Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Scottish Daredevil - Death-defying Bike Ride on Cuillin Ridgeline, Isle of Skye, Scotland

After watching this, I knew I HAD to share it on the Carolina Scots-Irish blog. The imagery is breath-taking and the only reason I could finish watching it is because I knew he survived. The Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill... For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For Love or Loyalty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

#fiction, #historical

For Love or Loyalty  
(Book 1, MacGregor Legacy series)

Available NOW!

One conquest could destroy her, but avenge his family.
Scotland to Carolina, 1760

Sentence Blurb
For Love or Loyalty is the story of a highlander seeking revenge, but when the bargaining price becomes too great of a moral sacrifice, he must find a way to reverse his deeds and save the woman he loves.

Back Cover Description
Malcolm MacGregor vows to free his family and exact revenge against Duncan Campbell. When the opportunity arises, Malcolm decides to use Duncan’s daughter as the bargaining price. Lauren Campbell is the perfect answer, until she begins chipping away at the bitterness in Malcolm’s heart and changing everything. Her bold faith and forgiveness ignites guilt he would rather avoid and a love he doesn't deserve.

Lauren Campbell never expected to discover such a caring and protective man behind the fa├žade of Malcolm MacGregor’s fierce reputation. When they arrive in America, things turn against them, and Lauren finds herself in a fate worse than death. Now Malcolm has the dilemma of freeing the rest of his family or rescuing Lauren, but time is short and with little means, he needs a miracle. 

"Jennifer Hudson Taylor's story quickly grabbed my heart. The characters are well-developed with enough conflict between the hero and heroine to bring a lot of sizzle to the story. I felt as if I were on the ship with them and exploring colonial America right along beside them."
~Lena Nelson Dooley~
Award-winning author of 
Love Finds You in Golden New Mexico

Monday, August 26, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "In Golden Splendor" by Michael K. Reynolds

#Christianfiction, #Irish

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 is introducing
In Golden Splendor

B&H Books
Michael Reynolds


Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He owns Global Studio, a marketing agency, and is also an active leader in church and business, speaking in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.

Irish immigrant Seamus Hanley is a lost soul, haunted by his past as a U.S. Army deserter and living alone in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1849. But after witnessing a deadly stage coach crash, he finds purpose in the scattered wreckage -- a letter with a picture of a beautiful and captivating woman named Ashlyn living in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush. Moved by her written plea for help, he abandons all and sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. While being pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters including a young Pauite Indian who makes the ultimate sacrifice in helping Seamus to cross the snowy Yosemite Valley. Battered but changed for the better, Seamus reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve as the city burns in the tragic fire of 1849. But there is little time for rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Golden Splendor, go HERE.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review - "The Mark of Salvation" by Carol Umberger

The Scottish Crown Series ( Book 3) 

Book Description
What do you do when your captor becomes more than a friend? 

When asking for help means risking a man’s very life? 

When love simply cannot happen . . . and you know it already has?

Countess Orelia Radbourne came north with her husband, expecting to claim a new estate once the English army trounced the rebel Scots. But her beloved is now dead, the Scots have won the day, and she is at the enemy’s mercy, guarded by a scowling soldier named Ceallach--a haunted and hunted man whose emotional scars are even worse than his physical ones. Yet he is also loyal and patient, and his steadiness soothes Orelia’s grief in ways she never expected.

Almost against their wills they forge a bond, though a long-ago vow forbids their love. Besides, her future is in England . . . and Orelia must return home to claim an inheritance. Ceallach promises to come if she ever needs him, though she knows she will never ask. But when the countess realizes her greedy in-laws will stop at nothing—even murder—to keep the inheritance from being passed on, she realizes she has only one place to turn.

My Review
As everyone who knows me, knows I love Scottish historical romances--especially if they are Christian fiction. This is a touching book, a heart-warming, emotional story showing a widow overcoming her grief and a man who needs to accept his past in order to move forward with his future. The characters are personable, but with flaws that do not make them seem too perfect. The story line is believable and compelling. The Scottish time period of the late medieval era is intriguing and the way Carol Umberger writes, draws you into the story, painting history as if it is still that way today. Unlike most people, I would have liked a little more of the Scottish brogue in the dialogue, but it is a great read and a novel I would highly recommend.

Visit Carol Umberger.

Buy on Amazon!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 Reading Scotland Challenge


Join the adventure!
Read anything Scottish this year!

Create your own public post of participation
at Goodreads, on FB, Pinterest, etc

The more genres we explore the richer our experience.
Poetry, history, biography, memoir, essays, fiction, YA,
children’s, contemporary, mystery, romance, fantasy,
spiritual, time travel, photography, recipe books..
Whatever involves Scotland,
whether author, location, subject, is on target.

Then determine your level of involvement  ~
Bairn at 1 – 3 books
Lass at 4 - 7
Laird at 8 - 11
Queen of Scots at 12 +

Pick up your participation button [top]!

Wanting to add a Scottish themed Giveaway during the year?
Definitely welcomed!
All who complete their posted commitment level
will be entered for a surprise Scottish treat
at the conclusion of the Challenge Nov 30th 2013!
Looking forward to sharing our Scottish adventures!
When tweeting about the challenge ,
Please use hashtag #ReadingScotland
THANKS for joining us!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Book Review - "As High As the Heavens" by Kathleen Morgan

Book Description
It is 1568 and Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in Lochleven Castle. But her supporters, including noblewoman Heather Gordon, are planning a rescue. Heather travels to a cottage in the frigid Highlands to teach a simple man--who just happens to resemble someone with access to Lochleven--how to act the part of a nobleman in order to gain entry to the castle. But in the close quarters of the cottage there is more stirring than political rebellion.

A suspenseful story of deceit and betrayal, love and secrets, As High as the Heavens will capture readers' hearts.

My Review
Anyone who has read my previous reviews of Kathleen Morgan's work, knows that I love her writing style. This book is no exception in drawing you into the story and giving one a bird's eye view of each character. The plot is well-planned and carries through as one might expect, unfolding and revealing the motivations of each character. This isn't the type of book where you will be surprised by hidden twists and turns. The key highlight of betrayal is carefully woven through the story and builds from the beginning and doesn't disappoint.

I do believe that sensuality and attraction are a must in a romance, even a Christian romance. However, I felt like the first quarter of this book concentrated very heavily on the hero and heroine's thoughts about each others bodies a bit more than necessary. Still, this book stays true to Christian romance standards and is a wonderful tale. I'm glad I discovered it and would readily recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical Christian fiction set in bonny Scotland! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Highland Crossings" Now Available, Novella Collection of 4 Generations


Highland Crossings Novella, Feb 2012
1) Healer of My Heart (1740) by Pamela Griffin
2) Printed on My Heart (1758) by Laurie Alice Eakes
3) Sugarplum Hearts (1789) by Gina Welborn
4) Heart's Inheritance (1815) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The four stories in  Highland Crossings is centered around the lives of the McKay and McPherson cousins and their descendants. A priceless brooch is given to an ancestress for a good deed she once performed for the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots and serves as the motivation that tears the family apart. It plays a role in bringing the sisters together after twenty years of separation, gives a daughter a start on her dreams, and a granddaughter a new plan for the future. Each finds her way in the New World, the new nation, and a new century, finding God’s purpose for their lives and the loves of their hearts.

Places to Purchase Highland Crossings