Your Wednesday #HighlanderFix

Your Wednesday #HighlanderFixHeaven and the Heather by Elizabeth Holcombe
Published by INDIE # Pages: 288
Format: eBook
on 9/18/2014
A savage land. An untamed passion.

A member of the court of Mary Queen of Scots, the exquisite Sabine de Sainte Montagne is at the mercy of Her Majesty’s whims—and has been promised in marriage to a powerful, yet devious, Scottish lord.

The chief of an outlaw clan, Niall Macgregor knows his people’s future rests in the hands of the new queen. But his reckless attempt to approach her is spoiled by Sabine’s presence. Stopped cold by her raven-haired beauty, Niall barely escapes with his life.

With but a glimpse into Niall’s startling blue eyes, Sabine recognizes the freedom she so desperately craves. But it will take all of the warrior’s fierce courage and determination to pierce Sabine’s French pride and make her believe that anything can happen in the Highlands—even love….


Are you enjoying Scottish romance brought to a TV near you? I think a lot of us are going to be a bit obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and I hope that’s going to mean a lot of people are looking for more Scottish romances to read (before, after, or during their binge reading of the #Outlander series!).

Would you like your favorite Scottish romances to be featured?

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This week’s book: Heaven and the Heather; Check out this 4 Star review from RT Reviews

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Get your #HighlanderFix right here!Highland Fire by Tanya Anne Crosby
Series: Guardians of the Stone, Book 1
ISBN: 1495904822
Published by INDIE # Pages: 335
Format: eBook
on January 15, 2014
Scotland, 1125, the Legend Begins …
For two centuries, Aidan dun Scoti’s kinsmen have guarded Scotland’s greatest secret, awaiting a worthy successor to arise and unite the Highland clans. His people are the last of the “Painted Ones,” the guardians of the true Stone of Destiny.

A Struggle for Power
The Highland tribes are fractured. Scotland’s King David seeks an alliance with the fierce mountain Scot. But only one woman will tempt Aidan dun Scoti—the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan …

Tempted by revenge
Cursed by Aidan’s people for the sins of her father, Lìleas MacLaren is the one woman he believes he is immune to. Offered in marriage by David of Scotland as a guise for peace, she is also the one woman who may bring the fierce chieftain to his knees.

Rich with history and lore, HIGHLAND FIRE brings back favorite characters from The Highland Brides and introduces you to new ones.

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Are you enjoying Scottish romance brought to a TV near you? I think a lot of us are going to be a bit obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and I hope that’s going to mean a lot of people are looking for more Scottish romances to read (before, after, or during their binge reading of the #Outlander series!).

Would you like your favorite Scottish romances to be featured?

Readers: Submit your recommendations here!

Authors: Submit your recommendations here!

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Delivering your #Highlanderfix this fine MondaySapphire Dream by Pamela Palmer
Series: Jewels of Time book 1
Published by INDIE # Pages: 278
Format: eBook
on November 19, 2013
The last thing Brenna Cameron expected when she arrived at Castle Stour on the coast of Scotland, seeking answers about a past she doesn’t remember, was to find herself transported to a seventeenth-century pirate ship complete with dangerous crew and a handsome captain who is less than pleased to have her aboard. 

Rourke Douglas, captain of the Lady Marie, knows the appearance of this lovely stranger is linked to the prophecy that has haunted his family for years. When the fiery-haired beauty materializes on his ship, courtesy of the sapphire pendant she wears around her neck, and a bit of meddling magic, Rourke wants nothing more than to send her back to wherever she came from. But something about Brenna stirs his wounded soul, and Rourke knows he cannot outrun his destiny any longer.

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Are you enjoying Scottish romance brought to a TV near you? I think a lot of us are going to be a bit obsessed with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and I hope that’s going to mean a lot of people are looking for more Scottish romances to read (before, after, or during their binge reading of the Outlander series!).

Would you like your favorite Scottish romances to be featured?

Readers: Submit your recommendations here!

Authors: Submit your recommendations here!


Dream Come True – Guest Post by Ceci Giltenan

I’m very happy to welcome Ceci Giltenan to my blog today. I’m also very happy to congratulate her on the publication of her first book, Highland Solution! Check out her gorgeous cover. Publishing is one of those incredibly happy, and incredibly scary times as Ceci shares with us today.


Highland SolutionYears ago I wrote a children’s book (unpublished) with my son, who was eight at the time. In the book a genie granted the proverbial three wishes to a character named Henry who was afraid to accept them. Henry believed that wishes were dangerous things that might have unexpected consequences if granted suddenly. My son and I thought it was funny. Everyone has wishes and dreams; who doesn’t want them to come true? While some dreams are pure fantasy (I doubt that I will ever travel back in time unless I meet a genie), others are real and achievable.

Although I became a nurse and eventually a medical writer, my fondest desire was to write romance. After years of dreaming, I finally did it. Writing the story was like taking a fantasy vacation to medieval Scotland. Better yet it was like being a genie and taking a vacation to medieval Scotland because I could control every detail. There would be no lost luggage unless it forwarded the plot.

Plucking up the courage to seek a publisher was not quite as pleasant. Offering a little piece of yourself to a stranger who can snuff out your dream with a simple “no thank you” or worse, is daunting. To my surprise and delight, Champagne Books offered me a contract last November. Still, I started to get a glimpse of why Henry worried. The work had only just started.

