Spotlight Excerpt and Giveaway with ~ This Kilt I Thee Bed by Landra Graf

Welcome to a Spotlight with a new to me author!

I’m Happy to introduce you to author Landra Graf!!! She’s a reviewer, blogger, reader, and writer.

And today I’m here with her recently new release Erotic Highlander book and am super excited to share to you an excerpt.

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~ Erotic Highlanders ~

By Landra Graf

Short story

Released: October 14, 2014

 

Blurb:

They’re not your traditional highlanders.

Rafe Gordon, Laird of Nairn, is searching for release from the nightmare of his wife’s passing. When Elsie, his daughter’s new governess, brings with her the temptation of passion and a less-than-perfect-past, Rafe must decide if love truly can conquer all.

Innes Gordon is looking for a good time. When that good time turns out to be the childhood-friend-turned-kept-woman Catriona, he finds himself torn between claiming her ‘til death do us part’ or simply sharing her with his twin.

Hamish Gordon is seeking a woman all his own. While his family’s home is invaded with nuptial ceremonies, Hamish is sent to patrol his older brother’s hunting grounds in search of a thief. Discovering his prey yields the biggest surprise — and Athdara needs his help as much as he needs hers.

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!!!~EXCERPT TIME~!!!

(And since I absolutely adore this brother, here’s an excerpt from his story~)

     He wondered if this ‘wisp of a woman was the thief or merely a lookout to the band of thieves operating in the Nairn woods. These hunting grounds were under his brother, Lord Rafe’s control, and the local magistrate had reported thieves attacking travelers along the main road. When the message arrived weeks prior, Hamish found the perfect excuse to skip his brother Innes and new sister-in-law Catriona’s wedding celebrations. If nothing else, someone had to ensure their lands weren’t being used as a hideout.

   “Are you from here, ‘wisp?” He attempted to keep his voice low, not wanting to scare this creature away. He’d always been gifted at calming those around him, especially a person or animal possessing a skittish nature.

   She stood on the shore, and he noticed the fine quality of the boots on her feet. Indeed, the lass was more than she seemed. “Aye. Are you, warrior?”

   Her voice, sweet and melodic, called to him, made him want to command her to his side. The fact she’d called him the same nickname his mother bestowed him with as a wee lad also bore on his soul.

  “I’m brother to the man who’s responsible for these lands, the dirt under your feet, the water I stand in. I have questions for you if you’d speak with me.”

   “I would answer.” Her response came with a slow perusal of his body. He followed her gaze as it traversed his length, no maiden blushes or shyness. Her frank appraisal spiked his interest threefold.

   “If you’ll allow me to come to shore and dress…” His words trailed off as she toed off her boots.

    “No need. I’ll come to you, warrior.”

     He went still at her blatant offer. “That’s not necessary.”

     Her hand moved to the buttons on her vest, and his heart pounded against his rib cage as each one fell loose of its moorings.

     “Aye, it’s necessary. For I seek to view you as you are. I’ve watched afar too long.”

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Other books by Landra

What You Need (A 1Night Stand Contemporary BDSM Romance)

(A 1Night Stand Contemporary BDSM Romance)

About the Author:

Landra GrafLandra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

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Think Out Loud: Back to England I Go!!!!

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Think Out Loud is a weekly Thursday meme created and hosted by Think Books

Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box and to get bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble. You can use this feature to post things you ordinarily would not post. For example, if you usually post book reviews, step outside of that pattern. Post a funny story, a rant, a cool pic or video, ANYTHING… Consider it a free for all. And consider it as a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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Welcome back go another TOL.

Oh my gosh oh my gosh OH MY GOSH!!!! I got accepted into my internship!!!! Yahhhh

Thanks everyone! I talked about this about a week ago and love you all for supporting me then and now. I’m over the moon about this and can’t believe I’ll be going back to England so quick after my first trip there not but a month ago!

For this internship I’ll be heading to Bath and other little towns in-between and back to London visiting, learning, working, helping, and getting hands on experience from museums, curators, Art Historians, heritage specialists, and other professionals on conservation, preservation, art restoration, curator skills, and lots more. I’ll be in and around stately homes, palaces, and museums learning about private collections, restoration and conservation of pieces of work and of the buildings. Although I’m not leaving till June of 2015, I’m super excited and ready to do my own research on these places to prepare myself for this amazing learning opportunity.

Now all I have to do is save up and try not to spend on things I don’t need desperately!

And of course Happy Halloween!!! I’m dressing up in Steampunk Victorian style~ Got all but my goggles….. :( But I’ll pull it off with my glasses and crafty-work!

