Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

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Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

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Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson – Review, Guest Post + GiveawaySpirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on March 25, 2014
Pages: 299
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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?

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Today, Debbie Peterson is visiting Brooke Blogs with a fun guest post. Read on for Debbie’s ghost story. Thanks so much for stopping by, Debbie!

Ghost stories…Everyone has heard at least one. They are often told and retold during slumber parties and around late-night camp fires where spooky sounds and darkness prevails. Though fun to hear, most of us take them with a grain of salt. At least we take them with a grain of salt until we see an honest-to-goodness-can’t-find-another-reasonable-explanation ghost for ourselves.

Now because I am an author of paranormal romance, and most all of my books have at least one ghost lurking about (and most of them are my heroes,) I am often asked if I have seen a ghost myself.

The answer to that question, dear readers, is yes. Yes, I have. Skeptics will scoff, of course. They always do. Perhaps I merely hallucinated, they say, or perhaps something I ate didn’t agree with me. Surely, the nighttime shadows that creep in through windows made you “think” you saw a ghost. Oh, come on, Deb! Are you on meds? Alcohol? Drugs, perhaps? I know! You write about ghosts and therefore, your vivid imagination simply conjured one. Mystery solved.

Well, to set everyone’s mind at ease…I don’t indulge in drugs or alcohol (no, never) and I’ve yet to have a doctor prescribe anything more than an occasional antibiotic. I’ve only seen one very surprised ghost at night, and truly I don’t believe shadows could have explained his presence. For those wondering if I conjured the others while writing? Not even close. I saw my first ghost at the tender age of fourteen—in the broad light of day– and since I know you’re all dying (pardon) to hear the sordid details, I’ll get right to it.

But first, let me tell you that my parents assured me from the earliest days of my youth that ghosts simply didn’t exist. I believed them. At least I did until the day we helped move my grandparents from the home they built into another, that for over a century had stood on its foundation. Trust me, on that particular day, encountering a ghost didn’t even occur to me. I thought the two-story farmhouse simply charming.

Anyway, we had several trucks filled with boxes and furniture that needed unloading. Several friendly neighbors had come to help with the task and as you can imagine, I didn’t know or recognize any of them. After all, I lived in another state altogether. About an hour or so had lapsed when I picked up a box bound for the upstairs. Good. I had yet to see the upper floor and relished the opportunity. I climbed the winding staircase and noticed that other boxes were stacked in the room off to the right. As I headed in that direction, I saw a man standing just inside the doorway. He looked like an old farmer, dressed in bib

overalls, with a red-and-black plaid shirt worn underneath. His boots were just as old and worn as his faded, gray hat. The lenses of his eye-glasses were round and I noted a bit of sun-glare reflecting off of them. I assumed he was one of the helpful neighbors and due to his age, took on the task of directing traffic. I met his gaze head-on, gave him a friendly smile, and said:

“Where do you want me to put this box?”

A long lengthy silence followed. Very. Lengthy. I began to feel quite uncomfortable standing there holding that box. I didn’t know quite what to do. The minute I thought perhaps he didn’t hear the question, and thought I’d repeat it, the man simply disappeared. Yup! Right in front of my face…gone…just like that. With my heart beating wildly, I jetted down the steps and made all haste outside. I poked through the boxes looking for those labeled kitchen and made them my priority throughout the remainder of the day.

You want to know the interesting thing about that ghost? I couldn’t see through him. He looked just as solid as any other living soul. Though we visited my grandparents on several different occasions over the years, I never saw him again. However, he made his presence known by pacing back-and-forth upstairs. We would hear the creepy sounds of his slow, even boot-steps traipsing across the floors. All of us…five kids…two parents…and even they had to finally admit a ghost resided there…

So, tell me, have any of you ever seen a ghost?

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Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson is a magnificent read! I was thoroughly entertained with the characters in this story. Mariah and Cailen were wonderful and I really liked them both right from the start. This was such a fun story and I loved delving into it. There was mystery, romance, ghosts, knights…everything that makes a story awesome. I would love to read more of Mariah and Cailen. I’ll definitely be seeking out more from Debbie Peterson.

 

About 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.

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Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson: Author Interview and Giveaway

Originally Posted By Kinky Vanilla Romance

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson, a paranormal romance available now from The Wild Rose Press.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

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?

EXCERPT

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.”

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

I am excited to be here on your blog, so thank you very much for inviting me over for an interview!

