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Friday, December 26, 2014

Who Are You Reading?

Hi guys! I just finished Margaret Mallory's latest book, the Christmas novella called The Gift. It's really good, and I wanted to share, so I figured we should talk books!

So,here's the cover, and clicking on it will take you to my review over on Got Fiction? Book Blog.

Short review is that This was just what I needed tonight. A Highlander, a sassy Sassenach, and a guaranteed happy ending.

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This story follows in her latest Highlander series The Douglas Legacy, but also has a bit of cross-over from her first series The Return of the Highlanders.

So that's what I'm reading. Up next I'll finish Jennifer Ashley's The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie. What are you reading? Did you get any new books for the Holidays?
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jingle Ball Hop

JINGLE BALLS BLOG HOP

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Sexy Santa's coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Sexy Santa's coming to town

He sees you when you're playing
He knows when you're aroused
He knows if you've been kinky or sweet
So be kinky for goodness sake


It’s that time of year again when the snow is falling, the nights are long, and we love nothing better than snuggling up with our favourite book boyfriends. Hello you gorgeous people, and welcome to our Jingle Balls Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by none other than Satin's Bookish Corner and the sensual Amara Lebel. Why not join us, and all the other amazing authors and bloggers, for your chance to win some sexy prizes which will get your blood going and keep you warm this Christmas.

·         The Hop will run from 00:01 (GMT) on the 12th of December until 11:59 (GMT) on the 17th of December 2014.
·         In order to win one of the amazing prizes up for grabs you MUST be a follower of each blog participating in the hop.
·         You MUST comment leaving your email address so we can get in touch with you should you win.
·         Winners will be announced on the 18th of December.
·         Giveaways are open to all US, Canadian and International followers.

Good luck to you all, and here is wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

My contribution will be a copy of Highlander Reborn in any format you prefer.





RONE Award Honorable Mention for best short story 2013

Highlander Reborn begins in Scotland, many centuries ago, where a blacksmith fights for his life and his people. His life is forever changed when Amalia, one of the Nightkind, makes the choice to save his life. But first, he has to die...

1304…

After Nevin MacLachlan’s wife was killed by a vampire, he made it his mission to hunt them all down. But one late Highland night, in a battle he couldn’t win, one of the Nightkind ripped open his throat. With his blood draining onto the grass, the last thing Nevin sees isn’t a white light; it’s the dark of night closing in on him.

Amalia has been enamored with the blacksmith ever since he first held a stake to her heart. Watching him die was unacceptable. Will he ever forgive her for turning him into what he hates most?

Nevin has lived his life alone for a reason. When Amalia walks back into his life seven centuries later asking for help, he wants nothing more but to turn his back to her. But something about her still calls to him.

Some of the Nightkind in Amalia’s seethe have been killed. It’s up to her to find Nevin and ask for his help. But how can she show Nevin that she isn’t the monster he thinks she is?

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Friday, December 5, 2014

News: The Broken Highlander

Hi guys! Since the Shades of Pink charity anthology is no longer available, and I have my rights back, I'll be self-publishing The Broken Highlander.

(quick note: you can still donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the Shades of Pink link)

I have the cover image picked out, and I have the short story edited, however, it's short. Like super short. I think I'm going to expand it a bit before I put it up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.

On the plus side, it's a of a prequel for the Nightkind series, and you'll get to see just what happened to Nevin after Amalia turned him. He goes to a dark place, and it's not pretty. I'll post the blurb soon, too.

I'll post the cover once I get it designed. I do love the covers that Dara, my cover artist at LFD Designs, has made, however she's taking a break from designing, so I'm going to try to sweet talk her into one more cover ;)

Her style fits so well, I hate to lose that continuity of my covers!

So, added to that, I think I'll try to post here more often, I know I'm really bad about that, but having the baby last year has really eaten up my writing time.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a hunky shirtless Jamie from Outlander.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bonus! Highlander Reborn

So by now you guys know I've got a short Nightkind story in the Shades of Pink Volume 2 anthology. But I think I'll throw in a copy of Highlander Reborn for anyone who donates to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Just either post in comments, or email me at highlandhussy AT gmail .com with a screen shot, or let me know somehow you donated and I'll email you a copy!

So, if you donate HERE you get Shades of Pink volume 2 which is 22 stories from some fantastic authors! You get my story, which is called The Broken Highlander, and it's a Nightkind prequel. But wait! There's more!

Then, let me know you donated, and BAM! Highlander Reborn is yours as well!

Thanks, guys and Happy October!