 

 

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SMSG14: Using Social Media for Good to Make a Difference: Fighting ALS, Ebola, and for Child Refugees

Hello my readers!

So this month I’m helping out by donating some SWAG and BOOKS for a good cause hosted by a great blogger friend of mine who hosts this event almost annually now (from how long I’ve been following her), but it’s in its Fifth year and I’m rooting for her!

Limecello @ A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet (ALBTALBS) is making this world a better place a little bit at a time by bring awareness to ALS, Ebola, and for Child Refugees this year.

By bringing awareness to these causes it will help bring in research for cures and medical/food for those who needs them most.

So please help donate to any of these Organization: ALS, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and UNICEF

For more information you can go to Limecello’s page and read up on some facts she shared there about these groups.

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If you can’t afford to give, you can still help! Limecello is doing a comment drive and each comment raises money, so go visit and comment @ ALBTALBS blog!

And to quote Limecello, “Send your friends, family, enemies. Your pets, anyone! Comment away!

 

So please don’t comment here and go to the links above for this good cause and then come back to enter for some fabulous giveaway!

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It’s Release Day for He’s No Prince Charming!!!!

Happy Release day to debut HR author, Elle Daniels!!!!

This has been a huge time coming and it’s just so exciting to see her be on her way ~

I was lucky enough to have gotten a chance to read this book back when and just got to say it’s fabulous!

So here I give you…..

 

Hes no prince charmingHe’s No Prince Charming

(Ever After #1)

Release Day: October 28th 2014 by Forever

A wounded beast . . .

It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her—all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about “true love” helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement—an heiress, to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.

A spirited beauty . . .

Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending—even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he’s left her a choice. If she doesn’t help him secure a wife—by any means necessary—he’ll reveal her scandalous secrets.

A passion that will consume them both

The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.

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About the Author:

Elle Daniels grew up in a quiet, suburban town in Central Massachusetts – a town so lacking in excitement she was forced to live vicariously through novels. One day, discontent with her reading options, she took the matter into her own hands. So began Elle’s journey into all things romantic and fantastical. Still in her early twenties, she remains in that same small town, tagging along with her heroes and heroines on their madcap adventures.

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Cover Reveal: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

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Mistletoe and Mr. Right

by Lyla Payne

ebook, 150 pages
Release Date: November 20th 2014
Bloomsbury Spark Publishing
Synopsis:

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…but lust refused to settle in for a long winter’s nap.
She might be all nestled, snug in her bed, by why, oh why, do visions of the wrong guy dance in her head?

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they’re destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

But it turns out his family–and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend–don’t feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most…and least.

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About the Author

LylaAuthor1-190x300Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

 

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Book Blast Release Day~ Fallen: Daughters of the Gods # 3 by Tamara Gill

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This is so exciting!!!

I’m so happy to be apart of this book blast Release Day for Tamara and FALLEN!! It has been a long time coming and it’s great to have Tamara back.

But Can I just say I helped named the title of this book! Sweet right. And the just look at that cover, it is gorgeous~

So welcome to my blogging sphere Tamara!!!

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by Tamara Gill
Daughters of the Gods, Book 3
Erotic Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 24th, 2014

Synopsis:

Sara Daniels needs to change her life, so she sets out to run her late grandmother’s farm. With no man at her side, and deserted by friends who can’t abide her obsession with mythology, it’s the perfect time to escape.

Hermes, favored son of Zeus, has been framed by his hateful stepmother, Hera. Fleeing Olympus with his life, he finds himself in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It’s the ideal place to hide from Zeus that is until the owner— a woman with long, flaming red hair and the darkest blue eyes he’s ever seen — decides to move in.

Sara’s family has divine secrets that even she’s not privy to. Hermes’ secrets, however, have the power to shatter their lives. And with a god as your farmhand, it’s only a matter of time before those secrets are revealed in all their destructive glory. But the wild attraction that blazes between these two souls will not be denied…even if the outcome threatens to doom them both.

Erotic Paranormal | Words: 31 K |Heat Level: Spicy

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Giveaway:

Tamara will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for $20.00 Gift Card & Amazon gifted ebook copy of Book One, BANISHED, and Book Two, GUARDIAN.

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Books in the series:

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About The Author:

Image of Tamara GillTamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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Book Tour: Review~ A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

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Welcome to another tour!!!!

A Wedding and a Killing 2When Mac Faraday decides to do something, there’s no stopping him … even murder!

