Droughtlander Reading List

Outlander is almost back and soon we’ll be able to watch, take in, dissect, and discuss each episode as they come. But there’s still a month before that and what if your kindle is a little light and your bookshelves are growing bare? I know that feeling and I’m here to help with some more of my favorite novels that Outlander fans might enjoy. To pick up any of these books, just click on the title to take you to their Amazon pages.

London by Edward Rutherfurd

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This is for fans who miss stories that span the decades. This book follows London’s history from the ice age to the present day in the steps of several families. It’s great for history buffs who want some sex, action, and mystery in their reading. It’s a bit of a hefty undertaking, but my trusty paperback copy has been re-read so many times, I think it deserves top slot.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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This is an author you’ve probably already heard about and one that Gabaldon actually likes as well. The Winter Sea is a novel about an author named Carrie who goes to Scotland to write a book about the Jacobites and finds out that she’s writing a true story, one that her ancestors lived, without even knowing it at first, in the form of waking dreams. There’s time travel of sorts, a touch of romance, a lot of history, and even more fun.

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

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In 1792 a woman named Elizabeth finds herself unmarried at the age of 20 (gasp!) and moves from her comfortable estate to join her father in the mountains of New York. There she meets a man who lives among the Mohawk people and although her father tries to marry her off to a local doctor, Elizabeth is too headstrong to just sold off like a cow. Soon, she ends up at odds with the local slave owners, her family, and finds herself torn between the live she has the life she wants. Sounds a bit like Claire, doesn’t it?

A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage

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Somehow, a woman named Alex is thrown from 2002 to 1658 and into the path of a Scottish outlaw named Matthew. Both are confused by the occurrence, but when both of you are basically on the run, it’s easy to take up together. While Alex grieves the lost of coffee, showers, and cars, Matthew begins to grow on her, especially when they begin to try and find out how she ended up back in time. This one is a hit or miss for Outlander fans, who may not enjoy the “younger” voice of the heroine and compare it a bit too much to Gabaldon’s rousing series. But it’s a good read that I think deserves a shot.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

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In the midst of the Civil War, midwife Mary isn’t okay with staying home in safety as the menfolk fight. She joins the wounded, using her skills to help where she can and learning the realities of war as she goes. She is refused traditional medical schooling, but that doesn’t stop her from getting the guidance of two trained surgeons. This is a story of heartbreak, the horrors of war, and the will to live and succeed when others want you to fail.

Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage

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Melanie is single, pregnant by a guy who ran away, and working in a museum when she daydreams about a hunky, kilted hero to save the day (don’t we all?). Then she’s pulled back in time and thrown into 16th century Scotland where people obviously thinks she a witch. Enter Darcy Keith, who finds himself drawn to the woman his people were about to try. Will Melanie long to return back to her own time, or be happy her wish literally came true?

The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick

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Emma of Normandy is trapped in a loveless marriage to the King of England in 1002 and finds out that her husband is a terrible ruler. When the Vikings threaten their shores, Emma ends up having to take charge and defend her new home from invasion. But when her husband dies and the Viking king claims everything, Emma had a whole new world to battle with. This author marries the true accounts of Emma of Normandy with the touches of fiction that makes it a great read.

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

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Along with her sister, Gabi spends every supper being shlepped around archeological sites with her parents. They’re at a dig in Tuscany when she places her hand on a hand print in an ancient tomb. Then, you guessed it, Gabi is thrown back in time and into the arms of handsome Italian knight Marcello. But Gabi’s sister Lia was also pushed back to Marcello’s time and it then lost. Now Gabi must try to survive in the past, fight through her feelings to a man she can never be with, find her sister, and a way home. Now, this is technically a teen book, but it makes for a nice, light read.

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland

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Modern day Elizabeth is a failed romance author who has been suffering from writers block. But then dreams come to her of a kilted hero who can save her from herself. She takes a walk in the park, falls asleep by accident, and wakes up in the 1300s. She finds herself in the presence of a feared Scottish lord who has never shown any interest in  women…until her. This is a traditional romance with a bit of action.

