Dragons of Challon series

Dragons of Challon series
the novels and novellas in the series

09 December 2009

NOR Reviewer's Top Pick for One Swowy Knight










Online Link: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.aspx?daoid=4907

Score: 4.50 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick

During a time of great hardships and bloody battles between the Scots and English, a miracle is what it will take Lady Skena to keep her Scottish fortress. When her children find a wounded knight out in the snow, she realizes it will take all of her legendary Pictish knowledge to keep this man alive. Unknown to her, her knight is the very one sent by King Edward to lay claim to her keep and while there he also lays claim to her heart. Noel de Servian wishes for a home and family to fill the emptiness in his heart and once his eyes behold Lady Skena he knows that all his wishes are within reach. He owns her home but must earn her love before the secrets he holds takes her from him. During the most magical time of the year, can all of their Christmas wishes come true?

In the time of William Wallace and King Edward Longshanks, Deborah MacGillivray creates a captivating romance between the most unlikely--an Englishman and a Scottish Lady. Where there should be feuding, there is a magical romance that links the hearts of Sir Noel and Lady Skena. One Snowy Knight unfolds into a dark point of Scottish and English history, in which you will find yourself drawn into the battle of will, the battle over land, and the inescapable power of the heart. History will show that some will win and some will suffer, but these extraordinary characters pull you into a heart-warming historical time that you will want to revisit again. Enjoy!

~~Night Owl Romance Reviews

07 December 2009

One Snowy Knight - Book of the Week at LASR











Congratulations to our "Book of the Week":

One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray

5 book review for A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing


A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing by Deborah MacGillivray


A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing by Deborah MacGillivray
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (303 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Revenge—that was Trev’s goal when he first set his sights on Raven. And a delicious revenge it would be. He and his two brothers had each selected a Montgomerie sister to systematically seduce and destroy, and this quiet granddaughter of his enemy was perfect. She lived simply in a cottage in the English countryside, a painter, and socialized only with gypsies and a menagerie of misfits: her fat orange tabby, her one-legged seagull and midget pony. And in addition to beauty, Raven had a delicious vulnerability begging to be exploited. Trev was happy to oblige. In fact, it felt like destiny.

Magic and fate have brought a self-proclaimed wolf to Colford Hall. He’s dressed in a designer suit, drives a Lamborghini Murciélago and apologizes for nothing. And though Trev doesn’t realize it, wolves mate for life.

This is the third book in Deborah MacGillivray's Sisters of Colford Hall Series and it is an enchanting read. The characters are so well depicted they become a part of you as you read this light comedy mixed with emotional drama. You will cry one minute, laugh the next. There is, of course, the usual cat that always graces her books, along with a quirky animal menagerie. A one-legged seagull who is the bane of the hero is just one example.

The story begins with an determined Trevelyn Merchan [disguised as Trevelyn Sinclair] out to destroy the Montgomerie family empire by using Raven, a beautiful and reclusive artist. He finds it easier said than done when he begins to fall in love with the beauty.

Raven, however, is fighting hard to keep her own attraction at bay—a self-protective shield kicking in despite the handsome hero's charms. Charms which even her wary family appear to fall for.

The convoluted but heavenly tale of love and laughter is conveyed with indisputable flair, something I've come to expect from Deborah MacGillivray.

http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/12/wolf-in-wolfs-clothing-by-deborah.html



05 December 2009

To Touch the Knight......the next Dragon



My editor at Kensington informed me the fourth book in the Dragons of Challon™ series will be To Touch The Knight. (And you thought we got to name our own books!!) Well, we do sometimes. One Snowy Knight was my choice, and all my quirky Dorchester titles are my selections.

So Redam Maignart's story now has official title. Since my other two Knight tiles have done exceptionally well, I hope this Knight does the same.

To Touch The Knight, Kensington Zebra Historical, October 2010; ISBN: 1-4201-0450-0, 4th book in the Dragons of Challon™ series

5 book review from Long and Short reviews

One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray



One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical, Holiday
Length: Full (378 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
One Last Hope…Lady Skena MacIain has seen much hardship this year, and she fears worse is to come. For a bloody battle in Dunbar has left her a young widow, and her Scottish fortress without protectors. She wishes she could be as hopeful as her babes, who believe the Cailleach, the Lady of Winter, will send them a miracle in time for Christmas. But life has taught her that things can never be so easy…

One True Love?
Until a mysterious warrior is found amid a blinding snowstorm, sick with fever. As Skena nurses the handsome knight back to health, even she begins to believe he might bring salvation to her little keep—and passion to her life, as his body awakens a long sleeping desire within her…a desire her touch stirs in him as well. But his wounds speak of danger, and Skena will soon learn, his past carries a
secret that could shake her home—and her heart—to their very core…
Deborah MacGillivray has delivered a lovely Christmas story.

