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Your #HighlanderFix has arrived!Highlander Betrayed by Laurin Wittig
Series: Guardians of the Targe #1
ISBN: B00BBHNSNC
# Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Genres: HIGHLAND ROMANCE
on August 6, 2013
Hidden deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands lies the Highland Targe, an ancient relic guarded for centuries by clan MacAlpin. It is said the Targe can shield the heart of the Highlands from invaders and now, as part of his plan to crush the Scottish rebellion, the English king wants the Targe for himself...

Rowan MacGregor, orphaned niece to the chief of the MacAlpins and the rock her family depends upon, is worried. With the dwindling health of her aunt, the Guardian of the Targe, the protections that have kept the clan safe and prosperous are fading, and the new Guardian, one of her cousins, has yet to be chosen. Rowan wants nothing more than to see the clan protected again, but when it seems that will never happen, she despairs—even when a handsome and charming stranger comes to her aid.

Nicholas fitz Hugh is not what he seems. Half-English, half-Scottish, he turned his back on his Scottish heritage early in his life, giving his loyalty to England instead. Now he is a talented and cunning spy charged with finding and stealing the Highland Targe for his king.

But when Nicholas finds himself falling for the bonny Rowan and wanting to protect the family she holds so dear, he is forced to choose between his king’s will and his own: Will he betray his king and his mission? Or will he turn his back on the woman he has come to love?

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Get your #Highlanderfix right here!The Highlander's Reward by ELIZA KNIGHT
Series: The Stolen Bride Series Book #1
ISBN: 978-1478259541
Published by INDIE # Pages: 280
Genres: HIGHLAND ROMANCE
on July 2012
She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

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Delivering your #Highlanderfix this fine Monday

Delivering your #Highlanderfix this fine MondaySapphire Dream by Pamela Palmer
Series: Jewels of Time book 1
ISBN: B00GX9W1C2
Published by INDIE # Pages: 278
Format: eBook
Genres: HIGHLAND ROMANCE
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!).

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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.

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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.

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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 http://cecigiltenan.com/excerpts/

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

Follow the author:
Twitter @CeciGiltenan
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cgiltenan
Website www.cecigiltenan.com

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

Laurin

Join me at Regan’s Romance Reviews Blog!

Please join me Thursday and Friday this week at Regan’s Romance Reviews. I met Regan on-line, then we connected recently at the Romantic Times convention in Chicago last month. She’s done some lovely reviews of my books and is an avid supporter of historical romance in general and Scottish historicals in particular. I have a guest post at her blog on Thursday — Braving the Research for Highland Historical Romances — and will be popping in to answer questions on Thursday and Friday all day long.

Please stop by and say hello!

Blogging Live!

I’m doing a live blog tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 28th, from 10 am – 11 am EDT at http://suzantisdale.wordpress.com/saturday-mornings-with-laurin-wittig/

Suzan Tisdale will be interviewing me and anyone who wants to come ask a question or leave a comment should join us! Scroll down to the comments section to follow/join the conversation.

Hope to see you there!

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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The Laurin & Phyllis Show

So my good friend and fellow author, Phyllis Haislip, has a video camera and we decided to play with it. We took turns being in front of/behind the camera and had a little fun (okay, it got to be fun as we went along, but it was nerve inducing at first!). I’m going to post my episodes and Phyllis’s over the next few days for your viewing pleasure. All the episodes are also posted at YouTube.com.

This first one is my intro to the series:

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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!

Laurin

Book Bargains for the Holidays

It’s Black Friday… that has such an ominous tone that I huddle in my home avoiding the masses of shoppers pretty much from now through Christmas.  Do I have my shopping done?  About half.  Will I venture into the stores at all?  Of course, but I specialize in the surgical strike.  I know what I want, where to get it, and I’m in and out as fast as possible.  It helps that I live in a fairly small town (less crowds) and that I pretty much make my own schedule (I can hit the stores early in the morning on week days!).  But at this point, I’ll do most of my shopping on-line.

I thought you might like to do that, too, so I’ve cooked up some bargains to help you out with your shopping.

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