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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Lost Spirits of the Battlefield…

Originally Posted By Debbie Peterson

On this final day of our “Spirit of the Knight” Book Tour and Giveaway, I want everyone to know how much fun I’ve had while visiting the various blogs. My hostesses have been so sweet, they have asked me some interesting questions, and they made me feel welcome. So many friends–those I’ve had for quite a while as well as some new ones–dropped by and said hello. Thank you all for your support and all of your sweet comments! I am really excited to see just who it is that wins our prizes, including the beautiful print, “Prayer For The Fallen,” by the very, very talented artist, Shandra Kay!

My very last stop takes me to Brooke Blogs where I share one of my very own, personal ghost encounters! I hope that one more time, you’ll take a few minutes, stop by and say hello… (not to mention doing so will give you one more chance to win!)

Now, for those who read “Angels of Mons,” penned by my beloved husband, I thought I’d present the following…

The Battle of Braddock Down…

Here, on the 19th day of January, in the year 1643, the Royalist forces under Sir Ralph Hopton engaged the Parliamentarian army in battle. Hopton’s forces prevailed. Even though 350 plus years have passed since that infamous day, they say the sound of galloping hooves made by phantom horses can still be heard racing across the battlefield.

The Battle of Hastings…

Battle of Hastings, as portrayed by Philip James de Loutherbourg

I don’t know about you, but I studied this particular conflict many, many times as a student throughout the years. This is the historical moment wherein William, Duke of Normandy invaded Britain in the year 1066. This is also the very place, on the 14th day of October, King Harold died fighting against him. Since that day a host of witnesses, all throughout the centuries, say that the ghost of King Harold, soaked in blood, wanders the battlefield on the anniversary of his death. In addition to the sightings of the king, they say the blood of the fallen sweats from the grass when it rains.

Battle of Langside, Queens Park…

This battle, which occurred on May 13, 1568, lasted all of forty-five minutes. After her forced abdication and subsequent escape from captivity inside Lock Levan Castle, Mary, Queen of Scots, managed to gather a loyal army, 6000 strong. This army, commanded by the Earl of Argyll suffered defeat and ended Mary’s hope of ever regaining her throne. The spirits of the fallen soldiers have often been spotted near the boating lake on the anniversary of the battle.

Sedgemoor Battlefield…

This bloody, brutal battle, in which wounded survivors were mercilessly slaughtered, took place on July 6, 1685. The army led by James, Duke of Monmouth suffered defeat while the army commanded by Lord Faversham won the day. Two days after the battle, James was captured and then executed in London. Reports of ghostly horsemen, seen galloping over the battleground are not uncommon. Neither are the voices cast by disembodied soldiers. We also have the residual haunting in which the Duke relives his attempt to escape on an annual basis.

The Battle of Killiecrankie…

During this battle, rebel Highlanders faced and defeated 3,000 government troops on the 27th day of July, in the year 1689. Numerous accounts of ghostly phenomenon have abounded ever since, from the visions of highland women pilfering from the dead, to the souls of the deceased soldiers that still roam the battlefield looking for heaven only knows what…

These are just the tip of the iceburg, dear husband, but I’ll save all the rest for another day! (And do keep in mind that I cannot vouch for the reality of these sightings since I’ve never seen them myself, nor do I know who “they” are…)

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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What’s Cooking inside a Medieval Kitchen…

Originally Post by Debbie Peterson

With but one week left to go on our Spirit of the Knight Book Tour and Giveaway I thought we would explore what the medieval cooks might have served our garrison of ghostly knights!

But first, I thought I’d let you know that…

Today you will find me having an interview with Skeeter Lee over at Kinky Vanilla Romance!  Therefore, I invite you to join me in our question and answer session and while you’re there, don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

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The medieval kitchen inside the Nanstein Castle, by Anaconda74

So, what’s cooking inside a Medieval Kitchen? All kinds of things, actually, and some of the cuisine on the medieval menu just might surprise you. During the middle ages, and via the crusades, exotic spices became far more accessible to good cooks throughout all of Europe. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, coriander, mustard and ginger, just to name a few. Now, instead of cooking with just what they grew in their gardens, our medieval chefs could brew up a bit of excitement in the kitchen.

