Re-Release Day!

I’m so excited! Today is Release Day for the new AmazonEncore-published versions of Highland Healer and Highland Seer! Full of romance, adventure, men in kilts and women with very special talents, not a word has been changed. Just the covers, and the publisher, of course. Read a description and excerpt for Highland Healer here, and for Highland Seer here.

If you don’t have your copies yet, this is great news, because they’re now available at a lower price: $3.99! Get yours today!

A New Chapter!

I’ve just entered a new chapter in my publishing career! Amazon Publishing bought the rights to Highland Healer and Highland Seer from The Wild Rose Press, and will release them on 31 March under Amazon Publishing’s AmazonEncore imprint. Prior to that date, they are available for preorder.

AmazonEncore helps readers discover extraordinary, previously-published, overlooked books from emerging authors.

I’m thrilled to be under contract with this publishing powerhouse. This will mean some changes, of course–good ones. Along with Amazon’s promotional reach, the most visible change is that my first two books are now sporting fabulous new covers! 

 

Available in print and on Kindle exclusively from Amazon, Highland Healer and Highland Seer have not been modified in any way other than the new covers. The audiobook versions are still available from Amazon, Audible.com and Tantor.

I’m thrilled to join Amazon Publishing’s exclusive family of authors. And I’m eternally grateful to The Wild Rose Press, not only for making this new arrangement possible, but for buying Highland Healer three years ago, launching my career as a debut published author. I look forward to continuing my long and successful association with The Wild Rose Press, and to my new relationship with Amazon Publishing.

I’m now a hybrid, multi-published, multi-publisher author. Wow.

RELEASE DAY!

Kissing the Highlander finalIt’s finally here!  Release day for Kissing the Highlander!  

Do you have your copy yet?  Click HERE for all the bookseller links you want to buy your very own copy of this amazing anthology.

reviewertoppick2Night Owl Reviews has already named it a five-star Top Pick! 

Valentine’s Day is coming!  Who needs candy hearts when you can give your sweetheart five bestselling authors? Five men in kilts, and five women they can’t live without, all in the Highlands of Scotland…  

You’re going to fall in love! 

Highland Talents on TV!

In case you missed it, my books were recently featured on San Antonio Living along with books by fellow San Antonio Romance Authors members.  Like you, the hostess, Shelly Miles, is quite taken with my covers!  And former SARA president Patricia Walters-Fisher did a wonderful job introducing all the books. After a short commercial, watch the clip for Love is in the Air by clicking HERE.

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Kissing the Highlander finalAnd don’t forget, Kissing the Highlander releases on Tuesday, 10 February! All your favorite booksellers will have it! You’re going to love this anthology of five novellas by five bestselling Scottish historical romance authors, including, of course, yours truly. Enjoy!

New Release 10 February – Preorder Now!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m officially a Hybrid author.  My first Indie project, Heart of Stone, in the anthology Kissing the Highlander with Eliza Knight, Victoria Roberts, Vonda Sinclair and Terry Spear, is up for preorder and releases on February 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Five new Highland novellas by Bestselling Authors of Highland romances that will delight with mystery, intrigue, romance, drama and much more! From the authors who have provided countless hours of reading pleasure so that fans can slip away to the past and live among all those hot Highlanders.

Kissing the Highlander Includes: 

His Wild Highland Lass by Terry Spear  

Lady Sorcha Barclay fled her brother-in-law’s castle because of his unwanted advances. An awe-inspiring circle of standing stones captures her attention and she captures the attention of the laird who owns the land.

Laird Ronan Daziel takes Sorcha to his castle to protect her and give her a home. Before long, he wants much more. He’s duty-bound to take a wife whose clan wishes an alliance with his. So why does he long to have something more? Everyone loves the lass as much as he does. But he has pledged his loyalty to his clan. Taking Sorcha to wife could lead to battle on several fronts. How can he wed another when she stole his heart from the first moment he laid eyes on her near the ancient standing stones on his lands?

The Highlander’s Charm by Eliza Knight 

They should be enemies… But passion and love know no bounds.

Returning from battle to England, Samuel de Mowbray discovers that his two younger sisters have been stolen by Highlanders. Determined to save them from vicious warriors, he convinces the king to send him north. While there, he discovers that his loyalties are wavering and that a headstrong, feisty lass could destroy everything he believes.

Catriona Buchanan must travel north to ask for help in saving her brother and ridding her castle of brutal English knights. Unfortunately, to do so, she must trust in the thing she mistrusts the most—an Englishman. Minute by minute, the man who should be her enemy breaks down her defenses. There is something different about him and she can’t help but be captivated by Samuel, and his steamy kisses.

Heart of Stone by Willa Blair  

Riding home after two years away, Gavan MacNabb encounters a lass and her deerhound in a moonlit circle of standing stones. Little does he know 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.

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?

Kilts and Kisses by Victoria Roberts 

Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.

Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.

My Captive Highlander by Vonda Sinclair   

Can unexpected passion and a little ancient magic turn enemies into lovers?

