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?
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“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.
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… )
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/
You can purchase Debbie Peterson’s books at the following locations:
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.
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.
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