COMING SOON~ JUNE 24, 2015~ VIRTUE AND VALOR~ COLLETTE CAMERON…

COMING JUNE 24, 2015!

[VIRTUE AND VALOR]

{Book 2 in the “Highland Heather Romancing a Scot” series}

From Bestselling Romance author…

COLLETTE CAMERON

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Virtue and Valor, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, Book 2. Meet Isobel Ferguson and Yancy, Earl of Ramsbury on a wild romantic romp through the Scottish Highlands. Coming June 24, 2015 from Soul Mate Publishing

 


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A HIGHLAND PEARL BLOG TOUR~ BRENDA B. TAYLOR….with review…

A Highland Pearl Blog Tour

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About the Author

Brenda B. TaylorThe desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

Her latest book is the historical romance, A Highland Pearl.

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About the Book:

A Highland Pearl 2A sweet romance blossoms amidst feuding and war. With her reputation at stake after being accused of practicing witchcraft and hated as a member of a rival clan, Maidie considers leaving Clan Munro and returning to the home of her birth in Clan Cameron. Fierce battles, a tragic encounter, and a handsome clan chief compel her to make crucial decisions in this haunting romance set in the16th century Highlands of Scotland.

Maidie is summoned to Fàrdach Castle of Easter Ross-shire to assist in caring for the wounded of Clan Munro after a battle with Clans MacKenzie and Cameron. She dreads the task since her husband, Kenneth Munro, was killed in an earlier battle. Maidie is a healer, taught by her mother, with the skills and knowledge needed to tend the wounds of Chief Andrew Dubh Munro who is seriously wounded.

People in the castle and those in the village of Drumainn turn against Maidie. Angus, the castle physician, resents her for taking his job in caring for the chief. She is hated by some, because she is a member of the enemy Clan Cameron and came to live in Ferindonald, the Munro lands, with her husband.

Maidie considers returning to the land of her birth in Clan Cameron with her young son, Sven, but falls in love with Andrew while caring for his wounds. Although her neighbors now call her a witch, she wishes to stay in Drumainn because of her love for the chief.

Against an effort to guard his hardened heart from another hurtful encounter with a woman, Andrew falls in love with the tender, caring healer, Maidie. He wants her to stay in Drumainn, but his enemies, the Camerons and MacKenzies, have other plans.

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  • A Highland Pearl is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

Book Excerpt:
A Highland Pearl 3Maidie rode behind the young warrior on a horse galloping toward the castle. She removed one hand from around his trim waist to pull her wrap closer against the biting wind then secured the kertch trying to fly from her head. The old Cameron scarf was the only one she could find before rushing out of the cottage when Tavish pounded on her door. She replaced her hand, trying not to mind his grimy clothes and gamey smell, and held her bag of precious herbs with the other. Tavish guided the horse between several tenant crofters coming and going from the castle.
The wind whistled through large birch and oak trees lining the road. Leaves of gold, red, yellow, and brown rustled in the wind then floated to the ground. Maidie enjoyed the walk to the castle this time of year, when a lass needed a midwife, but today she could not think about the beauty. She looked back at Sven, who rode behind Maighstir Tam, and held to a small leather bag filled with various implements she used in her work. A chill ran through her, not only from the wind, but also from the dread of seeing the terrible wounds of the injured.
They pulled to one side of a wide wooden bridge leading to the outer bailey of Fàrdach Castle to let a wagon pass. Tavish waved to the guard in the barbican as their party entered through the large, steel-studded oak gates, under the portcullis, and into the outer bailey. The bailey teemed with the life of humans and animals. Their various buildings, dwellings, and shelters lined the curtain wall.
Tavish steered his horse dodging roughly dressed people, went through a second gate in the curtain wall, then across a bridged moat to the quieter inner yard. He waved to a guard on the rampart, and guided his horse to the door of the castle’s keep. Stable boys rushed to take the reins of both horses. Tavish quickly dismounted, then helped Maidie to the ground. She held her bag with a firm grip. He then assisted Sven and Tam from their horse. Large green eyes in the ashen face of her wee son searched hers. She patted his small hand and rubbed his mass of red hair. He tried to smile, giving her a small gift of comfort.
“All will be well, Sven,” she said to reassure him. Not since watching his father die from wounds he received in a battle with Clans MacKenzie and Cameron had she seen such fear in her son’s eyes.
“I dinna wish to go inside, Mam.” The boy drew back from her touch.
“You may stay out here then. Just dinna leave the bailey.” Maidie took Sven’s bag then handed both to Tavish. She cupped the small boy’s chin in her fingers and kissed the lined forehead. “Stay close. Mayhap there are other children close by.”
“Yes, Mam. I will.” His half-smile gave her a sense of relief.
“Just stay close.” Maidie turned and walked toward Tavish who held the heavy wooden door open. Tam followed as they entered the great hall of the keep.
Tavish closed the door with a thud. Maidie stood for a moment so her eyes could adjust to the dimness. Light rays from the small upper windows glinted off the weapons, armor, and heraldry displayed on the stone walls. Lifeless eyes in the heads of boar with long tusks and red stags with huge racks of antlers stared at her from above the weapons.
Although a large fireplace with a glowing fire stood on each of the four walls, the air felt cold and damp. The smell of dirt, blood, human waste, and unwashed bodies blended together into a noxious odor causing a revolt in her stomach. She swallowed a rush of nausea with a gulp. Wounded warriors lying atop rush pallets lined the floor. A servant rushed to the maighstir, pulling him toward a blood-soaked pallet where an unconscious man lay.



