Fan2Author Interview with ….Tanya Anne Crosby!

HF TACTanya, thank you so much for visiting us today! I’m so excited to be able to help share in your new release of HIGHLAND FIRE [check out my rev here].

Your stories have brought smiles and laughter into my world along with taking me into a time and place that my soul yearns to be. The love and strength your characters hold within them is something that stays with me long after I’ve put the book down.

Will you share with us a little about who you are and what brought writing to your heart?

Tanya Anne Crosby: Leah, you’re so appreciated. Thank you. I can’t remember the precise moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I can guess it was very early, based on the simple fact that at 12, all I wanted after getting my tonsils out—even more than ice cream—was my father’s typewriter. I spent my childhood with books, making up stories and imaginary friends, and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was a bit of a fish out of water. I came to the U.S. as a wee child, not understanding a word of English, and it took me quite a long time to “get my legs.” I can say this, though, I was never bored!

What drew you to medieval Scotland?

TAC: There’s something incredibly romantic about Scotland. In so many ways, we think of ourselves as the great melting pot, but in essence, Scotland did it before us. They are such an amalgamation of cultures and people—Gaels, Picts, Vikings, Norman-French and Bretons. And somehow they all converged upon an unlikely place for survival—the Scottish Highlands. The fact that not only survived, but managed to do it with zest is a testament to their inner strength and tenacity. What’s not to love about these folk?

Can you tell us a little about HIGHLAND FIRE and how Aiden and Lileas came to be?

TAC: I really wanted to write a story that captured the essence of early Scotland—a story that embraced the mystical elements of their culture, but which also accounts for some of our modern day beliefs—things readers can point to and say, aha, that’s where it comes from, I can relate. We think we’ve come so far in our enlightenment, but in so many ways, we’re just returning to our past. In essence, by choosing one of the most mysterious people in Scottish histories, I hoped to give readers a greater connection to a world long vanished. Of course, it’s fiction, and it’s my perspective, but I really get a sense of satisfaction when I finish a book and can almost feel my characters like a presence in the Universe. They are real to me!

When you write “The End” what do you experience? I’ve heard many authors describe it so many different ways. By the way, one of the things I enjoy about your books are we get glimpses of previous characters throughout your series. It’s never truly “The End”. 

TAC: Well, I don’t actually write, “The End.” But as I get close to the end, I can really feel an incredible burst of energy and every writer will probably tell you the same. You begin to lose sleep, eating happens at your keyboard (sometimes sleeping too!), and then there is both a euphoria over typing the final words and an accompanying sense of loss that sometimes keeps me tweaking the story until someone finally pries my fingers off the keyboard. And thank you! As I said, these characters are very real to me, so it’s fun for me to revisit them as well. I’m glad it is for you too.

How many stories do you have planned for this series and will we see Lael getting her own? I felt a connection with that one…. I do believe I walked a similar path in a previous life… full of spunk and ready for battle. I have a love for blades myself. 

TAC: Lael is next! Once Highland Fire is released, I’ll share the cover for the next book, tentatively titled “Highland Fury.” I loved writing Lael! She’s my inner badass! Right now, there are three books planned, but I can already foresee that it might be difficult to walk away, so we’ll see!

I love the way you fill your stories with the Old Ways. I feel they are an important part of Scotland’s history and its people. When you’re doing research, do you ever find the time has gotten away with you?

TAC: Absolutely! Research is one of the most incredible aspects of writing and I LOVE researching ancient Scotland. It’s one of my favorite eras in history, so it’s probably no wonder that it’s also one of my favorite eras to write.

You also write Contemporary Suspense. Can you tell us more about them and any other things you have in the works?

TAC: My contemporary suspense books are probably nothing like my historicals. They’ve been called Gothic, and have been compared to Hitchcock’s stories—which I’m thrilled and humbled by. But the one way they are very much like my historicals is that there is a tremendous focus on the people in my stories. Tell No Lies, which is due out in March by Kensington is part two of a story set in Charleston, SC. It revolves around a serial killer, but the story is more about three sisters and their estrangement and dysfunctional relationship with their now dead mother. In that story, I wanted to take preconceived notions about who people are, and how others perceive them. I wanted to give readers a glimpse of a deteriorating family, let them guess at what got them to where they are, and then literally pull the rug out from under everyone, so that everything they thought they knew was wrong – OK, maybe not everything.

