Lord Griffin’s Prize (Emerald Isle Fantasies)
by Katalina Leon
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 50,000
Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/lord-griffin-s-prize.html
Part of the Emerald Isles Fantasies series
Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts waiting to reclaim its mate. And that’s just the beginning.
For the adventure of a lifetime Maeve de’Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.
Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 AD and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Maeve placed a gloved hand on the golden door handle of the Tullamore Castle Hotel and pushed. The glass door resisted against the vacuum of a blustery gust. The short but stormy walk from the cab to the curb had left rain sheeting from her umbrella and tall black boots.
She bore down, gave the door a firm shove and watched in awe as it swung open onto a timeless realm entrenched in equal parts modern luxury and dour medieval grit. Above the entrance a time-ravaged, iron-studded medieval shield bearing the image of a griffin held a place of honor between two Victorian-era crystal sconces, punctuating the contrast of a far-reaching past.
Maeve was too tired to care that she was tracking water across the patterned carpet as she ambled into the elegant front lobby dragging a lopsided piece of rolling luggage. For the past twenty-four hours she’d roamed airports, engaged in endless desperate bargaining with airline personnel to exchange tickets, hunted down cabs and texted anyone she could reach to tell them that her international flights and all her arrangements on the ground had been disrupted by turbulent weather.
The challenging journey from the US to Ireland had left her weary to the bone. Everything that could go wrong had. As she approached the front desk there was little wonder in her mind why the word “travel” had its roots in the original travail, which literally meant torture.
An attentive middle-aged woman, with red hair swept away from her stark face, stepped from behind the carved baroque counter to greet her. “You must be Maeve Clark. We received your message. I’m so sorry you’ve had such a difficult time getting here.” The woman reached for Maeve’s luggage. “Let’s get you signed in so you can rest.”
The woman glanced out the front entrance as the cab that had brought Maeve turned and drove away in the pouring rain. “I don’t see anyone else out there. Is Mr. Clark with you?”
“What time is it?” Maeve fought the impulse to rub her eyes with the heels of her hands and grind what little mascara still clung to her lashes onto her cheeks.
The woman smoothed the lapels of her prim navy suit. “It’s 1:11 a.m.”
“Oh god. I’m so disoriented I thought it was earlier. By the way, I’m no longer Maeve Clark. I made the reservations last year before I divorced. Didn’t I update you on the name change?”
The woman’s gaze lingered on the prominent wedding ring on Maeve’s left hand. “No name change was mentioned, but we have a beautiful room waiting and we’re pleased to have you visit with us, Miss…?”
“Maeve dé Burgo.”
The woman looked elated. “You’re a dé Burgo? Of course, now it all makes sense! Oh this is wonderful, and so appropriate. I’m certain you are aware that the ancestral founder of Tullamore Castle was Lord dé Burgo?” The woman clasped Maeve’s hand. “My name is Áine Byrne. I’m the current owner of Tullamore Castle and if I’m not mistaken, you and I are distant relations.”
“You’re the castle owner? I’m so happy to meet you, Miss Byrne.”
“Call me Áine. I’m simply thrilled to have a dé Burgo under our eaves again!”
Maeve was dumbfounded by the woman’s intense enthusiasm for her maiden name. “I’m surprised to see you working the front desk at this hour.”
“I’m a hands-on owner and a notorious insomniac. Night is when interesting things happen at Tullamore. I like seeing everything and everyone who comes through the front entrance. Hospitality is my business and I enjoy being hospitable.”
A Cup of Coffee with Katalina Leon
X: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Katalina Leon: I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id Publishing and a couple new publishers to be announced soon. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.
X: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Katalina Leon: I wanted to be an artist. At heart I’m still a painter.
X: When did you first start writing?
Katalina Leon: I started writing about five years ago. Writing was something I sort of lucked into and fell in love with.
X: How long does it take you to write a book?
Katalina Leon: A 50k book will take me about three or four months, but I do a lot of starting and stopping and going back to add to the work.
X: Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?
Katalina Leon: I find inspiration everywhere. Music seems to be giving me a lot of ideas lately.
X: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Katalina Leon: I love taking long dog walks with my husband and brainstorming book ideas. My husband is also a very creative man with his own book ideas. As far as I know our dog is not writing a book, not yet, but she might surprise us.
X: What does your family think of your writing?
Katalina Leon: I get a lot of love and support. My dad and brother are totally banned from reading my books. I would cringe.
X: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?
Katalina Leon: I suppose I shouldn’t say I was surprised, but writing is teamwork. I don’t/ can’t do this on my own. My editor, author friends and family help me finish a book and a whole other team of professional people helps me beyond that. It does feel good to supply the creative product that the team works with. I love being an author.
X: How did you choose what genre to write in?
Katalina Leon: I write erotic-romance and the genre chose me! I write in many sub-genres and I never know what angle or sub-genre the next story inspiration is going to take.
X: If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Katalina Leon: I would cherish and guard with my life a signed copy of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”. What an achievement that book was for a sheltered 24 year old woman to write.
Thank you Xunaira for having today as your guest.
It was a pleasure meeting you, Katalina. I wish you luck!
I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id Publishing and a couple new publishers to be announced soon. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, kick-ass heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.
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