Sunday, January 25, 2015

Aloha to Gwyn Cready and JUST IN TIME FOR A HIGHLANDER


Today is the 256th birthday of Robert "Rabbie" Burns, Scotland's poet:

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, 

The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth ; 
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, 
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love

It's just in time for Gwyn Cready's time travel romance, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HIGHLANDS, Book 1 in the Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series, available February 3 from Sourcebooks:

For Duncan MacHarg, things just got real…

Battle reenactor and financier Duncan MacHarg thinks he has it made—until he lands in the middle of a real Clan Kerr battle and comes face to face with their beautiful, spirited leader. Out of time and out of place, Duncan must use every skill he can muster to earn his position among the clansmen and in the heart of the devastatingly intriguing woman to whom he must pledge his oath.

Abby needs a hero and she needs him now

When Abigail Ailich Kerr sees a handsome, mysterious stranger materialize in the midst of her clan’s skirmish with the English, she’s stunned to discover he’s the strong arm she’s been praying for. Instead of a tested fighter, the fierce young chieftess has been given a man with no measurable battle skills and a damnably distracting smile. And the only way to get rid of him is to turn him into a Scots warrior herself—one demanding and intimate lesson at a time.


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Gwyn offers an excerpt from excerpt:

“Undine, do you see what your magic has wrought?” Abby stabbed a finger in Duncan’s direction.

The woman gave him a full look and her eyes widened. “Oh. Oh, dear.”

“What magic?” Duncan demanded.

Undine regarded him thoughtfully. “He’s handsome, at least. And tall. That could be useful. But that hair…”

“If I wanted handsome, Rosston would certainly do. He at least wields a real sword.” She took Undine by the elbow and turned her away from Duncan. “The poor man appears to have no skills beyond his fists,” she said in a lowered voice. “And I think he’s addled in his head—like Hal the sheep shearer.”

“What were you thinking?” Undine demanded.

“What was I thinking?! ’Twas your herbs.”

“I mean when you opened the paper.”

“I didn’t open the paper. It was shot out of my hand.”

“All of it?!” Undine paled.

“Except for the part that flew in my mouth.” Abby wiped the back of her hand across her tongue and made a sharp sound of disgust. “It tasted like burnt groats.”

Duncan had had enough of being ignored. “What herbs? What magic? What are you talking about? Did you bring me here?”

Undine considered. “You could try to make do with him.”

“Make do?!” Abby cried. “You make do with him! Can’t you see this is the last thing I need with the clans right now?” She pulled herself onto the horse. “You need to get rid of him.”

The “get rid of him” made Duncan’s stomach tighten. “No. Wait—”

“Abby?” a voice called from beyond the trees. “Abby, are you there?”

“Oh, God help us, it’s Rosston.” Abby gave Duncan a warning look. “Don’t say another word.”

“No!” Duncan grabbed her pommel. “I want to go home! Send me home! I don’t know what you two witches have done.”

“Silence, you fool.” She jerked the reins in an effort to keep the beast from lurching. The arrow fell from her bow.

A kilted clansman crested the rise.

“You, there!” Duncan called to the man. “Help me. These women have—”

Duncan felt a thwack on the head, and the world went dark.


  1. Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series.....that sounds like a fun series. Looks like book one is a fun start to the series. Congrats!

  2. This books spinds awesome! I would love to travel back to Regency England, see what it's really like.

  3. I love Scottish stories and time travel Scottish stories are even better. This sounds like so much fun!

  4. I want to see how the pyramids and Stonehenge were built. Or see the hanging garden of Babylon for myself.

  5. I want to go back in time when Borobudur temple was built. There some mystery that surround the building, kinda like pyramid, I think. I once read that the architect using egg yolk to unite the stones for the temples. Really unbelievable and kinda exaggerated, so I want to find the truth :)

  6. I would like to go back to colonial American times.

  7. If I could go back into time, I would go to San Fili, Italy to visit my ancestors.

  8. I've often wondered what makes time travel so interesting to people, myself included.

  9. Regency England & attend a ball

  10. I would love to visit the Scottish Highlands of the 1700's.

  11. New Zealand, Germany, or Scotland.

  12. Scotland, specifically the Highlands near Wick, is on my bucket list!
    Nancy Lee Badger

  13. Love Gwyn's books! One of my go-to authors!

    1. I'd want to go back to the Regency England or similar time period in Scotland

  14. I'd probably go to 1920's America, or Victorian England. That's about as far back as I'd want to go. :D

  15. I love to read time travel. I have found a good T/T writer to start reading. Thanks for the excerpt.

  16. There are many places I would like to travel back in time to but my first love of historical books was in the 1800s.

  17. I'll go with 1990's Ireland. It felt like the 50's when I visited then and before it got really popular.

  18. I do love reading your tidbits of information, Kim! As for time travel I would have to go to Scotland!

  19. I would like to go back to Scotland in the 1700-1800s. Gwyn, I loved your excerpt!

  20. I'd go back to a Regency England country house party.