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About the Author :
Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”
She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.
Title: Magic Heist (Fairy Trafficking #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.
Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.
To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.
Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.
But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.
With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.
“Mary Karlik, is truly a hidden gem of a writer.”
– I Am the Bookworm
Guest Post :
I have been fascinated with fairies for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it was my mother’s Scottish blood—but folklore and fairy tales have always been my favorite. Throw in a little romance and I’m hooked or as the Scotts say, “I’m away with the fairies.”
One of my favorite fairy is the story of the Fairy Flag of Castle Dunvegan on the Ilse of Skye. There are several stories about how the Macleod clan wound up with the flag but the story I chose to believe is one I heard from the Macleod’s themselves.
The fourth chief of Clan Macleod, Ian Ciar, fell in love with a fairy princess. The two wanted to marry but the fairy king argued that because humans grow old and die, it would be unfair to the fairy princess to make her suffer such grief. A compromise was reached in which the princess was allowed to be with the chief for a year and a day, after which she had to return to her people.
While with the clan chief, the princess bore a son. When the time came to leave, the princess made her husband promise he’d never leave the child alone or allow him to cry. Weeks after her departure the chief’s friends gave him a party to cheer him up. The merry music was so loud and lively that the child’s nurse left him to peek at the party. The fairy princess heard the child’s cry and returned to the castle to sing him back to sleep.
From here the story is a wee bit muddled. I’ve heard two different endings. Some say the flag is actually the shawl that the princess swaddled the baby in. Others say it was given to the clan chief in exchange for honoring his promise to release the princess to back to her people. Either way, it is believed the flag has magical powers.
It is said that if the MacLeod clan is in danger, the flag only need be unfurled and the fairies will save them. The flag can only be used three times. On the third unfurling, the flag will return to where it came taking the waver with it. It has been used twice.
Once, in 1490, the MacLeod’s were in a desperate battle with the MacDonalds. The flag was unfurled and the victory went to the MacLeod’s. It was used again in 1520 at the Waternish. The MacLeods were hopelessly outnumbered and defeat was eminent—until the flag was unfurled.
During World War II, Dame Flora MacLeod wrote a letter to Winston Churchill offering to wave the flag from the White Cliffs of Dover should the Germans attempt to invade Great Britain. Churchill thanked her for her generous offer but felt the British and allied troops had the war in hand.
The flag was lost after the war and I’m told it wasn’t until the 1980’s that it was found. It was rolled and stuffed in a box. Sir Reginald MacLeod the 27th chief had the flag mounted by the Victoria and Albert Museum. It hangs in the Dunvegan Castle today.
Fairy Flag of Castle Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. Notice that the outline looks a bit like a WWI soldier.
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