I cannot wait to read this! Thanks so much for coming over to play!

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Tanya Anne CrosbyAUTHOR BIO: Put a menu in front of me and I immediately don’t know what I want. Fried green tomatoes with grits? Yep, OK. Fish? Sounds good, too. OK, so what are you having? I’ll do that too. When it comes to shoes–forget it. I end up buying nothing because I can’t make up my mind. Thank God I have a husband who has great tastes, or my closet might be empty. I’m one of those people who suffers from acute ambivalence given too many choices, but when it comes to what I wanted to do with my life, I’ve known that decidedly since the age of 12–and probably long before that.

It all began once upon a time after a tonsillectomy, when the doc advised mom and dad they should reward me with anything I wanted (the key word here being anything). All I wanted was dad’s typewriter. I got it, of course–a black, sporty Olympia I immediately set out to wearing the letters off the keys. So here I am all these years later, with sixteen books under my belt and a new one on the way … still wearing the letters off keyboards … and loving every minute

‘Highland Fire’ by Tanya Anne Crosby

HF TACSTORY: Scotland, 1125, the Legend Begins…

For two centuries, Aidan dún Scoti’s kinsmen have guarded Scotland’s greatest secret, awaiting a worthy successor to arise and unite the Highland clans. His people are the last of the “Painted Ones,” the guardians of the true Stone of Destiny.

A Struggle for Power

The Highland tribes are fractured. Scotland’s King David seeks an alliance with the fierce mountain Scot. But only one woman will tempt Aidan dún Scoti—the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan…

Tempted by Revenge

Cursed by Aidan’s people for the sins of her father, Lìleas MacLaren is the one woman he believes he is immune to. Offered in marriage by David of Scotland as a guise for peace, she is also the one woman who may bring the fierce chieftain to his knees.

Rich with history and lore, HIGHLAND FIRE brings back favorite characters from The Highland Brides and introduces you to new ones.

REVIEW: Tanya has done it again!

Scotland 1125

Aiden dun Scoti, a fierce Highlander whom the true blood of kings run through, a protector of a sacred stone, a leader of the last painted ones of old.

Lileas MacLaren, a woman who was cursed as a child for the sins of her father, sent on a mission against her wishes with her son’s life held over her to force her coöperation. This woman has spunk and continuously left me with a smile.

These two find themselves confused by their feelings. Attraction and distrust rage equally side by side. Their journey is smack full of treachery and longing that ultimately leaves them running basically on faith and what their hearts tell them is true.

I love the people introduced, Aiden’s sisters and brother. Lael, especially. This woman is a handful, a master with blades and she carries a temper that when angered even scares Aiden. Una, the woman who sent down the curse upon Lili, a wise woman and healer of the clan as old as time itself. A favorite of mine, Broc from Lion Heart, makes an appearance also which brought happiness to my heart.

Curses, secrets, myths, danger, sadness, laughter and a love that will squeeze your heart. The rugged highlands, with the magic in the mists and where the old ways hold strong, written in a way that will have you feeling and hearing the story instead of reading it. I am going to have a hard time finding the patience to await the next in the series.

*Leah for b2b.

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Leah’s 2013 choices for…

Five Star Reads are:

XMTS VRI know we all have our favorite genres and our favorite authors. As for me, I read all types of historical books. Even a few contemporaries.

I had many 4 – 4 1/2 star reviews this year but I thought I’d post about my 5 star reads and you will see by my list just where my heart lies when it comes to genres, which doesn’t mean that I won’t give high marks to contemporary novels.

I gave a very high 4 1/2 to ‘Spin’ by Bella Love.  I am hooked! You can check out my review here.

Now, back to my FIVE STAR reads and so, here we go….

Julianne Lee and her Tenebrae series

‘Knight Tenebrae’, ‘Knight’s Blood’ and ‘Knight’s Lady’.

“Trapped in a place not their own, two strangers find the only thing they can count on is one another”.

