Five Interesting Facts from ‘The Warrior’s Bride’
1. The lady Muriella MacFarlan, heroine of The Warrior’s Bride, Book 3 of my Lairds of the Loch trilogy, has an eidetic memory. She can remember verbatim anything she hears and most of what she sees, although she is not always able to connect faces with names in large groups of people. This sort of memory, as many folks with better-than-average memories can attest, can often lead to trouble, because such people remember exactly what was said in a debate, while their opponent in that debate recalls only what he or she thinks s/he said or meant to say.
2. Rob MacAulay, hero of The Warrior’s Bride, is a blunt-spoken, brutally honest fellow, and Muriella MacFarlan is a tale-spinner, so to say that they don’t always see eye-to-eye is an understatement.
3. THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE is my 59th book. MOONLIGHT RAIDER (Forever, September 2014) will be my 60th.
4. I patterned the three MacFarlan sisters in my Lairds of the Loch trilogy after the Greek Fates: Atropos (who became Andrena of The Laird’s Choice), Lachesis (Lachina “Lina” in The Knight’s Temptress), and Clotho (Muriella, the youngest sister, in THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE). Atropos carried the shears to cut the thread of life. Lachesis was the caster of lots (deciding fortunes). And Clotho was responsible for spinning the threads of life. So Muriella is the spinner, not just of threads but of stories. Her ambition in life is to become a seanachie, or clan storyteller (a position usually, but not always, held by men), so she seeks truth in repeating the tales of history as accurately as she has heard them but may occasionally spin other tales to avoid telling the truth about herself.
5. I often seek inspiration in mythology, and in the case of my Lairds of this Loch trilogy, I began with the Greek myth of Camilla, a good friend of the goddess Diana, the huntress. The opening for THE LAIRD’S CHOICE was inspired by that myth, and led to providing my heroines with gifts that many of us have but exaggerated. The family needed sanctuary, because their father, the rightful clan chief, has lost his chiefdom to a usurping cousin, who killed his sons. He has only his three daughters to help him regain his chiefdom, so his plan is to marry them to powerful warriors, but the lady Muriella of THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE wants to be a clan seanachie (historian and storyteller) and thinks the last thing she needs is a husband.
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BOOK BLURB: Robert MacAulay, heir to a powerful Baron, is known for being a skilled warrior with a strong sense of duty. His respectable reputation, along with his devotion to the king, is why Andrew MacFarlan and hope he’d agree to marry his youngest daughter, Lady Muriella. But for reasons Rob refuses to share, he turns down Andrew’s request and vows never to wed.
Lady Muriella never wanted to take a husband, but after seeing her two older sisters happily settled, she’s beginning to think marriage may have its merits. When she learns that Rob has refused her without even knowing her, she becomes determined to seduce him into changing his mind. Then she will be the one to say no to him. But when she’s captured by her father sworn enemy Dougal, both land in more trouble than either had anticipated.
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