@grahammctavish and @ETCanada @showcasedotca on Twitter Today!

 

gmct ol@grahammctavish had a treat for his Hobbit and Outlander fans today as he put his fingers to the test and answered as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy this extremely talented man! 

Get those ?’s ready ….Rhenish at the ready….

 

Is McTavish even your real name?  

 

Absolutely and proud of it!

Do you have a family or clan tartan?

Yes, McTavish and my Grandmother was a Graham.

What is your clan motto?

Non Oblitus

Best thing about being Dougal?

Being entrusted with bringing him to life

Do you have fun playing a dwarf? 

Yes, a lot of fun, with some great people.

Do you like playing bad guys or good guys better?

All bad guys should have some good

What is the most demanding part of filming Outlander?

Getting a Latte up a mountain…

Best part about dwalin’s costume/make up?

Mohawk!

What have you enjoyed the most at Outlander-Set?

Scotland!

Is that actual wine or is the Rhenish on set just pink fizzy juice?

Gary insists it’s real

Describe Peter Jackson in one word

Hairy!

Has whiskey ever gotten you into trouble?

Too often….

Is there a place you’ve never been but that you really want to visit?

South America

Would you let Fili & Kili ‘babysit’ your daughter?

No

Same here for me and DH. Besides whisky, what’s a drink you favor?

Gin, tequila, rum, IPA, Wine etc

Who has the most retakes/bloopers?

We’ve all had our fair share!

Can really drink the boys under the table (or off the couch)

Both!

Thoroughly enjoying Will there be more of these adventures? 

Watch this space

How long is a day of filming?

It varies. Longest was 17hours on the Hobbit one day…

Which is scarier to run from? Smaug or Mark Hadlow? 

Mark is a VERY fast runner,….

Any acting plans after filming this season of Outlander? Or just R&R?

Announcement soon…

What’s your favorite part of the day?

The sound of a cork popping…

I always forgot to ask you WHAT you like to draw??

People

How much, if any, Gaelic did you know before Outlander?

I owe it all 2

have u ever been injured on set?

A few stitches here and there but nothing too bad, touch wood.

Hi. what is the strangest thing a role required u to do?

If I told you you wouldn’t believe me!

Can I call you Scottish Santa?

Depends if you’ve been naughty or nice….

I would love to continue but time to rest my fingers. Hope U enjoyed it, and hope you enjoy the show!…. .

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@Outlander_Starz & @lotteverbeek1 on Twitter Today!

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@lotteverbeek1 had a treat for her fans today as she tried to answer as many questions as she could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy getting to know the actress and the character!

Hi everyone! lets :-)

What inspires you about Gellis?

Great question! she is just always full of surprises, even for me :-)

How many languages do you speak?

5 Dutch, English, French, Italian, German. Oh and outlandish makes it 6 :-)

What is your favorite characteristic of Geillis?

Can i pick 2? Playfulness and Passion

Which episode are you currently filming?

I am wrapped! but they just started the last block (= 2 eps)

Do you relate to your chr in anyway?

Relate to geillis in a lot of ways. though she prolly goes a bit further and crosses more lines than i do!

Is it hard to think “Dutch” at times? You must mainly be speaking/thinking in English…

I am rarely aware of switching languages, have been doing foreign films since i graduated, 6 years ago!

What’s next for you until Outlander season 2 begins production? Theater, movie, vacation?

Am so lucky!! already shot another film and two more to come. jay!

What was your favorite costume to wear?

Let’s see. there was ‘the monkey jacket’ ‘the moth’, ‘the raven’… cant choose!!

Did you get to collaborate with Terry for your costumes?

Absolutely! she is amazing caus i am just as stubborn as like to wear things my own way :-O)

What historical person would you like to have a drink with?

Jeanne d’Arc

If you were a real witch, what would you use your power for?

I would fly. potentially on a broom.

Does it take a long time to put on your Geilis costumes? Are they very heavy? They look like they are…

There is a team to help us get dressed but the wearing we have to do ourselves. jeans are more comfy..

What characteristics do you share/differ with Dougal and Geillis?

Passion, drive, belief for sure. am personally less lethal though :-)

Thanks everyone for all the support for greeting, meeting you in the chat! watch ep 3 tom!!!!

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Outlander Ep. 102 – ‘Castle Leoch’

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Recap: I was pleasantly surprised that the second episode picked up right at the end of the first, Claire’s arrival at Castle Leoch.

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Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

Stablemaster Old Alec greets Dougal

After two days and nights on the back of a horse and in the company of the rough man, our Claire is now pretty sure she’s going to need someone’s help if she’s to get back to those stones, and so she needs to ‘bide’ her time, keep a low profile [YEAH!] and draft someone to aid her …maybe.

The audience is taken to the bosom of the Castle Leoch as much as Rupert and Murtagh are to Mrs. Fitz’s. We get a glimpse of many characters that will in some way touch our heroine, among those are the Laird Colum MacKenzie and his wife Leticia; Old Alec, the stablemaster; Geillis Duncan, herbalist that befriends Claire; little Hamish, the heir of Colum MacKenzie. And of course, the woman who runs the show, from top to bottom, Mistress Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Fitz as she likes to be called.

From that first moment that Mrs. Fitz spots Claire, we know this woman is warm,

Laird Colum Mackenzie

Laird Colum MacKenzie

affectionate and don’t take ‘shite’ from no one. A formidable woman who our heroine is better off to heed, yet our Claire is one strong female as well and stands her proud self erect while the older dame casts a suspicious look at her, having Jamie introduce them and explaining how they ‘acquired’ her.

After insisting to Mrs. Fitz that Jamie needs tending and that she’s capable of doing it, all three head into the castle, at which point Claire is reminded of her visit to its ruins with her Frank.