How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Spirit of the Knight?

Sir Cailen is actually a minor character in my previously published novel Spirit of the Revolution. He was a fun character to write and as I completed the chapter in which he appeared, I knew he had to have a full story of his own.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Spirit of the Knight to write? Why?

I don’t really have a favorite because I truly enjoyed writing every single page. However, I found it great fun to write the scene wherein our astonished heroine comes face-to-face with the fourteenth century knight she has sketched and painted her entire life.

What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?

I would have to say Cailen’s attitude and Mariah’s spunk.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

That deep and abiding love will always find a way, regardless of hardship and seemingly impossible obstacles.

What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?

Now that’s a loaded question! I have well over a thousand books in my personal library. But, if something terrible destroyed that library and I had to begin again, I would have to replace the classics first…

How did you know that you should become an author?

My husband’s faith in me that I could actually do it.

What was your biggest challenge in getting published?

Not giving up on myself and implementing all I learned as I waded through a plethora of rejection letters.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I wouldn’t trade away any of those rejections letters, because in all reality, they made me a better writer.

What project are you working on now?

I am currently doing some revisions for a fantasy romance which takes place in a kingdom lost to history.

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?

I would definitely travel backward in time. I love history and there are so many people I would love to meet and events I would love to witness for myself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lockens-Witch-Wieven-Debbie-Peterson-ebook/dp/B00FWWXBES/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_d_4

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/van-lockens-witch-debbie-peterson/1117524840?ean=9780991068210

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Peterson, Debbie: Spirit of the Knight

Originally Posted by on August 18, 2014 @ Room With Books
Spirit of the Knight

by Debbie Peterson

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BLURB:

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?

Buy Links:  Amazon || Barnes and Noble

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EXCERPT:

“You’re goin’ to acknowledge my presence now, aye? ’Twould be discourteous to do otherwise, Murriah Jennins, after our eyes met not once, but twice.”

Mariah’s hand flew to her mouth. She choked on a breath and stared. After swallowing past the knot in her throat, she shook her head slightly and stepped back. In so doing, she tripped over her own foot and collided with the turret wall. The impact made her lose her balance, and at once she fell backward. In the same instant, her knight wrapped a hand around her wrist and gently tugged her forward. He held onto her hand until she regained her footing.

“Watch your step now. We cannae have ye tumblin’ over th’ side of th’ castle,” he said.

She ignored his comment as well as his concern, for, most assuredly, neither of them existed. “No, you can’t be real. Such a thing just isn’t possible,” she murmured aloud.

Despite the rationale of her statement, her gaze remained fixed on the solid image that stood so close she could touch it without effort. Her fabricated vision folded his well-muscled arms against his chest, and tossed her a lopsided grin.

“That depends upon what ye mean by real. If you’re speakin’ of a man made of flesh, then no,” he replied. “Despite th’ lack, th’ rest of me is real enough, I assure ye.”

Mariah squeezed her eyes shut. The moment she opened them again, he’d be gone. Her imagination, as one might expect in an ancient castle, simply worked overtime. Especially after her earlier conversation with Evan. She licked the bottom of her dry lips, and then peeked up through her lashes.

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INTERVIEW:

It is my pleasure to welcome Debbie Peterson, author of Spirit of the Knight, to Room With Books.

Hello Patricia! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, I so am excited to do this interview with you, so…let the questions begin!

Please tell me about Spirit of the Knight and what inspired you to write it?

Spirit of the Knight is a paranormal romance featuring the ghost of a 14th century knight and a renowned artist by the name of Mariah Jennings. She has been commissioned to paint several portraits of the castle he haunts. Though Mariah has already encountered several spirits in the previous castles she’s painted, this ghost is different than all the rest. Why? Because he is the handsome knight she has spent an entire lifetime inexplicably sketching and painting. Discovering her beloved knight actually exists, if even in ghostly form, means coming face-to-face with the dark and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Along the way, as they fall ever deeper in love, they must find a way to solve the mystery and find their happily-ever-after.

Sir Cailen has his origins in my novel entitled, Spirit of the Revolution. Even though he is just a minor character in that particular book, his story evolved, and I knew I needed to write his full and complete story.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

There is always a central plot to each novel, but the characters always dictate what happens as I write each page and chapter. At the end of the book I am always amazed at the way it has changed from my original conception.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

Well, there is no contest there. My characters always win and I have to admit, they are always right.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

Oh, I don’t know. I’m pretty much an open book, really. But perhaps they might be surprised to know I teach genealogy classes.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Charlotte Brontë. The woman is brilliant!

