What are your strongest/weakest traits?
- I believe my strongest trait is my loyalty. I will be loyal until I can no longer be loyal. I wronged my father by my disobedience and defiance and I regret that. I have turned from being a willful child focused on my own interests to a woman seeing more of this life than any gently bred woman should ever need to. Still, if it is within my power, I will remain loyal and steadfast.
What are your fears?
-My deepest fear is that this will truly be my life, that I will never have a more fulfilling life than this. That I will always cower in fear of being noticed or of attention being called to me and have no one who will protect me from the advances of those who would seek their own pleasure at my expense.
Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
-Aw in my younger days! Yea, I was quite embarrassed when my father came upon me and Tadhg in the stable. Our first kiss. I remember the warmth and the smell surrounding us. Tadhg's strong arms surrounding me, holding me tight, as if he'd never let me go. We were young then but I sensed in him an inner strength, something I could hold on to, something that could help me to learn to become a strong woman, something wonderful and exciting.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
-Ah! My tears! I hate that I cry despite my resolve to hold firm and steady, tears dampen my face even as I'm gritting my teeth in determination. Not fair! The turmoil within shows all over my face. The men? They see only the tears and do not hear what I say. I do not want their pity. I want their respect.
What people do you most admire?
-I admire a man who can lower his guard and allow love into his life. I believe it is a scary prospect for most men. It requires fortitude and faith in themselves to allow a woman close. Many men would not give a woman a chance to get that close, they do not trust them. But a man that loves? Truly love? That is a man I admire. They will be stronger together—a man and a woman. It goes against everything that men are to open their hearts. An admirable quality indeed.
If you were to get a gift, what would be the best gift to get?
-Any gift? The gift of the days that have passed. I dinna ken to hold them close to my heart, to pay special attention to every sound, every sight, every smell. I dinna realize their importance. I dinna realize they would not last. If I had, I would have treasured each moment, pondering it in my heart, and it would warm me now during the cold of the solitary nights.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
-Restraint! My father raised me to hold my tongue, not to express my own thoughts or desires, to wait until I was asked and then only to answer that which was asked. Bullocks! I have many thoughts which could have helped but I was not given the chance to voice them. I stood by and remained stoic, showing restraint. Extremely overrated that!
What season do they enjoy most? And why?
-I love the spring best. The wildflowers, the birds, the sunshine. It all speaks to new life. New hope. New future.
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The Seventh Son - Book four in the Norman Conquest series
Drogheda, Ireland 1076The sixth son bears a curse as certain as the seventh son bears a blessing. When Tadhg MacNaughton’s betrothed is ripped from his arms and married to another, he believes the legend is true.
Tisa O'Brien's life slams into a downward spiral at the news she is no longer betrothed to the love of her life but to the tanist of a warring, prideful clan with dangerous political aspirations, the Meic Lochlainn. She faces her destiny with all the strength and dignity of her Irish heritage despite dealing with a husband who resents her, fighting off the lustful advances of her father-in-law, Aodh, and longing for the husband of her heart.
Tadhg MacNaughton makes a deal with the devil to ensure the survival of his clan as he is commanded to fight with Aodh who envisions himself the new Brian Boru, High King of Eire. Up close and personal, Tadhg must witness his true love's marriage and remain silent even as it rips him apart. When a sinister plot to over throw King William of England led by the exiled Leofrid Godwin and Clan Meic Lochlainn comes to light, Tadhg is faced with saving his clan or endangering his sister and her Norman husband.
An Irish beauty and a warrior betrayed, doomed in love from the start or does fate have something else in store for them?