Mrs. Fitz finds some decent lodgings for Claire and leaves her and Jamie alone by the fireplace so she can tend him properly. Both we and Claire get to see the deep, ugly scars spanning from one end of his back to the other.

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He tells her they are from a few floggings administered to him by the Redcoats. As she asks him the crimes he committed, he recounts a few and tells her of the first flogging done by Captain Jack Randall.

His father was at a funeral, he in the fields, and Redcoats came that day to ‘collect their levy’. He heard screams coming from the house, ran to see what was happening and found his sister Jenny fighting off the Redcoats. He doesn’t hesitate to help her, telling her to run into the house, and taking on the two guys, only to be stopped by the casual, low-voiced Captain Randall, holding a gun to his sister’s head.

"You need not be scared of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I'm with you." "When you're not with me?" "Just never forget that you're English in a place where that's not a pretty thing to be." - Jamie

“You need not be scare’t of me, nor anyone else here. As long as I’m with you.” – Jamie

He surrenders to them and asks the Captain to let his sister be. Randall is intrigued by the fact that this is his sister and compliments her on her beauty then very calmly wipes her dirty face with his saliva and suggests that he’d like to “take a closer look”, ripping her bodice open, exposing her naked breasts. The man shows he’s one son of a bitch even more by having his men hold Jamie and lifting his head to look at her!

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He then proceeds to whip him until he’s all sweaty and thirsty from all that ‘hard work’ of whipping a tied man. He asks Jenny if he should continue or is she ready to offer him “better entertainment”, at which point Jamie orders her not to do it even if she has to watch them cut his throat. She finches as Captain Randall reaches for his knife, approaches Jamie and …knocks him out. He then tries to excuse his sisters compliance with the evil Captain by telling Claire why she chose to join him in the house, and how he ended up in the back of the cart with the chickens, who were not the best of company on the way to Fort William.

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As Jamie comments on her kindness, gentle touch and that her husband’s a lucky man, her thoughts flashback to Frank and what he might think of her disappearance, which brings her to tears. Jamie asks her to tell him what’s distressing her and she tells him, prompting him to offer her some comfort her by holding her. Both are a bit surprised by their connection; his compassion and her confusion add to the awkward moment of quick separation and a hasty exit, but not before he tells her not to be ‘scairt’ of him or anyone else in the Castle, as long as he’s with her, yet when she asks him what happens when he’s not around, he tells her to remember that she’s English in a place where that’s not so popular.

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Clair Hair

The next morning Claire is woken from a deep sleep by Mrs. Fitz, who brings her some porridge and tries to get her ready to be presented to the Laird of Castle Leoch. It was so poignant watching this scene where she sheds all her 20th off for the 18th Century. A look on Mrs. Fitz’s face was priceless as she is confronted with Claire’s bra which she explains as a ‘French’ fashion.

"It's a brassiere ... ... from France." - Claire

“It’s a brassiere … … from France.” – Claire

Murtagh escorts Claire to a meeting with Colum, and she is now sure of the century but not the year, so she does some quick look-about Colum’s quarters, trying to find anything that would help her find out the year she apparently ‘fell into’. A letter dated 1743 on his desk helps her greatly when it comes to Colum’s gentle interrogation. As they sit and talk, she tells him who she is [using the knowledge Frank once imparted about interrogations], so she sticks as much as she can to the truth, telling him she’s a widow from Oxfordshire, on her way to see distant relatives in France.

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She was robbed by brigands, and then attacked by Captain Randall. Colum isn’t buying her story and tries to point some facts about the Captain, but our Claire stands her ground and veers the conversation to the arranging her transport to Inverness as soon as possible, which it seems is only five days away. In the meantime, he offers her his hospitality and she accepts it, leaving him and heading out for some fresh air and trying to hold onto her sanity, I believe. She spots Dougal jovially sword playing with some boys and especially the one red-headed boy, picking him up and twirling him around. She is comforted to believe that ‘this alien world’ may not be so much alien after all.

“It’s true that Captain Randall has a certain reputation. But he is an officer. A gentleman. And you’re saying that a man bearing the king’s commission decided to rape a stray lady traveler that he came upon int he woods for no good reason?”  – Laird Colum MacKenzie

 

“Is there ever a good reason for rape, Master MacKenzie?” – Claire

That night she joins the people of the castle for their evening meal in the hall and is greeted with stares from many, and offered a prominent seat between the brothers, Colum and Dougal. Colum’s wife Letitia, seated to his right, is introduced to her and they converse a bit and while Colum is always ready with her wine refill, she tries to find out where might Mr. Mactavish be.

Dougal tells them all that he has him at the stables, taking care of the horses and outside the castle walls. Colum questions that decision for only a minute but complies with Dougal’s decision, and at the same time continues the questioning of Claire.

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She welcomes the distraction of the young red-headed boy she saw earlier in the day with Dougal and introduces herself, at which point Leticia asks the boy to give her his name, Hamish he says, and Claire assumes he’s Dougal’s son, and tells him she saw him play with his father, reminding Dougal of the incident. Well, you could hear a feather drop in that hall after that little exchange! The boy is a bit confused and tells her he’s the son and heir of Colum Mackenzie …and as our heroine is just about to pass out from all that wine, she thinks retreat is the best course of action. The permission is granted by the great Laird and off she goes on her wobbly feet, but still holding her head high.

The following day, Claire is pointed by Mrs. Fitz into Jamie’s direction, by the stables and she’s off to feed and re-bandage the young man. We see that she has acquired a ‘shadow’ [Rupert is the 'eyes' of the 'head' of Dougal and is now watching her closely].

" ...I trust you ..." - Jamie

” …I trust you …” – Jamie

She smiles as she spots Jamie training a horse and she tells him why she’s there, so they hide from the rain under the roof of the open stable to have a bite of food. Jamie decides to trust her and let’s her know why his uncles from his mother’s side, Colum and Dougal, have him hid in the stables [a good price on his head for murder that he didn't commit but was responsible for]. He also tells her his surname is not Mactavish, but never divulges what is.

