A WITCH’S QUEST: Release day blog featuring author Leigh Ann Edwards!

It is so wonderful to be back on Tule’s blog today; I am always very honored to be featured here. I am thrilled with the response to The Irish Witch Series and the growing number of fans of the books. I am also really excited for the release of the latest/sixth installment, A Witch’s Quest.


My life as of late has been extremely full, probably bordering on chaotic at times. As with so many beliefs of my youth proven to be untrue, I always thought as I got older, life would become quieter and less hectic, but that is far from the truth. I am certainly not complaining. I know how fortunate I am to have so many blessings and much going on in my life, but more importantly, to be healthy enough to keep up the active pace.


I am happy to provide childcare for my two youngest grandsons when needed, and watch their hockey and soccer games. Having worked as a classroom assistant for many years, I am grateful to be able to help my eldest grandson with distance learning since conventional school lessons were not a good fit for him.  I adore spending quality time with my granddaughter watching Harry Potter movies and such, as well as attending her archery tournaments when I am able.  I am so thankful of my special relationship with each of them and to watch all four of them grow and change, for I know how quickly they go through the stages of childhood. My eldest grandson is thirteen and already over 6 feet tall, and he was the preemie, born five weeks early.


When time allows, I also work part-time for my husband with promoting his finishing carpentry business, assisting with answering phone-calls and arranging for quotes. I would never ever help with any of the actual work as he has suggested a time or two, for I am terrified of power tools. I think I must have lost some fingers or a hand in a previous life. lol


I try to find time to hang out with my two daughters and my friends, although admittedly not nearly as much as I would like. If I were Alainn, I would still time so I could do it all!


I am a reiki master, do tarot and angel card readings as well as Akashic record readings, but those have been mostly put on the back-burner for the time being while I work on writing, editing and promoting my series. (and the two or three series to follow). I have some upcoming library/author visits scheduled, as well as a book launch and a small book tour planned for this summer. I am waiting to firm up the dates when I know when the print copies for all the seven books will be available. I will post the event dates on my website.












Apparently I thought I didn’t quite have enough on my plate, for along with our two cats, we have now adopted two puppies. They are a mixed breed, possibly lab and collie with perhaps a bit of German shepherd thrown in. Newton and Medora (named for our childhood home towns) are delightful and energetic, and we adore them, but WOW!!!! I had forgotten puppies truly are just like babies. Through the years I have owned five other dogs, but it has been many years since I have brought a new puppy into our home, much less, two six-week old puppies. The house training has been interesting to say the least. Plus, they wake us up very early each morning, which might be advantageous for my writing as early mornings are when I like to begin writing, but when I do not feel rested, I am not sure it is conducive to creativity, and definitely not to proof-reading a manuscript. But, as with children, the puppy stage will be short-lived and so I will endeavor to enjoy every minute, even at 4:30AM.


My characters have also become an important part of my daily life. When I skip writing even for a day or two, it is almost as though Alainn and Killian and the personalities from my other books are beckoning me back to spend time with them.  It is always so much fun for me to go to their world, to travel to their century, and create more adventures for them (or with them) as it were, for most of the time, they take on a life of their own and I simply write what they seem to be showing me. Writing fantasy, and magical storylines in particular, is fascinating for there are few limitations. I go through all the emotions right along with Alainn and Killian, and I am always really pleased when readers tell me they laughed out loud or were brought to tears when reading my books. Along with being a published author, and writing stories people fall in love with, being able to evoke emotions is a goal I am really proud to have achieved.


As the story-line escalates and the conclusion of The Irish Witch Series draws nearer, I do promise readers are getting closer to learning all the answers Alainn and Killian have been pursuing since way back in book one.  But there are certainly some new mysteries and adversaries that arise also.  I find myself almost dreading the end of the series, just as I do when I come to the end of reading a series I enjoy. But, I am very excited to get on to the next two series with Alainn’s descendants.


I always welcome readers’ comments. I like to hear what they enjoy about the series or even what they dislike about the books. Yes, I am quite aware the cliff-hanger endings will probably be top of that list. Feel free to contact me at: leighannedwards.com


I look forward to being back on the blog in April when the final installment, Book 7,  A Witch’s Destiny is released.  Until then, magical wishes.

