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MacDougals in North America

Fed up with starvation and too irascible to get along with his clan, in 1835 Finan MacDougal left the Scottish Highlands for Canada. He came as an assisted immigrant, one of many to receive passage money in return for relieving his clan of the need to feed and house him. Disdaining the city of Montreal, […]

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10 Highland Menage books in a year

Last year on this day I headed to Edinburgh, Scotland, for almost three weeks of research. The weather was marvelous, the castles fantastic, the driving…interesting. A thousand miles, much of it on small roads with few vehicles. More than once I drove for miles up and down and around curves on a nearly one-lane road, […]

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Campbell and MacDougall feud: Castles

Once upon a time the MacDougalls were Lords of Lorn, sovereign princes in the Western Isles. They’d built at least nine castles and claimed 250 square miles of land at a time Clan Campbell had little power. Ten years later King Robert the Bruce was crowned, having been supported by the Campbells. The MacDougalls, alas, […]

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Brooch of Lorn and the MacDougall / Campbell feud

In “Bedding The Enemy”, Highland Menage 9, King James VI decides to put an end to the feud between these clans by marrying Laird Somerled MacDougal to Lady Margaret Campbell. The marriage was conducted by proxy, with neither the bride nor groom’s approval. By order of the king, Laird Somerled is not told the truth […]

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King’s Knight: Stirling Castle

In King’s Knight, Isabel Graham, a ward of King James VI, is brought to Stirling Castle to be married off. Tearlach and Rory MacDougal must prove their worth to the king. Isabel is amazed at the tapestries, rugs, paintings, carvings and more that cover the floors, walls, and even the ceilings. Isabel is particularly intrigued […]

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King’s Pawn castles: Claypotts and Calltuin

Isabel Graham is determined to marry anyone other than Roderick Graham, the arrogant son of her distant uncle and guardian, Laird Graham of Duchray Castle. She’s been told she has nothing to her name and, as the ward of King James VI, is a mere pawn of the king. She cannot understand why Roderick wishes […]

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A Highland woman’s summer

Kiera MacKenzie, the heroine in “An Eager Widow” and “A Perfect Wife” is spending the summer at a shieling high in the hills when Duff MacDougal finds her. While Kiera lived alone, for untold generations village women went to the same place each summer to work on tedious tasks which were made more enjoyable by […]

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Pirates, as in e-book thieves

All six of my Highland Menage series (two of which have not yet been released on Amazon) are available to whoever wants it, “free”. I work very, very hard to write the best books I can so my readers will enjoy the result. This piracy steals the money I need to pay my mortgage, visit […]

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The fruit of your labors (cherries and books)

Last Saturday I picked two cups of sour cherries from my very own tree. On Sunday evening I made my first ever cherry pie, from scratch. I ate the last piece Tuesday evening as a before-bed snack (yum!). I just finished picking 8 more cups, using a ten foot ladder and stretching, getting leaves stuck […]

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A Lady’s Vengeance: Now on Amazon

Excerpt: “What did ye just say to me, wife?” Cormac MacDougal’s words might have been soft, but his intent was not…. Alana is still learning how far she can push her two husbands as she returns to Castle Girnigoe in Caithness to face her father. Now that Alana is well with child, Cormac and James […]

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