Historical Novels Review Editors Choice
One of the best of 2009 Dear Author
"Grand in scope and entertainment... high art, indeed."
~Michele Buonfiglio Barnes and Noble
"Highland Rebel represents the best of the genre: carefully researched, with complex, compelling characters and a good, galloping plot... Upscale historical romance at its best! Highly recommended."
~Eileen Charbonneau Historical Novels Review
"The novel is working on several levels at once, juggling multiple big themes - loyalty, authenticity, fidelity, vulnerability. Highland Rebel is a rich and ambitious novel with compelling protagonists and an expansive political and geographic scope...definitely a book for all those readers of Historical Romance who like their history as much as their Romance"
~Janet Dear Author
"Highland Rebel is filled with a rich historical background. Jamie and Cat are two polar opposites that simply sizzle together. The fireworks between them is phenomenal and the romance is tender, yet molten hot. The repartee between the two of them had me in stitches. Highland Rebel is a historical romance treat you won't want to miss."
~Wendy's Minding Spot
"Jamie is strong and capable with a caustic sense of humor. Catherine is independent and courageous, more than a match for him. Their verbal sparring, at turns funny and biting, were my favorite parts of this excellent novel. Add the sweeping vistas of the Highlands and the lush valleys of Ireland and you have a winning combination. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy Highland Rebel. I know I did!"
~The Tome Traveller
From the Author
Dear reader, if you are an old acquaintance then welcome back! If you are new and looking for a traditional light romance where history stays in the background my stories might not be for you. I don't write traditional romance in the current sense of the word, but rather dark, sexy, historical fiction with a bit of a literary twist and an angsty love story at their core. I can promise passion and a happy ending, but for my characters these are things that have to be earned. If you like complex characters and big stories peopled with real historical figures though, you are in for a treat.
Highland Rebel, my first foray into the 17th century, is a historical fiction and love story, chosen as a B&N Book of the Year. Highland Rebel takes place in England, Ireland and Scotland after the death of Charles II and the ascension of James II to the throne. The 17th century coffee houses, called penny universities, and the court of James II at Whitehall feature prominently. The love interests are Cat Drummond, a Scottish heiress trying to keep her clan neutral and out of the brewing Jacobite rebellion, and Jamie Sinclair, a cynical English mercenary soldier and courtier who changes religions and sides as he operates as an agent for both James II and the man who would usurp him, William of Orange.
While researching this book I fell in love with the period which I find to be one of the most vibrant and colorful times in European history. If you enjoy Highland Rebel, you might want to take a look at my Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration series. Libertine's Kiss features a character based on the 17th century libertine, poet and friend to King Charles, John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Soldier of Fortune, previously titled The King's Courtesan features a character inspired by Nell Gwynn. The adventures and exploits of real-life highwayman Swift Nick, and the observations and writings of 17th century travel writer Celia Fiennes are woven throughout The Highwayman, coming in September 2014.
Last but not least, if you haven't read the award winning Broken Wing yet, take a look at some of the reviews. Set in the early years of Napoleon's rise to power, this one is very dark and intense, but if you love tortured heroes and stories of redemption, you'll really want to give it a try.
All the best, and may every book you read take you someplace you've always wanted to go.