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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.

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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.

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The Ultimate ‘Voyager’ Book Quiz

Droughtlander will end soon, so you know what that means! Time to prepare for season three! And what better way to do that than to brush up on your Voyager knowledge with a handy little quiz? Now, if you haven’t read Voyager, this WILL contain spoilers!!! So keep track of your answers and good luck!

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Aaaaaaand begin!

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1.What shocking thing did Fergus arrange for Ian to do in Edinburgh?

  • Lose his virginity to a prostitute
  • Kill a man who wronged Claire
  • Confess his love to the daughter of an English officer
  • Steal gold for his passage to the Caribbean

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2.What did Geillis collect while living in Rose Hall and have displayed for her guests?

  • African fertility idols
  • Portraits of Scottish monarchs
  • African voodoo books
  • Maps of Scotland

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3.What flower does Claire bring when she visits baby Faith’s grave?

  • A pink tulip
  • A white rose
  • A pink daffodils
  • A purple rose

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4.What stone did Jamie swallow and later show to Lord John Grey?

  • A sapphire
  • A ruby
  • A diamond
  • An amethyst

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5.Whose dress does Marsali borrow to get married in?

  • Claire’s
  • Arabella’s
  • Ermenegilda’s
  • Mamasita’s

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6.What was Frank singing in the shower one morning when Claire was tending to baby Brianna?

  • God Save the Queen
  • I Vow to Thee, My Country
  • Rule, Britannia
  • Old Brigade

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7.What animal does Jamie say in an ill omen during childbirth?

  • Ravens
  • Cats in the house
  • Crows
  • Snakes in the kitchen

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8.What street did Claire and Brianna live on in Boston?

  • Furey Street
  • Lake Way
  • Calliday Lane
  • Ceder Street

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9.What was the name of Mr. Willoughby’s trained bird?

  • Li Wei
  • Ping An
  • Wang Li
  • Min Ping

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10.What gift did Jamie give Claire to replace her pearl necklace?

  • A black coral fish pendent
  • A ruby on a black satin ribbon
  • A set of pearl drop earrings
  • A golden swan necklace

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11.What Wizard of Oz character did Claire say Jamie resembled?

  • The Wizard
  • The Tin Man
  • The Scarecrow
  • The Lion

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12.What does Ishmael say Scotsman sound like when they talk?

  • River water beating against rocks
  • Fighting dogs
  • Drunk Englishmen
  • Loud jungle birds

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13.Who helped carry Jamie off the field at Culloden?

  • Ewan Cameron and Iain MacKinnon
  • Lord Melton and a British soldier
  • Hammish MacGregor and John MacTavish
  • He doesn’t know because he is unconscious

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14.What happened to Reverend Archibald Campbell’s sister Margaret Campbell in Jamaica?

  • She was raped and left for dead by the British
  • She died of Typhus she caught from Geillis’s slaves
  • She left with the slaves when Rose Hall burned
  • She was taken back to Scotland by her brother

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15.How many Boutons has Mother Hildegarde owned in her lifetime?

  • One
  • Sixteen
  • Fifteen
  • Three

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16What wild animal did Ishmael and some other men save Claire from near the end of the book?

  • A crocodile
  • A boar
  • A Boa Constrictor
  • A Poisonous Sea Urchin

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17.What does Claire say kills lice?

  • Washing your hair in vinegar
  • A sprinkle of fresh ginger
  • Soaking your scalp in sea water
  • Dried sea bird dropping mixed with rum

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18.What was Jared’s plantation home in Jamaica Called?

  • The Sugar Bay Estate
  • The Sunset House
  • Blue Mountain House
  • The Sugar Cane Inn

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19.Who told Claire that Jamie had a son, Willie?

  • Lord John
  • Laoghaire
  • Mr. Willoughby
  • Captain Jacobs

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20.What did Mrs. Abernathy take from Jamie when he and Claire met her the first time?

  • A lock of his hair
  • A Picture of Brianna
  • A bag of Jacobite gold
  • A strip of bloodied plaid

That’s it! The quiz is over and all answers are FINAL! So check your answers with the answer key below and see how well you know Voyager.

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1.Lose his Virginity 2. Fertility Idols 3. Pink Tulip 4. Sapphire 5. Ermenegilda’s

6. Rule Britannia 7. Ravens 8. Furey 9. Ping An 10. Black Coral Fish

11. The Cowardly Lion 12. Fighting Dogs 13. Ewan Cameron and Iain MacKinnon 14. Left with the slaves 15. Sixteen

16. Crocodile 17. Vinegar 18. The Blue Mountain House 19. Lord John 20. A Picture of Brianna

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Well…it might be time to read Voyager again before season 3 comes out! But don’t worry, taking another trip with Jamie and Claire is hardly a punishment.

