BIG NEWSBound to the Higlander has placed first in the Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA) Contest in the Historical Romance category! I am so excited! Someone had better take away my exclaimation mark, because it’s gonna get used a lot!! 🙂 BTTH has won an award!!
Bound to the Highlander, first in my Highland Chiefs series, was released October 10th, 2013 with Tirgearr Publishing. I am so thrilled. 😀 Check out my shiny new author page.
What reviewers said…
“Not only are the main characters of “Bound by the Highlander” completely engaging but the supporting ones as well play such an enhancing role . . . Aileen has an appealing gentleness and kindness about her yet she is courageous. James is hot-tempered, fiery and impetuous. The perfect balance is struck between these two with a love that grows, not only by attraction, but by mutual respect over time. Events turn quickly throughout the story, leaving never a dull moment! . . . The politics of this era adds excitement and intrigue with the promise of adventure. Overall, a heroic and passionate Scottish treat!” ~ Margaret Faria, InD’Tale Ezine
“This is no stereotypical romance but a hot, hot, hot romance mixed in with fascinating Scottish history. The story is obviously well-researched and no one character remains simply characterized; add to that some interesting facts beyond the history books that explains much about the love-hate relationship between the clansmen and their King. This is a fine debut romance and historical fiction novel that makes this reader look forward to more installments of the Highlander Chief series. Well done, indeed, Kate Robbins!” ~ Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews
More praise for Bound to the Highlander:
From a judge in the 2013 Laurie Contest (premission granted)
“I enjoyed the description of the Scottish countryside the author includes. “She pictured them walking through the glen with the heather splashed mountains all around. “(p.2) “Above them gloomy clouds parted and one brief shaft of sunlight shone through, reminding her of a recent sermon on Christ’s ascension.” (p.4) “The sky was a pale yellowish hue. Outside was bright, yet inside him, a storm gathered.” (p.17) I also appreciate the author’s choices of strong verbs. “Cold mud soaked her feet and her heart pummeled as the somber hunters approached.” (p.1) “On a morning like this, Iain would point out the mirror image of the mountains and water. She closed her eyes and drank in the fresh air, willing her anguish to settle.” (p.90) These carefully wrought passages create vivid images the reader will remember for some time.”
From a judge in the Winter Rose Contest (permission granted).
“Brava! Rarely do I give perfect scores when judging contests, but this manuscript deserved every point. As I was reading, I realized how long it has been since I read a good Scottish historical and I was sorry to see it end. Characters are well crafted with strength and determination. Fantastic job of creating a world that will only enhance the story, and provide an excellent backdrop for James and Aileana. Imagery and scene setting blend well with narrative and dialogue. Overall, just great! I do hope you are submitting to editors as well as contests.”
Bound to the Highlander blurb
Aileana Chattan suffers a devastating loss, then discovers she is to wed neighbouring chief and baron, James MacIntosh—a man she despises and whose loyalty deprived her of the father she loved. Despite him and his traitorous clan, Aileana will do her duty, but she doesn’t have to like it or him. But when the
MacIntosh awakens something inside her so absolute and consuming, she is forced to question everything.
James MacIntosh is a nobleman torn between tradition and progress. He must make a sacrifice if he is to help Scotland move forward as a unified country. Forced to sign a marriage contract years earlier binding Lady Aileana to him, James must find a way to break it, or risk losing all—including his heart.
From the wild and rugged Highlands near Inverness to the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle, James and Aileana’s preconceptions of honour, duty and love are challenged at every adventurous turn.
Bound to the Highlander
Scotland, April 1430
Aileana turned on her heel, intent to put this rogue in his place, and ran into his chest. She gasped. The thick, rich scent of leather enveloped her, sending an unexpected shiver down her spine. She stumbled, but he was quick enough to catch her by the arms before she fell. Her hands splayed flat against his chest. Bulging muscles underneath his jerkin begged her fingers to stroke their curve.
His bright green eyes bore into hers. While his long sandy brown hair was tied at his nape, a few strands had broken free and fell loose across his face. She fought the irresistible urge to tuck them behind his ear.
“Who are you?”
His voice was warm honey on her skin. He smelled of sweet mead and she was transfixed by his mouth which curved in all the right ways.
“Perhaps you’re a faerie come to steal me away.”
His raspy voice made her skin tingle.
Aileana pushed against his chest. He pushed back. The stranger pulled her forward, his mouth now no more than an inch from hers. His hard body pressed against her, spreading heat to her very core.
“I bet you taste as delicious as you smell.” His fingers brushed the side of her mouth and his lips parted.
Her knees trembled. His intent was clear and their proximity was inappropriate.
Panic hit her hard.