Not wanting to wait until their big day to start their life of wedded bliss, Mac Faraday and his lady love, Archie Monday, decide to elope to the little church where his ancestors had all married—along the tranquil shore of Deep Creek Lake. However, before they can say, “I do,” the sanctuary erupts into chaos when Gnarly finds a dead body in the church office.

As they dive into the investigation, Mac and his team discover more questions than answers. What kind of person walks into a church and shoots a man for no apparent reason? How do you solve the murder of a man who has no enemies in the world? Which of the seemingly kind-hearted church members is really a cold-blooded killer?

Then, there is the all-important question, how long do Mac Faraday and his lady love have to wait to get married?

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Lauren CarrLauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. A Wedding and a Killing is the eighth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried MurderDead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) was released September 2012. The second installment, Real Murder was released to rave reviews in June 2014.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Review:

I just got to say, the cover really got me. I had to look and look again just to see what it was and after knowing what the story was all about the cover really made sense. The candle and a splatter of blood, plus the church candle holder and the marriage rings….. Yup, it basically told you what the story was about. But I love looking at the cover because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.

Anyways…..this can be read as a standalone.

Finally there’s going to be a wedding!!! If you’ve been following this series you know you couldn’t wait for this moment!

Mac Faraday and Archie Monday are finally going to get hitched! Well, more like elope first then throw the huge party later. These two have been at it for a long time so it is great to see them stepping into the plate for the home run. But then before they even get to saying their vows the beastly dog Gnarly, whom belonged to Mac’s birth mother and Archie’s boss, has to go sniffing up a murder. Not entirely his fault for having such a great nose for but hey, who would want to murder a nice church going dude with nearly no enemy in sight?

And like I said it is great seeing how Mac and Archie’s relationship evolved throughout the series. They’re still learning and growing and getting used to finally becoming a family.

And of course as always, Lauren always has twists and turns in these mysteries, and this is another one of them. But aside from all the mysteries, secrets are uncovered about its church members and there seems to be lots of motives among them. Not so peaceful now is it? It was super interesting finding out and getting these evidence.

And then there’s the humor. Love it! Gnarly is just the highlight of the book. He’s the one that brings all the humor and whacky comments from. Being a dog can be tough it seems so being able to bring in the humor for being a smart dog is fantastic.

Also, did I mention that Mac’s half-brother, David, is back? Yup, he’s back and all grown up! Well, more grown up than maybe the last time you saw him in IT’S MURDER, MY SON. These two brothers are just adorable. They both have their quirks and humor and both are just amazing mates to their lady loves. And since both of them are in the police and detective work they both can also be a bit competitive in proving how well they are at don’t ng their job. It can be a bit difficult at times because they weren’t willing to let the other out best them so the competitive nature of it some what impacted the solving of the case. But don’t worry, it got solved.

And since this murder took place in a church, there were lots of religious mentions and related stuff. It’s was cool but maybe a bit unsuspecting for some. It also had a lot of info and report on counseling and couple counseling so I felt like it was telling me something major. Not just a story but for me to take from and use outside of the book in real life.

All in all, I love Lauren’s Mystery novels. The Mac Faraday mysteries are her most well known series but I love them all. They’re so much fun with its humor and twists. And I still super love how Lauren provides a character list with the names and roles in the story.

This book was provided by the author for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Think Out Loud: Frustration, Stress, and Crisis!!!

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Think Out Loud is a weekly Thursday meme created and hosted by Think Books

Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box and to get bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble. You can use this feature to post things you ordinarily would not post. For example, if you usually post book reviews, step outside of that pattern. Post a funny story, a rant, a cool pic or video, ANYTHING… Consider it a free for all. And consider it as a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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Welcome back go another TOL.

So I’ve been doing some job hunting and came upon this amazing opportunity of a life time!

I found an internship for what I’m really interested in doing as a career. It’s in England and starts in the summer of 2015!! Urgh!!!

But it’s basically a 21 day internship where you’ll learn and get first hands-on experience with and about conservation and preservation of art works and historic buildings/locations.

So want to do it!!!!

It’s such a great opportunity for me to start moving forward on my own and it’s the closest if not the exact thing I’ve been looking for as a dream career. Plus, it might get me that one step closer to my dream of living in England.

But not just that, through this program I hope to gain enough experience to be able to work in or with a museum sometime in the future. If not as an artist then as a volunteer or worker working closely with the curators and their collections and help care and give impute on how to help the museum display these collections.

This will also be a great opportunity for me to gain experience and hands on skills into curating and into conservation and preservation of art works. Since I’m an artist myself in hand building ceramics and painting this will definitely benefit me in teaching me how to better care and preserve my own pieces of art and other works I have.

