Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Meet Maighread MacKay: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Traveller

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.

Please join this week's guest, Maighread MacKay, an author and visual artist from Canada who loves all things mysterious and who much like myself, feels drawn to ancient castle ruins. Follow Maighread as she wanders the paths of her great-greats, taking us from Scotland to 1860's Ontario.

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Scotland

If I ever get the chance, I would love to travel to Scotland. It is the land of my ancestors and I feel a drawing to it like no other place on earth. One of my great grandfathers was a stone mason and I love old stone building and walls, hence the nod to my ancestor in my novel Stone Cottage. 

http://www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/
Bloghost Insert: The Land of Scots is also a favourite place of mine. From magnificent city landmarks to mysterious ruins, Scotland is renowned for its iconic castles. Head to Aberdeen City and Shire where you will find Scotland’s only designated Castle Trail boasting 17 highlights to visit. Dunnottar Castle is perched on a cliff-top, a beautiful fortress, while Craigievar is a fine example of Scottish baronial architecture and the striking curtain wall at Balvenie will leave you awe-inspired. Check out Visit Scotland to see more.
http://www.visitscotland.com/about/history/castles/






http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-13527714
Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur. A place of power, beauty and history, discover the favoured residence of Scotland's Kings and Queens!

Back to Maighread: I have also travelled around Ontario, Canada to visit pioneer museums, cemeteries, old stone houses and churches and such. I love the Ontario northland, with its water, rocks and trees. In the setting for my novel, Stone Cottage, a paranormal fiction that deals with reincarnation, past life regression and second chances, I tried to get the feel of old Scotland in a new land, placing the house in an older, more isolated setting while still keeping it in a close proximity to a modern city. It also adds to the mix of the time periods in the book from the 1860’s to 2015. 

In the museums and pioneer villages you can see the clothing, types of dwellings, utensils used, and all manner of objects from daily life that the ancients used. I love to wander the paths of history and wonder about the lives of the people. Who used this tool? What motivated them? What was their life like? What gave them happiness and joy? Check out my debut novel, Stone Cottage and delve into life  in the mid 1800’s Ontario, Canada.

Victoria Anne McBride is dead, mourned and buried. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see it that way and refuses to move on. There’s something she needs to tell her husband, Will. Until she does, she will wait for his return to their home, Stone Cottage. For as long as it takes, she will wait...wait...wait.
Rebecca Wainwright is a 21st century woman. Determined, her world is perfect and in control. Just the way she likes it. Tragedy strikes and she descends into chaos. Trying to heal, she searches for a sanctuary...a place of her own, away from the burdensome concern of her family and best friend. A place where she can lick her wounds without anyone watching. She stumbles across a lovely stone home located off the beaten path and feels completely at home, as if she’d been there before. Why is she so drawn to this place? How can it help her to heal?
Perhaps, Annie can help.





It’s Release Day! Author Maighread Mackay is proud to announce the release of Stone Cottage. Get your copy today: http://www.amazon.ca/Stone-Cottage-Maighread-MacKay-ebook-x/dp/B01452HED4

“Stone cottage is the story of a successful privileged young woman who, through a series of tragedies, is forced to face her personal demons.....her journey takes her through the traditional and the non-traditional healing pathways. Both her explorations and ultimately her discoveries keep the reader riveted.....a tale almost impossible to put down.....MacKay has woven her magic once again.....kudos.” L. Beauchamp

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Twitter: @maighreadmackay

Author’s bio:   
Maighread MacKay is an author and visual artist from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada.  She is a member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), and the PRAC (Pine Ridge Arts Council).
Her publishing credits include three books for children:   Bedtime Treasures, The Mysterious Door and the Crystal Grove written under the name of Margaret L. Hefferman. Her novel Stone Cottage is her first foray into adult literature and will be released by Solstice Publishing on September 8, 2015. Her story “Being Santa” was accepted for publication in the 2015 Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas which will release in October of this year. She has also published articles for a variety of magazines, including most recently, the Durham Region online magazine – More 2 Life 4 Women and the WCDR publication Word Weaver.

Reviews:

I found myself so into the story, so into the characters that I cried with them. I enjoyed the author's weave of time and relationships that are not bound by cognitive constructs but longings of the heart. This is a good reminder that second chances are often given to reconcile such human foibles that tear apart the self's own world, in ways we can only imagine...and they are imagined in this book. A good read. – R. Davies

Stone cottage is the story of a successful privileged young woman who, through a series of tragedies, is forced to face her personal demons.....her journey takes her through the traditional and the non-traditional healing pathways. Both her explorations and ultimately her discoveries keep the reader riveted.....a tale almost impossible to put down.....MacKay has woven her magic once again.....kudos. – L. Beauchamp

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