Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson narrated by Dawson McBride is a paranormal historical romance.
She fell deeply in love with him in the early days of her childhood. And in return, she captured his heart the moment he first cast his gaze upon her…. Renowned artist Mariah Jennings, hired to paint a 13th-century Scottish castle, gets the shock of her life when she encounters the handsome knight who has dominated a lifetime of portraits and sketchbooks.
But Sir Cailen Braithnoch is no ordinary ghost, nor did he suffer an ordinary death. Magic of the blackest kind cast a pall over the knights centuries ago.
As the ghost and his lady seek to unravel the paradox surrounding his death, black arts, otherworldly forces, and a jealous rival conspire against them.
Will those forces tear them apart, or is their love destined to last throughout the ages?
About the Author: Debbie Peterson
Debbie is an author of sweet paranormal and fantasy romance. She has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and thunder storms.
When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, She spends time with the members of her very large and nutty family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and history.
Hi Debbie, and thank you for being with us!
Can you tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook?
In the case of Spirit of the Knight, Lisa, the marketing coordinator for The Wild Rose Press told me that she had the perfect voice for this book and that he had agreed to do it. That was wonderful because we didn’t have to search for someone. I worked pretty closely with Dawson McBride who is just amazing. He read the book first as is his custom and then emailed me a list of his questions, mostly on pronunciation of names and such. He then sent me a few chapters at a time for my approval. He was perfect all the way, especially when it came to his Scottish brogue! That, my friends, put chills down my spine. In a matter of weeks the book was finished and ready for all those who love audio books!.
Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
You know, the thought never once entered my mind. It wasn’t until the lovely ladies at The Wild Rose Press presented us with the opportunity then I even considered it. Of course, that took about ten seconds. I took them up on the offer right away!
Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
Yes, for some. So many of us can’t always hear an accent when we read, especially those we are unfamiliar with. Dawson McBride had the amazing ability to bring that part of the book to life. From what I can see, a lot of listeners out there love that aspect of the book.
If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
Absolutely! I have a passion for history and would love to see so many pieces of historical significance with my own eyes. Because of that it would be impossible to name a single place or time in history. I think it would be amazing to visit Egypt during the creation of the pyramids. I’d love to meet and then see William Wallace and Robert the Bruce take on King Edward. And of course, I’d love to KNOW if King Arthur truly existed, so off to the 6th century I’d go.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
I’d say everyone has an opinion and they are welcome to theirs. However, I know people who put on the headphones and listen to books while they are drifting off to sleep. I also know a great many who listen to books while commuting from work to home or other places. Many of them don’t have the time for “real reading” when they get home. Of course there are those who just enjoy listening to someone tell them a story. So, I don’t think it’s cheating at all.
How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
There’s always dinner and my beloved husband always presents me with a piece of jewelry that has significance to each book I write and finish. For Spirit of the Knight he gave me a beautiful celtic necklace.
What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
As far as a writing slump goes, I just take some time off and do something else, even it it’s no more than taking a walk. When it comes to a reading slump I simply change up genres.
Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
Yes, indeed they have. Many times.
What’s next for you?
Right now I am writing the sequel to Bound by Oath and Honour as well doing the research for book with connections to Court of the Hawk.
Anything new coming up in Audio?
Yes! I’m excited to tell you that “Bound by Oath and Honour” is already in process and is being narrated by Andrew McDermott who is doing a phenomenal job! Also, Heart of the Storm is in line to be read by Dawson McBride!
About the Narrator: Dawson McBride
The rumble of an American motorcycle and the deep tones of Dawson McBride have much in common as both are likely to stir something deep inside. Bringing an earthy growl and a passion for love stories, Dawson can be heard bringing life to bad boys, cowboys, and everything in between.
A narrator who specializes in the production of audiobooks in the romance genre, Dawson is the romantic side of his alter-ego’s brand. Much like automobile manufacturers who have more than one brand within their company, while his alter-ego may be best described as a Ford F-150, Dawson is more associated with the Lincoln Continental. Smooth and luxurious.
He lives with his wife and daughter and enjoy living in a small, quiet community in Tennessee.