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Sneak Peek at Dark Deceit - over at Historical Fiction Excerpts

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I hope you've all had wonderful holidays. We've been lazy over the last few days after our hectic trip up north to the outlaws last week. More about that trip soon...


For now, please join me as I post a preview of my upcoming release, Dark Deceit, over at Historical Fiction Excerpts! I should have an exact release date soon. Whoot!




Here's the blurb:

On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, undersheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor while he investigates the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty. 

Left to defend her manor following her father’s death, Alleyne de Bellac at first accepts Geoffrey’s support. As she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger a…

Pre-Christmas cheer and memories

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Are you in Christmas mood yet? I am, even though there's not a snowflake in sight.

Our Christmas shopping done early this morning, we just managed to escape the (unsurprisingly unhappy) crowds arriving to do the same. Now we can relax. Off to see the in-laws near Loch Ness tomorrow for a couple of nights - and dinner / Christmas lunch, then back home in time for Christmas eve.

This year marks the first Christmas I won't hear from my Gran. She quietly passed away on 17th March, aged 91.

So to honour her memory, I decided to bake for Christmas - for us, my mum, and my in-laws. Now, this doesn't happen every year. I'm no domestic goddess. But preparing everything for the cookies and cake, over several hours, and watch them take shape, was fun. Apart from discovering that I'd made the wrong dough for the type of cookies I wanted to bake. Hey ho! ;-)

So I made buttery biscuits, covered in chocolate or icing, sprinkled with Hundreds & Thousands instead of the ones I l…

My Place - Animal Attraction by Jenna McClure

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While many are out, jostling with the crowds doing their last minute Christmas shopping, we're still here at My Place with a warming cup of tea and a crackling fire. And talking cold seasons, our place today is spot on - somewhere I'd love to visit one day.

So without further ado let me hand over to talented romance author, Jenna McClure. :-)



Jenna McClure grew up in the urban south, but moved to Colorado to satisfy her desire for fresh air, mountains, lots of snow and wide open spaces.

She became a vegetarian in 2003 after seeing a graphic film about animal cruelty. A long-time romantic, she has been reading romance novels since her sister introduced them to her as a teenager. She finally decided to merge her love of animals and studly men into a romance novel. She has been writing for over seven years.

Jenna's favorite hobbies include digital photography, biking, hiking and an ongoing quest for her own novel-worthy hero. She daylights as a Project Manager for a software…

I'm visiting Word Wranglers today!

Join me!

I'm over at the Word Wranglers blog today, talking about writing, my novels, and authors who inspired me. Plus, discover which female in history I'd love to have lunch with, and what (or rather, who!) we'd be chatting about...

See you there! ;-)

Wish I was here...

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Today marks exactly a year since our return from our fabulous North America adventure. Visiting fab cities such as New York and Seattle, meeting my wonderful family in Idaho and Oregon for the first time (yes, very emotional) and enjoying the many varied impressions and sights along the way was quite an experience. But one place had the most impact on us and I wish I was there now... the city of Vancouver, Canada.

On this day one year ago we left Vancouver and we still miss it. The different, yet familiar culture drew us in (have I mentioned the Canucks?). It's the top spot on our list of places we'd love to live.

Wish I was here now...




But today also marks the release of Janice Horton's fab new novel, Reaching for the Stars, the story of Chef Finn McDuff who goes into self-imposed exile following a high flying career. Join Janice's blog party for a chance to win one of several lovely prizes: Janice Horton blog



Discover for yourself where Finn is hiding! Reaching for t…

My Place - Impetuous by Katherine Grey

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After a break last weekend, it's time for another visit at My Place. Today, I welcome historical romance author Katherine Grey. She explores the fashionable hub of Regency England, London.

Over to you, Katherine...




As a young girl, I loved all the fairy tales with Prince Charming in them – Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to name just a few.  I think my fascination with the whole idea of Prince Charming led to my interest in England.  The royal family and all those dukes, earls, and such were the real life equivalents in my mind.  As a teenager, I spent many an hour devouring books on English history.  I read everything from biographies, to the “day in the life” type books, to books on military campaigns.  And then a friend’s mother introduced me to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.  My love and fascination with the Regency period was born and continues to this day.
I primarily write historical romances set in Regency London, but hope to branch out into roman…

My fab new cover for Dark Deceit

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Yayyy, I'm bouncing. :-)

I've received my cover for Dark Deceit. Love it! So dark and atmospheric...





Dark Deceit, the first in The Anarchy Trilogy, is due out in early spring 2012 from Crooked Cat publishing. It tells the story of Alleyne de Bellac, left to defend her inheritance following her father's murder. Two men offer their assistance, but does she trust the right one? Or is she in danger of losing it all?

Dark Deceit takes you from southern England to the heart of Normandy in a tale of murder, betrayal and politics.

Can't wait to share it!

Dark Deceit - due out in spring 2012

I'm so excited! Dark Deceit, part 1 of 'The Anarchy' trilogy, will be released in spring 2012 through Crooked Cat publishing! Crooked Cat is a new ebook publisher based in the UK.



