The Duncurra Series

The Duncurra Series currently include three full-length novels set in the medieval Scottish Highlands. Each novel is a complete, stand-alone story. While it’s best to read Highland Solution first, Highland Courage and Highland Intrigue, are completely independent and can be read in any order.

CoverFinalMD-HighlandSolutionHighland Solution

Laird Niall MacIan needs Lady Katherine Ruthven’s dowry to relieve his clan’s crushing debt but he has no intention of giving her his heart in the bargain.

Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.

Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?


Highland Courage

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows.

Plain in comparison to her siblings and extremely reserved, Mairead has been called “MacKenzie’s Mouse” since she was a child. No one knows the reason for her timidity and she would just as soon keep it that way. When her parents arrange a betrothal to Laird Tadhg Matheson she is horrified. She only sees one way to prevent an old secret from becoming a new scandal.
Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies. While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway.

Secrets always have a way of revealing themselves. With Tadhg’s unconditional love, can Mairead find the strength and courage she needs to handle the consequences when they do?


Highland Intrigue

Lady Gillian MacLennan’s clan needs a leader, but the last person on earth she wants as their laird is Fingal Maclan. She can neither forgive nor forget that his mother killed her father, and, by doing so, created Clan MacLennan’s current desperate circumstances.

King David knows a weak clan, without a laird, can change quickly from a simple annoyance to a dangerous liability, and he cannot ignore the turmoil. The MacIan’s owe him a great debt, so when he makes Fingal MacIan laird of clan MacLennan and requires that he marry Lady Gillian, Fingal is in no position to refuse.

In spite of the challenge, Fingal is confident he can rebuild her clan, ease her heartache and win her affection. However, just as love awakens, the power struggle takes a deadly turn. Can he protect her from the unknown long enough to uncover the plot against them? Or will all be lost, destroying the happiness they seek in each other’s arms?

Look for the Duncurra Legacy series to begin Summer 2017, which will bring you the stories of some of the younger secondary characters. The first book will be Tomas: A Highland Redemption and feature Tomas from Highland Solution. If it has always bothered you that Ambrose Ruthven inherited Katherine’s birthright, you won’t want to miss this one. There will eventually be books for Ailsa from Highland Intrigue and perhaps Flan from Highland Courage.

For those who prefer to close the bedroom door, inspirational versions of Highland Solution, Highland Courage and Highland Intrigue, which have had all intimate content removed are available.

16 Responses to The Duncurra Series

  1. linda says:

    glad to know that Duncurra will not be left behind. loved the trilogy and look forward to your next book. thanks again for staying true to your books and to all of us who love them

  2. cecigiltenan says:

    Thank you Linda. It would be great to be able to release Ailsa’s story and Tomas’ this year. I have my fingers crossed that my muse doesn’t desert me.
    ❤ Ceci

  3. alexx says:

    Constantly on the lookout for a new author. I have found her. I love series books and the duncarra series is fantastic. Read all three in two days. I look forward to more. Will start reading your next books but hope you continue with duncarra.

  4. cecigiltenan says:

    Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed them. I do plan to continue Duncurra, but honestly–they are all in the same world anyway. The MacKays who appear near the end of Highland Intrigue are the same MacKays in Highland Revenge and who you will see again in Highland Angels–just 20 years earlier. You may remember Fearghas and Ina Chisholm from Highland Solution. You will see them, 20-years younger, in Highland Angels too. 😉
    ❤ Ceci

  5. I just finished my first read or rather listen of any of your work. I’d promised myself many-a-time. I’m glad I got to enjoy one of my favorite narrators, Paul Woodson in your production of HIGHLAND SOLUTION. It won’t be long until I dip my feet into the Duncurra world with HIGHLAND COURAGE. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  6. Neringa says:

    I’m glad that there will be more, because I really liked this series. But I’m curious, will there be Meriel or/and Rowan story?

  7. cecigiltenan says:

    Rowan got his happily ever after with Sine. And I hadn’t considered a story for Meriel but now that you mention it, I will have to think about it. There could be something there…
    ❤ Ceci

  8. Mona says:

    Hi there, is there or will there be a book telling Ailsa McLennan story?

  9. Patricia Hensley says:

    cicigiltenan, you must continue your Duncurra series! I love the books and you have so many more character’s stories to tell! Please! I’m going to think positively and say that I very much look forward to reading them!

  10. Katie says:

    Thank you for releasing the inspirational versions of these! I love these types of stories, but like to keep the “door closed” as you put it. Thank you once again.

  11. Elina says:

    Wasn’t Ailsa supposed to end up with Dougal McKay but the blurb says Lucas grant

    • cecigiltenan says:

      No, she was never meant for Dougal MacKay. Ailsa was 12 at the end of Highland Intrigue and had just fallen in love with Quinn MacKenzie–who married her sister Fallon. She was just 18 in the epilogue and we see this exchange between Gillian and Fingal:

      Fingal stood at the window, cradling his new baby daughter in his arms. “My sweet wee lass, yer Aunt Ailsa will be the death of me.”
      Gillian laughed. “Fingal, Ailsa wouldn’t let Ian or Duncan get hurt.”
      “That’s not the point. She knows I don’t want them that close. Why does she insist on watching the men train anyway?”
      “Fingal, can ye be that much of an eejit? She fancies herself in love.”
      “Ye need to nip that in the bud.”
      Gillian snorted. “I need to nip it in the bud? We are talking about my sister Ailsa aren’t we? I don’t think we need to worry. She falls in and out of love more often than we change the rushes in the great hall.”

      So Ailsa was a bit boy-crazy.

      She wasn’t intended for Lucas Grant initially either, but she got herself kidnapped and it changed everything. 😉

      ❤ Ceci

  12. Kauthar says:

    I just finished reading the third book in the series and I am so amazed that I couldn’t put them down till I finished the whole series in three days literally. I couldn’t help imagining a map of all the clans and their keeps that are involved. I hope this series does not stop.
    I absolutely loved the plots and the flow of the stories and the sudden turn of events and how each character has a bit of a side story every now and then where they also get their conclusion… I loved every second of reading and it seems that I can’t stop praising. I will absolutely be on the look up

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