29 August 2007
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I don't want you to miss this! We're having a huge contest at SingleTitles.com and thanks to Deborah MacGillivray we're giving away 16 (yes, sixteen!) copies of her book IN HER BED, available now!
Seriously, don't miss this one! IN HER BED is filled with fey lassies, brawny lads and Scots lore as is Deborah MacGillivray’s website.
Here's a direct link: http://singletitles.com/?p=97
How do you enter?
Leave a comment telling us what tidbit of interesting information you found on Deborah’s website?
Contest begins Aug. 25 and ends Aug. 31. Winners will be selected and announced on Sept 1.
Entrants may not have won a contest at singletitles.com within the past 30 days.
Winners will be chosen randomly and must respond to a notification e-mail by Sept 10.
And here's a bit of history behind the book!
"In Her Bed, was originally started in 1996 and was called Ravenhawke. I actually made it to the book being posted on pre-release with that title, until Kate Duffy, an editor with Kensington, saw the cover and made the statement, “Every woman would want him in her bed.” Suddenly, I had a new title! Often authors have little say in titles or covers. Kensington has been very good to me, so I trust they know what they are doing.
Ravenhawke started out as being a part of A Restless Knight. The idea of Damian being carried away and used by a woman to get her with a baby was inspired by the great Romance writer Katherine Deauxville. She did a book called The Crystal Heart (also for Kensington). Totally different premise, but her wonderful story made me ask myself the question, why would a woman have sex with a man she didn’t know, and had never even seen before? As I began working with A Restless Knight, the seeds of Ravenhawke were sprouted. At first, Damian and Aithinne were supposed to be just secondary characters, but those seeds had been planted, and I kept trying to picture the situation, which brought Damian and Aithinne together. So after a year into A Restless Knight, I had to pull the story of Damian and Aithinne out and put them into their own book, because these characters were trying to take over Tamlyn and Challon’s tale! Once I finished the first book’s draft, I started on Ravenhawke in earnest. Oh, my! Written in LONG HAND! This was before I got my first computer. My poor friend in California, her mother and brother died during this period, and I used to read her what I had written each night, trying to cheer her depression. Read some nights until I was hoarse. I finally got my computer, found MSN Groups, began a writing group, and in 1999 really started to push to get published.
Then life hit. It was a rough period. I was having serious health issues, and couldn’t sit at the computer. For Christmas I received my first laptop and was able to write in bed. Still, life didn’t improve. My husband nearly died; all sorts of problems with mother nature…lol. I nearly gave up. Lynsay Sands happened to join my writers group, and angel that she is, she encouraged me to get published. It was another two years after that. Also, Katherine Deauxville became a good friend. I felt like my book had come full circle! The idea was inspired by her, now she was a friend. Both gave me so much encouragement. I often wonder if I would ever have had the courage had it not been for them both there supporting me.
Ten years―but my Challon and Damian were finally getting to make their bow! A long road, and is a lesson to never give up.
In Her Bed is set in Medieval Scotland, a period familiar to many of you if you’ve watched the movie Braveheart. Same king, same war between Scotland and England, it was a time when Scotland was broken into clan loyalties, often with a clan chief holding power similar to a small king. There was no united spirit, which allowed Edward I, known as Longshanks (because of his long legs) to conquer Scotland. I use history, pagan lore and beliefs that still lingered in the pockets of Scotland, despite Christianity’s spread throughout the land, hopefully to carry the reader back to a time when knights and ladies battled emotions, customs and politics ultimately to find happiness.
I just accepted a contract from Kensington books for Guillaume and Rowanne’s story, Yield for the Knight, and a Christmas Historical coming out October 2008, called A Snowy Knight. It’s connected to the Dragons of Challon series, but not actually part of the “dragons”. Keep in mind, the titles are subject to change…lol"
Well, we're glad that titles change and books make it to the shelves, no matter how long after they're written. If you haven't read this one, check out our review! http://www.singletitles.com/index.php?p=94
We'll see you bright and early tomorrow!
Ally, Donna & the SingleTitles Team
IN HER BED by Deborah MacGillivray
Reviews Zebra Books August 2007
Genre: historicalISBN: 0821780379
Page Count: 353Price: $4.99
Reviewer: Donna Zapf
Sensuality Rating: SultryStar
Rating: 5 StarsAuthor's
IN HER BED, the second in The Dragons of Challon series, written by award winning author Deborah MacGillivray is an experience you must not miss.