Since she was a child, Leigh Ann Edwards has always had a vivid imagination and lots of stories to tell. An enthusiastic traveler and author for over twenty years, her adventures in Massachusetts, Ireland, and the UK inspired The Farrier’s Daughter and its sequel novels in the Irish Witch series. Edwards adores animals, history, genealogy, and magical places—and Ireland is filled with many magical places. She lives with her husband and two cats in the lovely city of Edmonton, Alberta.


RELEASE DAY! Our Exclusive Interview with WHAT THE MOON SAW author, D.L. Koontz!

  1. Tell us about your newest release, What the Moon Saw?


    As a child, I wondered: if they could talk, what would they say about what they’ve seen? What enchanting or startling events have they witnessed? There must be hundreds of millions of fascinating tales they could offer – of romance, murder, deception, discovery, power.

    With a nod and a wink from the moon (because, of course, night is when the most mysterious things happen), I decided to pen one of those captivating stories. My character Libby Shaw time-travels from the 2000s, to 1926, only to discover she lived in a third timeframe as well!

    And, the moon saw it all.

  2. Time travel plays a major role in the story. When did you know that Libby and Nathan’s story would transcend lifetimes?

    I’ve always said I would never want to live before penicillin and plastic.

    But, history buff that am, I also have wished I could go back in time. (For mere hours only, of course – I like my creature comforts too much.) But, it was those creature comforts that got me to thinking. I have read many time-travel novels, and I’ve always come away wanting more about what the heroines left behind. And, about the transitions of adjusting to the limitations of the past.

    I like my stories to be real for readers, even if time travel is about as far from real as one can get. So, when research revealed that the average person in the early 1900s (in the U.S.) wanted seventy-two things in their lives, and considered eighteen of them essential, my mind went crazy. I knew I had to take my heroine back in time, and talk about her adjustment to the loss of things, routines, songs, technology…even as she solved crimes and found romance.

    Fun thing to do: Make your own list of essentials and see if you can limit it to eighteen! (Research claims the average person today considers more than a hundred things essential. How times have changed!)

  3. Did you have a playlist that inspired the story?

    If I wasn’t a novelist, I would want to be a rock star. But, I never looked that good in leather pants and can barely carry a tune, so that probably would not have been a very good career choice. Point is, I LOVE music. Talk about a mood setter or breaker, eh? (Witness Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On – who hasn’t cried to that?)

    While songs merited only a small mention in my book, they certainly were playing voraciously in the back of my head as I wrote.

    My character suffers a heartbreaking moment where she realizes that – because she traveled through time from 2016 to 1926 – she will never again hear many of her favorite songs. (Unfortunately, no smart phone or iPod to provide those rhythms anymore.) What’s more, jazz heavily influenced music in the 1920s, and their random, haphazard notes just don’t jibe with her.

    Living in 1926 means she would not have heard any songs by Elvia Presley, the Beatles, Adele, Celine Dione, George Strait, Louis Armstrong, Pentatonix. She wouldn’t be able to walk down the street singing to Walking on Sunshine, or play Autumn Leaves on the piano. Or, yes, get all goose-bumpy at Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable or Ed Sheeran’s Perfect.

    Imagine never again being able to hear your favorite tunes because they haven’t even been composed yet!

An award-winning author and former journalist, D. L. Koontz writes about what she knows: muddled lives, nail-biting unknowns and eternal hope.

Growing up, she learned the power of stories and intrigue from saged storytellers on the front porch of her Appalachian farmhouse. Despite being waylaid for years by academia, journalism, and corporate endeavors, her roots proved that becoming a writer of suspense was only a matter of time. She has been published in seven languages.




Which Song Inspired Nancy Holland’s THALGOR’S WITCH?

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Girlfromwva was our winner. 

“Gilded Splinters” is all about magic, what it does to the person who holds it (both good and bad), its limits, and its costs. These are the basic elements out of which I built the laws of magic in the world of Thalgor and “his” witch, Erwyn.

Most fantasy writers cite the same sources of inspiration — J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, T. H. White. More recently Patrick Rothfuss, J. K. Rowling, and Raymond Jacques have joined the list. Those authors inspired me, too, but today I thought I’d focus on another important source for the world building in Thalgor’s Witch, a song by Dr. John called “I Walk on Gilded Splinters.”

Dr. John puts hints of magic in several of his songs, which are most often based on the folk traditions of southern Louisiana, but “Gilded Splinters” is all about magic, what it does to the person who holds it (both good and bad), its limits, and its costs. These are the basic elements out of which I built the laws of magic in the world of Thalgor and “his” witch, Erwyn.

