faerie Porridge

Sheep in the Highlands of Scotland ~ My visit in the Spring of 2009

Sheep in the Highlands of Scotland ~ My visit in the Spring of 2009

This was only a “wee” glimpse of the view of sheep from my bedroom window in the Highlands of Scotland. I’ll never forget this trip in April of 2009.  The surrounding area was full of newborns and their mothers. It was glorious!

So, as I’m thinking of the Highlands, I’m also thinking of the faeries. This recipe is perfect for summer breakfast, or a chilly morn. Actually, it’s delish anytime!

FAERIE PORRIDGE

1 quart of heavy cream

1 cup flour

¾ quart of milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sugar and salt (to taste)

6 Strawberries, sliced

Bring cream to a full boil, stirring continuously, until foam is gone. Gradually add flour to make a thick mush. Stir until butter appears. Remove butter and set aside. In a separate pot, bring milk to a boil. Gradually add milk to the mush. Simmer 10-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens. Add sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Serve with sliced strawberries and butter.

Slainte! 

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Spotlight Interview & New Release: Strawberry Summer by Charlotte Copper

Author picturePlease welcome the talented and lovely author, Charlotte Copper! I’m delighted to share her new release, Strawberry Summer.

Although Charlotte has two paranormal-romance novellas already published, this is her first journey into Young Adult. With three daughters – now 18, 19 & 21 – she has read her share of YA books and loves the idea of strong, confident young heroines.

But first, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for my interview…

MM: Thanks for joining us today, Charlotte. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?

CC: I really wish I could say I have a normal writing day or time, but I don’t.  In fact, I hate to admit it, but lately I haven’t been doing any writing at all.  However, The Daughter leaves for university at the end of August, and then I will have more free time then I want or need. I’m hoping to get back into writing, and maybe in to the gym as well!

MM: I believe we all long for a normal writing day, or at least a clone of ourselves. <g> Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?

CC: I’m trying to clean up a few stories that are “complete”. I’ve got another Young Adult story, California Blue, in the works. I’ve received a lot of feedback from my awesome critique partner, J.C.McKenzie, but I haven’t got around to reading through it all yet.

MM: Sounds awesome! What inspires you when you’re writing?

CC: I’d have to say The Daughter and my two step-daughters. I hope it shows them that you can do whatever you set your mind too, but that nothing is easy and it takes a lot of work (and re-work).

MM: It sounds like we both share the same inspiration, Charlotte. I’ve learned so much through the years from my children. They inspire me to be a better person. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?

CC: Not sure I’d say “favorite” but I could not survive without my calendar and colored pens. I have 2 calendars…in addition to that on my iphone & ipad…one huge wall calendar and one day planner.

MM: Totally understand about the calendars. My brain would be mush without them. Now, just for fun. Do you prefer…

Champagne or Beer? I’ve never been a drinker. For me, Coke is it!

Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Southern drawl. Mmmmmm

Kilt or Leather pants? Have you seen Outlander? Kilt, kilt, kilt!!!

Print book or e-reader?  E-reader. I love the fact I can carry a dozen books in my purse without the weight.

Thank you, Mary, for allowing me to visit with you and your blog readers!

Congratulations on your new release, Charlotte! Wishing you all the best!

Strawberry Summer

Blurb:

What could be better than working the dunk tank on a hot summer day with your best friend? How about catching the eye of the cute new boy?

Olivia is volunteering at this year’s Strawberry Festival when she meets tall, buff and curly, Aidan.  If the two are to stand a chance, they must look past their scars and overcome a few misunderstandings.

 

 

Excerpt:

The three of them just got settled as the movie’s opening music began to play.

Olivia sat on the blanket, Aidan on one side and Cindy on the other. Her friend sat yoga style, folded up like a denim pretzel, while Olivia reclined, legs out, and leaned back on her arms, aware of Aidan’s body next to hers. Stretched out in similar fashion, his leg and broad shoulders occasionally brushing against her. Especially when he laughed.

She liked it when he laughed, and had trouble concentrating on some parts of the movie. Luckily, she’d seen it before.

“So, you weren’t a little jealous earlier, were you? When you thought I’d been kissing Dakota?” The bright festival lights reflected mischievously in his eyes.

“Uh…” Yes. “No,” answered Olivia, the heat of the truth rushed to her cheeks. She slurped the last remains of her pop. “Why?”

“I don’t know,” he said as the final credits rolled on the giant temporary screen. “Just hoping, I guess.”

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Buy Links:

Boroughs Publishing    Amazon   All Romance EBooks   Smashwords

Charlotte’s Bio: 

Charlotte Copper lives in Stouffville, Ontario – that’s in Canada, eh. When she isn’t working at her full-time job, Charlotte likes to craft, read, go to movies, and, of course, write. Charlotte hopes to have all of her stories published some day because, as a romance writer, she believes in happy endings!

CONTACT INFO:

Website:  http://charlottecopperauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.copper.52

Twitter: @charlottecopper

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Quote for the Week of July 12, 2015

Jedburge Abbey, Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

“On the Knight’s quest to slay the beast, he forgot they shared the same heart.”

–Dragon Knight’s Axe

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Friday Feast ~ Rosemary Cashews

Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Considering the long trip Alastair and Fiona had to take before they reached Urquhart Castle, home of the Clan MacKay, I thought this recipe would be fitting for their journey.

Of course, they wouldn’t have found any cashews in medieval Scotland, so humor me with this snack.

 

Do you have any favorite kind of snacks? Perhaps one for Alastair and Fiona as they made their way through the Highlands? 

ROSEMARY ROASTED CASHEWS

4 cups raw cashews (1/1/4 lbs.)

