Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Highland Heart by Heather McCollum from Entangled Publishing (Flirt)

Highland Heart
by Heather McCollum
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Romance
Length:  55 Pages
Published:  December 17, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (Flirts)

Alec Munro, chieftain of the Munros, has captured the Englishman who swindled his father. Set on retribution, he’s caught off-guard by the thief’s beautiful daughter, a lass whose beauty and spirit leave him questioning the value of revenge.

Rachel Brindle has a secret: she can heal people with her magic. While journeying with her father and sister into the Highlands, she becomes a prize sought between two warring clans. She must use her cunning and her healing magic to prevent the same slaughter that started the blood feud a century ago. But when her secret is exposed, will it condemn her in the eyes of the barbarian who has capture not only her family, but also her heart?


My Thoughts:  I typically don't read a great deal of historical romance, but thoroughly enjoyed Heather McCollum's Captured Heart, and was so excited to hear about her novella, Highland Heart.  We originally met Rachel and Alec in Captured Heart, but they were much older.  Highland Heart takes place before Captured Heart and is the story of how Rachel and Alec met.  Rachel is what many would call a witch, but she calls herself blessed, a healer.  Alec Munro is the leader of his clan and is quite the character, rough as they come while at the same time very desirable.  He experiences Rachel's gift firsthand.  Though the novella is only 50 pages, it is packed full or action, fantasy, and steamy romance.  Since reading Heather McCollum's novels, I will never think of men in kilts the same way.  I mean, who would have ever thought 15th century burly Scottish men who called their women "lass" could be so hot and passionate.    Well they are, at least they are in the world Heather McCollum creates, which also includes adventure, beautiful imagery, fantasy, and historical elements.  If you enjoy historical romance then I would recommend you check out Highland Heart and Captured Heart.    


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                                                        Excerpt: 

Rain dripped on Rachel’s head and she wiped at it. “Do you have a horse?”
She took two stumbling steps past Alec before he placed his hands on her shoulders and gently turned her in another direction. Rachel ignored the thrill that shot down her arms at the solid hold.
She huffed. He didn’t have to look so bloody amused. “If you plan to help in my rescue at all, please lead the way.” Her words sounded terse but Rachel’s frustration was growing to the point she just might choke on it. She’d done the hard work of escaping a fortified castle without alerting the guard. The least the Highlander could do was lead her to Munro Keep.
Alec’s hand slid down her sleeved arm, his strong fingers wrapping around her wrist. He stepped close as they walked along a twining path upward into the forest. Rachel nearly jumped when she felt his warm breath against her chilled ear. His words were quiet but as firm as his hold. “I am not rescuing ye, Rachel Brindle.”
Rachel’s breath caught in her chest as she stared out into the dark shadows, which flickered sporadically with brilliant lightning. She shivered as his lip grazed her skin.
“I am capturing ye.”
Read chapter one here.

About:  Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart Finalists.

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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10 comments:

  1. I think I love all of Entangled's book, they just are all fabulous and it sounds like this one is not any different.

    Great review!

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  2. This sounds delightful and I always love a highlander!

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    1. Me to. One could capture me any time.

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  3. This sounds good! I like the excerpt and love the cover. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. That cover is Rawr and the excerpt is awesome!! I have a feeling I wouldn't fight too hard if he wanted to capture ME. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh yeah, there's a reason girls swoon over those highlanders! I can't say that a 'kilt' is sexy to me, but I do love the way they treat their women (in books anyway). I do love HF and especially with some magic thrown in. I'm actually kind of in the mood for a book like this!

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    1. They do treat their women good - maybe my husband needs to read some highlander books.

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