In their world all witches can heal and see the future, and these powers are what earn her Thalgor’s respect. Magic also protects witches from rape and gives them weapons against her enemies no ordinary woman has. But Erwyn has rarer powers, too–the ability to make magic fire and to “fly” (in a ritual also based on the lyrics to “Gilded Splinters). All of this makes her stronger than other women, but it also makes her stubborn and defiant, not always good traits to have when captured by a proud and equally stubborn warrior like Thalgor.

Her power also has limits. Most sadly, although her magic demands she always heal where she can, she cannot save everyone. Her vision of future events is narrow in scope and can be clouded by enemy magic. She cannot make Thalgor love her or even make him understand why she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep her magic, to be who and what she is.

Erwyn’s magic is not only limited, it carries a cost. For one thing, she struggles with the conflict between the demand to heal and the needs of those with whom she lives. This conflict between “professional” commitment and family may be familiar to modern women and the men in their lives, but comes as an unpleasant surprise to Thalgor. And magic has less familiar costs. In Erwyn’s world, no one trusts a witch. Exercising her powers can exhaust her. She cannot use her magic when with child. And she cannot kill without losing her magic altogether. (“’Till I murder,” a line from “Gilded Splinters” was the original title of Thalgor’s Witch).

So that’s how I took a few lines from a song and transformed them into a world of magic. More importantly, however, the atmosphere of “Gilded Splinters” — its darkness and swagger but also its musical and lyrical beauty — inspired me to create Erwyn and Thalgor’s world, a world that, for all its sadness, loss, and pain, is full of joy, hope, and love.

Nancy Holland recently began to live her dream as a full-time writer. After being a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart© contest and publishing two short contemporary romances, she is thrilled to return to her first love and write fantasy novels for Tule Publishing.

Meet IN WITH THE TIDE Author, Charlee James!

GIVEAWAY! Tell us why you’re excited to read In With The Tide for a chance to win a print copy. Readers in U.S. are eligible. Please leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the winner.

Hello, Tule Readers! I’m so excited to be here with you to share a little bit about myself and my new release, In With the Tide. As a New England native, I spent a lot of summers on Cape Cod with my family. There’s something so peaceful about the cozy cottages with weathered cedar shingles, and golden sea grass that clusters on the rolling sand dunes. Treasures can be found in the quaint shops on Main Street in Chatham, and if you’re patient they often wash in with the tide in the form of shells and sea glass. Treasure is also found in the form of new beginnings for Lindsey Hunter and Damien Trent.

Lindsey never imagined she’d be returning to her Cape Cod home pregnant and divorced, but she’s determined to build a new life for her and her unborn baby. When car trouble leaves her stranded on the side of the road, ex-Marine Damien Trent rides to the rescue on his motorbike. Once upon a time, they’d been friends and briefly, they’d been something more…until he enlisted and left her behind. As Lindsey and Damien reconnect, the attraction is still as strong as ever. But Lindsey’s knows Damien’s not the staying kind.

Damien would rather do anything than come home to deal with his father’s estate. After years of abuse, he was more than ready to leave town the moment he graduated. With Lindsey back in his life, everything is complicated. He’s used to being a lone wolf – until Lindsey and her newborn baby give him a glimpse of the kind of family and future he’s always dreamed of. Can he be brave enough to reach out and grab it?

I hope you enjoy the first book in the Cape Cod Shore series! Now, let’s get to know each other!

  1. I live in Massachusetts with my 6-month-old and four-year-old daughters and husband. I’m a dog person (really any kind of animal person), and when I met my husband for the first time, he fibbed and said he was a dog lover, too. Now he’s stuck with a life filled with dogs—but I secretly think he adores them.
  2. I love being in nature. Kayaking on a quiet lake is one of my favorite adventures. There’s so much to be seen when you slow down and just enjoy the scenery around you. As time has passed and life has gotten much busier, I don’t make time to go often, but I have great memories of days spent exploring with my grandfather, Martin, and my first Boston Terrier, Darcy, who loved to sit on the front of my pink kayak.
  3. I’m a vegetarian, and my favorite food is eggplant—parmesan to be exact—but I’ll take it in any form.
  4. My ideal vacation would be a family trip to Disney World. The hospitality they provide to their guests is its own kind of magic. Recently though, we took our oldest to Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight and it was fantastic! It’s an indoor water park and resort with a wilderness theme. If you have little ones, I would highly recommend it!
  5. There are a few things really close to my heart: Down syndrome, autism, and congenital heart disease. I have three very special immediate family members with these conditions and I am constantly amazed by their strength and unique abilities.

