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A Restless Knight
Dragons of Challon, Book 1)
A transfixing medieval
romance: A love both
sensuous and mystical in its emotional depth
From the moment
Julian, Dragon of
Challon, crosses into the Scottish
Highlands, ancient visions and present Medieval beauty unite in the
handsome body of this one dark powerful warrior. King Edward Longshanks
means to use this man in a bid to conquer Glenrogha but Tamlyn MacShane
is not a woman to be easily manipulated. Then again, Julian's hot
warrior blood relishes the challenge of this feisty woman, not afraid
to speak her mind. Does she ever speak her mind --- with power, wisdom
and humor all combined in one! As leader of her clan, however, any
action against him might endanger her people and plunge them into war.
Julian is weary from the horrors he has seen in war. His very soul is
enveloped in darkness. Can Tamlyn, with her gift of kenning (knowing or
sight) and the blood of Sidhe inside, reach a place deep in this
knight's heart and bring him home? Can Tamlyn remain faithful both to
her clan and her heart? Can these two hearts find tenderness and love
in a world torn by the strife of war? Can the political maneuvers of
those remote from Glenrogha destroy the special haven created by their
MacGillivray's A RESTLESS KNIGHT
feels like coming
home to this medieval enthusiast. The pure language alone, the rhythm
and the imagery, intoxicates with its beauty and medieval vocabulary. A
special kudo for the palfrey horses! The sensuous detail of her
landscape and characterization evokes the Medieval world as if it were
present to hear, see, smell, taste and touch. The emotional depth of
this romance creates a love that is both sensual and mystical.
Paranormal elements mix with historical authenticity, creating a
fictional world that honors the full scope of the medieval literary
traditions. In Tamlyn and Julian, Deborah MacGillivray creates a
medieval legend that is uniquely her own yet hearkens back to the great
legends of old with just the perfect echo to delight any medieval
enthusiast. If I didn't know better, I would be tempted to search the
news of Medieval scholarship to discover whether a new Scottish
manuscript was discovered hidden in the spine of a book in a remote
library. And yet I do know better, because Deborah MacGillivray's
romance is more than a beautiful medieval tale. A RESTLESS KNIGHT is
every woman medievalist's fantasy find --- the longed-for but until now
unwritten romance story one had hoped to discover within or behind a
Medieval text. The richness, intensity and depth of Deborah
MacGillivray's writing transfixes the reader. A RESTLESS KNIGHT is
quite simply a mystical reading experience for this medievalist.
Restless Knight Here
A Defiant Lady
Scotland’s darkest hour, an English warrior dressed all in black has
come for her. Blessed with the kenning, Lady Tamlyn MacShane foresaw
this day, when the ruthless Lord Julian Challon would conquer her
land—and her heart. She is determined to resist him…but she is no match
for his strength…or his sensuality…A Resolute Lord
Julian, the proud Scotswoman should be nothing more than a captive. Yet
Tamlyn's fiery beauty ensnares him, body and soul. Now, the warrior
known as the Black Dragon is in danger of falling under a spell that
cannot be broken—the spell of love…
Macgillivray spent twenty years helping her grandfather, a retired
British Historian, sort, restore and rewrite the history of their
family in Scotland and England. That’s
where she came across the basis for her historical novel, A RESTLESS
KNIGHT, set in the year before the rising of William Wallace. She was working on pages for the history of her
family in the late 1200s, and thought it the perfect basis for a
marvelous Historical Romance.
Currently she is
in Kentucky, but still spends part of the year in Britain. She was resident historian at WAXING POETIC
(1999-2001). She also had a joint company
with artist Carmon Deyo called CLAN RAVEN LTD. She
wrote tales of Pict-Celt lore or tales from her family; Carmon
turns them into the most beautiful jewelry in silver and gold. Their joint effort ‘THE THREE FACES OF THE
GODDESS’, a highly original look at the Pict-Celt Goddesses, won
awards, and impressed Barnes and Noble enough to sponsor a month-long
show in Texas of the works in September 2000, launched with a cocktail
party. They hope someday to compile the
works into a book (when life stops intruding!).
is a reviewer for
Paranormal Romance Reviews, The Best Reviews, Sensual Romance Reviews
and Rambles.com, a Celtic e-magazine and a Top Reviewer on Amazon.com
and Amazon.co.uk. She was member of RIO Reviewers International
Organization, and served as their Award of Excellence Chair
(2003-2005), and was assistant editor of their monthly
newsletter. She served as 2nd Vice President of Hearts Through
History (2004-2005), an online RWA Chapter; was also Web Chair
(2003-2005) and was editor of their monthly newsletter The Bard Scroll
(2003-5). A member of RWA, The Ladies in Waiting, and History
Fiction Writers of Britain.
Debut novel - A
RESTLESS KNIGHT (Kensington, July 2006) was the first of the Dragons of
Challon series, and is now in its second printing. IN HER BED
(August 2007) is the second. Next in the series
is ONE SNOWY KNIGHT (October 2008) and YIELD
TO THE KNIGHT (TBA) and , followed by four more.
INVASION OF FALGANNON
ISLE (December 2006) was the first book for Dorchester's Love
Spell, in the Sisters of Colford Hall series. RIDING THE THUNDER
(October 2007) is second, with five more sisters in the works.
has numerous short
stories and novellas for Highland Press, and picked up 2 P.E.A.R.L
Awards, 5 P.E.A.R.L Nominations, a RIO Award of Excellence win;
and Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Final for them in 2006.
Currently, her one-author anthology, Cat O' Nine Tales, offers a
collection of nine short stories and novellas.
has Leanne Burroughs,
author of Highland Wishes, as her devoted critique partner. A match made in CP heaven, she says. And
is lucky to have Monika Wolmarans as her proof-reader.
the history of Scotland and England, reviewing books, ballet,
web design, writing, reading books, watching movies, cats, dancing till
dawn, B-Horror films, and collecting swords. In
her spare times she is a web designer, book covers for Highland
Press, and does her own book video trailers.
A Restless Knight
In Her Bed