As they finish the meal, she heads back but stops to talk to Dougal’s ‘eyes’ and Rupert admits to watching her at his orders, telling her she better be happy Angus isn’t following her! Her decision to face Dougal might have been smart at the time, but the man has no gumption telling her that he believes her to be English spy and threatens to have her as long as she’s with them. Well, what’s a woman to do?! She tells him to have fun next four days as she’ll be leaving on a Saturday with the tinker! Take that and smoke it, Dougal! The man is shocked at that information and she can tell, so she drives that point right in. It looks like he doesn’t ‘ken’ his brothers mind!

To kill the time, Mrs. Fitz has her working in her gardens, gathering herbs and vegetables for the kitchen and that’s where she meets Geillis Duncan, a very interesting village woman that’s into herbs as much as Claire. They hit it off and are later seen in the hall of the castle as the Laird dispenses his justice among his people, with Dougal standing to his right.

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“They say I’m a witch.” – Geillis Duncan

One of those that are seeking his counsel and punishment, is a father for his wayward daughter. In steps Jamie volunteering to take the punishment for her, choosing fists and not the straps and Rupert is the one doling out the punishment. Before Rupert starts beating the crap out of Jamie, Murtagh warns him that his Uncle Dougal is up to something and to be careful. Well, needles to say Rupert gets on with the business of punishment, but is always looking at Dougal for the sign’s to stop, which doesn’t come until the blood is drawn from Jamies eye. Poor Claire is ready to rush in and help the poor lad but Geillis stops her from interfering and takes her to him as he leaves the hall.

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While tending to his wounds yet again, she is curious about why he did it, did he know her? Jamie tells her that he’s seen her around but never talked to her and the reason for doing it is simple. It would be harder for the girl to get over the shame of being punishment in front of everyone, while he’s only bruised a bit.

Happy to leave ....

Happy to leave ….

Mrs. Fitz steps in the kitchen [the girl Laoghaire’s (Leree) grandmother], bringing Jamie some concoction for pain. As Claire finishes tending him, she tells him to he’ll be taking off his bandages by himself as she’ll be leaving tomorrow with a tinker. Even though this comes as a surprise to Jamie he wishes her a safe journeys and that’s when Claire spots Laoghaire hovering by the kitchen door obviously wanting to speak to him alone, she bids him goodbye and retreats to her rooms.

Saturday arrives and we see Mrs. Fitz and Claire running down the steps to meet the

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird's decision that she is 'invited' to stay on as a healer ....

Assailed with memories and faced with the Laird’s decision that she is ‘invited’ to stay on as a healer ….

tinker and as soon as they bid their farewells, BOOM! Dougal stops by the cart and tells her that Colum would like to talk to her and points her back to the castle. She soon realizes where he’s taking her and is very apprehensive about it, feeling that something is up but not knowing what; she is left with no choice but to follow Dougal into the room only two days ago her husband made love to her in.

Meeting Colum in that room did nothing but bring memories of her and Frank, and she really tries very hard to hold her own and demand to be let go after learning that Colum changed his mind and decided to keep her as long as it takes for him to make sure her secrets are not going to hurt his family and his clan. She is devastated as she can’t help but, once left alone in the dark apothecary, break into sobs.

...lonely and alone she breaks into sobs ...

…lonely and alone she breaks into sobs …

Bookworms, am I the only one that’s totally immersed into the Outlander World? Are you watching it? What do you think about it so far?

The above photo’s are my favorite moments [among many]. Tell me which one was yours?

CREDITS: Written for television by: Ronald B. Moore

Directed by:  John Dahl

Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, Nell Hudson, Annette Badland

@Outlander_Starz & @Heughan on Twitter Today!

shSam Heughan had a treat for his fans today as he tried to answer as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! We only thought to give you some of the questions and answers that were not answered [asked] before, so enjoy getting to know this young man as he’s not going anywhere any time soon! Especially now that the OUTLANDER has been renewed for its second season!

@Outlander_Starz sent a Tweet yesterday:

Tweet questions to @Heughan TOMORROW using #AskOutlander. You might want to ask him how Jamie’s shoulder is feeling!

Sam responded today getting us all in a ‘lather’!

@Heughan TODAY 1pmET/6pmBST Can’t wait to speak to you all. “Gasta!”

 

His second Tweet was a pic of:

@TobiasMenzies and @ginger_jasper deep in rehearsal. pic.twitter.com/7VDUAikgxL

Actor Tobias Menzies rehearsing [photo taken by Sam Heughan]

Actor Tobias Menzies rehearsing [photo taken by Sam Heughan]

As an actor how do you prepare for scenes like Wentworth? Do you find them difficult? 

We’ve just been rehearsing those scenes. We have a wonderful script and great director but it’s a good challenge.

 

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Cats, dogs, or hedgehogs?

All together? Eugh.

Scared by fame?

Hmm, maybe losing anonymity..?

What is your natural hair color?

I’m soooooooo blonde

 

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If you weren’t an actor, what would you choose as a profession?

Chef… Barman!

Best pub you’ve ever been to?

Oh, one underground in Texas. Or one on walls of Dubrovnik city. Hmm, One on beach in Brazil

Have you ever broken any bones in real life?

Maybe my nose when I was young. Nothing since…

How many times did you have to film that scene where you jumped off the horse in the first episode?

We maybe did 4/5 takes of that part of scene. No more than usual.

 

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What would your perfect day be like?

Ahh, starts with breakfast in bed and buckets of coffee….

Do you watch Game Of Thrones?

Love the Hound. Sat with Rory on flight to San Diego!

If all the whisky was gone what would be your next beverage of choice?

