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Och, it took months of research and some dedicated writing. But my love affair with Scotland’s Highlands and its tall dark city called Edinburgh has reached another level.

The work is titled Unkilted. I wrote it as “Book I: The Renegade and the Runaway,” a two-novel adventure. But it may go beyond those bounds. We’ll see.

The novel traces what might have happened to three men in 1772, the eve of America’s war with King George III and the aftermath of Scotland’s costly Battle of Culloden in 1746. After that final clash of Redcoats and Jacobites, Highlanders lost their kilts, their weapons, and their way of life.

I hope readers will find an engaging story, with interesting protagonists, shifting POVs, some humor, history, authentic language, flawed heroes…. You know. The usual suspects.

It’s an enemies-to-lovers tale, a slow-burn love story. Here’s the proposed introduction:

Gregory MacGregor is a Highlander, a moody, angry outlaw who calls himself Grier Black. The British crown has taken his clan name, his tartan, his dagger, and his very honor. His mission in life is one of lawless rebellion.

Iain Stewart is Grier’s uncle, a man who has lost both his brother and his beloved wife. He lives apart from his family in the tall dark city of Edinburgh, where he follows his wits and instincts to help the survival of his clan.

On the eve of a revolution, David Campbell, son of a Colonial American printer, falls afoul of occupying Redcoats. He runs straight into the hands of a ship’s captain and a lecherous opportunist. Weeks later, he finds himself in a place of peril far from home, surrounded by strangers named MacGregor who despise all Campbells.

…And all hell breaks loose before heaven can intervene.

Look for Unkilted soon after the new year.

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Today I celebrate the release of the fourth Burns-Fitzgerald romance/mystery.

The title is A Kilted Christmas. This one is a little different from the others.

First, it’s a short story (13K words), instead of the novella-length ones you’ve hopefully already read.

Second, it takes both the detective Thomas and his lover Burns away from their turf, to a part of Scotland that lies about halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The city is Falkirk, rich in history and set in the gateway to the Highlands.

And third, this one is an attempt to come full circle and to bring closure to a couple of oddly-matched men. Only readers will decide whether the direction of this story is logical and fulfilling too.

When  you read the story, you may be curious about the giant horses of Falkirk called The Kelpies. Here is a photo, which to me shows both the immensity and the power of those beasts. I have to admit that I have always linked this sculpture in my mind to an event which took place about the same time it opened to the public: the Scottish Parliament’s passing of the same-sex marriage act.

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Two raging beasts … an expression of freedom and power … a fitting tribute to GLBT marriage.

More about the story later. For now, I hope you’ll enjoy two unusual lovers as they put a climax to their passionate story.

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The links are:

🎄A KILTED CHRISTMAS 🎄
Amazon http://amzn.to/1RjtNyV
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1HDgO9a
OmniLit http://bit.ly/1jw7GaD
Smashwords http://bit.ly/1StcaLz

 

 

 

 

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