6-13 Right Answers

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Someone’s been keeping up with the books! You’re doing really well at the little details and Jamie would be verra proud.

14-20 Right Answers

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Wow! Either you’ve recently read Voyager or your Diana herself! Wait…DG, is that you??

That’s all for this installment of Outlander Saturday. We hope you’ve enjoyed this quiz and remember you can take the rest of our quizzes and read the rest of our Outlandish articles HERE!

And if you enjoy my posts, maybe you’ll enjoy my books. My historical romances, The Scottish Stone Series, is in full swing and ties history facts with the romance of the highlands. You can get Queen of Emeralds (book 1) HERE and The Amethyst Bride (book 2) HERE. But if contemporary is your fav, then check out my author page HERE to see all the fun!

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The Amethyst Bride Release Day

The second installment of The Scottish Stone Series is here! You’ve read Charlotte and Conner’s story in Queen of Emeralds, but Charlotte’s best friend Lady Penelope Elmsly is looking for love. But when two men enter the picture and familial obligations complicate her already torn heart, what’s a well-born Victorian woman to do?

The Amethyst Bride is available HERE for purchase now!

It’s available in paperback, ebook, and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited! But if you haven’t read The Emerald Queen, book one, then you can get your copy HERE. And if contemporary romance is your thing, you can see the rest of Kelsey’s works HERE.

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Top Jamie Fraser Moments

With Father’s Day coming up, we thought it would be a good time to talk about Jamie Fraser…Okay, it’s always time to talk about Jamie Fraser. But I think it’s safe to say we would all like him to be our “daddy.” Bad Joke? Anyway! Let’s have some fun and talk about the glory that is Jamie Fraser and his top moments according to me…

Let’s start with the beginning.

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We didn’t know him very well yet, but I really like this scene for a number of reasons. Jamie just fought with a hurt shoulder and his ruggedness became obvious. He set himself as a strong and masculine man, taking his woman and suggesting he’d throw her over his shoulder. But the difference between this and other people (Black Jack) is that he doesn’t get forceful with her. He doesn’t know who she is, or anything else about her, and this was not exactly the most chivalrous time period, especially with the redcoats after you. He wraps his plaid around her on the horse because he doesn’t want her to get cold and I think it is safe to say we all started falling in love with him then…that and we all saw his knees.

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Jamie Fraser was a virgin. When was the last time you read or watched a virgin male character with this much sex appeal? The beautiful thing about Jamie Fraser is that he knows what he is doing. Who else was excited about the wedding night scene? But again, he isn’t a brute about it. Jamie is gentle with her, he goes slow, and he then rocks her world…well, then he gets her food. I like his priorities: sex and food.

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How could we not include this moment? I love the passion between the two of them. After all, in Scotland, there isn’t exactly a motel or public bathroom on every corner. What’s a girl to do when your man has needs and that man is Jamie Fraser? Yes, we’re just looking at this moment because obviously, it is rudely interrupted, but let’s just pretend what happens next doesn’t happen.

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Oh man! It does not get much better than your stallion of a husband rushing to save you from the crazy man. But we need to get into more detail to talk about why this scene is so amazing. He scaled a wall…but the gun isn’t loaded. Why does he do this? He’s a little crazy and a lot in love. In case your heart wasn’t beating fast enough for this man, just imagine how you’d thank him for such an act.

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How could we talk about Jamie’s moments and not talk about the mill. Let’s appreciate a man who can get a little dirty and fix things when you need him to. This is a skill that excites me about all men. But then let’s add that he’s naked and hiding. The excitement is crazy and I know I wasn’t the only one panting a little bit. I’m just going to pretend the water isn’t cold.

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I think it is pretty sage to say that this lady is one of the most hated in television/literature (I’d put her up there with Dolores Umbridge). But our feelings about her aside, this scene is so vital to the entire series, the entire story, everything. It shows his loyalty to Claire, his respect for her, and his amazing restraint. He turns her down! No one would know. No one is even around. But Jamie Fraser turns down easy and sexy for commitment and love.

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I love the way that Jamie reacts to Claire in the red dress. He turns into the jealous beast and I kinda like it. We would all be lying if we didn’t appreciate it when our man get’s a little jealous. It makes us feel appreciated, beautiful and loved. But the important thing here is that he doesn’t force her upstairs to change, he doesn’t get upset when she insists this is the style. He could have thrown a fit or done anything else but this is one moment where Jamie shows how amazing he is. He lets his wild woman be who she is and appreciates her for it.