Noel de Servian is a man who wants a family, a place to be, peace in his life. He is generous and gentle, as well as a fierce and capable fighter, who does not hesitate to protect those he cares about. While he is searching for one glen, he stumbles onto another during a fierce snowstorm. In doing so he finds all that his heart desires and goes from being lost to being found.

Lady Skena MacIain is a widow whose main goal is holding onto the keep, Craigendan, for her children. She fears the Campbell menace as well as Edward I, who may take away her powers and leave her son without an inheritance. Skena is a smart and beautiful—but not in a conventional way. Skena has an inner beauty and self-assurance as well as valor. She braves the elements and finds a knight in the snow and manages to bring him home and keeps him alive despite the odds.
When it appears that Skena’s husband is not dead, mysterious things begin to happen. Intrigue follows quickly as it becomes apparent that something—or someone is plotting Skena's downfall. With her life in danger, she turns to the one man who can help her. Noel, the stranger whose life she saved.

This story has something for everyone and offers mystery, romance, intrigue and excitement.

The 3rd book in the Dragons of Challon series, this is absolutely a book you will want on your keeper shelf. I've read it twice and will likely read it again soon. One of those 'can't-put-it-down kind of books! Honeysuckle highly recommends this wonderful book.

http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/one-snowy-knight-by-deborah.html

19 November 2009

Kensington is flying high in 2009!





In a year in which many publishers will settle for finishing flat with last year, Kensington Publishing completed its fiscal year ended September 30 ahead of budget and with net sales up about 7%. CEO Steve Zacharius said the increase occurred across all formats and was led by gains in the Zebra mass market and Kensington trade paperback imprints, plus substantial gains in e-book sales.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6707070.html


18 November 2009

Teflon Panties Review of One Snowy Knight



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Monday, November 16, 2009

Contest: Print copy of One Snowy Knight plus Godiva Mug & Cocoa

What a better way to spend a snowy night than with a great book and a steaming cup of hot cocoa?


Review: One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray


17 November 2009

5 star review for One Snowy Knight from Fresh Fiction

A wonderful and endearing medieval tale of loss and love."

Reviewed by Mandy Burns
Posted November 17, 2009

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Fresh Fiction Review

Noel de Servian is a war-weary knight ready to take hold of his future and find a home to call his own, something that's been missing in his life since his parents' death. He will always be eternally grateful to be part of Lord Challon's Black Dragon sons; they fostered him and gave him a family when all was lost. For his many years of serving as one of King Edwards' English knights, Noel is finally getting his greatest wish, which he hopes will help him feel complete. Unfortunately, the road he travels is a long one and only getting longer; his horse has taken off leaving him in pain on the frozen ground during a blizzard in a foreign land. He can't help wondering if surviving some of the worst horrors in life will all be for naught.

Lady Skena MacIan is a strong and determined Scottish lass working to keep her people safe and fed during time of war. Her husband died during one of the worst battles in English history leaving her alone to protect her twins and what is hers. Her children are very precious to her, so when she is unable to find them on a cold, blizzard-filled night, she begins a search she prays is a successful one. As she comes upon her lost children, they are unable to contain their glee that the Winter Goddess has finally granted their wish of bringing them a strong brave knight to keep them safe. Though skeptical that her children know what they are talking about, Skena follows them to a lump of snow hardly believing what she sees. Below a layer of snow does indeed lay a knight.

This is the third book in the Black Dragon series and Deborah MacGillivray once again endears you to the magic of her characters from the first page to the last with this tale of loss and love. Absolutely magnificent!

http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=24811

10 November 2009

slam bang endorsement for A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing


"Macgillivray has gained a gut-level understanding of the story that her readers are following, so she just has to follow her nose through her story to turn out a slam-bang perfect of its kind novel
(yeah, she's that good)."

~
Jacqueline Lichtenberg, author & reviewer

Alien Romances

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009

Astrology Just For Writers Part 6: Targeting a Readership Part 3

02 November 2009

Nice mention from author Kari Thomas







Bringing in the Christmas spirit is the Best Selling book ONE SNOWY KNIGHT (Zebra, ISBN: 978-1-4201-0450-9) by award-winning author Deborah MacGillivray. This book has already went through three RE-prints from its original Release date; it's so popular!

