Medieval Monday – Ruth A. Casie

As Medieval Mondays continue, this week you will find the next snippet from my newest book (available for pre-order), A Wee Highland Predicament on Ruth A. Casie’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Ruth’s The Guardian’s Witch.


Excerpt from The Guardian’s Witch

Frantically her hands felt their way along his leg until she found his foot caught in the debris. She shoved the timber away. The exertion cost her precious time and air. With one hand she grabbed his shirt collar and kicked off the bottom. With her free arm she reached for the surface. She didn’t take her eyes off him.

The higher she got, the more the water cleared. The wild current fought to get free of her restraint. She didn’t think. She focused on getting Alex out of the water.

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England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

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Medieval Monday – Cathy MacRae

As Medieval Mondays continue, this week you will find the next snippet from my newest book (available now for pre-order), A Wee Highland Predicament on Cathy MacRae’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Cathy’s, The Highlander’s Crusader Bride, Book 3 in the Hardy Heroines series

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The noise level of the crowd grew and Arbela glanced up. For an instant, Caelen imagined a look of panic crossed her face. He leaned down, his lips beside her ear, ignoring her intoxicating scent.

“How do I get to yer room?” he whispered.

The look she sent him confirmed his suspicion. There was something in this world that frightened Arbela MacLean. The thought of bedding him.


Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.

After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age.
Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan.

Though more than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.

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Medieval Monday – Barbara Bettis

As Medieval Mondays continue, this week you will find the next snippet from my newest book (available now for pre-order), A Wee Highland Predicament on Barbara Bettis’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Barbara’s, The Lady of the Forest .

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If only Kate had managed to finish treating Henry’s wounds. “I suppose the lord didn’t listen to our prisoner?” Her voice carried brisk tension.

“Maude says not. But he must’a known ole Mort’d pay him no mind. Why’d he do it?”

Why indeed? Kate rose to pace the packed surface of the dirt floor. He might be hurt even worse, left to the vicious attentions of Sir Mortimer. If Henry had arrived at Stonehill looking as formidable as he had when she downed him, no one could have denied his claim. In her determination to keep her people safe, she may have endangered them more. Certainly Henry suffered the consequences.


When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

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Medieval Monday – Mary Morgan

As Medieval Mondays continue, this week you will find the next snippet from my newest book (available now for pre-order), A Wee Highland Predicament on Mary Morgan’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Mary’s, A Highland Moon Enchantment.


It was a kiss for her tired soul, and she melted within his arms, surrendering to his touch. Soft bells echoed in the distance, and Desmond broke free.

“They are coming,” he whispered against her ear.

“Who?” she asked, not caring if the entire world saw them.

“The druids. They herald the start of Midwinter. Will ye sit with me at the feasting table, Ailsa?”

She reached up and nibbled on his bottom lip. “Aye, and the night as well.”

Letting out a groan, his mouth swooped down to capture hers again. The kiss left Ailsa with promises of more to follow. She intended on treasuring each moment with him.


You first meet this warrior in Dragon Knight’s Axe, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3 

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

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February Duncurra Newsletter

We are please to announce Duncurra’s newest release:
Ceci Giltenan’s A Wee Highland Predicament
is officially available for Pre-Order!!!

Sometimes a bad boy can be a good man. 
Lucas Grant’s brother is going to be furious. Lucas was supposed to secure a betrothal with a wealthy heiress to save his clan from financial ruin. After meeting her, he cannot marry the detestable woman. As he flees Edinburgh to escape her, he happens upon six men who are holding a lovely Highland lass captive. He can’t just leave her to whatever fate awaits, so he rescues her. Well, perhaps rescue isn’t the right word… When he learns the feisty lass he stumbled upon is Ailsa MacLennan, he sees another way to help his clan. He’s going to hold her for ransom.
But when she steals his heart, what will the ransom be?

Pre-order A Wee Highland Predicament today and have Lucas Grant waiting to take you captive March 6th!

