Monday, June 23, 2014

Spirit of the Knight Book Tour: Review + Guest Post + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Spirit of the Knight book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a guest post from the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway for an art print and a couple of e-books. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Spirit of the Knight
Release date: March 27, 2014
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Time-Travel Romance

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?



My Rating: 3 Roses

An enjoyable romance, Spirit of the Knight was a lovely read. A delightful blend of contemporary, historical, and paranormal, this book was great and I liked it.

Both characters were good. Mariah was clever, determined to help the knights, and likable. Cailen was very sweet, loyal to those he cared about, and rather adorable. I really liked them both.

The romance was very sweet. There was never any question that Mariah and Cailen were meant for each other.

I had two issues with this book: 1) The dialogue was a bit stilted. To the point that I would stop and think about the wording of the dialogue instead of continuing with the flow of the story. 2) The pace was slow. It took a long time for things to happen and that meant the plot dragged in some places.

Despite the pace, however, I was still kept mostly interested, especially with the mystery of what happened to the knights. I never suspected who was behind it and the full extent of the betrayal. I enjoyed the story and the ending was good.

Spirit of the Knight was an enjoyable romance. It might not have been perfect, but it was a good read that I quite liked. Romance lovers, you might want to look this one up.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Guest Post:

How do you strike a proper balance while writing a book featuring two different time periods?
Interesting question… and those who have read any of my five published novels know that, for all but one (Van Locken’s Witch, a historical paranormal romance), I have paired a hero from various historical time periods, with a modern woman. For instance, in Spirit of the Rebellion, my hero is the ghost of a Civil War Captain, who meets and falls in love with a lovely historian who is an expert in Norwegian culture and mythology. In Spirit of the Revolution, just as the title suggests, my hero is the ghost of a Revolutionary War Ranger while the heroine is a master violinist. In Spirit of the Knight, our hero, the ghost of a Scottish knight from the 14th century fall in love with the artist commissioned to paint his castle.

The stories always take place in the present, yet the historical details concerning our hero’s life and era are a significant part of the story. When it comes to stories such as mine, authors use various methods to weave the historical portions of the story into the novel. In Spirit of the Revolution, I began with a prologue which provided the details of Mathias McGregor’s death and the choice he subsequently needed to make for his future as a disembodied being. Conversations between Mathias and Jolena, revealed just enough of his mortal life to give my readers the flavor of his life during the eighteenth century.

Alongside verbal exchanges, Captain Tristan Jordahl reveals the circumstances surrounding his death in a dream he shared with Shaelynn, in Spirit of the Rebellion. In this story, our heroine also meets another ghost that through mental impressions, gives the reader additional information concerning the past.

Sir Cailen Braithnoch, our hero in Spirit of the Knight, provides the reader with the details of his death and the historical details surrounding it when he is forced to relive the final day of his mortality. And of course, the all important conversations are also used to give the reader a sense of everyday life in the fourteenth century.

However, at the end of the day, I rely on the comments and input of my wonderful beta readers, as well as the amazing expertise of my editors to seamlessly blend and balance the history portions of my books, with the present time in which the story takes place.

As a reader, what methods do you enjoy the most when it comes to blending the past with the present?
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Excerpt:

“You’re goin’ to acknowledge my presence now, aye? ’Twould be discourteous to do otherwise, Murriah Jennins, after our eyes met not once, but twice.”

Mariah’s hand flew to her mouth. She choked on a breath and stared. After swallowing past the knot in her throat, she shook her head slightly and stepped back. In so doing, she tripped over her own foot and collided with the turret wall. The impact made her lose her balance, and at once she fell backward. In the same instant, her knight wrapped a hand around her wrist and gently tugged her forward. He held onto her hand until she regained her footing.

“Watch your step now. We cannae have ye tumblin’ over th’ side of th’ castle,” he said.

She ignored his comment as well as his concern, for, most assuredly, neither of them existed.

“No, you can’t be real. Such a thing just isn’t possible,” she murmured aloud.

Despite the rationale of her statement, her gaze remained fixed on the solid image that stood so close she could touch it without effort. Her fabricated vision folded his well-muscled arms against his chest, and tossed her a lopsided grin.

“That depends upon what ye mean by real. If you’re speakin’ of a man made of flesh, then no,” he replied. “Despite th’ lack, th’ rest of me is real enough, I assure ye.”

Mariah squeezed her eyes shut. The moment she opened them again, he’d be gone. Her imagination, as one might expect in an ancient castle, simply worked overtime. Especially after her earlier conversation with Evan. She licked the bottom of her dry lips, and then peeked up through her lashes.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is an Art print (shown below), inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an e-copy of Van Locken's Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven
Good luck!


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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.


11 comments:

  1. Goddess Fish PromosJune 23, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Thank you for hosting me today Farrah!

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  3. I just loved this book Debbie..I could not put it down. I loved the way you wrote Cailen with the sexy Scottish brogue. I could hear him talk with a Gerard Butler voice. hmm loved it.I loved the romance and the mystery and the trying to figure out what came next. At times I could not read fast enough. Definitely one of my favorite reads.

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  4. Thank you so much for the kind words, Tammy! Thanks for stopping by and wishing you the best of luck on the giveaway!

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  5. The excerpt and the artwork. It is beautiful!

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  6. Thank you very much Lori! I love the print as well and have already ordered my own copy... Here's wishing you luck on the drawing!

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  7. As a reader, I rely on the skill of the author to combine past and present in a believable manner. Your books have never disappointed in that regard. SPIRIT OF THE KNIGHT was yet another example of a great read that held me hooked from beginning to end. Absolutely loved Sir Calien and Murriah, and the mystery was spot on!

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  8. Thank you ever so much for the wonderful compliments Mae! And thank you so very much for dropping by! You made me all warm and fuzzy!

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  9. Loved this book from beginning to end!!! Loved the characters and the story. It is one of my favorites and I am happy that I am able to follow the book tour for it when I can!!!

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  10. What a sweet compliment! Thanks so much for tagging along... I am thrilled to see you here!

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