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Giveaway & Review: Dragon Knight’s Shield (Order of the Dragon Knight’s Book 4) by Mary Morgan

Dragon Knight’s Shield
by Mary Morgan
Order of the Dragon Knight’s, Book 4
Published by The Wild Rose Press
315 pages
Format Reviewed:  ARC by Author
Release Date:  January 8, 2016
 
Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and he takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him. 
 
Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight. 
 
Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes? 
 

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He arched a brow and his smile became seductive. “Do I frighten ye?” 

“No!” she lied. Like hell you do! You’re as gorgeous as sin standing there, and I want to rip your clothes from your body.

Pushing off from the wall, he stepped into the room and silently closed the door behind him, his eyes never leaving hers. His hair hung in soft waves past his shoulders, and her fingers itched to twine within them. Her body ached in places so deep—longing for even the slightest touch.  

“Are ye unwell, my lady?” 

The burr of his voice so low—so sexy, she could only stare at him until his words resonated in her mind. “No,” she replied softly, feeling the flames of desire heat not only her face, but also her entire body. 

This time when he took another step closer, Deirdre didn’t back away. Now he stood so close she could feel the warmth of his breath across her face—a mix of wine and pure male.

She watched mesmerized as he reached for a lock of her hair, twining it around his finger. “So verra soft.” 

Deirdre couldn’t breathe, as he let the curl unravel and cupped her face in his hands. “Ye confuse me. Ye torment me in my dreams,” he whispered against her cheek, sending a wave of pleasure down her spine.

Without thought, she groaned and leaned into him—his beard grazing her cheek. She no longer battled her mind for the man. “Kiss me, Angus.”

 
 

 
‘It will take a love more powerful than he can imagine to return his soul to the Knight he was destined to become.  Nonetheless, once he claims the ultimate prize, the question remains, will his love consume them both, or will he walk away, leaving only ashes of what could have been their destiny.’
 
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I absolutely love the cover of this book.  Angus MacKay just may be my new book boyfriend.  The shield is stunning, and in his hands it is magical.  (sigh)

Dragon Knight’s Shield is the 4th book in the ‘Order of the Dragon Knight’s‘ series.  This is Angus MacKay’s story.  Angus is the eldest Dragon Knight brother, and he blames himself for his sisters death.  He feels he did not teach them control, which lead to their sisters death.  Therefore he doesn’t feel he deserves happiness or peace, so he hides refusing to ever go home.

This series keeps getting better, and better.  Mary Morgan has done it again, but better this time.  If that is possible.  

Deirdre Flanagan can wield a sword and fight as good as any man.  She can protect herself, and is no wilting wallflower.  I loved Deidra for those qualities.  Deirdre is also a writer, and desperately needs some down time.  She gets the opportunity when her friends give her a vacation to Scotland for her birthday.  It is here where the story gets interesting.  While taking a walk in Scotland a mist suddenly appears, and Deirdre losing her sense of direction, walks right into Medieval Scotland and Angus MacKay.

With this little mishap Deirdre will set off on a journey that will either unite the Dragon Knights or break her heart.  If you enjoy historical romance, time travel, dragons, and magic this book will not disappoint you.  I was not bored for one second while reading this book.  The characters are strong, and the plot is packed with action.  There is a nice surprise thrown in here and there that will keep you wanting more!

I can’t wait to see what Mary Morgan has in store for the next book.



 5 Stars
 
Hot Factor Explicit sex scenes, that are tastefully done.
Curse WordsThere are a few curse words, but nothing vulgar.



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RWAB:  For those that may not be familiar with you or your books, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you came to write your first book?
MM:  I write Scottish Paranormal Time-travel Romance. The idea for the Dragon Knights started on my first trip to Scotland in 2000. I was sitting on a boulder in the Highlands (Newtonmore), surrounded by sheep, mists, and ghosts from the past. My mind started to weave the tale of this Order of Highlanders who were not your ordinary type of men.  

RWAB:  What do you like most about Angus MacKay, and least?  
MM: I love his sense of duty—his honor. Yet, I was frustrated at his fixation on controlling. He’s always trying to maintain control of everything and everyone. 