I’m also planning on going back to school to get either a BA in History (maybe Regency and Victorian Era)  or get my Masters in Art History, so this will also help my decision on that track if I do get a position. And since I love history, and learning about them is a hobby of mine (the Regency and Victorian eras being my interests), having the program in England will give me an amazing opportunity to learn more about its many history and arts at the locations they’re be visiting.

And being an aspiring writer, of Historical Romances, this will help me immensely when it comes to learning about the care of the palaces and stately homes and grounds.

I’m mean, I really regretted not taking a similar opportunity when I had the chance while I was still in college getting my BA. The reason I couldn’t was because it really just didn’t work with my schedule at that time. If I had taken it then I would have gotten a chance to work in our local museum at school and learn all I can about the care and handling of the art works plus, credit and a certificate and maybe even a job.

So since that never happened, this is my time to step it up and go for this chance. I don’t want any regrets of “what ifs” and what not if I didn’t at least try and apply for it.
The only down part about this is, all will be paid out of my own pocket. And it’s a no-pay internship. I don’t care if it’s no-pay, I just want to do it, but me having just came back from England, paying for this internship will be super tight budgeted.
So I’m going to stress now and see if my application goes through and then stress some more (plus breaking the news to the parents if I get it), and if I don’t get it then…. I guess I’ll sulk and do lots of shopping with all the money I would have saved up by then.
So yes, wish me luck!
And thank you for all of the support and confidence, those of you who have already given me your “Go for it!” cheer.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #49

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!!!
Hosted by the lovelies Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Tin @ Love Saves the World.
What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia,
asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past
— usually from 5 to 10 years ago.
There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

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Hello!!!

So I was reading up on stuff at an author group blog and one author’s topic was on authors with other writer names…. She happened to mention an author I was familiar with in the name of Maureen Child. And from that I learned that she used to write some really great Historical romances. Well, not all historical but like cowboys and ranchers and stuff like that. I also found that while she were writing those cowboy ranchers, she was writing under a pseudonym, Kathleen Kane!  So of course I looked up her books and viola! There’s a time travel Historical romance!!! Man was I excited when I read the synopsis…. I can tell you I will definitely be getting this book!

This Time For Keeps

First Published 1998

Synopsis:

Love was the death of her.

Tracy Hill has lived eight lives– all of them disastrous– beginning in 1320 when her own knight in shining armor charged over her with his horse in the dark. Since then, it has been one freak accident after another. Now after the indignity of dying in a bowling ball accident while on a date with a cute new lawyer in her firm, Tracy Hill has had enough.

However, Heaven’s “Resettlement Committee” has other plans. For her ninth life, she is promised health, wealth, and absolutely no chance at love, this time around. But they leave out one tiny, little detail: she’s being sent to live in Montana, on a cattle ranch in 1875. At least they got the No More Love part right. Seth Murdoch is dangerously attractive– if you like the rugged cowboy type. Thankfully, Tracy doesn’t.

It’s soon clear, though, that this thoroughly modern woman and this nineteenth-century cowboy share more than growing desire, spitfire backtalk, and nights of sleepless longing. They share a star-crossed eternity. And maybe– just maybe– this time around, love… and Tracy, are here to stay.

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Release Blitz: MacAlister’s Hope by Laurin Wittig

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Welcome to the Release Blitz of MacAlister’s Hope by author Laurin Wittig!!!!!

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COVER ARTIST – T. A. Straley

MacAlister’s Hope

(Kilmartin Glen novella #1.5)

by Laurin Wittig

Release date: October 21, 2014

SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Indie Publisher

Synopsis:

Kieron MacAlister has always loved Fia MacLachlan, a wee fey lass he met years ago who, with her sweet smile and surprising insight, changed his life. When he comes face-to-face with the beautiful woman she’s grown into, can he convince her to change her life, too?

Award-winning, Kindle Top 10 bestselling author, Laurin Wittig, revisits the world of her debut novel, The Devil of Kilmartin, in this sweeping love story set in the Scottish Highlands.

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***This short novella was first published in April 2014 in the anthology, The Winter Stone, with authors Tanya Anne Crosby and Glynnis Campbell.

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EXCERPT

“Fia can go with you,” Elena said.

Fia’s breath hitched. “Nay, I am needed here, at least until after the bairn is born and you are recovered.”

Elena took her hand and gave it a squeeze. “I shall be fine. The midwife can look after me.”

Fia wanted to shake her head, but she nodded instead, swallowing all of her arguments for why she should stay. ’Twas her duty to do as the chief and the lady required. “I will go.”

“Do you share the Lamont gift?” Tavish snapped, jerking Fia’s attention back to the two men who stood closest to her and spoke for their clan.

