Being in Scotland again was wonderful! Driving around on our own was fun and incredibly easy, though at times hair-raising if we met an oncoming lorry on a narrow two-lane road. Fortunately, those encounters were rare. It was springtime in the Highlands and everything was either green or blooming. Lamb twins bounced around their mothers in the fields, yet snow still capped the tops of the Munros.
The vistas would steal your breath. I’ll share some of my photos in this and several following posts, so check back often to see what I’ve added!
Looking west on Loch Tay
Snow on the Munros and a stiff wind at the marina
Only a little jet-lagged and ready for the first wee dram of the trip!
Where old phone booths go to hide.
Our lodgings inside the Taymouth Castle’s former walled garden
As you can tell from these pictures from our first afternoon, the weather was changeable, but we never let a quick shower deter us. There was too much to see and do!
Kissing the Highlander is on sale in the UK and Canada, too!
“Kissing the Highlander is an anthology of Scottish Historical Romance novellas by some of the best in the business…All of the stories capture the magic and mystery of the Scottish Highlands…All the stories can stand alone but definitely feel like part something larger and more sweeping…The tales are exciting, romantic and short enough to read in one sitting. A great taste of the Scottish Highlands.” Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
“WOW! What an amazing anthology with some amazing and talented storytellers! Just the collection for thrill seekers who enjoy feisty heroines and sexy warriors. A must read collection! A true treasure to any romance readers library. A definite keeper! Fast paced and well written with passion, charismatic characters and romantic, thrilling storyline. Perfectly wicked and dangerous! Simply put, WOW!” My Book Addiction and More
“…All five authors pull the reader into the sweeping Highlands where green pastures and blue skies make way for building romance between warring clans…You can never go wrong with a Highlander!!” The Reading Cafe Review
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
And 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!
Sunday night, we celebrate Robert Burns. Typically, the highlights of the evening include the formal recitation of his “Address to a Haggis,” the presentation of the “Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!” and whisky. Check out a video HERE.
Join me at a Facebook party with 17 Best Selling Authors of Scottish Romance and our MC for the event, Debbie McCreary, on Sunday, Jan 25th, for some fun and giveaways. This is a Ceilidh you won’t want to miss.
Schedule of Guests:
4:15 Terry Spear
4:30-4:45: Debbie Robbins/ Kate Robbins
4:45-5:00: April Holthaus
5:00-5:15: Suzan Tisdale
5:15-5:30: Victoria Roberts
5:30-5:45: Victoria Zak
5:45-6:00: Terri Brisbin
6:00-6:15: Tanya Anne Crosby
6:15-6:30: Ashley York
6:30-6:45: Lily Baldwin
6:45-7:00: Glynnis Campbell
7:00-7:15: Vonda Sinclair
7:15-7:30: Violetta Rand
7:30-7:45: Book Addicts/Tartan Book Review
7:45-8:00: Willa Blair
8:00-8:15: Tarah Scott
8:15-8:30: BJ Scott
8:30-8:45: Kathryn Lynn Davis
8:45-9:00: Kathryn Le Veque
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Hogmanay, a word derived from the old Norse language, became the major winter celebration once the Reformation outlawed Christmas in 16th century Scotland. Hogmanay remains a huge party to this day, though the prohibition against celebrating Yule was lifted in the 1950s.
For many, this part of mid-winter is also a time to pause and reflect on the waning year and on plans and goals for the coming year. In the darkest days of winter, it’s refreshing to turn our attention to new starts, opportunities and possibilities.
I’ve had a great year writing and releasing two new titles, and spending time with friends old and new. I’ll be thrilled if the new year brings more of the same for me and whatever you wish for to all of you.
Wherever you are, whatever your celebratory spirit of choice this evening, I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!