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

Now that’s a long list! Let’s see, I wanted to be a teacher, a nurse, and a concert pianist to name a few. I think that’s why I have so much fun writing my heroines. They have very interesting careers that I thoroughly enjoyed investigating.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

Through the years I would often share some of my story premises with my husband and he finally convinced me to write them down and submit them.

What music inspires your writing?

I just have to have instrumental music on when I write and the mood must match the scene I am writing. Music sung by my favorite musicians only serves as a distraction while I’m writing because I find myself singing along with them. (Doesn’t make for good writing… )

Fun Facts:
What is your favorite breakfast? Waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

What is your favorite color? What would the world be without all of its beautiful colors? I love them all and don’t really have a favorite. But…I find more often than not I am drawn to lavender.

What is your favorite movie? Oh boy, that’s another tough one… I suppose if you want me to pin it down to just one I would have to go with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

What is your dream car? Actually, my dream car is a truck. I would love to have a candy-apple red, totally restored, tricked out 1957 Ford pickup.
How can our readers find you?

Author Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson/214882805206529

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

You can purchase Debbie Peterson’s books at the following locations:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=924

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Peterson/e/B007GYZ4EA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/debbie-peterson

I appreciate your time today, Debbie. Thank you for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

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GIVEAWAY Details:

Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Prize_Prayer for the FallenI encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking on the tour banner below.

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Review Tour: A Lady Never Lies by Stephanie Burkhart

Another Intriguing Sounding Steampunk Romance! I really should reading the book series…

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I’m super happy to welcome Stephanie Burkhart and her time travelers back to the blog !!! This time we’re following Richard Windsor and Jocelyn Dunkirk on their adventure~

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(The Windsor Diaries Book 3)

Steampunk Romance

Desert Breeze Publishing

161 pages

Blurb:

Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn’s heart, but if it isn’t one challenge, it’s another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he’d make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn’s facing a bucket full of problems. The Prime Minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to…

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Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

Originally Blogged By  Queen of All She Reads

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson.  Please leave a comment or question to let Debbie know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, where Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You must comment to enter the giveaway.  You can also follow the rest of Debbie’s tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

14th Century Romance and Its Appeal to Modern Women…by Debbie Peterson

I am an avid reader of historical romance. Stories penned by authors such as Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiness have always ranked high on by TBR list.  Now, before we go any further, I need you to keep in mind that we are talking FICTION, which in no way resembles real life as set forth by competent historians.

Yes, I am well aware that during the medieval era, marriages were, more often than not, arranged by parents looking for the best deal…never mind the best deal might be old, overweight, and a winebibber with questionable habits and hygiene.  If you were a peasant, food and shelter were difficult to come by and a person had to scrape together a living any way that presented itself.  Most likely, romance was secondary to all of that. If you happened to be born a noble, you were married off to someone that could enhance family holdings or forge a bond between kingdoms and countries, and it didn’t matter a whit if you even liked (much less loved) said future spouse. What about that hideous plague, which lurked in shadows just waiting for an opportunity to pounce upon a vast array of victims? Not at all good for the teeth, complexion, and general well-being…

Be that as it may, I am here to tell you that fictional books are not required to address any of those things.  I mean, why on earth would we focus on the negative and depressing anyway? No, instead, we focus our gaze on the beauty found in medieval settings. Pristine landscapes, grand castles, idyllic court life, and pampered ladies dressed to kill in silk, satin and lace.  We allow our imagination to soar when we envision a daring, brave, stalwart knight in armor that does not shine. Indeed, the armor of our hero would be worn, tarnished, and all banged up from the countless, up-close-and-personal battles in which he prevailed against each and every adversary.  Those battles gave him his strength and audacity.

The very strength and audacity, in fact, he uses to win the one and only woman (with beauty, strength, and virtues of her own) that could ever possibly capture our hero’s heart, though many women have tried and failed.

These are the things that have captured my attention as these medieval stories unfold, be they woven from a love-at-first-sight-just-have-to-have-him-or-her, or that incredibly-difficult-almost-impossible-to find happily-ever-after in which love prevails despite the obstacles and leaves me with a most contented sigh.

