Friday, June 23, 2017

Promo: IN THE COWBOY'S ARMS by VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS
By Vicki Lewis Thompson
Matt Forrest was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him figure out what he really wants out of life.

But PR agent, Geena Lysander, isn’t about to lose one of her best new clients—so she follows him. And things get complicated because she’s attracted to Matt, and not just for his handsome, movie-star good looks. As she gets to know the man behind the cowboy, their professional relationship becomes passionately personal. Could Matt’s next big role be as Geena’s leading man?

VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON is a New York Times bestselling author who worked as a journalist and a high school English teacher before deciding to become a romance novelist. She was the recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has published more than 100 books.




IN THE COWBOW’S ARMS
By Vicki Lewis Thompson
May 23, 2017
$5.75 US; 224 pages

ISBN: 978-0-373-62352-5


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IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS – Vicki Lewis Thompson
Thunder Mountain Brotherhood
Harlequin Special Edition
ISBN: 978-0-373-62352-5
June 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Thunder Mountain Ranch and Academy, near Sheridan, Wyoming

Geena Lysander has a problem on her hands. As a public relations representative for people in the movie business, she handles rising cowboy actor Matt Forrest who has just starred in his first movie—it’s only a while before the premier. But now a scandal is brewing with photos in the papers and online of him and his co-star, Briana Danvers, indulging in a hot kiss. Scandalous? Briana is married to a much loved icon in the business. When Matt arrives at Geena’s office, obviously trying to disguise himself, she lays out a plan for him to hold a press conference in which he apologizes. He tells Geena he did not kiss Briana; he had turned her down when she propositioned him and then the insulted, limelight loving actress kissed him in public and told lies about their relationship. Now Matt is furious when Geena appears not to believe him. He takes off for home in a huff.

Where is home for Matt Forrest? Where else but Thunder Mountain Ranch in Wyoming? He is one of the many boys taken in by Rosie and Herb Padgett when they had nowhere else to go. Those boys formed a brotherhood sworn to live by a code of honor and to always have each other’s backs. Geena quickly realizes she had hurt Matt and that something needs to be done quickly to stave off a worse scandal that would keep people away from the movie. That would not be good for her PR business; besides, she cares for Matt. She quickly puts her assistant in charge and takes off to follow him. What Geena finds in Wyoming is a mixed welcome from Matt’s friends, but they soon follow Rosie’s lead and warm up to her as this city girl fits in surprisingly well with ranch life. Geena learns that the ranch now runs a horse rescue operation and a school for disturbed teens. Perfect PR for Matt and his movie, but he is strongly against using his home and family for gain that way. Besides, he’d rather the mother who cruelly abandoned him years ago did not learn where he can be found.

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS begins a new miniseries of Thunder Mountain Brotherhood books. Readers will meet wonderful characters from previous tales as well as new ones. But don’t worry about getting lost; this tale is fresh and captivating for new readers or old. Matt is good and gentlemanly, but has old issues to resolve. Geena is a strong woman open to new things. How they come together will keep you reading and eager for the next episode, SAY YES TO THE COWBOY, coming out in July.

I loved Ms. Thompson’s Nerd books and her Wild About You series, but then somehow I got distracted. It’s good to be back!

Jane Bowers



IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS by Vicki Lewis Thompson

1)      What is your favorite part about writing In the Cowboy’s Arms?
·         Hollywood newcomer Matt Forrest is falsely accused of behaving dishonorably. I loved writing the scenes where his foster family stands behind him because they all know he would never do such a thing. Warms my heart.

2)      Is there anyone who you based Matt and Geena off of, or who you drew your inspiration from?
·         Matt is a little like my son, who’s the nicest guy in the world, and he sometimes blunders into a dicey situation because he sees the best in everyone.

3)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
·         I’ve been writing since I was eight, but I didn’t realize I could make money at it until I was in my thirties.

4)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
·         I get to play with modern-day slang! It’s tricky because some words stick and others fade. The word “cool” is one of the few that’s survived over several generations.
5)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
·         About 150. That would be like picking a favorite child! But if I had to choose a recent one, it would be CLAIMED!, the third book in my Sons of Chance series. I heart Jack Chance.

6)      What future projects are you working on?
·         More cowboy stories! I love writing them.

7)      Do you have any advice for new writers?
·         Don’t be intimidated by the success of others. Everyone starts at zero so leap into the current and swim like hell. It’s not an easy way to make a living, but it’s incredibly rewarding.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Promo: THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP by PATRICIA DAVIDS

THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP
By Patricia Davids

Fannie Erb isn’t looking for a husband – especially if it means she has to leave behind her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents that she’s not hopeless when it comes to love. And her family friend, Noah Bowman, might just be her solution.

