Tag Archives: Research

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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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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A Perfect Wife: research photos

This photo, courtesy of Craig Wallace, shows “Doocot Cave”, around the headland from Cromarty. The cave is near the left, about half-way up. I won’t ruin the story, but you will learn about it while enjoying Kiera’s attempts to become the perfect wife for Malcolm and Duff MacKenzie. Hugh Miller, author of My Schools and […]

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Scandalous Sinclairs: Fact and Fiction

castle of mey

Much of what you’ll read about the Sinclairs of Caithness in A Lady’s Vengeance, Highland Menage 4, is true. “The Castle of Mey was built by George, the 4th Earl of Caithness, for his second son William Sinclair [called “Will” in A Lady’s Vengeance]. When visiting the family seat Girnigoe Castle in 1573, William was […]

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Highlands in autumn

29Sept 2nd 078 Angus and Gillis MacDougal would have passed by here on their way to Inverlochy Castle. It gives an idea of the steep terrain. This graveyard and wee kirk at the bottom of the hill has been a special site since far before Scotland was a nation. [if video does not load, please […]

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Research enhances characters and plot

Checking genealogy can reveal more than basic facts. It provides clues on how the clans intermarried, leading to stronger connections, or feuds if the contracts were not honored. You may also find interesting facts to add to your characters. Hands-on research, such as visiting the very places where the events occur, is priceless. For instance, […]

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Fiona’s Travel

In Captive Love, Highland Menage #1, Fiona meets Gillis MacDougal in the prison pit belonging to Campbell of Glenorchy. It is located in the yellow section at the bottom, below the pink line held by MacDonalds. She has ridden into Campbell land by mistake from the green Menzies land to the right. She travels with […]

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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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