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Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Melissa Mayhue as part of her blog tour of Warrior’s Redemption.

Faced with telling you all about me, I realized…I’m not very interesting! So, rather than bore you with useless trivia about my life, [I was an only child, born and raised in Texas], I’ll share the story of how I came to be a writer.

First and foremost, I am a reader. Some of my best memories are of my mother taking me to the local library every week during the summer to check out armloads of books. I could hardly wait to get home, dive into the stories, and get lost in a whole new, wonderful world. My prized possession as a girl was an entire shelf of Nancy Drew Mysteries. I adored Nancy Drew.

You can read more about Melissa’s path to becoming a writer at

Melissa was willing to answer a few questions for us:

NR: What made you decide to include Norse mythology in your Scottish novels?

Melissa: I wanted to add a new twist to the magic in my world and the choice of Norse mythology began with a “what if” thought process that went something like:  Since Faeries already exist in my world, what if other mythological creatures exist, too?  Norse mythologies seemed my best bet since my stories are set in medieval Scotland and there was strong Viking presence already there.

NR: With Christmas just passing, any book recommendations for the readers who received gift certificates this past holiday?

Melissa: Absolutely… I’d have to recommend WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION, which just released on December 27.  For historical lovers, Alix Rickloff’s HEIR OF DANGER also came out on Dec. 27.

NR: There were some hints in Warrior’s Redemption about Patrick and possibly a certain lady, is Patrick going to get his own novel? (I have to admit I loved Patrick, standing strongly beside his brother)

Melissa: I definitely see Patrick having his own story.   He’s one of those secondary characters I fell in love with the first time he showed up on the page!

NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book and watch the movie and discuss it. Which is your favorite book to movie and why? Or, which is your least favorite and why?

Melissa: I’m probably the worst person in the world to ask that question of.  If I see a movie and then read the book, it’s fine and I have no problem.  But if I’ve read the book first, the movie never quite hits the mark for me because when I read a book, I’ve already “seen” the characters and the setting in my imagination.  And when they take a book I love and adapt it to a movie or television and totally change characters or events?  Well… don’t even get me started on THAT one!!  :-)

 Thanks so much for allowing me to visit with your readers today, Jessica.  I do appreciate it.  I’d love to invite them all to stop by my website – — to learn more about the books or to leave me a comment once they have a chance to read WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION!


Thanks so much for sharing a little bit with us Melissa! I agree that most of the time the movies don’t quite seem the same as the book for me as well but there is the occasional movie that I like the movie better than the novel. (Twilight is one of those for me, Bella was so annoying in the novel but they cut a lot of that out for the movie.) You can read my review of Warrior’s Redemption here.

In Warrior’s Redemption by Melissa Mayhue, Malcolm MacDowlyt is a warrior who feels he has failed his family, his wife was killed because he failed to protect her, his sister is held captive by his power hungry brother and the only way Malcolm can save her is by agreeing to wed the daughter of his ally. But all Malcolm really wants is to spend more time with the mysterious Danielle but not at the cost of his sister or his people’s lives.

Danielle Dearmon has always believed in fairies and felt out of place where she has lived. One night she decides to put the fairies to the test and ends up waking up in medieval Scotland. It is everything she expected and more. Finding herself drawn to the heroic Malcolm, Danielle finds a place for herself in his castle but realizes she must leave the only place that has ever felt like home when it becomes clear that Malcolm must marry to save his people. But will the fairies grant her a second wish and does she really want to go back to her own time?

Warrior’s Redemption is a spin off series from Melissa Mayhue’s Daughters of the Glen series. Malcolm is a descendant of the Vikings that once landed on the Scottish shores, marked by the god Odin, Malcolm follows the old ways. I loved the combination of the Norse traditions with the Scottish traditions! In a genre overflowing with books (by that I mean the Scottish romance novels) Warrior’s Redemption is a refreshing breathe of fresh air. Danielle’s excitement and joy despite being removed from her time period is fabulous, no whiny heroine here.  Fans of Scottish romance novels will love Warrior’s Redemption.

Reading Order:

Warrior’s Redemption

Warrior’s Rebirth (sometime 2012)



Title: Warrior’s Redemption

Author: Melissa Mayhue

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 404

ISBN: 978-1451640878

Publisher: Pocket Star

Release Date: December 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

I thought I would share one of my favorite paintings of the baby Christ, it is by the artist Simon Dewey. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! May your day be filled with loved ones and your presents be books.

For some reason I love Christmas Anthologies and I was super excited to see the release of A Regency Holiday by Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan and Rebecca Hagan Lee. Rebecca Hagan Lee’s  Coventry Christmas begins with Amabel Thurston leaving her home to escape her step-mother’s new husband to find her guardian. Unbeknownst to Amabel her guardian is Deveral Brookfield, known as the Devil of Coventry. Deveral has spent every Christmas trying to forget the family he no longer has but when he meets Amabel he starts to rethink his Christmas plans.

In Lynn Kerstan’s Star of Wonder, Stella has struggled to keep her family retainers and herself fed after her father’s death. But when a stranger arrives Stella must decide whether to trust him or protect her heart from possible hurt.

Alex Northcote has spent the last six years in the army, only to return home to find a houseparty with possible brides at his estate. Allison Lane’s A Christmas Homecoming, widow Sarah has suffered through a horrible marriage and now fears that Alex, her ex-finacee’s, return will ruin the safe home she has finally established for herself and her two daughters. Things aren’t quite what Alex expected, as both Sarah and Alex start to get closer, they realize that both of them made mistakes in the past but can they get past those mistakes to create a better future?

In Home for Christmas by Alicia Rasley, Verity receives an invitation to visit her estranged father for the holidays, if she brings her husband along. Unfortunately, Verity’s husband is made up but luckily a stranger shows up as an answer to her prayer but can her solve her problems?

A Regency Holiday was a fun, quick read. There is nothing like a good regency read around Christmas time. I did feel that Coventry Christmas could have been a full-length novel instead of just a novella but other than that it was a good read. The stories are clean and the romance is sweet.



Title: A Regency Holiday

Author: Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan and Rebecca Hagan Lee

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 298

ISBN: 978-1611940572

Publisher: Bell Bridge Publishing

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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