Just in Time for a Highland Christmas (A Highland Gardens Novella)—a Scottish historical time travel romance with Highlanders, scheming faeries, a mischievous brownie, magic, adventure, and romance set in 16th century Scotland and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Can a determined brownie craft a perfect match in time for Christmas?
When the Chief of Clan MacLachlan travels to the stronghold of his feuding neighbors to fetch his betrothed, she is gone. A year later, she is still missing. Making life more vexing, a band of reivers are stealing clan cattle, leaving behind destruction. Archibald MacLachlan determines to capture them and administer harsh punishment.
Though once in love with the man, Isobell Lamont refuses to wed her clan’s enemy. After running away, she joins the band of reivers set on revenge.
Can Archibald forgive the raven-haired beauty? Will a journey through time bring them together for a Highland Christmas?Amazon US
What inspired you to write your first book?
I enjoyed writing when I was young, first in journals, later short stories. While traveling in Brussels on business, I glimpsed a billboard with a tartan clad Highlander advertising whisky and the germ of an idea formed. It incubated for several years while I continued to devour romance novels, until it matured into a premise for the Highland Gardens time travel romance series. The Queen of the Fae has challenged a banished faerie to craft three nearly impossible matches that cross continents, centuries, and realms.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Dare to dream.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest book, Just in Time for a Highland Christmas, is a novella, which I really enjoyed writing. Each time I re-read the wee tale, I love it more. Several fans commented that they wished the book was a full-length novel. I’ve thought about it and I like the novella as it is. Perhaps the same hero and heroine might be featured in a future novel.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you really want to write books, don’t give up. Join a writing group and keep writing. I tried for ten years to find a publisher for my first book. Stacks of rejections came in. I took workshops on craft and continued writing. I finaled in several contests. Placed first in one. I decided to hire an editor and self-publish a month before I finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest. That gave me the courage to proceed. We are living in an exciting time for authors. So many options are available to help us fulfill our dreams.
How much research do you do?
Quite a bit. Research on myths and legends and magic. Settings, both contemporary and historical, must be researched in most cases without physically visiting the locales. Since all my books are Scottish inspired, the culture of Scotland and of American-Scots must be explored. Clothing of different time periods, vessels, foods, plants, and on and on. One review on Amazon for the first book in the series, Just Beyond the Garden Gate, made me feel especially good about the amount of time put into research: “The finesse with which the story is told shows that this author has spent time honing her craft and researching the Scottish Highlands of 1509.”
And while we’re on the subject of research – most writers research some crazy sounding things – what is the strangest thing you have had to research?
Hmmm. Nothing terribly outrages. I guess it would be voodoo/ hoodoo and the reports of missing vessels within the Bermuda Triangle for Sea Panther, the first book in the Crimson Storm paranormal series. Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls–shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two–stalk across the pages of other stories. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks of Southern Maryland with her husband.