New Book

What Happens in the Castle

This is it, the last installment of my What Happens series set in the Scottish Highlands has a cover, a release date, and is now available for preorder!

He’s a Scotsman through and through with the kilt and loch-side manor to prove it 

Savannah Adelson spent years sacrificing her midwife career for what she thought was love. Now that she’s kicked her cheating ex to the curb, she’s transforming her long-forgotten dream into a thriving business. Amid her new patients, she manages to travel to Scotland to be a bridesmaid in her college friend’s wedding only to meet the cousin of the groom, a tall shot of whisky in a tartan glass.  

Rhys Mackinnon has grown restless and is eager to find his next role in life, whatever that may be. When he meets Savannah, he’s all too happy to make that role her personal tour guide. He ends up playing boyfriend too after her ex shows up unannounced.

When the fictional relationship begins to feel real, Savannah’s torn between the fire she feels for Rhys and the passion she has for her career. No matter what she decides, someone will end up hurt, because what happens in the castle doesn’t always stay there.

Preorder What Happens in the Castle HERE

And see all the books The What Happens Series and meet the rest of the kilted heroes and sassy heroines HERE

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What Happens in the Highlands

Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?

Tight-laced Rose Hensel arrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.
Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.
With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands doesn’t always stay there. 
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  • For Amazon Kindle UK click HERE

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What Happens in the Highlands

I have a Valentine’s Day treat! My contemporary romance romance, What Happens in the Highlands, is now available for preorder!
Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?
Tight-laced Rose Hensel arrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.
Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.
With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands doesn’t always stay there. 

Preorder your ebook copy now at:

  • Amazon by clicking HERE
  • Barnes and Noble by clicking HERE
  • Kobo by clicking HERE
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Scottish Stone Box Set

It’s no secret that Kelsey McKnight writes steamy historicals that will get your kilts in a twist, but now all four of the books in The Scottish Stone Series are available in a box set! For a limited time, you can preorder it HERE for only $0.99! Here’s a reminder of what takes place in each novel so you can see if you’re ready to escape into the Highlands.

Charlotte was born into a life of leisure with a father who always let her do as she pleased, until it came time for her to marry. He wishes to make an alliance with his business partner, an old man who is only interested in a silent and obedient broodmare. Charlotte is neither of those things, and when a Scottish nobleman offers her sanctuary in his Highland castle, she flees London. Now she’s not only running from a man who will see her wed by any cost, but her own growing feelings.

Penelope enjoys being a proper young lady and basking in the fruits of her father’s large department store. All that’s missing is the picture perfect husband, of which she has her pick of. One stands out. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a shipping mogul that has the connections to keep her father’s store in luxury goods. But there’s another who sparks something wild within her. Her comes to her in a blur of shadow and tartan, making her question if the picture perfect life is really what she wants.

Flora is a dreamer by nature, and has her romantic eye set on a particular warrior under her brother’s charge. Much older and sporting a wicked scar, he’s not exactly meant for a Scottish noble lady and her brother refuses the match. When Flora schemes to make her beloved marry her, it goes terribly wrong and she’s forced to flee to London to hide her shame. There, a familiar face offers understanding and an an unconditional care she never dreamed of. But the past never stays hidden and blood will spill over it.

Gwen is not one for romance, turning to numbers and accounting as her steadfast form of completion. When a marriage proposal comes by letter from the hand of a Spanish prince, she accepts. Practically, he’s the perfect man who will allow her the breadth to travel and will send a significant bride price. There’s just one problem…Gwen doesn’t speak Spanish. She entrusts a Portuguese captain who has taken safe harbor on her brother’s coast as a tutor, as he claims his Spanish is impeccable. But as her date to sail to Spain grows closer, Gwen realizes there may be more to life than just numbers.

Preorder this box set HERE now!

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Sapphire Sea

If you’ve been traveling through Victorian Scotland and London with Clan MacLeod, then it’s time you know that the series is coming to an end. Sapphire Sea, book four in The Scottish Stone Series is now available for preorder.

