Celebrating McGyver’s Birthday with FREE Short Stories

That’s right; it’s Diane Lynn McGyver’s birthday today, and to celebrate, we’ve made all three of the Castle Keepers Tale stories available for FREE at Kindle.

Shadows in the Stone - Diane Lynn McGyverThe Castle Keepers Tale series is short stories involving a character from the main books of the Castle Keepers series. They are stand-alone stories that took place before Shadows in the Stone and provide back story for these characters, revealing the pain or tragedy that set them on their course in life. Through these stories, readers can better understand the characters and appreciate a little more of why they act as they do. We are all products of our past and pivotal events shape us into who we are.

There are three stories to date: Catriona Wheatcroft, Bronwyn Darrow and Alaura of Niamh. Pick up the eBook today – the only day of the sale.

Destiny Governed their LivesCatriona Wheatcroft

Destiny Governed their Lives

When a young woman casts a Sight Visitation Spell, it changes her life forever.

Catriona Wheatcroft is a young, ambitious apprentice who aspires to be an impressive sorceress. When she discovers a scroll for a powerful spell, she hopes to prove to her teacher she is ready to take advanced lessons. The spell is cast, and the unexpected brings tragedy to her life.

Blade of Truth by Diane Lynn McGyverBronwyn Darrow

Blade of Truth

Innocence is shattered when a young man falls victim to a horrible prank.

Youth and innocence still reside in Bronwyn. When he attends a celebration with the girl he admires most, he’s elated but extremely nervous. He hopes the night will be one they’ll never forget. Instead, he should have hoped for one easily forgotten.

The Pledge short story epic fantasyAlaura of Niamh

The Pledge

Pressured to accept a dreadful proposition, a young woman desperately seeks an escape.

Alaura doesn’t want to grow up too fast. She’d rather seek adventures and dream of all the places she might travel. When she arrives home one evening and learns her future is in someone else’s hands, her desperation takes her down a deadly path.

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Blade of Truth Gets a New Cover

This summer, Blade of Truth by Diane Lynn McGyver got a new cover as we prepared to release the third book in the Castle Keepers Tale series. It also got a new description.

Innocence is shattered when a young man falls victim to a horrible prank.

Blade of Truth by Diane Lynn McGyverYouth and innocence still reside in Bronwyn Darrow. When he attends a celebration with the girl he admires most, he’s elated but extremely nervous. He hopes the night will be one they’ll never forget. Instead, he should have hoped for one easily forgotten.

If you love coming of age stories and moments that shape a person, you’ll enjoy Diane Lynn McGyver’s short story Blade of Truth. One might call it a character story or a back story. It’s both, revealing the turning point in Bronwyn Darrow’s life. It exposes the source of the pain that drives him when he meets a woman who challenges his will to remain single in Shadows in the Stone. It’s a quick, easy read and the first introduction into the world of Ath-o’Lea and the adventures that lie ahead.

Blade of Truth is the second in the Castle Keepers Tale series that will have you wondering what’s next? It will introduce you to the Darrow family and the youngest member’s dreams. Brace yourself for the ride to another time and place.

McGyver wields her pencil in a similar realm where Tolkien released his imagination. It is traditional fantasy of old with magic, legends, dragons and dwarfs.

Buy Blade of Truth today and begin your journey into the Land of Ath-o’Lea where magic and sword clash.

The eBook is available on at Amazon in:

Event: Fall for Books 2017

Author Diane Lynn McGyver will attend the Fall for Books Festival at The Old School House, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia on Sunday November 5, 2017.

Mark your calendar. Visitors will be treated to readings by almost a dozen authors, including novelists, poets and nonfiction writers. They will also have the opportunity to speak with authors and purchase books.

More information will be provided as the event approaches.

NEW RELEASE: Impressions by Diane Lynn McGyver

Quarter Castle Publishing is proud to announce the eBook release of the short story Impressions by Canadian author Diane Lynn McGyver.

A member of the East Hants Writers’ Group, McGyver is also a freelance writer and columnist. Her many articles on topics such as gardening, history, genealogy, horses, homesteading and writing have appeared in thousands of publications since 1998. Her genealogy column Roots to the Past appears in several newspapers in Atlantic Canada.

Impressions Summary

Out of work for two years, Arnold White is desperate to find a job. His long-time girlfriend is through financing his life and is threatening to leave if he doesn’t find something soon. When the owner of a prestigious company offers him a job interview, Arnold feels his luck is changing, until he learns another man is vying for the same position. In a reckless move to land the job, Arnold tells his potential new boss what he wants to hear. A few white lies are harmless if it means he’ll keep his girlfriend and the roof over his head. Or are they?

