Historical paranormal romance writer Mary Morgan is my guest today. She's celebrating ten years as a Wild Rose Press author. To mark this special anniversary, Mary is offering the first book in the series, DRAGON KNIGHT'S SWORD, for .99 cents for a limited time. Get your ecopy today! Thanks for being my guest, Mary.
Hello, Jana! I’m thrilled to be on your lovely blog today to celebrate my 10 years with The Wild Rose Press. I’ll never forget when I signed the contract for Dragon Knight’s Sword (Order of the Dragon Knights, book 1) so many years ago. They took a chance on this new author and fulfilled my dreams of becoming a published author. The other books in this 5-part series soon followed, and the rest is history.
I’m sharing a special scene from this first book along with the hero’s (Duncan MacKay) favorite sweet.
Snippet from Dragon Knight’s Sword ~
His stomach growled as he sought out the kitchens, nodding to a passing guard.
The smell of baking hit him as he rounded the long corridor. Closing his eyes, Duncan inhaled the aroma. “Damson tarts.”
The plum and currant tarts were a favorite of his and he smiled inwardly knowing Moira had not only prepared them for the feast of Samhain, but for him, too.
His stomach rumbled, and he quickened his pace.
When he entered, Duncan’s heart slammed inside his chest at the vision before his eyes. One of the tables was laden with many tarts, yet it was the scene in the corner by the fire which undid him. He leaned against the wall for support and gazed upon the beauty.
Brigid was slumped in a chair with plum juice staining her hands and mouth. In her lap curled up against her was Nell—both sound asleep. A slight snore escaped from Brigid, and Duncan smiled.
PLUM TARTS aka…DAMSON TARTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds
3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces
1 egg yolk
2 pounds firm, ripe plums, pitted and quartered lengthwise
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Combine the flour, almonds, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolk. Mix by hand or with an electric mixer, until crumbly.
Press 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture in an even layer into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform or tart pan. Arrange the plums in the pan, skin side down to form a flower pattern; begin at the outside and work your way in.
Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the plums. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and the plum juices are bubbling. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer tart to flat plate.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
**Damsons are a small purple-black fruit similar to a plum.
Order of the Dragon Knights ~
They were an ancient order, descended from the great Tuatha Dé Danann, the Sidhe, or in simpler terms: the Fae. Half-human and half-fae, each knight blessed with mystical powers. Given to them were holy relics from the Fae and guardianship over their Dragons.
They were known as the Dragon Knights.
However, some believed the Order had too much power and they tried to possess it for themselves. They were evil and twisted, and their plan succeeded one fateful night. The brothers of the Clan MacKay—Dragon Knights, fought a battle. Blood spilled onto holy ground, bringing forth the wrath of the Fae. Their relics were taken, and the Order was banished—each name stricken from the hallowed halls of the Fae.
The Clan MacKay is no longer.
The Dragon Knights have scattered across the land.
Yet out of the darkness, they will each fight for redemption, and the women they love.
For a limited time, Dragon Knight’s Sword is on sale for 99¢ from Amazon. Or collect them all!
Book Trailer for Dragon Knights: https://youtu.be/iEruV9P6PtU
About the Author:
Multi award-winning romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic and Norse mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of fantasy, then travel back in time within the pages of her books.
Connect with Mary here ~
Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Morgan/e/B00KPE3NWI/