We would also like to congratulate Sue-Ellen Welfonder on her newest release,
The Kiss at Midnight: A Highlander to the Rescue Romance

Highlander Greyson Merrick no longer sails the seas, his past behind him as he seeks a new life in Aberdeen. But tragedy casts a long shadow and starting over isn’t easy when haunted by guilt. Honor keeps him from pursuing romance – he only hopes to live quietly, alone, and in peace. He is content, and that’s enough. But he soon wants more when a late night stroll ends with a searing kiss – and a woman who disappears with his heart.

Ophelia Raines is little more than a servant in her aunt’s home and knows better than most that fairytales aren’t real. She isn’t a fair maiden in an ivy-grown tower and she stopped believing in princes long ago – when she foolishly gave her heart, and innocence, to a frog. But when a midnight jaunt lands her in the arms of a dashing stranger, she wonders if happy-ever-afters do exist? Better yet, the magic of falling in love.

Buy The Kiss at Midnight and embrace the romance this Valentine’s Day!

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Grand Prize: E-copy of any Ceci Giltenan book,
any signed paperback by Ceci Giltenan,
Kilty Pleasures 2018 Wall Calendar,
​and a Duncurra swag pack! (1 winner)

An e-copy of any Ceci Giltenan book (3 winners)

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Can you hate a character and love the book?

Well, certainly, if the character is a villain. But what if the character is the hero or heroine?

My very first book, Highland Solution, has been very popular, garnering 281 reviews to date, 88% of which are 4 or 5 stars. But, of the people who don’t like the book and left a negative review, the overwhelming majority of them don’t like it because they hate the flawed hero. And some of them really hate him. But I’ve always maintained that if you can become so emotional about a fictional character, the author must have done something right.

Last night I finished reading a book that had me absolutely in knots until it was over. Why, you ask? I despise dishonesty. Once I realize someone has lied to me, I lose all respect for them. This book started with the heroine lying to the hero and she maintained that lie through most of the book. By doing so, she stood to get the job to which she had aspired for her whole life. But following through with her reason for the lie, would have hurt a lot of people, including the very wonderful man she was falling in love with.

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Literally, I wanted to scream at her. Her motive was so incredibly selfish. That’s another character trait I don’t like. She wanted what she wanted and even though she felt terribly guilty over it, she still kept going. Thankfully, there came a point in the book where she put the man she was falling in love with above all else and decided not to follow through with her plan. Of course, shortly after that, the hero figured out what she had intended and it broke his heart. Her heart was broken too, however I cared a little less about that.

But did I hate the book? No. Quite the contrary. All of the characters, were extremely well developed, especially the heroine. She was in her early twenties, and the carrot being dangled was her dream job. There are a lot of people who would do almost anything to get that. So her motives were clear and valid even if very misguided. And, like Niall in Highland Solution, it just took her a while to accept that she was on the wrong path. Ultimately she made the right choice. There was forgiveness in the end and true love won again.

The heroine’s lie was the story. She was tempted, followed down the path of that temptation, suffered guilt, and eventually realizing the error, made amends and was forgiven. And even though I found her early decisions frustrating, how could I hate a book that completely drew me in and had me so emotionally invested in the characters?

What do you think? Can you separate a character you initially don’t like from your feelings about a story?

Wondering about the book? It is an erotic romance by Jennifer Bene, Black Light: Exposed. And if you enjoy erotic romance, you need to check out all of her books. Some are very intense, but extremely well written.




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Medieval Monday – Ashley York

As Medieval Mondays continue, this week you will find the next snippet from my newest book (available now for pre-order), A Wee Highland Predicament  on Ashley York’s blog.

Below you’ll find a snippet from Ashley’s, Eyes of the Seer, book two in The Derbfine Series.


“I can bring ye more.” The lass stood before him still. “Ye look to be done in.”

Marcán was not about to get into a discussion with a slave. He preferred to stay away from them in general. “I do not believe Philip wanted ye to tarry here.”

With a nod, she turned about just as the door to the roundhouse swung open. Like a cool breath of refreshing air, Astrid came toward him. She noticed the other woman, surprise evident, and seemed to assess her as they crossed paths.


In ancient Ireland, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.

He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascara bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry to see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

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