Guest Author – Donna Grant
by Annette McCleave on December 31st, 2009

I’d like to welcome guest blogger Donna Grant to the Silk and Shadows site today. Donna is celebrating the December 29th release of Dangerous Highlander, the first book in her brand new series from St. Martin’s. Her Dark Sword series smoothly blends together magic, history, and hawt Highland heroes–who could ask for anything more?


donna_grantFirst, thanks to the ladies of Silk and Shadows for having me!

I get asked a lot why I chose Druids for my new Dark Sword series. I find the legend of the Druids fascinating. There are so many conflicting accounts. Some records show the Druids to be spiritual leaders who helped heal the sick and gave counsel to kings and other leaders.

The Romans would have us believe they were the basest of humans who routinely sacrificed humans and animals in order to appease their pagan gods.

So who’s right? I don’t think we’ll ever know. We all know that whoever writes history controls history, so I think it’s safe to say Rome may have exaggerated a bit. Or maybe not. ;)

It was the knowledge that the Druids could have been a mixture of any number of things that led me into more research into them. I find their culture fascinating, especially how it continues to this day.

dangeroushighlander_300x186In DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER, there are two different sects of Druids. I have the mies, or the good Druids who keep to their pure magic. They are one with nature. They heal, share their wisdom, and protect the innocent.

Then there are the droughs. The droughs are Druids who, upon their eighteenth year, undergo a ceremony where they give their blood and soul to evil thereby forfeiting all the good inside them. The evil takes over, and in doing so gives them a more powerful magic – black magic.

So how can the mies combat the droughs if the droughs have more powerful magic? That is a good question, and one I visit with every book of this series I write.

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of either MUTUAL DESIRE or THE PLEASURE OF HIS BED to a commenter. Happy Reading!

To find out more about me or my Dark Sword series, please visit my website at


28 comments to “Guest Author – Donna Grant”

  1. 1

    Thanks for guesting with us today, Donna! I love men in kilts! No, wait, I meant to say I love stories where good is at a disadvantage. Because it seems to me, the real world works like that too. At least in stories, good prevails!

  2. 2

    Your books sound wonderful. The battle between good and evil. It’s been going on since time began. Would love to win your book.

  3. 3

    The druid culture has long fascinated me as well, Donna — congratulations on making it into a new series! I do love a good vs. evil plot…will definitely look for Dangerous Highlander next time I’m in the bookstore.


  4. 4

    Hi Donna :)
    Thank you for sharing here.
    I hadn’t thought of evil druids before. I like the sinister name of droughs.
    Here’s to a great 2010!
    All the best,

  5. 5

    Hi Donna,
    I can’t wait to get my hands on your books – I haven’t read a lot of books about druids, but I really like them and I’m so glad you wrote their stories!
    I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and may your dreams come true!
    Hugs to all,

  6. 6

    Congrats on the release, I’ve been hearing alot about it! Have a great New Years!

  7. 7

    Great post and I think this is going to be another great series! Congrats!
    Japan just rung in the new year so I wish everyone here a Happy New Year and the best of 2010! :o )

  8. 8

    Hi ladies~
    Donna, congrats on the new release of the new series! Hope it rocks readers’ worlds. :-)
    (No need to enter me in the contest)

  9. 9

    Hi, everyone! Sorry, I’m running late this morning. I got hit with a rather nasty stomach bug yesterday. Just ruined my day. :cry:

    Anyway, I signed on here to see such great comments! Thanks so much!!

    I love writing Druids. I believe everyone and everything can be either good or evil. Its the choices they make, and I tried to convey that in this series.


  10. 10

    What a wonderful-sounding series. Thanks so much for visiting with us!

  11. 11

    I love stories with Druids, I’ve read quite a few. I like the sound of this one too.

    I certainly like that cover…yum, yum!!!

    A Happy and Successful New Year to you!!!

    in Germany

  12. 12

    It seems like an interesting series.
    Happy New Year!

  13. 13

    This series looks really interesting. I’m looking forward to read you work. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  14. 14

    I find Druids fascinating as well! I think it is very interesting that you write about them in your new book…I will definitely have to check that out.

  15. 15

    Absolutely fascinating. I look forward to reading your books! Have a great new year!

  16. 16

    i love druids as well–i love reading fantasy and magic and romance–those three are a powerful combination!

    happy new year everyone!! :smile:

  17. 17

    I have heard a lot of great things about this book, will definitely check it out!

    Happy New Years!

  18. 18

    Y’all really know how to make a gal feel better. :mrgreen:

    Thank you for the comments on my cover. I’m really enjoying it, and I also love the cover for the second book, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER. If you look, you’ll see that a torc was added around the hero’s neck. That was for me, as I asked if it could be done since the torc’s are so important to the three brothers. And I got it!! yay!


  19. 19

    Donna I enjoy your books and been trying very hard to win this book..I will keep trying, Happy New Year 2010. susan L.

  20. 20

    It seems obvious that the Romans came out on top because they had a clear written history & a PR machine. Just take a look at how we remember Egyptian culture to see the parallels.

    Love your Highlander books. Can’t wait to start this series!!

  21. 21

    I’m dying to read this so I’m hoping to start the new year right and get this book. :)

  22. 22

    Sounds good.And the Cover of the is So HoT!.Hope you Have a Great New Years!!

  23. 23

    Congrats on the new release, Donna. I’d like to learn more about that black magic ceremony.

  24. 24

    Soullumination – Ha! You’re so right! Another perfect example. Makes you wonder who is writing history now and what they’re leaving in/leaving out. :???:

    Jane – Thank you! With each book I delve mre into the difference of the Druids, the Warriors, and what each goes through to become what they are. You’ll get to find out much more about my Druids than you probably want to. lol.

    Happy New Year all!!


  25. 25

    Love the cover of this book! There is just something about a man in a Kilt! Love me some highlanders!

  26. 26

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and thanks to the awesome ladies of Silk and Shadows for having me. I loved my time here.

    Now, on to the winner!!

    Congratulations to…Soullumination!

    Send me an Email with your book choice and your snail mail address.

    Happy New Year everyone!!


  27. 27


    I’m so glad you are here with us! I’ve always been a big fan of your writing, and can’t wait to get my hands on this new series! I know I won’t be disappointed!



  28. 28

    Hey, Kim!!!

    Ah, thank you, doll! I’m dying for your next book! I can’t wait much longer for it. :mrgreen:


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