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Monday, October 11, 2010

Donna Grant gives the 411 on her MacLeod men

As this week celebrates the fourth year anniversary of Realms On Our Bookshelves we thought it fun to invite some authors over to come celebrate. Marissa absolutely fell for the new highlander series of the following author and wanted everyone to meet these hunk-a-liscious men. Who better to give them an introduction then their muse? So we give the stage to Donna Grant...

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Thank you to the wonderful ladies at Realms for inviting me to blog about my Highlanders. I’m always willing to talk about my hunky Warriors.

For those unfamiliar with my Dark Sword series let me tell you a bit about it.

The Warriors are a group of Highlanders who are the greatest warriors of their clan/family. By being so, they carry within their blood primeval gods that once unbound, not only make them immortal but give the Highlanders enhanced abilities and special powers. They also transform by way of claws and fangs, but also each god has a color, so the Highlanders turn the color of their god.

The series begins with the three MacLeod brothers. Why the MacLeods? Because when I developed the legend for the series, I made it so that one clan was listed for the villainess to find – MacLeod.

There are so many legends and myths of Scotland that it’s hard to know what was real and what wasn’t. So, when I began the series, I developed a legend of my own: What if Rome was driven out of Britain by magic?

And by magic I mean Druids. Two sects actually (good and bad). It’s the evil Druids who call up the primeval gods from Hell, but it takes both sects to bind the gods inside the men. Until my villain, centuries later, sets the gods free once more in her bid to take over the world.

The villain, Deirdre, is twisted by the black magic running through her. She destroys not only the MacLeod family in her bid to find the brothers, but the entire clan. Nothing is left. The MacLeod brothers manage to escape Deirdre once their gods are unbound, but afterward they sit in their ruining castle for three hundred years and try to survive who and what they are.

It’s the middle brother, Lucan (DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER – Jan 2010), who holds the brothers together. He’s the rational one. The one who will sacrifice his own wants and needs in support of his brothers. Until Cara. He’s also the one who has learned to control his god– and learned to use his power.

The eldest, Fallon (FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER – May 2010) turns to wine to dull his god as well as to forget that he wasn’t able to protect his clan when he was needed most. He’s the thinker, the one who wants to over think things. Drowned in wine as he has been, Fallon doesn’t know the first thing about his god or any power he might have. He’s put to the ultimate test when he has no choice but to let loose his god.

Quinn (WICKED HIGHLANDER – Nov 2010) is the youngest and the one struggling to not allow his god control. He’s the reckless one, the one who reacts without thinking first. Since he cannot control his god, there is a part of his god that shows constantly, and the longer that goes on, the closer he is to losing himself to his god forever.

I love the MacLeod brothers. They share a god, and because they do, when they fight together, they are nearly unstoppable. In everything they are stronger together, but each is a force to be reckoned with on his own.

Yet, there are other Warriors. You meet Galen, Broc, Hayden (one of my favorites!), Ramsey, Camdyn, and Logan in Fallon’s book. As with the brothers, each Warrior has his own history and power. And their own beef with Deirdre.

In Quinn’s book, you meet the final set of Warriors - Ian, Duncan, Arran, Charon (another of my favs!), and Phelan.

It’s been a lot of fun taking each Warrior’s power and using it for or against him. To add to the conflict, their heroines are Druids who each hold a special type of magic. With the Warriors being such strong, rugged men their heroines have to be just as stalwart to be able to stand beside them.

Besides the internal conflict my Warriors and their heroines have to endure, there is the overall series arc of Deirdre and her quest to have all men bow before her. There is nothing she won’t do, no one she won’t sacrifice to achieve her goals. After nearly a millennia of being alive, her magic is a terrifying force.

To find out more about me please visit my website at www.DonnaGrant.com. To learn more about the Dark Sword series, see pics of the Warriors, search characters, take the quiz, or watch the book trailers, please visit www.donnagrant.com/DarkSword


GIVEAWAY - Donna has been so generous to add a party gift to this week:
A signed copy of FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER (winner will be picked via random.org and announced on October 18th)

The blurbs/excerpt & book trailers:

Dangerous Highlander ~ Forbidden Highlander ~ Wicked Highlander

and I'll leave you with a cherry on the hawt highlander cake...


Linda Henderson said...

I love me some Highlanders, if it's got Highlander in the title, I'm going to have it on my wish list.

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alba said...

I adore My urmmm Donnas Highlanders , I cant's wait for quinn's book I have a feeling he is going to capture this heart of mine.
Like Donna Hayden is another fav he's kind of under radar but unforgettable...
Hoping Broc get's a HEA too.
Donna's Books are a top of the pile TBR must read
Keepers everyone...

Marissa said...

Yep I love them all, can't wait to read the next none. But it is a must to read in order because of the ongoing plotline! And those covers mmmmmmmm, cannot wait till I can devour Quinn's story!