How about you? What it is that draws you to historical romance?
Spirit of the Knight

By Debbie Peterson

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Release date: March 25, 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Historical Romance

Length: 299 Pages

ISBN:  9781628302769

ASIN:  B00J9OAMZQ
BUY LINKS:  AMAZON | B&N | iTUNES | KOBO | ARe | The Wild Rose Press

About the book:  

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?

Excerpt

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.”

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/

Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/debpeterson1/

Debbie Peterson Discusses Favorite Ghost Stories Blogged By Queentutts World Of Escapism/Spirit of the Knight NBtM Book Tour/@DebbiePeterson1 @GoddessFish

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Hello Ronda! I am so excited to be here today while we talk a little bit about my current release, Spirit of the Knight—and share with you and your readers, one of my favorite ghost stories from Scotland. I think the reason I favor this story is because it bears a bit of resemblance to one of my favorite ghost movies of all time…High Spirits. Do keep in mind that High Spirits is a comedy. This ghostly legend is far from it.

Baldoon_CastleNow, the tale has its origins within the walls of Baldoon Castle when the structure stood proud and tall. For a bit of background, what remains of this ivy-covered castle is nestled just outside of Bladnoch in the County of Wigtown. In the year 1455, James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas, forfeited the castle to the crown after coming out in open rebellion against King James II. Then, in 1553, the castle passed into the hands of the Dunbars of Westfield and remained a possession of the family until about 1800. This particular story centers upon David Dunbar, the heir of Sir David Dunbar.

Even though very little is left of this once grand structure, a portion of its past remains in the form of the tragic—perhaps even insane—ghost  of Janet Dalrymple, eldest daughter of Sir James Dalrymple.

You see, Janet had fallen in love with a man named Archibald, the third Lord of Rutherford and according to legend, she had secretly agreed to marry him. However, her parents dismissed the penniless Archibald outright, in favor of the more wealthy Dunbars, and in order to facilitate an alliance, they arranged a wedding between Janet and David.

Devastated and heart-broken, Janet shared this news with her beloved Archibald. Soon thereafter, on a hot summer day in 1669, Janet’s two brothers escorted her to the kirk of Old Luce, located two miles from Carsecleugh Castle, which then served as the home of the Dalrymples. Her brothers would later report that despite the heat of the summer day, Janet’s hands were cold as ice. The wedding went off without a hitch, yet the honeymoon night ended in disaster.

Several different stories emerged from the whispers that abounded after the blood-curdling shrieks and moans coming from behind the bridal chamber door demanded investigation. Once the concerned party broke into the room, they found the bloodied groom, stretched out and unconscious, very near the threshold of the door. A quick search revealed the bride, also covered in blood with wounds of her own, cowering in a corner.

David’s kinfolk placed the blame for the melee on Janet. The say her disappointment over the forced marriage, and the loss of her true love, caused her to lose her mind. As a result, she viciously attacked her husband. Some claimed that Archibald, seeking vengeance, hid in the bridal chamber and waited for the hapless groom.

Once David entered, he sprung into action. After stabbing his intended victim, he made his escape through the window, ran into the garden, and fled under the cover of night. This story doesn’t explain Janet’s wounds, however. A final version of this story labels David as the one suffering from insanity, and it was he that attacked Janet. Such a version might be plausible if the bride refused the advances of her husband, or admitted loving another.

No one will ever truly know what happened inside that bridal chamber on that fateful night. Though David recovered from his wounds and eventually married again, he refused to speak of the incident. Janet didn’t fare so well. She died September 12, 1669. Between the date of her marriage and her subsequent death, she never uttered a single word as to the events that took place that evening either.

After her death, the ghostly sightings began to be reported and they continue to this day. Over the centuries, various people have claimed to see Janet sadly drifting about the castle in the wee hours of the morning, covered in blood, wearing the nightgown she wore on her wedding night. Although one might encounter Janet’s spirit at any given time, you will most likely find her–if you are so inclined–on the anniversary of her death.

If you see her, tell her hello from me…

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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? 

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EXCERPT

“You’re goin’ to acknowledge my presence now, aye? ’Twould be discourteous to do otherwise, Murriah Jennins, after our eyes met not once, but twice.”

Mariah’s hand flew to her mouth. She choked on a breath and stared. After swallowing past the knot in her throat, she shook her head slightly and stepped back. In so doing, she tripped over her own foot and collided with the turret wall. The impact made her lose her balance, and at once she fell backward. In the same instant, her knight wrapped a hand around her wrist and gently tugged her forward. He held onto her hand until she regained her footing. 

