Vow of the Highlander
The MacLomain Series
Next Generation: Book 2
Genre: Time Travel Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: June 3, 2014
Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 76,000
Formats available: PDF
Cover Artist: Tamra Westberry
A successful literary agent, Leslie has no desire to be part of the infamous connection between her Broun heritage and the MacLomain clan. But Fate is finicky and determined to thrust her through time into the path of the laird’s brother.
Bradon MacLomain made a vow to save his sister. Unwavering, relentless, he will travel the whole of Scotland to bring her home safely. When sharp-tongued, strong willed, Leslie ends up on his venture, he’s soon torn between his commitments and her distracting presence. Passion flares. Sparks fly. Truths are revealed. Only a sweeping journey into the rugged highlands will reveal if a modern day woman and a medieval Scotsman can see through promises made in, Vow of the Highlander.
Also Available – Mark of the Highlander (Book 1) and Vow of the Highlander (Book 2). Coming Soon- Wrath of the Highlander (Book 3), Faith of the Highlander (Book 4) and the final in the series, Plight of the Highlander (Book 5).
Hello and Welcome to my blog.
First, why don’t you tell us a little bit about this book? Something that’s not in the blurb.
I first met the hero and heroine from Vow of the Highlander in Mark of the Highlander (Book One) and knew I’d have a blast getting to know them better. After all, every MacLomain highlander is a wizard and every Broun heroine, a witch. It was so much fun discovering their abilities. Yet like we mere mortals, they have unique personalities. Bradon, a ladies’ man who tends to hide his true emotions behind humor ends up being the perfect counterpart to Leslie, who’s tough exterior masks an old hurt. On their adventure north they break down a lot of mental walls and find a deep connection that truly aids them in the war ahead.
What adversities did you face as an aspiring author?
I would say the same as any other author seeking a publisher and perhaps an agent…rejection letters. You definitely have to develop an ‘I won’t give up’ attitude. Then there were the trials and tribulations of getting the hang of marketing.
What do you believe is your best marketing tool to sell your books?
It certainly varies from year to year but right now I’d have to say Facebook. It’s a great way to connect one on one with readers.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that readers have about authors in general?
Though I could be wrong, probably that we’re super rich. Granted, there are several authors who make it big but I definitely think they’re in the minority. Yet maybe my thoughts are wrong on this as social networking evolves and everyone gets a chance to schmooze with one another more. Nowadays, an author can truly let a reader into their world and I think, in its own way, it humanizes us all a little.
How much research do you put into your books before writing them?
Before I started writing The MacLomain Series (nearly a decade ago) I spent two full months doing research. I had this huge 3 inch binder with all sorts of handy information in it from clothing to food to clan names and so much more.
Why did you choose this genre to write?
I’ve always been hooked on fantasy and paranormal with an inclination toward romance so combining the three was unavoidable. Like I tell my husband, “You mortal guys are awesome but there’s just something about a man who can wield not only a sword but magic that I find hot as heck!” 😉
What makes all your long hours of writing worth it?
My readers! There is absolutely nothing like receiving fan mail or a review that lets me know I’ve made someone happy, perhaps brightened their day a bit. Life isn’t always so easy and it’s nice to know my work offers a little escapism.
If you can say one thing to your readers, what would that be?
Thank you soooo much! Love you all.
Sinfully Fun 🙂
If you were granted 3 wishes what would they be?
~I’d like to spend a day in medieval Scotland. Of course, protected by well-trained warriors I trusted. Rough time and place in history.
~To spend a night with both Ferchar MacLomain from Destiny’s Denial and Malcolm MacLomain from Wrath of the Highlander. And I don’t mean talking. *winks*
~That I never lose my creativity and inspiration.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Well, there are a few but we’ll keep this answer a little less naughty and go with Chocolate Bomb cake.
Do you have any hidden talents? 😉
I SO can’t answer this question! LOL
Would you rather….
Read a paperback or on an ereader? ereader
Drink champagne or beer? Beer
Heels or flats? Flats
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Go to the beach or go to a wintery mountain retreat? Wintery mountain retreat
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Nope, thanks again for hosting me! J
Only five steps into the courtyard and already one clansman was circling her, a flirtatious grin on his handsome face. Somehow it was all infectious and as determined as she was to stay by McKayla’s side, she soon found herself in the arms of first one then another Scotsman. Some were her height, many taller, but none as tall as the man who she eventually ended up dancing with.
“I hear I had you worried.”
It took everything she had to look into Bradon’s deep, green eyes. She hated how aware of him she’d become. How her heart seemed to clench a little too tightly. “Don’t overthink it.”
“Ah, so I did have you worried. ‘Tis good,” he said softly. “Every lad should have a wee bonnie lass or two to welcome him home after a good battle.”
She arched a brow and found it easier and easier by the moment to look at him. “Or two?”
“Or three even,” he replied easily, an irritating grin on his face.
“What happened when you left us?” she asked, determined to steer the conversation away from him thinking her an easy target.
“They followed,” he said as if she should have that figured out. “And I evaded.” He shrugged. “Then I killed a few.”
“Why are you not covered in blood then?”
“Because I’m not brutal.” His eyes dropped to her lips before returning to her eyes. “‘Tis not a difficult thing to find water and bathe, lass.”
He did seem rather fresh…in more ways than one. “So will the MacLeod’s be showing up at the MacLomain’s doorstep once more?”
His hand slid lower down her back and he pulled her closer. “Nay, lassie. ‘Tis time to relax.”
She pushed him back a fraction and frowned. “I can relax just fine without being up against you.”
“Can you then?” But he didn’t let her go too far. His hand cupped the side of her neck. “The muscles here.” His thumb ran around the back, giving her shivers. “As well as the muscles here.” He pressed slightly. “They are like stone.”
Her eyes dropped to his strong neck then the wide chest covered by his tunic. Being close to this man was a very bad idea. But for the life of her she couldn’t pull away.
Sky Purington is the best-selling author of nine novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.
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