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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Interview with Alastair MacKay (Dragon Knight's Axe) and Mary Morgan




Interview Mary Morgan


Me  Tell us about yourself

Mary: I’m someone who spends most of my waking moments creating stories. Thank goodness, my husband of 32 years helps to bring me back down to earth, or I would be wandering the stars within my mind. I have three grown children and five grandchildren—I adore them all! Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies, along with cooking. Both of these help to unwind me after a long day of writing.

Me Tell us about your new book

Mary: Dragon Knight’s Axe is the third book in the Order of the Dragon Knights series. This is the story of Alastair MacKay. He was the most tortured, haunted brother of the four, and I loved writing his story. He drinks far too much mead, and is the daredevil of the group. It took a strong woman like Fiona to be able to stand beside him and love both—the man and the beast. In this book, the journey begins in Ireland, so it brought back fond memories of my first visit there.

Me What made you want to write and what made you want to write the genre you are writing?

Mary: I have been writing since I was a little girl—penning poems in my diaries, to writing plays for my family. Yet, when I became an adult, those dreams got pushed aside. It wasn’t until much later in life that the longing to create stories started to emerge. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal genre, especially fae, druids, and all things Celtic. It was only natural that I would imagine a world of Scottish fae warriors. You’re not limited by the modern world. It’s your realm to create anything!


INTERVIEW ALASTAIR MACKAY from Dragon Knight's Axe

Me: What people do you most admire?

Alastair: Fiona. I would not be here speaking with ye, if not for her love. Then, there are my brothers, as well.

Me: What, if anything, would you like to change about your life?

Alastair: Meggie’s death haunts me daily, and there are times I long to return to that night—to right the wrong. Yet, I cannae undo what has been written, for the Fates would then have altered my meeting Fiona. Therefore, I seek not to change the threads of my life.

Me: What are your strongest/weakest traits?

Alastair: (Leans forward in his chair, placing his fists on the table) ’Tis not wise to declare this knowledge of myself.
 
Me: What are your fears?

Alastair: I have only one—losing Fiona.

Me: Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

Alastair: (Leans back and crosses his arms over chest) There has been none.

Me: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Alastair: I have been told I lack patience. Mayhap, this is a trait I should strive to overcome.

Me: What is your motto?

Alastair: Live for today, for death will surely come to claim ye.   



DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE by Mary Morgan

Blurb:

Battled scarred, Dragon Knight, Alastair MacKay, has fled to the seas to separate himself from his powers that are connected to the land. Yet, when he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland, he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and leading him on a journey to confront his greatest fears.

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

Excerpt:

He would get the truth out of her. She was now his. Bought and paid for.
His anger simmered just below the surface, and he allowed his eyes to flash with the fire of the dragon. Hearing her gasp, he smiled. Good, little bird. Fear me. Without giving her time to react, he swept her up and dumped her over his left shoulder, and strode to the ship.
He heard her sharp intake of breath, and then she started to pound against his back. “Put...me down,” she demanded.
“Nae.”
She started to kick, and he clenched his jaw in frustration. The little bird had talons. He responded with a smack to her bottom, but instead of removing his hand, he kept it against her soft curves. “I will put ye down when we are on my ship.”
She went completely still, and then she screamed.
Alastair dumped her onto the ground. “For the love of Brigid, did ye have to yell into my ear?”
Fiona rubbed at her bottom and then stood. “You beast,” she spat out at him. Jumping onto a nearby boulder, she looked directly into his eyes. “Don’t you ever touch me like that again.”
Alastair yanked her to his chest by her arms, his face mere inches from hers. “And what are ye going to do?” He watched as her eyes widened in alarm. Blue eyes that reminded him of the sky on warm summer days. Then his gaze traveled down to her lips, red as berries.
Instantly, his beast roared to life. Claim one kiss, Alastair.

“I will slit your throat,” she whispered.

Releasing his hold, his beast laughed, mocking him. He stared at her for a few moments before turning away. Stalking over to the ship, he climbed up the ladder.

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Author Bio:

I am a constant daydreamer and have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.

Pure bliss!

I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there or maybe in Ireland.

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden—another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.



