Welcome everyone. I’m Leigh Ann Edwards. I write fantasy stories for Tule–– usually historical and often romances, almost always with witches, Irish characters, and magical creatures. I’m thrilled to be on Tule’s blog today to tell you about my new Witch and Demon Hunter series. Dark Irish Demon, book one released today––February 29th.
How cool to have a book release on Leap Year! What are the chances? Not just one in four years ––or one in one thousand four hundred sixty-one days. Especially considering how many authors Tule publishes. The probability of having a new release ready for publication that day are even less and the publishing schedule isn’t something an author determines.
Therefore, I’m taking it as an sign that this is going to be a fantastic beginning to this new series. I’m having lots of fun writing it and ARC reviews have been great. A few readers even say it’s their favorite so far.
For those who’ve read my Witches of Time series, Fiona Maguire and Lorcan Wright, the main characters in this Witch and Demon Hunter series, were secondary characters introduced in books three and four. I don’t believe I even gave them surnames then. Still, I really liked their characters and wanted to develop a story for them. I’m so glad Tule thought it sounded interesting and signed on to publish the series.
In the Witches of Time series, originally, Fiona and Lorcan fought on opposing sides of the Battle of Magic. (The infamous battle between those with light and dark magic.) However Lorcan joined the benevolent group part way through. Skip forward about seven years and these characters both work for LAMB, an agency that locates and assesses magical beings.
Fiona’s a witch and Lorcan is a half-demon. They are different in nearly every way imaginable and have an extremely complicated family history. When they’re given the ultimatum–– become partners and make each other responsible for following LAMB’s rules, or be let go, they’re both adamantly opposed. Yet, they want to keep their positions so reluctantly agree to the mismatched partnership.
Lorcan is outgoing. He’s on a first name basis with everyone at LAMB. He’s physically affectionate and a hugger. He’s six foot four, has a gorgeous face and well-built body. With his black hair, intense green eyes, dazzling smile and sexy accent, women find him irresistible. (Well…most women!) He also drinks too much, swears a lot and sleeps around.
Fiona is attractive with beautiful skin, hair and eyes. She’s physically fit, into martial arts––even has a black belt. She’s also nineteen years older than Lorcan. She’s confident, more reserved, dislikes being touched and prefers to keep to herself. She doesn’t put up with his juvenile antics or fall for his charm. She still despises his late father because of the pain he caused her.
Each book in this series includes a couple from the Irish Witch series and Witches of Time series who’ll be brought in to assist with a mission or help solve the mystery. In Dark Irish Demon, readers will be reunited with Alainn and Killian from The Irish Witch Series.
I’m having so much fun writing the amusing banter between Fiona and Lorcan. I hope readers will love their comical or snarky interaction and exciting adventures. Many of the missions they’re sent on involve time travel.
I’ve often thought it would be exciting to travel to the past, but I’d probably end up smack dab in the middle of a war or during a plague and die the first day.
Although the concept is really intriguing, a lot about going back in time would be disturbing, even aside from the danger. Personal hygiene was much different and social norms then would seem appalling now. Being a woman in past centuries wouldn’t be easy either. Still, I like to fantasize about other times and when an author writes fantasy novels it allows them to blend fact and fiction as long as they’re true to actual historical events and people.
I’ve never felt the same intrigue regarding the possibility of traveling to the future. Maybe because the unknown is even scarier than the frightening parts of the past.
Lorcan and Fiona have magical abilities–– some the same, others different. They both see ghosts. However, he sees them as they were when they died and she sees them in a restored state.
The two communicate with telepathy and move objects through telekinesis. Lorcan can walk through walls and stop time. Fiona is able to teleport from one location to another and move time forward or back. She can create time portals and he’s able to locate natural portals.
They both have premonitions and when Fiona touches someone she can often see their past or future. Lorcan’s faster and stronger than most and when angry can make things explode. Fiona can move objects and people from one location to another.
During a recent Tule Book Club author visit, I talked about what constitutes magic. I believe there are many wondrous, magical things in nature. I see magic in sunsets, sunrises, moon phases, frost patterns and sparkles on the snow.
Although no one has invented a time machine yet, even Einstein thought time travel might one day be possible. Our five senses are powerful time portals. They create memories that take us back––especially our sense of smell. If we smell something familiar and close our eyes it’s like we’ve been transported straight back to another time. I often feel that way about a certain taste or when hearing a song, too.
When I’m driving down a dusty gravel road (we have lots in Canada) and there’s a Seventies song playing on my Bluetooth, it’s like I’m sixteen again on the Manitoba backroads with my friends or boyfriend. At my age, the dust now kind of chokes me up and I can’t tolerate the music blaring, but still it’s almost supernatural how you feel like you’re right back there.
I seldom hold a new baby and catch their precious scent that I don’t feel as though I’m holding my own newborn daughters or my grandchildren for the first time.
When I smell rain on warm pavement, I’m five years old walking with my mum and brother eating a Big Ten. (an ice-cream treat something like a revel with chocolate on the outside and vanilla ice-cream in the center. They haven’t made Big Tens for probably 50 years.)
The fragrance of baby oil takes me back to our family’s lakefront cottage lying on the dock with my teenage girlfriends listening to music on our transistor radios. (Yes, we used baby oil to attract the sun to get a tan. Not a good idea and would now be highly discouraged as a melanoma waiting to happen! I have very fair skin so I suffered many risky sunburns while trying to achieve a tan like some of my friends who tanned easily.)
The tangy smell of Mandarin oranges always remind me of Christmas as a child. They were only available at Christmas time and we even referred to them as Christmas oranges. Our family had one or two boxes per year, tops, and they came in an actual wooden box. There was an orange in our stockings every Christmas morning and in the paper bags Santa handed out at the school’s annual Christmas concert.
The combination of the brisk scent of a wintery evening and seeing sparkles on the snow will always transport me to being thirteen and experiencing that innocent first kiss, when my first boyfriend walked me home from public skating.
I used to help my mum hang clothes on the clothesline and still love the smell of fresh sheets that have dried on the line. I have a small clothesline but our dogs like the challenge of pulling the clothes off which is a little counterproductive. Lol
Are there any smells or tastes that take you back to another time? Does a certain song evoke a memory?
It’s been fun discussing the new series, the magic in everyday life, and our own personal time machines. I look forward to being here in April for the release of book two in the series, Highland Dark Magic.
Until then wishing you many magical moments.
Leigh Ann Edwards’ fascination with history, romance, magic, fantasy, time-travel and Ireland sparked her interest in creating the Irish Witch Series and her growing collection of published novels. Growing up in a very small Manitoban village on the Canadian prairies left a lot of time to create stories and let her imagination soar.
An author for nearly thirty years, Leigh Ann has almost completed writing her fourth series with Tule Publishing and will soon begin a fifth. Besides writing, Leigh Ann loves spending time with her four grandchildren, reading, traveling, doing intuitive readings and reiki. Leigh Ann and her husband, their two cats, one large dog and their Boston Terrier puppy, live near Edmonton Alberta, Canada.