Dark Deceit weaves a tale of murder, changing loyalties, betrayal and hope. Set in Gloucestershire, England and Perche, Normandy, Geoffrey de Mortagne, undersheriff and staunch supporter of the Empress Matilda, returns from the Battle at Lincoln to witness an attack on a knight. During his investigations, he meets the knight's young daughter and offers his help. Keen to return to Matilda's side following King Stephen's capture, he is torn between duty and a promise he gave to a dying man.


Left to defend her manor, Alleyne de Bellac accepts Geoffrey's assistance. But when she summons an old friend of her father's, she discovers how swiftly loyalties can change. Her life in danger, Alleyne must decide who to trust. In the end, will she trust the right man?


Discover England and Norm…

Prague, here we come!

Yayyy, it's finally time for our holiday of the year - a long weekend in Prague! Hubby & I are excited. Can't wait to see that fabulous city. I love old towns, good beer & hearty food so I'll do very nicely there.

Here's a glimpse & some info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague

We'll also be winding our way through Prague's several Christmas markets. I'm sure there'll be a couple of treats in store for us. http://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas_markets.asp

Ooohhh... hot wine and pastries! I'll be one happy bunny!

We're aff oor heids ...

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... over at S.G. Rogers' bonnie blog where we're blethering aboot Scottish-isms! 
Weal, got yer attention? ;-)

http://childofyden.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/lang-may-yer-lum-reek-and-other-scottish-isms/
We'll be seein' ye there!

My Place - Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay

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Please help me welcome award-winning author Christina Courtenay to My Place. Christina writes historical romance and her novel, Highland Storms, sounds just like my kind of read.

Let's hear it from Christina!



I’m Christina Courtenay and I write historical romance, often with a hint of the Far East.  Although born in England, I have a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden.  I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and currently their vice chairman.  Highland Storms is my third novel with the publisher Choc Lit. My debut, Trade Winds (prequel to Highland Storms), was short listed for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Award of Best Historical Fiction 2011. My second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, has just won the Best Historical Fiction award at the Big Red Read awards and is shortlisted for the Festival of Romance Readers Award for Best Historical Read 2011. As well as novels, I’ve had four Regency novellas published by DC Thomson’s ‘My Weekly Pocket Nove…

Talking all things Scottish...

... over at SG Rogers' fabulous blog!

Want to discover some local phrases and find out about Scotsmen? Then don't hesitate to come and join us!

http://childofyden.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/under-the-kilt/#comment-189

You might want to pour yourself a wee dram to get into the mood...

See you over there!

C xxx

My Place - Coming Home by Cynthia Owens

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This Sunday I welcome Cynthia Owens to My Place. Cynthia writes wonderful romantic fiction set in Ireland. I have read In Sunshine or In Shadow and loved it.

Over to you, Cynthia!



I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17th century “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.
My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.
A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, rom…

Giveaway of Highland Arms at TRS's Thanksgiving Party

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Join me at the TRS Thanksgiving Party - it's happening over the whole weekend - for a chance to win a PDF copy of Highland Arms and a wee bag of Scottish goodies!


TRS Thanksgiving Party

Looking forward to seeing you over there!


Cathie xx


Romancing the Book: Fabulous Review of Highland Arms by Cathie Dunn

Wonderful new review received for Highland Arms. "Rose that Rules All'!
I'm thrilled. Check it out! :-)
Romancing the Book: Review: Highland Arms by Cathie Dunn

My Place - Home, Sweet Texas Home by Caroline Clemmons

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Today I welcome multi-published author Caroline Clemmons to My Place. Her setting takes me back to good, old TV days. Lovely memories...


Hello, I’m Caroline Clemmons and I’d like to thank Cathie for having me as her guest today. My husband and I live on a small acreage in rural North Central Texas in the U.S. Our daughters are grown, so our companions are our rescued pets: a black Shih Tzu named Webster and two cats, Sebastian and Bailey Erin. My parents and I moved to California when I was a baby and we returned to Texas when I was almost eight. Of course, I believed all the old cowboy movies and expected any minute to see Roy Rogers riding the range. Too bad--my dad was in the cotton business and we moved to a cotton farming area. Now, my husband and I live in genuine ranching and cutting horse country, and I see real cowboys whenever I go anywhere in our area.  My previous occupations have included stay-at-home mom (my favorite), medical secretary, newspaper reporter and columnist, a…

My Place - Shattered by Jennie Marsland

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This Sunday, I'm extending a warm welcome to the talented Jennie Marsland and her novel, Shattered. Her setting is fascinating!



Jennie Marsland is a teacher, a painter, a musician and, for over thirty years, a writer. She fell in love with words at a very early age and the affair has been life-long. She enjoys writing songs and poetry as well as fiction.
Jennie is a history buff as well as an unashamed romantic. Glimpses of the past spark her imagination, and she believes in happily ever after. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, their cat Emily and their outrageously spoiled Duck-Tolling Retrievers, Chance and Echo.

My Place:
My latest historical romance, Shattered, takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s oldest cities. The reason for Halifax’s existence is its harbour, which is one of the biggest and deepest in the world. As an added bonus, the outer harbour is connected by a channel called The Narrows to a large inner harbour, Bedford Basin, which is invisible f…