Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dawn Marie Hamilton: Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon

I’m delighted to welcome Scottish romance author Dawn Marie Hamilton back to The Plain to help her celebrate her latest release, Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon. Dawn Marie is going to Giveaway a Kindle edition of Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon to a lucky commenter who answers the question:
What would you miss the most if you accidently traveled back in time to sixteenth century Scotland?
Be sure to include your email address. Feeling shy? Email Dawn Marie at Dawn at DawnMarieHamilton dot com. She will pull a name out of her garden hat on Wednesday, September 4.

And now, Dawn. Tell us about Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon!
* * * * *
Thanks for having me on your blog to introduce my new release, Pat. It is always a pleasure to visit Across the Plain of Shining Books.

Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon is the second novel in the Highland Gardens series. In this book and the first novel, Just Beyond the Garden Gate, we journey from the lush gardens of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Scottish Highlands of the early sixteenth century where the High Queen of the Fae has challenged a banished faerie princess to unite three unlikely couples. To make the task near to impossible the individuals to be mated reside in different centuries and must travel through time and overcome perils before finding their happily-ever-afters. Of course, scheming faeries and a mischievous brownie and anti-heroes make things verra difficult.

Research for the series was fun. Not only did I research Scotland and Scottish history, legends, and culture, but also the Blue Ridge area near Grandfather Mountain where Highland Games are played and where the fictitious village of Anderson Creek is nestled amidst the mountains and where the stories begin.

Blurb for Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon:
What happens when a twenty-first century business executive is expected to fulfill a prophecy given at the birth of a sixteenth-century seer? Of course, he must raise his sword in her defense.

Believing women only want him for his wealth, Finn MacIntyre doesn't trust any woman to love him. When, during Scottish Highland games, faerie magic sends him back in time to avenge the brutal abduction of his time-traveling cousin, he learns he's the subject of a fae prophecy.

Elspeth MacLachlan, the beloved clan seer, is betrothed to a man she dislikes and dreams of the man prophesized at her birth, only to find him in the most unexpected place—facedown in the mud.

With the help of fae allies, they must overcome the treachery set to destroy them to claim a love that transcends time.

Finn gripped the rowan staff in one hand and leaned against the castle’s outer wall, trying to catch his breath. The short trip from the garden left him weak. If his stamina didn’t return soon, he’d go crazy. He needed to be healthy and strong so he could go after Maclay. Then he must travel home before he did something rash concerning Elspeth.

He stopped again at the castle gate and gulped air to remain standing.

Motion on the bay caught his attention. Men rowed toward the castle in several small boats of the type made from skins and wicker, the kind Highlanders called currachs. When the crafts beached, he recognized Donald MacLachlan as the man jumped from one, strode across the pebbly beach and headed toward him.

Suddenly a weight slammed against Finn, knocking the hard-won air from his lungs. His walking stick flew from his hand as he fell to the ground. Pain shot from his thigh, to his groin, to his chest. Gasping for breath, he found Elspeth’s soft body entangled with his.

Her lush curves wrapped around him, filling his senses with all that was missing from his dreams. The scents of sunshine and roses intoxicated him. His hard-on was instantaneous.

Shit! He attempted to detangle their limbs and set her away from his ill-timed erection, but her body melded with his. She felt so right in his arms. He was tempted to hold onto her and never let her go.

Elspeth caught her breath. Everywhere Finn touched her as they tried to break apart, her skin tingled. When their gazes met, everything else faded away. The world reduced to only the two of them, and his mouth dipped toward hers.

His lips grazed hers and fire blazed through Elspeth to her toes, the moment lasting an eternity. Finn’s tongue pushed between her lips, seeking entrance. Her mind reeled. With little thought, she wrapped her arms around his waist and twirled her tongue around his. Passion. Unlike the minimal pecks she’d received from Alexander, Finn’s fierce kiss conquered, possessed.

She wanted more.

The sound of a throat clearing broke the spell, and Finn’s sinful mouth pulled away, leaving behind a fracture in the foundation of Elspeth’s expectations for the future.

How could she go on as before?

"Let me help you."

She gazed up through the haze of awakened sensation. Uncle Donald stared at her, a sly gleam in his eyes. He reached a hand down and helped her rise before assisting Finn. Unstable on his feet, Finn leaned on her while her uncle retrieved the walking stick.

She swayed—not from the burden of Finn’s weight, but the desire awakened by their kiss.

* * * * *
About Dawn Marie Hamilton:
Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls—shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two—stalk across the pages of other stories. She is a member of The Golden Network, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Celtic Hearts, and From the Heart chapters of RWA. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks of Southern Maryland with her husband.

* * * * *
Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon / eBook Available From:

Just Beyond the Garden Gate / eBook Available From:


  1. Thanks ever so much for having me as a guest on your blog today, Pat!

    1. Always a pleasure, Dawn. Love the new cover!

  2. Book looks great, Just added to my list!
    What would I miss most, hmmmm, it would be more than one thing for certain, but buttered popcorn would be one, movies would be another, but as a woman, I would have to say the right to choose my own path.

  3. Hi, Roberta! Buttered popcorn and movies. I hadn't thought of those. :) I'm stuck on missing coffee and chocolate.

  4. I want this book! Let's see, I would miss my coffee pot and the Starbucks that is always brewing. Oh, and of course my family. :) Did I say Coffee first? Oops.

  5. Hello, Sophia! Yes, you said coffee first. :) Me too!

  6. I'd miss all my photos of Gerard Butler...oops, did I really say that?! ;)

    It's not what I would miss, but what I would heart. I left it there a few years back and maybe stumbling through the beautiful Highlands, I just might find it again.

    Your story sounds great, Dawn. One never gets enough of those gorgeous Scots.

  7. Hi, Paisley! We'd all miss his photos. :) I like your thinking...finding your heart in the Highlands. Wonderful!

  8. Great blurb and excerpt, Dawn! I love how your stories have everything including a hot romance. What would I miss if I travelled back in time? Books! It's amazing these days to have so many fabulous books available at the click of a button.

    1. Thanks, Jacqui! eReaders are amazing--automatic gratification. :)

  9. Warm thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit Dawn and enjoy her excerpt. Dawn, keep that Garden Gate swinging!

    1. Thanks everyone for stopping by and thanks for having me as a guest, Pat!

  10. What I'd miss most if I accidentally found myself back in medieval Scotland? Well, since I would be a stranger and probably appear strange to almost everyone I met, I doubt I would be treated with kindness or generosity. So I think I would miss all of the conveniences of modern life (showers, familiar foods, easy comfortable clothing and shoes, a comfy bed, people speaking with a familiar accent, American monetary system). I'd like to think I would be able to find employment and could work for a wage and room/board...but I'm not sure I would be accepted by the people. I would probably come face to face with discrimination.

  11. Hi, Janice. I imagine it would be difficult to blend in. Though I wonder if the peoples would just assume a time traveler was from another country of which they were unaware. I like the fantasy of it. :)

  12. Thanks, Pat and everyone, for making my visit to Across the Plain of Shining Books special!

    Congrats to Paisley! Watch your email for a gift copy of Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon.

    ~Dawn Marie