Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Part Two: Melissa Mayhue Interview...And Another Contest!

Welcome back to Armchair Heroines! Today we continue our progressive interview with amazing author, Melissa Mayhue. If you missed the first part, you can read it here.

Highland Guardian
Daughters of the Glen, Book Two

Sarah Douglas is a successful thirty-eight year old romance novelist with big problems. She's come to Scotland on a three month working vacation hoping to recapture her muse - who's deserted her - and resolve the issue of her strange 'feelings' - the ones which allow her to sense the emotions of everyone she touches.

From the moment she arrives, however, her problems only intensify. She's being stalked, but by whom? Is he real or only a figment of her imagination? What about the darkly handsome owner of the cottage she's leasing? How is she ever going to deal with her growing attraction to a man ten years her junior? She knows from bitter experience men - particularly men who look like Ian - aren't interested in women like her.

Ian McCullough is neck-deep in troubles of his own. As a half-mortal descendent of Faeries, he's a Guardian, sworn to protect both the mortals of this world and the Portals leading to the Faerie Realm. After six hundred years, he's confident he knows what to expect in just about every situation and exactly how to handle it. But he never counted on a woman like Sarah showing up in his life; a woman who intrigues and charms him. A woman who turns out to be of Faerie descent herself, although she has no idea of her heritage and no belief in any Otherworld beings.

When he's assigned to protect her, Ian finds the job is tougher than he could possibly have imagined. Oh, he can handle the stalker and the ex-husband and even the renegade Faeries trying to kidnap her for their own purpose. It's falling in love and forsaking his status as Guardian, a position he swore to honor at his father's deathbed, he's having trouble with.

Both Sarah and Ian struggle to battle the demons of self-doubt and their individual pasts. In the process they learn that healing will take the strongest magic of all, the true love that occurs only between two souls fated to be together.

I loved this book, but...don't take my word for it:

“With her sophomore effort, Mayhue jumps into her the magical world with a story of the power of love and bloodlines. She not only develops compelling protagonists, but her secondary characters are also rich and intriguing. An author with major potential!”-- 4 Stars – Romantic Times

“Melissa Mayhue has an awesome story in Highland Guardian… This was a lovely getaway to fantasy land and I can be ready to go again in a moment. If you like Scotland and Highland Heroes and Faerie magic this is a must read for you.” -- 5 Angels - Dana P., Fallen Angel Reviews

“In Highland Guardian, the second book in the Daughters of the Glen series, Melissa Mayhue has created a delightful world of the faerie, those who walk among us in the mortal world. The story flows with snappy dialogue and passionate temptations. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.” -- Sabrina Marino, Fresh Fiction

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Mayhue’s writing style… This is a very fun book and highly recommended to paranormal/fantasy fans.” -- Gwen, The Good, The Bad and The Unread []

And now, here is today's interview with Melissa:

Melissa, thanks for joining us again today! Tell us a little about Ian and Sarah, the hero and heroine in Highland Guardian.

Sarah Douglas is a writer whose muse has stopped musing; a woman with mysterious abilities and a ton of insecurities – chief among which are her own damaged self-image and her hangup about not dating a younger man.

Ian McCullough is the extremely handsome ‘younger man’ from whom Sarah rents a summer cottage in Scotland. He also happens to be a half Fae and a Guardian protecting Mortals and the Fountain of Souls from the evil Nuadian Fae. Oh, and did I mention he’s actually over 600 years old????

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

First off - Write the book of your heart. Write it your way. Don’t let the advice or the rules or the market or anything else dictate to you what that story should be or freeze you in your tracks. Once you sell it, there will be plenty of time to worry about what you HAVE to write! Finish that book! And keep writing.

Second – never miss an opportunity to tell someone about your book. Network, network, network. You might be surprised at how that can turn into a sold book.

Great advice - and just what I needed to hear right now! How did you know? :0)

Who is your favorite hero and why? Heroine? (I think I all ready know your answer, but I had to ask anyway!)

I can’t answer this one. My heroes and heroines are just like my children…I can’t pick a favorite. Each and every one of them is special in their own way. [As any mother can tell you!]

Yeah, I was pretty sure that's what you would say!

Random question for the day: Whom do you admire most and why?

Another totally loaded question.

(I'm all about loaded questions today!) :0)

There are so many people I admire, for so many reasons. I suppose to put it in the simplest terms, I admire anyone who lives their lives trying to do the right thing…whether it’s for family or country or friends or strangers. All those people who give of themselves every day to make life easier, safer, better for everyone else.

Beautifully put, Melissa!

Well, there you have it - another peak into Melissa's thoughts. Thanks to all of you for joining us.

You can leave a comment for Melissa or me here at AH. Let us know what you think about this interview, Melissa's books and/or what you love about being a romance reader.

Craving more? Click through to Melissa's website:

Don't forget your comments get you entered into the drawing for a signed copy of Highland Guardian, Book Two of the Daughters of the Glen series.

Good luck and have a wonderful Wednesday!


blessedheart said...

Highland Guardian sounds like a great story. I loved the interview, too!

Rhonda :-)

Tiffany James said...


Great to see you! Glad you enjoyed the interview. I had to give Melissa a little bit of a hard time...we wouldn't want her to be too comfy! :0)

Highland Guardian is excellent! My daughter bought a copy today (our third one, hee-hee, two have been loaned and never returned). I told her I would get it signed by Melissa and, lo and behold, she opened it up and it was all ready signed. I tried to convince her it was Faerie magic but she wasn't buying it! :0)

Good luck in the contest.


kimmyl said...

Highland Guardian sounds like a great read. I'm definately adding these books to my pile.
Just went to your website and loved the excerpts. You have some really fantastic books to read. I love to read anything with a Highland or Scotland theme.

Tiffany James said...


It's great to have you here at AH!

I have no doubt that you will enjoy Melissa's books. Maybe we can add one to your pile through a contest!

Good luck.


peggy said...

i enjoyed the interview.i love reading highland books.and highland
guardian sounds very interesting.

Tiffany James said...


Great to see you again!

Let us know what you think of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband!