Bound by Oath and Honour
by Debbie Peterson
GENRE: Paranormal/fantasy romance
Fresh from her photo shoot in Northern England, wildlife photographer Tala Westbrook makes a promised stop at the family manor in Staffordshire, desperately in need of renovation. Though she didn’t plan to stay longer than it took to find a contractor, she is caught up in an ancient paranormal war. Despite the danger all around, she finds herself falling for the handsome, enigmatic man assigned to protect her.
Micah Berrington, elite guardian from the realm of the Bewitan Fierd, is used to protecting men of strength in the greatest of peril, not a female looking for someone to repair her home. Yet the assignment is far more than it seems and so is the beautiful woman destined to capture his heart, regardless of the cost.
After he chambered a round in his rifle, he placed a finger against the trigger. He faced Tala with lifted hand and palm out. “Wait here while I check out the second floor.”
She gazed at him for several moments as if he had quite lost his mind. “I think not. In case you have forgotten, this house belongs to my family, Micah, not yours.”
“I will not debate the issue with you right now. Either you can wait here as directed, or I will throw you over my shoulder and carry you back to the cottage. I’ll then lock you inside for the remainder of the night. The choice is yours.”
She sucked in a breath while her mouth dropped another notch. “You wouldn’t—”
“Oh, but I would,” he whispered as he leaned in close to her face.
In evidence of his staunch determination, she gritted her teeth. She turned her head to the side. Once again, she refused to meet his gaze. “Fine.”
The dreaded “fine” escaped her lips for the second time in less than ten minutes. This one had a bit more oomph and resentment behind it than did the first. He ignored it. Instead, Micah turned his attention away from her little snit fit and focused on the task ahead.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves animals of every persuasion, music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, the smell of rain, and thunder storms.
When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada, where some of those spectacular sunsets occur. She also pursues her interests in genealogy—which she also teaches—mythology, and history.
Connect with Debbie:
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/debbiepeterson
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=924
Interview with Debbie Peterson
As a kid did you write or make up stories?
Although I never wrote anything down, I made up stories every single day. Lots of them. Every now and again I could get my friends to act them out—but darn it—most of the time they didn’t say and do what I wanted them to day and do. I had some pretty good stuff for them to act out, if I do say so myself. Do you think maybe it was because I wanted to be the heroine or the character with the most special powers? Oh well…
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?
Now that’s an interesting question and I’m not really sure how to answer it. I know when I have the basic plot in mind; I already know the attributes and weaknesses of my main characters. I can see them as well as I do their faces. Maybe it’s from one of those amazing powers I just spoke of. ☺
Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Yes, indeed! For me, a lifetime of observation and experience with people I know well and maybe not so well is the greatest teacher of all. Traits I admire in family and friends always make it into my books in some way or another.
What was the inspiration for your book?
I came across an article about a man named Frank Beck, who fought as a captain during World War I. According to what some consider nothing more than a myth, he fought his last battle at Gallipoli. As the battle waged on, Captain Beck and his company lost ground. At that point—according to witnesses—he and his company of men advanced into a thick mist and disappeared without a trace. Several searches ensued. Yet, they never found any trace of the men whatsoever, with one single exception. They found the watch that belonged to Captain Beck.
I found the story intriguing. Whether fact or fiction, my imagination took off. What if select men were taken off the field before death could claim them? Where would they go and why? Well, they were taken to the realm of the guardians of course. Consequently, Bound by Oath and Honour was born.
What is your favorite spot to write?
In front of a window whenever possible, and I’m not above taking my laptop outside when so inspired to do so. The beauty and wildness of nature can inspire all sorts of things.
What advice would you give budding writers?
Read. Read something every single day. Especially read the stories in your chosen genre. You must write every day as well, even if just a paragraph or two. I believe the only way to improve any skill is to practice it daily.
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