New Release: Highland Passage

A Scottish Time Travel Romance

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What would you risk to find love?

Mackenzie Cooper has had it with romance. On her way home from another blind date arranged by her well-meaning sister, she is caught in a snowstorm. While maneuvering the twists and turns of the icy road, Mackenzie loses control of her car and crashes into the rocky hillside.

When a rugged Scotsman pulls her to safety, Mackenzie is sure she must be hallucinating. Through the storm’s fury, he takes her to shelter in one of the mysterious stone chambers scattered throughout Putnam County, New York. Snowbound, Mackenzie must wait out the storm with this strange, kilted man who claims to be a Highlander from eighteenth-century Scotland. By morning, she not only believes Ciarán MacRae’s story but has also lost her heart just in time for him to kiss her, promise his love—and then vanish.

Unable to forget him, Mackenzie returns again and again to the stone chamber, hoping to unlock the secret of Ciarán’s disappearance. But if she does, she will have to decide whether her fierce feelings for Ciarán are worth abandoning all that she knows to travel through time to find her gallant Scotsman.

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The Inspiration for Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy

When I visited here on a previous trip, the following story inspired me to write Highland Soldiers: The Enemy. It appears on a plaque outside the Covenanters’ Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Here is the text of the plaque pictured below, which appears to the left of the entrance to Covenanters’ Prison.

Behind these gates lies part of the Greyfriars Kirkyard which was used in 1679 as a prison for more than one thousand supporters of the National Covenant who have been defeated by Government forces at the Battle of Bothwell Brig on 22 June. For more than four months these men were held here without any shelter, each man being allowed 4 ounces of bread a day. Kindly citizens were sometimes able to get some more food.

Some of the prisoners died here, somewhere tried and executed for treason, some escaped and some were freed after signing a bond of loyalty to the ground. All those who were persecuted and died for their support of the National Covenant in the rains of Charles II and James VII are commemorated by the Martyrs Memorial on the north-eastern wall of the kirkyard. The Covenant, which was first signed in Grey Friars Kurt in 1638, promised to defend Presbyterianism from intervention by the crown.

In November 1679 the remaining 257 men who had been sentenced to transportation overseas, were taken to Leith and placed on board a ship bound for the American colonies; nearly all were drowned when the ship was wrecked off the Orkney Island s (where there is a monument in their memory) but 48 of the prisoners survived.

The section of the kirkyard used to imprison the Covenantors lay outside the existing south wall and included the area now covered by buildings on Forest Road. The area behind the gate was laid out for burials in 1705 and contains many fine monuments but these did not exist at the time of the prison.

The plaque has been provided by the Grefriars Kirkyard Trust with the support of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association.

Plaque Outside the Covenanters' Prison

Plaque Outside the Covenanters’ Prison

Covenanters Prison, July 2014

Inside Covenanters Prison, July 2014

Greyfriars Kirk, July 2014