Friday, June 14, 2013

Guest - Dawn Marie Hamilton

Good morning! This has been a week for the Fae...well, not the Fae exactly but for talented authors who write about them. Join me in welcoming author Dawn Marie Hamilton!

Dawn has a giveaway so make sure to follow her directions to enter the drawing.

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Foxgloves, Faeries, and the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands—a place where faeries and brownies and other fae creatures dance through time.

Let’s imagine you’re walking through a garden in the evening, a beautiful spring garden in the mountains, and the spikes of a rosy-pink foxglove inspires you to touch a bell-shaped floret. A tingling sound makes you smile. Chills race down your spine. An exotic fragrance perfumes the air. You sense magic.

Some believe foxgloves attract faeries. The name foxglove is derived from the ‘wee folk’s glove’, for the florets are sometimes worn on the fingers of small faeries. The tiniest faeries wear the bells atop their heads.


In horticultural circles, the plant is used as an ornamental and known as Digitalis purpurea. Foxgloves are available in a range of colors from white to pink to purple. Even some in yellow. The common foxglove is biennial, producing only a stem and leaves the first year and flowers the second. If happily placed, they’ll reseed without much help from the gardener. For the most part, they flower in spring.
Caution: foxgloves—flowers, seeds, stems, and leaves—are poisonous if ingested.

Does that give you an idea for a way to dispose of a villain?

I have foxgloves planted in my front garden. Faerie lore implies, by doing so, I’ve protected my family from evil influences. Many gardeners plant foxgloves in faerie gardens, hoping to spy one of the mischief-makers dancing in the light of a full moon. Beware. On full moons, the veil of time is thin.

One never knows what mischief will come your way by drawing the notice of the fae. A misstep, a loss of balance, a faerie-shove, and through the veil you go. Perhaps whisked away to the Scottish Highlands of the past and to a destiny you never expected. That is exactly what happens to the heroine in JUST BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE
Giveaway: Do you believe in faeries? Have you ever considered creating a faerie garden? I’ll gift an e-copy of JUST BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE to a lucky commenter who answers the questions before June 21. Don’t forget to leave your email addy or send an email to me at: Dawn at DawnMarieHamilton dot com.

Thank you for having me as a guest at Star-Crossed Romance today.



JUST BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE, A Highland Gardens Novel

Determined to regain her royal status, a banished faerie princess accepts a challenge from the High-Queen of the Fae to unite an unlikely couple while the clan brownie attempts to thwart her.

Passion ignites when a faerie-shove propels burned-out business consultant Laurie Bernard through the garden gate, back through time, and into the embrace of Patrick MacLachlan. The arrogant clan chief doesn’t know what to make of the lass in his arms, especially when he recognizes the brooch she wears as the one his stepmother wore when she and his father disappeared.

With the fae interfering at every opportunity, the couple must learn to trust one another while they battle an enemy clan, expose a traitor within their midst and discover the true fate of the missing parents. Can they learn the most important truth—love transcends time?


About Dawn:
Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls—shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two—stalk across the pages of other stories. She is a member of The Golden Network, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Celtic Hearts, and From the Heart chapters of RWA. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks with her husband.

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-- Lynda Again
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14 comments:

Lynda K. Scott said...
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Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Dawn!

Terrific post about foxgloves and fairies! I loved the premise for your book too. Of course, Scots? Kilts? Mmm, what's not to love?
Thanks for being with us today!

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Good morning, Lynda! Thanks so much for having me as a guest. And, yeah, a man in a kilt. What's not to love?

Pat McDermott said...

Lynda, thanks for featuring this delightfully educational post. I love stories about faeries/fairies, no matter how you spell them, and I wouldn't dare say I don't believe in them! Dawn, I hope your gardening know-how and foxgloves inspire lots more fae adventures. Congrats on the release of Just Beyond the Garden Gate!

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Hello, Pat! Thanks for the congrats! I enjoy gardening and all things fae. :) Hummingbirds--almost look like the tiniest winged variety of faeries--were flitting in my garden this morning. Love to watch them.

bn100 said...

I like highlanders

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

I love foxglove. Interesting post. I tweeted.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Hello, bn100. Highlanders rock. Yjanks for dropping in. Have a great weekend!

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Howdy, Ella! The flowers are beautiful, aren't they? Thanks for stopping by and for tweeting. Appreciate the support. Hope your weekend is super!

Julie Robinson said...

The idea of a fairy garden is delightful! One morning I was out with my son and saw a circle of mushrooms near the driveway. Barely able to contain my excitement, I said, "Look, the fairies have been here last night!" His dry and slightly patronizing "Right, Mom" brought me down to earth, but not for long LOL I still get a tingle when I see a mushroom circle pop up in the yard. rebelheart(at)cox(dot)net

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Oh, Julie, so do I. I get excited over anything to do with the fae. :) Thanks for visiting!

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Congrats, Julie! Watch your email for an e-copy of 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate'.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Thanks, Lynda! I enjoyed being a guest on your blog. :)

Julie Robinson said...

Thank you! What a delightful surprise.