And now book 3, Highland Rake! They are stand alone titles, so it's not essential that they are read in order, though a couple of instances are mentioned in Highland Rake about the trouble Dougald got into in The Accidental Highland Hero.
Dougald is staying with James, and he's the third eldest brother of the four. But if you've read The Accidental Highland Hero, Dougald is known to have his own difficulties, and so...that continues. And of course his good Norseman friend, Gunnolf, is along for the ride. Cousin Niall wants to join in the adventure, but doesn't really understand what that entails. And youngest brother, Angus, joins the party!
So here 'tis! Those loving Highlanders!
Dougald's story, 3rd book in the popular medieval Highland series.
Dougald MacNeill is the next to youngest MacNeill brother and he's not about to settle down, until Lady Alana Cameron is placed squarely in his lap...and then, the trouble begins.
When Dougald finds Alana roaming the heather on the MacNeill lands, he takes her in hand to see his laird brother James at Craigly Castle to determine her fate. But who has sent her there and why? Her uncle, laird of the Cameron clan, that has warred with the MacNeills for years, has made a marriage arrangement with another clan and now that is even at stake.
Having witnessed her father's death, and even believing he had returned her home when all along he had been dead, Alana discovers she has the gift, or curse, of seeing the newly departed and sometimes those who should have long ago passed over. Her own deceased brother continues to plague her, the rake, and now another, who is very much of the flesh, Dougald MacNeill, has her thinking marrying a rake might just have its benefits. Dougald's sister, who is one feisty ghost, has offered to help Alana keep Dougald in line if he thinks of even straying.
But who sent Alana on a fool's errand in the first place to remove her from the Cameron's lands and set her squarely in Dougald's care, and who really killed her father and her brother, and what has it all to do with Alana? Will she and Dougald learn the truth before it is too late?
Highland Rake made the Amazon Best Sellers List!!!
Some lists are easier than others to make. This one is hard! So I made two of them and I'm excited beyond measure!
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Who wouldn't want a hunky Highlander??? :)
I haven't done any special advertising, so what helps sales? Word of mouth. You want a cover that appeals. A story hook. A genre that interests a dedicated fan base. And a story that works!
For me, if it has plaid on the cover, I immediately look at it to see if it's something I want to read. If the blurb snags me, the author has a sale. Will the ranking get better? Maybe, maybe not. Will sells begin to slide? Absolutely. Guaranteed.
What do you do about it? Write another book! :)
One of my author friends said she was thinking of writing BDSM because of the Grey Shades success. But just because a book is a success doesn't mean it's a great book, and we really need to write a book of the heart to make it work. One highly popular author wrote a Steampunk book and her fans said it was awful, that she borrowed Steampunk "stuff" to add here and there to make it Steampunk. But it wasn't. And readers of that genre know the difference and will call the author out on it.
I LOVE Scotland, have several roots in Scotland, read all things Scottish (in romance), have visited Scotland and can't wait to go back. But even so, when we write about a field that is so populated by other books in that same field (despite that it's so popular and devoted fans can't wait to get their hands on another one of those books), we have to make sure that we write a book that appeals, AND that is not a copy of someone else's book! I noticed that with time travel, another genre I love to read, and reviewers of one big time author's work said she'd copied another big time author's love scenes, and another author's action scenes. So what does this tell you? Readers read everything in the genre they love because especially in time travel, there aren't that many out there!
So write what you love, make yours unique enough even if it's a popular genre so that it stands out, and after that's done...write the next book!
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