Blogging today at Historical Fiction Excerpts!

There's been a mad rush lately following the release of Highland Arms. Received some lovely reviews, and some not so nice ones but also garnered a number of 4* reader ratings. Niiice!

I'm going to do a few interviews soon, so watch this space!

One of the first places I've visited is the new Historical Fiction Excerpts blog where you can spot some fabulous snippets from fab historicals. Check it out! :-)

The day has arrived - Highland Arms is released!

~drum roll~


Ta daaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!




Highland Arms has hit the electronic bookshelves! 

Find your copy at The Wild Rose Press


Highland Arms is a historical romantic mystery set in the Scottish Highlands a few years after 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. Meet smugglers, rebels, murderers, seals - and two characters who appear to have nothing in common! Will the dangers they encounter bring them together, or pull them apart?


Get a visual of the plot - check out the Highland Arms teaser!




Blurb:


Betrayed by her brother’s lies, Catriona MacKenzie is banished from her Edinburgh home to her godmother’s remote manor in the Highlands. While her father ponders her fate, Catriona’s insatiable curiosity leads her straight into trouble--and into the arms of a notorious Highlander.
Five years after an ill-fated Jacobite rebellion, Rory Cameron works as a smuggler to raise money for the cause--until Catriona uncovers a plot against him and exposes his activities. Now Rory is faced with a decision that could save their lives or destroy them both.
(c) Cathie Dunn / The Wild Rose Press 2011




We have a Winner! :-)

A big THANK YOU to all participants. It was great to read your responses. :-)

Hubby has pulled a name from a box. The lucky winner of a sneak peek copy of Highland Arms and a Scottish goodie bag is:

Jen D.

Many congratulations, Jen! I hope you enjoy the read!



Now to the answers to the questions:


 1.     Highland Arms is set on the shores of a stunning Scottish loch where Rory Cameron pursues his smuggling activities. What is the name of the loch? 

Highland Arms is set on the shores of picturesque Loch Linnhe.

2.     On her way north, Catriona MacKenzie travels through a Highland village. What is the English name of Baile a’ Chaolais? 

The village is called Ballachulish in English - which is now on the southern side of the Loch Linnhe / Loch Leven junction. The original village used to be where North Ballachulish is now - on the northern side.

3.     Auntie Meg Macdonald lost her husband at Glencoe. On which date did the fateful Glencoe Massacre occur? 

The date of the infamous Glencoe Massacre where Campbell troops repaid Macdonald hospitality in gruesome fashion took place in the early hours of 13th February1692.

4.     I discovered Edinburgh’s historic ‘Closes’ on a tour of the city’s underground. Complete the name of the company I took the fabulous tour with: “The Real           King’s Close”  

'The Real Mary King's Close' runs entertaining tours of the Edinburgh underground - explore narrow lanes and flats where folk used to live and go about their business. Learn about the plague, ghosts, gardez-loo and other curiosities. Highly recommended to any Edinburgh visitor (and nope, they don't pay me - I simply take visiting friends there. I've enjoyed three visits so far!)

5.     Which famous Scottish castle is located on the shores of Nessie’s ‘home’? 

One of the most photographed castle ruins in Scotland, Urquhart Castle sits nestled on the shore of Loch Ness, surrounded by dark, peaty water. Another one of my favourite places. And yes, we've been Nessie hunting out on the loch and someday - yes, someday - we'll spot her!

6.     Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his banner at this place. What is the village called and when was the memorial built? 

The village nearby is called Glenfinnan. The 'Glenfinnan monument' was built in 1815. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his banner here in 1745, gathering the clans in his support. The 1745 uprising ended brutally - with the bloody slaughter that took place at Culloden field.

I hope you enjoyed searching for the answers. I had fun reading your replies.

Take care,
Cathie

PS - Don't forget - Highland Arms is out tomorrow!!!

Och aye... ;-)

Highland Arms - Win a copy!

Highland Arms Giveaway Contest



Fancy a read ahead of anyone else?


Win an e-copy of Highland Arms – a day before the Release on 20th July 2011!


To do this, simply answer the questions below correctly and email them to me at cathiedunn @ gmail.com! Do not post them on the blog... ;-)

Good luck!


1.     Highland Arms is set on the shores of a stunning Scottish loch where Rory Cameron pursues his smuggling activities. What is the name of the loch?

2.     On her way north, Catriona MacKenzie travels through a Highland village. What is the English name of the village, Baile a’ Chaolais?

3.     Auntie Meg Macdonald lost her husband at Glencoe. On which date did the fateful Glencoe Massacre occur?

4.     I discovered Edinburgh’s historic ‘Closes’ on a tour of the city’s underground. Complete the name of the company I took the fabulous tour with: “The Real           King’s Close”  

5.     Which famous Scottish castle is located on the shores of Nessie’s ‘home’? 

6.     Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his banner at this place. What is the village called and when was the memorial built? 


I’ll even throw in a wee bag of Scottish goodies! One lucky winner gets the lot! :-)


Contest ends Tuesday, 19th July 2011 @ 6.00pm BST.


Thank you for taking part!


Highland Arms - Sneak Peek!

With just over two weeks to go to the release of my novel, Highland Arms, I thought I'll tease you a little with a scene from Chapter Three.

This one's for the girls! ;-)


Excerpt:

Yes, she’d just have to convince Auntie Meg—and Rory Cameron—that she simply had to stay.

Her mind made up, she rose and wrapped a thick blanket around her shoulders. As her bare feet touched the wooden floor, she hissed at the chill. With no maid to call upon, she left her room and went downstairs in search of the kitchen. The thought of a warming cup of tea raised her spirits. Then she’d continue to set her plan into motion.

She pushed the kitchen door open and stopped short. Standing by the mullioned window, in front of
a large bowl overflowing with water, was Rory Cameron. He turned as he heard the door. Catriona
caught her breath, and grabbed the handle, letting go of the blanket.

Water dripped over his head and down his torso, trickling in small rivulets over his kilt held by a broad belt with a round silver buckle in a Pagan design of interlacing swirls. The light curls of hair on his tanned chest glistened with moisture. His shoulder-length hair was unbound, falling softly over taut muscle. A dry smile told her she was staring at him. Again.

She swallowed hard. “I...” She stuttered. “I’m so sorry, Mr. Cameron.” She averted her gaze to her feet. “I was just looking for a pot of tea. I didn’t mean to interrupt.”

The insufferable man laughed as he grabbed a piece of cloth and began to pat himself dry. “I don’t think you did.” He shook his head, sending strands flying before rubbing it vigorously. “And it’s Rory, remember?” He grinned. Catriona stood rooted to the spot. Words failed her. Her mouth went dry.

“But tell me...” He went on. “Do you always venture into the kitchen so early? If so, you’d better get dressed next time.”

Transfixed by his mocking gaze, her cheeks heated as she became aware of her own state of undress. What an impression was she giving him with her hair falling loosely over her shoulders, and the blanket barely covering her modesty?

Oh, dear God, the blanket!


(c) Cathie Dunn 2011


Highland Arms will be available from The Wild Rose Press on 20th July 2011!