Clan Feuds in the Highlands

Highlighting Historical Fiction with Jeanine Englert and The Highlander’s Secret Son Even though my newest book, The Highlander’s Secret Son, takes place in Georgian times in 1743, the clan rivalry between my hero, Brandon Campbell, and heroine, Fiona MacDonald, is sparked by a previous true historical event that occurred generations before them: The Glencoe Massacre […]

The Tyrannical Earls of Orkney

Highlighting the historical facts behind the fiction with Heather McCollum and her novel Highland Warrior. My new Scottish historical romance, Highland Warrior, takes place on 16th century Orkney Isle, just north of the Scottish mainland. Kára Flett is a widow and leader of her native people on Orkney who are descended from Norsemen. She and […]

The Maxwell Ghost

Highlighting Historical Romance with Ruth A. Casie on ghosts and Caerlaverock Castle history and intrigue “It pulls at my heart with its beauty and purpose. It represents all I hold dear in a person, if that’s possible, heart, soul and strength.”  Laura Reynolds, The Maxwell Ghost I knew I found the right setting for my […]

Carlisle Castle, Border Fortress

Highlighting Historical Romance with Sawyer North on castles in England. Fair Weather Enemies is an enemies-to-lovers road tripping treasure hunt that begins in earnest at Carlisle Castle in Northwest England. In the pantheon of English castles, the one at Carlisle barely registers with most sightseers. Its blocky appearance and small size are a byproduct of […]

Chasing the Hiring Fair

Highlighting Historical Romance with Laura Strickland’s research into hiring fairs. I first became aware of the occurrence of hiring fairs in Britain years ago, through a folk song of the same name. The English folk band, Fairport Convention has long been a favorite of mine, and The Hiring Fair is a wistful tune that tells […]

Highland Sheep!

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 […]

Upheaval in Scotland 1706

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jane Stain The Scots are feisty and fiercely independent. Have you ever wondered how England got Scotland under its power? The story of Scotland’s surrender to England went something like this: The Scots Parliament saw England and Spain colonizing the world and bringing home treasures imagined. They wanted in on that […]

Culloden: Light After Darkness

Highlighting Historical Romance with Laura Strickland. To anyone who loves Scottish Historical Romance, the Battle of Culloden looms large. In fact, for many of us the entire Bonny Prince Charlie legend more or less epitomizes the bittersweet, double-edged sword—or claymore—of valor and loss, about which we love to read and write. The heart longs to […]

Why and How of Historical Romance

Highlighting Historical Romance: Madelyn Hill answers our questions about the genre. Caroline: Why do you write historical romance (or historical novels if appropriate)? Madelyn: I love to write historical romance because it is my favorite genre to read. I also love history, research and I’m an old movie buff. There are so many great things […]

Kilts!

Highlighting Historical Romance: Dawn Ireland gives us the story about kilts Highland Yearning is a time-travel romance set in Dunrobin Castle (Scotland) in the year 1775. My hero in the story wears a kilt. Now, before you say the ban on kilts wasn’t lifted until 1782, you need to consider the following: Like many Highland […]