Enemy of the Highlander – Book Three, Highland Chiefs #newrelease

Enemy of the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book three

Enemy of the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book three

So the big day is finally here! Ronan and Freya’s story is now live! I am always nervous and excited on release days and this one is no different.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in early January of this year when I set about to write this story. I had to consider the two books that had come before, and the two books that will follow it. Once I started writing, though, the story took on a life of it’s own. Ronan and Freya are lively characters and easy to like, but I did have my challenges with Ronan’s story arc at times, I will admit.

The next book in this series, Prisoner of the Highlander, is about Angus MacDonald and I will begin that one in January 2015. I also hope to have a novella completed soon about Gwen and Callum from Bound to the Highlander, so still lots on the horizon with my Highland Chiefs series and subsequent spin off novellas.

But today is all about Ronan and Freya. I’m stoked the ebook and print are being released together for this novel. Will be so awesome to have all three sittily happy and pretty on my bookshelf. And if you want to help me celebrate, stop by my facebook party on Sunday evening. I have lots of prizes and fabulous guest authors joining. Hope to see you there!

And so I sincerely hope you enjoy Enemy of the Highlander. Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite. :) Happy reading!!

Enemy of the Highlander, Excerpt

Golspie, Scotland, 1432

A writ of bastardy.

For all his efforts and all he had put up with from his monster of a father, it had
come to this. Ronan Sutherland stared hard at the unfolded parchment in his hand.
Someone behind him coughed; another sniffed.

He should walk away, say to hell with Dunrobin Castle, the earl’s title, all the evil
he had seen within these walls, and be done with it. What kept him here was beyond
his comprehension.

“My lord, ’tis been validated.” Robert de Strathbrook, Bishop of Caithness
fidgeted.

“By whom?” Ronan turned to see if the man would look him in the eye.

The bishop had been formidable in his day. Now instead, his robes dwarfed him,
his cheeks hollowed by age. He would not have the stamina to travel to Edinburgh
and engage the king’s council.

“My priests took it upon themselves to conduct the act in my stead. Sutherland is
one of the oldest earldoms in the country. It was not easy, but their diligence was
properly paid, I assure you.”

Ronan’s guts burned. “When?”

“The letter says the rightful earl will arrive in a sennight to claim the title. He said
you should be out of the master chamber by then.”

Countdown to #scrollsofcridhe #newrelease – ONE MORE DAY!

Long, long ago, in the time before time, seven sisters were called from the far reaches of the realm. Each brought unique talents, but had one common gift; the ability to weave ageless tales of love and courage. An evil witch coveted their gifts and locked them in a tower, silencing their voices upon threat of death. But the Highlands are enchanted, and magic will not countenance seven pure hearts such as theirs to be lost.

With no one else to hear them, they sang their stories to each other. Fate blew a braw Highland wind to their prison, and the sweet, high timbre of the sisters’ voices enthralled it. The wind gathered close their silver words as it raced past each day, and carried their love and goodness throughout the world…then across the ages.

Today, their words live on in the Guardians of the Cridhe, seven sisters who have sworn to preserve those pure and musical hearts so long as they live. It is said these seven descend from those ancient female bards. Only their words can bear witness to that truth…

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 - Highland Winds

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 – Highland Winds

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of this amazing group of ladies. We have bonded over the past few months while creating our stories for our first release. So I’m counting down the days and hours until Monday, November 17th, when Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1, Highland Winds goes live!

Colaborating on a project like this means those involved must have mutual respect and an appreciation for one another as people as as creative writers. And we have that in spades.

In chatting with my fellow Guardian sisters, I discovered just how fascinating they are. Love these ladies and I know you will too.

Kathryn Lynn Davis

A Tear for a Memory, Kathryn Lynn Davis

A Tear for a Memory, Kathryn Lynn Davis

Kathryn is such a pleasure and a treasure and a true veteran of the genre. Kathryn is lovely, talented, gracious, and a joy to work with. I am always impressed with her insight and I’ve learned so much from her. It takes a special kind of talent to continue to produce quality fiction over the years. Kathryn has done just that. Kathryn’s contribution to Highland Winds is A Tear for a Memory.

