Season’s Greetings! This is my first Embracing Romance post, and I’m so happy to be here. I should probably tell you a bit about my books, why I write what I do, where I live, my hobbies, etc. But you can find all that on my website or FB page. So I’ll just say that I write Scottish medieval romance and also ‘paranormal lights,’ most often Scottish time travels.
I will say that I’ve been published for a long time. Sixteen years and counting, which means I sold my first book back in the day. Before social media, before ebooks, before pretty much everything as the biz stands today.
So I’m jaded. A writing career is a roller coaster ride and I’ve seen its giddiest heights and lowest dips. I learned fast not to take anything for granted. Golden times can tarnish overnight and dark pits can reveal hidden treasure. Throughout it all, one thing has remained constant…
My belief in magic.
All of my books have magical threads. As an example, if you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know Devorgilla. She’s a magical crone who spreads a bit of mischief and matchmaking in my stories. At times I’ve had to battle editors to keep the Highland magic in my books. I’ve also seen review commentary about the ‘impossibility’ of this or that bit of legend, lore, or enchantment in my tales.
So I’m going to share a vignette from my life that illustrates why I will never doubt magic…
In my airline days, I lived in Germany. My home was a long distance to the airport, so I’d drive halfway and then board a commuter train. Quite often, I’d find myself waiting for a train. So I’d huddle in the glass shelter and read a romance novel. They were precious – treasures picked up on US trips and lugged home to Germany. These were the days before Kindle.
One bitter cold morning, I was so engrossed in reading that I didn’t hear the train. When I did, I jumped up and dashed aboard, forgetting my book on the bench.
It was a really good story, so I decided to get off at the next station and trudge back to retrieve my book.
Off I went, slogging through the snow along the train tracks. Thick pine woods stretched between the stations and within a short time, I was in the heart of the woods.
Seemingly out of nowhere, an old German man stepped in front of me. He had a kindly air and a gentle face, and he warned me that ‘it was dangerous to walk so close to the tracks.’ He said that a high-speed train would soon race along this route. Walking as near to the tracks as I had been, I could be sucked beneath the train, he cautioned. Then he pointed to a slight gap in the pines alongside the tracks.
He told me that if I nipped through the opening, I’d find a path that would take me directly (and safely) to my destination, the previous station.
I thanked him and hastened to the gap he’d indicated, immediately seeing the path. Wanting to thank him one more time, I turned back – but he was gone.
It surprised me that such an old man could move so fast. It seemed I should have seen him walking away. Then I figured he’d ducked into the pines, disappearing as quickly as he’d appeared. But then I noticed something startling…
He hadn’t left footprints in the snow.
The only tracks were my own.
As I stood at the wood’s edge, marveling over that mystery, the high-speed train roared past. Had I been beside the tracks, I probably wouldn’t be typing this account of that long-ago encounter on a frosty morning in Bavaria.
I believe the old German man was a guardian angel.
Perhaps my own, or maybe he simply watches over those train tracks. Whoever, or whatever he was, he remains a reason I believe anything is possible. And why I’ll always infuse my stories with elements of enchantment.
Speaking of which, I’m so excited to have a truly magical 4-book collection releasing January 10th!
LORDS, LAIRDS, and LEGENDS: Magical Tales of Timeless Passion is available for .99 PRE-ORDER at all e-venues. This is a great collection of wonderful full-length books – two of my own top faves, and two by my author friend and first critique partner, Brenda Jernigan.
For a $10 Amazon Gift Card, tell me if you’ve ever had an encounter with a guardian angel. (sometimes their help can be as subtle as a powerful urge to do or not do something)
I’ll announce a winner late tonight.