I’m thrilled to announce Heart of Stone (a Highland Talents prequel) is a finalist in the Novella category of the National Readers’ Choice Awards!
Winners in each category will be announced in July at RWA Nationals in NYC.
In the meantime, you can read Heart of Stone today. If you don’t have your copy yet, click here! And many, many thanks to all the readers who have supported this book! I love it. I hope you will, too.
Bound home after two years away, Gavan MacNabb comes across a lass and her deerhound in a moonlit circle of standing stones. Little does he know that the garland of bluebells she weaves and the spell she sings will change the course of his life.
Marsali Murray doesn’t really believe the old wives’ tale that making a chain of bluebells by the standing stones under a waxing moon will bring true love, but she’s desperate to try anything to escape the boring, everlasting sameness of her life. Anything except marrying a man her father chooses for her. When her deerhound, Corrie, insists on following Gavan, Marsali decides that’s the excuse she needs to have the adventure she craves. She’ll go where he goes, whether he is the man promised by her spell—or not.
Gavan has already seen much of the world denied to Marsali. He’s ready to settle down. She is eager to spread her wings. Can they find what they need with each other?
Now that we’re well into the year, how are you doing with those New Year’s Resolutions? I’ll share some I was sure I would keep…maybe.
Okay, well, they might work for you, if not this year, then next year.
Don’t make any resolutions. You never keep them anyway, so why are we still talking about this?
Pick one you can finish today. Put a check in the resolutions box. You did it! You kept one!
Pick one you know won’t come up until December, such as finding a holiday gift for weird uncle Al. Then you’ll have 11 months to do it or forget about it, which is nearly as good.
Give up something you like—but not too much—that’s bad for you. Love brownies? Not a good candidate. Only so-so about snickerdoodles? Perfect!
Give up something for a limited amount of time. I’m not sure I could give up chocolate or caramel for a week, but one day? Maybe. Five minutes? Sure.
Be a better/nicer/more generous/etc., person. Depending on your personality and inclinations, this could be easy or hard or both, so I’m putting it in the middle.
Finish that book! You know the one. You’ve been rewriting the first three chapters for the last six years.
Fill a 2016 Blessings jar. This one takes a bit of dedication, but the reward at the end of the year is worth it. Every time something wonderful, significant, happy, positive…you get the idea…happens, write it down on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, read and recall each bright, shining moment—if you remembered to fill the jar throughout the year.
Get organized! Yes, this should be in a category labeled “Impossible” but I refuse to go there, so it goes here. Every year. My best advice? Start small and work up.
San Antonio knows how to throw a party! Just for fun, here are some highlights from yesterday’s King William parade and fair. Colorful hats, floats, a marching book club, dogs, kids, even pirates! What more could you ask for?
My bestselling Highland Talents series is complete!
Follow the heart-pounding adventures—and heart-warming romances—of the Lathan Clan, their friends—and enemies—in the Highland Talents series, starting with the prequel, Heart of Stone, to the award-winning Highland Healer,Highland Seer, and more.
Get the entire bestselling Highland Talents series in ebook or print. And if you love listening to a Scottish accent, Highland Healer and Highland Seer are available as audiobooks, too.
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Congratulations to my friend and fellow author, Eliza Knight, on her 50th book release!
Read on for the back cover copy, an excerpt and where to buy Eliza’s exciting new Scottish Historical Romance, Claimed by the Warrior.
Claimed by the Warrior
The Conquered Bride Series
He came to conquer…
A widower, Laird Torsten Mackenzie, has worked long and hard to regain the respect his clan deserved after his older brother turned traitorous. Even in death, Cathal’s crimes remain a mar on Torsten’s conscience. Setting aside his grief, Torsten devotes his life to his people, and to his young, motherless daughter. When a rival clan attacks his lands unprovoked, he’s determined to put them in their place once and for all. Marching on their gates, he’s taken by surprise when Lady MacDonell steps through the opening instead of her wayward husband. Reacting impulsively, Torsten exacts his revenge by whisking her away.
But she laid claim to his heart…
Headstrong and fierce, Éabha MacDonell’s true nature has been buried for six long years in a marriage that fills her with shame, and has kept her tucked in the shadows. But the death of her husband, and being forced from the only home she’s ever known, brings freedom in a way she’d never imagined. Free to rediscover parts of herself she’d thought never to behold again—her love of art, her desire for children. But most of all, the tug at her heart, the warmth of a secret glance and the heat of a passionate embrace.
In the arms of her captor, Éabha’s more liberated than she’s ever been before and Torsten might just have found the one person who can make him whole again.
Why the hell did those bloody fools have to keep raiding? Had they not yet learned their lesson?
Laird Torsten Mackenzie crouched just out of arrow’s reach from the high, thick walls of the MacDonell’s castle. The fortress loomed up in the moonlight, but despite its fortifications, he planned to breach it this very night. A promise he’d made the last time the bastards had dared to cross onto his land.
Torsten was certain he’d been clear that any further raids on his lands would not be tolerated. Another raid from the MacDonells was a declaration of war, he’d even put it in writing so the imbeciles would not be confused. Yet, despite his warnings, the arseholes had done so again, trampling crops, burning crofter’s homes, beating tenants and violating women.
Rage lanced hot through Torsten’s veins. He gripped the reins tighter, his body stiffened, and his mount, Lucifer, tossed his head in irritation. When he got ahold of Donald MacDonell, that sorry excuse for a laird, he was going to beat him to a bloody pulp, until the last of his breath escaped and his face was unrecognizable.
His warhorse snorted and Torsten loosened his grip, concentrating his fury on the castle just beyond.
Torsten glanced at Little Rob, his second-in-command, a man not so little in personality or size. He, too, had steel-studded leather armor covering his leine shirt, his green and blue plaid muted in the darkness.
“Wait.” Torsten glowered at the wall and keep, imagining the men inside celebrating their latest raid, and reliving every horrifying moment. Well, Torsten, wasn’t celebrating, and his people surely weren’t. They were trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, while desperately trying not to relive it. Donald MacDonell had better start praying now, for Torsten would show no mercy.
About the Author:
Eliza Knight is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of sizzling historical romance and time-travel erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. She runs the award-winning blog, History Undressed. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or www.historyundressed.com