Please help me welcome author Madeline Martin to the blog today. She talking about research for her books and then sharing her latest release Enchantment of a Highlander. All of her covers are mesmerizing. After you tear your eyes away from ogling them, you’ll fall in love with her blurb and snippet too.
Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway. The link is toward the end of the post 🙂
Okay, take it away Madeline …
One of my favorite things about writing is all the incredible things I learn while researching my books. When I wrote Deception of a Highlander, I took Krav Maga class to understand how it felt to fight like Mariel. When I wrote Possession of a Highlander, I researched a lot of old texts that Brianna would have read and applied to (or associated with) her own life. With Enchantment of a Highlander, I became engrossed in the study of herbs and even started making my own bath and body products.
It was a fascinating study that produced all kinds of healing aids everywhere I looked that I’d never even considered. Like the common marigold for example. Those have natural healing properties to them. Soaking petals in oil in the sun will infuse it with those healing oils and can be used on cuts and will help heal bruises more quickly. You can then combine that infused oil into salves with other herbal properties to boost the natural healing power.
While I had modern amenities to make a lot of my products with more ease than Celia would have had at her disposal, creating those salves and teas and oils myself gave me an incredible connection I might not ever have had otherwise.
The sweeping historical romance that began with DECEPTION OF A HIGHLANDER, and continued with POSSESSION OF A HIGHLANDER, reaches its dazzling conclusion in this scorcher set on the Scottish plains.
Alec MacLean returns home after a decade to find his recently deceased father has let his inheritance fall to ruin. As the new laird, it’s Alec’s responsibility to rebuild the castle and restore the lands. He must also regain the people’s trust after having abandoned them so long ago, a feat not easily done when he fears he’s plagued with the same darkness as his father.
Celia escaped the North Berwick witch trials at a young age, surviving because of the sacrifice of her beloved caretaker. She’s made a life for herself in the wilds of Scotland where no laird rules, a life where she heals for coin, a life without love so she can never feel the hurt of loss again.
When the new laird comes back to claim his land, his determination to restore order threatens everything Celia has worked so hard to gain, especially with the undeniable attraction sizzling between them. Together, they will face all challenges, from the tangle of their own damaged pasts to the fire-fueled witch hunts sweeping the Isle of Mull. Together, they will find that the best way to overcome darkness and war is through the undeniable light of love.
Celia had known the man was nobility by his fine dress, but she hadn’t expected him to be Laird MacLean. Nor had she expected the son of the former laird to be so just, so powerful.
The law did little good from what she’d seen, from what she’d experienced. Innocents were sacrificed under the guise of ‘law’.
A scratch sounded at the base of the door where the wind mewled. Celia pulled the latch and held the door wide enough for the red fox to slink inside before bolting it shut once more.
“Is he gone now, Ruadh?”
The fox stared up at her with his golden eyes and flicked his bushy tail in aggravation.
“Good riddance to that one.” She tossed the remaining thread into the fire and watched the remnants of the laird’s blood sizzle and curl into ash. “For the time being we are safe.”
She glanced at the door once more. Her skin still tingled where he had touched her. Unwanted, a thrill wound down her spine and blossomed in goosebumps across her skin.
He would be back and she would need to keep her secrets locked away, the way she had managed to do thus far.
Her life depended on it.