Follow Alex and Lindsay as they travel back through time to 14th century Scotland. All three books take you on their journey. I was simply full of emotion throughout all three books. Read Mel’s reviews for the series here.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder and her Highland Warriors series

 ‘Sins Of a Highland Devil’, ‘Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel’ and ‘Seduction of a Highland Warrior’, along with SOTC PBthe novella, ‘Once Upon a Highland Christmas’.

I can tell you that Sue-Ellen brings medieval Scotland to life for me every time I go into one of her stories. They are full of humor, mystery, highland magic, warfare, and love. All are filled with history bits that will keep all history buffs happy. You can read my reviews for the series here, here & here, with Melanie’s review for the novella here,

Monica McCarty and ‘The Hawk’

It is part of the Highland Guard series and I highly recommend it. They all received high marks from me but Eric “Hawk” MacSorely stood out above the rest. She is another auto-buy for me. You can read my review here.

Diane Darcy and ‘She Owns The Knight’

I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this book! I am sitting here smiling from ear to ear as I write this. If you love 13th century England, laughing, and watching as two people learn what love is all about, this story is a must buy! You can read my review here.

Victoria Roberts and ‘X Marks The Scot’

TH MMcCThis is #2 in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series and I waited patiently for Declan and his story and was so excited when I finally got it in my hands.

I knew there was a wonderful man behind the rogue. Laidain is just the woman for him too, one who won’t let him hide behind his blether, and one who is strong enough to stand her ground with him and everyone else for that matter.

This story is packed with treason, danger it seems around every turn, secrets discovered that condemns some and saves another, and laughter…..tons of laughter!

Patricia Bracewell and ‘Shadow on the Crown

Loved this story! From the history to the direction Patricia took this story in, her writing had hooked me in!

I felt for Emma as she accepted her lot in life and smiled when she stood for herself when needed. King Aethelred was constantly suspicious of everyone and because of his guilt, found himself tortured by visits from his murdered brother’s ghostly shadow. He also blatantly carried on with Elgiva, his mistress. I enjoyed the way Ms. Bracewell took the story line with Athelstan, the King’s son and his relationship with Emma. Through her words she brought OUAHC SEWcharacters into my life to love and hate, and added with the history, this became one of my most favorite reads this year. I cannot wait for the next on this series to see what she brings us next!

Kris Kennedy and ‘The Conqueror’

This author’s words move me. Period. I feel a deep connection while reading her work and urge you to give her a try if you haven’t yet. You can read my review here.

Margaret Mallory and ‘The Chieftain’

This is book 4 in the Return of the Highlanders series.

From beginning to end she had me captured in their world. My heart-felt warmth as I read the epilogue. I enjoyed watching their love come to fruition and talk about HOT!! I loved the mystical parts of this story. Tearlag and Ilysa and their sight, the fairy glens and the chants… ghostly sightings and the legends surrounding them all call to my heart. Scotland is full of lore and Margaret Mallory does an TIW KKexcellent job of bringing it to life.

She left me aching to walk the fairy glens, graveyards, and hills with standing stones. You can read Melanie’s review here.

Tanya Anne Crosby and her Highland Brides series. 

‘The MacKinnon’s Bride’, ‘Lyon’s Gift’, ‘On Bended Knee’ and ‘Lion Heart’ were re-reads for me that kept calling for me to pull out. Screamed at me actually. ‘Highland Song’ is a new addition to the series and stole my heart just as swiftly as the others did.

I found Tanya when I started reading 20 years ago and she was instantly catapulted to the top of my favorites list.

To me, her writing pulls at my heart and wraps me solidly within its pages.

You can read my reviews for the series herehereherehere, and here. You can now get the first 4 in the series in a boxed set…Cheaper that way, only $9.99!

So, there you have it! The stories that hit 5 stars for me this year and in no particular order. I would love to hear what everyone else read this year that received a 5 star rating. Feel free to share with us and give us your recommendations.

Now, I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings into my reading world.