Transcendence by Shay Savage

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Here’s one you didn’t expect…caveman romance! That’s right. A caveman is checking his traps one day and comes upon a woman wearing odd clothing and making noises he couldn’t understand. Yes, that woman was sent to the past and instead of a Scottie hottie, she got a caveman. But there’s still a love story and an ending readers all love.

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That’s all for this list, but there’s more to see over on our Outlander page HERE!

And if you like all my Outlander posts, you’ll probably love my historical romance series. Set in Victorian England and Scotland and featuring two kilted men and the British woman who try to stay away, you can get Queen of Emeralds HERE and The Amethyst Bride HERE!

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Oh, The Places Claire’ll Go!

If you haven’t read Voyager or have any issue with spoilers in Dr. Seuss form, don’t read any further! Unless you want a chance to win a WeeBox (a subscription box from Scotland) then just scroll down very fast until you see a picture of a purple box!

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You’ve found some old papers!
You shall go through the stone.
You’re off to to find Jamie! But you must go alone!

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You have old coins in your pocket.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer through time
any direction you choose.
You’ve said ‘goodbye’ to Brianna. And all that you know. Now YOU are the lass who’ll decide where to go.

In Edinburgh you’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

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And when the printshop decides to go and burn down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’ll be safer there
in the wide open air                                                                                                                    where if your name’s not ‘Malcom’ no one will care!

Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people who have come
through the stones just like you.

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And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along,
to Selkie Island with you!

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the booze smugglers who who print pages at night.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.

You’ll pass the whole clan and you’ll soon take the lead.                                             Wherever you sail, you’ll be best of the best
Wherever you go, you will heal all the rest.

Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. Because sometimes the sailboats just won’t stay afloat.

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I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that kidnaps
and redcoats can happen to you.

You can get all hung up on the Porpoise’s bow.
And the Artemis will sail on. You’ll be left…just for now.

You’ll come down from the ship, after jumping off the deck.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be shipwrecked.

And when you’re in a shipwreck, you’re not in for much fun. Un-shipwrecking yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place called Rose Hall where you might find your kin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?

How much can you lose? How much can you win? When wee Ian is locked with the witch who loves sin.

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and IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m  afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind when Geillis is trying to travel through time.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a ship to go
or a redcoat to come, or a wife to go
or the war to come or the clans to go or the future to come, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

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Waiting for the Jacobites to fight
or waiting for wind to sail like flight
or waiting around for Samhain night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle James or a some medicinal plants, or a list of clan names
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places
where the land of brave will soon be free.

With banner flip-flapping,
once  more you’ll sail fast!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a lass!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are witches to kill. There are wars to be won. And the magical things you can do through the stones
that will remind you of the future, where you find Geillis’s bones.
Sassenach! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
It’ll be like when you faked sorcery for Jamie to be free.

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Except when you fail. Because, sometimes, you will.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll still have to kill. Just like in wartimes

when soldiers all fell, you’ll be in charge of bringing sick men back from hell.

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl. On you will go
for there’s the two of you, now.

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Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your lies may grow weak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

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And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3⁄4 percent guaranteed.)

CLAIRE, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…

be your name Beuchamp or Fraser or Bray or Jesus Roosevelt Christ O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!

Fraser’s Ridge is waiting. So…get on your way!

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Think that was a fun little post? Check out our other Outlander articles and quizzes HERE!

Also, we’ve partnered with our friends over at WeeBox for a special giveaway! If you can remember, we’ve done a review of their Scottish subscription box in the past and gave it our seal of approval (which you can read about HERE). Now, they’ve been nice enough to give us one secret WeeBox to give away to one of you! Want a surprise box of Scottish goodies, straight from Jamie’s homeland? Then click HERE to enter. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy anything to enter! And if you want a guaranteed Outlander Season 3 WeeBox, you can order it HERE, but hurry! They’re going fast.