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves. (In a pinch, I’ve used dried rosemary)

1 tablespoon butter, melted

2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

On a jelly-roll pan or baking sheet, arrange cashews in single layer. Roast 10 to 12 minutes or until nuts are toasted and heated through.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together rosemary, butter, sugar, salt and cayenne until combined. Add hot cashews to bowl with rosemary mixture; toss until nuts are well coated.  Serve warm.

 

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Spotlight Interview: Fairest of the Faire by Susabelle Kelmer

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Please welcome the lovely and fellow Wild Rose Press author, Susabelle Kelmer. I’m featuring her new release, Fairest of the Faire. As a lover of Ren Faires, I’m looking forward to reading this book.

Make yourself cozy, grab a cup of mead (or your favorite beverage) and let’s meet Susabelle…

 

MM: I’m delighted to have you here today. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?

SK: I am a morning person all the way.  My dad is a morning person, too, and we keep a similar schedule of waking around 4-5 a.m. and being in bed by 10.  I love to write in the mornings, but have a day job so this isn’t really possible.  I end up writing whenever I can, but that usually means evenings.

MM: I’m a morning person, too. There are times I wish I could write in the evenings, but I turn into mush.  Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?

SK: I’m struggling a bit getting the current one written.  Tentatively titled “Choices of the Heart,” it features two people who have overstressed work lives, and need a serious change in their routine.  He is an architect, she works as a computer tech at a university.  They will be running away to the country by the end of the book, leaving the rat race behind.

MM: Would love to runaway to the country, Susabelle! Sounds interesting. What inspires you when you’re writing?

SK: Many things can inspire me, but getting a story stuck in my head, or at least, a portion of a story, can fire me up and get me writing.  Also, I always write to music, as it seems to help my brain focus on the task at hand!

MM: Ahh…music opens the well of inspiration. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?

SK: My laptop, of course!   Without it, I’d never be able to write.  It is my typewriter, my encyclopedia, and my file cabinet.  My writing desk is messy and cluttered, but it works for me.  It’s not so messy that things start falling off of it or anything.

MM: Sounds perfect! Now, just for fun…do you prefer…

Champagne or Beer? Beer.  I’m German, and from St. Louis.  There is nothing but beer.

Southern drawl or Scottish burr? Oh, gosh.  I wrote a guest blog post not too long ago about the boyfriend I had who spoke with a heavy York accent.  It is about as close to Scottish as you could get.  It was wonderful.

Kilt or Leather pants? I love a good looking man in a kilt!

Print book or e-reader? Print. I have tried eBooks, but I just can’t read them as long as I can a print book.  I sat in bed last night and read a paperback for more than two hours.  I’ve never done that with an eReader or an eBook.

Thanks so much for visiting, Susabelle. Wishing you all the best!

 

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The renaissance fair is filled with characters and romance, but will it end in storybook love?

Blurb:

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

Excerpt:

“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”

If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.

“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”

“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”

Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.

“And what is your plan, Gage?”

“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press   Amazon   Barnes&Noble

About the Author:

Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn’t writing, she works with students with disabilities in the college environment. http://www.susabelle.com

Susabelle’s tagline: Love is Everything.

Website – http://www.susabelle.com

Blog – http://journal.celestialchicken.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SusabelleKelmer

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SusabelleKelmer

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/susabelle

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/susabellekelmer

Email: susabelle.kelmer@gmail.com

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Blog Tour with Goddess Fish Promotions!

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This will be my first promotional tour, and I’m extremely excited. There will be an added bonus on this tour. I’m giving away a $25 gift card from Amazon. Go on over and enter for a chance to win. Here’s where you can find me…

July 6: Long and Short Reviews      July 7: BooksChatter

July 8: It’s Raining Books                 July 9: Queen of the Night Reviews

July 10: Independent Authors         July 10: Two Ends of the Pen

July 13: The Blog of C.R. Moss        July 14: Rogues Angels

July 15: Room with Books                July 16: Unabridged Andra’s

July 17: Booklover Sue

In addition, you can always check the News and Events page located on my website to see where I’ll be visiting.

Quote for the Week of July 5, 2015 ~ 

“When the knight grows weary of the fight, he will learn to love again.” –excerpt Dragon Knight’s Axe

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Friday Feast ~ Strawberry Lemonade Slush

IMG_3235To continue the celebration of my new book DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE, I wanted to have a drink to toast my couple ~ Alastair and Fiona. This cool, refreshing beverage is one I know Fiona will enjoy. However, I believe Alastair would prefer to have his mead.

In addition, I had the lovely opportunity to visit Kimi’s Medieval Author Blog. I surprised her by showing up with Alastair MacKay! For a chance to win a signed print copy of DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE and swag (Alastair’s suggestion), come on over and leave a comment. One winner will be chosen by Alastair on Tuesday (July 7th) morning.

Click here to enter Kimi’s Medieval Author Blog.

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE SLUSH

1  box (4-serving size) strawberry-flavored gelatin

1  cup boiling water

2 boxes (10 oz each) frozen strawberries in light syrup, partially thawed

1 quart (4 cups) fresh strawberries, hulled

1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed

½ cup sugar

1 bottle or can (12 oz) ginger ale soda

1 bottle ginger ale, chilled

In a large bowl, place gelatin; pour boiling water on gelatin and stir until dissolved.

In a blender, place strawberries (frozen and fresh), lemonade concentrate, and sugar. Process until smooth. Pour into gelatin mixture. Stir in 1 can of ginger ale. Freeze 4-6 hours or overnight until slushy, stirring after 2 hours.

To serve, spoon ½ cup slush mixture into each glass. Pour 1/3 cup ginger ale over each. Stir and enjoy.

Slainte, Alastair and Fiona!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Be safe and enjoy!  

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