Please help me welcome Barbara Longley to my blog. I've been a fan of Barbara's for some time, but my esteem has recently increased. She's combined two of my favorite things--American Indians and Scottish Highlanders--into one book. A must read!
Today she's talking about her favorite heroine!
I like feisty, confident heroines, and Alethia Goodsky definitely fits into this category. The Tuatha Dé Danann character searched long and hard to find just the right person to send back through time, finally choosing Alethia who grew up on the Anishinaabe reservation in northern Minnesota. Along with her “special” abilities, Alethia had much needed survival skills.
TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER’s plot has lots of twists and turns, and Alethia barely has time to catch her breath between her perilous adventures. She’s sent to fifteenth-century Scotland to save someone’s life, but she doesn’t know whose life is in danger. Naturally she sets out to save everyone, believing that accomplishing the task will be her ticket home. Of course she hadn’t counted on losing her heart to Malcolm, our delicious hunky alpha male hero.
After the serious nature of my contemporary Perfect, IN trilogy, writing the time travel historicals has been a blast. The second in the Novels of Loch Moigh trilogy is entitled THE HIGHLANDER’S BARGAIN, (July 2014) and in this one, Robley of clan MacKintosh travels to the future. The third, THE HIGHLANDER’S FOLLY, is Hunter’s story. He’s the deaf child Alethia adopts in book one.
Incidentally, my ex is from the same reservation my heroine is from, and my first teaching job was on the Lower Sioux Dakota Community. Everything my heroine does—beading, brain-tanning hides, making moccasins—I’ve tried. I’m good at the beading and moccasin making, but I suck at tanning hides, and I have not hunted or trapped.
Native American violinist Alethia Goodsky had plans for her future, and they didn’t include time travel, hocus-pocus good luck charms, or heroic deeds. And she certainly never intended to lose her heart to a fifteenth-century Scottish warrior or an orphaned boy unable to hear her music.
A life hangs in the balance, and only Alethia can tip the scale. This is all the supernatural being posing as a Renaissance festival fortuneteller reveals before transporting Alethia back in time to the Highlands of Scotland. Alethia must unravel the mystery before it’s too late if she’s to return home. She throws herself into the task only to have her efforts thwarted by her overbearing, self- appointed protector—Malcolm of clan MacKintosh.
It is 1423AD, the year before Scotland’s King James is ransomed from the British to take his rightful place upon the throne. The Highland clans are at each other’s throats, and all of Scotland suffers under the ruthless reign of their regent, the duke of Albany. Treachery and intrigue rule the day, and all Malcolm wants is peace. Finding a gently bred woman alone on MacKintosh land can only mean more trouble. When the exotic foreigner reveals her strange tale, Malcolm believes she was placed in his path to warn him of coming danger. He cannot allow the willful beauty to put herself in harm’s way for his sake. Malcolm is determined to keep Alethia safe and by his side—if only she’d let him.
Surrounded by enemies, with the mystery still unsolved, passion grows between Malcolm and Alethia until her heart is torn. Should she follow the dictates of reason and find a way home, leaving Malcolm and the young boy she’s adopted behind, or should she listen to her heart and remain true to the Highlander?
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