Here’s how she answered my questions. :)

My three favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Penmarric, and Beach Music.

My two favorite authors are Susan Howatch and Pat Conroy.

What inspires me the most to write Scottish historicals is the soft but distinct memory in my heart of a ghost piper in the mist.

WOW, love that imagery Kathryn.

Sue-Ellen Wellfonder

The Taming of Mairi MacKenzie, Sue-Ellen Wellfonder

The Taming of Mairi MacKenzie, Sue-Ellen Wellfonder

Sue-Ellen is also a veteran of the genre and I had the good fortune to meet her last April in Florida at the same time I met Ceci. She is sweet, kind, genuine as the day is long, and incredibly talented. I keep asking myself what I did to earn the great fortune to be in such amazing company. Once you are a friend of Sue-Ellen’s you are there for life. She is a true gift. Sue-Ellen’s contribution to Highland Winds is The Taming of Mairi MacKenzie.

Here’s how she answered my questions. :)

What are your three favourite books? Anya Seton’s Katherine, Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek, and M.M. Kaye’s Far Pavilions

Who are your two favourite authors? Guardians of Cridhe and too many others to mention. Will say that I love, love, love Anne Stuart and will pick up anything she pens, even without reading the blurb.

What is the one thing that inspires you the most to write Scottish historicals. Scotland’s indefinable magic.

And that wraps up our countdown! Don’t forget to join us this evening for an epic launch party on facebook!!

Countdown to #scrollsofcridhe #newrelease – 2 Days!

Long, long ago, in the time before time, seven sisters were called from the far reaches of the realm. Each brought unique talents, but had one common gift; the ability to weave ageless tales of love and courage. An evil witch coveted their gifts and locked them in a tower, silencing their voices upon threat of death. But the Highlands are enchanted, and magic will not countenance seven pure hearts such as theirs to be lost.

With no one else to hear them, they sang their stories to each other. Fate blew a braw Highland wind to their prison, and the sweet, high timbre of the sisters’ voices enthralled it. The wind gathered close their silver words as it raced past each day, and carried their love and goodness throughout the world…then across the ages.

Today, their words live on in the Guardians of the Cridhe, seven sisters who have sworn to preserve those pure and musical hearts so long as they live. It is said these seven descend from those ancient female bards. Only their words can bear witness to that truth…

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 - Highland Winds

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 – Highland Winds

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of this amazing group of ladies. We have bonded over the past few months while creating our stories for our first release. So I’m counting down the days and hours until Monday, November 17th, when Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1, Highland Winds goes live!

Colaborating on a project like this means those involved must have mutual respect and an appreciation for one another as people as as creative writers. And we have that in spades.

In chatting with my fellow Guardian sisters, I discovered just how fascinating they are. Love these ladies and I know you will too.

Tarah Scott

Lord Grayson's Bride, Tarah Scott

Lord Grayson’s Bride, Tarah Scott

Tarah is one of the masterminds behind this project. She is not only a prolific author, with more than a dozen novels to her credit, she is a loyal friend and always there to lend a helping hand. And such energy! She runs circles around me. :) Tarah’s latest release is The Highlander’s Improper Wife. I am so fortunate to call her fellow Guardian sister. Tarah’s contribution to Highland winds is Lord Grayson’s Bride.

Here’s Tarah’s answers. :)

Favorite books: A Tale of Two Cities, Interview with a Vampire, The Green Mile.

Two favorite authors: Charles DIckens (Many second favorites.) Stephen King and Emily Bronte.

What inspires me most to write Scottish romances: The Scots are rebels. They break all the rules and win. Gotta love that.

I do love that, Tarah!! And I too am a huge Stephen King fan. :)

Suzan Tisdale

Stealing Moirra's Heart, Suzan Tisdale

Stealing Moirra’s Heart, Suzan Tisdale

What can I say about Suzan. She’s a brilliant writer, funny as heck, and a solid friend. Between the seven of us we all bring a unique personality and perspective to this partnership. Suzan’s sunshiny demeanour makes her a pleasure to work with. Can’t wait to meet her in person and raise a dram to bonnie Scotland! Suzan is the winner of the 2014 RONE Award for best Historical Romance Novel for Rowan’s Lady. Suzan’s contribution to Highland Winds is Stealing Moirra’s Heart.