Here are some of the other authors' blogs you might want to check out:

Cynthia Sax

Amara Lebel

Kallysten 

Zoe York

Vivien Dean


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shades of Pink Volume 2

 Last October I was invited to write a short story for the Shades of Pink charity anthology that author Kallysten puts together every year. We raised over $10,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Fund. We even got a sweet trophy!


This year, Kallysten has done it again! With the Shades Of Pink volume 2 anthology, you get 22 stories, mine included! I wrote the Broken Highlander, which is a prequel for my Nightkind series, and it gives you a glimpse as to what Nevin did after Amalia turned him into a vampire.

All you have to do is click on this link or the cover image. Donate any amount you want to, and once you’ve donated, you download the ebook! Easy peasy!

This October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 22 authors have allied for 1 cause: fundraising for research through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Their gift to everyone who makes a donation? A romance anthology (ebook) titled Shades of Pink (volume 2). Last year, the first Shades of Pink event raised over $10.000 through more than 1300 donations!
This anthology contains 22 short stories, including…
• 4 paranormal, 1 sci-fi, 11 contemporary, 1 historical, 2 military, 3 BDSM, 2 YA (some stories have more than one genre)
• 3 spicy (ménage or kink), 7 sexy (explicit sex scenes), 12 sweet (no sex)
• A couple of vampires, about three dozen humans including soldiers, geeks, teachers, librarians, writers, survivors, bosses, rock stars, teens, mages, wives, husbands and fiancés, 1 succubus, 1 genie, a Highlander, a few aliens, some werewolves and other shifters.
• Pink, pink and more pink, including tattoos, plenty of flowers, precious stones, jewelry, a bookmark, a drawing, ropes, lingerie, a car, a bag, a vase, various clothes, an anteater and a squirrel.
https://give.bcrfcure.org/fundraise?fcid=334757
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Cover!

I just discovered that Highland Games got a makeover! Check this cover out!

I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

What do you think?



Malcolm “Colm” MacRobert is ordered by his chief to travel through time and return with a woman. Not just any woman, the daughter of Laird and Lady Grant. There’s one problem, though. Everyone knows the Grants never had a daughter. Who is he bringing back? And why is she so important that his laird using the village witch to send Colm over 200 years into the future?

When Piper Grant agreed to take her friend’s place on a trip to Scotland, she didn’t know it was a singles tour. Desperately trying to avoid her fellow tourists, she wanders around the Highland Games being held at Blair Castle, however she can’t shake the feeling that someone’s watching her.

After one glance, Colm knows Piper is meant for him. The hard part is convincing her that he’s not crazy, and that he really needs her. Colm takes Piper with him back to 1793 Scotland hoping that she’ll eventually forgive him. With a witch aligning their fates as if pieces on a chessboard, Colm and Piper have more than their own relationship to worry about.

Can Colm win Piper’s heart, save his clan, and come out unscathed?
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Check it out!

Hi everyone! There's an in-depth interview with yours truly over at Authors Interviews here 

and a fun post over at SOS Aloha about Remembering Bannockburn here

Really quickly, if you remember, I had a story in the Shades of Pink anthology last year (Highland Eclipse, now available separately). I'm trying to finish up The Broken Highlander to go into this year's edition of the anthology, and was curious if you guys were anthology fans, or if you prefer to be able to buy the short stories and novellas separately?



Happy 4th of July, guys, be safe and have fun!



Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Writing What?

I was tagged by Seleste Delaney/JulieParticka in this tour about the writing process.

1. What am I working on?

Currently I'm working on several projects. I'm still working on Liam's story Highland Betrayal, which I kept getting stuck, so I finally had to chuck a good 15K words, but I'm back on track.

I'm working on a prequel to my Nightkind short story, and this one is called The Broken Highlander. It's about the time Nevin spent right after he was turned.

But I'm primarily writing something new. Contemporary Romance author Heather Lire and I are writing a Scottish Romance complete with meddling gods and sexy Highlanders. Be prepared for a debut from Kenzie MacLir this Fall.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My books are different in that the heroine knows she's traveled through time, yet she still has to come to grips with that. Even knowing ahead of time what she's in for, it doesn't prepare her fully, and it can be jarring to find herself without the comforts of her century.

I also don't let my hero just bail on his duties in real life. So often you see a romance that really just focuses on the hero and heroine and their romance. In Romanclandia, it must be awesome to not have to worry about a job, or money, or anything other than sexy times. But I try to keep my hero and heroine not just focused on each other, but on the action surrounding them as well.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write Scottish Highlanders because that's what I see when I close my eyes. I can't help myself. These are the heroes and stories begging to be told. I love the Highlanders. It's hard to imagine these big, tough warriors being the underdogs, but they were! Outmanned and outgunned by the English, this makes their triumphs all that more impressive. The fact that they could wield such deadly strength in battle, but temper that strength for their women, makes me all melty inside. These are the heroes I want to write. Strong, but protective, not smothering. Possessive, but not obsessive. I love when he goes all caveman, but I don't want him so territorial we worry he might pee on her leg.The balance is delicate, and it's not easy. The challenge is fun! And besides, who doesn't love a sexy man in a kilt?