Thank you for spending time with me, and I hope you enjoy my new release!

With love,

Charlee is a New England native who lives with her husband, daughter, two rambunctious dogs, a cat, and numerous reptiles. When she’s not spending time with her tight-knit family, she enjoys curling up with a book, practicing yoga, and collecting Boston Terrier knick-knacks.

Happy-Ever-After Versus a Whodunit? C.J. Carmichael loves BOTH!

Write what you love is counsel often given to aspiring novelists. I took that advice when I focused on romance at the start of my writing career. My first novel—which I called “Love Letters From Grace” and which Harlequin Superromance titled “Jessie’s Father”—was published in 1999. After that, I wrote an average of three to four books a year and before I knew it I had thirty-five romances to my name. While proud of each of my books, I began to feel creatively drained.

So I revisited the adage to write what you love. Did I still love romance now as much as I did ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago? Truthfully, no. When I was looking to escape into a page-turning read, I was more inclined to buy a good character-driven mystery. Should I try to write one of those?

I decided yes, if only to recharge my creativity, I would give it a try. Out of that first attempt came the Twisted Cedars Mysteries, which ended up selling well enough that I was encouraged to write a second series—which I’m currently working on—the Bitter Root Mysteries.

Writing mysteries has definitely revitalized my career. But it hasn’t been as much of a departure as you might think. I’ve always been a plotter. I spend a lot of upfront time thinking about my story and my characters and planning out the sequence of my scenes. This approach worked to my advantage when I switched to mysteries, especially since I love to write multiple story lines, threading together a variety of subplots and including the sort of twists that completely change everything for the reader. Stories with that level of complexity are very difficult to write “off the cuff” or as a “pantser.”

I can’t remember ever writing a romance novel that didn’t require me to do some research, but there’s no doubt I spend more time on research for my mystery novels. Having a few good contacts in law enforcement and in the medical field is extremely helpful. (Special thanks here to my emergency room doctor brother-in-law and the knowledgeable deputy in Montana who has helped with every one of my mystery novels.) I also use the Internet…a lot! I do like to travel to the places where I set my novels, but since my husband and I love a good road trip that’s not a hardship.

Keeping track of details is especially challenging for the mystery genre, especially since my mysteries are populated with a lot more characters than my romances. It can be tricky to remember appearances and ages, not to mention what kind of vehicles they drive, what their houses look like, etc. A good Excel spreadsheet is invaluable for these details. Another necessity is a timeline. If aunt Bertha was murdered five years ago in chapter one, when you confront the murderer in chapter ten, you better remember he’s five years older than when he committed his crime.

When I was writing romances, I often included subplots of mystery or intrigue. Now that I’m writing mystery I find myself naturally including romantic subplots. Maybe the truth is I still love both romance and mystery. And I’m okay with that. I’ve always felt that as long as I’m writing something that I find interesting, there’s a good chance my readers as going to enjoy it too!


USA Today Bestselling author C. J. Carmichael has written over 45 novels in her favorite genres of romance and mystery. She has been nominated twice for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, as well as RT Bookclub’s Career Achievement in Romantic Suspense award, and the Bookseller’s Best honor.

When not writing C. J. enjoys family time with her daughters and husband.  Even better are the times they spend hiking in the Rocky Mountains around their home in Calgary, and relaxing at their cottage on Flathead Lake, Montana.


Best Date Spots in Marietta!

Marietta fans!

Are you looking for some date inspiration? Look no further, we’ve complied the best spots in Marietta for date night, whether it’s for a first date or the 76th date!

For couple that is just getting to know each other…Sage Carrigan’s Copper Mountain Chocolates Shop! Sage’s chocolate shop has long been a go to romantic date spot.  Many relationships have bloomed and blossomed here  making this the perfect first date stop for any new couple.

When you and your significant other have been together for a while…Grey’s Saloon! When looking to add a little excitement back into date night, head to Grey’s Saloon where you can drink and stay up a little more than usual.

