Celebrating Two Years ~ DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE and Giveaway!


As we enter week three of my month long celebration of being a published author, I’m excited to talk about the third book in the Order of the Dragon Knights ~ Dragon Knight’s Axe!

Alastair MacKay was one of the most intense characters I’ve written. In addition, he was also physically scarred on his face. He constantly battled his inner demon–dragon. And how can any of us forget when he left Fiona! I was furious, but understood he needed to heal–man and beast. The Great Dragon was instrumental in shedding some light and smacking some sense into her Dragon Knight. However, there were tender moments throughout the story to help soften him, especially when he was around animals.

Now to share a secret. The first chapter was not to my editor’s liking. She found it weak. It was a tough moment for me, and I had to remove all emotion. I remember the day clearly after our phone conversation. I was sick to my stomach. How could I pull out angst from this angry and defensive man? Afterwards, I pulled out the first two books and read the first opening chapters of each to my husband. Then, I read Alastair’s opening scene to him. His response. “It’s soft.”

There was my answer. So, in between cooking a Thanksgiving meal, I had a sit down conversation with Alastair within my mind. I kept telling him that I needed to “break” him. I had to show the world his despair and torment within his body and mind . And he gave me permission. I handed in the revised first chapter a few days later and my editor loved it! (Psst…I adore my editor)

In the end, I loved Alastair and Fiona’s story. It was heartbreaking in places, but love is never an easy road.

Giveaway: Dragon Knight's Axe mug, keychain, and postcard

Giveaway: Dragon Knight’s Axe mug, keychain, and postcard

For a chance to win this week’s giveaway, share you favorite scene from Dragon Knight’s Axe. I’ll choose one random winner on Friday.

Below is Part 3 of the deleted chapter from Dragon Knight’s Sword. To read Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.



Part 3 ~ Deleted Chapter from Dragon Knight’s Sword ~ 

A gleam shown in his eyes, and Patrick chuckled.  ”Ahh…Brigid, have you not heard of the Loch Ness Monster?”

She arched a brow. “Seriously?”

He held his hand up to halt any further words. “As I was about to say, the legend states that the last dragon lives in the waters of Loch Ness and roams near Urquhart Castle. They say she waits for the day the Dragon Knights are reunited.”

A chill crept down Brigid’s spine. “So what you’re saying…what I’m trying to understand is the last dragon is actually the Loch Ness Monster?”

“Indeed it is,” he replied. Patrick stood. “I’ll return shortly.”

Brigid shook her head trying to keep the bout of hysterical laughter from spilling forth. Sighing, she leaned back against the soft cushions and rubbed her eyes. “More legends, Bree. And not a clue what you’re going to do with the sword.”

When Brigid glanced up, she noticed Patrick strolling back to their table carrying a plate. As he set the dish down, Brigid inhaled the sweet aroma. “Whisky pudding.”

Patrick handed her a spoon. “What’s a meal without a bit of sweetness at the end?”

Taking the spoon, she waved it at him. “You know I can never resist your bread pudding. However, I’m not eating all of this myself.” Brigid shoved the dish and another spoon toward him.

He laughed. “I’ll have a couple bites.”

As Brigid savored the first, warm bite of the pudding, she noticed the man’s intense stare from across the table. “What?”

Patrick shrugged. “Why all the interest with this particular legend? Have you come across something to do with the Dragon Knights?”

Brigid licked her spoon and placed it down on the plate. “No reason,” she lied. “I just came across a story of the Knights and became curious.”

“Would you care to share the story?” he asked as he took another bite of the pudding.

Nope, not going to happen. Brigid wiped her mouth with a napkin.“Patrick that was exactly what I needed today. Delicious! I think I’d better get back to the shop before Lisa kills me. I’ve left her alone all day. Thanks so much for the meal.” She scooted out of the booth.

Her friend nodded slowly and stood. “Anytime, and give Lisa my love, too. Take care of yourself Brigid. If you should need anything, just give a holler, and that includes any more information on legends. You of all people know the importance of these legends.”

“Of course,” she replied, smiling.

He grabbed her by the shoulders and the jolt she felt made her look directly into his eyes. “Hear me?”

She swallowed. “You know I will. I promise.” Could the man have read her mind?

“Good,” he replied and embraced her.

When he broke free, Patrick walked her to the entrance. Removing the coat off the peg, he handed it to her.

Pulling on her coat, Brigid turned and waved a farewell toward Maggie. “Thanks!”

“Love you Bree!” Maggie shouted. “See you soon!”

Stepping outside the pub, Brigid felt a surge of energy within herself. Walking briskly toward her truck, she noticed it had stopped raining, and the sun had broken through the clouds—sunlight streaming through.

