Happy Thanksgiving!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Thanksgiving!  Today is the day when we Americans pause to count our blessings.  I hope you have a long list.  I do, and my list includes you!

Thank you for buying the books I love to write. Thank you for telling everyone you know about my stories.  Thank you for taking the time to write reviews.  Thank you for sharing your excitement with me on social media, in email, and in person at book signings.

I always dreamed of being a published author. With your help, I’ve achieved that lifelong dream.  Today, as I do every day, I appreciate all my readers for what you’ve helped me accomplish. Your support makes me eager to dream up new stories and share them with you.

So a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.  Have a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season!

Adorable November Newsletter Prize

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

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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.

 

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This is looking down the loch toward Ben Lomond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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?

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

HIGHLANDER Giveaway Hop Winner!

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HIGHLAND SEER Sale!

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. 

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

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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!

RWA 2014: Literacy Signing

The Romance Writers of America’s 2014 National convention took over the Riverwalk this past weekend in San Antonio. RWA brings together a great gathering of romance authors from all over the country–and the world–where we recharge our creative batteries while meeting and talking shop with other authors.

IMG_0233I’m local, so I didn’t have to comply with those pesky airline regulations to keep two bags under fifty pounds. Instead, I got seriously nostalgic for the golden age of travel while trying to pack most of my clothes and all of my shoes.  A steamer trunk or two would have come in handy.  But I did manage to keep it to one suitcase. And a hanging bag. And a roll-around carry-on bag. And a shopping bag of gluten-free goodies.

The big event of the conference, the RWA “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, took place Wednesday evening. Readers lined up hours before the doors opened for the chance to meet their favorite authors and to bid on fabulous baskets in the silent auction. Over 450 romance authors signed their books.  Proceeds exceeding $53,000 were donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.

The Literacy signing was crowded and crazy, but so much fun! If you were there, thanks for coming out.  If not, see you next year in New York City!