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Still writing, and researching, and plotting….

drawing of Keiss Castle, Wick

While I’ve been working on the 6th book in my Climax, Montana contemporary cowboy series, I’m also putting effort toward the last three sets of MacDougal brothers in my Highland Ménage series, set in the late 1580s. I’ll be heading to Scotland this fall to complete research on the last three sets of MacDougal brothers […]

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Best wishes for 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve been writing but unable to complete a novel. I’ve worked on Climax, Montana #6 with Ashley Elliott and a pair of ex-NFL foster kids. Then there’s #11 of the Highland Menage historical series where Torquil and Ewan find Brigid and her wolfhounds. Even worked […]

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Back on the road to Climax

red truck

It’s been over a year since I sent my last book, Loving the Enemy: Highland Ménage 10 to my publisher. I’d finished ten books, almost 1,500 pages, in ten months. Half-way through Torquil and Ewan’s first book (the eleventh of sixteen in the series) I realized I was burned out. While I loved the characters […]

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Donny Frost explains tradition of sharing wives

Excerpt from The Merry Widow of Tanner’s Ford, which takes place in 1988. Donny Adams is helping Marci Meshevski with barn chores. It’s the morning after she moved in with Simon MacDougal to care for him due to his broken leg. “Few men are suited to share their wife with a brother, cousin, or close […]

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Tom White snippet (1990)

Tom White is an enigmatic character who appears throughout the Climax, Montana series, solving problems off the official grid. This snippet is from the epilogue in Having It All. His black ops training led him to South America where he met Eric Frost. In 1988 he flew a ‘borrowed’ military helicopter to Climax before heading […]

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Creating Lila Frost proved I wasn’t stupid after all

Lila Frost, the determined rancher featured in No Strings Attached, had issues being organized and focused. It wasn’t until I was nearing the end of the book that I realized the character I created had the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactive disorder, though I never mention ADHD in the book. Lila was easily distracted and […]

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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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