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Guest Author: Helen Scott Taylor

I’m happy to welcome guest author Helen Scott Taylor to DarkFaerieTales.com.  The Magic Knot is the first book in her paranormal romance Magic Knot series, which was released on January 27, 2009.  The Phoenix Charm, the second book in her Magic Knot series was released on December 29, 2009.  Helen’s novella, The Feast of Beauty will be appearing in The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance, and is scheduled to be released on January 26, 2010.

Helen is also giving one lucky commenter a chance to win an autographed copy of The Phoenix Charm.  Details are listed at the end of the post.  In addition, Helen has offered to drop by to respond to questions and comments.

Click to read an excerpt of The Phoenix Charm and The Magic Knot.

You can visit Helen around the web here: Website

Welcome Helen!

Thank you to Angela for having me as a guest today.  I’m delighted to be here. My current series is contemporary fantasy and one of my favorite parts about writing fantasy is creating the world and especially the characters who populate the world.

In the Magic Knot Fairies world, each fairy embodies the qualities of one of the elements.  The leprechauns and Cornish piskies are Earth elementals, the Welsh Tylwyth Teg are Air elementals, and the noble old blood Tuatha Dé Danaan can be either Fire, Air, or Water.  This gives them their powers, strengths, and weaknesses.

In the second book in the series, The Phoenix Charm, the heroine Cordelia is half Cornish pisky and half water nymph.  It is the water nymph qualities inherited from her mother that have manifested, making her a water elemental.  The sensual water nymph allure that attracts males has so far caused her nothing but trouble.  When she reached puberty, her grandmother bound the power by covering the energy centers on Cordelia’s body with Celtic symbols.  But the water nymph energies are also the source of her healing power so she has never reached her full potential.

The hero of the story, Michael, is an Earth elemental.  He is a storyteller and has the gift of glamour, which makes him attractive, and silver tongue, which makes his words persuasive.  As the story progresses he discovers a greater power he has inherited from his father, and he gains more control over the energy he channels from the Earth.

We all exhibit characteristics of the four elements, but we tend to favor one.  Here is a brief description of the elements’ qualities.

Earth is the mother, the element of birth and renewal.  Earth elementals are steady, grounded, and generous, with their feet firmly on the ground.  Confident and steadfast, Earth elementals have an instinct for survival, which makes them excellent protectors.

Air elementals are intelligent with great imagination, and can be very persuasive.  They are good at conceiving new ideas and seeing changes coming.  They have an affinity to music.  They may ‘have their heads in the clouds’ and be difficult to pin down.  Their spiritual beauty is reflected in the intricate formation of snowflakes.

Water elementals are the nurturers, the calm center that supports loved ones to help them conquer problems.  Sensual, graceful, and often very beautiful, Water elementals have strong emotions, and love deeply.

Fire elementals embody passion, enthusiasm, and desire.  They are quick and bright, but often emotionally volatile.  Forceful and highly opinionated, Fire elementals think they know best.  They are considered to be ‘hot blooded’.

To find out which element you are, go to my website and take my elements quiz.  Then come back and tell us which element you are!


Synopsis (Product Description):

He’s Pure Temptation.

Cordelia has sworn she’ll abstain from looking into Michael’s future—particularly when the image in the gilded smoke of her divination mirror shows him half naked. Yet she can’t resist watching the sexy rascal slowly running his hand down his ribs, over his abdomen, flicking open the button on his jeans with a little flourish like a magician performing a trick.

She’s Trying To Resist.

Respectable wise woman Cordelia restrains her secret water nymph sensuality with the Celtic symbols painted on her skin. But Michael’s powerful fairy glamour leaves her breathless, off balance, struggling for control. When Gwyn ap Nudd, the Welsh King of the Underworld, steals away Michael’s infant nephew, Cordelia must work with him to save the child. But how can she trust her instincts with Michael tempting her to explore the hidden elemental depths of her nature and insisting that she believe in the power of…The Phoenix Charm.

I also have a novella linked to my Magic Knot Fairies series called The Feast of Beauty in The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance due out on Feb 9th.

