Monday, June 16, 2014

Spirit of the Knight

Today's special guest is Debbie Peterson. 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.


I asked Debbie why she thought there was so much fascination with Scotland, and here is her answer:

Before we begin, I would like to thank you for inviting me to share your blog today. I am so thrilled to be here!

All right then. On with the question at hand. Just why is there such fascination among readers with Scotland and its history? 

Once my lovely host posed this question, I found myself pondering the matter—and trust me; I pondered it for quite some time. At the end of the day, I just didn’t know with any absolute certainty.

Obviously, when it comes to Scotland, we have the larger than life persona of William "Braveheart" Wallace and readily recall everything this courageous man suffered and endured for his beloved country.

Ditto that for King Fergus Mór, Robert the Bruce, and we should also mention the spunky Black Agnes...wife of Patrick Dunbar. This is the saucy woman who held the English at bay for five full months and saved the family castle while her husband was away. This feat was so amazing the Scots wrote a poem to chronicle the event.

We could probably include the enigmatic Nessie of Loch Ness on our list, as well as the mythical Kelpie and Selkies that are surely lurking about somewhere...

The intriguing stories surrounding the Stone of Destiny--or the Lia Fail as it is called by the Celts--come to my mind. I mean, just where did that wondrous stone come from and does it really contain magic and reveal the rightful king?

How about that delightful Scottish brogue that never fails to thrill me from the very top of my head all the way down to my toes—especially when it is spoken by a man that has a deep, rich timbre to his voice?

And let us not forget Sir Sean Connery and Gerard Butler! (Oh, as if…)


So, are the visions of misty mountains and captivating legends--which are far more ancient than her mysterious ruins, by the way---responsible for the happenstance? Could it be the lyrical sounds of the bagpipes, the enchanting castles, or is it the powerfully built warriors in kilts that beckon so many of us to the realm of these beautiful, magical isles? 

In my case I could-and for that matter have-blamed the blood of several Scottish clans flowing through my veins, clans such as the MacLeans, the Fergusons, Dunbars, and the Campbells, just to name a few…
Perhaps it’s all of these elements weaved inseparably together…or maybe—just maybe—our love of Scotland is simply the spirit of Scotland itself.

So what do you think? What is it about the magical world of Scotland that beckons you?


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?


Did he find her “bonny” then? A blush stole across her cheeks as she shook her head. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the creatures.”

“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."


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