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PS-if you like my Outlander posts, you’ll love my books! I have a Scottish historical romance series titled The Scottish Stone Series. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is the thrilling tale of a British lady’s fight for freedom and the Scot who will either save or ruin her and you can get that HERE. The Amethyst Bride, book two which is available HERE, follows a woman’s life as she decides between the British gentleman who can offer her the world and the Scottish warrior who can offer her passion.

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But if contemporary romances are more your thing, Sarah and I will deliver!

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Craving Bad is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: Second Snowfall is available HERE

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Win a WeeBox

The lovely founder of WeeBox, Amy McCusker has invited us to host a special giveaway in honor of Outlander‘s upcoming third season. She’s given us a surprise WeeBox to give to one lucky Outlander fan who’d love a piece of Scotland!giphy.gifJamie gets it. Are you just as excited? Now, if you don’t know what WeeBox is, let’s chat so you can get just as pumped as our favorite kilted hero.

WeeBox is a subscription box that is filled with all sorts of wonderful mystery items, straight from Scotland! Sometimes they have snack boxes with goodies and treats from all around the country and sometimes they have special boxes that highlight the magic of special events like the Highland Games. We’ve received the special Valentines WeeBoxes in the past and thought they were adorable! If you’d like to see what we got, click HERE!

Now…on to the GIVEAWAY!

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When you get a WeeBox, you get a bit of Scotland. Each piece is carefully selected to highlight the best of what that wonderful country has to offer. And to win a surprise box of your own filled with mystery items, there are many ways to win. Just click HERE and see how many easy ways you can enter this week-long giveaway and rack up points to win! Again, just click HERE and win a shot at a free WeeBox!

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Now, do you want to be guaranteed a very special, excluding, fantastic, amazing, bonny WeeBox filled with Outlander goodies? Or do you have a friend who is struggling to make it through Droughtlander? Then click HERE to ensure you receive a box containing Outlandish fun that comes from Jamie’s homeland. So far, we know that the box will include a lovely artwork of standing stones by Kevin Hunter, a book of quotes, and a pestle and mortar set that Claire would be proud to use. Remember, these are only 3 of the special items in the Outlander WeeBox.

So good luck, all you Outlander lovers, if you decide to enter our giveaway. And if you plan on ordering the limited edition Outlander WeeBox to ensure some Scottish joy in September, let us know how you like it!

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Mask of Duplicity

I recently learned about a Scottish historical author named Julia Brannan when she asked for authors to participate in her release party for book five in her Jacobite Chronicles series. She’s basically a self-publishing master, with flawless editing, cover design, and has won numerous awards. Now, I just finished book one in this series, Mask of Duplicity and I have a lot of thoughts…

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Overall Rating:♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Historical Fiction

When sassy Beth Cunningham’s father dies, she’s left in the care of her estranged half-brother Richard, who isn’t exactly the kind of brother one would be pleased to have. This becomes clear when he finds that the family’s funds are tied up in Beth’s sizable dowry. Beth is strong, smart, and quite unlike the soft women that are held in high regard. And if Richard has his way, half-Scottish Beth’s wild ways would be squashed and he would be in complete control of the estates. But our heroine isn’t vanquished so easily.

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By the time Beth launches into proper society, Richard has shown his dreadful, creepy, true colors, but Beth soldiers on, even meeting a charming man who may be her perfect match. But this isn’t just a book where an English Rose gets the ring and rides off into the sunset. Beth is thrown into a world where everyone has secrets, hidden loyalties, and ways to get what they all truly want; power.When marriage is the only escape and war is on the horizon, can Beth ever find a way to be free?

Even before you reach chapter one, Brannan has set the scene by giving you timelines, character lists, and a promise to keep things as historically accurate around her fictional characters as she can. She certainly delivers on this promise, and I’m reminded of the way Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, weaves real events around her characters easily, making you almost wonder if the characters are really only a figment of the author’s imagination. As someone with a history degree and an interest in that time period, I found it highly entertaining.

It’s a heavy read that you will will want to really pay attention to and not something you can half take in while on the beach. You need to remember political issues, the motives of the characters, and all the name. But there’s also some guides in the front of the book to make this a bit easier. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the next is on my “to read” list!