A fake relationship would free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans, but how could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome boy next door would awaken genuine emotions? By summer’s end, they’ll be free to go their separate ways, but Fannie’s growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever reign in her adventurous heart.



PATRICIA DAVIDS is a USA Today Bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. She began her career as a nurse, and put her dreams to write a book on hold as she raised a family and worked in the NICU. After forty years, she began writing seriously in 1996. Today, she enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith being two people together forever.



THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP
By Patricia Davids
May 23, 2017
$5.99 US; 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-62278-8



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THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP - Patricia Davids
The Amish Bachelors, Book 4
Harlequin Love inspired
ISBN:  978-0-373-62278-8
May 2017
Inspirational Amish Series Romance

Amish country, somewhere in Ohio - Present Day

Twenty-two-year old Fannie Erb is in love with her horses.  She lives and breathes for the opportunity to ride, train, and care for them.  Her father breeds Standardbred buggy horses, but Fannie's favorite are the Haflingers.  These beautiful horses, with their golden coats and flaxen manes and tails captured Fannie's heart the minute she saw them.  Her job at Connie Stroud's riding stable means everything to her, but her mother has decreed that Fannie will go to Florida immediately to help care for her grandmother after she broke her ankle.  Fannie can't go!  She promised Connie she would lead their equine team at the Ohio State Expo to showcase the Haflingers and promote Connie's stable.  Fannie can't let Connie down.  But Mamm Belinda Erb says that it has to be Fannie to leave; her sister Betsy is now engaged to Hiram, so she has to stay home.  This is so unfair!  Undeterred, Fannie immediately devises an escape plan...she will ask Noah Bowman to be her pretend beau!

Noah Bowman lives right across the street from the Erbs.  He and Fannie have known each other since they were born; their mothers are best friends.  But Fannie's idea is ludicrous.  They barely tolerate being in the same room with each other; how are they to pull off an engagement?  Besides, Noah has to be free to play baseball.  Twice weekly practices and the state invitational playoffs are coming up, he doesn't have time to court Fannie, even for pretend.  He laughs at her idea and tells Fannie no.

Fannie loves her horses and her job, and a pretend engagement is the perfect solution.  A real engagement or marriage is not for her.  If she were married, she could no longer work with the animals that mean so much to her, as a good Amish wife always stays home and raises babies.  Fannie is having none of that!  Things change when Noah is on his way to meet Fannie the very next day to apologize and accept her wild proposal.  Last evening, after he laughed at Fannie, the joke was on him when he learned that his mother has invited countless young women to stay the summer with one objective:  seeing Noah engaged!  Marriage is not for Noah.  Not now.  The only important thing in his life is baseball, and Fannie's idea is going to save them both.

THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is a delightful book!  This fun and quirky romance sparkles as Fannie and Noah trade barbs and insults while trying to pretend they are madly in love.  And their pretense soon leads to the real thing as these two neighbors suddenly begin to see each other as if for the first time.  Neither wants to admit their real feelings; both Fannie and Noah are falling in love but believe the other is dead set against marriage.  THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is the fourth book in The Amish Bachelor Series.  This book stands totally alone and is a wonderful story!  (See the author's website,
www.patriciadavids.com for her backlist of stories.)

I love this book!  Ms. Davids writes wonderful, true-to-the-heart stories, and THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is a real winner!

Diana Risso





THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP by Patricia Davids
1)      What was your favorite part about writing Their Pretend Amish Courtship?
My favorite part of writing Their Pretend Amish Courtship was coming up with the dialogue between Fannie and Noah when they were sniping at each other. I’d write the scene and then come back to tweak it over and over again until I got just the right amount of tension or humor. I had a lot of fun with them.

2)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I normally spend about a month researching before I start writing but I continue to research through the entire writing process. I know a lot about the Amish culture but I’m always learning something new.

3)      What are the traits you admire most in Fannie and Noah?
I have to say it was their youth. Oh, to be that young again. They weren’t the most mature characters to start out with and that made them fun to write, but they both underwent an emotional growth process that allowed them to discover real love.

4)      How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
I will normally write a 55,000-word manuscript in three months after a month of research.

5)      What is your favorite thing about writing romance?
I love everything about writing romance except…writing. I love the birth of an idea that morphs into a story and then finding the perfect characters to tell that story. I love making things turn out right for a wonderful couple. I just hate spelling it out word by word as I struggle to take my ideas and turn them into something that makes sense to anyone who reads it. Writing for me is hard, tedious work.

