Monday, November 1, 2010

Magic – Do you believe?

I’m pleased to have para romance author, Donna Grant, visiting Over Coffee again. I had the chance to meet Donna at a conference and spent quite a bit of time with her. What a fun time.

There are moments in her books that I can’t help but burst out laughing at something one of the characters have said or done. After meeting Donna, I fully understand where the humor comes from. She’s a beautiful and gracious southern lady with a backbone of steel and an impish sense of humor. You will definitely meet the Cajun side of her when you read her books—hot, spicy, and satisfying.

Donna's topic today is magic.

First, thank you, Sia, for asking me to return for another guest blog!

It seems in every culture throughout history there has been mention of magic. Some would say it doesn’t exist, some would argue it does. How can something so widely spoken about not be real? And if it is real, how do you prove it?

The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that I can include all kinds of paranormal elements in my worlds. The world in my new Dark Sword series is most definitely filled with magic. Both my heroines and heroes hold magic, though in different ways.

My heroes are warriors with primeval gods inside them giving them immortality as well as enhanced senses and the ability to control something be it water, people’s minds, or the very air you breathe. The gods also transform my Warriors. Each god favors a color, so when unleashed, the heroes turn the color of their god. They also have fangs and claws, and some even have horns and wings. It has been fun matching heroes to their powers.

My heroines are Druids, blessed with certain magical abilities that will aid the heroes in defeating the evil spreading over their world. There are two sects of Druids in the series – the mie, or pure Druids, who practice healing and using their magic for good. Then there are the droughs who go through a ritual that binds their souls with evil to create black magic.

In WICKED HIGHLANDER (Nov 2, 2010) the heroine, Marcail, is a Druid. Marcail has magic that allows her to take someone’s feelings from them into herself. She uses this several times throughout the books at great cost to herself since she gets violently ill when she does take away someone’s hurt, anger, or pain. More than that, deep in her mind is the spell to bind the gods inside the Warriors. Her grandmother buried the spell so deep that it will take Marcail falling in love to unlock it.

  • My question is: If you could have magic, what kind would you have?

Wicked Highlander:


The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkness in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love...


Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is the most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test... Excerpt and trailer.

The Dark Sword series unleashes the magic, passion, and fury of three legendary brothers - cursed by fate but bound by desire for the women they love...

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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.

Find Donna: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter


Mason Canyon said...

Donna, you do ask hard questions. That's one I'd have to think long and hard about because there would be problems with any magic you wished for. However, I do wish you much success with your book. It sounds intriguing and I love the cover.

Sia, you've done it again. Another wonderful new author and another book to add to my list. BTW, hope you had a Happy Halloween.

Thoughts in Progress

~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome back Donna!

Hey, I believe in magic.

Pull up a chair and enjoy yourself.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Mason, out here in the back 40 we don't have trick or treaters. Hayrides with either horses and a wagon, or a big ole honkin' tractor and wagon or three. We do have those that create mazes out of corn fields too.

Quiet evening for hubs and I.

And Mason? I live to tempt you with good books. I don't want to be the only one slapping down money on good books. I share, doncha see.


Tonya Kappes said...

Ohhhh. . . good question! I think I'd want to ability to get from one place to another. I'd be all over!! Especially visiting family.

Donna Grant said...

Mason - Thank you!

Sia - :) You're a doll. Thx for asking me!

Tonya - That certainly would make traveling easier. lol

Kat Sheridan said...

The book sounds wonderful, and lots of fun! Hmmm. Magic. I think I'd like to be able to do Do Overs. You know, two seconds after you mention your boss's ugly tie and then he tells you his darling little girl bought it for him? Yeah, go back three seconds and tell him how gorgeous it is!

VA said...

Similar to Kat, but I want more power--I want to be a Time Lord. To be able to manipulate time, zoom forward and back. I want to be Dr. Who.

Donna Grant said...

Kat - lol! Yeah, that'd be beneficial for sure!

VA - I *love* Dr.Who!!!!! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia and Donna .. must be wonderful to actually meet .. and see the person!! Then obviously understand their characters etc a little more ..

Donna sounds like some busy woman .. perhaps not as busy as the rancher's wife .. but still busy is busy!! Love the story of the hurricane inspiring the publication of Donna's first novel ..

Love the chat through .. fun to read .. thanks - Hilary

Donna Grant said...

Hilary - its always great to connect with readers, and getting to meet them in person is even better! :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Donna, been gone most of the day. Just another Manic Monday and now, I'm settling in to write more on my WIP.

Oh, if you notice a pair of brake shoes laying around, do send them back to me. I've been desperately pumping with hopes to slow down my life a bit.

I was hoping to find your book out early when I stopped in the store. sigh. No such luck. It better be there tomorrow. I need a Donna Grant fix. :-D Better than Calgon to *take me away*.

Donna Grant said...

lol. Good luck slowing life down. Its never worked for me. :)

I hope you find WICKED HIGHLANDER today! I'm very curious to see what you think of Quinn's book. :D

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, good question. I don't know which I'd pick! Maybe something physical, like flying?
Thanks Donna (and Sia) for a great post!