Brian Russell's SCRIBE Set for 9/23 Release
The idyllic Scottish country town of Kilbride hides a bloody past. Once home to a murderous tyrant and site of an epic battle for independence from England, now the quiet town's biggest source of excitement is the pub band led by local beauty Moira McLeod. In Brian Russell's SCRIBE (Kengorus Publishing/Amazon; September 23, 2013), the arrival of Hollywood director John MacIntyre and his beautiful movie star wife, Valerie, means things are about to get a lot more interesting. And deadly.
Valerie hopes the couple's long summer holiday will help them rekindle the closeness they once had. John hopes he'll discover the inspiration for the novel he plans to write. Initially charmed by the town and its residents, the couple are happier together than they've been years, but before long John's writing becomes an almost dangerous obsession, and Valerie turns to the ruggedly handsome Graham Ne sbit for comfort and companionship.
There's more to the charming, easygoing Graham Nesbit than the MacIntyres know; a local history expert, he's also the gatekeeper of the allegedly cursed tomb and secret passageways beneath the ruins of the Keep. Intrigued by this local landmark so feared by the residents, John finds himself writing an historical novel set within its ominous, forbidden ruins. As he and Valerie explore Kilbride, he realizes that many of the characters he thought he had made up were once real, historical figures and he grows increasingly convinced that the story he's writing isn't coming from his own imagination, but is being channeled through him from some supernatural source. He stays up all night, drinking and writing, only becoming aware of his growing disconnection with his wife when he sees her and Graham embracing on a boating excursion.
One night, after hearing her sing at the local pub, John becomes fascinated with Moira McLeod--after all, she is the living embodiment of Eileen MacLeod, the heroine of his novel. In this story within a story, Eileen is forced to break her engagement to her beloved Robert Douglas and marry Campb e ll, the cruel ruler of the Keep, Eileen fights to the end to escape the marriage. And when the end becomes inevitable, Robert and his men make a doomed bid to save her. Eileen makes the ultimate sacrifice in hopes of saving Robert, leaving the Keep with a bloodstained legacy and a story crying out across the ages to be told.