*Leah for b2b

Julianne Lee stops by b2b …

‘The Scottish Play Murder’ by Anne Rutherford aka Julianne Lee

TSPM ARBOOK BLURB: The first production of The New Globe Players was marked by murder. Now Suzanne Thornton’s company dares to mount the most cursed of plays…

When charming Scotsman Diarmid Ramsay asks to play the titular role in Macbeth, he sets off a flurry of excitement among The New Globe Players. Despite protests from the company director that performing the “Scottish play” will lead only to disaster, Suzanne decides that the show must go on—with herself acting the part of Lady Macbeth, opposite the handsome stranger.

Rehearsals begin—but then rumors about Ramsay arise, implicating him in the death of a sailor found behind the Goat and Boar. Is the man a murderer, possibly involved in a plot against the newly restored king? Suzanne refuses to believe it, until another murder connected to Ramsay occurs.

It seems the curse of Macbeth may have been unleashed, leaving Suzanne no choice but to use her wits and her wiles to determine if Ramsay is a gifted actor—or a murderous villain.

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EXCERPT: 

He said to the voice, “Tell your business.”

“Louis, let him in. I can’t hear him out there.”

With a show of reluctance, Louis hauled the door wide enough to allow the visitor to enter. In stepped a man in a skirt. Not just a skirt, but a checkered one that barely covered his knees. The woolen fabric of it overflowed his belt so lavishly that he threw the excess over his shoulder like a cape or shawl. Suzanne had seen a kilt once before, but that had been a dull brown with black threads running through it. This luxurious garment was a stunning red with green, black and yellow criss-crossing in large squares. The fabric was clean and appeared new, a rare thing in this neighborhood, and in her experience almost an oddity in a Scot. Beneath the kilt the visitor wore a clean white shirt that was equally stiff and fresh. His belt was dyed shiny black and bore a large, silver buckle wrought so finely as to bespeak a great deal of wealth. As did the sword that hung at his side from a black leather baldric. A utility dagger with a plain wooden handle was thrust into his belt without scabbard. For shoes he wore only soft leather without ornament or heel, and no leggings at all. It begged the question of what linens he might be wearing beneath the kilted wool, and though there had once been a time when Suzanne might have simply lifted the hem to find out, today she refrained for the sake of proving herself no longer a tart. At her age, that sort of behavior was less than amusing to most men and should be left to women far younger and comely than herself.

And besides, this man’s face caught her attention and held it. He had the black Irish coloring she’d always found appealing, with jet black hair, pale skin, and warm, ruddy cheeks. His mouth was red, and appeared to have the sort of habitual smile that made some people seem happy all the time. In addition, this man was actually smiling. His charm was palpable, and Suzanne felt if she stood in his presence long enough she would soon be covered in it, like spring pollen.

He looked straight into her eyes and said, “I’ve come for an audition.”

Suzanne blinked, surprised. This man appeared far too wealthy to need employment as an actor. Theatre was something one did when desperate and only when without skills other than lying. Certainly that was how she herself had ended up here. In the general scheme of things, acting was thought by most people as one step down from military service, one step up from thievery, and just around the corner from murder for hire. The wealth and beauty she saw standing before her was almost never found onstage.

Their visitor continued, in a rich, rolling brogue, “My name is Diarmid Ramsay, and I’ve been told you’ve a need for someone to play the title role in Macbeth.”

This was news to Suzanne. That play was one the troupe had not yet addressed, and she’d not heard mention of it from Horatio. She turned to call him from the ‘tiring house, and found he’d not left the stage. He was still there, staring at the brightly dressed Scot as if fascinated by the busy tartan wool. “Horatio!” she called. “Have you put out an audition notice regarding Macbeth?”

“I expect you mean the Scottish play.” An odd stress in his voice puzzled her, and he crossed himself as if she’d uttered a curse. When he kissed the wooden crucifix he wore around his neck, she knew she’d truly frightened him.

Oh, right. Nobody ever called that play by its proper name. Bad luck, or something. Horatio was a stickler for taking no chances with theatre superstition, going so far as to ban whistling in the ‘tiring house though he’d only just that year heard it was bad luck. “Very well, then, if you like. The Scottish play. Are we casting for it?”

“No, and we will not ever. ‘Tis terrible luck and I won’t have it.”

