Druids . . .Donna Grant!

Thanks to Lila for asking me to visit today. I love celebrating book releases with friends! So congratulations, Lila, on another fabulous book!

I get asked a lot why I chose Druids for my Dark Sword series. I find the legend of the Druids fascinating. There are so many conflicting accounts. Some records show the Druids to be spiritual leaders who helped heal the sick and gave counsel to kings and other leaders.

The Romans would have us believe they were the basest of humans who routinely sacrificed humans and animals in order to appease their pagan gods.

So who’s right? I don’t think we’ll ever know. We all know that whoever writes history controls history, so I think it’s safe to say Rome may have exaggerated a bit. Or maybe not. ;)

It was the knowledge that the Druids could have been a mixture of any number of things that led me into more research into them. I find their culture fascinating, especially how it continues to this day.

In WICKED HIGHLANDER (Nov 2010), there are two different sects of Druids. I have the mies, or the good Druids who keep to their pure magic. They are one with nature. They heal, share their wisdom, and protect the innocent.

Then there are the droughs. The droughs are Druids who, upon their eighteenth year, undergo a ceremony where they give their blood and soul to evil thereby forfeiting all the good inside them. The evil takes over, and in doing so gives them a more powerful magic – black magic. Of course, the villain, is a drough.

So how can the mies combat the droughs if the droughs have more powerful magic? That is a good question, and one I visit with every book of this series I write.

Want to read an excerpt from WICKED HIGHLANDER, then click HERE .

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, the second in the series to a commenter. Happy Reading!

To find out more about me please visit my website at www.donnagrant.com. To read more about the Dark Sword series, see pics of the Warriors, take the quiz, download wallpaper, search characters, and watch the book trailers, please visit www.donnagrant.com/darksword

hugs,
D

Welcome to the PRINCESS BLOG PARTY, Donna! :) 

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  • Hi Donna~waving. Love your book covers~very hot. I love your books. I bet that was fun researching Druids. I think they are very interesting.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

  • I’ve always preferred to think druids leaned toward the spiritual healers/advisors though there were prob some who used their position for less favorable things. Some bad apple spoiling it for the rest ;) Conflict between 2 distinct factions is an interesting concept.

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  • First of all. Yummy bookcovers! They take me back to all the books Lila and I used to read in high school – folding down the corners of all the particularly “romantic” parts for each other. Second. Love the premise! Donna your books sound amazing. Will definitely be heading to the bookstore for TWO books in November. Have a great day!

  • Hi Donna! I’m a big fan of anything related to magic, so your books sound perfect! I will be looking for them the next time I’m in the bookstore.

  • Hi, Donna! Highlanders rock the house : ) Druids are elemental, earthy, magical and mystical…all at the same time! Fabulous fantastical fiction feast : )

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  • Good morning Lila & Donna
    Lila I have to tell you I won Awakened by a kiss Just started it, I love this grown up adult version of my all time fav Fairy tales:-}.
    DOnna You know I Adore you Dark Sword series , I love all the Character in the series, They are Highlanders how can you not;-}.
    ann
    alba47@gmail.com

  • LOL forgot to say I’m a GFC.
    Ann

  • Sue – it was a lot of fun researching Druids. So many differing opinions. Fodder for an author! :)

    Gamistress66 – I’d like to think they were good as well, but with good, there is usually evil in some way.

    Kathy – Thank you! :)

    Noelle – Glad you think so. ;)

    Virginia – another Highlander lover! yay!!

    Ann – good to see you here. :) And thank you.

  • Hi Donna,
    I didn’t realize you were blogging with Lila today :) I loved the idea of the Druids in your book. The good versus evil is perfect plot for these gorgeous Highlanders.Who better to fight them then them.I’m a GFC follower under Lucky47.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • I keep forgetting to mention that I’m a newsletter subscriber #1
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • I’m a newsletter subscriber #2 and GFC follower.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • Congratulations, bina bug
    You are now following Lila DiPasqua

    thanks for giving me the opportunity to win

    canada :)

  • I’m a newsletter subscriber #3 and GFC follower.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • Hi
    Loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read the next. I love the highlanders

  • I have always had an interest in Druids so the fact that you write about them is great.
    England has Stonehenge most people believe that the druids held all their rituals there. Did you Know that Scotland has More stone circle’s. The Ring of Brogdar has always fascinated me,
    if you want to have a look here is the link
    http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/ork-arch.htm
    I am a GFC, signed up for your Newsletter, LIKED you on FB.
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  • First off I need to take a moment to acknowledge the yummy covers……ok :) I don’t think I have ever read a book with Druids, nor do I know very much about it. I think it sounds fascinating and I love books with good vs evil.

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  • Victoria

    Hi, Donna. Good to see you here. Great covers! Any title with Highlander has my attention. I’m with you on druids-probably a bit of truth in the dark side, but the Romans weren’t very favorable to things in other cultures, Ireland in particular, so I’m betting they exaggerated a lot of ideas. Look forward to reading your books.

  • Aloha Donna! Mutual Desires introduced me to you and made me a fan. Love your Dark Sword series, too. Looking forward to Wicked Highlander!

  • Anonymous

    Am also fascinated by Druids.

    Books sound great and have some seriously delickable covers….yum!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

  • carina

    Hi Donna, love your covers. Your books sound great and I am really looking forward to reading them.

  • That book cover would grab my attenion right away in the book store. awesome! I love love the highlanders. Sounds like a great book.

    Lisa B
    modokker At yahoo dot com

  • I’ve read Forbidden Highlander and loved it. I’ll really be glad, when I can get my hands on Wicked Highlander.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Hello there Donna. You are actually a new author to me and your book sounds interesting. You don’t really see a lot of books with Druids and yours sounds great. Love the cover.

  • Carol – hey! And I agree. :)

    Elizabeth – thank you! I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Ann/Alba – I know! I love all the stone circles. I think they’re so mystical.

    Jolene – thanks! I hope you pick up the book. ;)

    Victoria – thank you!

    Mrsshukra – Awww! Thank you, sweetie!

    Valerie – thank you!!! :)

    Modokker – glad you like the cover.

    mbreakfield – why thank you, doll. :)

    Danielle – Thanks, and I hope I’ve interested you enough to read the book. ;)

  • Hi, Donna! I’ve been interested in Druids since my visit to Stonehenge when I was a kid (and all those games of Dungeons & Dragons I had to play with my brother). Of course, I also love your books for the covers (Paul Marron on two of them!).

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  • I love stories about Druids. This looks like a great book.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Druids! Lovely! Fabulous cover, intriguing excerpt that has me wanting to read more so something new to look for in the bookstore. Always a treat – Carolyn

  • Sheree – Hi! I just learned it was Paul on the covers of book one and three. :)

    Stephanie – Thank you!

    Carolyn – Thx! Glad I’ve interested you. :)

  • Hi everyone! So great to see you all here!

    A special hi to my awesome guest, Donna! Thanks for a great day!

    Hi Alba–so glad you’re enjoying AWAKENED BY A KISS! :)

  • I’ve had your series on my wishlist for quite a while. It sounds great and I can’t wait to start it!

  • I’m one of those readers that buys almost anything that has the word highlander in it lol. But I think your covers alone would have enticed me – gorgeous.

    catslady5(at)aol.com