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Scottish lady Gwendolyn MacLeod prides herself on being the practical sort. So when an arranged marriage to a Spanish prince is presented, Gwendolyn accepts without hesitation.

The prince has status, his letters speak of duty and honor, and her years of proper education will be useful in the running of his home. However, she speaks no Spanish–the only flaw in her sensible match. But the Portuguese captain whose ship is docked below the castle does, and he offers to instruct her in the language of love.

When the late nights of studying begin to tear her from her chosen path to Spain, will she follow her heart out to the wide, sapphire sea? Or will she allow her one great adventure to become her biggest regret?

ss2.jpgSapphire Sea is available for preorder HERE on Amazon in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

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WeeBox

You’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, the world‘s been waiting, for the latest WeeBox. That’s right, they’ve finally released the exclusive and limited edition Outlander themed box. It’s a little purple package filled with all sorts of Outlandish fun, straight from Scotland.

As before, I was really impressed with what came inside this box. Everything was cute, usable, and worth the money. And what’s also nice about it is that it’s not just full of cluttery knickknacks you’ll never use or appreciate. Here’s an itemized list of everything that came in my special purple box:

  • A delightful Outlander bag by WeeBox, filled with words and quotes we all recognize
  • A cute little bag of heart-shaped tablets by Sixpenny Blue that would satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • A whisky barrel candle holder by Whisky Wood Scotland, in which the tea light can be replaced, so this little holder can have a long life
  • An official Outlander mortal and pestle set with a book of quotes, so you can pretend to be a witch every time you muddle up some mint leaves for a strong brew
  • A print of Scottish standing stones by artist Kevin Hunter that will look perfectly in place on your mantle

Everything I got was just so much fun and even my daughter got into the action, “sharing” the candy with me and taking the Outlander bag to use for all her ballet gear! I say she’s chosen a lovely little, durable, machine washable bag to take back and forth. My child has wonderful taste!

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While the WeeBox is fun and a nice gift to give and receive, the company also tries to give back when they can. Their most recent philanthropic endeavor is participating with The Yard, a disabled children’s charity. I found this particularly heartwarming since my own younger brother is mentally handicapped and was helped in his youth by many similar organizations.

Each month has a different, fantastic theme that celebrates some aspect of Scottish culture or history. For example, in the past they’ve had a Highland Games box while the next on deck is one that gives a wee nod to the St. Andrew’s celebrations!

Learn more about the WeeBox by visiting them on any of their pages!

  • Visit their website HERE
  • Follow them on Twitter HERE
  • Like them on Facebook HERE
  • Check out their Instagram HERE

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Check out our past WeeBox review and all our other Outlander posts HERE! And if you enjoy my posts, you might like my books. The first three installments of The Scottish Stone Series is available HERE on Amazon.

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Outlander Premier Feels

If you’re anything like me, you watched the Outlander season three premier expecting to ugly sob, scream at the TV, and frantically text your friends that you were miserable and excited at the same time. I mean, I read the series multiple times, but I still watched on the edge of my seat.

Well, I can’t just stop at harassing my BFFs to bring me whisky to drown my sorrows, I need to tell the world every single one of my feelings about the premier episode of Voyager. So, if you haven’t had the chance to watch, please run away and maybe check out our Outlander page HERE for some spoiler-free fun.

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When I turned on the TV, it was showing the finale of season two. That’s right, I had to have my heart ripped out again as I prepared to ugly cry…

  • Oh, god. Now the finale. Please…not the finale of season two, I’m still not over it.
  • Please, Claire, stay in Scotland, for the love of all that is good and tartan!
  • Noooooo she went homeeeee!
  • I need some reinforcements to get me through the premier. I’m already a hot mess, minus the hot.

