Happy Spring! Goodness, after our polar blast, I am happy to see the sunshine and the green leaves budding on the trees in our woods. Normally I’m a winter girl, but even I was feeling dragged down. It’s been a few months since I sent out a newsletter. But there is SO much going on, and I have SO much to share, with a giveaway, and a cool Easter Egg Hunt on Facebook with 30 other historical authors with a $150 prize giveaway… I’m out of breath.
But first, NEWS! Westward Bound has gone up for pre-order! This compilation of short stories is near and dear to my heart. Years ago, when I was a fledgling writer, I entered a short story in the Texas Observer’s Short Story contest, entitled Freedom in the Raw. It was awarded an Honorable Mention! This made my little writing heart go all aflutter. So I worked on a couple more short stories while I began writing more full-length novels to pitch to agents and editors. As an archaeologist, my heart was divided between the neolithic rock art of Scotland and Northern England, as well as the history of the European expansion in North America and the impact this had on indigenous nations. You know me for my Medieval and Scottish romances. Now you can know me for my interest in the American West, too! These aren’t romances, but like anyone, I love many different types of literature, and hope you enjoy them!
Westward Bound can be found by clicking here, and includes three short stories:
Freedom in the Raw (2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest Honorable Mention Recipient): Cora is desperate to escape her harsh life, plagued by drought in the Nebraska Territory, and throws caution to the wind when she is befriended by an unlikely ally.
The Encounter: Bleeding Kansas is in turmoil as it vies for statehood, and Elsa must protect her homestead from riders, uncertain if they are friend or foe.
The Irishman’s Secret: While cleaning out their parents’ farmhouse attic, sisters Kate and Moira discover a locket containing the image of a mysterious 19th century woman. The locket holds a piece of family history that neither woman has ever heard about.
Annual Chocolate Fest and Book Faire
As in years past, I will be at the annual Chocolate Fest and Book Faire signing copies of An Earl for the Archeress, The Maiden’s Defender, Christmas Wore Plaid, Two Brides for Ewan de Buchan, One Scottish Knight, and my Prince of Lions series including Prince of Lions and Son of Ballymead with their beautiful new covers. (Hopefully my box of Westward Bound will be there, too! Come on, mail service!) Mark your calendar for April 27th, 2019. You’ll find me along with 24 other authors in various shops downtown Martinsburg, WV, nestled into the tri-state area and paired with different chocolate (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and even close to Pennsylvania!) P.S. Aren’t these new covers for my historical fantasy books handsome?
I am happy to report that Love Rekindled at Christmas brought in $1000 for charity! Yay! The anthology has disbanded now, but if you missed out on it, you can grab Christmas Wore Plaid, my novella included in the set, for only $0.99 by clicking here. Though Christmas is over, I hope you’ll consider snagging a copy to store away for next winter.
Description: When Scarlet Fever forced Emerson Lindt to move to England, her only consolation was Brady MacInnes’ promise of writing–letters that never arrived. When she returns to Scotland years later, Brady is adamant that he never betrayed her. And though poverty plagues Scotland and stretches Brady’s pocketbook, their love for each other flares anew. Can a Christmas miracle and the spirit of giving finally grant them a future together after they were denied marriage so long ago?
**This novella was originally published in the Love Rekindled at Christmas 2018 holiday anthology. Buy from:
Easter Egg Hunt with 30 of your favorite historical authors and $150 prize giveaway!
29 other authors–many of whom I am so honored to call my friends–and I are doing a little Easter thing, and all are welcome to participate. An Easter Egg Facebook Hop from today until April 20th (my birthday)! Here are the details below:
Step 2: Match each Easter egg to each author on your sheet (links to author websites found on my main webpage here or on the Facebook event page):
- Draw a line,
- OR write the author’s name next to each egg
- OR write the number of the egg beside the author name. Whichever one is easiest!
Step 3: E-mail your completed list, either typed, or pictures of your completed sheet, to author Heather McCollum at Heather@HeatherMcCollum.com by 11:59 PM on 4/20/19 to be entered into the $150 gift card giveaway! Grand prize winner will be announced by noon on Easter (4/21/19) on the Easter Egg Hunt Facebook page, so again, make sure you’ve joined the party.
This summer, I’ll be hitting the road again to travel. At the end of August, I’ll be headed to Banff in Canada, to hike in some of the most beautiful countryside (apart from my dear Scotland, of course)! Because my Scotland Postcard flash giveaway was such a hit last year, I’ll be doing it again with postcards from the Canadian Rockies. More about that in the coming months! (Photo credit: traveltriangle.com/blog/banff-national-park/)
HAPPY SPRING GIVEAWAY
I’d love to give a paperback of Westward Bound to a lucky winner. To enter into my giveaway, submit a message through my contact page here and type Happy Spring! in the subject line between now and Easter Sunday (4/21/2019) at 11:59 p.m. I’ll announce a winner on Monday, 4/22, here, and on my Facebook page, so make sure to follow me on social media! Bookbub, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.