Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DARK SWORDS AND DRUIDS

My guest today is Donna Grant. Award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal and erotic.

Donna has a series called Dark Sword that I’m dying to read. The premise of the series:

A sensual historical dark fantasy series published by St. Martin's Press. In a remote Scottish castle three immortal brothers hide from the world as they battle the primeval god inside them. But another battle rages, this one for the world and an evil that will stop at nothing to have it.

I read the excerpt of Dangerous Highlander and I can tell you, I like Lucan MacLeod. This book is not only on my To Be Read List, but already ordered. I’ll let you know what I think at another time.

Donna gives us some background on the series:



I get asked a lot why I chose Druids for my new Dark Sword series. I find the legend of the Druids fascinating. There are so many conflicting accounts. Some records show the Druids to be spiritual leaders who helped heal the sick and gave counsel to kings and other leaders.

The Romans would have us believe they were the basest of humans who routinely sacrificed humans and animals in order to appease their pagan gods.

So who’s right? I don’t think we’ll ever know. We all know that whoever writes history controls history, so I think it’s safe to say Rome may have exaggerated a bit. Or maybe not. ;)

It was the knowledge that the Druids could have been a mixture of any number of things that led me into more research into them. I find their culture fascinating, especially how it continues to this day.

In DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER, there are two different sects of Druids. I have the mies, or the good Druids who keep to their pure magic. They are one with nature. They heal, share their wisdom, and protect the innocent.

Then there are the droughs. The droughs are Druids who, upon their eighteenth year, undergo a ceremony where they give their blood and soul to evil thereby forfeiting all the good inside them. The evil takes over, and in doing so gives them a more powerful magic – black magic.

So how can the mies combat the droughs if the droughs have more powerful magic? That is a good question, and one I visit with every book of this series I write.



  • I’ll be giving away a signed copy of either MUTUAL DESIRE to a commenter. Happy Reading!



  • Back Cover Blurb:

A DANGEROUS MAN…


He is magnificently strong — and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.



A DANGEROUS PASSION…


Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…


Excerpt

You can find Donna on Facebook or explore her available books and upcoming books on her Website.


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Donna Grant is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal and erotic.



Donna was born and raised in Texas, but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica and Mexico. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna's Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin' and bareback riding.

Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as The Druid’s Glen, The Shields, The Royal Chronicles and the Sisters of Magic.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, three cats and one long haired Chihuahua. She's blessed with a proud, supportive husband who's learned to cook far more than frozen chicken nuggets.




33 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Donna, welcome to Over Coffee. I'm so glad to have you visit.

I have lots of homemade goodies on the coffee bar, so help yourself!

I have to tell you, I really want to read this series. Just my cup of tea...er coffee.

Netti knows the type of stories I'll love, and people complain I break their banks with book suggestions, but Netti's definitely does that with me with some of the wonderful authors she tells me about. She hasn't steered me wrong yet.

Netti said...

0.0 ... I am that evil, why yes I am.

I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES. I was going to just leave a comment that said QUINN! Cos as everyone well knows I <3 Quinn, one of the three immortal brothers :D Lucan is made of awesome, don't get me wrong, but Quinn *HAPPY SIGH*(he doesn't pub until November *SOB*)..

I wholehearted recommend this series AND Donna Grant to anyone and everyone. She is just *that* good. Just remember... Quinn is mine. :D

Netti said...

OH... and btw...

QUINN!!!!

Donna Grant said...

Hi, Sia! Thanks so much for the warm welcome. Love to hear that the series interests you. There some exciting things happening with this series!

Donna Grant said...

lol. Netti, I knew you'd stake your claim on Quinn pretty early.

Thank you so much for your kind words, doll.

Marissa said...

I recently finished the first part, WOW!!!! I love to find out what makes Quinn tick, but also Galen is very yummy!

And those covers!!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I love the way Donna gives a profile of each brother.

I've obviously come to this series late because everyone is talking yummy guys and I've only seen the one--well I did peak at Donna's soon to be released (May) excerpt. Confirmation that I will be reading them all, lolol!

Netti said...

ohh! Galen! I <3 him too!! Let us not forget Hayden... HAVE MERCY (they are all my secret hubbies don't ya know... I wonder if we tie Donna up & lock her in a room if she can write faster?? *innocent look*

Marissa said...

Hayden is also a tortured man, sigh I love them all so far...