Damian St. Giles has ridden forth to Scotland with his cousin, the Dragon of Challon, to claim their holdings agreed on by Edward, King of England. During Lord Challon's wedding celebrations, Damian is drugged, taken prisoner, chained to a bed and seduced by a vaguely familiar ethereal beauty. When he wakes to find himself back with Challon, he has been missing several days. Slowly his mind begins to clear when he meets Lady Aithinne, the woman haunting his dreams.
Lady Aithinne Ogilvie, cousin to Lord Challon's bride, has taken drastic measures to insure the safety of her land and people from the warring clans and the English King. Because of her guardian Baron Lyonglen's death, Aithinne devises a plan to get herself pregnant with an heir, hoping this will appease the nobles clamoring to claim her lands. To this end her nitwit brothers captured a man for her use. Little did she know that the man is Damian St. Giles, Baron Lyonglen's grandson, nor did she anticipate that she would fall in love with him.
Seeped in Scots lore, visions and ancient charms, IN HER BED cast its spell over me. Inspired storyteller Deborah MacGillivray immerses her readers in the sounds, smells, and sights of medieval Scotland during the take over of King Edward. Her research and creativity combine to give depth and reality to her words and we readers reap the rewards of a well told tale. Ms. MacGillivray's characters are bold and defined with witty and often bawdy dialog that induces laughter and exclamation. The sexual tension runs high in this story and when Aithinne and Damian finally consummate their relationship fireworks explode!
IN HER BED is a most excellent sequel to A RESTLESS KNIGHT and I fervently hope another Challon Dragon will soon be released.
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In Her Bed
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A Restless Knight
In Her Bed by Deborah MacGillivray
Reviewer: Tammie King
Online at: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=618
When you find a book that makes you weep, you know you have found a winning author. Deborah Macgillivray will make you feel many highs, but also many lows. Ms. Macgillivray will wring emotion not just out of her characters, but out of you too. So, hold on for an emotional ride as you take a trip back in history to Scotland 1296.
In the book In Her Bed I felt how Lady Aithinne Ogilvie felt. She was lost, she loved and she felt despair. She had so much placed on her shoulders from a young age. She had to raise three boys when her parents died and now she has to protect a whole clan from being taken over by the English. Scotland is going through many changes. The English have toppled Scotland and the Scots have to bow down to an invading army. Will Aithinne be able to protect her clan or will a warrior take her place?
Damien St. Giles, a warrior and lord of the English king has had dreams for many years. He sees a woman's face and knows that she is the woman for him. When he gets to Scotland he sees Tamlyn, he knows she is the woman from his dreams. There is one problem, she is betrothed to his cousin Julian Challon and they are much in love. Damien drowns himself in mead one night and wakes chained and drugged to a bed. Who is this woman who visits him? They have much passion between them and he thinks it's Tamlyn, but it can't be?
Lady Aithinne is the cousin of Tamlyn. They look very much alike with a few differences. Aithinne has a red tint to her hair, freckles and speaks of green in her eyes. To save her clan she must produce an heir and pretend that the babe is the heir to her recently deceast husband. Aithinne comes to love Damien, but when he calls her Tamlyn will she be able to ever forgive him?
In Her Bed has risen to the top of my favorite historical novels and I've already went and ordered a copy of A Restless Knight. I really felt for the characters in this book and can't wait to meet more of Ms. Macgillivray's characters. The only thing I wish the book had was a longer ending, as I wanted to continue being a part of the world that Deborah created. I guess I'll just have to wait for the next book :0).
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (October 2, 2007)
A beautiful and stunning novel driven by the strength, compassion and humor of its hero and heroine.
-- Amy Wolff Sorter, author, Soul Obsession
Though a sequel to Deborah Macgillivray's wonderful first novel "Invasion of Falgannon Isle," "Riding The Thunder" is one of those terrific and well-plotted stand-alones which gives the reader a wonderful taste of Clans Mershan and Montgomerie without going into direct repetition of what happened in the first novel.
