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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The Inheritance

Today, I’d like to present to you Irina Shapiro’s first ever book, The Inheritance. Since The Inheritance was written, Shapiro has published dozens of heart pounding, tear jerking, stories of loss and survival, and it’s exciting to see where everything began.

  • Genre: Historical and Contemporary Romance
  • Narration Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers
  • Story Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️

In 2010 Katie Price is stunned when a man she never met leaves her a brewery and a castle in Scotland. She thought her grandfather had been dead for years, but as she goes to Scotland to inspect her inheritance with the help of local lawyer Danny, she learns more about herself than she ever thought possible.

In 1744 Isobel McBride enters an arranged marriage that leaves both parties miserable. Her husband is a careless brute who loves another and she craves the affection she thought she’d one day have. But another man offers her his heart, the entire future of the clan is in danger from more than just the coming war.

Two women two hundred and fifty years apart, brought together by a pile of love letters and a castle filled with memories.

It’s always so exciting to see how Shapiro writes her time hopping style of work. Each series and standalone book flip between worlds, connecting through memories, second lives, or faded letters in a hidden alcove. The methods she uses never grow stale and I’m always thrilled to see a new book in her collection.

I did have some issue with the narration. I think Wendy Wolfson spoiled me in her other work with Shapiro’s Echoes From the Past series and it was easier to find fault with the narrator in this book, particularly when it came to the Scottish accents. But as the book went on and I was drawn deeper into the story, it was easier to ignore.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish there was more of Katie’s story out there, particularly when it comes to her handsome Scottish lawyer.

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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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Author’s Day

Today is National Author’s Day, a day in which we celebrate authors, books, and all things literary. And as many of you know, Sarah and I are both published authors. So this is a nice excuse for both of us to talk a little about the books we’ve released and the books we’re we’re working on!

Sarah Fischer

img_2823-1Always the avid reader, Sarah Fischer found it frustrating that there were so few books following the struggles and joys that a typical college student faces. While recovering from surgery, she decided to write one. Elton Hall Chronicles, a new adult series, is based on true events that happened to Sarah and her group of friends. When she isn’t unveiling long held secrets or working as a government drone, Sarah likes to go to the movies with her husband and spend time with her two furbabies.

First Semester: Elton Hall Chronicles (1)

Book one in the Elton Hall Chronicles follows freshman student Violet as she begins her education, falls in love, and battles those who wish to destroy everything she’s worked for. Although it’s against the rules, she’s drawn to the British, visiting Professor Berneli who teaches her literature class. They know it’s wrong, and when a simple fling begins to build into something more, they’re left to decide what truly matters in regards to their dirty, little secret. But someone is already in on the secret and threatens to do more than just ruin both their reputations.

As a side note, Sarah’s been using this book as a tool to teach college students about the importance of reporting harassment, how to detect and recognize assault, and the ways to help yourself or a friend in regards to being a victim.

First Semester is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free on kindle unlimited.

Second Snowfall: Elton Hall Chronicles (2)

In the second installment, Violet’s best friend Annabelle is the star here, and comes into her own as an adult woman when she meets a handsome firefighter named King who knows how to turn up the heat. But even though her new man is rich, strong, and seems to really know how to treat a lady, there’s something off about the trust fund kid turned college hero. Annabelle knows it, even if she can’t quite piece it together. And when one of her friends comes a little too close, both might end up getting burned.

Second Snowfall is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Third Wheel: Elton Hall Chronicles (3)

In the heart pounding finale, college student Christie is tired of living her picture perfect life and longs to be her own person and make her own decisions. One of the first decisions she makes is to have a passionate fling with Shane, a Korean street racer, who is just as charming as he is dangerous. He’s a far cry from the military man her family and friends want her to be with, but Christie wouldn’t have it any other way. Her new guy helps her walk on the wild side and is always there to catch her if she falls.

Third Wheel is available HERE in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Kelsey McKnight

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From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in. Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, The Scottish Stone Series. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled The Non-Disclosure Agreement, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.

Queen of Emeralds: The Scottish Stone Series (1)

British lady Charlotte was born into a proper Victorian society that expects her to marry well, bear children, and be grateful for the chance to do it. But she is far from the ideal woman of her age and when her father tries to force her to marry a bitter man old enough to be her grandfather, she rebells. A Scottish laird named Conner offers her sanctuary in his Highland castle, an more than just the heather blooms upon the hills. But when a shadowed figure comes to call, Charlotte may have to fight for more than just her right to love.

Queen of Emeralds is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Amethyst Bride: The Scottish Stone Series (2)

Charlotte’s best friend Penelope is her opposite, completely enamored with the prospect of staying in her perfect, high society position with the held of a carefully selected husband. But when she begins a musical project with a Scottish warrior named Drummond, the gentle giant’s voice isn’t the first thing on her mind. He can’t offer her money, a title, or a grand home in the heart of town, only his love. She’s left to decide between a rich man who can give her the world and a poor man who puts her in the center of his.

The Amethyst Bride is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

His Tarnished Ruby: The Scottish Stone Series (3) 

Conner’s little sister Flora has her eye on a certain man she’s been flirting with for years. Jasper’s older, a fierce man with a reputation to match, and everyone in her life tells her to give up her dream of marrying him. But Flora thinks she knows best and makes one decision that ruins everything. She flees Scotland to heal her wounded heart in London where she meets a man named Andrew from her past. He’s the calm to her storm and vows to love her just the way she is. But Flora can’t believe anyone would else care for her again, a feeling that it only heightened when her past comes calling.