Brigid tilted her head up and soaked in the last rays of light and warmth before they slipped away behind the next storm.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this deleted chapter from Dragon Knight’s Sword. This was the final one, but I’ll have more to share next week when the oldest Dragon Knight returned home to Scotland in Dragon Knight’s Shield!

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  1. Tammy Gowan

    My favourite scene from Dragon Knight’sAxe was when Alistair finally reached the point where he had to accept who he was from the depths of his soul. He had to leave Fiona and I was so upset with him ( I forgot the was a character in a book lol).

    • You were not alone in your anger, Tammy. Many expressed their fury over Alastair leaving Fiona. I was upset, but I had to let him go. His pain so great, that he couldn’t watch Fiona die. I didn’t know what would happen on his journey when he left Urquhart, but I knew something powerful had to happen–Alastair MacKay had to face his demons and heal.

      Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Marlena Maier

    Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure to read Dragon Knight’s Axe. Its on my TBR list! However, I love the cover! So I guess my favorite part as of now is the cover!!

    • Sharing another secret. The famous cover model on this book is Jimmy Thomas! He rocks this cover!

      Thanks so much for sharing, Marlena! 🙂 Just to let you (and everyone else) know, DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE is now only $2.99!

  3. Tiana

    My favorite scene from the book was when he came back home seeing his brother Duncan and learning of what his brother has lost a gained at the same time. He learned that Duncan had watched Brigid die in his own arms and then her choosing to come back to him. Alistair even asked her why she didn’t and she revealed that she had loved Duncan and that she was given a choice to go back to her time and have children there without Duncan or come back to Duncan without having children but being with the man she loved and that’s what she did.

    • Aww…one of those heart-wrenching moments, Tiana. I loved when Alastair returned home, too. Brigid may ache to always give Duncan a child, but she believes in her heart that without him, she would have slowly died. Their love was powerful. Besides, they have their adopted children, Nell and Finn. I adore these children. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  4. Starr

    My favorite in the back is when Alistair is breaking the axe and about to throw the axe in the lake. His emotional state was so heavy as he felt that Fiona would be better off without him in her life. So he was turning his back on being a dragon knight and his brothers in that one moment. The dragon came to him trying to talk him out of it but he was unwilling to listen at first. Until the realization hit him that even though he had turned his back on her and his brothers, they had never truly done the same and that this not what Fiona would want him to do. So thus in that second he choose Fiona, his brothers, and the dragon forever more leaving the beast behind and becoming the man that Fiona’s and his brothers love brought out in him a man worth saving.

    • This is the scene that changes Alastair completely. When the Great Dragon tossed back his axe in pieces, I was stunned. How could Alastair continue without his relic? But the Dragon’s words were one of wisdom. “Heal the mended pieces of your axe and heart.”

      Thanks so much for sharing, Starr! 🙂

  5. OMG , when Alistair left Fiona ,i just about lost it started shouting at him not to leave and my daughter thought i was nuts ,lol

    • Oh, no! It would seem we were all shouting at Alastair, lol! His quest for redemption was one of the most difficult to walk. But again, we all know how it ended and I’m smiling. 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing! XO

  6. Loved reading more in the deleted chapter.
    I met Alastair when my friend Liz brought him over for a chat on my blog last October. I will always be grateful to her for introducing me to your stories, they are a delight. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series.

    • And I’m so happy to have met you, Eniko! I’m happy you’ve enjoyed the deleted chapter. It was a joy re-visiting this scene.

      Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  7. Sarah

    Mary’s books just draw me in!! I am so addicted to her Dragon Guardsmen that I too have to realize its just a fantasy book!!! lol She makes all the books seem so real….

  8. Paulette

    My favorite part in Dragon Knights Axe is when they escape with Patrick.
    ” Can ye not move any faster ?” grumbled Patrick peering down at her.
    ” Um – no, ” replied Fiona. “Have you ever attempted to climb wearing a gown?”

    I died laughing, I’m a rock climber and I could picture her expression as would be mine as she spokes those words. I really laughed aloud and shook my head saying “YAH ”

    Again never anything I don’t love about the MacKay Brothers and their 2oth century Ladies!

    Always a pleasure to dive into their adventures and their personal quest!

    • Hahaha! Yes, a great scene. And then Patrick groaned. “We’re doomed…doomed.” The men just didn’t have a clue how difficult this situation was for Fiona.

      Thanks so much for sharing, Paulette! 🙂 xo

  9. Theresa

    I have to be honest and say I have not had a chance to read this book yet. Life and other things have gotten in the way. After reading your comment about changing the first chapter, that makes me want to leave work and go home and read it.

    • Aww…you’re so kind, Theresa. And I totally understand about life getting in the way. 🙂

      I truly hope you enjoy Alastair and Fiona’s story, when you get time to read the book.


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