What you buying? #anythingWet

Have your fans recognized you on the street yet (non-Outlander appearances)?

Recently in NYC. So lovely!

 

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What is your favorite fairy tale?

One about the Giants that threw rocks, that became the scottish islands….

Jamie can’t sing. Can you?

Makes two of us

You’re a child of the 80s like me, what TV shows, cartoons, movies, etc were your favorite?

Crystal Maze. Thundercats.

What do you like most about film vs stage?

Stage is magical. Where I started. Transports audience somewhere else without leaving seat.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Trek. Firefly. Deep Space. Battlestar.

 

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Photo taken by Matt Roberts

What luxury will you buy with your #Outlander wages?

I bought a car…! And a record player.

What has been the funniest scene to film thus far?

The intimate scenes aren’t funny but are rather “strange/Surreal”…. Lots of people in the room!!!

Someone’s probably asked already, A) do u prefer cats or dogs? B) Boxers or Briefs?

Cats and @ginger_jasper . B….Neither.

What was your reaction for Outlander Season 2? I’m very happy for this!! Congrats!!!

Delighted! Thank you. We are all so happy!

Thank to everyone who followed #AskOutlander Sorry could reply to all. And I was late… Enjoy episode 2, saturday on @Outlander_Starz

 

Outlander Ep. 101 – ‘Sassenach’

129RECAP/REVIEW: From the first frame, first sound and Claire’s narration the viewer is intrigued and drawn to the story.

"Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I bought that vase and made a home for it. Would that have changed things? Would I have been happy? Who can say?I do know this. Even now, after all the pain, and death, and heartbreak that followed, I would still have made the same choice."

“Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I bought that vase and made a home for it. Would that have changed things? Would I have been happy? Who can say?I do know this. Even now, after all the pain, and death, and heartbreak that followed, I would still have made the same choice.”

Through her narration, we are informed that this woman is longing for permanence in her life after the WWII. Even their holiday in Scotland is used as a second honeymoon, an excuse for reconnection. They chose Scotland as their destination for a few reasons, but mainly to investigate Frank’s ancestry and are successful in locating one man in particular, Jonathan Wolverton Randall or “Black Jack” as he was known to the Highlanders of the 18th century.

Frank & Clare on holiday in Scotland; second honeymoon and "a convenient mascarade to get to know the people we've become" after 5 years apart ...

Frank & Clare on holiday in Scotland; second honeymoon and “a convenient mascarade to get to know the people we’ve become” after 5 years apart …

 

Every flashback we see is there with a purpose to tell us about the character of this woman. Right off the bat, as we get a glimpse of her fixing a wounded soldier, we are confronted with a character that is decisive, brave and tough. Yet, as she stands all alone on the sidelines as everyone else is cheering the end of the war, we can feel her loneliness, her vulnerability.095

Another one is a very short scene in which Claire at tender age of around ten lights a cigarette for her Uncle Lamb, an archeologist on a dig, [he brought her up after her parents died in a car crash], and even that small glimpse is telling of a woman that she has become. You have no doubt about her upbringing because she tells you that it was unconventional and you see that she was loved and enjoyed the time with her uncle.

As we watch these two try to resuscitate the relationship they once had through their activities during the day and night, you get a sense of the two vastly different characters. In all scenes, Claire is shown to be outgoing, fun-loving extrovert, while Frank appears to be an introvert, bookish and subdued but both are definitely sophisticated lovers, which is in full evidence at the ruins of Castle Leoch. Here is a line that you haven’t heard before my Outlander fandom.

 “Why Mrs. Randall, I do believe you left your undergarments at home.”

Got to admire this modern woman who freely admits that she relies on sex to bridge that divide both she and her husband feel it’s there.

The 'ghost' ...

The ‘ghost’ …

It’s plain to see that Frank loves this woman very much, so much so that as he is walking back to the B&B on a stormy night and spots a man in all his Highlander garb on a corner of the street watching his wife comb her hair, he immediately accepts the notion that this man might be her lover that is seeking a reconnection and is willing to forgive her the infidelity. That’s how much he loves her! She is a bit too quick to forgive him, although we can clearly see that Frank’s apology and his declaration that he loves her no matter what, comes from the heart.  Once more she falls back on using sex to burrow as close as she can to a man we can see and feel is torn with something, but are not sure with what.

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Craigh na Dun, a circle of stones on a nearby hill, offers another adventure. Both are fascinated with these women dancing around and watching them made Claire feel a bit uncomfortable and unwelcome. The ‘dancing druids’ was such a mesmerizing scene and I can only say that the music made it poignant and eerie. Claire wasn’t the only one feeling unwelcome as a voyeur.

226Following scenes are also heartwarming; Frank is off by himself, again deep into researching his ancestry, and Claire is on her own as well, going back to the circled stones to check out the flower she thinks is ‘forget-me-not’. Those are scenes that are telling of the relationship these two have. They are modern people with a sophisticated marriage. Both are highly intellectual and both seem to support one another’s endeavors, yet portrayed so brilliantly by Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies, you can feel the awkwardness of two people who are trying243 hard as hell to figure out how to go on after the ravages of war. Their conversations are stilted yet touching, such as the scene in which Claire tells Frank of how much she missed the sounds of her husband’s loving, and he comes back with a heartbreaking revelation that he used to doodle her palms lines on everything, even his reports, just to bring her closer to him.

247And we come to the crucial scene of ‘falling through time’ as Claire hears one of the stones come to ‘life’ with an eerie, loud and frightening hum that to me sounded like a combination of running cattle and tornadoes fury. Again, my kudos go to the show’s creator and his team to handling this part with care and forethought. There is no CGI here. What Claire experiences, the audience does as well. She admits to not being able to define it, yet tries with the only comparison she could237 find in her mind, and even that, of a person that has fallen asleep in a passenger seat of a moving car, feeling serene weightlessness, and as that car went spinning out of control, she felt a sickening sensation of falling,  but even that “falls woefully short” of what she felt happen to her.