Widowed and now a single parent, Scottish Lady Skena MacIain is praying for a Christmas miracle. It comes in the form of Knight Noel de Servian, a mysterious, wounded man that needs her as much as she has needed him. Slowly, their passion burns. But secrets from Noel's past will surge forward and threaten all they hold dear.

Not wanting to give away the story details, I will nonetheless state that this book is one of those definite DON'T MISS and a "forever keeper" on my shelf!

Kari Thomas

31 October 2009

5 Hearts Review for One Snowy Knight - from Medieval Book Reviews


One Snowy Knight
One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray
by Deborah MacGillivray


A moving medieval Christmas romance that peers into a lesser seen side of history

Widow Lady Skena MacIain struggles to protect her own. The battle at Dunbar has left her without a husband and her keep without a force to defend them against the English. In the midst of war, providing for the basic needs and welfare of the community becomes even more urgent and equally difficult. Skena has seen much hardship. Intelligent and inventive, she thinks up ingenious ways to protect those around her but even someone as noble of heart as Skena needs sustenance for body and soul. Anxious to reach his new home at Craigendan Keep, Noel de Servian journeys across a relentless snow-blinding landscape. Weather and temperature bring him to the point of death. When her two children find a lifeless warrior freezing in the snowstorm, they speak of a magical gift. Skena has lived through too much to believe in wishes and easy answers, but as Skena nurses him back to health, she and Noel begin to know one another. This handsome knight kindles a warmth in her heart. Skena touches a place in Noel's heart but will fate deprive him again of his deepest longings? Or will Cailleach, the Queen of Winter, work magic? This Christmas, will Noel bring Skena her deepest wish?

Third in the Dragons of Challon series, the medieval Scottish romance
ONE SNOWY KNIGHT is set in 1296, shortly after the Battle of Dunbar and the sack of Beriwick. Deborah MacGillivray gives readers an inside look at these historical events, not only in the heart of her hero Noel, a man tortured by the bloodshed he has witnessed but also in the poverty experienced by Skena and her keep. Deborah MacGillivray does an exceptional job at integrating Celtic knowledge into the heart of this Christmas romance. Darker than her previous romances, ONE SNOWY KNIGHT brings alive an aspect of medieval history not often seen in medieval romances that medieval lovers will cherish for its authenticity. Deborah MacGillivray does an exceptional job in combining historical setting and artistic vision in her creation of the landscape of her romances. From the first scene of the snow-stranded knight and throughout the romance, Deborah MacGillivray creates stunning imagery that makes the physical and emotional landscape come alive in the reader's imagination. Not only can a reader easily visualize the landscape, but one also hears it in the very language of the dialogue and narration. Here, as in her previous Medieval romances, the reader is not so much given a history lesson but taken straight into the heart of the medieval times through the imagery, the conflicts, the characters, the landscape and above all by the artistry of language itself.

As Deborah MacGillivray turns her vision to the darker aspects of medieval Scottish history, the romance itself has a deeper emotional impact. From the darkness and deprivation emerges a love that resonates in the heart with its realness and substance. A light superficial Christmas romance,
ONE SNOWY KNIGHT is not. Rather, ONE SNOWY KNIGHT is a romance that resonates deeply precisely because Deborah MacGillivray dares to look at the less often corners of history and of the soul. Despite the darker tenor of this romance, Deborah MacGillivray brings relief with these wonderful precisely-placed magical moments, from the innocent belief of children to the wonderful cadence of Skena's dialogue to joyous intimate moments experienced between Skena and Noel. ONE SNOWY KNIGHT is also a romance touched by magic, love and even a delightful sense of humor. As a sequel to the previous two books, A RESTLESS KNIGHT and IN HER BED, this third romance expands the scope and breadth of the series --- and makes this reader anxiously await what this author has in store for the series as it develops. Readers of the series will enjoying seeing characters from the previous romances as well as the author's ability to expand her vision to new areas, but ONE SNOWY KNIGHT also works as a stand-alone for those readers new to the series.

If you are a medieval junkie, like myself, Deborah MacGillivray's romances, and
ONE SNOWY KNIGHT in particular, are not to be missed With language and every multi-layered detail, she takes a reader right in the period. Artistry of writing accompanies the romance, making ONE SNOWY KNIGHT a romance that will appeal to those readers who want more from their romances, to those readers who want history beyond what one can get from a history book and a moving romance coupled with beautiful writing itself. A true delight for all medieval lovers!


