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#GuestPost: Gaelic Magic by Fiona McGier


#Romance, #Suspense, #MagicalRomance,

When romance author Delu Morris is troubled with unexplained panic attacks, she seeks help from a doctor who’s researching dream-therapy. He explains that he’ll accompany her into her dreams to revisit her memories and to try to uncover if an event from her past is causing her trouble now.

His grad assistant is a handsome Scotsman who wears a kilt the first time he meets her. She’s intrigued, but they remain at arms’ distance while he’s a part of her therapy team. When she discovers that only he can make the machine work, he confesses that he’s the 7th son of a 7th son, and the Unseelie are using him for some unknown reason. When he touches the controls, he pushes a wee bit o’ magic into the machine to make it work.

Will they discover together what her long-lost memory is? Or will the guilty person manage to keep her from that discovery—for good?

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I’ve been working on this book for a long time. First, I got the inspiration for writing about a romance author. I wanted to give readers a sense of what authors mean when we say that we hear “voices” in our heads. That’s why I can’t listen to music as I write--I need to be able to “listen” as the characters “talk” to me, telling their stories so I can write them--which allows them to “live” in readers’ heads as well. They like that.

Second, since I knew the hero had to be a Scotsman, I had to get over my personal hang-up. Me late faither was a Glaswegian (from Glasgow.) I grew up listening to his accent. It doesn’t say to me, “Hello, sexy man in a kilt.” It says, “Hello, Dad.” Hard to find that sexy. But as the characters began to tell me their life events, it flowed well. And I was comforted hearing my dad’s accent as the hero spoke. Dad’s been gone many years. But I remember him telling me about his mother’s best friend, whom he called “Mrs. Hammie,” short for Hamilton. The hero is William Hamilton.

And third, I wanted to honor the memory of a friend who passed on way too early. I admired her strong spirit, and her love for family and life. I also loved her name. I dedicated the book to Naomi, and I’ll give an autographed copy to her sister. I gave the heroine the middle name (which she uses as her pen name) of Delu, which means the first-born daughter after three sons. My husband and I considered this name for our daughter, who has three older brothers. I hope this background will help readers to enjoy the story more!

I write romances that involve strong, independent women who don't mind casual flings, but who are not looking to fall in love. Enter the man who decides this is the woman for him. I think that how they ultimately both realize that they have found the one, is the most interesting part of a romance. I read and review romance because, as I've told my long-time HEA, the only men I'll cheat on him with live in books. Some I write, some I read. And he's okay with that. Phew!

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