The editing process was challenging but my editor, Diane Badzinski, could not have been more helpful. I learned more than I ever thought possible about crafting a novel from her. I received the cover art in July and the release date was set for September. My dream was finally coming true! After a brief celebration, I realized that I had no clue what came next. This is exactly what Henry was worried about, and now I was worried too. I was offered great advice by other authors but they spoke a language that I didn’t understand. I speak early drug development, what is a blog tour?

Finally, I met Donna MacMeans online and she took pity, explaining the jargon to me and making some concrete suggestions. If I thought I was out of the woods I was mistaken, because those concrete suggestions involved asking people to let me be a guest on their blogs. Not just ordinary people mind you, famous people. Authors who I admire like Laurin Wittig and Sue-Ellen Welfonder whose books I read and love. I was scared spitless. This was much harder than submitting a proposal to a faceless publisher had been. My dream was morphing into a nightmare and Henry was saying “I told you so,” in my head so loudly I could barely focus.

However, fear and courage are brothers and on the cusp of my dream coming true, I could not afford to run and hide. I put on my big girl panties, told Henry to shut up and sent some emails. Thankfully, as it turns out many of these people have kind hearts and were more than willing to help. Hmm, I guess the first clue should have been that they write romances. Don’t get me wrong, everyone doesn’t say yes, and some people don’t even answer, but I have not died of embarrassment yet. I love “happy endings” that is why I love romance novels. However, thanks to Henry, I am learning that even “happy endings” frequently aren’t really the end, but rather the bridge to a new chapter.


Meet Ceci Giltenan

Ceci Giltenan S.Cusack002Ceci’s sixth grade class predicted that she would be an author. “But I want to be a nurse!” she said, in her typically bossy style. As it turns out, she became both. She started her career as an oncology nurse at a leading research hospital, and eventually became a successful medical writer. In 1991 she married a young Irish carpenter who she met at a friend’s wedding. They raised their family in central New Jersey and now with their youngest off to college, Ceci is breaking away from “primary efficacy endpoints” and writing a few “happily ever after’s.”


Highland Solution

Laird Niall MacIan needs Lady Katherine Ruthven’s dowry to relieve his clan’s crushing debt but he has no intention of giving her his heart in the bargain.

Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.

Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?

Read an excerpt of Highland Solution at

Highland Solution is available at and other retailers of electronic media.

Follow the author:
Twitter @CeciGiltenan


Thanks, Ceci, for a great look at your publishing journey and I wish you great success with your new book!


eBook Sale!

There’s nothing like the first really hot days of summer to make me want to curl up somewhere cool and escape into a book.  Last week, here in Virginia, we hit 99 and the heat index was over 100 so I thought it was high time to make The Devil of Kilmartin such a deal that you couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to escape the heat and journey into the Scottish Highlands where the men are braw and the women like them that way.

To whet your appetite here’s a couple of pictures I took on my research trip for this book.

This is the spot where the hero and heroine meet:

Temple Wood stone circle, Kilmartin, Scotland

And here is the castle that inspired my Kilmartin Castle:

Doune Castle near Sterling, Scotland

In true writer’s style, I lifted this castle, moved it west to Argyll,
and plopped it down where a medieval structure once stood.
I fell in love with this castle and my characters really came alive for me within its walls. 

For Monty Python and the Holy Grail fans,
this is the castle the French soldiers threw the cow from.
So please treat yourself to a thrifty trip to
medieval Scotland 
for only .99!
Get your copy of
The Devil of Kilmartin
Amazon/Kindle, B&N/Nook  

Once you’ve got your copy, pull up a piece of shade, or a comfy chair next to an air conditioning vent. Get yourself a cool drink and enjoy one of the pleasures of summer – reading!

The Laurin & Phyllis Show – Episode 1 & 2

Writing buddy and friend Phyllis Haislip talks about Lottie’s Courage, her Beacon of Freedom Award winning middle grade historical fiction book about a contraband slave girl during the Civil War.

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Thank you, readers!

I’m taking a moment here as we begin another year to say thank you to all my readers.  There has been a wonderful response to my re-published backlist books this year and it has kept a smile on my face since the first e-copy of The Devil of Kilmartin sold back in September.  October and November brought Charming the Shrew and Daring the Highlander (Books I & II of The MacLeods) out in e-formats for the first time ever and they have all been scooped up, er downloaded, by readers both at home and across the pond. 

My plan is to thank all of you with a new Scottish medieval romance this year.  I’m not revealing anything about it yet, as it’s still in those tender early stages, but I think you’ll find it to be another great adventure in the Highlands.

Happy reading to all of you in 2011!


Backlist Books Now in eBook Formats

Charming the Shrew: Book I of The MacLeods

Available for the first time in ebook formats for only $2.99.

From award-winning author Laurin Wittig comes a captivating story filled with the passion, intrigue and magic of historical Scotland — where Catriona MacLeod, a sharp-tongued beauty, meets her match in a disguised Tayg Munro, fabled warrior of the king, and the man who vows to tame her with the power of his love. Passion flames as they fight to save their king, their country and their clans.

Daring the Highlander: Book II of The MacLeods, now available!

Charming the Shrew is available at:  Kindle/Amazon    Kindle/Amazon.UK  
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble, Sony, iBooks, and other ebook sellers.

All ebook formats available now at Smashwords!

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The Devil of Kilmartin

Available in ebook formats for only $2.99.

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