Celebrating an anniversary or birthday? Why not head on over to Graff hotel and treat yourself to fantastic dinner and if you’re feeling up to it, hit the bar after.  We hear bartender Shane Wilder mixes up the best cocktails.

If you are looking  to do a staycation try…Bramble House Bed and Breakfast! We love staying overnight at the Bramble House Bed and Breakfast with Willa, who offers the best hospitality in town. Not to mention, she does quite the breakfast spread and we love a good brunch.

Meet the McLaughlins!

Hello Tule Blog!

I’m so excited that Tule has given my McLaughlins series a new home with beautiful new covers, and new titles. If you’re new to the series, or here for the insight, stick around and read more about the McLaughlin family, the pub they run, and the Island they call home.

Meet the McLaughlins, or as I like to call them: Scotland’s sexiest export! The McLaughlins moved from Edinburgh to Whidbey Island
(a real island located in Washington State) with their parents when they were kids. Now we’re in the present date, where each book shows how each sibling There’s Kenzie (the youngest and only girl), Ian and Colin McLaughlin (the middle children–twins), and Alec (the oldest). The stories in this series show how each sibling struggles with life and ultimately love.


The series kicks off with One More Round!

When Sarah Rawlings fell for her best friend’s older brother in high school, she knew he was trouble. But she couldn’t resist his pull and the sweetness she sensed underneath his protective bad boy persona. Their relationship was everything she had ever dreamed of, until she was rocked by his painful betrayal. Eleven years later, Sarah must return to Whidbey Island following her beloved grandmother’s death. She knows she must stay away from Ian, but he’s not making that easy and every time she sees him, she’s reminded of what might have been.

One look at Sarah stirs up memories regrets that still linger in Ian McLaughlin’s heart. She was the love of his life and he still can’t understand how he blew it and how she could have also hurt him so badly in return. He plans to steer clear of Sarah while she’s on Whidbey Island, but that’s impossible when she’s often at his family’s pub. Thinking to indulge in a little casual seduction for fun, neither is prepared when the embers burst into flames.

So many years and secrets separate them. Can their powerful attraction also include understanding and forgiveness? Find out!


Why IN THE LINE OF FIRE’s Jett Smith-Jones Will Be Your New Favorite Book Boyfriend!

I adore my job, it’s the best thing ever and I absolutely love writing action romance, it’s such a fun way to spend my time. I mean, who doesn’t like to hang out with feisty woman and sexy, smart and capable men who can kick a$$? My hero in In The Line Of Fire, Jett Smith-Jones, has a master’s degree in kicking butt all over the globe. He’s former Delta, and a legend in the specs-ops community and, because he has more money than God, Smith Stone, the billionaire owner of Pytheon Security is the only person who can afford to pay for his particular skill set. Jett has one job, to track down The Recruiter, a shadowy international mastermind who is determined to bring Pytheon International down.

Jett’s not going to let that happen but when Stone’s sister is threatened, there’s only one person whom Jett is prepared to trust to guard her very delicious body and that’s himself. Dr Samantha Stone, however, isn’t interested in any man who chases danger. She’s too smart to hand to heart over to a man who runs into situations that normal people run from…

In between trying to outwit an international criminal, talking to killers and dodging bullets, Jett and Sam fall in love and I thought I’d share some of those moments with you…

Exclusive Excerpt

“I’m trying to keep you safe, Samantha.”

“You can keep me safe and still talk to me, Jett.” Sam said, her voice revealing the hurt under her sass.

“That’s me trying to keep myself safe.”

“Safe from what?” Sam asked.

“You. Feeling too much, wanting too much. Getting my ass kicked when this is all over.” Jett stated, resting the side of his face on her chest. Sam curled her arms around his head, the smell of sex and perfume and snow swirling around them.

Sam, as he expected, had nothing to say to that so Jett rolled off her and walked to the en suite bathroom to clean up. When he returned, Sam had turned to lie on her side, looking like Shakespeare’s Queen Titania, queen of the fairies. Her long eyelashes were smudges against her cheek, her mouth rosy from his kisses. Jett stopped, his heart stumbling. She had freckles everywhere, on her shoulders, her chest, each dot a revelation. He wanted to spend the rest of his life connecting those dots, drawing patterns in her skin.

He’d thought he could handle this, handle her… that he could cruise along in this relationship, taking it day by day, moment by moment. He was in too deep to play it that way anymore. Jett picked his pants up off the floor. He already wanted too much, felt too much. He loved her, and he didn’t know what the hell to do about it.

