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 Ruins

The second book in my What Happens series is now available for preorder! Introducing What Happens in the Ruins.

Can she stop her past from ruining her future?

Sorcha Mackinnon isn’t your typical tortured artist. She is also a party girl, a vintage shopper, and the heiress to a whisky fortune. But when inspiration suddenly flies out the window, she’s left with an empty whisky glass and a blank canvas…until a childhood friend waltzes back into her life.

She’s known Danny Gordon since birth, but they lost touch as their careers took them in different directions. He offers to show her the parts of Scotland he swears will spark life back into her brushes. And as they tour the sights on the back of his motorcycle, Sorcha realizes that under the tattoos and smart mouth, Danny may inspire more in her than just a new painting.

But as a good time begins to morph into an ever after, Sorcha is reminded of old wounds that just won’t heal. Danny tries to open her heart, but her self-imposed isolation makes things harder than ever. Now she must decide what to do, because what happens in the ruins doesn’t always stay there.

Preorder this book HERE and enjoy your trip to the Highlands🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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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!

~GIVEAWAY~

Have you ever heard of the WeeBox? It’s a subscription box from Scotland that’s filled with perfectly cultivated items to give you a taste of the Highlands. Well, they’ve gives us a special wee box to give to one of you! Click HERE for all the super easy and free ways to enter.

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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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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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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.