4. How does my writing process go?

My writing process starts when I get home from dropping the kids off at school, and I grab that first cup of coffee. While the caffeine kick starts my brain, I usually goof off on twitter for a few minutes before bringing up my current work in progress (WIP). Providing the baby lets me, I usually read over what I've written most recently and I jump back in. Sometimes I might start at the beginning of the previous chapter to read how smooth the lead-in is. Sarah MacLean told me she starts with the black moment and works her way out. I'm trying that for the first time now, but since I'm a pantser, it's actually really hard to do!

I'm a slow writer, since I self-edit as I go, and since my writing partner Heather, in her words, "...just vomit(s) the words onto the page, then edit(s) later," it's been really interesting to work with someone whose style is so different from my own. And yet it's been really fun and refreshing.

So, yeah. There you go, 4 things about my writing! Go check out some of the other authors who've been tagged, and see how we all differ, and where we overlap. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 24, 2014

For Jackie Barbosa

Author Jackie Barbosa's 17 year old son was killed last week in a head-on collision on his way to school. Understandably, she is completely beside herself.

Follow her twitter for updates

I've known Jackie online for a couple years now, and as I grieve with her and for her, there is something we can do. She is establishing a memorial fund for her son.

All the information and donate button for the Julian Fraire Memorial Fund can be found here

Another thing that can help is to buy her books. From Jill Sorenson's blog:

"Jackie is an excellent writer of smart, sexy books. I reviewed her debut novel, BEHIND THE RED DOOR at Romance Divas. If you like contemporary romance, you might want to try SKIN IN THE GAME, with a football coach heroine. Or her recent novella, CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT. I wish her peace and comfort in this difficult time."

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I want to say I've read Behind the Red Door, and I liked it.
So if you get the  chance, pick up one of her books, donate to her son's memorial fund, or just offer her your condolences on twitter. I've gone through something similar and I want to say that every sincere comment can make a difference.
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Highland Eclipse Cover Reveal

The wonderful ladies over at Under the Covers Book Blog featured Highland Eclipse on their Covers to Covet today! Wow! So now I can share with you the fabulous cover for Eclipse Agent Declan Wallace and Lady Fiona McClure.





You can add this to your Goodreads shelf now too by clicking here
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20644530-highland-eclipse

Previously published in the Shades of Pink anthology, Highland Eclipse is a short story set in the Magic of the Highlands world as the beginning to a new series about the Time Ops Eclipse Agents.

A member of an elite Time Ops team called the Eclipse Agents, Declan Wallace’s job is to jump through time. He maintains order in the timeline, he hunts down those who would time jump for their own purposes. But sometime Fate intervenes.

After a lifetime of living with illness, Lady Fiona McClure is proving to herself that she is finally healthy in an attempt to swim across the loch. If she makes it, maybe then her overprotective father won’t treat her as a child anymore. When she is snatched and dragged ashore by a man who thought she was drowning, her heart races for reasons that have nothing to do with the swim and everything to do with the man standing before her.

With a mission to finish, Declan can’t allow distractions, and Lady Fiona is definitely a distraction. But he’s discovering that living for the next mission isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Staying in the past is forbidden, but Fiona McClure is his destiny.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Highland Eclipse Release Date!

So I've got a gorgeous cover made for me once more by LFD Designs but the catch is...I can't show it to you. Not yet at least. There will be a big reveal over at Under the Covers Book Blog and Got Fiction? Book Blog on Friday.
But I'll announce the release date will be February 25, 2014. It's about a month away.

This is the story Highland Eclipse which was in the anthology Shades of Pink. It's not very long, but it's the start to my cross-over series called the Eclipse Agents. It's a Time Ops Romance and it's going to have some visitors from those MacRae men.

I'm still working on Liam's story, which I have scrapped and started over. I kept getting stuck at the same place, and I felt if that was the case, I needed a change. So providing the baby lets me, I'll be working hard at getting both Liam's book Highland Betrayal, and another Nightkind story out this year.

And this weekend I'll update the website with the new and utterly gorgeous cover for Highland Eclipse.

In the meantime, don't forget to stop by Under the Covers Book Blog this Friday, and Got Fiction? Book Blog as well.