6)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
I have 32 completed manuscripts including the one I’m about to finish this week. Do I have a favorite? Yes. Two of them. The Amish Midwife is the Amish book I like best because my family and friends helped so much with my research for it. My other favorite is a western historical romance I wrote years ago that has never found a home. I happen to think it's my best work.

7)      What are a few of your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations?
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer is one of my all-time favorite books. Walking After Midnight by Karen Robards is another and if you haven’t read The Life of Pi you should.

8)      What book are you currently reading right now?
I hesitate to say this but I’m not much of a reader. I know. Shocker! I used to be a voracious reader. I would read two or three books a week. Now, I read mainly for research. Once in a while I’ll read something a friend recommends. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin was one I recently finished and enjoyed.

9)      Do you have any tips for people suffering from writer’s block?
Until two years ago I didn’t believe in writer’s block. I thought it was a cop-out used by writers without the determination it takes to slog through to the end. I’m a stubborn person who likes to finish what I start. But after losing my mother and becoming the caregiver for my ill father and then suffering my own health crisis, I ran out of things to write about. Somehow, the creative part of my brain that loves to make up stories just stopped working. I couldn’t come up with a plot to save my soul. I had to take a break. I didn’t write for six months. I was fortunate that my publisher understood and supported me until I found my voice again. My advice is to let go of the guilt of not writing and take care of yourself. When you are in a good place, the voices come back.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers?
I love new writers because they are filled with enthusiasm. They have the desire but they don’t always have the skill. My main advice is to learn the craft. Dissect books you love to see how the author evokes emotions in the characters and in the reader. Study the pacing of the story. Where and how does it rush you along and where and how does it make you dwell in the moment. A new writer must embrace constructive criticism. It’ a hard lesson but it’s a valuable one. Every story can be improved. Finally, never ever give up believing that you will achieve your dream. 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Promo: WANTED: TEXAS DADDY by CATHY GILLEN THACKER

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY
By Cathy Gillen Thacker

All small towns have their secrets. No one in Laramie, Texas knows about Sage Lockhart’s friends-with-benefits relationship with the handsome cowboy, Nick Monroe. However, Sage wants something more from Nick—something that could change the very nature of their arrangement. She wants to have his baby.

Nick has always wanted to take things with Sage to the next level. Having a child wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s an adventure he can’t refuse. Of course, neither of them realized just how complicated things could get.

Now, with a baby on the way and all of their careful plans unraveling, Sage and Nick must face the one secret they’ve been hiding from themselves…and from each other.

CATHY GILLEN THACKER is a full-time wife, mother and author who began writing stories during “nap time” when her children were toddlers. She wrote seven books as she taught herself how to be an author, and her eighth attempt was published in 1982. Since then she has written and published more than 70 novels.





WANTED: TEXAS DADDY
By Cathy Gillen Thacker
June 6, 2017
$5.75 US; 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-75761-9


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WANTED: TEXAS DADDY – Cathy Gillen Thacker
Texas Legacies: The Lockharts, Book 4
Harlequin Western Romance
ISBN: 978-0-373-75761-9
June 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Laramie, Texas – Present Day

Shortly after Sage Lockhart moved to Laramie, she began a not so secret friends-with-benefits arrangement with hunky cowboy Nick Monroe. Now Sage has decided she wants a baby and asks Nick to provide the sperm. In exchange, he wouldn’t have the responsibility of raising the baby, but they would remain friends, living separately. However, when she starts to show, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Nick’s the daddy, but to family and friends they insist they’re only good friends. But the pressure is on for marriage after fifty-one percent of Nick’s family’s business is sold to another company and the new owners insist that Nick and Sage be married.

Sage and Nick get married, but vow it won’t change their friendship. The sex still remains good, but the marriage part takes some doing, especially after the person in charge of the takeover begins to meddle by keeping them apart. Even with the challenges facing them, Nick and Sage work hard to maintain their relationship, even as it soon becomes clear to each of them separately that maybe it’s love between them. Too bad neither will tell the other.

All Sage wants in WANTED: TEXAS DADDY is a child, and she thinks Nick will be the perfect dad. Nick isn’t ready to settle down and is agreeable to Sage’s plan to raise the child alone, with him remaining in the background. When the company that’s taking over the majority stock of Nick’s family’s company insist that he be married to the mother of his child, Sage is taken aback. She insists on continuing to live in her apartment, rather than at Nick’s ranch, which he agrees to. They pretend to others that they’re madly in love, while behind closed doors they maintain the friends-with-benefits relationship. They truly do like one another, but after being burned in the past by romantic entanglements, neither want to go down that road again.

