Probating the will is done! And my mother's wishes were met. It's finally over. After 3 months of delaying tactics, it's done.
And, the really fun news? The Accidental Highland Hero's tentative release date is scheduled for March 2010!!! In Winning the Highlander's Heart,
Countess Anice vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I, and return to her home in the Highlands, where she hopes to find a laird to wed.
Highlander Laird Malcolm MacNeill, seeking an English bride, becomes entangled with the Scottish lass while trying to find out why her staff has vanished. Protecting the king's ward without losing his heart to the willful lass and earning the king's wrath, is easier said than done.
I enjoyed adding real historical details, even descriptions of the king that were given by people who lived back in his day. I enjoyed writing in this period, concerning the Saxons, Scots, and Normans vying for power. Many of the people the hero and heroine stayed with were real lords who truly owned the castle. One was a Saxon who managed to switch sides when the Normans were winning during William's invasion, and so kept his land holdings. I never would have thought any Saxon would have managed such a feat. And of course it's a romantic suspense tale.
Below, I talk about why I chose the MacNeill Clan as my hero's clan. But here are some reviews for Winning the Highlander's Heart.
Terry Spear - Winning the Highlander's Heart is recommended by CoreyA, Viewpoints ReviewsMAR182009"Winning the Readers' Heart"by CoreyA
Here is why I loved this book:
- The author (Terry Spear) has a gift of making it easy to imagine yourself in another place and time while you get to know the characters.
- While this story is fiction, the historical settings are accurate.
- The characters are well developed and believable.
- This is not your average romance novel. There is action, mystery and suspense throughout the pages.
- Happy ending? Well, I won't give the ending away, but once you start reading this novel, you will find it hard to put down until you find out for yourself. ~~CoryA
5 Angels Fallen Angel Reviews!!!http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2006/June/Janet-WinningTheHighlandersHeart.htm
Winning the Highlander's Heart is just that. Two independent Highlanders, both proud and stubborn, reluctant to let another into their hearts. Anice believes she is completely capable of handling her life without the need for a man. She is a strong, believable heroine, trapped by medieval society’s conventions. The Highlander Malcolm is braw, strong and everything that is noble and desirable in a man. There is something about a good, strong Highland romance that stirs the soul. Winning the Highlander's Heart is a story of true romance and adventure. It is definitely worth reading on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Reviewed by: Janet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5 Hearts from the Romance Studio!!! Winning the Highlander's Heart by Terry Spear is an exciting adventure filled with action and intrigue. Malcolm and Anice make a wonderful couple. The chemistry between them is very strong and their attempts at denying it, at times is humorous. Winning the Highlander's Heart is a thrilling action-filled adventure that will capture the attention of the reader and keep him spellbound till the very end.
Following is the review posted at
www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com under May 2006 reviews.
Lighthouse Literary Reviews
FIVE BEACON REVIEW FOR WINNING THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART
by Terry SpearWinning the Highlander's Heart is a most delightful story. Anice and Malcolm are sweet likeable characters that are very easy to fall in love with. I loved the part where she thought that he would consider an
Englishwoman over a bonnie Scottish lass. Malcolm is like a shining prince in the way he seeks to protect Anice. I loved the conversation throughout the story and the remarkable chemistry that the two shared. They are like two different peas in a pod the way Malcolm
seeks to protect her but Anice doesn't like being controlled. Terry Spear creates two charming characters with incredible skills that make them unique. I love the way Anice is strong and determined and shows no
signs of being the weaker sex when it comes to some matters yet very vulnerable in others. With a wonderful consistent storyline and well-developed secondary characters Winning the Highlander's Heart is an
incredible tale. Terry Spear allows the reader to practically see and feel the sensations that each character emits. Exciting, captivating, mesmerizing and down right sensational this book has all the delectable
elements that make it a huge winner!
Reviewed by: Linda~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “I fell in love with the noble, sexy Highland hero who has a wonderful sense of humor and a caring heart. The saucy heroine is a challenge for him, yet his perfect match. I highly recommend this book, brimming in rich historical details, set in vivid locations, and peopled with true-to-life, lovable characters.” Vonda Ogle, My Fierce Highlander, 1st Place, Reveal Your Inner Vixen Contest
This novel was stunning in its suspenseful complexity and a brilliant romance was crafted by a deft imagination. Treachery stalks them at every turn as jealous suitors and scheming family set to destroy a love blossoming under the harshest of conditions. Set in my favorite period of English history, she weaves documented historical fact with lush, captivating fiction.