Or her.

Check Out Paula Altenburg’s Playlist for Branded by Firelight!

In Branded by Firelight, love turns a short and steamy fling into something Ben and Claire weren’t prepared for… Start listening to the soundtrack of their romance below!

You can either click on the image below or listen to the playlist here.


1. Do That To Me One More Time by Captain & Tennille

2. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

3. Trashy Women by Confederate Railroad

4. Let’s Dance by David Bowie

5. Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore


Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys working from home and writing fulltime. Paula writes fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as short contemporary romance.

Join Leigh Ann Edwards on a European Vacation!

I am really pleased to be featured on Tule’s blog today. I’m also very excited for the release of“A Witch’s Life”, book five in The Irish Witch Series. I’ve heard readers are impatiently awaiting what is in store for Alainn and Killian since the cliff-hangar ending of book four shocked even those who have followed the books since the beginning. I’m thrilled there are so many invested in my characters and their powerful love story, and while I promise there will be answers soon, in keeping with the series, there are likely to be more mysteries arise as well.

My husband and I have recently returned from a trip to the UK and Ireland. He is originally from a small city near Manchester England and still has family there. Since he hadn’t celebrated Christmas with them for eleven years, I am happy we were able to be there in December.

It was lovely to observe every pub, restaurant and historical site elaborately decorated for Christmas. I was aware the tradition of exchanging Christmas cards originated in England, but I had no idea the custom widely continues. Every home proudly displayed the cards they received. It made me decide to go back to sending more cards this year.

Our first stop was York England, a fascinating ancient city founded by the Romans. It claims some of the original cobblestones, and The Shambles, a fourteenth century street with timber-framed buildings that overhang. But the main reason for choosing York, was to see York Minster Cathedral, one of the largest in Northern Europe. It is enormous, and amazingly beautiful and I doubt mere words could actually do it justice.

Although we’d been to Scotland before as we were married there, we’d never been to the capital city. Edinburgh with it’s cobblestone streets, massive sand-stone buildings and gothic-styled monuments, as well as the numerous kilt, tartan and woolen-mill shops was wonderful to experience. The caramel shortbread, and sticky-toffee pudding were delightful, too.

In touring Edinburgh Castle, we saw the military museum, Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Holyrood House Palace was intriguing as it is the exact location where Mary Queen of Scots once lived.

Mary King’s Close, a street located entirely beneath The Royal Mile where people resided back in the seventeenth century, was undeniably eerie.

The renowned Edinburgh Christmas market was absolutely massive with numerous booths. I enjoyed browsing and resting my tired feet by stopping to taste the delicious mulled wine.

However, in my opinion, I’ve saved the best for last, because as always, Ireland was, is, and ever will be my absolute favorite place to travel. No matter how many times I visit that lovely country, it simply feels like I’ve come home. Between the moderate climate, the friendly people with their charming accents, the appealing Irish pubs, and being near the sea with an abundance of fresh seafood, Ireland seems to touch my heart and resonate within my soul. In learning the results of a recent DNA kit test, I was not surprised to discover I am thirty-two percent Irish.

Although we only had a few days in Ireland we made the most of our time. We went to Dublin again, a wonderful, bustling city with lots to offer. We toured Dublin Castle and the remains of the Viking settlement on the site.

Re-visiting the small town of Blarney, home of Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone was a must. I didn’t kiss the stone, but I did manage to walk up the many gradually narrowing stone steps all the way to the top. The castle and its enchanted steps, magical gardens, and moss covered trees were largely inspirational to my series and truly how I envisioned the fairy realm in my books.

Friends were kind enough to take us to Kinsale, a remarkably lovely, quaint medieval fishing village where I would be completely content to find a small cottage and stay forever, but only if I could take my family, friends and my cats with me.

It was an amazing trip, but equally nice to come home as I missed my daughters and grandchildren a lot in the month we were away.

Finally, in closing, I am happy to say books five, six and seven in The Irish Witch Series are being released within eight weeks, therefore fans of the series won’t have much longer to wait to discover many of the unanswered questions and longtime mysteries that have been building since book one. I hope you will enjoy the continued adventures of Alainn and Killian. I’d be genuinely happy to hear from you and get feedback on the books and the series. Contact me at leighannedwards.com

Magical wishes,

Leigh Ann Edwards