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Showing posts with label Highlander romance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Highlander romance. Show all posts

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Drumroll, Please! Tara Kingston's Gorgeous New Historical Romance Cover...

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As a regular contributor to History Undressed and a big fan of this blog, I’m so excited to share the gorgeous cover for my upcoming Scottish Historical romance here today. The Highlander Who Loved Me releases December 12 from Entangled Publishing. Set in late-Victorian Scotland, The Highlander Who Loved Me is the first book in my new Highland Hearts series. The stories are romantic adventures featuring rugged Highland spies working for the Crown to safeguard Scottish treasures.

Here’s a little about The Highlander Who Loved Me:

He may be her fiercest ally...or a scoundrel waiting to betray her.

Johanna Templeton is on a life-and-death quest. Swept into an intrigue that rivals the tales she pens, she joins forces with a Highland rogue to find the treasure that will save her kidnapped niece--a prize the Scot seeks for reasons that have nothing to do with ransom. Engaging the Highlander in a sizzling battle of the sexes, Johanna shields her heart.

Connor MacMasters, spy for Queen Victoria, is a man on a mission--keep a legendary gemstone from an evil man. Trailing an American novelist who holds the key to the treasure should've been simple, but Johanna awakens feelings he'd long thought dead. Torn between duty and desire, he wants her in his bed, but loving her would be a fool's game. Blasted shame his heart doesn't agree.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Writing of a Historical Novel by Barbara Longley

Welcome to History Undressed, guest author, Barbara Longley! She's here today to talk a bit about her writing process. Enjoy!

I thought readers might be interested to see what goes into writing historical fiction, so I’ve included a picture of some of my reference books. It took me a year of reading, note-taking, research and plotting before I typed a single word of TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER.

Have I taken liberties for the sake of the story? Yep. Like kilts. Experts say kilts as we know them were not popular until the eighteenth century. TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER is set in 1423/1424, but I included kilts anyway. To me, a Scottish historical without kilts is like toast without butter, or coffee without cream. It’s just not . . . complete. Have I manipulated historical events and facts here and there for the sake of the story? Yep. I write fiction.

However, the inspiration for the story, like the Feast of Reconciliation between the Comyn and MacKintosh clans, and their long-standing and brutal feud, are based upon well-documented historical events. Only, in the real version, a young woman was murdered by her own father (the Comyn laird), who suspected she revealed his nefarious plot to slay the MacKintosh during the feast. I just . . . changed the outcome a little.

That’s what I love about writing “fiction.” We get to make stuff up, change tragic outcomes, turn them into happily-ever-afters, and save lives that would otherwise have been lost.

A life hangs in the balance . . .

A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her—in his overbearing, arrogant way—and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman . . . and why does she captivate him so?

And only she can tip the scales.

The fortune-teller said something about saving a life, then zapped Alethia Goodsky back to fifteenth-century Scotland—a land bristling with broadswords and intrigue. Alethia is no damsel in distress, though, even if brawny, blue-eyed Malcolm has sworn to protect her. With her wits and special abilities, she races to solve the gypsy’s mystery and protect those she’s come to love. The stakes climb higher and enemies close in, forcing Alethia to choose between finding her way home . . . and staying true to her Highlander.

As a child, Barbara Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing.

Visit Barbara at...

Her website: www.barbaralongley.com