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May 22, 2015

It's a brand new book! Special Guest post from Sue-Ellen Welfonder aka Allie Mackay on Haunted Warrior

Some of you know that I own and operate my own graphic and web design company Sapphire Designs

I have recently had the extreme pleasure of working with Author Sue-Ellen Welfonder (who also writes as Allie Mackay) on several projects including getting to design the new cover for her book Haunted Warrior! I have loved Sue Ellen's writing for years and so it was an absolute honor to get to work with her on this cover, her website and a few other covers over the past few months. So I wanted to share the new cover with you and also to share a special message from Sue-Ellen telling about her latest release. P.S. -You have to get this one it's awesome! 

Take it away Sue-Ellen...

Dear Friends,

It's with the greatest joy that I can announce the re-release of a book very near and dear to my heart... HAUNTED WARRIOR is now live!
When spirits rise, love soon follows…
Kendra Chase earns her living as a ghost whisperer. Cajoling disgruntled discarnates isn’t easy, so she’s been looking forward to a break in Edinburgh. But before she can even tour the castle or try haggis, an unexpected assignment sends her to Scotland’s rugged north coast. The tiny fishing village of Pennard is being excavated for a historical restoration project, and the living locals aren’t the only ones upset by the plans: Supernatural protests have been reported.
No one knows better than Graeme MacGrath that his seaside village is more than North Sea nostalgia, peat smoke, and plaid. Bound by a centuries-old legacy to keep the region’s peace, MacGrath is the fiercest opponent to the development project. The renovation work has disrupted the protective veil that shields this world from the ancient, half-mythic past. And though he doesn’t have time for dallying with fetching American tourists, when Kendra arrives, desire flares between them. They soon join forces to save Pennard, but can they stop themselves from the one thing they can’t risk – falling in love?
If you read Haunted Warrior when the book originally released (Penguin/NAL 2012), you may notice that the new blurb has a lighter tone.
So does the entire story.
I've rewritten the book, keeping the basic plot, but telling it in the style and voice I always intended: light, with a touch of humor, and the Highland magic that readers love and expect in my Allie Mackay titles.
When Haunted Warrior first released, the publisher wanted a dark book. Dark was 'in' at the time - very dark. It didn't matter that 'dark' wasn't my style.
As is the way of New York publishing, the editor had final say - I had to revise/rewrite the book five times to make it dark enough to meet the publisher's wishes. Even then, the editor added her own wording, making it darker still. All humor was edited out, along with the Highland magic that I so enjoy weaving into my stories.
Blessedly, the atmosphere of the lovely setting was left alone. Likewise the hero's dog, Jock, was allowed to remain as I wrote and wanted him: a wonderful character throughout the book. Otherwise, Haunted Warrior was written against my natural writing voice, and released in a style that simply wasn't me.
Now, I have reclaimed my book.
The version that went live on amazon only hours ago, is written in my voice alone. The story is all mine, the tone is light, there is humor and Highland magic, and even a certain much-loved crone Devorgilla has now found her way to Pennard, the quaint fishing village where the story unfolds.
If you read the original version of Haunted Warrior, I hope you will give this new edition a read, too.
If you haven't yet read the book, I am so happy you can now enjoy the story as I always meant it to be told.
Special and heartfelt thanks to my dear friends Leah Weller and Kathy Garuti who stood by me as I worked through the book, lifting out the darkness and inserting the light, page by page, chapter by chapter.
Ladies, I love you and appreciate your input so very much!
Haunted Warrior's gorgeous new cover was designed by the super-talented Jennifer Johnson of Sapphire Designs.
Fun Fact: The fishing village on the cover is the book's actual setting. Most fun of all, I took the picture myself, which makes the cover all the more special.
Thank you so much, Jenn!! You took my image and infused magic.
Everyone else, I hope you'll grab a copy and let yourself be swept away to Pennard, one of my all-time favorite corners of Scotland.
Here is the buy link to HAUNTED WARRIOR
$2.99, or FREE with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
As always, if you read the book, I'd sure appreciate a review. They matter and help a book's visibility and sales.
Wishing you Highland Magic!
HAUNTED WARRIOR ~ Available Now!


  1. Thanks so much, Jenn! It was so good of you to do this! LOVE your stunning covers and everything you do. XXXOOXXX

  2. You are more than welcome dear it was my pleasure! I wanted to tell everyone it's out and to get it because you are an awesome author and they will love it I know!

    And thank you so much for your kind words. I Ioved working with you! XOXOXOXO

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    1. And I thank you, Leah, for reading along and being such a stalwart and help-mate as I reclaimed this book! XXXOOXXX

  4. It feels like ages since I read Haunted Warrior. Guess I'll have to give this one a go...:)

    1. Great to see you in here, Ivy! Ha ha.. it was forever since I read Haunted Warrior, too! It released in the early days of Tartan Ink, ages ago, indeed. At the time, I did a ton of Tartan Ink blog posts about the book, but I didn't read it after it released. It was eye-popping to do so now - and to then see how many changes the publisher/editor made after I'd already done so many revisions/rewrites for them. It felt so good to be able to take out all the darkness and weave the Highland magic, humor, romance, and my own voice/style, back into the story. It is mine now - the original edition wasn't, sadly. I hope you will enjoy this new edition. XXXOOXXX

  5. Finally made it! Hi Sue-Ellen. Jennifer thanks for having Sue-Ellen today. This story is now a true Allie MacKay story. I hope everyone enjoys it! I know it was fun watching the transformation form dark to light.

    1. Bless you, Kathy! You were such a tremendous help in putting this book back to how it was always meant to be. Couldn't have done it without you and Leah. Everyone: Kathy gets the credit for certain plot changes regarding the "Shadow Wand" in the story. We spent many afternoons brainstorming how to get rid of all the darkness and infuse the light (my natural Allie Mackay voice/style) back into a story that had been made very, very dark (by the powers that be). Thanks so much, Kathy!

    2. It was my pleasure having her here Kathy! :)

  6. Jenn, a thousand blessings and all my thanks for doing this today! It was so very thoughtful and kind of you. Love you so much and am, so very blessed to have you on my team! XXXOOXXX

    1. Comma after 'am' is a typo. Sigh... ((:O

    2. It was my pleasure to have you here dear as always! Love ya and thrilled to be on your team! ;)


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