Here’s Suzan’s answers to my questions. :)

My two favorite authors? Julie Garwood and the GOC sisters. (I’m copying Ceci on that one!).

The thing that inspires me most to write Scottish Historicals? I get to write about strong men and women who fought for freedom, for each other, and for the less fortunate. I get to create perfectly imperfect heroes and heroines and help them discover who they truly are inside. And, I get to kill off bad guys, in all sorts of fun and creative ways.

WOW, love that Suzan. I too love strong heroines. And the best way to kill someone is on paper. ;-)

Tune in tomorrow when I will feature Kathryn Lynn Davis and Sue-Ellen Wellfonder. :)

Counting Down to #Scrollsofcridhe #newrelease

Long, long ago, in the time before time, seven sisters were called from the far reaches of the realm. Each brought unique talents, but had one common gift; the ability to weave ageless tales of love and courage. An evil witch coveted their gifts and locked them in a tower, silencing their voices upon threat of death. But the Highlands are enchanted, and magic will not countenance seven pure hearts such as theirs to be lost.

With no one else to hear them, they sang their stories to each other. Fate blew a braw Highland wind to their prison, and the sweet, high timbre of the sisters’ voices enthralled it. The wind gathered close their silver words as it raced past each day, and carried their love and goodness throughout the world…then across the ages.

Today, their words live on in the Guardians of the Cridhe, seven sisters who have sworn to preserve those pure and musical hearts so long as they live. It is said these seven descend from those ancient female bards. Only their words can bear witness to that truth…

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 - Highland Winds

Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 – Highland Winds

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a part of this amazing group of ladies. We have bonded over the past few months while creating our stories for our first release. So I’m counting down the days and hours until Monday, November 17th, when Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1, Highland Winds goes live!

Colaborating on a project like this means those involved must have mutual respect and an appreciation for one another as people as as creative writers. And we have that in spades.

In chatting with my fellow Guardian sisters, I discovered just how fascinating they are. Over the next three days I will feature a two at a time and share what I learned. Love these ladies and I know you will too.

Ceci Giltenan

Highland Revenge, Ceci Giltenan

Highland Revenge, Ceci Giltenan

Ceci and I began our writing careers ’round about the same time in 2013 with her debut release, Highland Solution, in September, and mine in October. By November we were chatting regularly and I am happy to say I met her in April in Florida and our friendship has continued to grow since then. With three novels released and the novella for Highland Winds, Ceci has continues to pump out fantstic Scottish historical stories. Ceci’s contribution to Highland Winds is Highland Revenge.

I asked Ceci three questions about her reading and writing preferences. Take a look at what she had to say. :)

My 3 favorite books: I’m cheating by saying 1) Harry Potter and fitting 7 books into one space. 2) Highland Courage (because the story holds a special place in my heart). 3) the dictionary (see where I am going with this?)

My two favorite authors: 1) HD Smith 2) The Guardians of Cridhe (there I go cheating again fitting 7 into 1).

The thing that inspires me to write Scottish historicals…either A) my family history or B) the effects of the Highland winds on kilts.

WOOOHOO! Love those answers, especially the last one. :D

Lily Baldwin

A Jewel in the Vaults, Lily Baldwin

A Jewel in the Vaults, Lily Baldwin

While our writing careers also started in 2013, Lily and I have only gotten to know one another this year since joining the Guardians of Cridhe. And I am so very glad to call her a dear friend. ‘Sweet Lily’, as we lovingly refer to her, is not only an incredible writer, she has a kind heart and a beautiful soul. I love this lady. :) Lily has three novels to her credit in her Isle of Mull series and her contribution to Highland Winds is A Jewel in the Vaults.

Here’s how Lily answered my questions.

Question one: I have two favorite books. Both are brilliant. Both drew me in on the first page and never let me go, but lots of books have done this. These two books are my favorites because of personal attachment. Book #1 is Katherine. This was my first romance and also my first book crush…John of Gaunt…sigh. Book #2 is Ahab’s Wife. Remembering the lead character in this book, Una Spencer, always gives me courage, and that’s why I love it.

