Coming in December:




His battle-scarred heart stands in the way of a love that could heal him.

Alex McDonnell returns home from fighting for clan and King to discover that the girl he once hunted and fished with has become an intriguing young woman. Kenna has adored him for years, but he has always treated her like a little sister. When her own brother dies from battle wounds, Kenna is left with no family or home.

Alex would love Kenna if he could, but recurring nightmares of acts committed while hunting down Covenanters now haunt his days and nights. When Kenna comes too close to his heart, he pushes her out of his life—and into the arms of another. Too late, he regrets his impulsive actions. Now he must fight to win her back before she weds another and is lost to him forever.

Book 3 in the Highland Soldiers series, Scottish historical romances set during the turbulent Covenanter times of 17th century Scotland.

Yes, I’ll Marry You!

Macaroni & Cheese Ring by CaseysMiniShop on Etsy


In the Heart of the Sea

BBC News – National Trust buys Thomas Hardy Dorset heathland

National Trust buys Thomas Hardy Dorset heathland


More than 200 acres (80 hectares) of heathland, thought to have inspired some of the settings for writer Thomas Hardy’s novels, has been bought by the National Trust.

The organisation said Slepe Heath in Dorset was the real-life version of the fictional Egdon Heath, where Hardy’s novel The Return of the Native is set.

BBC News - National Trust buys Thomas Hardy Dorset heathland

BBC News – National Trust buys Thomas Hardy Dorset heathland.

Wuthering Heights

You can never have too many Wuthering Heights adaptations.

Wuthering Heights: ‘There comes a point when you have to put the book down’

As the Gate presents a fresh adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic of passion (or hysterical excess, depending on your outlook), a new Heathcliff and Catherine get to grips with our expectations and their interpretations

Wuthering Heights: ‘There comes a point when you have to put the book down’.

Wuthering Heights: ‘There comes a point when you have to put the book down’

Kate Stanley Brennan and Tom Canton as Catherine and Heathcliff in rehearsal for Wuthering Heights. Photograph: Daragh McDonagh

A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate by Joshua Rothman

Frye’s scheme is simple. In his view, the world of fiction is composed of four braided genres: novel, romance, anatomy, and confession. “Pride and Prejudice” is a novel. “Wuthering Heights” isn’t: it’s a romance, an extension of a form that predates the novel by many hundreds of years. (“The romancer does not attempt to create ‘real people’ so much as stylized figures which expand into psychological archetypes,” Frye writes. “That is why the romance so often radiates a glow of subjective intensity that the novel lacks.”) Novels take place in the regulated world—in “society”—and are driven by plots. Romances take place “in vacuo,” on the moors, where “nihilistic and untamable” things tend to happen. The characters in romances are often revolutionaries, but “the social affinities of the romance, with its grave idealizing of heroism and purity, are with the aristocracy.” For that reason, novels, which thrive on social sophistication, often incorporate romance in an ironic way (“Don Quixote,” “Lord Jim”). Many young-adult books, like those in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, are pure romances: maybe, instead of asking why so many grownups read young-adult novels, we ought to be asking why novels are losing, and romances gaining, in appeal.

Highland Soldiers 3: Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to share this new cover by Ravven for Highland Soldiers 3, coming in December:


Becky Lower’s 5 reasons American historicals are coming back

Its popularity has waxed and waned over the years. In the 1980s and 1990s there were stand-out romances by such legends as Catherine Anderson, Pat Rice, Johanna Lindsay and Kathleen Woodiwiss. The early 2000s saw the emergence of Cindy Holby’s Wind series, but lately, the American historical romance has been hard to come by.

Until now. Several large publishers are suddenly realizing the resurgence of the American historical romance.

Becky Lower’s 5 reasons American historicals are coming back.

6 of the best castle stays in Scotland

6 of the best castle stays in Scotland