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  • YASSSS I’m hearing that OG Outlander theme song. Chills all over.
  • NOOO I’m seeing chains and all shots of some of the misery Jamie is going to feel on the field and in prison.
  • Claire, get yourself over the sea to…those standing stones and get your man!
  • Ugh, I feel like I’m going to say this a lot, but f*ck those redcoats. I know they’re just doing their job and most would rather not kill a bunch of Scottish guys, but just from seeing them in the intro, I know we won’t be friends.

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  • Well, show officially begins by tearing my soul out while the camera pans over the bodies of the dead and dying. Greattttt.
  • F*ck you, red coats!
  • Someone please help Jamie. He needs a doctor, a drink, and a hug like nobodies business.
  • And F*ck you in advance, Charlie. I know you’re useless.
  • Back to crying.
  • Someone bring me a drink.
  • As someone with a history degree, watching all the screw ups on the battlefield is really painful. I know that the British had the money and the manpower to win, but there were so many mistakes made that lead to the fall of Culloden. And as a person with strong Scottish heritage, it’s weird to be watching what basically forced my family to flee to France and later Ireland before America.
  • Back to sobbing…

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  • YAS, Jamie, you tear that red coat apart with your bare hands. Bathe in the blood of the vanquishes!
  • OMG it’s MURTAGH here to save the day!
  • Oh, wait…this might be the last time we ever see him…
  • Great, now my wine glass is filled with tears of loss.
  • Also, f*ck that red coat right there.
  • And there’s Black Jack “murderous rapist” Randall, here to make things on a bloody battlefield even worse!

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  • Ugh, I hate is stupid, blue-blood guts.
  • Omg Black Jack got a swipe in to poor Jamie’s leg!
  • I hope Jamie gets the satisfaction of killing him…like straight up gutting him.
  • Look, it’s Dream Claire! Save him with your time-traveling love!
  • I’m not crying, you’re crying!
  • Rupert to the rescue! God bless that beautiful, one-eyed man!

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  • Wow…that’s where Claire and Frank are going to be living?
  • How much does he make as a professor?!
  • Like…I know people are really anti-Frank, but my man is really trying.
  • He’s literally doing anything he can to make her happy, but Claire is having none of it.
  • Maybe that’s why the stove doesn’t work. It’s feeding off Claire’s despair and overwhelming grief at losing the love of her life.
  • But the wood work in that house? AMAZING!
  • I think Mrs. Nelson from next door is nice. She’s probably all about having another young, fun lady around to swap laundry and casserole secrets with.
  • Where did Claire perfect her open fire cooking? From her hottie with a body of a second husband, that’s who!
  • And does Frank like surprises? I got seven pounds of baby brewing in Claire’s stomach that says otherwise.

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  • Okay…so where the hell is Murtagh? Where is that crazy, quiet, sassy man we all love so much?
  • Also, Rupert, if you can get an exit, leave. I’ve read the books, but I still have hope you will LEAVE AND NOT GET KILLED.
  • Claire looks so sad…I mean, I had the worst pregnancy, so I can commiserate to a degree, but the added grief she can’t really express must be terrible.
  • And this smarmy, intellectual asshole in the glasses can suck my dick.
  • He’s all, “Ooooh, Frank, you wife can read the newspaper? Mine only reads recipes like a good wife. And women learning how to accomplish historically male-dominated jobs? I’m laughing so hard, I almost spilled my sherry!”
  • I kinda wish Claire straight up stabbed him. She learned from true Highlanders how to kill a man quickly and with minimal mess.

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  • It’s crazy to think that two hundred years in the past, Claire had more respect from men.
  • I’m gonna be real…Jamie wouldn’t have let some guy talk to his wife like that. I’m sympathetic to Frank’s feelings, but he could have said something.
  • Oh…wait…Jamie’s asking for Murtagh. I can’t take it!

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  • Ugh, here are more red coats and their leader looks like one steaming pile of spotted dick, if you catch my drift.
  • Kill all the survivors? Yeah, I hate him.
  • Lord Melton looks a little too pleased at having to slaughter a bunch of wounded Scots.
  • And there’s Rupert bringing the sass. I’m going to miss that so much!
  • Ooooh, Lord Melton is going to let them write letters before being executed. How amazing is he?