Perhaps Cailen and his rowdy crew favored chicken stuffed with apples and prunes, or how about Chike Endored (chicken glazed with golden batter). Maybe they preferred Five-Spice pork (roasted pork roast with 5 spices), or Alows de Beef (rolled stuffed steak, baked in sauce). They might have requested Cock-a-leekie (traditional Scottish soup) , Boor in Brasey (pork soup), or Chestnut soup. And for dessert? How about Perys en Confyte (pears cooked in honey and wine), Rhy Lumbard Stondyne (a sweet rice and egg pudding), or A Potage of Roysons, which is an apple raisin pudding?

I don’t know about you, but some of that sounds pretty good to me!

The original medieval dining hall of Pembroke College, Cambridge, public domain

Want to try your hand at making Crispels, which is a round pastry basted in honey?

Now before I go any further, I want you to know that this is an authentic 14th century English dessert found in the book, The Forme of Cury, A Roll Of Ancient English Cookery, Compiled, about A.D. 1390, by the Master-Cooks of King Richard II, Presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth, by Edward Lord Stafford, and now in the Possession of Gustavus Brander, Esq.

This is the original recipe as taken from the afore mentioned book:

Take and make a foile of gode past as thynne as paper; kerue it out wyt a saucer & frye it in oile; oþer in grece; and þe remnaunt, take hony clarified and flamme þerwith. Alye hem vp and serue hem forth.

GODECOOKERY TRANSLATION:

Crispels. Take and make a sheet of good pastry as thin as paper; carve it out with a saucer & fry it in oil; or in grease; and to finish them, take clarified honey and baste there-with. Do them up and serve them forth.

INGREDIENTS:

Pastry dough

Olive oil

Honey

DIRECTIONS:

Roll out the pastry as thin as possible; cut into circles. Fry the pastry in a little olive oil until lightly brown & crisp. Drain well. Place the honey in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil, skimming off any scum that rises. Brush the pastries with the hot honey and serve forth!

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If anyone is brave enough to try it, let me know how it turns out! Click here for this as well as a plethora of other authentic medieval recipes! I know that I’ll be trying some of them soon…

All right… as I said, we are but one stop and one week away from the conclusion of our Spirit of the Knight Book Tour and Giveaway! I have had a lot of fun meeting new people and visiting with cherished friends. I’m wishing you all the best of luck in the giveaway drawing!

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Our final stop, September 1st:

Brooke Blogs and it is here that I share one of my own, personal ghost encounters… your’re not going to want to miss that, are you?

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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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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Spirit of the Knight Book Tour and Giveaway is winding down…

Originally Posted By Debbie Peterson
With just a few week left to go, I thought I would take this opportunity to offer one final excerpt from the story. Enjoy!

Spirit of the Knight

At that moment, he had an overwhelming desire to make her acquaintance and ask the questions that plagued him. Yet, caution warned that she might flee the castle altogether if he manifested his form. Such happened often enough through the endless days following his death. But then again, that had been his objective with all uninvited guests. Though he could find no logical reason to support the need, he found he didn’t want this particular woman to go, at least not yet.

Still, those nagging questions needed answering, did they not? Just as he moved toward her, the annoying sound of her phone chirped once again. She extracted the thing from her pocket and made her way to the window. This time she focused her attention on the brilliance of the night sky. Starlight glistened through the lingering storm clouds and bathed her face with its radiance. In response, the desire to make her acquaintance strengthened and for a brief moment, he wavered.

The incoming call made the final decision for him. He would wait for a better time to show himself. Yet, despite that decision, Cailen continued the journey to her side. He placed both arms on either side of her body, and rested his hands against the casement, thus temporarily holding her captive. Before she opened her mouth to speak, he dropped
his head close to her ear and whispered, “Another time,then, Murriah.”