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY takes us on a journey that begins from the moment Sage asks Nick to be her baby daddy, continues throughout her pregnancy, and finally, to the birth of the baby. It’s a rough road for both of them, but along the way they maintain their friendship and learn how to make a marriage work. Sage’s pregnancy isn’t an easy one, and both are finding out that love isn’t easy either. Part of the Texas Legacies: The Lockharts series by Cathy Gillen Thacker, WANTED: TEXAS DADDY can easily be read as a standalone.

A warmhearted and emotional tale of a couple finding love despite all the obstacles thrown in their path, I encourage you to pick up a copy of WANTED: TEXAS DADDY today.

Patti Fischer

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY by Cathy Gillen Thacker

1)      What was your favorite part about writing WANTED: TEXAS DADDY
I loved having a pregnant heroine, and doting daddy-to-be.

2)      What was challenging about writing this book? 
I covered the entire pregnancy, from the first mention of having a child together, to bringing baby home from the hospital.  A lot of ground to cover in 55,000 words!

3)      How would you describe the relationship between Sage and Nick? 
Committed.  They started out as great friends, became lovers and then finally husband and wife.

4)      How did you come up with their names? Do they mean anything specific? 
Nick is a guy’s guy, so I wanted him to have a name that was both masculine and accessible.  Sage is a popular girl’s name in the southwest—probably because the plant is both hardy and evergreen and beautifully blooming.  Sage really blossoms in response to Nick’s love and attention.
5)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer? 
I started dreaming up stories when I was eleven-adding details to the story was how I put myself to sleep most nights.  I got serious about putting words to page when my children were toddlers.

6)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Teach.

7)      What else do you love to do besides writing? 
Spend time with family.  Garden, read, listen to music, watch TV and movies to feed my voracious appetite for ‘story’.

8)      What is the biggest misconception about your genre? 
That the books are silly, pointless, or easily created.  A great love story stays with the reader long after the last page is read.  Creating a memorable story is a lot of work!


9)      What future projects are you working on? 
I just started a new six book series about the heroes and heroines of fictional Laramie County.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers? 
Finish the book.  Taking the story from beginning all the way to the end teaches a writer more about craft, than anything else.  Then, while trying to sell the first book, start another, and finish that, too!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Promo: THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE by KADIE SCOTT

Meet the Author:

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
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Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.
For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…
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Drew was nowhere to be seen as Cassie crept into the office the next morning, doing her best impersonation of a midget ninja in a skirt. Then again, she was early and appeared to be the first one in. She just couldn’t stroll casually in with him watching her as though nothing had happened. Despite repeatedly telling herself she was a grown-ass woman, the fluttering in her stomach seemed to be breeding.

She’d dressed up a bit, for her at least. Some deep-seated need to feel sexy in his eyes had her digging in the back of closet for some of the clothes her mother insisted on giving her as gifts. Thinking of how he’d knocked her glasses sideways yesterday in the cab, she’d worn her contacts. She’d opted for a green dress in a soft, clingy fabric with a sexy V neckline, nipped in waist, and skirt that swished against her bare legs. Vulnerable didn’t begin to describe how she felt in this get up. Better be worth it.

Cassie turned into her cubicle and paused. There on her desk sat a potted plant with gorgeous tiny white flowers and a heavenly smell that reminded her of something.

“It’s jasmine,” a deeply masculine voice feathered over her.

Cassie spun around with a gasp to find Drew standing behind her, his ninja impersonation light years better than hers. At the expression in his eyes—naked desire combined with hot possession—as he trailed his gaze down her body, she lost every word she’d ever learned.

After a moment, his lips hitched up. “Do you like it?” Like what, now?

He waved behind her. “I got it because it smells like you.”

Oh, the plant. “Shampoo.” Cassie mentally smacked herself. He got her a thoughtful plant and all she could say was shampoo?

Drew reached out and ran his fingers over a strand of her hair, which was still down. “I know.” His voice dropped, getting all growly, and holy hell, all the build up from yesterday poured into her, bringing her body to delicious, throbbing life. Had someone sucked all the air out of the office?

“My mom has always grown flowers all over the back yard. Jasmine was everywhere. In the spring, the entire house would smell of it. I’ve always loved that scent.” Cassie’s lips twitched. “The way I smell reminds you of your mother?”

He gave her a dark look. “No. The way you smell makes me think of hot summer nights and your gorgeous hair.”

“Oh… I like it,” she said, her voice coming out equally husky. At least she’d managed more than two syllables. Amazing, given how her throat just closed up.