During a fierce storm on the west coast of Scotland, Shamus MacKenzie barely survives a galley wreck only to be captured and held for ransom by the enemy MacDonalds. Aided by the gift of second sight, Maili MacDonald, sister of the ruthless chief, senses the handsome, dark-haired stranger will somehow be important in her life. Compelled to help him, she insists on providing him food and a healer to see to his injuries. She knows she is daft to fall in love with this captivating warrior after one forbidden kiss but cannot help herself. With each visit from Maili, Shamus finds his thoughts consumed by the enchanting lass. Can he convince her to help him escape the dungeon and prevent the impending battle between the two clans?

Preorder/BUY LINKS:  Amazon   Kobo   Smashwords   Barnes & Noble   iBooks  AllRomanceEBooks

Kissing The Highlander will also be out in print!

 

Still Looking for a Present?

Santa recommends my Highland Talents series! Rudolf, too!

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Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend or a reward for yourself for all your hard work this holiday season, I’ve got a Highlander for you! All my books are available as ebooks and in print.  Highland Healer and Highland Seer are also available as audiobooks.

Get your copies today from these book sellers:

AMAZON  iBooks  Barnes & Noble  KOBO  AllRomanceEBooks  TheWildRosePress  BookStrand

HIGHLAND TROTH’s WorldWide Release Day!

I’m so excited! Today is worldwide release day for HIGHLAND TROTH, the third full-length book and fourth title in my Scottish historical paranormal Highland Talents series. If you love men in kilts, romance, and the Highlands of Scotland, you’ll love this book!  

Jamie Lathan’s story is one my readers have been asking for since the first Highland Talents book, HIGHLAND HEALER, came out a little over two years ago. Writing HIGHLAND TROTH took a while—I wanted to create a memorable love match for Jamie. That meant nothing could come easily for him or for Caitrin. They had years to pine for each other, but trouble really started when they finally reunited.

I think you’ll enjoy their journey.  

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To celebrate HIGHLAND TROTH’s release, I’m having a Worldwide Release Day party today on Facebook from 9 am to 9 pm CST.  Please drop by and say hello!  My wonderful guest authors will  bring lots of games, contests and prizes. You just never know what might happen—you might even win a $100 gift card! 

I’ll see you there!

You can get HIGHLAND TROTH (Highland Talents Book 3) at the following booksellers.  Don’t see your favorite bookseller listed yet?  Check their website for late arrivals!  

AMAZON  iBooks  Barnes & Noble  KOBO AllRomanceEBooks  TheWildRosePress  BookStrand

CONTEST!

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Would you like to win a signed copy of my new novella, The Healer’s Gift?  

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Then click HERE to enter my Goodreads Giveaway.  

I’ve got four print copies up for grabs (to US and Canada).  

Winners will be notified by Goodreads after the 24 May closing date for the contest. 

Good luck!

Newsletter subscribers, I’ll have another opportunity for you to win my books in my MAY Newsletter. What?  You’re not on my mailing list?  See that nice little newsletter envelope, surrounded by a lovely shade of blue, at the top of the page on the right?  Click there, or HERE, to subscribe. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, now do you?

J is for Judging

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cThis month, as I did last year, I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge. The first post is A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays. Last year, my theme was Scotland. This year, my theme is The Writing Life. Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year. For instance:

J is for judging.  Whether you participate in a critique partnership or critique group, write reviews, or judge contests, you’re called upon to judge the work of other authors.  Yes, it’s tough enough deciding if your own writing is good, bad or indifferent.  But we writers depend on honest feedback from our peers to help us sort through plot problems, identify word repetition and grammar mistakes, and on the plus side, to gain attention from agents, editors and readers.  

The old adage “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything” doesn’t serve us well when we’re called upon to help another author improve their writing.  Nor is it fair to anyone in a contest to give only positive feedback. Judging implies recognizing both positive and negative aspects of a work. But there’s no need to be mean, either.  Honesty can be couched in kind words, helpful suggestions, and critical feedback that leaves room for the other person to grow as an author while protecting their ego.  images

Judging another’s work is fun when they’ve done a great job, you enjoy their story, and you can easily give them positive reinforcement.  Most of us don’t enjoy the flip side of that coin, when we could not finish the book, when there are so many errors that it looks like we bled all over the page with our red pen, or when we have to score a contest entry so low that we know the entry has no chance of advancing.  But if we’re determined to help our fellow authors ensure that manuscripts are truly ready to be published, then we have no choice.  

 

H is for Hero

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cThis month, as I did last year, I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge.  The first post is A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays.  Last year, my theme was Scotland.  This year, my theme is The Writing Life.  Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year.  For instance:

H is for Hero – Who is the hero of your story?  In Romance, the convention is to have a hero and a heroine (or a hero/hero or heroine/heroine, or hero/hero/heroine … you get the idea), both of whom get relatively equal time in the story.  Romance is written from the hero’s and heroine’s point of view.  The reader sees what they see, hears what they hear, knows what they know.  Often, those are the only two viewpoints in a story, but sometimes the antagonist (the bad guy) or an important secondary character gets a few scenes, too.

securedownloadRomance readers love an alpha hero – large and in charge describes this type of man.  But beta heroes have their followers, too, who prefer the more sensitive, cooperative male.  Heroines, thankfully, have gone from simpering, empty-headed missies the hero must save to kick-ass women who can not only take care of themselves, they often save the hero, or work side-by-side with the hero to resolve the conflicts in the book.  While the definition of hero, especially the alpha variety, hasn’t changed much in Romance novels, the definition of heroine certainly has.