253The first thing the viewer notices as she wakes up, laying on the grass at the same circle of stones, is the bright color of the green grass and the second is the loud chirping of the birds. Neither was seen or heard in the previous scene. She is confused, disoriented and visibly baffled as she can’t locate her car. You will find me gushing on many occasions for the brilliance of the creator of this masterpiece [YES! It will be, if it already isn’t], Ron D. Moore. Pure genius for having the next few scenes void of any distracting music or narration, and letting the viewer be lolled into sense of security with the sounds of the forest and visage of the landscape…only to jump [DAMN that shot was loud] upon hearing a shot, then spotting some red-coated men running after some men dressed in kilts.

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Watching it without a sound, you see a woman looking at the running men, but without narration, we are lost to Claire’s thoughts.

As we get privy to all her fear, Bear McCreary‘s music hits you in the solar plexus! And as she stops running, BAM! The music stops as abruptly and here is a man who on a first look is her Frank, and on the second as he introduces himself as Captain Randall, she is off and running, only to be caught, questioned, assaulted, rescued and knocked unconscious by another strange man.

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It’s worth pointing out that the show will feature plenty of Gaelic speech, but no subtitles. We will be in the dark as much as Claire is. We will be all ‘Sassenachs’! BRILLIANT!

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As the man who dragged her out of the Captain’s clutches brings her in the little cottage, she rationalizes, deduces and shows her pluck all at the same time. Caught by men that are dressed strange, armed to the rafters and very rough-looking, knowing that she must escape, but can’t in the dark, she is better off keeping her mouth shot. She still can’t help herself as she watches some men attempt to 004wrongly ‘fix’ a dislocated shoulder of a young warrior [Sam Heughan] crouched by the fire, letting her instincts take the charge of the situation.

I loved watching grown, tough men squirm as she gets on with her nursing! And speaking of the word, it005 was pure pleasure watching the young man look at her bosom as she tells him, not a wet-nurse!

As they all leave the cottage, she realizes that electrical lights of Inverness are nowhere in sight, and finally admits something her rational mind is fighting to accept. 20th century is not where she’s at. In the next few scenes we see her riding out, warning the Highlanders of a possible ambush, and when they are attacked, once more she tries 089without success to run away from them, only to be tracked down by the young man she nursed, and threatened into going back with him; stopping in the middle of the night to tend to his new wounds and once more showing her stubbornness and pluck as much as showing him her understanding and acceptance by offering him a hand to stand up. He also showed his gratitude by sincerely thanking her for tending to him.101

As this first episode ends, the motley crue arrives at the castle our heroine only left two days ago, in 1946 and this viewer is left with a long sigh and longing for the second episode.

I honestly enjoyed this first episode from start to finish. I’ve read many reviews of it and there are some issues that are of this first episode as ‘slow paced’, the narration to be ‘excessive’ and ‘boring’ and sex scenes unnecessary. To anyone out there with these issues, I say ‘bah humbug’!

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Seriously though, I respectfully disagree with all of you. I watched this episode without the sound and I dare anyone that had not seen it do the same and come back and tell me what they got out of the show. I guarantee you it won’t be as poignant as my take.

ENJOY A FREE EPISODE 101!

Regarding the three scenes of marital sex in the show, here is what I think. This is a married couple that was inseparable before the war, and very much in love. Both supposedly had no sex during the five-year separation, so sex was something both craved and used as “the bridge” to getting back to what they had before. The first scene [jumping on bed at B&B] was tender and sweet, and left it to our imagination. The second [at the ruins of the castle] was not explicit, and no nudity involved, and yet conveyed to the viewer that the woman is an equal to the man and very sexual. The third [after Frank hints of her possible involvement with another man] is more explicit, but still adding to the story, telling us that once more both characters are using one tool available to them [to bridge the divide and try to piece their marriage] – sex.

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All the scenes involving sex were thought out carefully and presented to the viewer in a way that we would understand these two and connect with them. They were sensual and in no way gratuitous, and all served as an expansion to their love story. ‘The Black Sails’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ which I am fond of btw, however use sex as T&A, placed in their stories willy-nilly, for the sole purpose of titillation of their male audience. None serves to the enlightenment of a character or the story.

I applaud Ronald D. Moore, the shows writer and runner, for giving me both. With a slower pace, he took me into the life of this woman and her marriage, and with her narration I went straight into her heart!

I would also like to discuss the opening credits. To many fans of the books, they are meaningful because they include the symbols of the books, especially the stag, which is on Fraser of Lovat Clan Crest. The music composed for it is haunting and the lyrics could easily be applied to Claire. Just take a minute and listen…

Before I saw the show, I had to come to grips with which ‘eye’ will I view it. As a fan of the books written by Diana Gabaldon, I had a decision to make and it wasn’t an easy one. I needed to let go of everything that I read so far [and yes I read the latest one, MOBY] and watch the show with an unbiased eye. Let me start off by saying, DAMN but it was hard to do it the first time I saw it. It wasn’t easy to separate THE written word from THE visual offered to me, something I waited for over 23 years to ‘see’, and there were tears…

Photo credit: Matt Roberts

Photo credit: Matt Roberts

I recommend each fan to do the same. Please let go of everything you’ve read and concentrate on the story developing right in front of you. Don’t look or wait for ‘that’ moment or ‘this’ quote as it may never come, but embrace the new ones as they come. I did and it was a glorious experience and I am bursting with joy to share it with all my friends and am looking forward to each episode.

 

TONITE is THE NITE!