RWAB:  If Deirdre Flanagan (Dragon Knight’s Shield) could give us any advice on men, what would she say?
MM: Find a man that will stand beside you—not in back and not in front. A partner in love and life. 

RWAB:  What kind of research before starting a book (if any), and if so what kind?
MM: Ooo…I love doing research! It’s fascinating! With each of my stories, I had to do some historical research. I have many books on Scotland and Ireland—from maps, clans, history, cookbooks, and magazines. I start with those first, and then I’m pulling up information on the web from Scottish historical sites. Sometimes, I can gather information within two to three days. Other times, a week. It all depends on the story.  

RWAB:  Where do you write?  Do you have a daily schedule, or do you just write when the mood strikes?
MM: I write in this wonderful corner in my bedroom. There is a huge window overlooking my garden and it’s peaceful. Yes, I have a daily schedule. I write six days a week and on Sundays, I edit what I’ve written. The mood to write is always there.  

RWAB:  Do you have any plans to write another book in the Dragon Knight’s Series, or is this the last book?  
MM: I’m finishing the last book in the series. It will wrap up everything nicely, and I believe my readers will be in for surprise when they find out the hero and heroine. 

RWAB:  When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read?  
MM: I love Science fiction fantasy, historical novels, and non-fiction history. It all depends on my mood, but I’ve been known to read several at the same time.

RWAB:  Is there a question you have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?  If so, what is the question, and what is the answer?
MM: There really haven’t been any questions that I’ve wanted someone to ask me. J

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RWAB:  If time travel were possible, and you could travel back in time, where would you go, what time period?  Why?
MM: Wow! So many centuries and places. However, the first century I would want to visit would be 7th century Scotland—Urquhart Castle. I have always wanted to see the foundations of this place. How did it start? From there, I would time-travel to 11th century Ireland to speak with Brian Boru, the last King of Ireland. He was one of the greatest kings of Ireland and led the Irish to the peak of their Golden Age—art, poetry, saints and scholars.
About Mary Morgan
 
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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Dragon Knight’s Axe (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3) by Mary Morgan


DRAGON KNIGHT’S AXE
Order of the Dragon Knight’s, Book 3
by Mary Morgan
Published by The Wild Rose Press
June 26, 2015
310 Pages


Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archaeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay. 

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

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Alastair MacKay’s powers come from the land.  Yet, he will take to the ocean in self-punishment, mocking the God of the Sea.
Cursed and battle scarred, he is feared by many.  They say he is two men.  One part angel–one part monster.  One would only have to look at his face to distinguish between the two.
Nevertheless, his day of reckoning grows near.
Alastair MacKay will have to battle the demon he created, for the love of a woman who is brave enough to love them both.
In the end, on must die.
 
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Dragon Knights Axe is the third book in the, Order of the Dragon Knights Series.  In this third book, we get to read Alastair MacKay’s story.  I do believe that Alastair MacKay has stolen my heart.  While I like all three brothers, he is by far my favorite!
 
After the death of his sister, Meggie, Alastair MacKay takes to the sea, refusing to stay on land for only short periods at a time.  He does this to punish himself for the death of his sister, by denying himself the power of land.  He is a battle scared warrior, and he believes that he is not worthy of redemption.  He is feared by many, and has few true friends.  The later of which is of his own choosing.
 
Fiona O’Quinlan is a research assistant, and it is a job she loves with a passion.  Some might say she is obsessed.  If she is doing research on a relic or a find, she does not leave any stone un-turned.  Fiona has a tendency to speak her mind, and she is no timid lass.  She also has a few demons of her own that she is fighting.
 
After working on a dig all day in the hot sun, Fiona decides she is going to take a break, and a short nap.  She goes to find a cool place, and accidentally walks into a grove of oaks (she was told not to go into this part of the dig).  She starts to get dizzy, falls to the ground, and sleeps.  When she awakens she is nearly 800 years in the past.
 
I am not going to say anymore about the plot or story, because I don’t want to spoil the ride for anyone reading this review.  I loved, loved Alastair and Fiona’s story.  Alright, so Alastair made me want to pull his hair a few times, because he is a very stubborn man.  I put those feelings aside, because I knew everything he had been through.  
 