Suzanne turned to Ramsay. “I’m sorry, kind sir, you seem to have been ill informed. We’re not casting Mac…that play.” She took a glance back at Horatio.

“Are you certain?” asked the would-be Macbeth.

Horatio called out from where he stood, “We are most certain. No Scottish play for us. Every troupe that has performed that play has failed and dispersed soon after. ‘Tis bad luck.”

Suzanne frowned, thinking, and turned back toward Horatio. “Well, it seems to me the luck is not so much luck as simply timing. Everyone knows that a failing company performs popular plays to increase attendance. And you can’t deny it’s a popular play.”

“You’ll recall in the old days, the time Cromwell’s soldiers attacked us we’d just performed that play.”

“We were performing The Twelfth Night when they came.”

“But the day before it had been the Scottish play.”

“And you think we were cursed by Shakespeare?”

“’Twas the witches. The witches cursed us.”

“You mean the Double, double…”

“Stop!” Horatio pressed his palms to his ears and shut his eyes tightly. “Do not say it!” He crossed himself again, then quickly returned his right palm to his ear. He crouched, as if awaiting a blow.

Louis said mildly, “I’d like us to do Macbeth.” Horatio flinched, but Louis ignored him. “I’ve always enjoyed that play, all dark and mysterious like. I prefer the spooky ones. Witches and ghosts and all that there suchlike.”

“A young man such as yourself would know no better than to flirt with the powers of darkness. So exciting for yourself, but not so merry for those of us who know the ways of the world and how badly they can go awry. ‘Tis bad luck, I say. You can have your mystery, Louis, and keep it.”

Matthew said, “Not so mysterious, I think. Ambitious woman eggs on her husband to do murder, they both go mad with guilt, and everyone ends up dead.”

“Not everyone.”

“Everyone who deserves it, and then some. A crowd pleaser, that one.”

Suzanne allowed as she did rather like Macbeth, and thought it would be a good addition to the repertoire. Indeed, one might think it a necessary addition, being a crowd pleaser. “I think we should do it.”

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Julianne LeeAUTHOR INFO: At twelve I began to write for fun, which I think is the only real reason to write fiction. Daydreaming with a purpose, and gradually I realized I could gain approval for the very thing teachers used to criticize me for in class. When I was thirty I decided to write for money and bought a copy of Writer’s Digest.

Twelve years, twelve completed novel manuscripts, and eight proposals for uncompleted novels after buying that Writer’s Digest, I sold a novel. Son of the Sword was my thirteenth completed manuscript. Lucky thirteen. Since then Berkley has published two time travel series set in historical Scotland, and two straight historicals set in Tudor England. I also write historical mysteries set in Restoration London, under the pseudonym Anne Rutherford.

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Diana Quincy stops by b2b…

TB DQ‘Tempting Bella’

BOOK BLURB: Mirabella can hardly remember the man she was forced to marry as a girl to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. And it’s just as well. She feels nothing but contempt for the man who married her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed.

Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day, after a teenaged marriage forced upon him to rescue his family from certain ruin. His attempt to honor his vows to his absent wife has earned him the nickname, “The Saint.” But when he encounters an enchanting beauty at the opera, Sebastian cannot resist learning who she is. He is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride.

Already resentful of his early abandonment, Bella is suspicious of her husband’s unusual activities —mysterious midnight outings and apparent liaisons with pretty servant girls. Then there is the mounting evidence that Sebastian is not who he claims to be.

Guarding the painful secret of his true identity, Sebastian is entranced by Bella and is eager to make her his wife in truth. But he soon realizes the beguiling lady has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed!

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EXCERPT:

Prologue

Oxfordshire, England

Sebastian Stanhope’s first glimpse of his future wife came minutes before they were bound for all eternity.

He’d rushed from university in a haze of disbelief after receiving the urgent summons from his father. His father now sat across from him during the long carriage journey to the bride’s ancestral home, barely acknowledging his son’s presence, his open disdain crowding the closed space.

Sebastian sucked air into his lungs, his unease growing as the coach-and-four closed the distance between him and the stranger with whom he would be forever intertwined. He should be grateful. Being joined to the daughter of a duke was a much better match than he, a mere mister, had a right to expect. And, more importantly, the alliance would save his family from certain financial ruin.