“Nay,” Fia answered with a lift of her chin, “but I am well trained as a healer.”

“Fia is expert with herbs, far more than I am,” Elena said. “She has a canny way of knowing which will best serve those she treats, such as I have never seen before.” Elena reached out and pulled Fia close, wrapping her arm over Fia’s shoulder in a gesture that had always made Fia feel safe, while at the same time Elena skewered first Tavish, then the other man, with that same motherly glare that made even grown men cower. “She is more than capable of tending your chief in his illness.”

Elena’s words of praise eased some of Fia’s concern over leaving her foster mother when the bairn could come at any time.

“Aye, I will do all that I can for your chief, but I have one condition.”

Elena tightened her grip and Symon turned to face her, irritation and concern filling his eyes. Fia wiggled free of Elena’s grip and took her hand again. She smiled at Symon, knowing he could not glower at her when she did that, and indeed his gaze softened.

“I will need to return to Kilmartin within a ten day. If you cannot promise me that, then I will not go with you.” She took a deep breath, unused to going against Symon or Elena’s wishes, but she hoped this was enough of a compromise to keep everyone happy. Fia could feel the knots in her shoulders loosening now that she had set her own requirements on the deal.

“But she does not have your gift.” The words came out as a growl from between Tavish’s gritted teeth.

Fia could see the man next to him tense, as if ready to do battle, though he had not so much as gestured toward his dirk or his sword. That was when she noticed that he held something in his hand, rolling it in his palm as if he calmed himself with it. She looked up at his face carefully for the first time and realized he was familiar to her, though she could not remember from where she might know him. There was something about his eyes…nay, she could not place him.

Elena tilted her head and smiled, glancing at Fia and drawing Fia’s attention back to the conversation.

“Nay, she does not have the Lamont gift,” Elena agreed, “but she is very talented in her own way, and you do not have a choice. Fia can go with you to tend your chief—your father—” she added pointedly, “and be returned here within a ten day, or you can leave here with a tincture that may or may not be what your father requires.”

Tavish started to respond, when the other man simultaneously reached out and gripped his shoulder, as if to stop him from speaking, and dropped the thing in his hand. Fia watched as a perfectly round, milky stone rolled to rest near Elena’s feet. Fia scooped it up, for Elena could not even bend over these days. She dusted the pretty stone off on her skirt, then held it out for the man but he did not take it from her.

“Do you think you can heal him, Fia?” he asked, saying her name as if he, too, remembered her, though she still could not remember why she knew him.

She looked at Tavish, holding the stone out for him to take as his companion did not seem interested in it anymore. “I do not ken,” she said, needing to be truthful with him and herself, “but I will do my best.” The palest pink whispered along the milky white ribbons within the stone, surprising her even as she heard the other man let out his breath. “But you must promise to have me back here before Elena’s time,” she said, though her eyes were still on the stone that was once again milky white, “whether your father is better or not.”

Elena plucked the stone from Fia’s hand and held it up to the pale sunlight, gazing into it with a bemused look upon her face.

“I believe she can heal him,” Elena said, still gazing into the stone, while pink once more whispered through it. Fia gasped. Elena looked at her for a moment and quirked an eyebrow as if asking if Fia had seen what Elena had. Elena lowered her hand and held the stone out to its owner with a mysterious sort of smile playing over her lips. “’Tis a beautiful stone. It reminds me of a tale I once heard about the Cailleach Bheur, the mother of winter, and a frozen tear that held the truth of her heartache. You should not be so uncareful with it.”

“Aye, my lady,” he said quietly. “I have heard that story, too.” He swallowed and smiled. “I am afraid I have a bad habit of fiddling with it and dropping it betimes,” he added, tucking the stone into a pouch at his belt. “Fia’s skills will be most appreciated.”

Tavish sucked in a loud breath.

“She will do as she says,” the other man said to him, “I am sure of it.”

Tavish said nothing for a long moment, then nodded. “Very well. If we cannot have the skill of Lady Elena, we will take Fia with us to tend my da.”

Fia and the other man winced at Tavish’s less than grateful tone.

“And return me in a ten day.” Fia narrowed her eyes and pressed her lips together. She had no intention of budging from Elena’s side without this assurance.

“We promise,” the other man said when Tavish did not.

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laurinwittigLaurin Wittig writes Kindle Top 10 bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances. She has been obsessed with her Scottish heritage since her first visit to Scotland when she was eleven years old, and was thrilled, years later, to discover Scottish romances. Since then she has had the good fortune to bring her own Highland stories to readers around the world.

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