I am thrilled, delighted, and utterly pleased to be celebrating with my friend, the talented Mary Morgan. This month has marked her ten-year anniversary with The Wild Rose Press and the birth of her spectacular series, Order of the Dragon Knights. I have all of her books in kindle and Audible versions, read or listen to them every year (sometimes both), and fall in love all over again every time.
Today, she is sharing her playlist for the series. So gorgeous! Be sure to check out links to the Dragon Knights' trailer and their farewell song.
Congratulations, Mary, and welcome!
Hello Anastasia! Delighted to be on your lovely blog to celebrate my 10-year anniversary with The Wild Rose Press! What an amazing adventure since signing that first contract for Dragon Knight’s Sword (Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 1). I’d like to share a collection of songs I listened to while writing all the Dragon Knights’ stories.
I’ve often said music feeds my soul for creativity. It stirs the muse and my writing soars. Writing each story in the Order of the Dragon Knights was emotional for me. The MacKay brothers were damaged and haunted by grief. Therefore, I required instrumental music to dig deep within the well of emotions for each brother. I had to search for unique melodies—ones that would be epic.
Here are a few of the songs from my playlist for the Order of the Dragon Knights ~
1. “The Quest of Culwch” by David Arkenstone, from the album Celtic Book of Days. The power in this melody says it all. Perfect for the intense scene where Duncan sets out to rescue Brigid from the evil druid Lachlan. (Dragon Knight’s Sword)
2. “Heart of Spring” by David Arkenstone, from the album Celtic Book of Days. A beautiful song that set the tone for Stephen and Aileen’s love scene on Beltaine. (Dragon Knight’s Medallion)
3. "Destiny" by Marc Streitenfeld from the Robin Hood soundtrack (2010). When Fiona first sets her gaze on Alastair "Beast" MacKay at a slave market in medieval Ireland. To her horror, he barters with others to purchase her. (Dragon Knight’s Axe)
4. “Lament” by Ronan Hardiman from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. A haunting melody that was perfect for a certain scene with Duncan. I won’t give any spoilers for those who have not read the book. But I will say this scene brought this powerful Dragon Knight to his knees with grief. (Dragon Knight’s Sword)
5. “Stolen Kiss” and “Gypsy” by Ronan Hardiman from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. A song for the marriage between Angus and Deirdre. The four MacKay brothers had returned to Urquhart Castle, and this was a celebratory event. (Dragon Knight’s Shield)
6. “Warriors” by Ronan Hardiman from Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. This song resonated deeply while I was writing the scene where Alastair turns his back on his brothers, Fiona, and his powers. His journey leads him to the Great Dragon who is not pleased with him. (Dragon Knight’s Axe)
7. "Nightmare" by Ronan Hardiman from Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. The battle between Angus, the Fire Dragon, and Lachlan. Powerful, epic, and both will never be the same again. (Dragon Knight’s Shield)
8. "Celtic Treasures" by Joemy Wilson from Celtic Treasures, Music of Ireland. Loved this song! Perfect for the tender reunion of Stephen and Aileen after being separated for a long time. (Dragon Knight’s Medallion)
9. “The Quest of Culwch” by David Arkenstone, from the album The Celtic Book of Days. I used several songs for the final battle, but constantly played this one until I knew I had poured out every detail in the final battle between the Dragon Knights and Lachlan. (Dragon Knight’s Ring)
10. “Ceridwen—The Potion of Knowledge” by Peter Gundry, from the album The Dream Weaver. My farewell song to the Dragon Knights. It starts slowly and then builds to this powerful ending. Did I cry writing this ending? Aye! I sobbed buckets! The Dragon Knights had dwelled within me for sixteen long years by the time Dragon Knight’s Ring was published.
Currently, the Wolves of Clan Sutherland dominate most of the time and my thoughts. Usually, I turn to YouTube for a selection of Nordic and Viking music. We won’t discuss how intense these men are until I’ve finished the series.
Thank you, Anastasia, for letting me share a huge part of my writing inspiration with your readers.
Book Trailer for Dragon Knights: https://youtu.be/iEruV9P6PtU
And if you have a moment, check out the farewell song to the Dragon Knights here:
“Ceridwen—The Potion of Knowledge” below:
All I can say is... "swoon!" Thank you for sharing your time, inspiration, and Dragon Knights with us, Mary. We eagerly await your next in series!
Order of the Dragon Knights
They were an ancient order, descended from the great Tuatha Dé Danann, the Sidhe, or in simpler terms: the Fae. Half-human and half-fae, each knight blessed with mystical powers. Given to them were holy relics from the Fae and guardianship over their Dragons.
They were known as the Dragon Knights.
However, some believed the Order had too much power and they tried to possess it for themselves. They were evil and twisted, and their plan succeeded one fateful night. The brothers of the Clan MacKay—Dragon Knights, fought a battle. Blood spilled onto holy ground, bringing forth the wrath of the Fae. Their relics were taken, and the Order was banished—each name stricken from the hallowed halls of the Fae.
The Clan MacKay is no longer.
The Dragon Knights have scattered across the land.
Yet out of the darkness, they will each fight for redemption, and the women they love.
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About the Author
Multi award-winning romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic and Norse mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of fantasy, then travel back in time within the pages of her books.
It's no secret that I prefer fat HEAs. Where better than in a beautiful romance?
From me to you with a smile.
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