Which Claire Are You?

We’ve given you many quizzes (that you can see by clicking HERE) but we haven’t given you this! Claire lives many lives, a WWII nurse, dutiful wife, feisty wife, Scottish lady, French court member, and so many more we won’t name because many of you lovely readers are still traveling though the books.

So pick some numbers and find out which of Claire’s lives you would live! Do you belong in high society France? As lady of Lallybroch? In the 1940s in post-war Europe? Or maybe in the season 3 location? (PS if you don’t know where the cast of characters go in season 3, this quiz will contain a teensy bit of spoilers)

Remember, take note of each number you choose and choose honestly!

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1. Which of the above outfits would you wear for a first date?

  1. #1 since I expect to be wined and dined.
  2. #2 so I can have something comfortable for a night on the town.
  3. #3 since I’m a fan of functional fashion and want to be active on my date.
  4. #4 because I want to be cozy and cute.

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2. It’s time to pack a bag and go on vacation! What luxurious place will you go?

  1. Florence, Italy. The food and architecture are to die for!
  2. New York City, USA. Shows, dancing, music…it has it all!
  3. A cruise around the Mediterranean. Lots to see and do!
  4. Switzerland. There’s culture and some killer mountains to tackle!

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3. Which of these is your dream job?

  1. Fashion Designer
  2. Musician
  3. Some Kind of Scientist
  4. Animal Rescue Specialist

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4. Time for a stiff drink!  Pick something that packs a punch.

  1. Champagne in a gold-rimmed glass
  2. Between the Sheets-a refreshing, citrus brandy and rum concoction
  3. A Pina Colata with fresh fruits
  4. Blue Blazer-a form of hot toddy that’s meant to be sipped

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5. Now, how about a drink to hydrate after last night?

  1. Hot Chocolate is always tasty
  2. Just a soda, thanks
  3. Fruit juice would be nice
  4. Just a cup of tea, please

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6. You’re shopping for a house, which one speaks to you?

  1. A lovely chateau with lots of character
  2. A perfect suburban home in a good school district
  3. A house on the water, complete with a dock
  4. A charming historic home with a garden

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7. It’s raining out, so you pick out a book to read. Which do you choose?

  1. The Counte of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Odyssey by Homer
  4. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

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8. Which dog would you like to adopt?

  1. A fluffy spaniel
  2. A playful beagle
  3. A golden retriever
  4. A border collie

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9. Pick an above pair of shoes for summer!

  1. #1. Those classic lace ones!
  2. #2. Those pretty blue pair!
  3. #3. The brown ones for daily wear!
  4. #4. The stitched set for adorable comfort!

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10. What kind of flower would you most like to receive?

  1. Pale pink dog roses
  2. White gardenias
  3. Yellow Gorses
  4. Colorful hibiscus

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11. Finally, pick the qualities you’d like in a man!

  1. A great sense of style and some cash to back it up!
  2. A stable fellow with a good job and a mind for family.
  3. A strong man who’s good with his hands.
  4. A love of adventure and great sense of direction.

All done! Now match up what numbers you got the most of with the key below. If you have a tie, I guess you get two live two lives!

Mostly #1s-You Belong in France

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They don’t call it “French Kissing” for nothing! So pucker up and get your corset on for a French adventure that may involve more than a few assassination attempts.

Mostly #2s-You Belong in the 1940’s

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With your timeless taste and fondness for the classics, you belong in the 1940s. Who doesn’t love those flowing dresses and the old school ways of courtship?

Mostly #3s-You Belong in Jamaica

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Set sail for romance and warmer seas because you belong in Jamaica! Prepare for fancy parties, voodoo curses, and a long voyage. Hope you don’t get sea sick!

Mostly #4s-You Belong in Scotland

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Turns out you’re a fan of the great outdoors and amazing accents! Much like Claire, you’re about to live a life full of kilts, whisky, and castles. Cheers to you!

Like this quiz? Head over to our Outlander Saturday page HERE for more!

