Now that I’ve finally completed Bound to the Highlander (BTTH) and have pressed ‘send’, it’s time to take a deep breath and dig into book two.
Promised to the Highlander (PTTH) is written, however, it’s a very rough first draft. Not long after I wrote BTTH, Fergus’s story erupted kind of like putting Mentos in a 2L of Coke. That seems par for the course for me so far. No point plotting, I just need to clear my mind and type.
In dusting it off this week, the first thing that struck me was how different Promised to the Highlander is from BTTH. This story focuses on clan Mackay and its chief’s struggle to battle a terrible false accusation of a vicious attack on a smaller clan. The story begins just before the attack when Fergus arranges a marriage for his younger brother William. Fergus realizes he’s in big trouble when he meets the irresistible beauty, Nessia. He wants her for himself, a surprise considering his first wife and their child have been in the grave but a year.
Promised to the Highlander takes place primarily in northern Scotland, in the village of Tongue. My research brought me there and to the years-long conflict between the MacKay and Sutherland clans when I happened upon a picture of the ruins of Varrich Castle. I dug into the conflict and history of both clans and was hooked. Fergus MacKay is a warrior where as James MacIntosh is a strategist. The two heros couldn’t be more different and I enjoyed exploring their friendship in PTTH.
And what’s a good romance story without a love triangle? Fergus arranges for William and Nessia to marry, meets Nessia, is smitten, but carries through with the betrothal when he realizes William is head over heels himself.
I have a lot of work ahead of me in polishing each chapter free from foggy writing. Over the next several weeks I will work through chapter by chapter and would love some friends to join me along the way. I had a few beta readers who gave me fabulous feedback on BTTH and the whole process was a lot of fun!
Essentially, as I complete a chapter, I will email it to the existing group and ask for your impression. Am I going in the right direction? Are the characters reacting as they should? Do you want to read more?
Interested in reading a novel in it’s conception stage and before anyone else ever will? Let me know and I’ll add you to my email list.