Her incredulous expression as she whirled around and just collided with his chest almost made him laugh. Probably would have if not for the fact she fixed her gaze exactly with his. She couldn’t see him for he hadn’t revealed himself. Yet, it truly seemed otherwise,
and given the chance, he could quite easily lose himself in those eyes of hers. Just as he prepared to speak aloud, she found her wits and answered her phone. He conjured a disappointed sigh and left her to her conversation.

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SO… just out of curiosity, would you be afraid if the ghost of a handsome knight, begged to make your acquaintance?

Also, Patricia, at  Room With Books, has invited me over for an interview today! I hope you’ll stop by and leave a comment, for as you all know, this increases your chances of winning our amazing art print!

Prayer for the Fallen, by Shandra Kay!

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/

The Angels of Mons…

Originally Blogged By Debbie Peterson

I have a very special guest blogger today. Among other things, he is an avid reader and history enthusiast! If I have a historical question, especially concerning battles and warfare throughout the ages, he is the first person I seek. Much of what you read in my various novels concerning the same comes from his vast knowledge, guidance and influence. In case you haven’t guessed, my guest today is none other than my beloved husband, David Peterson! (And just to let you know, he’s far more skeptical about otherworldly phenomenon than what I am…must come from the three decades he spent as a police officer. Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.)

You can find me today visiting at: Queen of All She Reads where I talk about 14th Century Romance and its appeal to modern women, as we head into the final weeks of our “Spirit of the Knight” Book Tour and Giveaway

An Unusual Compliment To One of Our Airmen- 1915  Art.IWM ART 180

August, 1914, before the trenches, Mons  France.  The  heavily outnumbered British Expeditionary Force experienced its first defeat at the hands of the German Army.  Outnumbered and out flanked the British retreated. That they held out as long as they did could be counted a miracle.

A month later, the London Evening News published an article by Arthur Machen concerning this battle. He said that according to reports, a British soldier called upon St. George for help.  In answer to the request, an ethereal line of Welsh bowmen from Agincourt appeared, giving much-needed aid to the Brits.

Machen wrote this article in the first person perspective and intended it to be nothing more than an inspirational piece. Yet, when asked to provide proof of the supernatural event,  he said there was no proof since he made it all up. He further stated that he in no way wanted to be associated with deception.

Sometime later, a parish wanted to print the story in pamphlet form and asked him to provide permission along with his sources. When Machen again told them he didn’t have any sources and that he wrote the piece as inspirational fiction, they didn’t believe him. They stated further, that a priest knew one of the soldiers who witnessed the event personally, and he swore the story was true. He said that Machen had only elaborated on a true account. This credible, trustworthy priest insisted the soldier Machen had spoken of had indeed seen a “long line of shapes, with a shining about them.”

Enter now the “Angels of Mons.”  A Spiritualist magazine in Britain ran an account in April of 1915, speaking of supernatural visions that had miraculously intervened to help the British forces at a decisive moment during the battle.  Rumor as well as numerous accounts concerning the bowmen reinforced the story. The bright cloud everyone spoke of eventually became ‘angelic warriors.’

Nonetheless, Machen did everything in his power to disprove the stories, as he found it obvious the stories were based on his account. There were those who came to believe the stories were propaganda, designed to promote the belief that God stood on the side of the Allies.  Since we can’t find a single published account by a supposed witness, or an arrow pierced German body, or even a shred of evidence supporting the notion that the angelic bowmen of Mon were real, we are left to decide the issue for ourselves.

Now, here’s a thought to ponder: Given the large bulk of sightings of spiritual soldiers at the American battle sites, “Why are there so few reporting’s of ghosts and spirits from the European battlefields in comparison?  The trench warfare of two World Wars, with thousands of casualties, chemical warfare, disease and moral crushing weather, shouldn’t we see a few more ghosts?

Thanks David…and I’m sure if you look harder, you’ll find them! (Despite your healthy dose of skepticism, you are dearly loved.)