The anthology includes stories by: Jenna Maclaine, Jennifer Ashley, Roberta Gellis, Claire Delacroix, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Cindy Miles, Ciar Cullen, Helen Scott Taylor, Shirley Kennedy, Margo Maguire, Susan Krinard, Pat McDermott, Nadia Williams, Dara England, Kathleen Givens, Sandra Newgent, Cindy Holby, CT Adams & Cathy Clamp, Penelope Neri, Patricia Rice.


Synopsis (Product Description):

First in a series of contemporary fantasy romances set in the mystical rural depths of England, Ireland and Wales.

When Rose discovers she is the Cornish pisky queen and her father is a dark druid who has imprisoned her people in portraits, the race is on to discover the fairy lore needed to release her people before her father destroys the piskies forever.

She seeks help from the sinfully sexy Irish fairy twins, the O’Connor brothers. Niall’s faint air of menace flutters dark thrills of anticipation through her, but does he want to kiss her or kill her when she accidentally touches his Magic Knot and forges a mystical lovers’ bond with him? And can she resist the seductive glamour of his mischievous brother Michael?

With the survival of the Cornish piskies in her hands, Rose must escape from a vampiric, winged fairy, outwit The Queen of Nightmares and surrender her mind, body and spirit to Niall to release her hidden inner fairy. The Tarot cards warn he will stab her in the back, but when she’s in his arms, the last thing on her mind is death.

To read my free fantasy-romance short story, Jack’s Garden, visit the Dorchester website.

For more information go to my website.

DFT: Many thanks Helen for taking the time to stop by.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:


One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of The Phoenix Charm.

To enter, take the elements quiz and leave a comment below giving us your results:

Click this link to take the quiz!

1. +1 entry for taking the elements quiz and answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +4 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to everyone.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, February 11th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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30 Responses to “Guest Author: Helen Scott Taylor

  1. Bianca FNo Gravatar
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    +1 took the quiz and got Earth :)
    http://www.helenscotttaylor.com/quiz/quizresults.php?quiz=elements
    +3 Following your blog, and on twitter (bianca_riot)
    +4 Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/24352602.rss

    thanks for posting. =D
    wateva_08(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. Jeanette JuanNo Gravatar
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    +1 I took the quiz and found out my element is the air!

    +3 I’m a follower!

    lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

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  3. Carol ThompsonNo Gravatar
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    +1 According to the quiz my element is AIR. I love the explanation of what that means “Winds of Change”

    +3 I am a Follower.

    Thanks

    Carol

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  4. chelleyreadsNo Gravatar
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    +1 my element is air (and compared to the description of the other elements air is definitely me yay!)

    +3 i’m a follower of this blog and a follower on twitter (@chelleyreads)

    +4 i tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/chelleyreads/status/8018832355

    thanks for the giveaway!
    bookmakeupreview AT gmail DOT com

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  5. KateNo Gravatar
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    +1 Element= Water http://www.helenscotttaylor.com/quiz/quizresults.php?quiz=elements
    +3 Follower: kittydanza/@kittydanza
    +4 Tweet: http://twitter.com/kittydanza/status/8022748089
    katlynpicard(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Bianca F,
    Thanks for stopping by to read my guest blog!

    Hi Jeanette Juan,
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m air as well!

    Hi Carol,
    I’m glad you enjoyed the quiz!

    Hi Chelly,
    Great that the description for air suits you. I’m air as well.

    Helen

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  7. FredaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I took the quiz and got fire! http://www.helenscotttaylor.com/quiz/quizresults.php?quiz=elements

    +3 Follower (@fredalicious)

    +4 Tweet; http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/8034045790

    :D

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  8. RaelenaNo Gravatar
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    +1 my element is Water

    +3 follower here and on twitter @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  9. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Kate, Freda, and Raelena,

    Thanks for stopping by to read my guest blog!

    Helen

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  10. RaonaidLuckwellNo Gravatar
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    I absolutely loved The Magic Knot! Can’t wait to read Micheal’s book.

