Welcome, Patty Taylor!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

What better way to celebrate than with my sweet friend and very talented author, Patty Taylor. Patty is visiting today with wonderful pictures of inspiration for her Highlander Magick Series. Take a look below for an excerpt that will have you wanting to read more!

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Good Morning! I’m excited to be here and wish to thank my dear friend, Lane, for inviting me to her lovely site.

I enjoy centering my adventures in various places like Scotland’s mystical Isle of Skye, the magical Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland and the secluded wilderness of Alaska – where fairies, brownies, shape-shifters and mythical creatures come to life.

Dunluce Castle

 

Dunvegan Castle – home of the Fairy Flag in Isle of Skye

The person who influenced me the most to pursue my writing, was my beloved Mother, Evelyn V. Taylor. Her own story of how she came to live in the United States and became a citizen of this country has always inspired me. Born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland, she served in the British Army during WWII where she met and fell in love with my tall and handsome Daddy, a US Sergeant. Soon after they were married, she crossed the ocean by ship by herself, to wait the arrival of my Daddy’s return to the states. I’ll always admire her strength and courage for beginning a new adventure in a strange country with no family of her own, to start a life with the man she fell in love with and raise a family.  And with the discovery of my father having American Indian heritage, both cultures have made a huge impact on my imagination.

My Mum, Evelyn Taylor

I write fantasy/paranormal romance with a wee bit of magical lore woven into all my stories. I “love animals”, and enjoy spinning exotic fibers on my spinning wheels where I’ve blended my beloved Samoyeds (dogs) undercoats with alpaca, sheep and even Angora wool. I’m hoping one day for the opportunity to get my hands on some white wolf undercoat (or any wolf’s undercoat), but that’s another story . . .

Scrabo Tower, N. Ireland

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Today I thought I’d share a wee bit about my Highlander Magick Series

 

Mortal Magick is a time travel romance which begins in modern day Thurmont Maryland, and whisks the reader back in time to 18th century Isle of Skye, Scotland. A real beauty and the beast kind of story . . .

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?

You can find Mortal Magick here: Amazon

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Sea Wolf Magick is the 2nd book in this series. If you like wolf shapeshifters and mythical creatures – I hope you enjoy the second adventure where true love is put to the test through time

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.

Quinn McCord’s alpha wolf instincts compel him to search for others of his kind and offer safe haven on board his nautical home, The Sea Wolf.  His priorities are tested when sorcery lures him to a savage trap, and fate forces him to choose between his cravings for an irresistible witch, and his vast love of the sea.

Headstrong healer, Beth McMasters, uses her 21st century skills to help others, after returning to her rightful Scottish birthplace in 1797. While determined to remain single and restore her family’s good name, surges of unquenchable fiery passion and disturbing images cause grave doubts of her promise, and her future.  Rescued by the handsome Captain Quinn, who resembles the imaginary rugged Highlander sketched by her sister, Beth struggles with the cruel twist of fate when she learns her curse can destroy the only man she’s ever fallen in love with.

Will Quinn and Beth’s bond for each other be powerful enough to keep them together and find a cure for her curse before they run out of time, or will the truth of their legacy tear them apart? With the help of a miniature dragon, a crew of wolf shifters, trolls, and other mythical creatures, they journey across the Mystical Isle of Skye, to enchanting Iceland . . . for another adventure filled with magick and mayhem.

You can find Sea Wolf Magick here: Amazon

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I wanted to include a wee excerpt from one of the books, and finally decided to share a clip from Mortal Magick’s – Griselda’s Dungeon Scene – hope you enjoy!

“A frigid draft blew through an open window, imprisoned with cobwebs and thick bars. Goosebumps pricked her arms. A tapered light flickered in the corner of the room. A lone, thick candle sat perched on top of a stool. She peered around the eerie chamber searching for any signs of a blanket. Still shaken, she made her way to the seat splattered with gobs of melted wax and grabbed the only source of light. Taking short steps, using her other hand as a shield, protecting the flame from the increasing wind; she moved around her jail in search of a door.

By the Goddess!I’m stuck inside a dungeon! Now she knew how wild animals must feel trapped inside a cage. Like a brutal fist shoved in her face, the cold hand of reality struck her. She had to get out of here. Now.

She raced to the stool, seized it between her shaking fingers and carried it beneath the window to stand on. Her trembling hands grasped the thick, callous bars. Fighting back the surge of tears ready to burst, she took in a few deep breaths of fresh sea air. She tried concentrating on the moonlight reflecting off the ocean, far below.

The sun was already beginning to set. There would be a full moon tonight. The image of her mighty highlander filled her head. Bewitched from dark shadows of night fall, Duncan’s handsome face would soon change, revealing the beastly image. She realized, she’d desperately fallen in love with the beast as well as the human.”

The muscles in her chest tightened. Her heart fluttered while warm spasms of energy tingled up and down her limbs. Duncan was near. She felt him. He was headed straight for a trap. And she was the bait. She needed to escape and warn him before it was too late.

With nothing but miles of emptiness in sight, the roaring wind hurled splashing waves against the dismal cliff walls.”

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 I had fun writing this scene, especially after looking inside a Castle dungeon.  Don’t worry – Keara escapes – with a wee it of help, of course . . . .  you’ll need to read Mortal Magick to find out how she got there in the first place and what happens next . . .

I love to hear from my readers and find out what they think of my stories! Please feel free to drop by my website and blog to say hello – or find me on Facebook at the links listed below. I look forward to hearing from you!

http://www.pattytaylorauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PattyTaylorAuthor/

Heartfelt thanks once again to my gracious host and dear friend, Lane McFarland, for having me here today, and to all of you who took the time to stop by to hear about my stories, and leave your comments. I hope you’ll enjoy reading my new Highlander Magick Series!

 

 

 

 

The third book in the series is called “Dragon-Fae Magick”. I love dragons – and this one is already gearing up for lots more excitement!

Please make sure to leave a comment for a chance to have your name drawn on Friday evening for a free Kindle ebook copy of either Mortal Magick or Sea Wolf Magick!   Bye for now . . .

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Thank you so much for visiting, Patty! I hope you have a very HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

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