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As an avid reader and self proclaimed bookworm, I have had the pleasure to read ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon as soon as the book came out in 1991 [I'm a proud owner of a First Edition/First Print], and consequently each book that followed.

photo trak @#I know that many, including the author, are offended by categorizing this piece of literature as a romance novel, and while personally I believe that this falls under multiple genres, if this book was placed in the Fantasy or Historical Fiction isle in 1991, I would have not stumbled into it. I, therefore, was lucky to find it in my favorite aisle of a book store: Romance Novel aisle.

To say that I’m a fan of the books is to put it mildly. My love for the world and characters that Diana Gabaldon created goes way deeper than that. I consider myself a passionate [do not EVER refer to me as a 'RABID fan'! I'm NOT a dog, and I do not bite!] lover of all things Outlander and try to follow and connect with like-minded people when I can. They give me an outlet to freely share my enthusiasm for the books, author and the characters that have become real to me.

Most of us can associate a certain world event with where we were when it Sam Heughanhappened, such as the first walk on the moon [I received my first real kiss that night, gazing at that moon], the assassination of JFK or the WTC attack on our country, and on July 13, 2013 as the casting of Sam Heughan as James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser was announced, I can remember exactly where I was and what my thoughts were. I sat at my desk and Diana’s FB feed came through with a picture of a guy pointing at his head. On a closer look, I realized that this young man was to play a role which fans of the books have prayed for over twenty years. The first thought entering my mind was, how cute! He is, and the second was how perfect for the part he was. And when they finally got around to casting Claire Randell, a starring role went to Caitriona Balfe, and no matter that I knew nothing of this woman, I knew she had the perfect look for that character. The reason for me believing so much in this series rests on only one man.

ustv-ronald-d-mooreMy fears and doubts about how good the adaptation of a much loved books would be, were gone as soon as I found out who the show runner is. All my tummy butterflies were gone the name Ron D. Moore was uttered. I knew without a doubt that he would take every care with casting the right people, finding the perfect locations, make sure that the piece was as authentic as he could possible make it and that’s when I relaxed and decided to just enjoy the ride he was offering. It helped to caitriona balfeknow that he was the man that brought to my husband and me a show that we could both love and watch together [Battlestar Galactica]. You may think that happens often, but it actually does not. My hubby loves Bad Santa and I hate it. I love Notebook and he hates that movie. Titanic is loved by us both, though, so there is still hope for both of us yet!

Tonight at 11 PM Central time, my year-long wait to see what I thought would never be, is over and the first episode of OUTLANDER series based on the book by the same name by Diana Gabaldon, titled appropriately ‘Sassenach’, will be broadcast for FREE on STARZ website, On Demand and on STARZ YouTube channel.

My emotions are all over the road today and none have to do with fear of ‘if the show can live up to my expectations’ because I have not set any for it. I adore the books and I have no doubt in my mind that the show will stand on its own feet and only enhance the books I love so much. No. My heart is so full of love toward the people associated with this project that physically I feel a bit ill with excitement, anticipation and gratitude. After all, I’ve followed, lurked and vociferously cheered every site, group, and contact of the show.

I keep telling my friends that are filled with fear that the series will not live up to the books they are in love with; that Jamie that they have in their head will not be what they envisioned; that the whole thing will be cheesy and cheapened by ‘all the gratuitous sex’ scenes, to relax, take a deep breath and let go of the books. Lock them in your heart for only 16 weeks and give this show a chance. If you don’t like it, guess what? It’s okay. For every one person that doesn’t like it, there will be HUNDREDS that do.

A fan of the books or not, I think you should give this show a try. It is for FREE so you really have nothing to lose, and so much to gain. Like I said, I’ve glimpsed a few scenes here and there, and for my bookworms that appreciate a good, solid story filled with three-dimensional characters and plenty of adventure set in historical Scotland [think men in kilts, LOTS OF MEN!], I highly recommend you tune in and give it a go! I will and I’ll make sure to let you know if my trust in Mr. Moore has paid off.

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Spotlight on Dawn Crandall and ….

Everstone Chronicles [Whitaker House Books]

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After being unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Amaryllis Brigham sees her dreams of founding a music academy disappearing before her very eyes. Now the only way to achieve her goal comes with high stakes for someone set on avoiding men as much as possible: marry within the year to inherit her grandmother’s fortune. Amaryllis reluctantly takes part in her aunt’s society, intent on getting to the west coast on her own… and without a husband.
 
Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself falling in love with the most unlikely of men, Nathan Everstone, whose father not only had a part in her expulsion, but whose ominous presence has haunted her dreams for a decade since her mother’s tragic death. Nathan turns out to be much more than he seems and everything she never knew she wanted. But just as everything Amaryllis has recently hoped for comes to fruition, it all falls apart when she finds that the real culprit who has been “managing her life” isn’t who she thought at all.
Book 1, The Hesitant Heiress releases August 2014
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One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.
 
When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption… and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?
Book 2, The Bound Heart releases November 2014
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Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion at Everston, one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine. Within the week, Estella discovers that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella forms a friendship with the manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley. She soon discovers that he is not simply the manager, but the new owner.
 
Saddened by this fact, Estella severs their friendship. She manages to avoid Dexter until she finds herself fired from her position due to a misunderstanding. Coming to her rescue, Dexter offers her a job as companion to his sister. Though she doesn’t want to be indebted to him, Estella sees no other choice. While rebuilding their friendship, Estella realizes that although she’s been lying to Dexter about her identity, she’s never been freer to be herself in her life. However, when he proposes, she has to tell him the truth—a truth he isn’t happy to find out.

Book 3, The Captive Imposter releases February 2015

Are you a fan of stand alone books or a series? Why?

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dcAUTHOR BIO: A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming published, he let her quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

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Anna Belfrage’s Book Blast of …

The  Graham Saga

ab aritwThis is the story of Alex and Matthew, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him.

