Today is a busy day here at the blog. On the one hand, in a few hours, a visitor will pop by. Meanwhile, I'm having some coffee (well, she's having tea), with the heroine of my upcoming release.
Who's fault is it that I've pulled Margaret from her day to day life to sit here with me? None other than my great doodling friend and awesome author,
She's written some fantastic historical novels and was here just last Friday with an exotic drink.
Now, you might be wondering why I have Margaret here with me instead of Simon, the hero of Bear Heart. The explanation is quite simple: Bear Heart is told entirely from Simon's point of view, so I've decided that it's only fair that Margaret gets to say something too. Here we go then:
Welcome Margaret to In A Dream Beyond. How are you liking this period in time?
Thank you, Elyzabeth. It is quite different from what I'm used to. The clothes, the liberties, the things that are allowed... societal codes are much less strict than in my day and age. Imagine, the other day Simon was narrating his impression on me the first time he saw me. He thought I was very carefree because I had taken off my hat and was playing in the water with Morgana. My hat. And here women wear garments that barely cover their legs.
Yes, I can imagine it's quite a change for you. Now, you mention Morgana. Can you tell us a little about her.
Maggie's eyes fill with warmth as her lips curve into a smile.
I am Morgana's governess. Though the child is more like a younger sister to me. At sixteen, she is wise beyond her years. She has a nose for mischief but she also has a heart of gold. It is a good combination for one with her gifts.
By that you mean...
She's a witch. She is the daughter of Soussanna Wiles, a powerful, centuries old witch.
Did you know this when they employed you?
Goodness, no! She laughs. I only discovered it recently.
When you met Simon.
A flush creeps across her cheeks and she nods.
Can you tell us your first impression of Simon.
I was frightened to death.
He surprised Morgana and I at the stream and he was not particularly pleasant. Though I must admit, that even then as I feared for Morgana and my life I found that the beast had the most fascinating eyes. As Morgana stood up to him and I started crying imagining the child mauled by the beast, I saw in those depths a certain something, an intelligence that went beyond that of an ordinary animal's.
I see. How about the first time you saw him in human form. How was that?
Her vivid green eyes sparkle with playfulness as she leans into me and whispers.
Not very different.
I had twisted my ankle when he came crashing through the thicket like a wild beast. Imagine my fright at seeing that man over six feet tall, with wide shoulders, long dark hair, a heavy beard and menacing eyes appear out of nowhere. I screamed.
I raise my eyebrows in surprise as she snaps her fan open and covers her mouth. However, I can tell she's smiling by the crinkles in the corners of her eyes.
Very well then, I might not have screamed.
If I remember correctly you held onto to him quite firmly.
Perhaps you are correct. Do you have any idea what it feels like to run your hands across that solid muscled flesh? To feel it flex and move beneath you? To press your body against it and feel every inch of hard perfection branding you through your clothes? And the scent, Elyzabeth.
Magaret fans her crimson face.
Simon's fragrance is, I'm not sure it's possible to even explain in words. It's woodsy, a bit earthy, utterly masculine. You are right, screaming in fear was the last thing on my mind the first time I set eyes on him.
From what I understand, you seduced him.
Margaret cocks her head to the side, a mischievous smile on her lips.
I simply helped Simon see that life is too short for us not to enjoy its gifts.
And that means...
My lips are sealed, Ms. VaLey. It is not prudent of me to give it all away.
Well, that is Margaret folks. If you ask me, behind her demure and proper appearance lies a force to be reckoned with. Now, Next Monday, hop on these sites to discover some more awesome characters and fabulous authors:
Jezabel Jorge http://www.jezebeljorge.com
Avery Dawes denisewyant.wordpress.com
Tq Strange http://tqstrange.blogspot.ca/
(A Naughty Fairy Tale)
The Witches' Mischief Series 4
By day a bear, by night a man.
Half a century ago Simon Lancaster loved a woman. But when he committed a crime and was seduced by a witch his fate was sealed. Forced to live as a shifter by day and human by night, he becomes hopeless.
He believes there is nothing left in life for him. That is, until he meets Margaret O'Hare. An unconventional woman, Margaret makes him feel whole again, but he doesn't know if he can allow the walls he has erected around his heart to lower, no matter how much he grows to care for her.
As their time together has them becoming closer, he starts to trust and love again. But a happily ever after might not be in Simon's future as dark shadows emerge to destroy what he has built with Margaret.
And don't forget to check out today's nominees and their characters. I can assure you they're swoon worthy! Jane Hunt, Incy Black, Felicity Kates and Mishka Jenkins