Are you ready for another installment in our continuing Behind the Scenes series about the creation of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor? I’m really enjoying these posts and hope you are, as well. Please welcome today’s guest, Deb Marlowe.
When Ava Stone first spoke to me about the idea for the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series, I was thrilled to say yes, and then almost immediately said I would do it if I could use Cornish pixies for the paranormal aspect of my story. She agreed and I cheered . . . and then I went, “Wait, I don’t actually know anything about pixies.”
Well, that never stopped me before. J And I did know–and warned Ava–that my story would be a light, paranormal romp instead of a horror story. And then I went to do a little research.
The most famous pixies in Cornwall are the Knockers, a sort that live in the mines in the area. Miners share their meals with them, and in return, the Knockers make knocking noises to warn the miners of impending cave-ins or other dangers.
There does not seem to be a lot known about the other sorts of pixies, the ones that inhabit the moors, the forests and cliffs of Cornwall. They can be mischievous or helpful, depending on how they are treated and there are stories of them helping widows with housework as well as leading strangers astray.
So, I felt free to make up my pixies in exactly the way I wanted. Mine live in an ancient barrow–a burial mound–and come out to dance on the nights of the full moon. Tuft, the most ancient, most magic and most responsible pixie, is the caretaker for the animals and wild spots around Castle Keyvnor. His old enemy, a powerful, dark sorcerer, comes for the reading of the will and Lady Tamsyn and Gryff Cardew get caught up in their battle in Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse. The story turned out to be a sort of fairy tale, in the end, and I hope that you’ll enjoy the story of the magic of True Love!
USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly, she was meant to write Regency Historical Romance! Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she’d read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner, and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She’s working on it.
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Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse by Deb Marlowe
Her father inherited an earldom and a castle. Has Lady Tamsyn inherited a curse? It’s what it feels like when she discovers that she can see the truth behind the lies that men tell. All she wanted on arrival at Keyvnor was to avoid Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, but in a sea of lies, he is the one who always tells her the truth. Together they find that her curse might just be a gift—and their love the key to preventing a tragedy.
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