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So let’s break out of the Claire and Jamie thing for a moment. His relationship with Fergus is such a nice one to watch and I decided to break my own rules and talk about them together as a whole. Yes, it’s true they aren’t technically related, but look at those matching curls! It got to the point where Jamie would have done anything for that kid and he would have done anything for Jamie. I loved watching their dynamic because Jamie owed him nothing and Fergus didn’t have to listen, but they formed a bond that started with respect and grew into love. If this doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.

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Jamie took Claire back to the rocks when he realized she was pregnant and when he thought he was going to die. This is both amazing and heart wrenching. I cannot believe he was able to keep track of her “cycle.” I can’t even keep track of my own and they have apps for that. He cares so much about her and the baby that he is going to give them up. At the same time, he is fighting for what he believes in, his people, and his land.

Finally, the best Jamie moment will be when he comes back in September. It’s been a long droughtlander and we still have a lot of time left. So, let’s keep the party going. What are your favorite Jamie moments? Obviously I could not include them all.

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by our blog and we hope you enjoy it. If you’re looking for other Outlander articles, quizzes, history lessons, or sexy pictures of Jamie and Claire, check out our Outlander page. It can be found by clicking HERE

Looking for something else to read? While I don’t write historical like Kelsey, I do write some steamy romance. My book, First Semester can be seen HERE. Book 2 is coming out at the end of this month so it’s your chance to enroll in the series that makes you wish you were back in college and your professor had a British accent.

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Kelsey and I are also in a short story anthology called Craving Bad. It’s all about those bad boys. It can be seen HERE.

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If you want something else, then feel free to check out a list of some of our favorite books that we think other Outlander fans would enjoy. Click HERE

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Scottish Songs

Scotland is a country rich in heritage, tradition, and music. From the thrilling bagpipes to the haunting folk songs, I’ve heard a fair amount of melodies that really stick with you. I’ve even done some musical research for my newest book. So here is some history behind song of the songs we’ve read about in the Outlander books as well as some others you might not be as familiar with!

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This song you’ll probably recognize from the Outlander book. It’s about a beautiful woman named Maggie who meets a bagpiper named Rob who claims to be the best piper in the land. Francis Sempill wrote it sometime in the 1600s and it’s been covered numerous times since.

Flowers of the Forest

This haunting tune has survived the test of time. It was first noted in history in the early 1600s as a lament of women and children who lost their men in the Scottish war against the English in 1513. It’s been used since by many countries as a funeral song with traditional bagpipes. It’s even been played at the funerals of military personnel and even Queen Victoria.

Ailain Duinn (Dark-Haired Alan)

This late 1700s song is best listened to in traditional Gaelic and even if you aren’t familiar with the language, you can feel the sorrow in the woman’s voice. This one is about a young woman who’s captain lover drowned at sea. She waits for him, but eventually knows he won’t be coming home and throws herself into the ocean.

The Parting Glass

This song, while in more modern times being sing by many Irish artists, is a traditional Scottish one. It was sung before the Auld Lang Syne we often hear around New Years and it’s not clear exactly how old it is. As the title hints, it’s a parting song about leaving your friends behind after a glass of something strong. I know the UCD Choral Scholars is an Irish group, but they sing it so beautifully!

Smile in your Sleep

This song is particularly sad, being written after the great Highland Clearences that decimated much of the traditional way of life in much of Scotland. Sung like a lullaby, it has much darker underlays of being ousted from your home.

Chì mi na Mòrbheanna

This song is one of my personal favorites. It was written by a highlander who had the chance to return to his native lands. It’s about the mountains, language, and people he loved. It was also played at John F. Kennedy’s funeral although it’s most commonly sung as a lullaby.

The Skye Boat Song

I doubt there’s anything about this song you guys don’t know, so here’s a Sam Heughan introduction to the music we all love.

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The history of Clan Gregor, particularly the MacGregors, is very near and dear to me, as is this song. It was written after the execution of the Clan Chief MacGregor of Glenstrae in 1570. It’s said that his widow composed and sang this lullaby for their child. If you want to read a bit more about the MacGregors, click HERE.

I hope you guys enjoyed this mini musical lesson and end up listening to hours of Scottish music like I do all the time! Read all of our fun Outlander articles and quizzes HERE to keep you going during droughtlander.