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PS-if you like my Outlander posts, you’ll love my books! I have a Scottish historical romance series titled The Scottish Stone Series. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is the thrilling tale of a British lady’s fight for freedom and the Scot who will either save or ruin her and you can get that HERE. BTW it’s now on sale for 99cents!! The Amethyst Bride, book two which is available HERE, follows a woman’s life as she decides between the British gentleman who can offer her the world and the Scottish warrior who can offer her passion.

But if contemporary romances are more your thing, Sarah and I will deliver!

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The Non-Disclosure Agreement is available HERE

Craving Bad is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester is available HERE

Elton Hall Chronicles: Second Snowfall is available HERE

Walking in Fire

This book has been sitting in my kindle, waiting to be read for quite some time. But between work, a toddler, and editing my own books, I’ve been terrible neglectful. However, I finally got some time to crack open this lovely read, and let’s just say that it brightened my weekend.

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Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Paranormal Vacation Romance

Freckle faced Melia Carson is the first star we truly meet. She’s a young chef and terribly likable, but also terribly heartbroken. She hopes that the warm waters and pure sands of Kona can heal it…or maybe the hot Polynesian man with the golden, tattooed skin would have a better chance of doing in. She sure as hell would let him try, if only she thought the Hawaiian god of a man would be interested.

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David “Malu” Ho’omalu isn’t cruising the island looking for mainland babes on vacation, something he has no problem finding. He’s on a mission to save his people, and plans on using his special skills in order to accomplish his task. Drugs have invaded his peaceful domain and the help of one magnetic, freckled tourist may help him stop the deadly invasion before it’s too late…and maybe help him clear his name in the process.

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I enjoy a bit of history and facts with my story, when the plot allows, and it’s clear that Cade has done her research about Hawaiian customs and language. While the location is made up, you still get the feel of the islands with every page. Including the language and culture was done, most importantly, in a very respectful manner.

Overall, this book was literally the perfect one to take to the beach. Why not sit on the sand alongside Melia or swim in turquoise water with Malu, who in my head looks exactly like Jason Momoa? But if you aren’t living seaside, you certainly feel it when you read Walking in Fire. But beside the beautiful scenery, there’s a lot of action and intrigue, making it a bit different than the usual (hot vacation spot+hot guy+hot sex=hot romance). It goes a bit deeper, something I can’t find any issue with! So pick up a copy HERE and enjoy your vacation.

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Why We Love Outlander?

I know a lot of you started with the books close to 20 years ago and then there are some, like me, who are new to the series. So what about the series, the show, the world…completely takes us away? I’ve talked to many fans and I think I have some of the answers.

  1. Jamie Alexander Macolm MacKenzie Fraser. There is not enough time nor enough space to talk about how amazing Jamie is, so I’m going to briefly summarize it. He is the man we all wish we could marry, dream about sleeping with, and hope to wake up to. He can plan an elaborate war to try and save his people, while keeping track of your cycle. And why is that? Because he cares. He is a perfect mix of manly strength, sensitivity, and kilted fashion. Jamie always says the right thing (to bed or to sleep) and he does it with bedroom eyes, a smirk, and complete seriousness at the same time.

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2. Claire Fraser. Jamie wouldn’t be able to be himself without the woman who makes it possible. I don’t think he’d be the man he is if he were with…I don’t know, maybe Leghair (Laoghaire). But what about Claire makes the series. It isn’t just Catriona’s portrayal, which was perfect, it is the way Claire lives her life. She fights for what she believes in, who she believes in, and plows through any obstacle. Somehow, she manages, in my opinion, to remain loyal to Frank and Jamie in her own way. We could argue about this, but just appreciate the woman who kept both wedding rings on because of how she cared for each and the life she had with them. She also isn’t satisfied with fine. Claire was an army nurse and could have stayed as such. Nope, that wasn’t enough for her. She becomes a badass surgeon.

