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Monday, November 2, 2020

Magnar by Mary Morgan - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Mary Morgan and her new book, “Magnar”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Mary and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


by Mary Morgan


GENRE: Historical, Scottish, Vikings Paranormal Romance



Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.

After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.

In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?



He gritted his teeth—her words sparked outrage from his inner beast. Glancing over his shoulder, he offered, “Then which would you prefer? Halvard or me? Make your choice, Elspeth. Did you not consider I do not favor this union either?”

Confusion marred her features. She fisted her hands on her hips and glanced upward. “Did you argue against this marriage with King William?”


“Yet he convinced you?”


When she returned her gaze to him again, resolve and a bit of stubbornness filled them. “Why, Magnar?”

“The king will permit me to continue with my duties with the elite guard, including an important task which requires my attention after our marriage.”

Chewing on her bottom lip, she nodded slowly. “Then you will be absent most months from Steinn?”

“Most assuredly, and when I am there, Erik will be my focus.”

Her face softened as she moved slowly toward Magnar. “Therefore this marriage is in name only for Erik’s protection, aye?”

Annoyed with the direction of his thoughts, he looked away. How Magnar longed to tell the lie on the tip of his tongue. The word ached to be released. He turned and stared into her jeweled eyes in an attempt to offer her any hope of what she wanted to hear.

When she placed a hand on his arm, she whispered, “Tell me honestly, Magnar.”

He swallowed and removed her hand from his arm. Placing it securely over his heart, he stated, “Our marriage will be binding in all ways, Elspeth—in name and body. You may worship your God and I shall do so with mine, but ken this, you will be mine completely.”



This book was such an interesting, intriguing, stimulating, and thrilling read!!!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, but it was an overall enjoyable read that included complex and well described characters, intense and enthralling action scenes, and a creative story line filled with deep, rich, historical content.

I loved that this book was inspired by the author’s previous trip to Northern Scotland and the Orkney Islands.  You can feel the creativity leap off the pages as you delve further into this story.  The author takes you on an extraordinary trip filled with lavish details that open your eyes to a whole new time and place.

I liked Elspeth as she was a bit of a spitfire, sassy, strong, and kept Magnar on his toes!  Magnar was definitely the more rough, brooding, complicated, muddled character with a darker, secretive side.  He was a tough, fierce leader of his group, the Wolves of Clan, Sutherland and his loyalty and devotion to Scotland was admirable.  I really liked that both characters were quite stubborn which certainly made for some entertainingly witty banter!

I loved the amount of historical content and precision.  The author is clearly well-versed in the cultures, traditions, and rituals of the Viking age as she comfortably integrates their practices into a creative and clever tale!  Combined with her own unique advantage having spent time in Scotland only further added to the reliable and credible details throughout the story line.

I also really enjoyed the in-depth amount of research the author did while constructing this book that is strongly featured throughout the story.  That plus her love and passion of all things historical is clearly evident from page one.

I enjoyed the story line and felt engaged in the story structure and plot points.  The writing was steady and easily flowed.

I also really enjoyed the extras the author included in the book.  At the beginning of the book there is a glossary of old Norse terms, which was especially useful as this book featured many old Norse phrases throughout the story that helped keep this book convincingly in the Viking age.  The author also attached a list of, “The Nine Noble Virtues of Wolf Lore,” which was a great introduction to learning the rules and ropes of Wolfe Lore.  In addition, at the end of the book, the author included a “Note from the Author,” which provided further insight and understanding into the story and the author’s process.  And mentions exciting details for book two in the series!

I liked that the author used old language and terminology in her writings as it made the story feel more time-period accurate.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is Book One of The Wolves of Clan Sutherland Book Series.  However, it can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all historical romance readers, Scottish/Viking fans, and paranormal romance lovers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Award-winning Celtic paranormal and fantasy romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.

Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling by writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.











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  1. Mary ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review, Ally! :) Happy to read you've enjoyed Magnar and Elspeth's love story.

  2. Fantastic excerpt, I love all of Mary Morgan's books! Thanks for sharing this one with me! Thanks for sharing your excellent review, Fabulous & Brunette!~

  3. I love the cover and synopsis, this sounds like an epic read. Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details.

  4. Happy Friday! My question for Ms Morgan, do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I haven't ventured into the historical romance genre yet.

  6. I like the beautiful artwork on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!