This time it is urbane, elegant, good-hearted and loyal Jago Mershan who finds himself confounded by and attracted to the personality, charm and strength of one Asha Montgomerie. Jago is sent to the middle of Kentucky by his brother and head of Trident Industries, Desmond Mershan, to try to convince Clan Montgomerie in Kentucky to part with various assets -- to whit, one horse farm run by brother Liam Montgomerie and The Windmill, an old-fashioned diner under the direction of the sensible yet sexy Asha Montgomerie.
But The Windmill isn't just a quaint old diner in Nowheresville Kentucky. It's a Diner with a Past, featuring a jukebox that plays tunes on a whim even when unplugged, dancing spirits when the diner is closed and empty, and a booth that steps out of scene of "The Amityville Horror" whenever patrons sit in it after dark. Then there is the mysterious cat, "Whats-His-Name" who shows up and claims Jago as his own, worming into the masculine heart of that shrewd and urband businessman.
If those things aren't crazy enough, Asha begins having weird visions when Jago enters the picture, and not all are the sexy, wanting-to-be-taken-by-Jago kind. Rather, Asha's visions center around two lovers, Tommy and Laura, who lived during the 1960s and were tragically killed in an auto accident. As she and Jago are drawn together, the visions become stronger, more intense -- and more frightening to both Asha, who experiences them, and Jago, who fears them.
The great thing about Macgillivray's "series" novels is they get better with each release. When it comes to the backdrop, she made a brilliant decision moving the story across the Atlantic from Scotland to middle America. Within that scenario, the reader is treated to a wonderful blending of past and present, with both coming together in a moving climax.
As for the characters, I fell in love with Jago, who struggles between his loyalty to brother Desmond and his growing love for Asha and her way of life. His motivations are crystal clear and his personality so well-drawn, he almost steps out of the book as a living human being. Asha, too, benefits from the careful touch of the author's imagination and writing style. She is a terrifically well-rounded character, applying her wry humor and common sense to many of the situations that occur throughout the book. As this is a Macgillivray tale, there are many interesting situations, many of which are good for laughter on the one hand and contemplation on the other.
Furthermore, Asha and Jago together create sparks. The physical nature of their relationship is highly combustible, making their coming together intensely satisfying. But they share much more than a hankering to get into each others' pants. On the superficial level, both hail from the "Right Side of the Pond," aka the United Kingdom. Yet Asha's love for Kentucky (stemming from her mother's bond with the soil), and Jago's growing appreciation for the surroundings in which he finds himself are simply another link in the chain that brings them together. Mix all of it up with deeply emotional attachment and you have a man and woman that thankfully don't take too long to figure out that they belong together.
"Riding The Thunder" is also held together by a terrific cast of characters including the sexy Liam, whose bumbling attempts at playing "big brother" to the headstrong Asha are good for a chuckle or two. Then there's Netta, one of the waitresses in The Windmill, whose perky and brassy attitude hides deeper emotions. Macgillivray beautifully sets the spark for a romance between Liam and Netta, and this reviewer is looking forward to seeing what comes of it in a future novel.
With "Riding the Thunder," Deborah Macgillivray does what she does best, putting well-developed characters into extraordinary situations and letting their actions speak for themselves. This one was a page-turner that was hard to put down.
On August 2005, I agreed to my first contract for Kensington Zebra Books--Hurricane Katrina hit as I was saying yes.
Two weeks later, the Dorchester offer came for my Contemporary Paranormal Romances. Talks stalled for a week. Hurricane Ophelia threatened. Would be a hurricane, then a tropical storm, then a hurricane. It came into shore, went out, even turned in circles. This so reflected the contact talks.
Finally a week later I accepted their offer--and Hurricane Rita hit Florida.
So both contracts are up this years. This past week I agreed to the sale of two historicals -
I agree to a two book contract, two more Scottish Medievals for Hilary Sares at Kensington books. The 3rd in the Dragons of Challon series, Yield to the Knight, to be slotted presently, and they asked me to do a Christmas book for October 2008 release. It's called A Snowy Knight.
Was there a hurricane? You bet - two of them.
Contract talks started and then my editor had to do some figures. While it dragged on Hurricane Erin hit Texas. The day I sold Hurricane Dean hit!
Beware...I have a proposal before Dorchester for the third book in the series.