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True To The Highlander …Author BARBARA LONGLEY

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TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER has a twisting, turning plot. It’s the kind of story you can sink your teeth into, and I’d like to share where the idea originated. My process is as twisty as the plot.

I was reading a book about haunted castles in Scotland, and I came across the tale of Castle Rait, which has a tragic past. It was held my the Comyn clan in the year of 1423, which is the same year King James I was ransomed from the British after eighteen years of captivity. One of the first things King James did was to issue an edict forbidding the Scottish clans from fighting amongst themselves. While living among, and being educated by, the British aristocracy, James learned the value of a united kingdom. He wanted the same for his realm.

The Comyn and the MacKintosh clans had been feuding since the days of Robert the Bruce. The Comyn clan backed the English king, while the MacKintosh backed the Bruce. One of the Comyns attempted to murder the Bruce, and the plot was thwarted by a MacKintosh. As a result, the Comyn clan lost their titles and most of their holdings. The MacKintosh gained an earldom and most of the Comyn’s land as a reward for their service and loyalty to Robert the Bruce.

Anyway, the Comyn laird had a daughter, whom he suspected (and rightly so) of having a MacKintosh lover. When King James issued his edict, the Comyn laird invited the MacKintosh to a feast of reconciliation. The plan: get the MacKintosh snockered, and when the toast to the dead was given, the Comyns planned to rise up and slit the throats of every MacKintosh present.

The Comyn laird’s daughter knew of her father’s nefarious plot, and found a sneaky way to warn her lover. The day came for the feast, and when it was time to toast the dead and rise up against the MacKintosh, the Comyns got a big surprise. The MacKintosh were prepared. A fight ensued, and the MacKintosh prevailed.

The Comyn laird, suspecting his daughter had betrayed him, escaped the great hall during the battle and hurried to his daughter’s chamber. There he caught her trying to climb out of her window. He drew his sword and chopped both of her hands off at the wrists. She fell to her death on the stones below, and she haunts Castle Rait to this day.

That’s just not right! Is it? If you could go back in time to help this couple, would you?

If anyone deserves a happily-ever-after, it’s the Comyn laird’s daughter and the MacKintosh warrior who loved her, and dammit, I was going to give them their HEA, even if only in my fictional world. Now, when you read TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER, you’re going to say, “Hey, this isn’t the Comyn lass’s tale? What gives?” OK, they aren’t the hero and heroine, but their lives and their fate are changed by our intrepid heroine, Alethia Goodsky. She doesn’t have a clue whose life she’s supposed to save, so she’s out to save everyone she can in the hopes that doing so will be her ticket home. Somewhere along the way though, she loses her heart to our hunky alpha hero, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh.

Blurb:

Native American violinist Alethia Goodsky had plans for her future, and they didn’t include time travel, hocus-pocus good luck charms, or heroic deeds. And she certainly never

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intended to lose her heart to a fifteenth century Scottish warrior or an orphaned boy unable to hear her music.

A life hangs in the balance, and only Alethia can tip the scale. This is all the supernatural being posing as a Renaissance festival fortuneteller reveals before transporting Alethia back in time to the Highlands of Scotland. Alethia must unravel the mystery before it’s too late if she’s to return home. She throws herself into the task only to have her efforts thwarted by her overbearing, self- appointed protector—Malcolm of clan MacKintosh.

It is 1423AD, the year before Scotland’s King James is ransomed from the British to take his rightful place upon the throne. The Highland clans are at each other’s throats, and all of Scotland suffers under the ruthless reign of their regent, the duke of Albany. Treachery and intrigue rule the day, and all Malcolm wants is peace. Finding a gently bred woman alone on MacKintosh land can only mean more trouble. When the exotic foreigner reveals her strange tale, Malcolm believes she was placed in his path to warn him of coming danger. He cannot allow the willful beauty to put herself in harm’s way for his sake. Malcolm is determined to keep Alethia safe and by his side—if only she’d let him.

Surrounded by enemies, with the mystery still unsolved, passion grows between Malcolm and Alethia until her heart is torn. Should she follow the dictates of reason and find a way home, leaving Malcolm and the young boy she’s adopted behind, or should she listen to her heart and remain true to the Highlander?