It all began the day Alex Lind got caught in a thunderstorm. Not your ordinary storm, no this was the mother of all storms, causing aab lcitw most unusual rift in the fabric of time. Alex was dragged three centuries backwards in time, landing more or less at the feet of a very surprised Matthew Graham.

In a series of books we follow the life and adventures of the expanding Graham family, both in Scotland and in the New World – and let me tell you it is quite an exciting life, at times excessively so in Alex’ opinion.

ab tpsSometimes people ask me why Alex had to be born in the twentieth century, why not make her a woman born and bred in the seventeenth century where the story is set? The answer to that is I have no idea. Alex Lind is an insistent, vibrant character that sprung into my head one morning and simply wouldn’t let go.

Seductively she whispered about terrible thunderstorms, about a gorgeous man with magic, hazel eyes, about loss and sorrow, about love – always this love, for her man and her children, for the people she lives with. With ab anla throaty chuckle she shared insights into a life very far removed from mine, now and then stopping to shake her head and tell me that it probably hadn’t been easy for Matthew, to have such an outspoken, strange and independent woman at his side.

At this point Matthew groaned into life. Nay, he sighed, this woman of his was at times far too obstinate, with no notion of how a wife should be, meek and dutiful. But, he added with a laugh, he wouldn’t want her any different, for all that she was half heathen and a right hand-full. No, he said, stretching to his full length, if truth be told not a day went by without him offering ab sitgfervent thanks for his marvelous wife, a gift from God no less, how else to explain the propitious circumstances that had her landing at his feet that long gone August day?

Still, dear reader, it isn’t always easy. At times Alex thinks he’s an overbearing bastard, at others he’s sorely tempted to belt her. But the moment their fingertips graze against each other, the moment their eyes meet, the electrical current that always buzzes between them peaks and surges, it rushes through their veins, it makes their breathing hitch and … She is his woman, he is her man. That’s how it is, that’s how it always will be.

‘Revenge & Retribution’ 

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BOOK BLURB: ‘Revenge & Retribution’ is the sixth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveler Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

Life in the Colony of Maryland is no sinecure – as Alex and Matthew Graham well know. But nothing in their previous life has prepared them for the mayhem that is about to be unleashed upon them.

Being labeled a witch is not a good thing in 1684, so it is no wonder Alex Graham is aghast at having such insinuations thrown at her. Even worse, it’s Matthew’s brother-in-law, Simon Melville, who points finger at her. Not that the ensuing hearing is her main concern, because nowadays Alex’s entire life is tainted by the fear of what Philip Burley will do to them once he gets hold of them.

On a sunny May afternoon, Philip finally achieves his aim and over the course of the coming days Alex sees her whole life unravelling, leaving her family permanently maimed.

As if all this wasn’t enough, Alex also has to cope with the loss of one of her sons. Forcibly adopted by the former Susquehannock, Samuel is dragged from Alex’s arms to begin a new life in the wilderness. How is Alex to survive all this? And will she be able to put her damaged family back together?

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Anna BelfrageAUTHOR BIO: I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I’m multilingual and most of my reading is historical – both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.

For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s website. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Spotlight on Victoria Vane and…

Hot Cowboy Nights Series!

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Hey Bookworms! I hope your summer’s going great! I have great news to share with you. My next series and its first book ‘SLOW HAND’ will be out sometime in November and it is hot contemporary cowboy series from Sourcebooks

This unique series is comprised of four connected stories (SLOW HAND, ROUGH RIDER, STRAIGHT SHOOTER and SILVER TONGUE) with an option for more. All of my heroes are true cowboys, but these are cowboys like you have never seen before. The cast of characters is unusually diverse, pairing a sassy southern girl with a Montana lawyer, a rancher/bull rider with a female stock contractor, a Marine scout sniper with a wildlife biologist and a horse whisperer with a documentary film maker. 

Although this new endeavor marks a distinct departure from historical romance, I hope you will find that my trademarks still remain—well-researched, scorching hot and emotionally compelling, character-driven stories. The first two covers are finished, and I hope you like them as much as I do. Both books are now available for pre-order as well.

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STORY: Wade Knowlton is a workaholic with an urge to get out. He’s close to leaving his struggling Montana law firm in the dust and going back full time to the ranch with his brothers . . . until the gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office in need of an attorney to settle her estranged father’s estate.

Nicole is a southern belle with a hankering for cowboys—but after a swell of bad seeds, she’s sworn off anything in boots. As their attraction flares into a passion they can’t avoid, will they discover that love can lead to greener pastures?

EXCERPT:

He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.

“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”

“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”

“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”

Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.

“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”

“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”

“And what do you think you know about my type?”

“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arms-length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”

“Well, darlin’,” he scratched his unshaven jaw, “there’s a little hitch to that.”

“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”

“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”

“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.

“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”

“Authentication?”

“Proof.”

“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”

“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your I.D. In the interim,” His gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides, “you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”

Pre-order: Amazon / November 2014

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Victoria VaneAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is an multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling and intensely erotic romance. Look for Victoria’s sexy new contemporary cowboy series coming in summer 2014.

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism.

Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

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Spotlight on Karen Ranney and …

 Clan Sinclair Trilogy!

The Devil of Clan Sinclair

kr tdocsSTORY: For Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, marriage was merely the vehicle to buy her father a title. Widowhood, however, brings a host of problems. For her husband deliberately spent the money intended for Virginia and her in-laws, leaving them penniless—unless she produces an heir. Desperate and confused, Virginia embarks on a fateful journey that brings her to the doorstep of the only man she’s ever loved…

He’s known as The Devil, but Macrath Sinclair doesn’t care. He moved to a tiny Scottish village in hopes of continuing his work as an inventor and starting a family of his own. He bought the house; he chose the woman. Unfortunately, Virginia didn’t choose him. Macrath knows he should turn her away now, but she needs him, and he wants her more than ever. Whatever game Virginia’s playing, Macrath intends to win—one wickedly seductive deed at a time..

