The Battle is O'er: The story begins

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The Battle is O'er

Book Five of The Blue Bells Chronicles


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The explosion of thunder—rare in winter—drew Niall’s eyes up from prayer just as lightning flashed across the rose window. It lit the statue of Mary and danced across the polished backs of the pews in the small chapel and disappeared, leaving Niall, Hugh, and the Laird once more in only the flickering light of candles.

A chill shot down Niall’s spine. It was only the chill of the long ride, he told himself. But his eyes locked on the statue. The air wavered before her. Voices cut the silence—a deep, angry voice, and a rasping elderly one, that seemed to laugh.

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  1. From Debra: favorite scene is when Shawn comes back to the present during he medieval reenactment.

  2. Both of my parents' families have Celtic roots with my maternal ancestors coming from Northern Ireland, and my paternal ancestors being members of Clan MacFarlane from Arrochar, Scotland. To be able to stand on the soil of my ancestors would fulfill one of my greatest dreams! I cannot wait to read the new book!

    1. My children's father is from Ireland (the Republic). My daughters have just returned from Christmas in Ireland. They are so happy to be able to visit family there. I hope that you get a chance to go to Scotland!

  3. I would love to go visit some of those old castles in Scotland someday.

  4. We are starting to save now for a Scotland trip in the next few years... I can't wait to see as many old castles, old cities, old historic sites as I can!!

  5. I have always wanted to go to scotland. I am not sure a whole lot about the area but when I lived in england it was always on my radar. People in england always talked about the area as picturesque and scenic but they are english as you would know it. I love castles and old ruins and a feeling of belonging to a distant past.

  6. I've never been to Scotland, but I've always wanted to go.

  7. I would love to go to Scotland! I doubt I ever will so I love reading about it!! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  8. I would love to go to Scotland. I love every photo I have ever seen. (

  9. I have always wanted to visit Scotland, esp to see the castles!

  10. If I went to scotland I would go to Glasgow. Heard of it sounds nice.

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  12. Hmm where would I like to go in Scotland??? Well dang that’s a GREAT question as I’ve never really thought of going to I guess I’d have to say somewhere in the countryside, I hear it’s just absolutely gorgeous

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