@Goddessfish Book Tour: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson
I’m delighted to have Debbie as a guest today! She will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour by clicking the banner above!
Thank you so much Michelle, for inviting me to share your blog. I am excited to be here!
All right, Mizz (emphasis on the “mizz”) Peterson…just why did you chose to write your stories in the genre of paranormal romance, anyway?
With so many asking this question, I’ve had plenty of time to contemplate the answer. So what did I come up with? Well, I think it’s merely the culmination of all the books I have ever read and enjoyed over a lifetime of reading.
I can credit my mother who read to me from the earliest days of my childhood, as well as my third grade teacher, for instilling in me a love of books. In those days I loved reading fairy tales (ghosts, witches, warlocks, fairies…), the Nancy Drew series (adventure, mysteries…), and anything wherein a horse played a central part (always contemporary). As I grew a bit older my aunt introduced me to romance novels by suggesting I read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Not long thereafter I gravitated to novels written by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Daphne Du Maurier. From there I discovered and found myself enthralled with authors such as Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss (books obviously historical in nature). Are you seeing the pattern?
So, when my husband (and he gets all of the credit) convinced me to pick up my pen and write the stories floating around inside my head, I discovered my present-day romances were all interwoven with elements of the paranormal, history, adventure, and a dash of mystery…go figure.
Now, I’m also quite certain I can blame my three ghostly romances on the influences of “Dark Shadows,” (the soap opera, not the movie) where–in a particular segment–the dashing Quentin Collins fell in love with the ghost of the lovely Daphne Harridge. I rooted for this couple, just as I did for the ghostly Captain Gregg and Mrs. Muir—both in the movie and the series. I also feel the need to mention the characters of the very mortal Jack Crawford and the ghost of Mary Plunkett in the movie comedy “High Spirits.”
I had to wonder how such a love as these could possibly end in a happily-ever-after. And if somehow it did, then my-oh-my, what a unique and special love it must be in order to overcome such impossible obstacles. With that idea in mind, I wrote Spirit of the Rebellion, published in 2012, Spirit of the Revolution, published in 2013, and Spirit of the Knight, now available on Kindle, with a world-wide release date of July 9th, in both print and E-book. For those who chose to read my books (and I truly hope you all do), rest assured, each story does indeed have a Happily-Ever-After ending!
I hope you enjoy reading them every bit as much as I did writing them!
She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast his gaze upon her…
Renowned artist, Mariah Jennings hired to paint a thirteenth-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks.
But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.
Will those forces tear them apart, or is their love destined to last throughout the ages?
He tilted his head to the side and shrugged. “It wouldn’t have mattered. I didn’t know when I brewed it that you had already given your heart away. And of all th’ stupid, ridiculous things you could possibly do, you gave your heart to a ghost. I should have realized it from th’ beginning when I first laid eyes on your sketches. Therefore, my potion wouldn’t have had th’ desired effect.”
“And you think this new one will?”
“Och, without doubt.” He nodded his confidence. “This one will make you forget any of th’ knights ever existed. Do ye ken? All your memories of them will be gone in th’ mere blink of an eye.”
The arrogant tone roused her temper even further. “Just so you know—there’s not an herb, potion, or magic incantation powerful enough to erase Cailen from my heart. He’s possessed it far too long. You’re wasting your time.”
He shrugged. “We’ll see.”
Though she tried not to show it, Evan’s calm assurance scared her half to death. Her thoughts drifted to Cailen. Surely when he returned to the castle, he would move heaven and earth to find her. If she called out to him periodically, he would hear her. He could find her simply by following the sound of her voice—
“If you’re thinking your knight will rescue you, let me save you th’ trouble of hoping,” he said. “Cailen is not coming back.”
About the Author:
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has five published novels to her credit.
When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.
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