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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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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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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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Laird Fraser’s Andrath Tower

Scotland is divided by a series of lochs running from northeast (Loch Ness) to southwest (Loch Eil). The Frasers and Camerons control much of these lands, so also decide who goes where, or not. They wish to keep it so. (Or even better, take over the western strip controlled by the Clan Ranald MacDonalds.) This […]

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Fiona’s Background

Fiona grew up here, at Castle Menzies. When she wasn’t out with the other squires she had a tiny room high in the attics with the servants which she shared with an old tomcat when he deigned to visit. Being inland, Weems didn’t get the salt spray from storms on the west coast, where Duncladach […]

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Medieval Castles of Clan MacDougal

Laird Dougal MacDougal, father of the sixteen men of this generation, grew up hearing of his clan’s wondrous past, when they controlled over 250 square miles of Highland Scotland. Due to a feud, they did not support Robert the Bruce and when he won, much of their land was given to Clan Campbell. When this […]

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