Question two: This is one of those ‘I could sooner choose two favorite stars in the sky’ moments. Still, I will name two-ish :)~The Guardians of Cridhe for their support, love, and guidance. And my dad who is a passionate storyteller and writer.

Question #3: One day I decided I wanted to write a historical romance. The next step was choosing which era. There was little debate–straightaway I knew it had to be a Highlander romance. My mother’s father was a MacKinnon, which is the clan featured in the Isle of Mull Series. Also, I love Highland heros with their kilts, alpha hotness, and passionate souls.

Awesome answers! :)

So everyone!! In just three days, Scrolls of Cridhe, Volume 1 releases into the ‘verse! We are donating 50% of our royalties for November to cancer research so preorder your copy and help us fight cancer!

Bound to the Highlander Turns One! #Giveaway

Bound to the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book one

Bound to the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book one

Once upon a time there was a girl who had a dream…scratch that. Once upon a time, there was a girl who never thought in a million years anyone would want to read her book. She’s happy to say she was very wrong—it had to happen sometime. *makes note in calendar* :)

A year ago today, my debut novel, Bound to the Highlander, was unleashed unto the world. I don’t think I slept for the entire week leading up to it. And what was I doing at the exact moment it went live? Skyping with my brother who was on tour in Afghanistan. He had checked, and sure enough, there ’twas. I recall a moment when we just looked at each other and then a dirty big grin (you know the one–you’ve seen it) spread our across our faces. That was it! The book was live and I couldn’t take it back now.

Bound to the Highlander in print!

Bound to the Highlander in print!

The next few months were a blur between learning about Amazon algorithms and surviving one star reviews. Two huge highlights would have to be the day the print copies of BTTH arrived at my door and the day it hit #1 for Medieval Historical Romance on Amazon dot com. Yup. Definitely moments to savour.

I’ve met many authors in the romance community along the way and they’ve been helpful, gracious, and mostly, passionate about what they do–my kind of people. Whoever said writing is a lonely business has never attended a Facebook launch party. Which brings me to another point, READERS! You are all amazing. I am thrilled that a reader can finish my book and seconds later send me a message! How feckin’ cool is that??

Two bookies in print!

Two bookies in print!

It’s been an incredible year and I can’t even imagine what the next one will bring. Well I can imagine a couple of things, like sitting on a panel with six other amazing authors in Palm Springs next September. Oh and then there’s book three of this series coming out in November. Those two are definites, but everything else is a moving target and that’s the way I like it.

So, in honour of BTTH’s birthday, I am giving away a signed print set of Bound to the Highlander and the second in the series, Promised to the Highlander, which is hot off the printing press itself! What do you have to do? Leave me a comment here. I’ll select a winner tomorrow. Now where’s the champagne?

Promised to the Highlander in Print! #Giveaway

The print version of PTTH is finally available and I couldn’t be more stoked!!! Of all the characters I’ve written about so far, Fergus Mackay stands out as my favourite. Mind you, I think Angus MacDonald in book four, Prisoner of the Highlander, might just give him a run for his money.

To help celebrate this release, I’m giving away five signed print copies over on Goodreads! Come on over and see how you can enter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Promised to the Highlander by Kate Robbins

Promised to the Highlander

by Kate Robbins

Giveaway ends November 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Here We Go 1-2-3!

Bound to the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book one

Bound to the Highlander, Highland Chiefs book one

Hi everyone! I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful summer. Mine was busy, busy, busy. And, in turn, I have a lot of great things to share!

First of all, my Highland Chiefs series is doing really well and I am regularly gobsmacked by the incredible feedback I’ve received from readers. Between Bound to the Highlander and Promised to the Highlander, I have been able to talk with so many of you and I love hearing your thoughts. Please keep them coming! I don’t often respond to reviews, but I do read each and every one of them. THANK YOU!

Right. So let’s get to the announcements, shall we?