Refreshing Memories: When things got real tough, Arnold reminded Danah who had paid the bills when they first moved in together. Burdened by mammoth student debt, she had resorted to eating pasta and popcorn to fill her stomach. She lived in a closet with two roommates she despised to avoid sleeping in a cardboard box beneath the bridge. It was worth it, she’d say. It was better than returning home to Nowheresville, rural Nova Scotia, where my choices of employment were between the local camping park, gas station and grocery store.

Moving in together was the perfect solution for both of them. After all, they were in love and wanted to spend every waking and sleeping moment together.

An interesting short story that hits at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a quirky character who deserves everything he gets. 

Impressions takes place on the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and inside the local bar Cheers.

The eBook is available at Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and Smashwords.

Scattered Stones Chapter 01

The second book in The Castle Keepers series Scattered Stones launches in May 2016. Here’s a sneak peek.

McGyver-ScatteredStonesFRONTBronwyn Darrow is desperate to rescue his daughter Isla from Blackvale Castle. For five long years, he’s travelled Ath-o’Lea searching for her, but the formidable castle remains elusive. He’s surrendered his coveted sergeant’s position at Aruam Castle, but he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring Isla home, even his honour. If he fails, his innocent little girl will face a lifetime of slavery.

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Shadows in the Stone Sale

QCP Emblem 02One by one, Isla’s senses awakened. The pain in her legs and buttocks greeted her first. The bad dreams dissolved into one, and she opened her eyes. The tree branches overhanging her sleeping spot blocked the morning sun, but didn’t hide the ugly scowl of the hauflin who peered down upon her. She trembled, remembering the events of yesterday. He must have sensed her fear because a stupid smirk appeared on his face.

Isla breathed easier when he turned and walked away. She sat up and pulled the blanket around her. The dwarf who had carried her to a safer location still leant against the tree. He ate bread from a brown bag. He didn’t spread anything on it like butter or fenberry jam. He ate it as if a big cookie.

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Twistmas Chapter 02

Twistmas_Diane_Lynn_McGyver FrontTwistmas – The Season for Love by Diane Lynn McGyver is available starting today at CreateSpace. It will be available soon through Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Links will be updated when they become available.

If you missed the first chapter of this seasonal adult romance, click here.

To learn more about this story, set in Cole Harbour – Home of Sydney Crosby, check out its book page.

The story continues with Chapter 02: Sexcapades

Jan returned the digital camera to the display cabinet. She rearranged the matching 55mm lens, adjusted the case and propped up the price sign that had fallen when she extracted the item to show a customer.

The countdown had begun: fifteen shopping days left until Christmas, including today. Saturdays had been the busiest shopping day of the week until that MacDonald premier decided to make it a free-for-all and allow shops to open every day of the year except November 11th. Retail employees weren’t guaranteed to get any statutory holiday off to spend with their family.

“Excuse me.” A customer leant over the counter and peered down at Jan. “Do you do camera repairs?”

Jan turned to face the young man with blonde hair streaked with purple dye and an earring the size of the CN Tower sticking out of his nose. “We don’t repair on site; we send them to our branch at Bayer’s Lake. What’s wrong with your camera?”

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Twistmas First Chapter

The second romance by Diane Lynn McGyver is coming just in time for Christmas.

Twistmas_Diane_Lynn_McGyver FrontJan Cooper doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. The jolly old elf had failed to deliver the one true gift her heart desired. The single mom’s only wish is for Christmas to pass quickly, so life can return to normal, and she can forget about the two men who had disappointed her most: St. Nick and her ex-husband.

Delanie Taylor is regional manager for Dreamland of Toys. Divorced and struggling to control his teenage daughter and overbearing ex-wife, he has no time for romance. When he meets Jan’s daughter at the toy store searching for the perfect gift for her mother, he unknowingly discovers the perfect gift for himself.

Here is the first chapter of Twistmas – The Season of Love.

Chapter 01

Not Receiving is Unbelieving

Emmie Cooper stiffened when she heard the exasperation in her mother’s voice.

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Excerpt: Shadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver

Chapter TwoShadows in the Stone - Diane Lynn McGyver

Alaura awoke to movement within the sheep stall. In the dim light she saw Isla staring in the direction of Aruam Castle. She turned and looked in the same direction as the child but found nothing unusual.

Isla slipped between the stall rails and entered the dwelling. Frequent wandering convinced Alaura the time to rescue the child had to be soon, before she went missing. She couldn’t keep the child safe if she strayed from the yard in her absence.

A crash inside the dwelling startled Alaura. The once-dark interior exploded with light, but she couldn’t see the source of the noise.

“Where is it?”

She heard a deep voice; it didn’t sound like Keiron Ruckle. After several loud bangs, another voice echoed on the night air.

“Maybe he already has it.”

“Darnacles!” The first voice growled.

“Maybe it’s outside.”

Alaura froze as a large human flung the back door open. Two more men followed him outside. All three brandished swords and wore chainmail armour over rugged clothing of The Trail. They searched the backyard.

“This’ll show Keiron how we deal with traitors!”

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