Our Final three stops and your final three chances to win our prizes:

August 18: Room With Books

August 25: Kinky Vanilla Romance
September 1: Brooke Blogs

The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

Originally Blogged By Writers and Authors

Posted by Jo Linsdell at 8:30 AM

While considering my personal journey from aspiring writer to published author, the old Beatle’s song, “The Long and Winding Road,” leaps into mind, because it describes my experiences best. But to keep this post short and to the point, I will offer the following:

Let’s begin with the rejections. I have acquired quite a collection over the years. Most of them were “form” letters. However, some of them arrived with a personal note. I valued the personal ones. They encouraged, they praised, and they kept me going. Yet, despite the kindnesses and compliments, none of them ever told me what I needed to do to improve. One suggested hiring an editor. Not a bad idea if one can afford it. I couldn’t.

I read and reread the books of my favorite authors and discovered things they did that I had omitted. From there I endlessly revised—or at least it felt like I did. Finally, I submitted one of my novels for consideration. (I had two at the time I believed acceptable).The editor that read Spirit of the Rebellion praised and encouraged. But–she said–if I ever expected to publish that novel, I needed to make a host of revisions. Didn’t I just do that? Well, obviously not nearly enough.

The good news was that this editor was different. She was kind enough to give me direction. In addition to the advice given, she said that if I made the suggested revisions, I could submit the work again. Wow! Really? She didn’t have to ask me twice. This sweet editor worked with me for months. She gave me guidance each step of the way and I learned far more than I had ever learned before! Finally, she offered me my first contract.

What did my editor teach me? She taught me that first and foremost, I needed to acquire patience and perseverance. Then she taught me what to do between writing “the end” and submitting my work to a publisher. Would you like to hear a few of the important ones, just in case you don’t land that special editor?

Polish the tarnished silver until it shines: This means I need to edit and re-edit each sentence of each manuscript I write until I can recite the pages in my sleep. I have learned to delete those passages (though dear to my heart) that slow the tempo of my story. At times, I kicked an entire subplot into the garbage can. (Don’t worry; I eventually got over it.) Pay attention to punctuation and grammar. They do matter.

Keeping my reader engaged in the story: She taught me to watch for those pesky passages that sneak into the story that “tell” instead of “show.” Your readers want to live your story alongside your characters. Give them every opportunity to do that.

Find at least one critique partner (no, not your mother, but she can read it too), the more the merrier. I now have five. They receive a copy of each manuscript I write and in turn, they give me their honest thoughts and criticisms with each and every revision. I don’t take offence when they give it. I carefully consider everything they say, and then I edit my manuscript again.

At the end of the day: The final novel has always turned out far better than the first effort. In fact, I can honestly say, there is no comparison between version one and version ten or twenty.

As I look back on this journey, I see a lot of hard work, and the proverbial blood, sweat and tears. But I also see the exhilarating moments of joy as well. Along the way, I have received quite an education, and education that will never end, no matter how many novels I may write. All in all, the bumpy ride is well worth the final destination and for the struggling writers out there, I highly recommend that ride.

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

Spirit of the Knight Character Interview, Part Two…

Originally Blogged By Debbie Peterson
My “Spirit of the Knight” Book Tour Stop, as we enter the month of August, takes me to Writers and Authors.  I hope you’ll take a minute, stop by, and share your thoughts!
Next week, August 11th, I’ll be stopping at Queen of All She Reads!

Beautiful Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands
Warning! Just as in our previous interview, there are some spoilers ahead, so don’t read the answer if you don’t want to know!
With more questions still on the table, we continue with our Spirit of the Knight character Interview.  Since we began our questions last week with Sir Cailen, I think it only fitting we begin this session with Mariah.

Mariah smiles. “All right, I’m ready!”

Last week we asked Cailen about Beth, now Summer wants to know if you had any desire to explore a relationship with Evan?

Cailen flashes a roguish grin. “Aye, do tell my lady. We’re all ears.”

Mariah shakes her head and laughs at her knight. “You know very well that I didn’t. Though I had ample opportunity to date several men while engaged in painting the various castles, I didn’t take any of them up on the offer. If they pressed the issue I simply told them I wouldn’t be in the area long enough to pursue a relationship. However, once I met Cailen, I discovered that since he was the man who had always, and would always, own my heart, I just didn’t have any interest in anyone else.”

