Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Aloha to Karen Ranney and AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND (McIain Book 3)

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the third heart-stirring novel in her latest series, a tale of deceit, desperate measures, and delirious desire

Rose MacIain is a beautiful woman with a secret. Desperate and at her wits' end, she crafts a fake identity for herself, one that Duncan MacIain will be unable to resist. But she doesn't realize that posing as the widow of the handsome Scotsman's cousin is more dangerous than she knew. And when a simmering attraction rises up between them, she begins to regret the whole charade.

Duncan is determined to resist the tempting Rose, no matter how much he admires her arresting beauty and headstrong spirit. When he agrees to accompany her on her quest, their desire for each other only burns hotter. The journey tests his resolve as their close quarters fuel the fire that crackles between them.

When the truth comes to light, these two stubborn people must put away their pride and along the way discover that their dreams of love are all they need.

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Mingarry Castle, historic seat of Clan MacIain
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and, most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained the overwhelming love of her life.

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Karen offers an excerpt from AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND ...

My darling sons,

When you each came into the world, I marveled at the miracle that created you. I held you in my arms and knew I would cherish you until the breath left my body.  Now I must bid farewell to all three of you at once.

The Almighty has indeed challenged me this day.

I know you go on a great adventure and do so with eagerness and enthusiasm. The Highlands offer less opportunity to you of late. I know this and mourn the circumstances of your leaving even as I know you will do honor to the MacIain name.

When someone asks me about my sons, I’ll speak proudly of you. My eldest son, I’ll say, remained in Scotland, a few days’ journey away. But one of my sons traveled to England to make peace with the conqueror, while the other set sail for America.

You will have children of your own, each of them carrying the MacIain blood and name. Tell them about our history, how we dreamed of an empire. Tell them about the place from which we came, a corner of Scotland known for its men of greatness and nobility.

Mention your mother, if you will, who bravely relinquished her sons to the future.

The Almighty has not given us the power of foresight, but I cannot help but think years from now, your children and your children’s children will be proud MacIains, as formidable as their ancestors

Love sometimes means sacrifice, and I feel that truly on this day. I sacrifice you to honor, to your heritage, and to a future only you can create. Go with God, my darling sons. May your dreams be realized and may He always protect you.

Anne Summers MacIain
June, 1746

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  1. Thank you for hosting AN AMERICAN IN SCOTLAND today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Oh, I really do enjoy Karen's books. Am American in Scotland sounds quite delicious.

  3. I've been following her for a while and really enjoy her stories!!

  4. *sigh* Karen's books are always so much fun...and make me want to travel!!

  5. Love her books, especially her beautiful Scotsmen and their feisty mates. Thank you for being part of the Tour and the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot ) com

  6. Love her books, especially her beautiful Scotsmen and their feisty mates. Thank you for being part of the Tour and the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot ) com

  7. Sounds good! I like the fake identity plot.

  8. I like fake identity plot as well. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Me too, like that storyline.