“I like this.” He trailed that same finger down the neckline of her dress, brushing the soft flesh of the top of her breast with a barely there caress that sizzled the few remaining coherent thoughts she had. His gaze followed his touch with the same single-minded focus he devoted to his work. Only now she was the focus.

The dress was worth every vulnerable second in it.


He swallowed. “I’d like to take it off you.”


Monday, June 19, 2017

Promo: HIGHLAND HELLION by MARY WINE

                                                  Title: Highland Hellion
Author: Mary Wine
Pub Date: June 6, 2017
ISBN: 9781492602507

KATHERINE CAREW:
· Illegitimate daughter of an English earl
· Abducted to Scotland at age 14
· No family, no reputation...
· No rules

ROLFE MCTAVISH:
· Heir to an honorable Highland laird
· Can’t believe how well tomboy Kate can fight
· About to learn how much of a woman she really is

Scotland is seething with plots, the vengeful Gordons are spoiling for a fight, and the neighboring clans are at each other’s throats. All it takes is a passionate hellion with a penchant for reckless adventure to ignite the Highlands once more.


Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of Scottish Highland romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives in Yorba Linda, California with her husband and two sons.  

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Katherine made sure the straps of her saddle were tight. She took a great deal of pleasure in the fact that she knew as much about preparing a horse for riding as every one of the men surrounding her. That would certainly not be the case if she’d been raised in England.
Her old life was only a memory now, hidden behind her adventures in the Highlands. She smiled as she recalled the many things she’d done at Robert’s side while disguised as a boy. She gripped the side of the saddle, making ready to mount.
But a hard hand dug into the back of her jerkin and lifted her into the air.
“What?” Katherine was startled, or she wouldn’t have spoken because her English accent persisted. More than one head turned in her direction as she landed and found herself looking up into the eyes of Marcus MacPherson, war chief of Clan MacPherson.
“I told her she should nae go.” Robert was quick to assign blame to her.
Marcus had braced himself between her and the horse. The war chief was huge and stood considering her from a position she’d seen too many times to count while she trained under his command in the yard. Of course, he thought she was a boy, which made Robert’s choice of words very bad.
Very, very bad.
“You clearly did nae tell her firmly enough.” Marcus shifted his full attention to Robert. “There will be a reckoning owed when we return, sure enough.”
Robert bristled as more men came to witness his chastisement. “She’s the one who will no’ listen to good sense.”
“Agreed,” Marcus said. “Which is why ye should have pulled her off her horse as I just did, since it was you who brought her into me training yard six years ago.”
Katherine gasped. She hated the way the sound came across her lips because it was so…well, so feminine. The men were frowning at her, clearly disapproving.
She shook her head and leveled her chin. “I have trained, and I am as good as many a man standing here.”
“Ye are a woman,” Marcus stated clearly. “And ye do nae belong riding out with us when we are going to needle the Gordons.”
“It isn’t a real raid,” Katherine protested, but she kept her tone civil. She would always respect Marcus for teaching her to defend herself. “Just a bit of fun.”
“Aye,” Marcus agreed. “And yet, not as simple as that. Men get their blood up when they are testing one another’s nerve. It is no place for a woman, even less so for a maiden.”
“Ye see?” Robert said. “I told ye.”
“But ye did nae make certain she could nae venture into danger. That’s the difference between a lad and a man.” Marcus spoke softly, which only gave his words more weight. “It’s past time for ye”—he pointed at Robert—“to recognize that a little lass like Katherine has more to lose if our luck does nae hold. As a MacPherson retainer, I expect ye to make sure the women are taken care of. That’s the real reason they respect us, no’ simply for the sake of our gender.”
Marcus shifted his attention back to Katherine, and she felt the weight of his disapproval. “Ye could be raped and ruined.”
“My reputation is already ruined because I am here,” Katherine protested.
“That is no’ the same thing at all,” Marcus informed her in a steely voice. “And I hope to Christ ye never discover the truth of the matter. For tonight, ye’ll take yerself back inside, and I will deal with ye when I return.”
Marcus’s word was law on MacPherson land. Only his father and his brother, Bhaic, might argue with him, and Katherine wasn’t dense enough to think either of them would disagree. So she lowered her chin and bit her lip. It earned her a soft grunt from Marcus before he moved back toward his horse.
Then the muttering started.
“English chit…”
“More trouble than we need…”
“Damned English always think themselves better than Scots…”
Men she’d thought of as friends suddenly turned traitor, calling her “English” as though she had only recently arrived on their land.

She’d truly thought her feelings dead when it came to the subject of her blood. The rush of hurt flooding her proved her wrong.