REVIEW:This is the first story in the Clan Sinclair series, and it is very well written, as most stories from this author are. If you’d give me two words to describe this story, they would be dysfunctional and compelling.

Here is what I mean. The main characters are very complex, never dull, always moving forward with set purpose. Both characters have a ton of baggage from the outset of the novel. Both employ destructive behavior, hurting each other in the process, yet when you look a bit closer into their psyche, and realize the reasons for that, you can’t help but sympathize regardless of how much you disapprove of their behavior.

Ultimately, that’s what made this story come to life for me. Call me crazy, but I liked their ‘dysfunctional’ relationship, which by the way gave me angst throughout the book. Without it, this would have been just another romance with a ‘misunderstanding’ as its main plot.

In the end, Ms. Ranney did a good job of pulling me into and making me care for these two and their story, while at the same time I appreciated their imperfections.

Melanie for b2b

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The Witch of Clan Sinclair

kr twocsSTORY: Logan Harrison is looking for a wife. As the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, he needs a conventional and diplomatic woman who will stand by his side and help further his political ambitions. He most certainly does not need Mairi Sinclair, the fiery, passionate, fiercely beautiful woman who tries to thwart him at every turn. But if she’s so wrong for him, why can’t he stop kissing her? He is completely bewitched.

Mairi Sinclair has never met anyone like Logan Harrison, the perfect example of everything she finds wrong with the world. He’s also incredibly handsome, immensely popular, and impossible to resist. His kisses inflame her and awaken a passion she can barely control.

Can two people who are at such odds admit to a love that would bind them together for life?

REVIEW:‘The Witch of Clan Sinclair’ is the second book in Karen Ranney’s Clan Sinclair trilogy and my favorite of the three. While I found ‘The Devil of Clan Sinclair’ to be dysfunctional and compelling, ‘The Virgin of Clan Sinclair’ laugh out loud funny, this story was brilliant and the reason for it was its spunky heroine. I loved her forthrightness and her no-nonsense attitude as much as I loved the dialogue between everyone in the book, which for me, kept this story moving fast. Mairi was a force of nature and I found her irresistible as much as our hero did. Her determination to succeed in ‘men’s world’ was truly admirable and watching her go about it was fascinating to me.

And then we have our hero Logan who you just couldn’t help but like. He was as straight-laced as they come, and loyal to a tee, to his principles especially, yet I loved watching his mind at work as our heroine starts to ‘grow’ on him.

The pace of their romance was perfect for me, and the sensuality of their scenes is such that gave me the goose bumps. Every scene with those two was electric.

In the end, if you enjoy a fast paced plot, sweet and sensual romance with strong leads, and Scotland as a setting, this is a no brainer, you’ll love this story. I’d like to point out that you really don’t have to read these stories in order of their publication. All are stand alone, yet I found that reading them in order helped me understand this family better.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

BUY LINKS: Amazon / B&N

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The Virgin of Clan Sinclair

kr tvocsSTORY: Ellice Traylor has a secret. Beneath her innocent exterior beats an incredibly passionate and imaginative heart. She has been pouring all of her frustrated virginal fantasies into a scandalous manuscript. But when her plans for her future are about to be derailed by her mother’s matrimonial designs, she takes matters into her own hands.

Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden, has spent his life creating order out of chaos. He expects discipline and calm from those around him. What he does not expect is a beautiful, thoroughly maddening stowaway in his carriage.

But when Ross discovers Ellice’s secret book, he finds he can’t stop thinking about what other fantasies the disarming virgin can dream up. He has the chance to learn when a compromising position forces them to wed. But can the uptight Earl survive a life with his surprising new wife? And how will the hero of Ellice’s fantasies compare to the husband of her reality?

REVIEW: ‘The Virgin of Clan Sinclair’ is the third book in the Clan Sinclair series, and we finally get a better look at Ellice Traylor, sister-in-law of Virginia [Traylor] Sinclair who was the heroine of the first book, ‘The Devil of Clan Sinclair’.

I must say I was a bit put off by this heroine. At times I liked her naiveté, and at times I found it irritating. For some reason I just couldn’t get the ‘feel’ of her. She was cool, yet warm; serious, yet funny; virgin, yet knowledgeable enough of sensuality to write some ‘steamy’ stuff. In the end I had to admit to myself that while I admired her tenaciousness and determination to write and publish a book, a very naughty book, I had a very hard time understanding her fully.

Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden is one of those heroes that are Alpha with some of the Beta tendencies that are hidden way beneath their exterior, making him much more complex and interesting. For someone like him, who values order and peace in his life, something he actually worked hard to do despite his personal family problems, meeting Ellice and discovering the woman beneath the virgin was something he didn’t expect nor want, yet couldn’t help but give into the overwhelming attraction to her.

Bottom line, I liked the story, but not as much as the first two books, even though this one did make me laugh out loud more than the other two. If you’re a fan of this author, this is a must read, but if you’ve never read her before, I’d suggest you start this series with the first book, that way by the time you get to this novel, you’ll be familiar with her writing style and voice, so you’ll enjoy this story more.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

BUY LINKS: Amazon / B&N

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karen ranneyAbout the Author: I’m a writer who’s been privileged to have attained the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. I write romance under Karen Ranney and romantic suspense and mysteries under my pseudonym, Katherine Storm.

I believe in the power of the individual, the magnificence of the human spirit, and always looking for the positive in any situation. I write about people who have been challenged but who win in the end.

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Did you know about Katherine Storm? She’s one of my alter egos, and the name under which I write contemporary romantic suspense and murder mysteries: Murder by MortgageThe Eyes of Love, and What About Alice?

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