This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie 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. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.
Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson
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?
“Kelpie are water horses that are uncommonly strong. Their shiny coat comes in colors of both black and white. They have a mane and tail that never dries. No matter how long they remain on dry ground, th’ hair will drip water constantly from th’ ends. Although their skin shines like silk in th’ sun, it feels cold as stone when ye touch it no matter how warm th’ day. These ghostly horses use trickery to keep themselves hidden from your eyes or they simply transform into any normal creature, includin’ th’ shape of a comely man or woman. ’Tis in this way they lure ye to them. And, ’tis also said that once they take ye captive, they might never let ye go back to the surface.”
“That’s a very interesting story. Have you ever seen a kelpie yourself?” she asked.
Cailen chuckled as he shook his head. “Nay, I cannae, in all honesty, tell ye that I have.”
“So then you don’t really know if these ghostly creatures carry women off or not,” she challenged.
The look he gave her quite literally stole away her breath. He turned his body fully toward her then and moved closer still. His eyes bore into hers. “Nay, but th’ danger still exists of other ghostly creatures that might."
I am excited to be here on your blog, so thank you very much for inviting me over for an interview!
How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Spirit of the Knight?
Sir Cailen is actually a minor character in my previously published novel Spirit of the Revolution. He was a fun character to write and as I completed the chapter in which he appeared, I knew he had to have a full story of his own.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Spirit of the Knight to write? Why?
I don’t really have a favorite because I truly enjoyed writing every single page. However, I found it great fun to write the scene wherein our astonished heroine comes face-to-face with the fourteenth century knight she has sketched and painted her entire life.
What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?
I would have to say Cailen’s attitude and Mariah’s spunk.
Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
That deep and abiding love will always find a way, regardless of hardship and seemingly impossible obstacles.
What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?
Now that's a loaded question! I have well over a thousand books in my personal library. But, if something terrible destroyed that library and I had to begin again, I would have to replace the classics first…
How did you know that you should become an author?
My husband’s faith in me that I could actually do it.
What was your biggest challenge in getting published?
Not giving up on myself and implementing all I learned as I waded through a plethora of rejection letters.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I wouldn’t trade away any of those rejections letters, because in all reality, they made me a better writer.
What project are you working on now?
I am currently doing some revisions for a fantasy romance which takes place in a kingdom lost to history.
If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?
I would definitely travel backward in time. I love history and there are so many people I would love to meet and events I would love to witness for myself.
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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