Enemy of the Highlander

Enemy of the Highlander

#1 Enemy of the Highlander, book three in the series, is now under contract and will be released on November 21st (my birthday) in ebook AND print! WOOOT! I am soooo excited! It’s on goodreads now so if you wish to add it to your ‘Want to Read’ shelf, go right ahead!!

#2 Promised to the Highlander will be released in print on September 30th!!! Can’t wait to have these three books in my hands!!! I will be having a print release party in St. John’s, Newfoundland some time this fall, possibly in November. Heeeeeeee!

#3 And this is a BIG one!!!! I have just signed a three book deal with Tirgearr Publishing for the three remaining books in this series. WOOOOOOOOOT! Such a great feeling to know they will all have the same home. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

The next two books in the series, Prisoner of the Highlander, and Heart of the Highlander are still works in progress. I will post more about them in the coming weeks.

Cheers!

On Self Imposed Deadlines: Poking My Head Up

Ronan's brooch pin, Enemy of the Highlander, book three Highland Chiefs

Ronan’s brooch pin, Enemy of the Highlander, book three Highland Chiefs

Hey everyone! Been a while since I posted, but I swear I have a good excuse. :) I just finished the second draft of Enemy of the Highlander (EOTH), third book in my Highland Chiefs series. Will be popping that off to beta readers in the coming days and then will submit to my publisher in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck that they all like it!

Writing a series is really awesome, but also really hard. The whole time I was writing EOTH I had to consider everything that came before in the previous two books, plus what will come in the subsequent two.

The middle book, like the middle child, has to live up to everyone else. In that vein, I felt that Ronan had a lot of living up to do which is why he journeys on a path of inner torment. Freya is his match in every way and these two have an explosive chemistry overriding their better judgement on many occasions. There were times I really had no idea how they could possibly have a HEA. But alas, it is a romance novel. ;-)

The other project I’m working on is a novella for a bundle to be released in November with a phenomenal group of authors I’m extremely fortunate to be affiliated with. Scratch that. We’ve bonded so quickly, we are like sisters. :D

The Guardians of Cridhe

The Guardians of Cridhe

The Guardians of Cridhe are Sue-Ellen Wellfonder, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Ceci Giltenan, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Suzan Tisdale…and me. Yeah I keep pinching myself and thanking the stars to be a part of such a dynamic and talented group. I’M BLESSED!!!

We have a group page on facebook you should really follow, if you don’t already, where we pop in from time to time to talk about the craft and our upcoming project. It’s crazy exciting and there’s only more good things to come!

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Going back under my rock now to finish this novella which, btw, is totally different from the Highland Chiefs series. More news in the coming weeks about the novellas I have planned for HC as well.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Romance Weekly

For those of you joining us from previous weeks, welcome back! For those of you just joining in, welcome to Romance Weekly where each week a bunch of us authors will answer the same three questions and you get to hop around from blog to blog and learn a little more about us. :) This week’s questions are brought to you by the most fabulous Jami Denise:-) Ready? Let’s do this.

1. When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?

I’m a panster writing historical romance and so while I may know the ultimate tops of trees outcome of the historical element, I don’t know exactly how the romance will play out except that it will have a HEA. And I love not knowing what will happen until I type the words. :)

2. How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

I can’t say there are specific traits from one person in my characters. But as a writer, I love people watching and finding out what makes people tick. So I guess there’s some spillover from the people I know, but I think it’s done at a subconscious level.

3. Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.

The hero in my current work in progress is Ronan Sutherland from Enemy of the Highlander, book three in my Highland Chiefs series. Three words to describe him? Tormented, honourable, determined. He was a tough hero to write as there was so much to cover in his character arc. I hope I did him justice!!!

And that’s it for me this week. Keep on hippity hoppin over to see how Mishka Jenkins answered the questions. ‘Till next week!

Romance Weekly

For those of you joining us from previous weeks, welcome back! For those of you just joining in, welcome to Romance Weekly where each week a bunch of us authors will answer the same three questions and you get to hop around from blog to blog and learn a little more about us. :) This week’s questions are brought to you by the most fabulous Kim Handysides :-) Ready? Let’s do this. Continue reading