News, recipes, and new books by Madeline Martin, Julie Johnstone, and Heather McCollum!
Happy spring! Birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, allergies are plaguing many of us… But have no fear! Below I’ve got news, recipes, and a few of my friends have new releases that I want to share that are sure to help you pass the time. So grab your swords, armor, and kilts!
But First, News…
First of all, I want to share some good news. Last month, I was worried that my Nora Roberts book signing on May 16th would be canceled due to Coronavirus, and sadly, the cancelation came to pass. However, a couple weeks later I received word that I could participate in Nora’s November Girls’ Night Out event! November 12th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Md. Mark your calendars! Select titles from my list here, as well as a little something new, will be available for signing! (↑Photo Credit: Turn The Page Facebook page)
Also, I am excited to announce here, for the first time, that I’ve signed another book contract! More details to come, but it’s set in the Highlands of Scotland, with all that kilt and tartan goodness. I love this enemies-to-lovers story so much! It’s set to release in November, so I will keep you all posted. (←Photo of Eilean Donan Castle from my latest trip to Scotland two summers ago).
How Are You Staying Busy? Submit a Recipe!
What are you doing to stay busy during social distancing? My family and I have used this time to tackle home projects, build a Lego table for our kids, redesign and plant our garden, sew, try new recipes, and we’re certainly hiking more than we used to–a pasttime we already love to do. We’re huge Last Kingdom fans, too, and the new season just dropped on Netflix, so we’ve been watching an episode a night, trying to prolong Uhtred son of Uhtred’s newest journey through Saxon England as long as possible. Many of my friends have sewn masks for charities, and I myself am just delving into sewing masks for my immediate and extended family. Feel free to comment below and tell me the activities or hidden talents you’ve discovered to pass the time. Submit a recipe for something delicious through my Contact Elizabeth page by clicking here, and I’ll draw a recipe from the entry pool to feature in my next newsletter installment!
Because I love to cook, I thought I’d include a recipe for you! It’s been a while since I shared a Medieval recipe, and, er, sometimes, Medieval food doesn’t sound so appetizing to the modern palate. That said, this recipe below does indeed sound delicious and the name alone was worth sharing–though I don’t eat beef usually, so I’ll substitute something else in it’s place. I plan to bake it this week, and will share an update in my next newsletter! (Photo from Canva, downloaded by E. Elizabeth Watson)
Heathen Cakes. Think savory pie, not so much cake in the modern sense of the word. And although I’m fascinated by the name, “Heathen,” my quick perusal of the internet offered no history on why it was named that, only that a rough translation could be “Poor Man’s Food,” as mentioned by the website: Medieval Cuisine.
Old school recipe: “These are called heathen cakes. One should take a dough and should spread it thin and take a boiled meat and chopped fatty bacon and apples and pepper and eggs therein and bake that and give out and do not damage.” Source [Ein Buch von guter spise, A. Atlas (trans.)]
Modern recipe. Adapted by the folks over at Medieval Cookery:
New Releases by Madeline Martin, Julie Johnstone, and Heather McCollum!
1. Madeline Martin
Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them. She has a wonderful new story just out, so take a look!
She wants to save her honor
Lady Isolde Maxwell‘s brother is more inclined to marry her off rather than defend her honor, leaving her to take matters into her own gauntlets. After stealing his armor, she heads to the Rose Citadel tournament to fight for her freedom from a man she never agreed to wed. Yet, even as Isolde is trying to escape one man, another has set his sights on her, one who is determined to catch her attention and one she cannot help but crave.
He wants to save his people
When yet another failed harvest threatens the welfare of his clan, Cormac Sutherland, Chieftain of the Sutherland clan needs a solution to save his people. When his twin brother proposes they attend a tournament in England and steal the betrothed noblewomen from men of their rival clan, Cormac is skeptical, especially given his lacking skills at wooing. However, once he gets to know Lady Isolde, he finds she not only earns his respect, but also stokes his passion.
Can their love do both?
When intrigue and betrayal come into play and a challenge threatens one’s greatest love, can Cormac and Isolde survive the tournament with their hearts and lives intact?
Buy links for your choice of reader platform can be found by clicking here!
2. Julie Johnstone
Julie Johnstone is a USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author of Scottish historical and timetravel romance. She and Cecelia Mecca have a new release which looks amazing! Check it out:
Reikart McCaim doesn’t want to be saved—despite the fact that he’s a time traveler from 2020 New Orleans stuck in medieval Scotland. He holds his jagged secrets close to his chest and wants to keep them that way. Even if he could open up to the incredible woman fate has tossed in his path, they’d both be shredded by the things he can’t let go of. Still, he needs her help. In his time, his father lies in a coma with only one wish: to see Reikart’s mother again, whom he’s always claimed was a time traveler pulled back to her true time. Two of Reikart’s brothers already traveled back to search for her, but they are missing, too. Now, Reikart must find his family and secure the magic cross they need to return to their time. And the lass who is everything he wants but cannot allow himself to have is the only one who can recover it.
Deirdre Irvine’s life is a disaster, and it’s about to get a whole lot messier. She’s been betrayed by her brother, and she finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a plot to gain control of the Scottish throne. Not to mention she’s harboring enormous guilt over failing the sister she adores. So when the unexpected chance to prove herself to her sister arises, Deirdre will do anything to use the opportunity to her advantage. It doesn’t matter that it means putting herself in danger and joining forces with a man who claims he’s from the future. But she is woefully unprepared for the jeopardy he puts her heart in.
For a scarred man and wounded lass, their greatest obstacle may not be the centuries that divide them, but the walls they’ve erected themselves. As Deirdre’s and Reikart’s lives intertwine and they’re confronted with dangerous enemies, she’s about to discover a strength she never knew she had, and he’s about to learn that facing his ghosts may be the only way to save not only himself but the woman he now loves.
3. Heather McCollum
Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. If you don’t already follow her, you might recall she’s been a guest in my newsletters before! Her new book has such a cool cover. Take a peek and grab a copy:
Cain Sinclair has a plan. In order to finally bring peace to his clan, he will wed the young female chief of their greatest enemy. Only problem: capturing her and forcing her back to Sinclair castle doesn’t exactly make her want to say yes. Ella Sutherland may be clever, passionate, and shockingly beautiful, but what she isn’t is willing.
Every attempt Cain makes to woo her seems to backfire on him. A gift? The kitten practically claws his eyes out. A competitive game of chess? Even when he wins, he loses. It seems the only time the two ever see eye to eye is when they’re heating up Cain’s bed. Still, the only thing Ella truly wants is the one thing he cannot offer her: freedom.
But when Cain discovers she’s been harboring a secret—one that could threaten both clans’ very existence—he’ll have to decide between peace for the Sinclairs or the woman who’s captured his heart.
Copies for all reader platforms can be found by clicking over to Entangled Publishing here.
Happy reading to all, and please, stay safe and healthy! Don’t forget to share those recipes!