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3. This may just be my opinion, but I think the history makes the series better. A lot of what we’re reading about really happened, is based off of real situations in the time period, or are loosely based off legends or stories. Diana researched every single thing about this series and I respect that but it also gives a magical story about traveling stones some authenticity. If the stones could exist in this world, then who are we to keep from caressing every giant stone in Scotland? I think the history gives the series a realism that is often neglected for artistic liberties. Also, Jamie Fraser was a real person!

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4. The side characters are not forgotten and brilliantly portrayed. There are characters throughout the series that are able to make an impact with such little roles. Who doesn’t love Angus and Rupert? Personally, they distracted me so much I would look for them in the background because their comedic timing was perfect. What about Jenny and Ian? Jenny had some of the best lines in the whole thing if you ask me. How about Louise and her “honey pot.” We will never be able to look at Winnie the Pooh the same way.

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5. But one of the best things about this series is Murtagh. Now, bear with me here. I’m in love with Dougal, most people worship Jamie, and I’d say we’re all right. But there is something about Murtagh. You have to love a man who carries a torch for a woman for as long as he did. Snape loved Lily for just as long…yet he treated her son like crap. Murtagh, he cared for Jamie like his own son and didn’t despise him on principal. He trusts Jamie, he’s good to Claire, and he treats other people the same. He makes slurry comments about the king on his “throne” just like he does a bum. He is the most realistic character in the story. His reliability, his heart, his AMAZING dancing skills, and his determination make him one of the most amazing parts of this story.

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6. The locations. I have personally been to Scotland and it is a beautiful place but that’s not it. The story travels the world. Since most people read to be taken somewhere else, why not read a series that literally travels the world. Go to France, Italy, Scotland, America, Jamaica…so many places. It’s all in this series, it’s all researched, and it’s all beautifully done. Not to mention, it’s beautiful to watch on TV when so many of us don’t have the chance to visit all of these places. Well, we’d never be able to visit the time period so it’s a nice snapshot.

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7. The fans. I really feel there is a sisterhood of fans. Yes, men are included too and we’ll give them a pass this time. However, it’s such a great feeling knowing there are so many women who not only love to talk about what men wear under their kilts, knee porn, and the elaborate ways we’d like to kill Laoghaire, but you are all also there for each other. I’ve seen so many women ask for prayers, or share their news and there are so many beautiful comments. Diana may have created this world we’d all give up almost anything to live in, but she also created a group of people drawn together by mutual love. There are few fandoms, if any, that even compare to the power and strength that comes with the Outlander fans.

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About the Author

Sarah Fischer is a background investigator and a romance novelist in her spare time. Her first book, First Semester, follows Violet as she navigates the halls of college, and the hearts of a few men who catch her eye. As of now, it is 99 cents. Book 2, Second Snowfall is also out now if you felt like binge reading.

Purchase Links

First Semester- https://www.amazon.com/First-Semester-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B06XT99LM3

Second Snowfall- https://www.amazon.com/Second-Snowfall-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0733MKZ45

If contemporary isn’t your thing, I don’t blame you. I worshiped only historical romances for a long time. Within the last three years I’ve really begun appreciating the contemporary world. But…other than Outlander, if you’re in a historical mood, Kelsey McKnight, my blog mate, has a historical series that takes place in England and Scotland as two ladies fight for their lives and the men they’d like to run through the heather with.

Purchase Links

Queen of Emeralds- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XT66GGR

The Amethyst Bride- https://www.amazon.com/Amethyst-Bride-Scottish-Stone-Book-ebook/dp/B072188BFX

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Brogan’s Promise

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge Suzan Tisdale for years. So when I was accepted as a member of her early review team, I was thrilled! Now, here’s the latest in Scottish romance, Brogan’s Promise.

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Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Historical Scottish Romance

When we first meet Mairghread Mactavish, she’s drunk as a sunk and lamenting the loss of her family. She contemplates suicide, but knows that if she took her own life, she could be banished from heaven and would never see her husband and child again. She was once a beautiful and kind maiden who had the world at her feet, and her fall was such, her maid Gertie hatches a plan.