I think that is absolutely awesome! Now, we have a question that goes a bit further. Meg would like to know if Mairwen was responsible for your earliest images of Cailen.

“I asked Mairwen that same question, and though she said she would like to take credit for that particular miracle, she couldn’t. She said she’s of a mind to believe that Cailen and I fell in love long before we entered our mortal state. Mairwen said that when two spirits love as deeply as we most likely did, it is not uncommon for our soul to remember. Since I am an artist, I could express that memory in my art work.”

That sounds very reasonable to me. One more question. What did you think when Hester revealed the existence of more than one female ghosts?

“I’m not sure. I didn’t doubt her testimony. However, since I hadn’t seen them myself, I wasn’t sure if they were still around.”

All right, Cailen, here’s a question for you.

Meg wants to know why you were you startled when Mariah told Laird MacNaughton that he and Evan favored the same sketch?

“Because Murriah had never mentioned that afore. Although I knew Evan had clear recollection of our faces, as he grew older, we came to believe that he thought us a figment of his childish imagination and nothin’ more. Yet, his statement to Murriah suggested otherwise. We had to wonder why then, he didn’t tell her that he knew us.”

Concerning Evan, Tammy wants to know if it gave you a measure of satisfaction leaving the weasel quaking in his boots the night he came to the castle demanding to see Mariah?

“Aye, it gave me a great deal of satisfaction. I had hoped the incident would halt further interference, but as ye know, he tested me a final time.”

Yes, and that event gave me a great deal of satisfaction. This next question is for both of you. When Duncan made his sudden appearance at the bridge and interrupted the kiss, who was more disappointed?

“I was,” said Mariah and Cailen simultaneously, and that made them laugh.

Cailen gazes at Mariah and grins. “I desired that kiss from the moment I first laid eyes on the lass. I cannae explain it well, but at the precise moment, I felt a yearnin’ in my soul that I had never experienced afore. So trust me, when that first opportunity presented itself, I wanted nothin’ more than to experience that kiss. I also had a need to know if she could feel it as I intended her to feel it.”

Mariah?

Mariah drops her gaze for a moment and blushes. “Well, you have to remember, Cailen stood at my side the whole of my life. As I grew older, he and I shared many kisses in my dreams. So just imagine how I felt when Duncan halted the experience. I too, wanted to know if I could feel it.”

So,when the first kiss finally took place, how was it different for you both in regards to your ghostly and mortal state?

Mariah glances at Cailen. “I’ll answer that first. For all those who have wondered, I could feel that kiss just as well as if he were in his mortal state. However, I had never, ever experienced anything more powerful or beautiful in my entire life.”

Cailen nods. “I couldnae have said it any better, my lady. That kiss and each kiss thereafter have never failed to stir my soul.”

Every love should be like that!  Thanks so much for answering the questions posed by our readers.

I turn my attention to the knights. I have a couple of more questions for you!
Nicole wants to know if you teased Cailen unmercifully over his growing attraction to a mortal?

Duncan laughs as he winks at his cohorts. “Most definitely. Despite the fact that we encouraged the relationship at every turn, as ye might have noticed, we couldnae help but pester the man. He would’ve expected no less!”

One more, and then we’ll call it a day. We have witnessed some of your day to day life – we’ve seen you at parties where you eat, drink, and dance. We’ve seen the knights train and spar. So, what several readers want to know, is when it comes to interacting with another spirit in your spiritual state, are there any limitations as to what you can do now, versus what you could do in mortality?

Laughter abounds and with a devilish look in his eye, Malcolm leans forward. “Nay lassie, we dinnae have any limitations whatsoever.”

Well okay then!  Thank you all so very much for coming. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have really had a lot of fun, so don’t be surprised if I call you all back!

Just four more stops to go before we announce the winner of our book tour, so don’t forget to enter and enter often to increases your chances!

August 11: Queen of All She Reads
August 18: Room With Books
August 25: Kinky Vanilla Romance
September 1: Brooke Blogs