Friday, May 10, 2013

Hey the last of my Scottish Love Songs is out.  It's titled THE LAIRD'S DAUGHTER and I think this is one of my favorite books of all time that I've written, certainly the favorite of the three book series.  This book has lots of action and wonderful characters, a brave and handsome hero, a beautiful and courageous heroine, terrific secondary characters and a fierce and vicious villians that get their comeuppance. 

Am I bragging too much?  Well, it's hard not to.  Like a proud mother hen with her amazing little chicks, I want to show them off.  I want people to discover them and be as impressed as I am.  As a writer, we just can't take credit for our H/H because they take over the story and move it where it needs to go.  That's part of the fun of writing.  Getting to know about these interesting, fantastic people who fill up their whole world and for a time, yours as well. 

Let me tell you a little something about them.

Anna is Laird Ewan MacDougall's eight year old daughter when she sees her father murdered and beheaded by Archibald Campbell.  Only the quick action of the priest, Father Cowan saves her life. At first, unable to speak from the shock of all she's seen, Anne is mute.   Eventually, she regains her voice, but continues with the goose girl disguise and becomes the leader of her broken clan, leading them to battles against Baen, Archibald's right hand man, who's harshness toward her clansmen has caused them to hate and rebel against the man.

Rafe Campbell has been called on by his uncle to help put down uprisings by the clansmen he rules.  When he arrives at Dunollie, the castle once held by the MacDougalls, he's appalled at the poor conditions of the villagers and their lack of crops and cattle which is a sure indication of hunger in the winter months.  But Rafe must face other problems, when Baen challenges him and gathers his own army to go against Dunollie.  Rafe finds a surprising friend in Annie the mute and crippled goose girl.  And he finds desire such as he never expected when he comes upon a beautiful woodsprite.

This book has many twists and turns.  It was fun to write and has a wonderful romantic ending.  Now I have to leave these favorite characters behind and get to work on my next project which is a complete change of pace.  Leaving the Historical genre behind, I'm writing a story of Maxie Donovan, a fancy lingerie retailer who's life is in danger because she witnessed a murder.  Only a Gerard Butler look-a-like lawyer can save her, but who's going to save him from Maxie?   .

Friday, March 8, 2013

There she is in all her glory, The Country Wife, a brave wonderful heroine who's not trying to save the world just one tiny baby, the daughter of her brother and her best friend.  Lilli MacGregor, alias Lilli Hardy has a load of trouble.  Not only has she watched her brother hanged, delivered his baby from its dying mother, fled from the leader of one of Scotland's most powerful clans, but now she must rescue a wounded Callum MacAllister, the new Laird of Lister Castle, who has been set upon by his distant cousin, Robert Lister who lays claim to the title and castle.Taking refuge in a lonely, secluded crofter's cottage set high on Tollis Hill, Lilli struggles to deny her growing feelings for the handsome laird.

Wounded, Callum MacAllister must depend upon a beautiful young woman who has too many secrets of her own.  As she nurses him back to health, he tries not to become ensnared by her bravery and beauty, but when she at last confides in him, he can't resist her.  Maddened by her presence, he is finally free to claim her as his own and finds a love such as he never expected.

I wrote THE COUNTRY WIFE some years ago, after my husband and I had been to Scotland.  We visited every castle we could find and I bought so many research books, we had to buy another case in which to bring them home.  My husband, God bless his soul, was so understanding.  All my books were written by Scottish lords and scholars and I thought who better to know?  There was one book in particular that had to do with common folks, their dwellings, plenishings (furniture), clothing, chores, weapons and so on, I was fascinated and wanted to write about this side of life.  I've written about Scottish Castles enough.  So from this came the story of Lilli and Callum.  They made a wonderful couple and I'm so proud of them.  .  .