Welcome! If you landed here, you’re in the right place. I’m part of Romance at Random’s Reader Rally Blog Hop!

Usually authors offer excerpts from their books, but I’m going to be a little different. (My regular visitors will shrug and say, “So what else is new?”) I’m sharing snippets instead, just the beginning of a few chapters. Here goes:

Sins of the Highlander

Sins of the Highlander

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Chapter One ~ The peat fire had burned out and the ash gone gray, but Rob MacLaren didn’t feel the least bit cold. Not while his hot-blooded woman writhed under him.

Chapter Two ~ Rob advanced steadily, steeling himself to ignore the way her brows drew together in fear. “A man doesna name a horse he might have to eat come winter,” he said, his voice silky with menace. “And he doesna befriend one he’s taken hostage.”

Chapter Three ~ Elspeth Stewart blinked at him, like a small brown squirrel caught in the gaze of an adder.

Chapter Four ~ When Mad Rob decided to leave a place, he didn’t let anything slow him down. In the black cave, Elspeth couldn’t see her own hand when she held it before her face, but the Maclaren seemed to know exactly where he was going.

Chapter Five ~ “Wine!” Lord Drummond bellowed as he entered the solar.

Old Normina shuffled forward with a horn and a wineskin of the best vintage to be found in the laird’s cellars. She’d anticipated he’d demand more than mead this night after chasing all over creation for his lost bride.

Chapter Six ~ Lachlan Drummond and Elspeth’s father reined their horses to a halt at the top of the rise. The sun eased over the southeastern hills but it promised no additional warmth. The day was breaking cold and bitter as a spinster’s bed.

Midway through Chapter Six ~ Elspeth screamed. The last thing she saw before Rob and the wolf disappeared into the brush was his long claymore flying into the air, end over end.

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Hope you enjoyed this “box of chocolates” sampler from SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER. The rules of the blog hop ask you to leave a comment in order to be entered win one of my two prizes. I’m offering SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER  to one winner and TOUCH OF A THIEF to another. After commenting here, be sure to pop over to my website contest. The prize here on my website is a NEW KINDLE!

Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Grand Prize at Romance at Random too!

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today and will pop back by often! ;-)

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Yes, Dr. Nynke, the answer is Boston. (Those of you who are regular commenters and visitors to my blog will recognize Nynke, but now we need to put a Dr. in front of her name. ;-) I’m so proud of her!) So yes, if you want to be technical, I’m in Boston, looking out at a gray sky and a gray river cuddled up with two dogs in my writing chair. But in terms of cyber-space, I’m in several places at once.

First of all, I’m at Reading Between the Wines. It’s a really fun blog I’d never visited before. I think you’ll enjoy it. And of course, Sourcebooks is offering 2 chances to win SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER there.

I’m also supposed to be at NightOwl Romance. Last time I checked the post wasn’t up yet, but they may be on the west coast. I’m sure it’ll be there soon. Again, my publisher is offering a giveaway.

MaidensongThought I’d also give those of you who visit me here a little heads up about what I’m currently working on. I just finished Waking Up with a Rake and the manuscript is in the capable hands of my beloved beta reader, Marcy. Before I begin Romanced by a Rake, the second book in The Royal Rakes series, I’m taking a little time to revisit a story that’s dear to my heart. It’s Maidensong.

This is my debut title from back when I was writing under my real name. You always hear writers talking about “the book of my heart,” but in this case, it’s no cliche. Like someone who’s never loved before, I poured my soul into this book with abandon.

The book has been out of print for some time now and my agent recently helped me reacquire the rights to it. So I’m going back through this story, adding scenes that my editor deleted, deleting things I find troublesome now, and generally sprucing it up for a new audience. My agent and I plan to reissue Maidensong as an ebook probably in early February. Of course, it’ll need a new cover, but looking through pics of cover models to find my hero Bjorn will be no hardship!

I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available.

Now a question to get our cyber-conversation going. I’m reading LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY by Vreeland for my book club right now. It’s about Renoir and his painting of that title. Fascinating. What are you reading?

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Today the SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER blog tour rolls into FreshFiction. I’m answering the question: What’s so special about a guy in a kilt?

Getting him out of it, of course!

I’ve posted an exclusive excerpt on FreshFiction that offers an example, but I must warn you. “Mad Rob” is naked for most of this snippet! ;-)

There are two chances to win a copy of Sins of the Highlander at FreshFiction, but if you’d rather not trust to luck, I urge you to claim your copy today at your local booksellers or from one of the fine etailers! Enjoy!

Oh! And Debby’s Book Bag has just given SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER 5 out of 5 apples and a rave review! Since she’s a Scottish romance aficionado, this review means a lot to Connie and me. Thanks, Debby!