Visiting My Imagination

I’m recently back from a vacation at Disney World with family and my five-year-old grandson. The perfect age for belief. I’ve done Disney many times, but this was the first time for the Star Wars section at Disney Hollywood. I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction and this was ambrosia to me.

 

  

Let me tell you, they did a fantastic job of creating the world I’ve seen on screen. Little imagination was necessary when wandering through the marketplace, seeing the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vadar’s ship. You were there and they left nothing that would take you out of the illusion. Yes, you could buy a Coke, but not in any bottle you’d recognize or with a logo you could read.

  

I’m not used to such a submersive experience into a supernatural world that I’ve visited for decades and I reveled in it. Stormtroopers wandered through, vendors were in perfect costume. Kylo Ren showed up with  his guards and interrogated several of the “innocent” bystanders.

All in all a delightful experience, my highest recs if you’re a Star Wars fan, or science fiction of any kind!

On a personal note – A New Time, 3rd in the Guardians of Now series is available for pre-order and goes live April 15!!

Historical Serenade Pre-order and Giveaway

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Historical Serenade:
Seven Tales of Romance

I’m excited to announce Highland Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance is available for pre-order. The collection is a collaborative bundle of historical romance and historical time travel stories—from novellas to full-length novels—the stories are offered by  Lane McFarland, April Holthaus, Ria Cantrell, Barbara Bettis, Ruth A. Casie, Karen Muir, and myself.

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In celebration, we’re hosting a month-long party on Facebook. Fun, games, and giveaways. Join the party!

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Seven Historical and time travel romance tales filled with danger, deception, revenge, honor and passion spanning the Medieval Highlands through England’s Golden Age.

TO LOVE AN IMPOSTOR by Lane McFarland
Disguised as Nicholas Barlow, a ruthless, old businessman during the day, the Flintlock Brigand’s leader at night, and Captain Randolf, in between, Nicholas ruins constables who failed to show Bristol’s orphans mercy.
Diana Fleming, daughter of Bristol’s wealthiest gentry, returns to beg her father for help raising ten orphaned children, but instead discovers her father died because of Nicholas Barlow. Now penniless and desperate, she’s determined to destroy the man who murdered her father.

HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS: THE RAVEN by April Holthaus
As the king’s personal guard, Eamon MacLeish’s loyalty has never been questioned until a mysterious lass seeks an asylum for a crime, she claims she did not commit. Adelyn Scott would welcome death over marriage but had no idea her wish would come true when she discovers her husband’s body on the night of their wedding. As Adelyn and Eamon piece together clues surrounding her husband’s murder, Eamon must choose between his loyalty or his heart.

CELTIC PERIL by Ria Cantrell
Tom Callum landed a spot with Celtic Storm as the lead singer and front man. When he reaches Scotland, he is drawn to seek his heritage and uncover the mysteries of his past. He is fascinated with a painting of a girl, Jenna Brandham of the Clan MacCollum, who lived more than six hundred years ago. Jenna tugs at his long forgotten memory. Tom will soon be plunged into a world of intrigue, deception and peril. The past and present collide in an adventure that brings danger at every turn. Only love will give Tom the strength he needs to thwart an attempt on King Richard’s life. Will Tom be able to survive his leap into the past? Will he be able to survive his return to the present, only to leave his heart behind?

SILVERHAWK by Barbara Bettis
Seeking revenge against his father, Sir Giles kidnaps the man’s young betrothed, only to find himself thwarting her repeated escape efforts. Lady Emelin won’t let a blasted mercenary destroy her last chance at a home and family, yet when she learns they must track down English traitors, she reluctantly assists. Eluding searchers and enemies alike, Giles and Emelin discover their past goals don’t matter; only a future together will do.

THE MAXWELL GHOST by Ruth A. Casie
Traitors, deception, murders and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins and Laura Reynolds, long-time friends, find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer’s next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love. No magic…a love that lasts an eternity.

DAGGER’S DESTINY by Karen Muir
In Medieval England, after Lady Katherine de Grey’s family is murdered, she is rescued by a childhood friend, Sir Richard Weston, and they are forced to marry. Richard resents the edict and intends to petition for an annulment. But, Katherine has other plans. With each caress of her dagger, she empowers herself to fight for her destiny. All she has to do is convince her new husband that the woman he truly desires is already his wife.

JUST WITHIN A HIGHLAND MIST by Dawn Marie Hamilton
A trio of pesky pixies have plans for Gregor MacLachlan’s heart. While hunting, a wayward shot from his bow nearly hits a strange lass who appears as if by magic. Emily Smith follows a child in her care onto a forbidden mound in the woods and wakes in a strange bed, in a place and time not her own. Can she find love in the arms of the dark-eyed stranger who becomes her champion?

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My contribution to the bundle is the novella Just Within a Highland Mist from the Highland Gardens series. Here is an excerpt…

Just Within a Highland Mist

At the garden archway, he slipped her hand into his and entered first to ensure naught was awry. He’d vowed to keep her safe.

“Oh, this is lovely,” she said as they traversed the path through the garden beds filled with vegetables and herbs to the rose garden, where he seated her on the turf bench, abloom with small, fragrant white flowers. The gentle scent was heady. As was her beauty.

