(Highland Celts Series, #1)
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Paranormal Romance
This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.
When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe, killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.
Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall, sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.
Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated? Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?
Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?
Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from himself?
When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.
Failure was not an option.
Becoming an Indie author
by Liz Gavin
First, thanks to the awesome team at Xpresso Tours for putting this blitz together. Secondly, thanks to the host for having Celtic Fire on your blog today. You’re much appreciated.
A lot of people have asked me why I decided to become an Indie author and I came to realize there’s no easy answer. If on the one hand, there were many stories inside my head fighting to get out and onto the paper – or the computer screen actually – on the other hand, there was also a sense of challenge. I’d never written anything before August 2013, when I decided to try my hand at it. I didn’t know if I’d be any good at writing. Granted, I’ve been an avid reader ever since I learned how to read but that didn’t mean I could write.
I still remember fondly the first time I sat down in front of my computer to write my novel. I also remember how I’d create whole scenes and clever dialogs in my head, while driving to my day job. I’d sit through boring meetings, while my characters played out scenes in my head. Then, I’d get home and spend hours translating those awesome ideas into words and sentences. I was living the dream. After a week of hard work, I’d written the staggering total of twenty pages.
WHAT?! Only twenty pages!?
Yep! That’s how Celtic Fire was born, but that’s also when I realized writing was a much harder job then I’d imagined. Most people don’t know that. Writers do!
After moping around and feeling frustrated all through that first weekend, I decided to start small. Literally. I put Celtic Fire aside and started working on short-stories. I learned to create cool book covers and I upload them to eBook stores. Then as the saying goes I waited for the readers to come. And they did! I was surprised at the positive reviews I got. Readers who enjoyed my stories and wrote the most amazing things about them. I was touched and they convinced me I was doing something right. I kept writing and learning and improving my craft.
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International best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.
This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese.
Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.