Highlander Magick Series
Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: June 8, 2015
Number of pages:176 pages
Word Count: 57K
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
When an immortal Highlander falls in love with a human witch, “Mortal Magick” soon casts a spell of its own.
Doomed for eternity to wander nights as half man and half creature, rugged Highlander, Duncan McCord, discovers his curse is the least of his problems when he sets out for a cure and rescues the beauty determined to help tame his beast.
When a reluctant witch, Keara, gets whisked back to 18th century mystical Isle of Skye to learn lessons in magic, she faces the true test of love when she meets the man beyond her wildest dreams burdened with dark secrets from his past.
Forced together to journey through an enchanted country filled with mythical creatures and magical lore, will they survive in a world where evil sorcery reigns, or will a shocking twist of fate tear them centuries apart?
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Trotternish ∙ Isle of Skye, Scotland ∙ October 7, 1797
Duncan McCord wanted a woman. His entire body and soul hungered for a special lass’ touch. The one destined for his love, whom he would call kindred spirit. His stomach tightened, a pain ripping through him like the slice of a broadsword. This canna happen. Not now, not ever. Reality hastily slapped him back to his senses. He vowed never to be foolish enough to let himself fall into another vixen’s treacherous traps.
Dark, threatening clouds rolled over Scotland’s glorious mountain peaks in the distance. The muscles in his legs rippled, gripping both sides of his mount. His stallion, Goliath, snorted and stopped short in his tracks. His enormous hooves stomped the hard ground.
“Aye, ‘tis all right, me friend. Just a bad storm startin’ to brew. What a grand spot to rest for the night.” Duncan bent down and stroked the neck of the black steed then swung his leg over and jumped to the ground, beginning to remove both gear and saddle.
Goliath neighed, his breath white in the cold air.
A gust of frigid air swept around Duncan’s feet, spiraling its way beneath his woolen plaid. Leaves rustled from the biting breeze as they whispered danger through the towering pines.
Goliath snorted again and reared his mighty head.
The sweet scent of honeysuckle filled Duncan’s flaring nostrils and jabbed his memory. The pleasing fragrance was soon replaced with the putrid smell of dead worms and rotten leaves. Clenching his fists, his knuckles cracked. Short hairs bristled on the back of his neck. Wicked laughter echoed through the Highland hills.
A woman’s teasing, silky voice sparked his memory, whispering poison in his ears.
“Your journey is for naught, my beloved Duncan. I see you’re still stubborn as always. Your horse seems to have more common sense than you.”
The snicker became a cackle. Invisible fingers like fuzzy feathers tickled his whiskers, making his face twitch.
“I see ye still didna have the guts to face me, ye bloody she-devil. Afraid ye might finally get what ye rightfully deserve?” Stone-faced, he shouted into empty space. “I promise, witch. Ye won’t be laughin’ for verra much longer.”
“Careful, my spirited lover. You don’t want to wake the inner beast before sunset.
“Duncan lunged from the damp forest floor. His splayed hooves clip-clopped on top of a boulder. His nostrils flared from the irresistible lingering lavender scent. He cocked his head to the side, his keen hearing caught her every breath as each step she took brought her dangerously closer. “Aye, the damn fool-headed woman! She’s done wandered off again.”
He snarled at a shooting star plummeting to the ground. Like a bubbling cauldron of fire, it spit an outburst of flames across the moonlit sky. “Aye, the bonny wee lass is headed straight for a trap.” Clenching his fists, he veered back his head and wailed.”
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always dreamt of becoming a published writer since I was little, but unfortunately, I didn’t start to pursue my dream until approx. 3 years ago.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Around 20 years ago, but I didn’t have enough self confidence in my writing to share with others.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took me one year to complete writing Mortal Magick. I began sending out queries and submissions to publishers soon after, and within six months, I received my first contract.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Yes. I didn’t plan on it, but my path led me towards working fulltime in the construction field. I’ve been an assistant project manager working with different construction firms, and I also do billing. I even worked behind the counter and did invoicing for a plumbing wholesaler for several years.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Sea Wolf Magick, which is book 2 of my new Highlander Magick series – here’s a wee peek my tagline, which is slightly over 20 words: "When a seafaring Highlander Lycan, rescues a cursed witch from the clutches of evil, a magical voyage fueled by fire and ice ignites more than just passion across the high seas."
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Soul Mate Publishing
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
For me, this depends on 2 important factors J I need to get excited and motivated to get my mind focused on one particular project. My imagination runs wild with all sorts of ideas for a variety of different stories. It took me 7 months to complete my latest project, Sea Wolf Magick.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Definitely more fantasy/paranormal books, but I’m leaning more towards Young Adult fiction.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I have always loved fantasy and paranormal books and movies.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Wee Darby - I soon found that the more personality and magical characteristics I bestowed on creating this whimsical character , how quickly this wee codger worked his own magick and won my heart. I have some exciting plans for Darby. So keep watching my blog site, as he’s expected to pop in for a visit in the near future
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
My beloved mother, Evelyn, was the person that inspired me most to write. She was born and raised in Northern Ireland and served in the British Army during WWII where set met my Daddy, a US Sergeant. Her love, strength, and courage have always inspired me to pursue my dreams.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I would love the opportunity to read “all my reviews”. At the present time, starting out as an unknown writer, I’m waiting patiently for reviews. (hint, hint, hint . . . J
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It honestly depends on the book. I normally decide on the title after I’ve finished writing a few chapters if it’s a new book. In my series, I try to plan my titles ahead of time.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I have always been captivated by the enchanting photos of Northern Ireland, Scotland, since a wee girl and fell in love with the wolves and wilderness of Alaska from a teen. The names come pretty naturally to fit my characters.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
For the most part, my characters develop their personalities and traits as the story progresses.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love hardback or paperback, especially when I buy books for research. I also buy a lot of ebooks when I can relax and want to read a good story.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
The author that influenced me most as a child to become a writer was C.S. Lewis and his wonderful Chronicles of Narnia. I will always love those stories no matter how old I become.
Your favorite food is?
That’s an easy one – Coconut cream pie J
Your favorite singer/group is?
I don’t really have a favorite singer or particular group – but besides listening to Celtic music, “oldies but goodies” songs will always have a place in my heart.
Your favorite color is?
I have 2 actually, teal green and coral
Your favorite Author is?
C.S. Lewis will always be my favorite
Patty was raised as a “country girl”, and fell in love with animals, books and the mystical world of magick from a wee girl. With her mother’s heritage, born and raised in Northern Ireland, along with the discovery of her father having American Indian ancestry, Patty’s fascination for both cultures quickly led her imagination to run wild.
Her love of The Chronicles of Narnia Series, from C.S. Lewis inspired her to start creating magical realms and characters of her own.
Patty’s dream to work with white wolves didn’t become a reality, but she considers herself blessed to have been “owned and loved” by a pack of beloved Samoyeds for over 20 years.
In her spare time, Patty can be found sitting beside one of her favorite spinning wheels, blending exotic fibers while her imagination weaves more stories. While she cherishes fond memories of both her parents, thanks to her beloved Irish Mom, Patty’s belief in the little people and fairies still carries on.