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Catherine Lanigan, Author of FAMILY OF HIS OWN, Talks About Faerie Research and Other Fancies (plus–a giveaway!)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours


Honestly, the research for this story was long-anticipated because I adore spending way too many hours browsing through art books, looking at paintings on line and yes, gaping at a stunning work in a gallery. Astonishingly, there is a world of art and information on faeries that opened up to me through Pinterest. Then I had a friend who sent me articles from her Fairy magazines that she’s subscribed to for years.

Trust me, I realized then I was really missing something here.

Years ago, about twenty of them, I had a friend, a budding film producer, whose dream was to film documentaries. She was contacted by a woman who lived in Wyoming and whose two young daughters claimed that they saw faeries in their wildflower studded meadows.  My friend went to Wyoming to document these sightings. Though she did not capture hours and hours of tiny winged creatures on film, she did get some. Mostly, they appeared as fairy-shaped light. They were brilliant white. It wasn’t that she captured a face, per-se, but she did photograph the outline. The documentary never came to pass. (Not enough money…as is almost always the case.)

But that incident stayed with me. I’d always wanted to write a story that involved faeries. Though there is nothing supernatural in the story telling in this Heartwarming story, I was piqued by the prodigious world of information about fairies. Folklore and mythology from ancient Celtics to Shakespeare, to Sir Walter Scott and William Blake in the 1790’s illustrate that fairies have been a source of delight and fascination to many generations.

Though considered part of the super-natural world, which means we can’t see them—unless photographed, of course, in my story, Isabelle paints faeries because she is unconsciously healing her inner child. Robbed of a real childhood when her father died when she was 11, fate forced her to take on adult responsibilities too young. At the juncture when Scott proposes and she turns him down, she has just begun to truly heal herself. Her psyche knows that she is not healed enough to be a wife, much less a mother to two foster children. It’s no wonder Isabelle would like to sail to the stars with her faerie prince—who looks astonishingly like Scott.


About the author:

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on and Barnes and, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won

the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling,Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.


Family of His Own
(Shores of Indian Lake #8)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future. Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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Tour Giveaway

 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally
 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)
– Ends July 11th

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Tour Schedule:

June 24th: Launch
June 25th: Brooke Blogs & Reading Is My SuperPower
June 26th: It’s All About the Romance & Hearts & Scribbles
June 27th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
June 28th: Rockin’ Book Reviews & Mel’s Shelves
June 29th: Getting Your Read On & Thoughts of a Blonde
June 30th: Paulette’s Papers & I Am A Reader
July 2nd: Becky on Books & deal sharing aunt
July 3rd: & Wishful Endings
July 6th: Heidi Reads…, Inside The Mind of An Avid Reader & Nicole’s Book Musings
July 7th: Grand Finale

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  1. Kris Meldgaard Kris Meldgaard

    Ive always believed on fairies since I was a lil girl! Thus sounds amazingly fun heart warming & whimsical! Definitely TBR’D! Thank you for stopping hear on your tour to introduce us to your book!! It sounds awesome! I cant wait to read it!!
    Kris Meldgaard

  2. Excellent guest post! I really enjoyed reading it! Also, I really like the book cover! It is fun, warm, inviting, and intriguing! I would definitely stop and check it out! This book sounds like such an interesting read! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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