By Sky Purington Editions: ebook Published: December 31, 2012 Genre: Adult Time Travel / Romance
Mildred, a young woman living in New England during the onset of World War II, worries about her family. What is to come? How will life change? Little does she anticipate change is to come not from war, but from an unexpected trip back in time to medieval Scotland.
Adlin, Chieftain of the MacLomain clan, will never forget the moment he lays eyes on her. Though he rules one of the most powerful clans in Scotland, Mildred redefines the man he thought he was. Her quick wit and perseverance humble his natural arrogance. Her sensuality cripples his defenses.
The maddened determination of a rival chieftain threatens their very existence. Caught together in time, they must find a way to evade the mighty MacLeods and keep peace in the Highlands. But lust, rage, and potential war simmer on the edge of their every move.
Will Mildred and Adlin find true love despite the odds? Find out in HIGHLAND DEFIANCE.
Stories from the original, MacLomain Series, include The King’s Druidess (Prelude), Fate’s Monolith (Book I), Destiny’s Denial (Book II) and Sylvan Mist (Book III). Also available in The MacLomain Series Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
~ Bewitching BT
Before I continue allow me to share a bit of their backstory. Both first appeared in my original MacLomain Series. Though old and wise in those tales, they shared a great love. It was because of them and a few others that I decided to write a run of books dedicated to all the untold love stories in my new, MacLomain Series- Early Years.
This will be a two part interview in which the second half will commence at another blog the day after tomorrow. In each interview I asked the hero and heroine five questions separately. Read on to see if they’re on the ‘same page’ with their answers.
SKY: Tell us a little bit about you.
MILDRED: I just turned twenty and work in a steel mill helping to build parts for war planes. Soon, only we women will be left working and all the men off to war.
ADLIN: I’m twenty-five and chieftain of the MacLomain clan. However, I’ve lived five hundred years as an immortal wizard. *winks*
SKY: Remembering the moment you first laid eyes on him/her, what thoughts come to mind?
MILDRED: First, that he was tall. The second, I’d never seen a more handsome fellow. The third, he’s wearing a kilt!
ADLIN: That she was even more beautiful than she’d been in my dreams.
SKY: He/she has one trait you adored from the start. What is it? You know without doubt he/she appreciates one of your traits. Share what you think that is.
MILDRED: Without doubt, his sense of humor. He manages to keep it despite how dire the circumstances. What would I say he appreciates about me? Hmm. Most likely, my resilience and level-headed attitude. It’s no small thing traveling back in time over nine hundred years!
ADLIN: Her sense of logic. Mildred’s ability to think clearly impressed me. What does she appreciate about me? Probably that I’m always there when she needs me.
SKY: He/she has one trait you’d change if you could. What is it? Oh yeah, there’s a trait you know he’d/she’d change about you…fess up!
MILDRED: He tends to manipulate situations. Can’t seem to help himself. I highly doubt there’s a thing he’d change about me!
ADLIN: She can, on occasion, be strong headed. But I’ve no trouble dealing with that. What would she change about me? Not a thing!
SKY: He/she has a feature that draws your eye every time. Care to share? His/her eye constantly roams to a particular part of your person. Tell, tell!
MILDRED: Oh, his eyes! They’re an amazing shade of pale blue. They’re quite arresting in contrast with his dark hair. Where do his eyes roam on my person? Everywhere!
ADLIN: Every single part of the lass draws my attention. I’ve never seen someone so lovely. I’d say she’s most likely taken with my eyes. She finds the shade unique.
I hope you enjoyed the interview. Be sure to join me again on Wednesday, February 13th at To Read or Not to Read (www.2readornot2read.com) to enjoy the second half of the interview.
Highland Defiance Excerpt
“I can handle this. I have to handle this! A dream is a dream after all; no matter if she thought she was going to work. No matter if she wondered at her sanity. So she decided to crack one eye open at a time.
Piece by piece, the man in front of her appeared.
He grinned. “Quite handsome, aren’t I?”
Her eyes popped open. Handsome? Extremely! His black hair was tousled, his startling light blue eyes merry, his chiseled face astounding.
“No,” she said automatically and buried her head again.
“Oh.” He plunked down beside her. “’Tis a thing sometimes, the shock of my good appearance.”
Mildred breathed deeply and hid her grin. Arrogant. But she couldn’t help but enjoy this dream. It was the first of its kind. She peeked out from beneath her arm and said, “You’re awfully full of yourself.”
“Nay.” He looked ahead and shook his head. “I stopped being that way years ago.”
Still from beneath her arm. “Being full of yourself?”
“Aye.” He leaned back and stretched out his legs. “Turns out the lassies dinnae like it.”
Mildred lifted her head slightly. “Why not? I find it rather becoming.”
“Why is that?”
“Because you’re arrogant too.”
She sat up straighter. “Am not.”
“Are too.” He titled back his head. “Do you feel that?”
“What?” But she already did. A cool wind blew through the forest and brushed her cheek. For the first time since she’d arrived, Mildred looked around. There existed no steel mill looming in the distance waiting for her to make parts for planes created for war. There existed no stream of people trudging into a plant determined to do their job.
Her friends and siblings had vanished.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?”
Her eyes darted to the man beside her then back at the forest. “Yes, but I don’t understand.”
“Cannae you be happy with what is in front of you?”
She heard his accent and saw the forest and shook her head. “No, I can’t.”
“Too bad.” He jumped to his feet and held down his hand. “M’lady.”
Mildred looked up, still barely familiar with everything and shook her head. “No.”
He ignored her and pulled her to her feet. Stunned, she looked up…and up. It was then that she truly realized the stature of the man talking to her. With shoulders easily twice as wide as hers, a height at least eight inches taller and a frame rippled with muscles, he was overwhelming.
Her eyes drifted over his face. That face. One she’d dreamed of since she’d been a little girl. Perfectly proportioned, with a straight nose, square chin, and straight brows, it’d always been overly alluring.
And those eyes…like the clearest blue sky sharpened by sunlight.
“Well, what about my attire?”
Her eyes rounded. Yes, his attire was… amazing.
“You’re wearing a…” She glanced away and cinched her lips before looking at him again, brows up. “You’re wearing a skirt.” Mildred paused a minute to get her bearings in front of such a good looking fellow. But things must be said so she gathered her courage and looked him dead in the eye. “Are you aware that you wear a skirt?”
With a shocked look, he peered down and said, “It appears that I am!”
Mildred breathed deeply through her nostrils and nodded solemnly. “So I’m the first to tell you.”
He looked to the sky for guidance then into her eyes. “It seems you are.”
“Well, I’m sorry about that but honestly it’ll get you in trouble, even in my dream.” “
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