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Why My Ladies Pack Guns and Wield Blades

I didn’t intend for all of my heroines to tote guns or knives, be trained in fencing, or be proficient at archery. Yet most of them do have the ability to use at least one weapon. Someone asked me recently if it’s because I own a couple of pistols myself, and as the daughter of a retired police officer and the wife of a hunter, I’m familiar and comfortable around guns. No, that wasn’t it at all.
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Front Row at the Highland Games

Nancy Lee Badger shares her notes from the front lines of the Highland Games in New Hampshire. Find out about kilted athletes and get a look at an excerpt of her new novel, My Dark Highlander.
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Book Review – The Raider is Hot! Monica McCarty’s latest release in the Highland Guards

Thank you April from My Book Addiction – great review of Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series — Hot, Scottish heroes that will make you swoon!

Review –
MY THOUGHTS:
THE RAIDER by Monica McCarty is an exciting Scottish Medieval Historical Romance. #8 in the “Highland Guard” series, but can be read as a stand alone. What a series!! Visit the author’s website for a list of the previous titles. Who doesn’t love those hard, sexy, fierce Highlanders, and these legendary warriors are no different until, that is, that are felled by their traitorous hearts…. Meet, Robert “Raider” Boyd, aka, Robbie, one of Robert the Bruce’s fierce, most formidable, elite Highland Guard warriors and the English Lady who captures his heart and helps heal is wounded soul, Lady Rosalin Clifford. Together they must face hardships, struggles,… Continue
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Winner’s Announced: A little Scots anyone? Who doesn’t like a man in a kilt?

When my editor and I were discussing ideas for upcoming stories she asked me what I thought about writing something Scottish. I had to think about that for a moment. I’m not sure why because my favorite historical romances are Scottish based. And, really, who doesn’t like a man in a kilt, right? So I thought about it for a moment and I have to admit the amount of research I would have to do was a bit intimidating. I’ve never written anything Scottish before. I told Sue that I would definitely consider writing a Scottish historical romance—without a clue as to what I would actually write. And then, months later, a scene came to me, fully formed—woman holding a pistol on a pirate and demanding his help. I was intrigued—as was the pirate—and decided… Continue
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On sale today – The Raider by Monica McCarty #MenInKilts

While you wait for the Outlander movie, wet your whistle with this amazing series – you’ll be glad you did - After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose. Lady Rosalin Clifford barely… Continue
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Saturday Snippet – The Raider, Highland Guards are Hot!

New on Tuesday – After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose. Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness… Continue

Friday Find: IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER in eBook, only $1.99 for a limited time!

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Bed with a Highlander is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy—and to surrender their hearts to love. Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer. The illegitimate daughter of the king,… Continue

Guest Post: Donna Grant gives the 411 on her immortal Highlanders + Giveaway!

Thank you to Sue for hosting me today in celebration of my newest book – MIDNIGHT’S KISS. For those unfamiliar with my Dark Warriors series, let me tell you a bit about it.
The Warriors are a group of Highlanders who are the greatest warriors of their family. By being so, they carry within their blood primeval gods that once unbound, not only make them immortal, but give the Highlanders enhanced abilities and special powers. They also transform by way of claws and fangs, but also each god has a color, so the Highlanders turn the color of their god when that god is released. IOW, when those Warriors are ready for battle.… Continue

Travel + Kilts +Photos = a Romance Plot by Nancy Lee Badger + Giveaway!

Sue asked me to talk a little bit more about my travels as an author. Recently, I went on several trips while collecting research for my stories. Besides getting some great plot ideas, I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. As I have gotten older (my birthday was November 13th) I realize life is short; I had better take it all in. My memory being what it is, I jotted notes in a journal and used photography to help me remember my latest experiences. I have a small digital camera. Experimentation has proven irritating at times, like when I push the movie button instead of taking a simple photo. Grr!… Continue

New Release: The Recruit by Monica McCarty

On Sale Now! About the book:
Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.Continue

The influence of Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series by Monica McCarty + Giveaway

It’s hard to think of many authors who have had such a lasting influence on a genre, as Diana Gabaldon has had on Scottish fiction, particularly Scottish romance. Her OUTLANDER series helped to spawn an entire sub-genre of Scottish Time Travel Romance, with favorite authors like Karen Marie Moning (who brought me back to romance in the early 2000s), Janet Chapman, Melissa Mayhue, Veronica Wolff and many others. Although OUTLANDER isn’t technically a “romance” (I’d call it Scottish fiction with elements of fantasy, romance and adventure), many romance readers became hooked on the genre after reading it. For many it was their first introduction to Scotland, its rich history, and those oh-so-sexy lads in plaid. Count me among them.… Continue

Romance Author Monica McCarty’s THE SAINT releases today – Do you want to be spoiled?

THE SAINT is the fifth book in my Highland Guard series, featuring an elite team of “Special Forces” warriors who help Robert the Bruce battle the English in the war for Scottish Independence (think SEAL Team 6 meets Braveheart). When I originally conceived the series, I thought it would be fun to use each warrior’s war name as the title for the book—à la aviator callsigns. But that decision had a very unintended result in that it “spoiled” some of the surprises I had in store. I’d mapped out all the books of the series from day one, and with all the twists and turns I had planned I wanted to keep certain things secret—things like future storylines, whether someone would have a book, and “who’s next?” But I didn’t factor in the fact that… Continue

BOOK REVIEW from Ing – 10 BOOK Giveaway, THE VIPER

Our winners – thanks everyone!! These ladies have been contacted via email – hope you were one:
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Catslady Today only – 10 book giveaway on THE VIPER — winners announced by end of day in this post – US ONLY – Good luck! The Viper by Monica McCarty
REVIEWED by Ing at AS THE PAGE TURNS
Book 4 of the Highland Guard series
My Synopsis:
Lachlan MacRuairi has been fighting for the last two years to get back to Isabella “Bella” MacDuff. Bella and the family and friends of Robert the Bruce were captured during a mission that Lachlan was in charge of. He was assigned to guide them to safety by Robert the Bruce. After their capture the… Continue

Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks

Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks In a tale of strong ties and true love, Maya Banks’s trilogy comes to its stunning conclusion, as the youngest McCabe brother uses sword and seduction to save his clan—and seal his heart. Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her… Continue

The Viper by Monica McCarty


10/18 – 20, Check out AS THE PAGE TURNS BLOG & Win:
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• Today’s (10/18) leave a comment under todays post and THREE readers of the blog will be entered for a chance at a copy of The Viper
• On (10/19) leave a comment under tomorrows post TWO readers of the blog will be entered for a chance at all the books in the Highland Guard series to date (The Chief, The Hawk, The Ranger and The Viper)
• On (10/20) leave a comment under Thursdays post and ONE reader of the blog will be entered for a chance at all of Monica McCarty’s books.
On sale October 18, 2011

The war for Scotland’s sovereignty rages on—as Robert the Bruce is crowned king and the Highland Guard, his elite fighting force
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Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks

Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks A warrior is caught between family loyalty and forbidden love in book two of bestselling author Maya Banks’s sensual new trilogy featuring three indomitable Highlanders. Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires. An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded… Continue