    Your Quiz Results:
    Your element is Earth.
    Earth is the mother.
    Earth is the foundation of life, solid, stable, and fertile, the element of birth and renewal. All material fruits of life spring from earth. You are steady, grounded and generous, with your feet firmly on the ground. You’re not a dreamer, but in touch with the physical world. The element of prosperity and business, you work hard with a close eye on your pocketbook, and there is usually plenty of money in there. Friends may come to you for financial advice, as you always seem to have the best and know where to find a bargain. Confident and steadfast, you’re in for the long haul. A strong instinct for survival makes you an excellent protector, and provider of food, shelter, warmth and security. Earth people often like working on the land or gardening. Feel the solidity of a standing stone beneath your hand, sit in a garden and absorb the energy of the growing things around you, plunge your hands into the rich soil. Secrets whispered to you in the night will go no further. Your season is winter, and your time of day the still quiet of midnight

    Joined the site and became a follower
    Following on twitter

    moc.oohaynull@dianoaR

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  11. Sue BrandesNo Gravatar
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    +1 Your element is Fire
    +3 Became a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    Love the book trailers and quiz. Followed you over from Facebook.

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  12. SpavNo Gravatar
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    +1 Your element is Fire
    +3 I’m a follower on both.
    +4 Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/8057571301

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. RKCharronNo Gravatar
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    Hi :)
    Thank you to Helen for sharing here. I took the quiz last month & I’m Earth. :)
    I posted about this on my blog for my Fri 5am EST post.
    I tweeted too. :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a SIGNED copy of THE PHOENIX CHARM.

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  14. BelethNo Gravatar
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    I would love to read this!
    +1 took the quiz. Result: Your element is Earth.
    +3 im a follower of this blog and a follower of Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (@beleth22)

    battyaboutbats at gmail.com

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  15. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Raonaid,

    I hope you enjoy Michael’s story as much as Niall’s!

    Helen

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  16. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Sue,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book trailer and quiz. Nice to see you here!

    Helen

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  17. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Spav,

    Thanks for stopping by to read my guest blog.

    Helen

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  18. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi RKCharron,

    Glad you enjoyed my guest blog. Thanks for stopping by.

    Helen

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  19. Helen Scott TaylorNo Gravatar
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    Hi Beleth,

    Glad you like the sound of the book. Good luck in the draw!

    Helen

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  20. PamksNo Gravatar
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    +1 I am the fire element. Cool Looking forward to reading this one.
    +3 for following your blog and on twitter Pamk25
    +4 posted on my contest sidebar @ http://www.bookscrazyscrapbookmama.blogspot.com and retweeted your tweet on this contest.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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  21. IcejewelNo Gravatar
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    I read some of The Phoenix Charm’s pdf file which I enjoyed a lot..!
    Please enter me at icejew at gmail dot com.

    1. +1 Mine is Water.This is what I wished to come !! :)

    2. +3 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    3. +4 have posted the contest on my sidebar..(http://icejewel.blogspot.com)

    Thanks for the contest :)

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  22. remNo Gravatar
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    +1 my element is Earth http://www.helenscotttaylor.com/quiz/quizresults.php?quiz=elements

    +3 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (@rem_pdg)

    +4 sidebar: http://viajandoentrelibros.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the contest!!!

    rem_pdg(at)yahoo(dot)es

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  23. Eva SNo Gravatar
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    +1 My element is fire
    +3 I’m a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    +4 I tweeted http://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/8127417930

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  25. cfisehr1504No Gravatar
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    My element was Earth!! Pretty cool. I am a follower on google and twitter.

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  26. AleksandraNo Gravatar
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    1. My element is Air. I knew it! :D
    2. Yes, I’m a follower on this blog & on Twitter!
    3. Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sandra_s_Page/status/8603453710
    Sidebar: http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com/
    Blog Post: http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com/2010/02/dark-faerie-tales-giveaway-phoenix.html
    4. Mail: sandric.sk(at)gmail(dot)com

    Good luck everyone!

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  27. Julie SwaneyNo Gravatar
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    +1 Took the quiz – Element is Earth
    +2 Follow and on Twitter (jellybelly82158)

    thanks for the contest

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

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  28. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    +1 I took the quiz and got FIRE!
    http://www.helenscotttaylor.com/quiz/quizresults.php?quiz=elements

    manna_greene(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. MissyNo Gravatar
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    +1 entry for taking the elements quiz and answering the question (required). – I am the element Earth

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. – I became a follower of the blog and twitter Missy_wpg

    +4 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

    tweeted

    http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/8782792225

    seksi_missy at hotmail dot com

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  30. Doreen RNo Gravatar
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    I enjoyed taking the quiz. I am air and oddly enough, I am always flying in my dreams. I don’t need wings either.
    I follow on google friend….dor

    dorcontest at gmail dot com 8O

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