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  • I think Claire wants to be that bird…free in the wild.
  • Also, I’m feeling for her. She’s in that stage of pregnancy where you’re huge and don’t really give a shit that tea comes in bags, not tins.
  • It’s really clear that Frank isn’t coming to terms with Claire’s pregnancy. I get that he’s not the bio-dad and all that, but he offered to play daddy.
  • How awkward is this whole exchange?
  • He’s projecting right now. He isn’t really talking about getting citizenship, he’s talking about how he feels Claire left him (England) and everything he fought for (their marriage) so easily and it hurts.
  • But that whole “fucking other people” jab was low, even if it was right and she’s basically punishing Frank for the sin of not being Jamie.

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  • Looks like I can never wear red again without being reminded of this extremely upsetting premier.
  • Melton, let the two kids go. You know they were basically going with the flow. They can’t even grow beards yet!
  • Oh, look, Melton’s being a spotted dick again.
  • We all need a Rupert in the hard times. He’s like a sturdy standing stone.
  • Ugh, Jamie said he can’t write to Claire because she’s gone. I need an adult. Hold me…

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  • Rupert was very underrated in this show.
  • God speed to heaven, you beautiful bastard! You were too good for this world.
  • Don’t cry, Jamie. If you cry, I cry and then we’re all sobbing messes with blotchy faces tomorrow!
  • “I’m sorry, Claire,” he says…I can’t take it.

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  • That couch Frank is sleeping on looks really pretty but very uncomfortable.
  • Hold up. What’s he doing at that desk? A letter?
  • TO THE GOOD REVEREND?!
  • Ugh, what a time for Brianna to decide to be born. Just like Claire’s daughter to do something at an inopportune time.

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  • Here’s Melton again, bringing those good vibes.
  • Look now noble. “No man shall be shot lying down on my watch!”

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  • Now they’re chatting it up about John Grey while Jamie’s bleeding out in a pile of hay.
  • Now Melton says Grey’s his bro and he wants to pay the debt Grey owes Jamie.
  • What a stand up fella (sarcasm).
  • And look at this asshole trying to shoot Jamie under and alias.
  • This is why we can’t have nice things.
  • Oh, look…another man acting like Claire is a coffee table or something.
  • Like, dude, she literally travels through time and parties with some of the biggest names in history.

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  • Suck a haggis.
  • Oops. Claire really just dropped the miscarriage on Frank like that. Ouch.
  • Again, I know Franks not Jamie and all that, but he is trying!
  • And at least they can joke about that ashtray now. Good sign for the future.
  • There’s that historical “twilight birth”!
  • Side note, the show Call the Midwife is all about midwifery during that time period and it’s a great show!

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  • Omg there’s Jenny! Beautiful Jenny!
  • Is that…LALLYBROCH!
  • We’re all finally home.

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  • Give Claire that baby! I know you have her!!
  • Look at that healthy little redhead.
  • Frank, you’re killing me. You’re just trying to love your family!
  • Oh, no. Where did she get that red hair? Talk about salt in the wound.
  • Btw she got it from her da.

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Ugh, you guys. That was a tough watch for so many reasons, but it’s also so nice that the Droughtlander is finally at an end. Now, I don’t know about you, but I need a stiff drink and a hug. Preferably by a tall, red haired, handsome Scot. And if you’re craving more Outlander fun, check out our Outlander page HERE!

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And if you love my articles and quizzes, you’ll probably love my books! The Scottish Stone Series is a collection of romantic novels set in Victorian Scotland and England. All are available in paperback and ebook HERE!

Finally, to celebrate the end of Droughtlander, you should treat yourself to something fun. Fangirl Pixie Jar has amazing custom and ready to wear fandom jewelry, including some inspired by Outlander! You can shop HERE and get 15% off with the code MIDNIGHT15