I have a new book out on preorder today, The Amethyst Bride, which is book two of The Scottish Stone Series. It really gets into Scottish history, the loss of the Clan MacGregor culture, and traditional music. You can read all about it HERE or just jump right into Amazon HERE! As always, Queen of Emeralds, the first in the series, is available HERE for your droughtlander enjoyment!

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Kelsey’s historical romance books, The Scottish Stone Series, has a new installment. After the drama, thrills, and steamy love that came to Charlotte and Conner in Queen of Emeralds (which you can get HERE) it’s time for Penelope step into the light.

British heiress Penelope Elmsly always thought she’d marry young and settle down to a life of domestic bliss. But her perfect plan may come unraveled, along with her corset strings, when two men vie for her hand.

One is a wealthy businessman who offers her the financial stability and social standing she always held dear. The other is a rugged Scottish highlander who gives her passion she never knew she desired.

With two amethyst rings upon her finger, Penelope has a choice to make, and she can’t afford to choose wrong, especially when more than just her livelihood is at stake.

Will she walk down the aisle into a life of luxury, leaving her heart in Scotland? Or will she choose to save her fortune, and her reputation?

It’s available for pre-order now with the paperbacks coming on June 20th! Order yours HERE!

You can see the rest of Kelsey’s works at her author page HERE.

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Fear Inc 2

One of the first books we reviewed for the blog was called Best Man for the Job and it was by Melinda Valentine. After waiting what felt like an eternity for me, book 2 has come out. But that’s not the only change. She also redid the covers and renamed the series. It is even more exciting. So, here is the new cover for Fear Inc Volume 1 and the cover for Fear Inc Volume 2.

Gerne: Contemporary Romance

Heat: ♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 5 Glass Slippers

Book 1 is addicting and I think it’s because of how easy it is to relate to the characters. Sloane is in a relationship with a man named Brody. He says she doesn’t satisfy him and that she spends to much time at her personal assistant job. So he cheats on her with…wait for it…a bikini clad waitress at a strip club. Convinced that he is only cheating because she can’t meet his needs, Sloane tries to turn a blind eye to it and cries to her cousin Bella hoping that one day it will stop.
Max Fear is a former cop, current private investigator, who is best friends with Bella’s fiance. He meets Sloane one night at dinner and is instantly taken by her. There is just one small problem; he doesn’t do relationships. Max likes it quick and easy with no questions or cuddling afterwards. At least he did until he kisses Sloane on a drunken night and realizes that no one has ever made him feel the way she did with the slightest touch.
Then there world is turned upside down when she witnesses the murder of her boss by the Russian Mafia. Her life is at risk as she is a material witness in the crime and Max doesn’t trust anyone else to protect her.
He moves her into his home and the two try to ignore the heat that radiates from them whenever they are near.
I won’t give too much away because that would be unfair to you. But I will say that there is a wedding, three separate gun fights, and enough desire to burn down the quaint farm house that Max calls home.

There is only one big sex scene as the rest are alluded to. However, there are plenty of spicy scenes leading up to that momentous occasion. In fact, there may even be a little side action with a cowboy…

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Obviously, this book grabbed my attention and kept it with the exception of one part. Someone is seriously injured and they recover awful fast. As someone who has experienced serious injuries, I was a little annoyed. However, I quickly got over it as the story was just too good for me to stay mad.

The Men of Fear Incorporated will be continuing to fill our dreams with more sexy bodyguards.

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So, now you know about the idea of Fear Inc and it is time for a whole new series. Tank spends his time doing something that absolutely crushes any kind of romantic notion. He tracks down cheating spouses. Unfortunately, this does not do him any favors. It’s not like he can meet the new love of his life in this way like Max. Really though, he isn’t even sure if he is looking for that. Frankly, I can’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to spend y days realizing those sacred vows don’t mean must when it comes to the bedroom.

Then Cori, love her name, moves in next door and begins to question everything he thought he knew. But, as with all romances, there is a hitch. Cori’s baggage is actually a giant man with stalking tendencies. It sounds like a paint by numbers romance but it isn’t. Valentine throws twists and turns that not only keep you guessing but keep you turning page after page. I look forward to the next book in this series. Valentine set it up perfectly but it didn’t take away from Cori and Tank’s love story.

Like with Volume 1, Valentine’s skill is with her character development. You understand where they are coming from, what they’re thinking, their heartache, their fear. Everything is there and out in the open. It’s a fun story and a great series to check out while you’re sitting on the beach working on your tan (or hiding under a beach umbrella to prevent sunburn).

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Volume 2- Amazon Link

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