If anyone deserves a happily-ever-after, it’s the Comyn laird’s daughter and the MacKintosh warrior who loved her, and dammit, I was going to give them their HEA, even if only in my fictional world. Now, when you read TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER, you’re going to say, “Hey, this isn’t the Comyn lass’s tale? What gives?” OK, they aren’t the hero and heroine, but their lives and their fate are changed by our intrepid heroine, Alethia Goodsky. She doesn’t have a clue whose life she’s supposed to save, so she’s out to save everyone she can in the hopes that doing so will be her ticket home. Somewhere along the way though, she loses her heart to our hunky alpha hero, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh.

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DON’T MISS OUT  !!   Barbara is offering TWO chances to win a copy of  True To The Highlander.   From those who leave a comment, two names will be drawn and and each one will have their choice of a paperback book OR an MP3-CD.

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True To The Highlander can be purchased at:: https://tinyurl.com/lmknako

 

Learn more about the author at:   www.barbaralongley.com

 

Mary Preston - February 26, 2014 - 2:39 am

You had me at Highlander. Such a fascinating period in history.

Marilyn Baron - February 26, 2014 - 4:41 am

Barbara,
I love historical fiction. I have never been to Scotland but always wanted to go. And I love the fact that you incorporate the real story with new fictional characters. What a great idea and the true story is fascinating. Thanks for blogging with us. Best of luck with the book.

Sandra Elzie - February 26, 2014 - 5:02 am

Hi Barbara,
Like Mary, you had me at Highlander. I can’t wait to read the book…and the series…and the cover is very eye catching.

Best of luck!

barbaralongley - February 26, 2014 - 6:18 am

Thank you so much for hosting me today, ladies! You have a lovely site here. Yeah, I cut my romance reading teeth on stories including Scottish Highlanders. I’ve been to Scotland, and one of these years I plan to rent a little cottage in the highlands. I’d like to stay for an entire summer, explore old castle ruins, local museums, and of course write!

Pam Asberry - February 26, 2014 - 8:14 am

I love the premise of this story – and the HEA twist you added! Thank you so much for blogging with us today!

Barbara Longley - February 26, 2014 - 8:42 am

Thanks, Pam! I’m happy to be here! If there are any readers out there who might have a question or a comment, I’ll be stopping by throughout the day. :0)

Sia Huff - February 26, 2014 - 8:49 am

Thank you for trying to give a HEA. Yes, they deserve one. I love history & highlander stories. Unique twist indeed.

Barbara Longley - February 26, 2014 - 9:50 am

Thanks, Sia!

Tamara LeBlanc - February 26, 2014 - 11:26 am

OMG, I WANT TO READ THIS!!!!! I love Highland stories, love Scotts in Kilts and the women who romance them, and I LOVE time travel. Haven’t read a good one in years and I’m so looking forward to this. Thanks for sharing your process and for the blurb. So cool!
Have a great afternoon!
Tamara

Connie Gillam - February 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Hey, Barbara-

I love time travel and combine that with the Scottish highlands and you have a great story.

BTW, it was nice meeting you at M&M. Too bad it was the day we were leaving.

Bobbie Peterson - February 26, 2014 - 12:22 pm

You have certainly peaked my interest, I can’t wait to read this.

Barbara Longley - February 26, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Thanks, Tamara and Bobbie! Connie, I had such a lovely time @ M&M! I enjoyed meeting you too. I’ll attend again at some point. This year I’m going to RWA nationals. Are you going? We should meet for a meal or drinks if you are.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - February 26, 2014 - 11:55 pm

I always enjoy hearing from the author about what sparked their interest and sent their imagination soaring. Thanks for sharing with us today.

Susan Carlisle - February 27, 2014 - 8:46 am

I love a good highlander book. The area and the people are so romanctic. Thanks for join us today.

Maxine - February 27, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Barbara, LOVE historical Scottish. I was fortunate to visit Scotland and the Isle of Skye. Such a romantic place!! Can’t wait to read your book.

Sandy Elzie - March 4, 2014 - 2:11 pm

And now we must choose two winners….. drum rolllllllllllll !!

Bobbie Peterson

Tamara LeBlanc

Congratulations ladies….and please get in touch with me….I’ll need your address and your choice of a print book or an MP3-CD

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