I’m delighted to be back on the Tule Blog today. This has been such an exciting summer starting with the release of The Farrier’s Daughter, Book One in the Irish Witch Series, in early July. It’s been wonderful getting to know all the talented and dedicated people at Tule, working on book promotions, and hearing the many positive responses to the first installment of the series.
I recently returned home from a two week trip (by car) to Manitoba, Canada where I was born and raised. I had a lovely time visiting with family and friends, some that I hadn’t seen in many years. I was surprised to see the odometer recorded nearly thirty-five hundred kilometers (more than two thousand miles) with the various places I traveled.
Though Canada is mostly known for its extremely cold temperatures, southern Manitoba summers tend to be very hot and humid. The combination of the high heat and my aggravating sun allergy which forces me to either avoid the sun entirely or be completely covered, made it somewhat challenging to say the least. I believe it’s my fair skin due to strong Irish and Norwegian genes that have caused this unwelcome reaction to sunlight, but it actually makes me feel quite a bit like a vampire. (No, I haven’t any plans to write a vampire series at the moment; having to avoid the sun is far too limiting, so I’ll stick with witches and their magical stories for the time being!)
I just have to say how absolutely thrilled I am with the beautiful book covers Ravven has created. I love the vibrant colours, amazing designs, and how aptly she captured both the historical and fantastical elements of my series.
I’m so excited for today’s release of The Witch’s Daughter. Since the ending of book one was definitely a cliff hanger, I am happy that readers will finally learn the fate of the young and beautiful heroine, healer and witch, Alainn (pronounced aw-linn). I always like to include the actual pronunciation of my heroine’s Gaelic name as it wasn’t until I needed to do a reading for a library/book club visit that I learned the entire time I was writing my novel, I was pronouncing the name totally incorrectly.
The Witch’s Daughter, set back in mystical sixteenth century Ireland, carries on with the tale of Alainn McCreary, and her forbidden love, the noble, passionate and honorable hero, Killian’O’Brien. They fight to stem their uncommon love and burning desire, disheartened by the very real possibility that living their lives apart may be the only way to ensure the other remains unharmed.
They must deal with the Chieftain’s dangerously unpredictable temper, and his untrustworthy priest’s suspicions as they continue to search for a way to end the glade witch’s terrible curse on the O’Brien line. All the while, Alainn attempts to manage her often uncontrollable growing magical abilities. She faces the constant dilemma of keeping her supernatural powers hidden to avoid drawing attention to herself from both humans and supernatural beings, or developing her powerful magic in order to protect Killian and all the people she holds dear in her heart.
I’m hoping after reading Book Two, romance and fantasy readers will be completely enthralled by the series and will “need” to know what further danger, adventure, passion and romance lies ahead for Alainn and Killian in The Irish Witch Series.
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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.