His Tarnished Ruby is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement

Holly comes to the big city with even bigger dreams, and works as a personal assistant while waiting for her big break. But that big break comes in an unexpected way when her boss, Jackson, tells her he needs a fiancée in order to woo the voters of New York City. On paper it sounds fantastic, she gets all the perks the rich and famous of NYC enjoy while Jackson gets to look like a family man. But mixing business with pleasure is a dangerous game.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Craving Bad: An Anthology

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In The Thief’s Partner by Sarah Fischer, Lucy is accidentally drawn into a fast-paced chase after her twin brother’s dangerous friend goes on the run with some stolen diamonds. And while her brain screams out for justice for her dead brother, her heart longs for something more. Will she choose to live life on the edge, or will she go back to her normal, safe existence?

In Ironside Sinners by Kelsey McKnight, Vera stayed behind in her small, mining town to while her high school sweetheart left to escape the cycle of their parents. But years later when he rolls through with his motorcycle club, they find they’ve grown into different people, but the feelings they once shared are the same. Vera is forced to choose between her small town world and the dangerous life where nothing will ever go according to plan.

Craving Bad is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

In the Future

We’re both working on separate books, Kelsey focusing on romantic comedies and Sarah diving into the world of young adult novels. But together they’re writing a traditional romance that they hope will be perfect for the cold winter months to come.

 

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What I Learned From Outlander

Over the past few years, I’ve been completely taken over by Outlander. I have a slight obsession with Dougal, while most people would leave their own personal Franks for the chance to look under Jamie Fraser’s kilt. While we clearly all watch Outlander for the history, there have been some other things that I’ve learned along the way. Here’s a comprehensive list…maybe you’ll learn something from me.

  1. It’s now okay to hear voices, but only if they come through stones. Otherwise, you’re still crazy…or a witch. stones
  2. Speaking of witches, I also learned that vaccine scars will kill you faster than the actual disease.
  3. However, whipping scars…now they won’t kill you. In fact, whipping scars are very useful.
  4. On the other hand, sometimes diseases can be used to your advantage.
  5. Sleeping with, excuse me, marrying the second in command is the way to go. When he overthrows number one, you’ll rule. Er, you’ll help him rule. married
  6. The way to get your man isn’t by giving your honey pot away–your life has to be at risk. That whole damsel in distress thing is the clincher. It works even better, if once you have him, your independent woman side comes out.
  7. If you think a ghost is watching your wife, it’s probably time to force her to leave.
  8. Always befriend your man’s sister. Only she can help prevent those hussies from coming around. Jenny
  9. It’s never to late to reconnect with the love of your life. However, you may have to deal with some leg hair first.
  10. The saying may be, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” but I think “When in France, do as the French do” is better. 
  11. If you’ve kept your daughter’s father a secret for most of her life, don’t be surprised when she get’s pissed…especially if she’s a red head. bree
  12. Never take your mother for granted. You have no idea what she went through to have you…(in this case though, we know she went through the stones).
  13. Smoozing multiple men is one of the best ways to assure loyalty… and gifts. Lots of shiny presents.
  14. If you are curious about time travel, killing someone may not be the only way to accomplish it. I would consider continuing to look for a way. Karma catches up to you.
  15. Always shout out your skills when dealing with kings, lairds, and chieftains. They may find use for you, even if you are a spy.
  16. If you wish to see a King, just hope he had plenty of fiber that day. In fact, maybe send him some fiber the day before to prepare. It should be number two on your list.
  17. Being known for your beauty is one thing, but being known as a badass who can curse you is even better.
  18. When you have an open marriage, try to set rules and boundaries so no one get’s hurt…or crashes a graduation party.
  19. A red coat is not a fashion statement. If the red coats are coming, they are not referring to a trunk sale. Run the other way. black jack
  20. Never underestimate a good dog. They’re quite handy to have around.
  21. Speaking of being handy, when stealing, it’s vital to be crazy sneaky. You certainly wouldn’t want to ask anyone for a hand.
  22. If you find out there’s a slim chance that the love of your life didn’t die on a battlefield, maybe hire a private investigator. They know everything, that’s why their hair is so big. Or research yourself until you’re sure.research
  23. Never assume someone was taken by faeries. They may be tricky, but they aren’t malicious. This goes for adults and children.
  24. If you must travel all around, bring an accountant. They may not be able to fight with a sword, but their words are pretty dangerous, especially when written down.
  25. Finally, I learned that waiting is the worst thing to ever happen to a Sassenach. Book 10…we’re ready.

The next episode of Season 3 is starting soon! How do you think it’s going so far? I mean, I know we haven’t gotten to the print shop scene, but I’m enjoying it. What has your favorite part been so far? Comment below.

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And maybe check out Kelsey’s review of the special Outlander themed WeeBox, a subscription box straight from bonny Scotland. Check it out HERE!

About the Authors

Sarah Fischer and Kelsey McKnight met in college and haven’t stopped talking to each other since. Sarah works a day job doing background investigations which is a fancy way of saying she gets to be nosy for a living. Kelsey runs two non-profit organizations and raises the most precious child on the planet. However, at night, they turn into two saucy romance novelists.

Sarah writes college romances that would make Mrs. Fitzgibbons blush. Roger and Bree would definitely approve.

They can be found HERE

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Kelsey writes Scottish Historical Romances. No, it isn’t Outlander, but her stories have men in kilts, ladies in elegant dresses, and overwhelming drama. She also has a contemporary romance that plays with contracts, love, money, and business. Kelsey and Sarah also both have short stories in the anthology Craving Bad. It’s filled with bad boys and the girls they love.

They can be found HERE

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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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