Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Court of the Hawk by Debbie Peterson Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.

Garreth didn’t plan for Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead, he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now the Lord of
Llys y Gwalch must find a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers that threaten them both.



Characters and Writing:
Have you ever met someone you took an instant liking to and had the overwhelming desire to spend time in their company and get to know them? Then, during the course of your friendship, did they take you to unexpected places? Despite how well you thought you knew them, did they ever say and do something you just didn’t expect them to say or do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might understand the way every character in every story of mine evolves. No exceptions.
For me--and please note that I’m not speaking for any other author out there--once I have the main idea for my novel, the hero, heroine and supporting cast, make their entrance onto center stage. Without knowing quite how it happens, their physical descriptions are already well-defined. I can see them on that stage just as clearly as I can see anyone else. Height, weight, hair color, eye color, tone of voice—you name it—it’s already there. So are their temperaments, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Back stories are readily available as well. The process is almost like inviting an old friend you hadn’t seen in years into the house for a let’s-catch-up-on-things visit.
And then that’s when things get really interesting. You see somewhere along the way, usually after the first couple of chapters (and sometimes not even that), the characters change the story I had intended to tell. Without any forethought on my part, the dialogue I had intended to write leaks out from my proverbial pen and onto the page quite differently. More often than I can tell you, a character will say or do something that takes the story down a path far different than the one I intended. After seven novels, that one thing remains constant and still has the power to amaze me.
There are those who might say I’m undisciplined—or that I just can’t say no to my assertive, overzealous characters and maybe they’re right. However, I will tell you this: Each story comes out far better than the one I first imagined and I thoroughly enjoy every step of that unexpected journey!

EXCERPT:
“How old are you?” She held her breath and waited. In fact, she waited so long she wondered if he’d answer the question at all.

Finally, he dropped his gaze and returned a slow nod. He made the gesture more in response to an inner resignation than directing it toward her. “First, if I might ask, what gave rise to your curiosity?”

She combed the windblown hair away from her face and shrugged. “Does it make any difference as to how you’ll respond?”

He considered that for a time before he spoke. “No, I suppose it doesn’t. Still, I’d like to know.”

“All right, I don’t have a problem giving you the answer.” She cleared her throat. “The quake disturbed several portraits hanging along the hallways. I found one of them on the floor after leaving my room. So, I picked the antiquated thing up with every intention of replacing it, but the subject stole my attention. You see, if asked under oath in a court of law, I would swear you posed for the portrait at least two, maybe even three centuries ago.”

“And you didn’t stop to consider whether or not the man in the painting might be a distant ancestor to whom I bear a great resemblance?” he asked.

She extended a finger to his face, gently traced the scar that did naught but enhance his looks, and shook her head. “Not when the artist painted him with this.”

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 music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, which she also teaches, mythology, and history.

Connect with Debbie:

Buy Links:

GIVEAWAY:
Debbie will be awarding $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and an ebook copy of Spirit of the Rebellion to a randomly drawn host. 
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

26 comments:

  1. Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

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    1. Probably the love scenes, Mai. I want to make sure that I get the depth of emotion right without being redundant and sometimes that can be a little tricky... Thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy to see you here!

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  2. Thanks for hosting Alisia! It's a pleasure to be here.

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  3. I'm so enjoying your books. You are a genius when it comes to dialogues. I have all of your books and everyone of them keeps me on the edge of my seat wishing I could read faster and disappointed at the end that I did so I have to go back and read it slower so I can enjoy it the second time around. Lol

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    1. You make me happy Tammy! Thanks for stopping by and making such lovely comments!

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  4. I'm so enjoying your books. You are a genius when it comes to dialogues. I have all of your books and everyone of them keeps me on the edge of my seat wishing I could read faster and disappointed at the end that I did so I have to go back and read it slower so I can enjoy it the second time around. Lol

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  5. I'm so enjoying your books. You are a genius when it comes to dialogues. I have all of your books and everyone of them keeps me on the edge of my seat wishing I could read faster and disappointed at the end that I did so I have to go back and read it slower so I can enjoy it the second time around. Lol

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  6. The story sounds very intriguing.

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    1. I'm happy you think so Rita. This book was really fun for me to write!

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  7. I really enjoyed the excerpt! This sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your heart-warming comments Betty! I'm happy you stopped by.

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  8. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. You're welcome Patrick! It's so nice to see you here!

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  9. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank YOU for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments Eva! They are so appreciated.

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  10. Great excerpt! This sounds like an amazing book! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. I love the cover! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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    1. I love the cover too Ree! This one was created by Debbie Taylor, graphic artist for The Wild Rose Press. She is so amazing!

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    1. That makes me happy Jessica! Finding the right excerpt in the allotted number of words is sometimes a very difficult thing to do, so I'm glad you liked it.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I really enjoyed reading your post

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Victoria... I love it when my characters take on a life of their own. It's a fascinating process.

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  15. It was fun to read how your characters take you on a far different journey then what you originally attended to. And how the story evolves into a story that turns out better than what you had first in mind. I am really looking forward to the continuation of this book tour. And I am especially looking forward to when I have a few moments to sit down and begin actually reading it. Every time I attend to start something comes up and I am unable to. So I am hoping that this week holds a lot more opportunities for me to start it. :-)

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    1. I hope so too, Mysti! I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for stopping in to say hello!

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