Her Highlander men are breathtaking and brave. The heroine is delightfully strong willed and oft times cheeky. Together it makes for quite an adventurous and sensual read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books “Intrigue, political maneuvering, and engaging characters results in an entertaining story that will keep the reader turning the pages. A great read!” Shelley Munro, The Second Seduction ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Title: Winning the Highlander's Heart
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WINNING THE HIGHLANDER is a delightful story right from the very first
page. I was easily able to envision Anice in all her stubborn glory as
she avoids the king’s advances, refuses to allow Malcolm to dictate
what she should do, and insists on returning to Scotland in order to help
determine what foul play has befallen her people. You can’t help but
adore Malcolm. He’s an honorable man, trying to do the right thing by
traveling to England and seeking out an English bride but becomes
attracted to Anice even before the king entrusts her estate to him.
This story is fast paced, full of witty dialogue, and interesting characters
that will keep readers entertained for hours. If you like historical
stories about those braw Highlander men, you’ll love this book.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From a reader:"I loved the book! It made me feel Scottish. It really did! I mean, I'm somewhat Irish, Welsh, and English, so I guessed it appealed to that side of my ancestry." --Elizabeth, an enthusiastic fan ~~~~~~I used the Clan MacNeill in the story because my Highland ancestors from Scotland were the MacNeills and Campbells. In the oral history, the daughter of the duke of Arglye (Argyll), eloped with a commoner MacNeill in his employ. The Campbell historians deny that there was a daughter of the duke who did such a thing. But since there are so many branches of the original family line that share the same oral history, who have never met for well over a hundred years, we figure there's a lot of truth to the story. Maybe she wasn't his legitimate daughter. The tale goes that he had sent her to finishing school and when she eloped, he disinherited her. If the lover's tale hadn't had an unhappy ending, I would write about it. But romances must have HEAs. :) She died in Prince Edward Island because of the hardships they encountered there, shortly after they arrived, her small children, two sons and a daughter, her legacy. One of the sons, my ancestor, was raised by another family, as was her daughter. We only assume the father raised the eldest son, who wasn't very old at the time either.But the story goes that they had paid for passage to the Carolinas where he had other MacNeill family. Only the ship's captain was the son of a minister to these Highland clans, and his brother owned land in Prince Edward Island and desperately needed bodies to settle the wilderness. So with no intention of going to the Carolinas, the captain took them to PEI where the ship ended up shipwrecking off the island. When the last of the Campbells died, Scotland Yard actually spoke with my great grandmother, searching for the Bible that would list the family's names, showing that the woman who had died early on was the daughter of the duke. A family who was much more distantly related, finally proved some tie and now own the title and castle and lands. My mother always said, "Who needs a drafty old castle anyway?" But I'd love to visit!~~~~~~The Accidental Highland HeroLady Ellis Dunbarton didn't think life could get any worse, until her loving cousin dies and Ellis learns she is to wed the man her cousin was to marry. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit. If he learns she is not her cousin, Agnes, her life is forfeit. Crossing the Irish Sea, her ship sinks, she survives, but temporarily loses her memories. When a Highland Clan takes her in, she remembers one thing. She must flee at all costs and disappear. She knows if her family learns of her whereabouts, her life is over.James MacNeill must take a bride or give up his holdings to one of his younger brothers. Malcolm has already taken to wife, the fair Lady Anice of Brecken. Dougald is the next one in line to govern the MacNeill Clan if James does not wed and provide an heir. But when James discovers his cousin and advisor have rescued a half-drowned lass from the sea, there's speculation she is of the enemy clan. Returning her to them is his plan, since he has no intention of using one of their lasses as a bargaining tool. But his mother has another notion--use the lass as a means to entice one of the ladies he is interested in marrying, to visit him and commit to marriage. And then return her to her clan, if she is agreeable. Only nothing works out as anyone plans. :)Okay, off to work!!! It will probably be just as wild as yesterday since the library will be closed for 3 days. Yesterday, I got in from the court case and my boss is telling me to get newspaper to cover up the vomit some kid had left at the front door. LOL That was the beginning of the work day and it went downhill from there. But still, I was on Cloud 9. :)Terrywww.terryspear.com