And we’ve achieved liftoff! Thanks so much to the lovely Terra for having me here today…I wouldn’t want to launch a book anywhere else. The MacInnes Werewolves owe her a great debt for loving them so much!
Today marks the official release of the final book in the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, Wild Highland Magic. Lots of my lovely readers have asked me for Bastian’s story after first reading about him in Dark Highland Fire, where we all met him as the fiery heroine’s quiet, but powerful, big brother. Well, I’m happy to report that Bastian definitely had a story to tell (as evidenced by his hulking around in my mind, all big and icy blonde and, well, glaring at me), and Wild Highland Magic is my attempt to do it justice. I really hope you enjoy it!
Bastian an Morgaine, like most heroes, has both a need to save and, though he wouldn’t admit it, a need to be saved. As a young child in the otherworld of Coracin, he discovered that he was the last of a once-great line of ice mages on his father’s side, the Athin. That might just have been interesting information, except that at the same time his long-lost father was telling him this, he was getting ready to pass along the family curse, a soul-sucking shadow that will leave Bastian isolated emotionally until it one day consumes him whole and ends the line completely.
Lucky for Bastian, his mother is the great Elara, Dyana of the Tribe of Morgaine. The blood of a goddess runs in her people’s veins, and so in Bastian’s, keeping him stronger than he might have been. Still, while all his loved ones move on with their lives, Bastian is caught in time, struggling to free himself before he has any hope of having a real future of his own. In desperation, Bastian finally turns to an old enemy, the only one who may be able to help him gain the strength to win back his life. But dragons aren’t known for their kind dispositions. This particular one seems to be dying just to spite him. And though Bastian thinks he’s found the perfect hiding place in which to prepare for his final battle, he’s about to meet a beautiful, untrained werewolf who senses in him a kindred spirit.
Much like her obstinate Scottish cousins, Catriona MacInnes knows what she wants when she sees it…and in the case of Bastian, who stirs her senses as no man ever has, there is no way she’s going to take “no” for an answer. After years of her heritage being hidden from her by her father, the Pack Alpha's estranged brother, Cat has finally begun to discover the wonders of her family's homeland, and the joy of being accepted for who and what she is. But along with that, she's determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious illness suddenly plaguing her father...and even more determined to discover the secrets of the gorgeous, shadow-plagued stranger in the woods. Bastian knows he should push her away. The problem is, when Cat’s around, “no” doesn’t even seem to be in his vocabulary. Can these two conquer what lurks in the deepest shadow to find a future together? Maybe, with the help of an ornery dragon, Cat’s clever half-werewolf sisters, and just a little bit of Highland Magic…
Thanks so much for joining me here today, everyone! I’ll be in and out all day to chat, so please pop in to say hello! And as an added incentive, I’ll be giving away two signed copies of Wild Highland Magic to some lucky commenters, so don’t be shy:-) My question for today to get the ball rolling is, do you like reading connected books? And if you do, what are some of the best ones you’ve read? Okay, I’m about to pop the cork on the virtual champagne, stand back!
Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, as well as the upcoming series The Fallen, coming from Harlequin Nocturne. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and loves to be visited online at http://www.kendraleighcastle.com/