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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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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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Mid-career crisis, as reader or writer

Getting the blahs is tough. Story ideas are easy. It’s writing them, and doing it well, that is difficult. Readers can have a tough time as well. There are many wonderful authors but finding new ones can be like digging through a dunghill to find emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. Writers and readers change over […]

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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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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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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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