We can't tie Donna up... then we have to deal with a couple of angry highlanders, but perhaps that is what we want LOL...

I just love the mix of myth, paranormal elements and highlanders!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Marissa, I also like a mixture of myth/paranormal elements in stories--provided they're done well.

Of cousre y'all can tell I like Scot warriors or highlanders now can you?

Melissa said...

I can't WAIT for FALLON!! YEAH!! LOL, ALL the Warriors are yummy, but he's MINE!!
Bwwwwwwww haaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....and Sia, you've got to read DH!! It's OMG, great!! The next Warriors can't come fast enough!!

Melissa said...

Netti ~~ you are breaking other peoples book budgets, too? And remember ~~ you can't lay claim to ALL the Warriors!!!

Netti said...

am not, can't prove it *sweet smile & innocent look*

and I'm not laying claim to ALL of them... Just QUINN!!!, Galen & Hayden. again w/ the *sweet smile & Innocent look*

Donna Grant said...

Wow. You guys are so awesome! Thank you!

Marissa - I'm revising Galen's story now. He's been a lot of fun to write. ;)

Donna Grant said...

Sia -

I'm having trading cards made right now that I'm calling Warrior Cards. I'll have them with me at RT for the first time. They'll give lots of info about the heroes. :)

Donna Grant said...

lol. Netti, you're such a doll. :)

I turn my books in way early, but unfortunately, that doesn't get them released early. :sigh:

I really think you're going to love Hayden's book.

Donna Grant said...

Hey, Melissa! Thanks for dropping by. I've got some surprises in Fallon's book that I can't wait for readers to discover!

chelleyreads said...

i can't wait for forbidden highlander!!! may can't come soon enough!

Sue A. said...

I haven't picked up this series yet, but from the comments here it looks like I should get started right away.

VA said...

Sia, I swear you are psychic or we are connected in some way. Earlier this week, like days ago I was noodling around looking for a new romance book and spot this exact one. In fact I read the excerpt and thought, "Yummy. I love a good Scot book."

Donna, I am extremely interested in this series. Needless to say I didn't know all of the intriguing details about the Druids from the excerpt that I was lucky enough to get here. Plus, this excerpt was longer. :)

Donna Grant said...

Hi, Chelley! lol. I know. I'm anxious for Forbidden Highlander to release, too!

Donna Grant said...

Hi, Sue A - I hope you enjoy the book!

Donna Grant said...

Oh, how cool, VA! If you want to know more about the series, I have a several pages devoted to it on my website. You can start here: www.donnagrant.com/darksword

There are character pages, FAQs, fun images, quizes, glossary, and The Beginning that tells how the Warriors came to be. :)

Minna said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Some time ago I saw this documentary series called Terry Jones' Barbarians. It was very interesting:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Jones'_Barbarians
Oh, did you know that in Finnish language the word "mies" means a man?

Kat Sheridan said...

Looks like all the good guys are taken, but ah well, I've been known to steal a lad away now and again. LOL! And all of these sound totally drool-worthy! Sia will tell you, the words "dark and dangerous" lure me in like a Siren's call. My TBR stack is teetering dangerously, but it looks like I'm going to have to add just a few more books to that list. These sound absolutely scrumptious!

Donna Grant said...

Awesome, Minna! lol. That's too funny that mie means man in Finnish!

Donna Grant said...

Hi, Kat!

There's actually lots of Warriors to choose from. Take a look at www.donnagrant.com/dscharacters. :)

Hope you enjoy!

DemonLover's Blog said...

Great Interview.
Donna Is a wonderful writer and even greater person to chat with.
I will have my interview with her posted to my blog in the next few days.

Can't wait for the next book.

Donna Grant said...

Hey, Kelly! Can't wait to read my interview with you. Saw it in my inbox. Will get to it shortly. Promise. :)

Donna Grant said...

Thanks to Sia for having me on her lovely blog! I've enjoyed my time here. :) Thanks to everyone who came out and chatted.

Now, onto the winner. :D

Congratulations to Sue A! Sue, please send me an email at donna@donnagrant.com with your snail mail address so I can get your autographed copy of MUTUAL DESIRE (and some goodies) out to you.

Hope everyone has a great weekend (and reading some hot highlanders) ::wink::

Peace & love!

hugs,
D

Sue A. said...

Thank you Sia for inviting Donna here! Donna thanks ever so much. I've sent Donna an email!

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