Proud, passionate Lady Gillian MacGuire is known as the Spitfire of the Isles. She can take care of herself and hasn’t yet met a man who could impress her . . . especially not Donell MacDonnell, the man she was promised to five years ago. She’s been dreading his return, but when her intended comes back to claim her, she’s stunned at how different he seems. The man she swore she would spurn forever now invades her thoughts, her dreams, and her heart.AN UNEXPECTED DESIRE
When Roag agrees to assume the identity of the recently deceased MacDonnell chieftain, no one warns him that the man was betrothed. As a member of the King’s Fenris Guard, he is oath-bound to embark on whatever mission the crown gives him. Of course, he was expecting a battle-not a bride. Yet after sharing one kiss with Lady Gillian, the powerful Highlander becomes the one seduced and captivated. Now giving in to temptation could ruin them both.
Sue–Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.
Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue–Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.
Q: How many books will be in this new series?
SEW: Once Upon a Highland Christmas (novella), To Love a
Highlander, and To Desire a Highlander.
Q: How do you spend your spare time?
SEW: I love animals and nature, and enjoy getting out in the
natural world as often as possible. Doing so clears my mind and
relieves stress. So I take daily walks, cycle often, and make sure
every day includes ‘nature breaks.’ I’m an Audubon Society
volunteer and really love ‘giving back’ to nature by helping the
local shorebirds. A lot of my time this spring and summer was
devoted to monitoring and helping to safeguard a colony of
protected seabirds through their mating, nesting, and hatching
season. I enjoy reading and am a total yoga enthusiast, practicing
daily. I also spend plenty of quality time with my ex-feral cat,
Q: How does the use of Scottish mythology, Folklore and legends
come to fruition in your tales?
SEW: Scotland, like all Celtic lands, is rich in legend, lore, and
myth. The medieval period, in particular, was a time when folk
really did believe in magical stones, sacred wells, mythical beasts,
the evil eye, miracle cures, ghosts, and all manner of other
fantastical things. Toss in the Norse influence, and you have a
whole new layer of wondrous elements. Yes, there was
Christianity, but scratch the surface, and the trust in the old ways
was there, rampant and alive.
To this day, it is hard to find a stone in Scotland that doesn’t have a
history – some amazing tale attached to it. For a writer already in
love with the land and people, this cultural heritage is a great well-
spring of story ideas. Along with the atmospheric settings I give
my books, I love weaving mystical threads into each story. I see
them (along with the setting) as the ‘stage and foundation’ of my
books. Take that away, leaving only dialogue and ‘action,’ the
words are only ink on the page, lacking heart, soul, and the
richness and depth I believe should go into a Scottish medieval
So this is a very important part of my writing. To leave it out
would be (to me) to ignore a very colorful and fascinating part of
Q: Who was the author who was most influential in your writing
SEW: Becky Lee Weyrich, the Time Travel Queen of the 80s.
She was a personal friend, and back in my flying days, I’d send her
long letters detailing my travel adventures in far-flung corners of
the globe. She would tell me that reading my letters made her feel
as if she’d been along with me during my trips. Eventually she
also told me she felt I should be writing books. I wasn’t interested
at all – flying was my dream job and I loved being a stewardess.
But Becky kept after me and I finally caved and wrote a book. I
did so, more or less, to get Becky to stop bugging me. When Devil
in a Kilt sold, I was astonished. And so I sort of slid into a career I
never really sought.
Q) What genre do you read for pleasure?
SEW: Lots, but to choose a fiction fave: cozy mysteries.
Let’s play a Game…
Fruit? Apple, grapes or orange
SEW: Apple (eat at least one daily)
Reading? Fiction or non-fiction
SEW: Non-fiction (if I have to choose, I LOVE research books)
Movie? Braveheart or Highlander
SEW: Braveheart (though the inaccuracies drive me nuts)
Snacks? Popcorn or chips
SEW: Chips (I am a potato zealot)
Chocolate? Light or dark
SEW: Light (milk chocolate)
Where do you see yourself in 10years?
SEW: Hopefully in a place of less stress and worry – the last few
years have been difficult. I would love to do more volunteer work
– for needy animals and nature/the environment.
Anything you’d like our readers to know about this book that might
SEW: This book is a milestone book for me on many levels. A
personal one is that it is the first book I have completed without
my beloved Jack Russell terrier, Em, sharing my desk chair. He
was my constant companion throughout the writing of all my
books, but I lost him during the writing of this one. He was my
muse – he’d either curl on my lap, or sprawl across the chair seat
behind me, pushing at me with his little legs until I’d be perched
on less than an inch of the chair. I would keep on writing, not
having the heart to disturb him as he snored away behind me. I am
still grieving his loss.