“Watch your step now. We cannae have ye tumblin’ over th’ side of th’ castle,” he said. 

She ignored his comment as well as his concern, for, most assuredly, neither of them existed. “No, you can’t be real. Such a thing just isn’t possible,” she murmured aloud. 

Despite the rationale of her statement, her gaze remained fixed on the solid image that stood so close she could touch it without effort. Her fabricated vision folded his well-muscled arms against his chest, and tossed her a lopsided grin. 

“That depends upon what ye mean by real. If you’re speakin’ of a man made of flesh, then no,” he replied. “Despite th’ lack, th’ rest of me is real enough, I assure ye.”

Mariah squeezed her eyes shut. The moment she opened them again, he’d be gone. Her imagination, as one might expect in an ancient castle, simply worked overtime. Especially after her earlier conversation with Evan. She licked the bottom of her dry lips, and then peeked up through her lashes. 

AUTHOR Bio

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.

Debbie Peterson websiteWebsite: http://dk-peterson.com/ 

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Prize_Prayer for the FallenDebbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series to one randomly drawn commentator at the end of the tour. 

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The Haunted Moor of Culloden…/Spirit Of The Knight Book Tour – Blogged By Debbie Peterson

The Haunted Moor of Culloden…

I suppose we can’t speak of spectral knights and castles inhabited by ghosts without mentioning a haunted battlefield or two, if even briefly…

Culloden Moor by Mike Pennington

And what is more appropriate to begin our July “Spirit of the Knight” book tour guest blogs than the highly revered, greatly respected, Culloden Moor, near Inverness. Here, amidst the heavy rain on this boggy day of April 16th, in the year 1746, government troops decimated every man comprising Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebel forces. These forces were made up of brave Scotsmen from clans such as the Frasers, the Stuarts and the MacDonalds, who wanted nothing more than to see a Stuart return to the throne. Fate would not will it so. Even after the bloody battle concluded, the work of death did not. The slaughter continued until every man loyal to Prince Charlie died. It took but 40 minutes.

 

Now they say, on each anniversary of this brutal battle, the army fights yet again. The clanking of swords, battle cries, and the moans of the wounded are heard echoing throughout the moor. Witnesses often report seeing a tall man dressed in a tartan. He is obviously distraught and just before he disappears he is heard to whisper, “defeated…”

 

 
Another story often retold is that of a woman who, over six decades ago, spied a tartan lying atop one of the graves. She said that when she peeked beneath it, she saw the ghostly form of a seriously wounded soldier. I couldn’t help but wonder if he asked for or even wanted her help?
One of the more sorrowful legends of Culloden Moor is the silence that prevails over the battle site. Birds will not sing here, nor will the heather, which grows abundantly nearby, cover the graves of the Jacobites.

Given its history, I’m not so sure I’d have the heart to visit Culloden… Would you?

Today’s Guest Blog Stop (where I give excuses as to my chosen genre):

July 7: Ye Olde InkwellI hope you’ll drop on by and leave a comment for another chance to win our fun prizes!

 

July’s Blog Stop Calendar: 
July 14: Queentutt’s World of Escapism
July 21: Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
July 21: Literaria
July 28: Booklover Sue
July 28: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

 

Virtual NBtM Book Tour: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson Hosted By Goddess Fish Promotions

Virtual NBtM Book Tour: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson, a Paranormal Romance available now on Kindle and July 9, 2014 for the World-Wide Release from The Wild Rose Press.

The tour will run every Monday for 12 weeks starting on June 9, 2014, and Debbie is available for guest post and interviews. A PDF copy of the book is available for review in conjunction with a guest post or interview.

Debbie will be awarding one Art print, inspired by the novel, and signed by the artist and an ebook copy of Van Locken’s Witch and Shadow of the Witte Wieven (books one and two in the Wieven series to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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?

June 9: Long and Short Reviews
June 9: Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
June 16: Book ‘Em North Carolina
June 16: You Gotta Read Reviews
June 16: A Book, A Beer and a Dream
June 23: Imagine a World
July 7: Ye Olde Inkwell
July 14: Queentutt’s World of Escapism
July 21: Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
July 21: Literaria
July 28: Booklover Sue
July 28: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
August 4: Writers and Authors
August 11: Queen of All She Reads
August 18: Room With Books
August 25: Kinky Vanilla Romance
September 1: Brooke Blogs