|Cover by Debbie Taylor|
Not only did she not disappoint; she used one of the very castles that inspired my fictional castle... the mysterious, Eilean Donan. According to a host of witnesses, this castle, which is situated in Loch Druich, is truly haunted. This beautiful edifice was all but destroyed in the year 1719. History records that three frigates from the Royal Navy bombarded the castle for three full days while fighting Spanish mercenaries who supported the Scots during the Jacobite rebellion. It is believed that the ghostly soldier often seen carrying his head inside the gift shop, lost his life--and his head--during this battle.
|Eilean Donan by dave conner|
Of course, we can't have a castle without "the lady" ghost flitting about the place. In Eilean Donan, we have Lady Mary, and though no one is certain where or even the time frame from whence she came, she is most often seen in one of the bedrooms.
So, back to the cover, which I certainly can't share without also sharing the blurb. (The two do go together, after all...)
She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast gaze his gaze upon her...
Renowned artist Mariah Jennings, hired to paint a thirteenth century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks. But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago. As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.
Please let me know what you think about my newest cover! I'm excited to hear your thoughts and more than likely, so is Debbie Taylor!