Donna Grant said...

Linda - I feel the same way!

Alba - ah, thank you, doll!!!

Marissa - ::smooches:: Thanks!

Kelly M said...

These look good... I have not read any of your books... but after reading this they are going on my to be read list...
Thank you for a chance to win one of your books,

practimom said...

Oh Hayden is my favorite, too! Can you tell us how many you have contracted so far (i know you said you had 15 planned), that is if you can. (publisher secrets=blah *_^)!

Lucy said...

Congratulations on your (almost) 4 year anniversary!!

Please enter me. I haven't read anything of Donna yet, so maybe this will be my first.


Anonymous said...

If nothing else, those covers - wow!


Alice said...

I love Donna's Dark Sword series, and I would LOVE a signed copy!

Donna will be joining the BookAddicts tomorrow with another guest blog, so be sure to check it out: www.book-addicts.com

Lisa Lavigne said...

I absolutely love all of Donna's Highlanders. They are abso. amazing!
Quinn and Logan are my faves!
Love it!

throuthehaze said...

I love Highlanders :) This sounds like a great series
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

mrsshukra said...

Big fan of Donna, great seeing her here!


Chelsea B. said...

Thanks for sharing, Donna! Your series sounds great!

Donna Grant said...

Kelly - yay! I hope you do pick up the books. :)

Practimom - I'm actually going back to contract right now, so not sure what the next contract will hold. I'm hoping through book 10, so keep your fingers crossed for me. :D

Cories5 - :) I have been pretty lucky with my covers, thanks!

Alice - hi, doll! And thank you!! You are too sweet.

Lisa! Hey, sweetie! It won't be long now for Quinn's book. :)

throughthehaze - thanks!

mrsshukra - aww, thank you!!!

Chelsea - thanks!

Annemiek V said...

Wauw, this rings my bell. I'm a huge fan of Highlanders, and this is a whole new turn for me. The books are on my wishlist, thanks to Donna!

susan said...

Love Highlanders and Donna knows how to write them. susan L. garysue@dejazzd.com

Natascha said...

Oyh how come I have not one of these on my shelves!!!! I'm just after having a frantic search thinking I had book one to devour but DANG to say it must have crossed wires on my to buy list, so henceforth here goes my finger to my to buy now button and first one is on its way.

When Marissa was talking about this a while ago I already had butterflies flying about everywhere so I am anxiously awaiting the book to drop on my doormat! ( I am excluded from winning as one of to co-owners *sigh* )

But the more chance for you other girls to win a chance to dive into this series!!!!

Donna, great post! I absolutely love the idea of the highland warriors not being immortal but having special powers throughout their lives! Can't wait for them to enter my life!

Donna Grant said...

Annemiek - yay! I do hope you enjoy them. :)

Susan - you are so sweet! Thank you.

Natascha - Oh, thank you! Here's hoping you love my Highlanders. ;)

Pickyme said...

Morning Donna, you know I love the books! Just wanted to say HI! :P Congrats again for the new contract! Very very cool!

LilMissMolly said...

One word - Yum! You have some of the best covers. This series sounds wonderful! I'm always looking for a new author and series to start.
Lvsgund @ gmail.com

Donna Grant said...

Trisha! Thanks for dropping by. And for those of you who don't know, the one responsible for creating the awesome pics of my Warriors (www.donnagrant.com/dswarriors) is none other than Trish (pickyme). She is also behind the designs for my Warriors in my Zazzle store (www.zazzle.com/donnagrant_author)

Donna Grant said...

LilMissMilly - thank you! Covers are a big thing for me, and luckily, I have an editor and her assistant who like to look at kilted hunks in order to find the *right* guy for each cover. :)

JoAnna said...

Yummy cover! The series sounds great, adding to my wishlist!

SiNn said...

congrats on the ne wbook i have the count down widget on my blog awesome post cant wait to read this book!

Aurian said...

Wow, sounds like a great series! I really have to get my hands on those books too!
I believe there is a discussion on the english forum with Donna Grant too, about her other series. Time to start reading to catch up with her books again.

Great blog, and really hunky covers!

Donna Grant said...

Thank you JoAnna!

SiNn - Yay! Be sure to email me (if you haven't already) with where the countdown widget is so you'll be entered in the contest. :)

Aurian - I hope you do pick up the books. Oh, guess I need to stop by the forum. :)

Natascha said...

@DonnaGrant That sounds yummuliscious! Are you able to peak your head in to judge as well??? Gotta love ogling men in kilts!!!

Donna Grant said...

Natascha - I wish I could, but I don't get to have that kind of fun. :)

Ina said...

I absolutely love all those covers and I can't wait to read Forbidden Highlander - loved the first book in the series and it will be forever on my keeper shelf :)
greetings, Ina

Donna Grant said...

Thank you, Ina! I love being on a keeper shelf. :) I hope you enjoy the other books in the series.

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