Welcome to Day 19 of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation to celebrate Plaid to the Bone, my 20th published work. We’ve been chatting about this Scottish story each day. I’ve had a writer buddy or two drop by to help me thank readers with giveaways and we’ve counted down through my backlist each day. Today my guest is Erin Kellison, whose magical prose you’ll love! And since magic is the theme, here’s a short excerpt from Plaid to the Bone that shows a bit of the otherworldly doings in this story.

In this scene, Cait confronts Morgan MacGrath, the sorcerer who has her father under his thrall:

Plaid to the Bone“’Tis settled, MacRath,” Cait said she walked toward him with her fingers curled around the hilt of the dagger in her pocket.

Morgan turned. “Show me his blood on the blade.”

“I left the dagger where it lies.”

“I only ask because I’m sensitive to metals, you see, and I perceive there is a blade on your person.”

“Oh, you must mean this.” Cait reached into her bodice and drew a slim four-inch dirk from the busk. “Only for protection. A lady can never be too careful.”

“Neither can a magus.” Sparks flew from his fingertips as Morgan intoned an obscure Latin phrase. The blade ripped from her hand and flew, turning end over end in the air. It finally stuck fast to the ornate iron filigree framing the long looking glass. Then her skirt jerked toward the glass as well, pinning her pocketed hand with the dagger between her body and the frame.

A giant lodestone. That explained the faint hum she’d heard when she stood before the mirror for the first time.

“Ye’ve a second knife, milady.” MacRath made a “tsking” sound. “That’ll cost ye.”

He made a sign in the air before his body, his fingertips leaving a shower of golden shimmers to form a charm. Cait cried out as her body was jerked by an unseen hand. It flipped her around till her spine was flat against the mirror, her arms pinioned at the wrists against the iron filigree as if she’d been manacled. She struggled and the looking glass swayed on its chains, but she remained stuck fast.

“Let me go!”

MacRath shook his head. “’Tis your oath holding ye. Ye swore on your own blood to kill Adam Cameron and now the iron in that blood has bound ye to the mirror’s frame.” He patted her cheek. “Should ye wish to scream, feel free. No one but me will hear ye, but I assure ye, I’ll enjoy it enough for a multitude.”
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Erin Kellison

Her rich imagination lets me look at the familiar and see it with fresh eyes.  Who is this fascinating person? Here are a few of the things Erin confesses about herself:

  • Has had ongoing science fiction epic in her head since childhood
  • Is scared of the dark
  • Storyboards scenes already written, but not what is to come
  • Seventh of eight kids (lucky seven! must mean something)
  • Wanted to be the Empress in The Neverending Story so I could wear the pearl on my forehead
  • Decorates to the nines at Christmas
  • Is still waiting for super powers to kick in
  • Would be villain if ever written into a book

Fire KissedFae Fire

It is Kaye Brand’s power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she’s been selling herself to the highest bidder – money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.

Angel Ice
One of the angelic Order, Jack Bastian has no use for a female like Kaye, as provocative and unexpected as her blazing beauty. Yet he has no choice but to hire her to uncover the secrets of his sworn enemy and her former fiance, Ferrol Grey.

Magekind
War is inevitable between the defenders of the Order and the mage Houses who threaten to engulf the world in Shadow. For Jack, mage-born Kaye is off limits, no matter how hot the impossible attraction between them. But in the coming darkness, beset by danger and desire, everything is about to change…

For an excerpt, click here!

Silk Dreams

Silk Dreams

The paranormal element in Silk Dreams is that my heroine is an epileptic who was sold into slavery because her family thought her witched. She’s plagued by a recurring dream of the death by treachery of the one man who can set her free.

Two lost souls, one treacherous city–Is love enough magic to save them?

The Prize

Today you might win Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, Fire Kissed from Erin or Silk Dreams from me! You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the grand prize of a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here’s our question. Erin confessed an interesting list of things about herself. What little tidbit would you like to share about YOU?

I’ve always been fascinated by people who have obstacles to overcome that are bigger than the ones most of us deal with. That’s why, in addition to the love story between Erik and Valdis at the heart of this book, the main characters in Silk Dreams all deal with some pretty difficult issues.

ValdisValdis has epilepsy. Grand mal seizures are no picnic in this century, but imagine being plagued by them in the 11th. In the Northlands, her family thinks she’s been witched when she has a fit before her betrothed’s fine jarlhof, so they sell her to the next group of traders who sail by.

Her new owner wants to use her seizures to convince others that she has prescient dreams and can foretell the future–the future he orders her to see.

DamianThe man who buys her in Miklagaard (Constantinople) has problems of his own. Damian was gelded 10 years earlier, but his heart is still that of an intact man’s. As a eunuch, he’s risen high in the emperor’s service, with houses and investments and servants of his own, but he still sends support anonymously to his wife and son back in Greece. He’d rather let Calysta believe he’s dead than to return to her as a half-man.

The life of the mind is his province now and Damian’s is as Byzantine as they come. When Valdis uncovers a plot to unseat the emperor, she and Erik aren’t sure if Damian is trying to foil it, or secretly foment it.

 

thor-cpErik is a captain in the Varangian Guard, the emperor’s elite bodyguard made up of Norse soldiers. But he’s not in Miklagaard by choice. He was banished from the North for killing his brother–a rash act that torments him daily. He’d planned to seek a battle death in the service of the Bulgar-Slayer, but when he loses his heart to Valdis, he has no idea how to rebuild his tattered honor and free her at the same time.

I hope you’ll enjoy Silk Dreams. It was a difficult book to write because there are no easy answers for any of my characters. Of course, there’s a Happily Ever After. It is a romance, after all. But the journey to that conclusion is a hard one. If you’re game for a story that’s not quite safe, Silk Dreams is for you.

Reviewers say…

Silk Dreams

“The lush smell of spices, the soft silk of the harem and the intrigue of court life combines as Marlowe sweeps readers into her novel of medieval Constantinople. She crafts a lavish love story that’s as entertaining as it is epic.”
~ RT BOOKReviews

 “The colorful and captivating world of ancient Byzantium provides the intriguing setting for Mia Marlowe’s lushly sensual, sumptuously written historical romance.”
~John Charles, Chicago Tribune

 

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Now it’s YOUR turn. I love to hear from my cyber-friends so please leave a comment. I’ll kick off the discussion with a question: Have you ever read an unsafe story, one that didn’t go in comfortable directions and made you wonder how in the world the author would ever lead you out of the tangle she led you into? For me, the most recent one was Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. What was it for you?

P.S. Yes, I know it’s Thursday, but if we have no volunteer, we can’t have Red Pencil Thursday. If you’d like to take a turn in our online critique group’s hotseat, please click here for info on how to submit your material. Hope to hear from you soon. ;-)