Publisher: Zebra Historical Romance (October 2009)
Series: Dragons of Challon
Other book in the series: Her Restless Knight, In Her Bed
Author website



30 October 2009

Super 5 star review from Cata-Network for One Snowy Knight

REVIEW: ONE SNOWY KNIGHT BY DEBORAH MACGILLIVRAY

"Christmas miracles do come true in this third book in the Dragons of Challon series..."

In the midst of a blizzard, Lady Skena MacIain of Craigendan trudges through the deep snow frantic to find her children. At last she finds them near a fallen English knight who was lost in the storm. The children said they were following the Lady of Winter when they discovered their Christmas Knight.

Noel de Servian is touched by Skena’s care and protectiveness as she nurses him. No one had ever shown him such tender care before. Skena feels an unnatural connection with Noel which grows stronger even when it is revealed that he is the new Lord of Craigeden, granted to him by the English King Edward. But Noel has more secrets that may crush their blossoming love and danger surrounds Skena at every turn.

ONE SNOWY KNIGHT instantly captured my attention and held me in thrall. Best selling author Deborah MacGillivray writes historically accurate tales with authentic period dialog which adds a rich dimension to her story telling. All senses are engaged while indulging in this beautiful book; hearing the Scottish brogue, feeling the highland mist, smelling the healing herbs in the stillroom, sighting the colorful plaids and tasting the honeyed mead, all exactly as Ms. MacGillivray so aptly describes them. This passionate love story, between a brawny knight with a tender heart and a beautiful lady with kenning beyond most others, will call to your heart and stay in your thoughts long after the reading.

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Genre: historical
ISBN: 978-1420104509
Page Count: 378
Price: $ 5.99
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Star Rating: 5 Stars
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24 October 2009

Bookmarks are coming!


Yes, I am a bit late, but bookmarks will be in soon for One Snowy Knight and A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing. But the wonderful people of Iconix.biz are doing their magic again.

So if you wish one, or for the other books, let me know.

thanks

Deborah

19 October 2009

5 Hearts Review for One Snowy Knight


One Snowy Knight by Deborah MacGillivray

Scotland- 1296 Winter has come early this year and with the drought in summer, Craigendan Keep’s food supply is extremely low. Lady Skena MacIain is a widower with two small children, managing the whole keep since her husband’s death. While she may be strong, and can take on many a burden, she is still a woman in need of love and a man’s presence to take control and replenish what the people of Cragendan need. Born of Ogilvie blood, she is blessed with the kenning, but it has never been strong enough to amount to anything until now; when the children’s Yuletide wish comes true.

Noel de Servian, had lost both of his parents at a young age, and was taken in by the Challon’s, he grew up alongside some of the strongest warriors that he has ever known; yet he’s never known real true love. While he may not be blood, he was still considered a Dragon of Challon. After his service to King Edward, he was awarded Craigendan Keep and the title of Baron. Noel had no idea that fate has big plans for him. After waking to a woman standing before him wielding a sword against a hungry wolf, Skena MacIain was all he could think about. While Noel and Skena have a special bond that forms very quickly, he has a secret that may upset Skena enough to leave this Dragon out in the cold licking his wounds.

The past is haunting to Skena, around every bend she sees her dead husband Angus, and someone is out to hurt her. She may very well be fully head over heels smitten with the beautiful Norman-English man in her bed, but she has worked much too hard to give up Craigendan. Two lives can come together as one, but the truth MUST be revealed, and it’s going to hurt.

Deborah MacGillivray never disappoints with her Historical Romances. I fall so in love with the characters and am always left wanting more. The next books in her series’ are not on the shelf fast enough. Beautifully detailed, warm, and inviting, I could cozy up with Ms. MacGillivray’s books no matter the season, this one just happens to be perfect for winter. I can’t say anything more than, thank you Deborah for creating such a magical and perfect world that you share with your readers.
5 Hearts

Book Reviews by Crystal


16 October 2009

3rd Print Run for My Christmas Story



My editor, Audrey LaFehr, informed me that One Snowy Knight has gone to a third printing. This book sold out before it was shipped, and now the second printing has sold out in less than a week after release.

So this is very exciting new!

One Snowy Night by Deborah MacGillivray
[
mass market paper: Zebra; October, 2009; $5.99; ISBN: 1420104500; ISBN-13: 9781420104509]

28 September 2009

One Snowy Knight is in KINDLE



I received a note for a special friend LeDenna who is serving overseas, telling me One Snowy Knight was going into KINDLE for October 1 delivery.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 356 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002QHATY2

26 September 2009

A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing now in KINDLE




A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing was release in KINDLE format today. So all my books, except One Snowy Knight are in this downloadable form.


  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (July 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q1YEC6