A mammoth baroque edifice rose into view, dwarfing the surrounding landscape, its numerous chimneys, towers, and domes sprawling across a blue, cloudless sky. Sebastian’s stomach loosened, a faint cramp deep in his belly.

The fortress hovered over them as the carriage jerked to a full stop on the circular drive. The heavy front doors gaped open. Sebastian alighted and strode into the clutches of a murky future, barely noticing the stone-faced butler who showed them in. Squaring his shoulders, he walked ahead of his father through the mirrored hall. His black Hessians clicked a protest against the marble floor, the sound echoing high into the endless ceilings before trembling away.

His hand went to his cravat, adjusting it even though it had been perfectly wrought that morning. He always took care with his grooming because his appearance was not extraordinary. He stood only average in height, lacking the towering elegance of his four brothers. He’d always been different from the rest of the family. His powerful build and dark features lacked the gilded radiance of his lithe brothers. And their father.

They were shown into a massive receiving room that smelled of beeswax and lemon. Wood surfaces shimmered, reflecting shards of sunlight from tall, arched windows at the far end of the chamber. Formal furniture in the French empire-style crowded the space, lions’ faces carved into the mahogany side tables seemed to mock him. He surveyed the chamber, every muscle in his body taut, and caught sight of a girl sitting in a window seat by the arched windows. Swinging her hanging legs to and fro, she regarded them with an expression of mild curiosity.

He looked at the butler, acknowledging the portly man for the first time. “Will Lady Mirabella be joining us?”

The butler nodded in the direction of the girl. “This is Lady Mirabella. His Grace will join you presently.” He bowed out of the chamber.

For a moment, his mind went blank. Feeling the blood drain from his face, he turned to his father and murmured, “You cannot be serious.” The bride, apparently having already lost interest in them, turned her gaze to the bucolic scene outside her window.

Cyrus Stanhope, never a patient man, was always even less so with his third son. “It is done. You will make the best of it. One day you shall thank me.”

Nausea swelled, threatening to topple his composure. “That cannot be she.”

His father shot him an obdurate look. “You are nine-and-ten with no serious prospects. Duty requires you do as bid.”

Sebastian turned back to the girl. She was plain and somewhat plump, with large, dark, almond-shaped eyes and a pudgy nose. His betrothed’s full, heart-shaped mouth looked like it belonged on a doll. A fresh white dress matched her wintry skin. Anxiety stretched his chest. She didn’t deserve this. The poor girl clearly had no understanding of what they all planned for her.”

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Diana QuincyAUTHOR INFO: Although I’ve always loved reading and writing, I’m not one of those people who has always known I want to be an author.

I discovered my love of romantic fiction about four years ago, while picking up summer library books for my two boys. I noticed a historical romance by Shirlee Busbee on the end cap and picked it up to browse through while waiting in line to check out our books.

That’s all it took to hook me.

I spent that summer reading every historical romance I could get my hands on.

A few months later, I was motivated to try writing my own story, which resulted in my first manuscript, Compromising Willa.

Now I cannot imagine not writing.

I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer.

I’m now working on my fifth manuscript, which is my first foray into contemporary fiction.

When not bent over my laptop or trying to keep up with the laundry, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and dream of traveling much more than my current schedule (and budget) allows.

Online, you can find me on Twitter @Diana_Quincy and over at The Dashing Duchesses or The Violet Femmes romance blogs.

I am a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington Romance Writers (WRWDC) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRWA).

I am fortunate to be represented by Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

‘Highland Song’ by Tanya Anne Crosby

HS TACSTORY: Gavin Mac Brodie fears the thought of becoming the man his father was. Driven into solitude by visions of what he would not be and could not have, he vows never to wed. But this last of the available Brodie men is about to encounter a wee bit of Highland magic…

Catrìona is no stranger to solitude. Driven deep into the Highland mountains, her kinsmen have become little more than legend. But no one knows better than Cat that you cannot hide from fate. Naked and painted in the woad of her ancestors, she appears to Gavin Mac Brodie …

But is she flesh and blood–a chance for a future–or just a faerie creature who will vanish if Gavin dares to open his heart?

