Who was your favorite character to write in The Sword Unsheathed?
It’s a tie between the two Donoghue sisters. Ashling is the protagonist, and I love sharing the adventure through her eyes. But Deirdre’s sassy, straight-talking personality is also fun to write. Their dialogues just flow!
Where did your inspiration come from?
My inspiration for the Guardians of Erin series was a set of circumstances similar to what Ashling Donoghue experiences at the beginning of the story: (1) sudden and inexplicable homesickness for Ireland, a country I hadn’t visited or even considered before opening a simple Irish picture book; (2) speaking Irish, a language I’d never learned, in my sleep; and (3) total certainty that I would–and in fact HAD TO–travel there. I was 17 at the time, just like Ashling.
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Thanks for being on my blog today, Helen! I recently finished reading Lord of Druemarwin, and I would love to delve deeper into the story directly from your mind as the author.
Who was your favorite character to write in Lord of Druemarwin?
I knew Naed very well as he was a major character in book 1, THE PRINCE OF VALFEYRIDGE, and I’ve always loved him. But I have to say Raell’s scenes were the most fun. She’s a dynamic, always going forward character, full of passion and impulses. Where his heart and head are in constant conflict, she’s all heart-driven. I especially loved writing her verbal duels with his mother. Raell is the proverbial Princess-and-the-Pea, always having to prove herself to Naed’s family and folk.
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Did I lose a lot of sleep reading this book? I absolutely did! And I don’t regret it for a second. Lord of Druemarwin is full of action, love, and secrets, and I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the book, turning page after page well into the night.
I absolutely loved all the characters, though Toth quickly became my favorite, a hot-headed Tolemak with a good head on his shoulders. One of my favorite scenes of his was when he and Naed got in a fist fight. The whole fight and the interaction afterward had me busting a gut!
Lord of Druemarwin has a stunning, eye-catching cover, with flowing words and incredible details that captivated me from beginning to end. I could highlight the entire book with my favorite parts. This was well-written, with fleshed-out and likeable characters. I didn’t want the story to end.
My rating: 5 stars
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I loved the way the author opened the book with Chauvere getting attacked. I was immediately drawn into the story, and itching to learn more. Alyss’s character intrigued me from the beginning. She has a strong mind, and even when everything is falling apart around her, literally, she remains strong and takes charge.
The interactions between Sir Roark and Alyss were entertaining, especially in the beginning when they first met. The book was well-written with beautiful and descriptive imagery. I recommend this read!
My rating: 4 stars
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This is definitely my kind of book! I love medieval romance, and this story was one of a kind. The mystery the author weaves throughout the story left me guessing until the very end. The romance was perfectly paced, the banter enjoyable. I really liked the matching bold personalities of both Ardyth and Hugh. They don’t play games. They confront people outright and they say what’s on their mind. That approach to their characters was refreshing.
I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an incredible medieval romance!
My rating: 5 stars
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I’m really excited for this book to come out May 2020. Not only do I love Kiera Cass’s books, but the covers are stunningly beautiful. I absolutely loved how The Crown ended, and I have to reread it now that I know who she chose at the end. I never saw it coming!
Am I going to pre-order The Betrothed? You bet. Am I going to buy this book on kindle AND a hard copy? You bet your socks I am. I’m getting the excited jitters just thinking about it. These books are right up my alley. Medieval-ish? Check. Pretty dresses? Check. Princesses? Check. Romance? Check and check.
Stay tuned for a book review on The Betrothed come May!
The last thing Sir Nicholas wants is to act dishonorably like the man who had taken his betrothed from him. So when he meets Lady Clare, a woman who is already sworn to another, he is torn between honor and love.
A Winter Knight is well-written with interesting characters and a story that has you holding your breath in hopes that Nick and Clare will be able to get the happy ending they both deserve.
My rating: 4 stars
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Princess and the Shepherd
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A shepherd who can’t remember his past, a princess who is devastated by the idea of an arranged marriage. In Maisie’s attempt to flee from the arrangement only weeks before the wedding, she encounters Benjamin, a shepherd under the impression that she’s a thief trying to steal his sheep. When a relationship blossoms under the pretense of her being a kitchen maid, what will Benjamin think when he finds out the truth?
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