Tales of standing stones and stone circles have been told since the beginning of time. In Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the fictional Craig na Dun stone circle comes to life when Claire takes a magical voyage back through time to 18th century Scotland. I didn’t think that I needed to mention “into the arms of Jamie Fraser.”
But who really knows what secrets these mysterious stones hold?
These magnificent sights can be found all over Scotland in places such as Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, the Western Isles, and the Scottish borders.
One of the most famous stone circles is the 5,000 year old Callanish Stones that are located on the Isle of Lewis. They’re situated above the waters of Loch Roag and have the hills of Great Bernera as a backdrop. The structure is thought to even pre-date the infamous Stonehenge. The Callanish Stones are visible for several miles and form a circle. In the center of the ring, there is a single stone that stands about 16 feet high. The largest side of the stone almost completely aligns to the north and to the south.
There is no doubt that Scotland’s dramatic landscapes have witnessed thousands of years of human history. Whether or not you believe the standing stones and stone circles are positioned for astrological reasons or as burial markers, etc. that is only something modern day archaeologists can speculate. Maybe that’s what makes these structures so intriguing.
That's what inspired my latest collaborative effort with bestselling authors Willa Blair, Eliza Knight, Vonda Sinclair and Terry Spear.
Kissing the Highlander is five brand new Highland novellas by bestselling authors of Highland romances that will delight you with mystery, intrigue, romance, drama and so much more! From the authors who have provided countless hours of reading pleasure so that fans can slip away to the past and live among all those hot Highlanders... Are you ready to journey back to Scotland again?
My tale is called Kilts and Kisses and is available February 10, 2015 just in time for Valentine's Day.
Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.
Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.
Now available for Pre-order:
If five new tales from the Scottish Highlands aren't enough for you, how about six? The second book in my Highland Spies series, Kilts and Daggers, is also available for pre-order.
Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.
Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.
What is it about the Scottish Highlands that you find so intriguing? Is it the mysterious standing stones? The beautiful country? The Scottish heather? The men in kilts?
(I say all of the above!)