REVIEW: Catriona is on the run from King David who has taken her captive as his pawn. He wants to wed her to an Englishman to get her brother Aiden, a northern rebel chieftain in line. They are the last of the painted ones who keep the old ways alive.

Gavin feels he’s lost his way as far as his faith is concerned. His brothers and sister have married and he is feeling the need to move to his own place. He is in the process of building when he comes upon Cat on his land. She’s ‘nekkid’ and painted in ‘woad’ and he is having a hard time deciding if she’s fey or real. All he knows is she makes him want to feel something he hasn’t wanted in forever. She will not share anything about herself. He can’t understand why he’s falling in love with this woman he knows nothing about. All he knows is that his faith has been restored through her.

King David, Gavin’s brothers, and Cat’s brother are coming from different directions, as they find them together. Arguments ensue and Gavin makes a stand. They will have to strike him down where he stands before he lets them take her. He claims her as his wife and King David realizes that to keep her would cause war so he leaves. She admits to her brother and Gavin’s brothers that she is indeed in love with him and they all accept it as so.

With this lovely novella and much-anticipated Gavin’s story, Tanya Anne Crosby ends her Highland Brides Series’ and I for one am very happy to see him get his lady love his own happy ending.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my week’s reviews of these books as much as I’ve enjoyed reading them. Please give this author a try. I can’t tell you how much joy her books have brought me. 
Leah for b2b

‘Lion’s Heart’ by Tanya Anne Crosby

LH TACSTORY: A passion Elizabet has never known — and the freedom she so fervently craves — waits in the arms of the proud, virile Scotsman who now holds her prisoner.

The illegitimate daughter of a penniless English baron, Elizabet is determined never to relinquish her cherished independence by becoming some man’s “property.” But when she is kidnapped by a rugged clansman in the Scottish highlands, her sensations are awakened as never before. Broc of the McKinnons is only interested in doing what is best for his clan, even if it means holding an enchanting, high-spirited Englishwoman hostage in order to avert a feud. But his growing passion for the exquisitely kissable Elizabet could be his undoing. For keeping her poses a serious risk to Broc’s future, while letting her go poses an even greater risk to his heart.

REVIEW: Broc lost his family and clan to a massacre by the English when he was a child. He swore to never open his heart because it hurt too much to lose someone you love. His only commitment was to his clan that had taken him in when he lost his family.

Elizabet was born to a courtesan and when her mother dies, she goes to live with her father. Several years later her father remarried and his new wife wants Elizabet and her step brother gone, so they are sent to her father’s cousin Piers.

She is determined to never be bound to a man or be dependent upon them like her mother was; she doesn’t want children or a man. She’s content to have Harpy, a dog, as her constant companion.

One day as she’s looking for a runaway Harvey, Elizabet finds Broc with her him and assumes that he is trying to steal it, while the poor man is only trying to rescue it!

They get in a tit for tat argument. He thinks her a sassy shrew and she thinks him a ruthless barbarian. While they’re arguing he spies an Englishman in the woods with an arrow notched and he realizes it’s for her. He sees the man loose the arrow and he hurls himself on her, knocking her to the ground. They get up, he with a knife, and she starts screaming. Her brother John comes to rescue her only to be knocked out by Broc. He doesn’t understand why one of her own is trying to kill her so he pretends he is abducting her. He wants to keep her safe until he can figure out what’s going on. She doesn’t realize she is in danger.

When two deaths occur, the English try to blame Broc. He takes Elizabet off to a friend’s old home that’s no longer in use and tries to keep her safe while unraveling this mystery. They find themselves falling hard for each other but will a secret that Broc holds come between the love she has for him?

This story had me howling in laughter many times. The banter between Broc and Elizabet is top rate! One of the funniest parts is when he comes back to the cairn to find her gone and goes looking for her. Warrior woman, indeed! LOL! One of my favorite quotes is:

” Aye, well, simply because you are possessed of a proud cock does not mean you can leave it to crow in every barn!”

Tanya Anne Crosby never fails to move me with her words. This series has left its footprint on my heart and has brought some wonderful characters to life for me.

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