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Friday, November 18, 2016

Thankful Author 2016- Mary Morgan

When my first thoughts turned to what I was grateful for this year, I immediately thought of my fellow author friends. You have no idea how appreciative I have been for each of you—from your amazing blog posts (which had me laughing and at times cheering for you), inspirational quotes on facebook, and the overwhelming amount of support when I had a new release. In those quiet moments, your words reached out to me.

This year was a struggle. I didn’t share my troubles, and only a few friends and family have known about the situation. My husband had two surgeries this year—one we feared was a cancerous tumor. We were extremely grateful that it turned out benign. Yet, the road to healing has been long and slow. However, we continue to move forward being positive and filling our days with laughter and love.

I’m blessed to be surrounded by such beautiful, talented, and generous women. We have never met, but your smiling profile faces have kept me going. You have touched my life this year, and I am truly thankful.  

Release date: December 2, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Scottish, paranormal, time-travel


Laird Cormac Murray has witnessed how love destroyed his own father after the death of his mother, and he vows to never take a wife. Yet, when he comes upon a bewildered lass traveling alone, he finds his heart will no longer listen to his mind. In the end, Cormac risks everything to claim the love of a woman not of his time. 

Eve Brannigan loves helping others and baking. After winning a contest, she is stunned to learn that the Clan Murray has requested her assistance to cater to their guests during the holiday season. When a lost path in Scotland leads her to a handsome but gruff Highlander, Eve fights the temptation to allow love to enter her heart for the first time. 

Can the Fae and the magic of the Yule season bring together two souls who have forsaken love? Or will tragedies from the past separate the lovers forever?

Giving her no time to protest, he grabbed her around the waist and hauled her up onto Fingal. When he mounted his horse and settled behind her, Cormac felt her body stiffen as he placed an arm around her waist. He leaned next to her ear. Her mass of curls brushed his face, and he inhaled her scent—one of different spices. Lust instantly surged forth, powerful and intense. “Relax,” he urged in a hoarse voice. Though he found it difficult to do so himself.

He felt her tremble, but she nodded. Giving a tug on the reins, they moved up the path.

With each steady trot, her body swayed and Cormac tried to focus on the road. The castle.
Fighting in the lists. Bathing in the icy waters of the loch. Anything, but the soft curves of the lass’s body pressing against his own. What was wrong with him? He prided himself on being a man always in control of his emotions—especially his lustful ones. Yet, now he found himself confused, tongue-tied, and his gut twisted into knots.

So deep in his thoughts, he did not notice Fingal veering off the main road until the lass let out a giggle. She had the most musical sound, and he found himself smiling. Guiding his horse back to the path, he could hear his men doing their best to contain themselves. A glance back confirmed William was coughing loudly and Gordon trying his best not to fall off his horse.

“I swear Fingal, I am tempted to trade ye in for another horse. Ye must be going blind, or worse, old.”

His horse let out a large snort.

Eve clicked her tongue in disapproval. “For shame, Mr. Murray. How cruel. I think he’s a kind animal. Perhaps it’s the man holding the reins who can’t see clearly the path in front of him?”

The lass was quick with the wit, he mused. “I dinnae ken your word, but ye may call me Cormac.” He leaned near her again. “And I can assure ye, I am nae blind, nor old.”

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Award-winning Scottish paranormal 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. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.




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They were an ancient order descended from the great Tuatha De Danann, a tribe from the Goddess Danu. Half human and half fae, each blessed with mystical powers. They were also given holy relics and guardianship over the dragons. These are the Dragon Knights of Scotland!

With the dawn of Christianity, the dragons were systematically hunted down and slain leaving only one. The Dragon Knights took her from Ireland to a land across the sea, settling in the Great Glen near Urquhart. The clan was known as the MacKay clan, descendants from the MacAoidh.

Yet, there were those who deemed 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 Clan Mackay is no longer.

The Dragon Knights scattered across the land.

Yet out of the darkness, they will each fight for redemption.


  1. Right back at you Mary! I love the support I feel from author friends bc no one else knows how it feels to live in two worlds at once- the real one and the one in our heads! I hope your husband and family continue on the road to good health. As was said here, every day is a gift. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Charlotte. I wake each morning embracing the new day!

  2. I'm also thankful to Angela Hayes! Thankful Authors is one of the highlights of my year. I love reading all the posts! Hugs, Angela! xoxo

  3. Delightful excerpt. "Magical Highland Solstice" sounds like a great read. Best of luck with promotion and sales. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks, Judy Ann! After finishing an intense 5 book series, writing this story was a cleansing of the soul--a celebration of the season. :)

  4. I am so glad your husband is doing good, and all is well. I have had to remind myself that I have a lot to be thankful for lately. In spite of all that life throws at you. There is usually something good to be found. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Angela. I'm always one that believes it's all about the journey. Though this year has been rough, there have been joyful moments filled with laughter, love, and success. Hugs, my friend.

  5. What a lovely post! I wish your husband well on his journey. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. As a new, rather shy author, I share your sentiment about the support offered by fellow authors. What a beautiful tribute, especially after such a difficult year. You are such a gracious person, and I wish you and your husband all the best.

    1. Thanks, Nell. :) One of my best author girlfriends shared this with me..."In this business, we must all link arms together in support, since this can be a lonely career. In addition, there is enough of the 'pie' of success for all of us." I'm truly blessed by those words and do my best to support other authors, too.