New Release! Heart of Stone

IMG_2782Heart of Stone is out! 

Previously Published in the anthology, Kissing the Highlander, Heart of Stone is a Highland Talents prequel. In it, you’ll get a glimpse of young Donal MacNabb. You’ll see him as man to be reckoned with in Highland Healer. Better yet, he gets his own romance and adventure in Highland Seer.

My Highland Talents stories are set in the years following what has been called the worst defeat Scotland suffered at the hands of the English. Despite having established diplomatic relations with England and having married Henry VIII’s sister, Margaret Tudor, James IV was forced to honor the Auld Alliance when France went to war with England. He died in battle at Flodden Field in 1513 along with most of his nobles, clan chiefs and their heirs. For years, Scotland was ruled by Regents and fell into chaos.

Heart of Stone takes place in happier times, 11 years before that tragedy. A patron of education and the arts, James IV was Scotland’s Renaissance king. In 1496, he made education compulsory for the upper classes, which leads Donal’s older brother, Gavan MacNabb to St. Andrews and beyond, before his journey home in Heart of Stone.

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?

Get your Kindle copy today from AMAZON. Print and other formats are coming! Or get Heart of Stone in the anthology, Kissing the Highlander!

Lovely St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews has a charm that goes well beyond its fabled golf course, university, castle, cathedral, or the beach scene from Chariots of Fire.

One of the things about the town that captivated me was the doors. The variety was incredible and reflected the town’s long history.

I’m looking forward to a return trip someday soon!

Glorious Scottish Spring

It may be summer here, but in Scotland, it was springtime and it was glorious.

I will admit to having been just a wee bit obsessed with finding bluebells. After all, they play such a central role in Heart of Stone, how could I resist? Before this trip, I could only write about them based on what I read on the internet. So to finally get to see, feel and smell them? Trust me, online research is not the same as holding them in your hands. Lucky for me, they were in bloom nearly everywhere we went.

Of course, there were daffodils and tulips and beautiful, new green leaves on the trees and shrubs.  For an East-coaster transplanted to (usually) dry-as-a-bone Texas, spring in Scotland was lush, colorful and refreshing.

Check back soon for more pictures from my trip!

More Scotland!

Due to a problem with my iPhone (thanks a bunch, Apple), we made an unexpected trip on the train from Pitlochry to Edinburgh to go the the Apple store. Fortunately, the problem didn’t take long to fix, so that gave us a couple of hours to revisit some of the city before catching the return train.

Besides a return visit to the Makars’ Court (a Scots word for poet or author), where inscribed flagstones celebrate Scottish authors from the 14th century to today, and the Writers’ Museum, both just off the Royal Mile, we met some raptors and a bagpiper.

We also got a chance to duck into St. Giles. I recommend a visit if you get a chance. What a gorgeous kirk!

I have lots more pictures, so keep checking back to see more of my trip!

Scotland, Again!

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!

 

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!

Check back later for more pictures!

On SALE!

Kissing the Highlander is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get five original novellas in one volume from five of your favorite award-winning, USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble top-100 bestselling authors. 

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Click on these links to get your copy at your favorite bookseller:

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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

Don’t miss this sale! Get your copy today!

April Newsletter Contest Winners

11037221_1569169023333373_1891550683844629032_nCongratulations to the winners of my April newsletter contest! Carol Smith, Jennifer McFalls and Amy Hart each get a signed copy of one of my books.

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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!