I loved it, from the beginning to the end you kept me on my toes. There were a few times that I had to walk away from the book. I was so irritated with it. The emotions that this book brings out is amazing. I couldn’t stop from wanting more. Wanting so badly to reach in and knock some sense into both of them. If she had not made the emotions in me so great in the beginning/middle I do not think the end would have been so profound. Seems a bit darker than the last but with this Hero it was needed. Would I want you to change anything in this book. No, any change would also change the feeling you have reading it. Every emotion you have through the book is necessary for the end. The Burst of emotions, it is almost overwhelming.

You get enough action, love, banter, excitement, and fighting to keep you reading. This book will be in your mind long after you have finished reading it. I feel the need to re-read it. Just to go through everything you feel in this book again. It is mystery, redemption, and new love all rolled into one awesome story.



Giveaway one commenter will receive swag and a signed print copy of DRAGON KNIGHT'S AXE from Mary Morgan. Contest Ends Monday July 6th at 11:59 PM

32 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting Alastair and I on your blog today, Kimi. We truly enjoyed being here, though Alastair would like a cup of mead the next time he visits. ;)

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  2. What a great interview Kimi, especially with Alastair.. I love this entire series but this one is my favorite. Thank you Mary for sharing this wonderful story with us

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  3. You're so welcome, Liz! So glad you stopped by, too.

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  5. ***UPDATE*** Alastair has brought to my attention that I should give away a signed print copy of DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE, plus swag. He will choose one lucky winner from those that leave a comment.

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  6. Wonderful interview and I enjoyed the excerpt very much. Good luck with your series, Mary!

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  7. I have said it several times in the last week, but I LOVED THIS BOOK! I now have a crush on Alastair MacKay. Great interview Mary & Kimi, and I enjoyed the character interview with Alastair. :)

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    1. Aww...Angela, thank you so verra much! Yep, I lost my heart to Alastair "Beast" MacKay the moment he came into the scene. So happy you loved the book. :)

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  8. I had a rare opportunity to snatch Alastair from Urquhart Castle and bring him here for this interview. I had to promise him a pitcher of mead. Thanks so much, Jana for stopping by. :)

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  9. Love Alastair's reaction when asked about his mistakes :) Sounds like quite a laddie to be sure. Best of continued good luck.

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    1. Yes, I was laughing at his response. None of my Dragon Knight's would dare admit their mistake(s). Thanks, Barb for stopping by. :)

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  10. No time to comment - must buy books!

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  11. Love the interview Mary and the book!! Best wishes for many sales!

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    1. Woohoo, Karilyn! Thrilled you loved Alastair and Fiona's story. They definitely took me on a journey. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Love the character interview. I think Alasatair's personality came through for sure. :)

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    1. He stormed through the pages with his tough charm, Angelina. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  13. Bonsoir Kimi and Mary,
    Loved this double interview - Mary's and Alastair's. I had a good laugh at Alastair's response to a couple of the questions. He's something, isn't he?
    I have the first two books in this series but haven't read them yet. Hopefully, they will be joined by the third one. LOL

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    1. Liette, I had one reader tell me that they could easily see Alastair on a Harley with leathers, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  14. Thanks Everyone for stopping by. Mary is a favorite Author of mine and one of the sweetest lady's. Keep the comments coming. The more the merrier.

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    1. I love your blog and you, dear lady! Thanks so much for everything! :)

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  15. Great interview. Those Dragon Knights do think terribly highly of themselves, but since we love their take charge personalities we don't seem to mind a bit.

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    1. LOL! Yes, Julie, they certainly do! They're true alpha, dominating men, but they also have their "soft" side. Psst...but don't tell them I told you. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  16. I loved Dragon Knight's Axe. Mary has the ability to grab you and take you into her stories and you become a part of them. The book has several twists that make you pay attention and and surprise you with their intensity. She has strong heroines, who take no bull from the heroes and who win in the end. Keep it up Mary. Thanks! Susan oxox

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    1. Love you, Susan! Thank you for loving my stories! :)

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  17. The above comment is mine.

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  18. ***WINNER*** Congratulations, Liette Bougie! Please send me your mailing address at moirarose415@yahoo.com Thanks to everyone who let left a comment. :)

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  19. Thanks Mary an Kimi. You've made my day.
    Emailing you shortly.

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    1. Congratz. The book is awesome, just an fyi he is my bbf.... lol

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