Adorable November Newsletter Prize

Wouldn’t you love to win my kilted Scottish bagpiper nutcracker in time for the holidays?


Join my newsletter to find out how.  Click on the envelope at the top of the right-hand column, or click HERE to sign up. Hurry! The holidays are coming, and my November newsletter will be out next week!

Another Bloomin’ Castle!

Visitors to Scotland have a saying: “A B C.” It stands for “another bloomin’ castle” or “another bloody castle”, depending on your preference, as in “here we are, visiting another…”. You get the idea. I’m sure the same holds true for the rest of Great Britain, France, and many other places. Nonetheless, those castles are fascinating places to visit and included on tours for many reasons. They’re picturesque, they are remnants of a past about which we’ve forgotten much. They’re often architectural marvels. And they’re romantic.

On my recent trip to Scotland, I did the ABC tour, which also included some gorgeous stately homes, as well. Take a look!

Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond

Stirling Castle

Cawdor Castle and lovely gardens

Culloden House and incredible walled garden

Blair Castle and not a Blair in sight (save me) – it’s the seat of the Murrays

Holyroodhouse Palace Royal Residence and ruined Abbey

Edinburgh Castle

St. Andrews ruined castle by the sea

Now that you’ve seen these, where would you like to go on your own ABC tour?

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

On my trip to Scotland last month, we stayed a couple of days on the incredibly romantic and beautiful Loch Lomond. Right away, we got to do a wee cruise on the loch, which is the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain.



This is looking down the loch toward Ben Lomond.








In the trees is the Auchendennan House, built in 1866.  It stands on the site of King Robert the Bruce’s hunting lodge.





Inchmurrin, the largest of 24 islands in Loch Lomond. It is 1 mile by 1.5 miles in size, privately owned, and houses Scotland’s oldest official naturist club. That’s not birdwatchers, in case you were wondering.  Other islands on the loch were home to illegal stills during the Napoleonic wars, when imported wine was hard to get.  Landowners ignored the operations, since the smuggling provided their tenants with income.






Part of the marina where the cruise originated. 





My favorite view, though I caught a bit of afternoon haze.  I think I could get lost in those hills.  How about you?


I’ll post more pictures from my trip now and again, so check back often!

HIGHLANDER Giveaway Hop Winner!

Highlander Giveaway Hop_2013_smCongratulations, Susan Poll! You’re my winner! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd thanks to everyone who commented. I hope you had a great time participating in the blog hop.

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Scotland is everything they say it is–and more.  Beautiful, mystical, historical, sunny, misty, fortified, spirited…I could go on, but for once, I’d rather show you!

Have you dreamed of being on the water? Or of what might be in it?

Lochs Lomond, Lochy and Ness

Might you fancy a Wee Dram?


Or care to try your hand at hunting with a hawk, or owl, or eagle?


Have you touched a Standing Stone or seen a Fairy Ring?

At Clava Cairns

Or visited a Castle or Manor House?

Stirling, Cawdor, Blair, Edinburgh, and St.Andrews Castles, Holyrood Palace, Culloden and Cameron Houses

Seen the heather in bloom in the Highlands, or visited breathtaking gardens?


If my pictures make you long to be in Scotland, go!  It’s not too late to enjoy more of the 2014 Year of Homecoming events.  Or wait for next spring.  Whenever you visit, you’ll have a wonderful time!


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Lucky you! I’m just back from Scotland and Celebrating the Highlands in the Highlander Giveaway Hop. Prizes! Featured Books! Read on and get clicking!  

My featured book is my Readers Crown Finalist and InD’Tale Crowned Heart and RONE Award Medieval Historical Honorable Mention winner, HIGHLAND SEER.

The ebook version is on sale right now for 99 cents!  If you don’t have it yet, or would like to give a copy to all your friends, this is a great time and a great price.

Here are the links to some of your favorite vendors:

The Wild Rose Press:



If you’d like to win a Signed, Print copy of HIGHLAND SEER and a Portrait of Scotland 2015 calendar I bought in Scotland earlier this month (US Only, please), click HERE to join my newsletter, then Leave a Reply below: Joined, or Already Subscribed is all you need to type to be eligible. I’ll contact the winner via the email I find in my newsletter subscribers list.

And Last, but not Least, CLICK HERE to find the rest of the Highlander Giveaway Hop participants and to enter their giveaways! Good luck!


Have you read the award-winning second book in my Highland Talents series, HIGHLAND SEER?  If not, now is a perfect time to get it for yourself and all your friends!  The Amazon #1 Medieval Historical Romance bestseller is on sale for 99 cents. 


Don’t miss the 99-cent sale! HIGHLAND SEER is available at your favorite vendor:

The Wild Rose Press:

September is for…SCOTLAND!

image002This month, I’m finally making that dream trip to Scotland.  I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite fellow Scottish historical romance authors to provide a virtual tour of some of their favorite places in Scotland, especially those they’ve used in their books.  If you’re dreaming of your own Highland adventure and looking for ideas, you can read more at the USAToday HEA blog here and here!

And if you can’t make the trip anytime soon, don’t despair. Until you can, our books will transport you to the hills, lochs and glens. Oh, and might find a few men in kilts on the pages, too!

(Hills Reflected in a Loch, Photo Credit: Terry Spear)

Celebrate Read a Romance Month in August!

August is Read A Romance Month! Now that’s an event worth celebrating–and I’m late to the party.  Well, I’ve been a bit busy, in revisions on one book, finishing another, plotting another, and…where has this month gone?  

To give you some ideas for your next favorite romance full of men in kilts, I’ve partnered with some fellow Scottish Historical Romance authors to bring you some of their favorite locations in Scotland, many of which they’ve used in their books.  You can find Part 1 of the article on HEAUSAToday!  There will be more next Monday, as well, so if you, like me, are watching Outlander and are yearning for a trip to the Highlands, or if making that trip has always been on your bucket list, you’ll want to check that out!

And while you’re at it, look for these books at your favorite bookstore!

You might find a new favorite book, or new favorite author–after me, of course!  Enjoy!