“I owe you an apology,” she said.

He frowned. “Whatever for?”

“For not believing your story about the pixies.”

“I guess ’tis hard to believe in something you have never seen.”

“I saw one last night.”

Her admission made his brows rise. “You did?”

“Yeah. In my room, while I was bathing. Before you came. She wore a purple gown and had sheer lavender wings. Like that one there.” Emily pointed to a dragonfly-like creature perched on a shiny rose leaf.

He held out a hand and the ebony-haired pixie jounced onto his palm.

Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee.

The wee creature’s voice tinkled like the sweetest chimes.

“Here is another!” Emily leapt to her feet and held out a hand. A blonde pixie with green wings landed on an outstretched finger. “This one has iridescent peridot wings.”

Gregor brought his hand closer to his face for a better look at the one he held.

Emily did the same with hers. “Hello,” she murmured.

Tee teehee hee. The pixies giggled again, before blowing dust into their faces. Then with more giggles, they flew away, high over the garden wall.

Emily and Gregor sneezed in unison, and then dropped onto the bench, overcome with laughter. Tears of merriment streamed from both their eyes.

“They are so cute,” Emily said, when she sobered.

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Enter to win a Kindle Fire during the Historical Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance pre-order celebration. Release Day is March 31st!

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March 1 – March 30

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~Dawn Marie

Spit Does Not Lie…and Other Stories

Recently, a miracle occurred. As a writer of Scottish romance, I hid the fact I wasn’t Scottish. My husband is, according to Clan MacBean which can trace him as a direct descent of John Bean of Exeter (John’s name was changed from MacBean when he was transported to New Hampshire as an indentured servant in the 17th century). Also, this makes my two sons Scottish.

All I knew was that my mom had a relative that came from Sweden via Ellis Island in New York and dad said we had German roots. The German information was harder to track due to the destruction during the 2nd World War.

Imagine my joy when I took a DNA test. Yes, my spit said the words I was happy to hear… “Nancy, you are part Irish and Scottish.”

I knew it! I have always felt it in my bones, which is why I plan to continue writing books either set in Scotland or filled with Scottish characters!

A big surprise was Norway, which includes Iceland. Could this be why I love the ocean? I have always wanted to live near water and managed to while growing up on Long Island (swimming in the Long Island Sound and the ocean off Fire Island) and in New Hampshire with a house on Lake Winnisquam. I hope we can visit the Atlantic coast again as hubby and I did by staying in Virginia Beach in January. I plan to soon visit the ocean off the Florida coast with my son Eric and my mom. I will wave to my countries of origin. Until then, I am a happy ‘mutt’.

Talking about Scottish characters,

please check out Heaven-sent Highlander   Heaven-sent Highlander

Available in ebook and print!

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Supernatural Variety

Happy Valentine’s Month!

Paranormal Romance abounds in February. The end of my Rth Rising trilogy came out February 1, Rth Home, and Nancy Lee Badger’s Spark is being highlighted as well! One of things I love about the supernatural is now many variations there are.

                                     

Rth Home started out as science fiction, but when you’re on an unexplored planet you never know what’s going to happen. Spark is the story of a dragon shifter and his brothers. There’s no end to where you can go!

How cool is it that Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Stand by Stephen King are both in the same subgenre of supernatural or paranormal – of course one is an eternal love story while the other is classified horror. I’ve read both (multiple times!) and thoroughly enjoyed them.

                                            

It’s a never ending feast of variety whether your go-to is vampires or psychics or time travelers. I encourage you to spread your wings and try something you’ve never read before. Its the month for love, so find somewhere new to fall in love!

Groundhog Day Means More This Year

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I can talk about Groundhog Day, but I know most people will have their eyes locked on their televisions. Super Bowl Sunday happens every year and it just so happens to land on our annual celebration of Groundhog Day.

The history is short and sweet: each morning on the 2nd of February, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his winter burrow. If he sees his shadow, the prediction says we will have six more weeks of winter. If not, we will have an early spring.  Besides a celebration of woodchucks and football, this date will forever be imbedded because my dad passed away last year on that date.

Like the groundhog image above, he carried us three daughters into adulthood and I will be forever grateful. He also read all my books and shared them with other residents of the VA home where he lived during the last years of his long life. (GO NAVY!)

Enjoy the day the way you decide.  I will lift a glass of sugar-free root beer (his favorite) to my dad.  AND I will promote my latest giveaway which you can learn more about on my BLOG as I promote my Clan of Dragons series.

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Rth Rising Series

My Rth Rising series is coming to an end. Rth Home  is available for pre-order and will go live on February 1. This is a science fiction/colonialization story that takes a slight paranormal twist. Hey, it’s my world! (Rth Rising is on sale for $.99 through January)

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In the first book, Rth Rising, Kat struggles with the restrictions of living under Puter—the computer that governs the colony, as Davd helps with the underground escape from the arcologies.

In the second book, Rth Claimed, the sabotage of Puter is uncovered and Castra, Kat’s aunt along with her protégé, attempt to correct the damage done and keep the colony viable.

Now in the third book, Rth Home, Ralt, Davd’s uncle coordinates true colonization. The exploration of the planet can finally begin, revealing things about the world they never knew.

Hope you’re having a great 2020!!