Seeing as how it’s the most romantic week of the year, I thought I’d post a short synopsis of the historical romance series I’m writing. Hope you like it. The pictures I’ve included are some I took on my trip to Scotland in 2011 and review frequently for inspiration.
The series covers a fascinating time in Scotland’s history. James Stewart I had been imprisoned in England for eighteen years. Upon his return to Scotland to claim the throne, he brought an English wife and many English ideas. His proposed law on authoritative reform which would severely restrict the noble’s power was met with much, well…debate would be an understatement.Bound to the Highlander centers around a nobleman torn between tradition and progress. He must make a choice, and ultimately a sacrifice, if he is to help Scotland move forward as a unified country. James MacIntosh has no room for a young, uncourtly woman in his plans. So why does he sign a marriage contract binding her to him? Aileana Chattan has suffered a devastating loss and as a result discovers she is to wed neighbouring chief and baron, James MacIntosh. A man she despises. She struggles to adapt to the enormous change thrust at her and still keep some sense of herself. Sparks fly from the moment they meet and despite their opposition to one another, their passion will not be denied.
A terrible plot against the Stewart king is revealed during book one which involves the hero of book two.In Promised to the Highlander, Fergus MacKay, a warrior from the north, sees his duty very clearly – protect his family and his clan from his bitter enemy, the Sutherlands. Recently widowed, Fergus turns his attention to his younger siblings. When he is introduced to beautiful and headstrong Nessia Stephenson, Fergus wars with his potent attraction to her and painfully watches her commit to another man – his brother William – in a betrothal he arranged. Fergus is falsely accused of a monstrous crime and must go into hiding until evidence of his innocence can be submitted to the king. Burdened with a burning love for his brother’s wife and a black, seething hatred for the enemy he is sure has brought the accusation upon him, Fergus must stay focused on his family and clan’s protection. When his younger sister, Anne, claims a passion for his enemy’s son, Fergus is ready to slaughter them all. Despite his sister’s pleas, Fergus is convinced the scriptures are wrong – the sins of the father must also be paid by the son. Fergus is blinded by years of brutal warring with the Sutherlands and it is only Nessia who can break through his heavily shielded heart. William’s tragic death leaves a raw wound in them both. Now the only salve that will heal either is the other. In Enemy of the Highlander, Ronan Sutherland and Anne MacKay are doomed from the start. No matter how much they burn for one another, an impossible barrier stands between them – their clans are bitter enemies and will fight to the death on sight. Stay tuned for more of this one! Not written yet. 🙂