Highlighting Historical Romance with Mageela Troche and some facts about Highland sheep.
The iconic image of the Scottish Highlands are the green hills dotted with fat, wooly sheep. The image of the sheep we see in that pastoral ideal would be different in my thirteenth century highlander romance, Highland Scandal.
Oh, they would still be sheep but we may not surprised by what we see.
The old Highland breed of sheep my hero, Lachlan Gordon, would have been raising and stealing are extinct. According to Highland Folk Ways by I.F. Grant states the highland sheep was “described as small; they weighed only about 15-20 pounds. They were sometimes white, dun, or parti-colored and had four to six horns and pink noses. Like Shetland and the Soay sheep they had short tails and prominent eyes.”
The old Highland breed were a delicate breed and were housed in sheep cotes at night and tethered during the day.
That research fact doesn’t sound terribly exciting. But I could just image these animals were the size of cats or dogs and were not doubt a feast for the Highland cat.
That isn’t the only reason it fascinates me. It holds a metaphor for history to me. As much as we evolve and develop new tools to help with our modern lives, there is so much all is still the same.
So, instead of saying “just another day” maybe we can say, “just another sheep in the highlands.”
About the Book, Highland Scandal
How long does happily ever after take?
They call her banshee. The taunt has pursued strong-willed Rowen Mackenzie through the glorious Scottish highlands. One man sees beyond the superstition—Lachlan Gordon. This brave highlander is the man she loves but duty requires her to wed another.
Wickedly charming, Lachlan Gordon has loved Rowen Mackenzie since his first glimpse of the ethereal beauty. As bastard of Chief Gordon, Lachlan can never claim her as his own. When his father, Laird Gordon, is murdered, Lachlan becomes the clan chief…too late to marry the woman he loves.
Years later, Rowen is
now a widow and mother and her son is in danger. She jeopardizes her life and
most importantly, her heart to protect her son. Lachlan is the only man who can
help her. For a second chance at love, he must risk all—his clan, his life and
his love to win even as secrets threaten their happiness and their very lives.
About the Author
An Air Force brat, Mageela Troche has lived throughout the world then landed in New York City. She wanted to leave the same day she arrived. Yet, with her stubbornness, Mageela learned to like the place and the libraries were the main reason. Since she was a little girl, Mageela wanted to be an author and an actress, however, once in college, she changed her life plan in the pursuit of money. After all, college loans must be repaid.
With life’s twists and turns, she returned to writing and focused on the romance genre. Mageela Troche’s first break came when she sold a short story to a magazine. She sold two more before the publication of her historical romance novel, The Marriage Alliance. She has gone on to write four more novels and a novella.
Mageela is currently writing in the cramped corner of her Big Apple apartment. She is the proud owner of a Black-masked lovebird named Boobula. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found online at Kathy Otten
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