Title: Highland Promise
Series: Sisters by Choice #2
Author: Mary McCall
Published: January 2012
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Word Count: 107,000
Genre: Historical Romance
Ordered by King Alexander to wed an Englishwoman, Laird Brendan Sutherland heads to England to find and wed the sister of his best friend’s wife to settle a debt. He intends to beget a few heirs and forget the lass. He has no use for love, and among his clanswomen, he is known as Stoneheart.
After being falsely accused of the Sin of Eve when she was twelve, Lady Faith of Hawkhurst hides her beauty beneath a hideous disguise. Due to a despicable penance given by a zealot priest, she believes she must enter a convent and live a life of penance or suffer perpetual damnation.
Learning her brother intends to ambush an approaching Highland party, Faith intercepts Brendan and his men and asks their aid in reaching the convent at Saint Bride. Brendan quickly sees through her disguise. Realizing she’s the woman he promised to wed, he agrees to take her with him when he goes home. After a court scandal, King Henry orders them to wed. Faith fears Brendan will never trust her when he learns of her deception. As they return to the Highlands with a killer on their trail, Brendan discovers he can’t remain aloof from the woman destined to restore his faith in love.
Excerpt from Highland Promise by Mary McCall:
Falsely accused of the Sin of Eve at age twelve, Lady Faith of Hawkhurst hides her beauty beneath a hideous disguise and seeks help from a Highlander passing through her brother’s land. Laird Brendan Sutherland realizes she’s disguised but wants a good look at her, realizing Faith is the woman he promised his best friend’s wife he would marry if he could find her. After a court scandal, King Henry orders them wed, and Faith fears Brendan will never trust her when he learns of her deception; but they have bigger problems with a killer following them home to the Highlands.
This was a first for me by this author and I have to say it was a great choice! Apparently this is part of a series but it can be read alone and I didn’t feel like I was missing out by starting off with this one. The story is set around a man with a heart made of stone who has made a promise to his best friends wife and is determined to fulfill that promise. Needless does he know that she is not so easily deterred from her path of going to a convent. Can these two actually find a true median and find out that there is such thing as love comes quickly? Brendan is definetly all manly and highlander, including honor bound to the core! While Faith may have some flaws due to an earlier experience. She does have trust issues, but she is still very strong minded. The author not only brings a great read but also adds humor and mystery to be solved in this historical Highlander romance! I enjoyed the authors details of not just her characters but also the plot. Oh and lets not forget the great disagreements between our lovely Hero and Heroine, these two had me laughing out at times. If you enjoy a good read I would definitely tell you to grab this one it has a lot of entertainment to fulfill your day or evening!!!
About the Author:
Best-selling Historical Romance author Mary McCall has been telling stories all her life. Now she writes humorous and adventurous historical romances set mainly in the medieval Highlands and England. She is a member of Romance Writers of America; Founding President of Hearts Through History Romance Writers; member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers; member of The Golden Network; member of River City Romance Writer; member of Faith, Hope & Love, Inc.; and member of Savvy Authors and member of Fiction Christian Writers Association. She loves history, has a particular fondness for the Greek through Medieval periods, and is glad research for her books has finally utilized her ability to speak Latin. Weaving Celtic lore with Arthurian legend, Greco-Roman myths and fun characters makes her current project fun and exciting. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her Maltese, Regina Catriona, who runs the apartment.
AMAZING AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!!
Q. What inspired you to write this book?
Highland Promise was born out of the two books that came before it; but, truthfully, it was Alera in Highland Captive that up and decided to have “sisters.” I was perfectly contented to write about gifted MacKay women through several generations when Alera introduced me to Faith, Christina and Medea. And wouldn’t you just know that Duncan had to have brothers so I quickly met Brendan, Michael and Luthias. Alera and Duncan chose to make the introductions while I was coming out of anesthesia and I was too weak to deny them their books.
Q. Who is your favorite character and why?
Since I love all my characters this is a hard question for me. In Highland Promise I have to say I love Faith and the way she seems to blunder her way through things, believes what she wants no matter what anyone says and grows when she gets accepted into clan Sutherland. I also have to admit I enjoyed bringing back Hope & Leonce and Toril & Julian from Highland Promise and getting a glimpse of them as they became grandparents for the first time. Once thing nice about a series is that you get to revisit fun old friends…ahem…I mean characters. Y’all do realize that all my characters live with me while I’m writing their stories, don’t you? Now if I can just train Michael to walk the dog…
Q. Are you currently working on a new book?
I’m putting the final edits on The Strangcliffe Secret, an English Medieval Romance during the time of William the Conqueror, and then yes, Virginia, there is another book coming in the Sister’s by Choice series. The book is written in long hand after six long years of researching multiple cultures, myths and legends. Now it’s on to the typing. If all goes well, I should be able to forward it to my publisher by the end of the year.
Q. Can you tell us the name of the book and a little bit about it?
The third Sister’s by Choice book is Highland Legacy: King Author Strikes Back and an extremely ambitious book for me. For those who met Michael MacArthur in Highland Promise, this is the story of what happens when his bride Christina gets tired of waiting for him to come get her. The pair end up being warriors for God and have to fulfill a mission forsaken by King Arthur and Guinevere. It’s been a fun adventurous romance to write.
Q. Can you share something with everyone that inspires you?
Old dusty manuscripts, music (including ballads, opera, sacred, Gregorian and Ambrosian chant, easy listening), books, prayer. Most of the things that really inspire me are things I enjoy while alone.
Q. As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?
This question cracks me up. First I wanted to be the Blessed Mother for the second coming. Then my mother took pains to explain the role was already filled and Mother Mary didn’t need me to take her place. Then I was going to be a nun and teacher. But not just any kind of teacher. I was going to teach penmanship. I was going to walk the aisles between desks wearing my full habit (Vatican II hadn’t been implemented and I was still wondering if nuns had legs or floated) and slapping a ruler against my thing. I used to play practice this too. When I passed Tommy’s desk, his paper would be a mess but instead of slapping Tommy’s knuckles with the ruler, I’d break it and say, “That’s messy but nobody can write with sore fingers. Practice more, Tommy.” I was also the director of the nun’s choir. I practiced that a lot too…at least until Dad came home and said it was quiet time.
Q. If you could go on a date with one of the male/female characters from a book who would it be (Character Name, Book Title and Author’s Name) and what would you do on that date?
Hands down, I want a date with Rourk Deverill Bouchamp from Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss (RIP). I would love to go with him to explore caves all through the Appalachian Mountains. I always thought Shanna would have made a great and fun movie.
Q. Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write?
Not really. For the most part I prefer quiet. When I want sounds in the background for various reasons I play The Phantom soundtrack, Celtic music, chant, arias and ballads. I generally stay away from love songs and what I call good music because I start singing along and stop writing.
Q. When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun?
I enjoy playing with Regina (my Maltese) and grooming her. If we walk, it’s a short one. Otherwise we watch a good movie. Regina’s favorites are First Dog, Beethoven and Frankenweenie. Mine change all the time. Right now I’m stuck on Frozen, Quo Vadis and Olympus Has Fallen.
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