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MY THOUGHTS:

A HIGHLAND PEARL by Brenda B. Taylor is an exciting Scottish Historical Romance set in 16th century Scotland. #1 in the “Highland Treasure” series. What a beginning! Fast paced, action packed romance from the Highlands of Scotland, fictional facts weaved with some actual facts as well. Ms. Taylor did an amazing job of weaving romance, historical facts, and real life events into an amazing Scottish romance.

A romance blooms amidst chaos, clan rivalry, and a feuding war between clans.

Meet, Maidie of Clan Munro, who is a healer, and widow, of  Kenneth Munro, who was killed in a battle between Clans MacKenzie and Cameron. She is called to the Castle Drumainn, for her skills to aid the seriously wounded, Chief Andrew Dubh Munro. With her small son, Sven, she journeys to Castle Drumainn.

Thus begans a turbulent relationship between Andrew and Maidie. Maidie finds resentment and hatred, in the village. Where the castle physician, Angus, is the cause of some, others dislike who she is and what she represents, a healer. Some call her witch. Others find her skills amazing, and the clan leader Andrew finds her amazing and a love growing between them. Thus begins their journey to find love and happiness amidst turmoil, danger and clan rivalry.

I loved the way the author brought, Andrew and Maidie together, their way of finding their own happiness, and their battle with their growing passion and romance. An amazing tale of romance and love. A sweet Highland Romance, that will have readers turning pages and holding their breathe in awe. Simply amazing! I can’t wait for the next installment in the “Highland Treasures” series. Well done!!  Highly recommended to Scottish Romance readers who enjoy an amazing Highland Romance.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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HOW TO GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING~

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Welcome, Heather!

How to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Thanks so much for having me here today on My Book Addiction and More!

<What an honor to have you with us and our readers today>

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I’m thrilled to announce the release of CRIMSON HEART, my third full-length novel in the Highland Hearts series. The entire series takes place in 16th century Tudor Britain, from Highland castles to Henry VIII’s court and then on to the Scottish court in Edinburgh. There are sexy Highland warriors, raucous yet honorable pirates, fascinating royals, and magical healers – oh my!

So how does a mom of three, living in an east-coast-US suburb create page after page of authentic 16th century characters, dialogue, and plot turns? What gets my creative juices flowing when the 21st century completely envelops me? Years of training : ) Here are a few tricks I’ve learned.
1. Sight – I’m a very visual writer. I like to see my characters (basic features & strong emotions) and settings (authentic historical details). So I create collages for my books. I take a day toward the beginning of each new project to cut out pictures of landscapes, people and objects that mean something to my story. I paste them on an open manila folder, poster board or even in a blank book to give me something to glance at while writing.

I also surround my desk with objects that are meaningful to the book. I have a wolf calendar to remind me of Cheò, my hero’s wolf. I have a Scottish long sword mounted over the door to my office and lots of dragonflies (there’s always a dragonfly somewhere in each book).

Collage for Crimson Heart (2)2. Sound – I create a sound track for my stories and wear ear buds on days when my kids are home or when I must write while sitting through hockey or soccer practice.

3. Taste – My muse likes chai lattes with extra cinnamon (hot, not iced). A cup of tea literally get my creative juices flowing. I find it very hard to start writing without the taste on my tongue. Yes, I am like Pavlov’s slobbering dog : )

4. Smell – If I’m struggling with a scene, I’ll light a candle to block the 21st century odors around me. My muse must ignore guinea pig smells (Mr. Squiggles shares my writing room), stink from hockey pads that my son forgets to hang outside, dinner cooking, my daughter’s One Direction perfume, etc. Plus a flickering flame reminds me of magic.

5. Touch – When I’m writing a love scene, I get naked and roll around on the faux fur cover on my bed. ; ) LOL! Now wouldn’t the kids be horrified! No, I don’t do that, well not yet, but maybe I should try that when the kids start school again. My fabulous Highland husband happens to work at home too (wink, wink, say no more).Heather & her Highland Husband (2)

I have been known to sit on my faux fur blanket while writing at my desk (fully clothed). I also have a replica Scottish dirk to hold for inspiration.

The rest of my creativity comes from within. I daydream a lot, and most of the scenarios filling my head are much more interesting than real life around me. So it’s fairly easy for me to block out the 21st century for a while. In fact, when I’m sick or stressed, I like to write because it pulls me away from my pains into a world of adventure, romance and beauty. My tension leaves me and I revel with my characters. I’m never bored and my work usually makes me sigh with contentment. I love being a writer!

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Thank you, Heather, for stopping by today and for your fascinating creative juices!!

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Crimson-Heart-500Book Title: CRIMSON HEART

Author: Heather McCollum

Book Synopsis: Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. She has kept the secret of her lineage for years, but with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena’s Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena’s true identity, she must flee to Scotland to save her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his dark, killing magic must never be known. When his father’s life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan’s suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland’s regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must learn to trust each other before it’s too late.

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Author Bio:gCmS3RD0

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists.

 

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination every time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond.

 

When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

For more information about Ms. McCollum, please visitwww.HeatherMcCollum.com. WebsiteBlog Twitter Facebook Goodreads Newsletter

 


 

For My Thoughts on this title, please visit:

http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2014/06/12/review-crimson-heart-by-heather-mccollum-2/

 

 

 

 

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