Gertie is the quintessential wing woman. She sees Mairghread in pain and on the cusp of being forced into marrying a terrible, brutish man. So she calls on Borgan of Clan Mackintosh to wife her up before it’s too late. You see, he’s also nursing a wounded heart after the death of his late wife. But Gertie won’t take ‘no’ for an answer and pushes the pair together “by accident” and when Brogan hears the true identity of the man Mairghread is to marry, he warms to the idea of taking a new wife, if only to save her from The Frenchman’s clutches, as he’s known for being less than kind to his wives.

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What follows is a very bumpy road for the pair. Mairghread’s drinking is causing her more grief as Brogan tries to help her find her footing in their new world. He’s kind, charming, patient, and forgives Mairghread for all her faults. Luckily, his extremely lovely, and familiar, family is there to assist them. But there is only so much they can do when a dastardly villain comes to wreck everything they’ve began to build.

Overall, this is another fantastic book that’s great for a beach read, albeit a bit on the emotional side at times. You’ll love Brogan, get annoyed with Mairghread, gasp at the drama, and grin at the little bits of comedy that are peppered in through the dramatic plot.

PS, when you go to Amazon to buy Brogan’s Promise HERE, which I know you will, you’ll see some one star reviews. Don’t even think of them. Amazon messed up something along the way and this book book was sent out to many happy readers only to be shown as a few random pages. The one stars are in no way a reflection of this wonderful book and it’s amazingly talented author.

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Second Snowfall- New Release by Sarah Fischer 

Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce that the second book in my college romantic suspense series is out and ready for you all! If you like hot firefighters or the secretly delicious computer nerd, then this is the book for you. 

It stars Annabelle. She is the best friend of the star of book 1, Violet. It does have a new romance so feel free to give it a try if you haven’t read book 1. However, First Semester is on sale for .99 cents so this is the perfect time to pick it up. 


Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Second-Snowfall-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0733MKZ45

Amazon UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Snowfall-Elton-Hall-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0733MKZ45

Amazon CA- https://www.amazon.ca/Second-Snowfall-Sarah-Fischer/dp/1640341382


I hope you enjoy this series and I hope it either takes you back to a time where you were able to let loose and really enjoy yourself or it gives you the opportunity to live through the characters who do


Give Back to Hole High

When Kelsey isn’t writing, she runs two nonprofit organizations, which Sarah fully supports. One of the nonprofits is a new one named Hole High.

Hole High was created by Brandon Canesi, who was born without hands. Yet his limb difference hasn’t stopped him from living a normal, yet adaptive, life. But Canesi truly thrives on the golf course. However, proper equipment and training is difficult to find and not covered by the majority of insurance plans. Due to that, most people with limb differences aren’t able to participate in the game in the same way the general public can.

The goal of Hole High is to help children and young adults with limb differences obtain specialized gear and promote the love of the game, no matter your physical status. This is something Kelsey and Sarah both believe strongly in, so for today and tomorrow, we will be donating all of our book sale proceeds to Hole High in order to help all adaptive golfers Go The Distance.

Learn more about Hole High HERE

Sarah’s Books

Sarah’s books, Elton Hall Chronicles, are a thrilling and steamy college romance series that follows the lives and loves of a group of college friends. Book one, First Semester, is available in ebook, paperback, and free on Kindle Unlimited HERE. Book two, Second Snowfall, is now available for preorder HERE.

Kelsey’s Books

Kelsey’s historical romances, The Scottish Stone Series, takes readers through the streets of Victorian London, into the Scottish hills, and into the arms of a Highlander. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is available HERE while book two, The Amethyst Bride, is available HERE. Her contemporary romance, The Non-Disclosure Agreement is the sexy story of a billionaire playboy and the small town girl who might change his ways, which is available HERE. All of these come in ebook, paperback, and is free with Kindle Unlimited.

Our Books

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Sarah and Kelsey are both involved in the Craving Bad anthology, a series of sinfully indulgent tales of bad boys and wicked girls. It comes in ebook, paperback, and is free with Kindle Unlimited HERE.