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The Highlander's Outlaw Bride won the 2016 RONE award in the historical/pre-medieval category!
I'm thrilled beyond words! The RONE award is a very prestigious award in the indie and small press world.
Here is the description from the InD'Tale magazine site:
RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) Awards
RONE Book Awards:
Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.
Other than this lovely gold star being quite an honor, The Highlander's Outlaw Bride was the first historical novel I ever wrote. It also won the Golden Claddagh award in medieval romance. Though it would be published as the fourth book in The Highlander's Bride series, it was the book that caught my heart and steered me along the writing path to Scottish romance. I'm very pleased to see my first book baby succeed so well!!
Welcome to a new round of Medieval Monday 2015!
Today I am spotlighting my newest book, The Highlander's Outlaw Bride, set in 14th century Scotland. It is the 4th book in The Highlander's Bride series.
Thrust into the role of laird upon his father's unexpected death, Connor MacLaurey returns home to find his cousin has usurped his lands and title. Furthermore, his betrothed--a lass he barely knows and certainly did not agree to marry--is hunted by the sheriff, accused of stealing cattle. His plan is to petition the king for clemency for the foolish chit, break the betrothal, and take his castle back from his treacherous cousin. Marriage is not in his plans.
Brianna Douglas has no desire for marriage. Widowed young, berated daily for failing to give her first husband a child, and sent home in subsequent disgrace, she devotes her life to holding her family's land for her young brother as their sotted father drowns his sorrow in whisky over her mother's death. Raiders have hit her clan hard, and to save them, she finds herself betrothed to Laird MacLaurey's absent son to seal a pact of protection with the MacLaurey clan.
Forced into a marriage neither wants, it will take a king's edict and sacrifice from both to discover what love means. But can they accept their losses and learn from their mistakes before Brianna marries another?
Her step quickened and she fled the room to the stairway leading to her chamber. An iron grip on her arm yanked her to a stop and she whirled to face him, his expression black with fury.
“Let go of me!” she hissed angrily.
Conn released her arm, but did not move away. “What do ye think ye are about? Are ye dead set on being hanged?”
“The king pardoned me.”
“Aye, for reiving. Disobedience to the king is treason and will also get ye hanged.”
Brianna eyed him narrowly, unable to quell her toe as it tapped the stone floor impatiently. “I dinnae want to marry.”
“Well, there will be none to wed ye from the gallows.” He loomed over her, his expression darker still. “And I could have refused ye for yer lack of respect.”
“Lack of respect? I said naught that is not on any other’s tongue, m’laird.”
“Ye know naught of me or my past year in France.”
“Enough to know I dinnae want to be shackled to a skirt-chaser like yerself. I dinnae want such disrespect in my marriage, either!”
Conn exhaled a long breath. “Why are ye so against this marriage?”
“Are ye daft? What is there to recommend it?”
“Have stripped my clan of their wealth.”
“Yer dowry is of no importance to me. However, I do find myself in need of an heir.”
Furious, Brianna tossed her head. “Ye would do better to find a woman ye know will give ye one. I have no desire to be that woman.”
“Is that so?” The soft tone of his voice did not match the fire she saw in his eyes. She shook off the frisson of longing before it woke the passion his voice ignited in her, and did not flinch as she spoke the lie.
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So many of you have told me you enjoy animals in the story. That is great since all of my books have animals in them.
Sorcha the Scottish Deerhound, in The Highlander's Accidental Bride, helps put a homesick Mary at ease and champions her more than once.
In The Highlander's Accidental Bride, Ranald brings two Deerhounds to his new home, and they protect wee Gilda and provide a bit of comic relief with their boundless energy and good natures.
Things change in the next book. In The Highlander's Tempestuous Bride, Gilda (now grown up) brings home an injured wolf. Though she releases him once he has healed, he shows up more than once to show his gratitude. But he is not tame, as she finds out.
Today we meet Tam, an 8 month old Colley. He is quite the boisterous puppy, but shows the tendency toward great intelligence, fun, mischief and kindness that is typical of the Collie today.
My next book, book 4 in The Highlander's Bride Series, is due out in March of this year. The Highlander's Outlaw Bride is the story of Connor MacLaurey (you can find the first part of his story in The Highlander's Tempestuous Bride) and Brianna Douglas.
Thrust into the role of laird at his father's unexpected death, Conn returns home from a trip abroad to find his cousin has usurped his title, and his betrothed--a young woman he barely knows and certainly did not agree to marry--is hunted by the sheriff, accused of stealing cattle. His immediate plan is to petition the king for clemency for the stupid chit, break the betrothal, and get his castle back from his treacherous cousin. Marriage is definitely not in his plans.
Brianna Douglas has no use for men. Widowed young, daily berated for failing to give her husband a child, and sent home in subsequent disgrace, she has devoted her life to holding her family's land for her young brother as her father drinks away his sorrow at her mother's death. Raiders have hit her clan hard, and to save them, she is forced into a betrothal with Laird MacLaurey's son for protection.
It will take a king's edict and sacrifice from each to remind them what love means. But can they accept their losses and learn from their mistakes before Brianna marries another?
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