He and Fiona have great chemistry, and there are a few steamy scenes in this book, but they are tastefully done.  The story moves along at a nice pace, and there is just enough tension to make you keep reading to find out what happens next.  There are a few of the same characters in this book that were in the previous two books.  I love it when an author does that.
 
There were a few scenes in the book that had me a little misty eyed.  You know an author is just as good at showing as they are telling a good story when that happens.  Mary Morgan has outdone herself with Dragon Knight’s Axe.  I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good romance, with time travel, paranormal elements, great story telling, and a strong H&H.  
 
If you are going to read this book, but haven’t read the first two, I recommend you read those first.  It will make this story more enjoyable.  You will know who’s who, and what happened that made the Dragon Knight’s go their separate ways to start with.  If you don’t mind not knowing, then I would jump into this book with both feet.
 
I was given an ARC of this book by the author, but my thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.
 
HAPPY READING!
 
 
 
 


 

About Mary Morgan 

a constant daydreamer and I have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.


Pure bliss!

I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there, or maybe in Ireland.

When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden-another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.


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Book Review: Dragon Knight’s Sword (Book 1, Order of the Dragon Knights) by Mary Morgan

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DRAGON KNIGHT’S SWORD
by Mary Morgan
Order of the Dragon Knight’s, Book 1
January 1, 2014
Wild Rose Press
382 Pages
Kindle Edition

 

Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O’Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes.

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together. 

 
 

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Prologue

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

They were called Dragon Knights.

With the dawn of Christianity, the dragons were systematically hunted down and slain leaving only one. The Dragon Knights took here 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, one will fight for redemption.

He will pave the way for the others. And before his journey ends, Duncan Mackay will witness that the power of love can heal and destroy in one swift stroke.

 
 

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‘Loved It… Would Read It Again!’

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Dragon Knight’s Sword is the first book I have read by Mary Morgan. I discovered her, Order of the Dragon Knight’s Series, while attending a Facebook party for another author. I won the 2nd book in the series, Dragon Knight’s Medallion, and I decided to purchase this book for my Kindle. I am very glad that I did! I would’ve missed out on a wonderful book if I hadn’t.

This book is a Time Travel/Paranormal Romance. Parts of it are set in the present day, and parts are 800 years in the past. Time Travel with medieval settings are my favorite. sighBeing part human and part fae, Duncan Mackay, and his brothers were given mystical powers, and intrusted with guarding the Dragon Knights. All this changed one night when Duncan committed an unspeakable act while in a blind rage, which ends with a curse being put on his family. Now Duncan and his brothers are scattered across Scotland, and it is up to Duncan to break the curse and bring his brothers back home.

Brigid O’Neill is lover of ancient artifacts, and mythology. So when an ancient sword is delivered to her door, she is compelled to return it to it’s rightful owner. The problem is she must travel to Scotland to do it. I adored this book! It had everything that I love in paranormal romance, and held my attention.

Duncan is a strong hero, and I was drawn to him. The author did a wonderful job of showing us all of his qualities (instead of just telling). He was strong, stubborn, a little stand-offish, warm and masculine all rolled into one.

Brigid’s character was very well developed, and everything I look for in a heroine. She wasn’t squeamish, she doesn’t back down from a fight, and she loves with her whole heart. They were a good fit for each other.

I enjoyed the secondary characters, Cormac (Duncan’s best friend), and the old druid, Cathal, and Nell. Nell was a little girl that Cormac’s clan took in. She formed an attachment with Brigid, and followed her around constantly. What is a time travel without a ‘good’ Druid thrown into the mix?

The story flowed well, and climbed rather nicely, right up to the very end. I did feel that the end was a little rushed. I would like to have seen it dragged out just a wee bit more, but no big deal. Other than that, I loved the story, and I look forward to reading Stephen Mackay’s story in ‘Dragon Knight’s Medallion.’

I have Mary Morgan added to my favorite author list. Meaning I would probably buy anything she wrote, and I don’t do that but with a handful of other authors. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good time-travel, mixed with a little fae magic, and of course highlanders!

Sexual Content:  Explicit sexual scenes
Kissing: Open mouth kissing
Language: Some curse words

 

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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.

Visit Mary’s website to find links to all of her books, blog, and pictures of her travels.

 

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