I always think it’s fun to find out where writers get ideas for their books . . . that one thing that makes them pause and ask the question, “What if . . .?” That’s what happened to me while passing through Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade. I came upon a bronze plaque and a fountain featuring two women’s faces—one old, one young—a foxglove plant in the center, and a snake coiled around it all.
The Witches’ Well was placed there in 1894 to commemorate all the women who were burned at the stake between the 15th and 18th centuries. Above the fountain a plaque read: This fountain designed by John Duncan RSA is near the site on which many witches were burned at the stake. The wicked head and serene head signify that some used their exceptional knowledge for evil purposes while other were misunderstood and wished their kind nothing but good. The serpent has the dual significance of evil and of wisdom. The foxglove spray further emphasizes the dual purpose of many common objects. (Foxglove can be used medicinally but it can also be poisonous depending on the dosage.)
Even though I was surrounded by the magnificence of Edinburgh Castle, I spent the rest of the day thinking about the men and women who were accused of witchcraft, and I had to know more. Many hours of research later, the All the King’s Men series was born. There are seven books in the series. The first three books are scheduled for release as follows:
Seven Nights with a Scot, February 21st, 2019
Romancing the Laird, April 30th, 2019
A Temptress in Tartan, August 13th, 2019
So happy to announce the sale of a new historical romance series set in the Scotland of James I featuring three brothers to Meghan Farrell at Tule Publishing as part of a three-book deal. The series entitled ALL THE KING’S MEN begins with THE KING’S WITCH. More details, especially a publication date, will be coming very soon.
My latest book cover is here! Along Came Mr. Right will be out in three short months, but I couldn’t wait to share the beautiful cover design. Feel free to check out the book details to read an excerpt or visit the exciting Pre-order button on Amazon. I’m looking forward to sharing Olivia and Max’s… Continue Reading
My first contemporary novel has gotten some fun press I wanted to share. The Boca Raton Observer included FLIRTING WITH FELICITY in an April 2015 article entitled, “Happy Endings” by Linda Haase. Ms. Haase writes, “This sweet tale includes all the requisite ingredients for love and…the journey is a good, lighthearted read.” Luxury-themed magazine DuJour… Continue Reading
Hi Readers, The holidays are over and the new year begins. I hope your celebrations were peaceful and joyous. For me, 2015 started with a bang as my first contemporary romance, Flirting With Felicity, launched as a Kindle First selection for January. Don’t worry, I’ll still be writing historical romances, but sometimes things happen that… Continue Reading
A Laird for Christmas is loosely based on the hit TV series The Bachelorette. Though I must admit that I have never watched an episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I found the high concept of the show fascinating. I started thinking about women over the ages and how they approached finding that special… Continue Reading
I’m very excited to share the newest cover for the Daughters of the Forgotten Realms series. The three-book series begins with Passion’s Storm. Here’s a short blurb of what’s to come: Ianthe of Lyonesse is a sorceress whose magic cannot save her people. Alexander Warenne is a warrior who’s never known defeat yet is now a captive in… Continue Reading
I’m so excited to share that The Warrior Trainer makes its debut this week as an e-book! There’s a great new cover and a fabulous new book trailer to help launch the occasion. You can view the video here. The Warrior Trainer is available on all reading devices at Amazon and Smashwords. The Warrior Trainer was the… Continue Reading