Before I introduce my guest author today, just a quick note to say MYTH AND MAGIC is still touring and you can find me at the BooksChatter blog if you’d like to pop in and say hello. I’m doing a Giveaway on this tour, for a $15.00 Amazon or B&N gift card, so be sure to enter while you’re there.
And now, I’m delighted to have long-time friend Jessi Gage back on my blog today with the third novel in her Highland Wishes series, CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER. Jessi’s time-travel highlander books have been a hit from day one, burning up the romance charts. If you haven’t already discovered these fun, adventurous and romantic stories, you’ve got a treat in store. Please welcome, Jessi back to my blog!
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Thank you, Mae, for hosting me on my release day!
I’m really excited about my new release CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER. This one is #3 in my Highland Wishes series, and it features a hero and heroine readers might remember from WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER, Constance and Wilhelm.
Writing this one was super fun, because Connie is from 1981. As I researched this era, I remembered so many fun things about the 80’s.
Remember when a Sony Walkman was the height of technology? If you had one that could record as well as play back, you were one of the cool kids. As a child of the 80’s I remember those days well.
I remember the day I got my first Walkman and I wanted to play it for everyone at our family gathering. I was completely unprepared for the fact that there was no speaker, only headphones. I was like, “What? You can’t use it like a boom-box?”
I remember sharing music with a friend by detaching one of the headphones and holding it out in invitation. I remember making mix tapes by hovering over my father’s boom-box and hitting record and play as quickly as possible when a song I love started up on the radio. I would go through packs of batteries listening to mix tapes on my Walkman.
This little miracle of music delivery is by FAR my favorite product of the 1980s. In fact, a Walkman plays a pivotal role in CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER.
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Here’s the blurb & buy links:
CHOOSING THE HIGHLANDER
As a mechanical engineer in 1981 Chicago, Connie designs plumbing systems. She has also designed her life to perfection, right down to the man she hopes to marry. But when Mr. Right proposes, she can’t say yes. A head-clearing vacation brings her to the Scottish Highlands, where her free-spirited twin wishes for Connie to find true love. Neither sister expects the wish to send Connie hurtling five hundred years into the past.
Wilhelm Murray, heir to the barony of Dornoch, hopes to one day hold a seat in parliament and bring urgently needed reform to Scotland. But everything changes when a woman slated for execution proclaims her innocence using the most peculiar language. Powerfully attracted to the brave beauty, he rescues her even though it means becoming a fugitive and forfeiting his dream.
As Connie and Wilhelm evade capture, she discovers his passion for justice. Scotland needs his ideas. It needs him. And so does she. But in order to clear Wilhelm’s name, she will have to turn her back on everything she’s worked so hard for and embrace the magic of love.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
Her eyes flashed in that way of hers that told him she didn’t make a habit of following orders. Och, her brazen spirit drew him from the moment he first saw her, when she’d been demanding Ruthven let her go despite being nude, bound, gagged, and outnumbered. Such bravery! Such intrepid determination!
“You told me no questions tonight.” Her voice scratched like sun dried wool not yet tamed into softness. The damage to her tender throat and lungs made him lust to slay her abusers all over again. Noticeably absent was her feigned English speech.
He suppressed a grin, wondering if she’d done it intentionally. “Simply telling me your name would have required fewer words than the rebuke, my lady, if your throat pains thee.”
“It wasn’t a rebuke.” A look of affront tugged her eyebrows low over those captivating eyes. How was it her every expression affected his viscera? With each change in her features, his stomach leapt and dove like a hawk in pursuit of prey. “Only a reminder.” The briefest flicker of nervousness belied the stubborn lift of her chin.
The kiss had made her uncertain. Before, she’d approached him as an adversary, though why she should do so, he could not guess. Now, she recognized the connection between them, but, if he guessed correctly, she feared it.
The lass needed time. She needed food and rest. He would ask no more of her tonight. Not even her name. It mattered not. His heart knew her regardless of what she called herself.
“Consider me reminded, sweet lady.”
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ABOUT JESSI GAGE
USA Today Bestselling Author Jessi Gage is addicted to happy-ever-after endings. She counts herself blessed because she gets to live her own HEA with her husband and children in the Seattle area.
Jessi has the attention span of a gnat…unless there is a romance novel in her hands. In that case, you might need a bullhorn to get her to notice you. She writes what she loves to read: stories about love.
Do use the contact page on jessigage.com and drop her a line. There is no better motivation to finish her latest writing project than a note from a happy reader! While you’re visiting her website, sign up for Jessi’s newsletter so you never miss a new release.
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Time travel and old Scotland with its dungeons and broody lords are among my favorites. I like the way you describe the ’80s and the marvel of that time technology.
Best of luck with the release, Jessi!
Thanks for checking out Jessi’s release, Carmen. BTW, I love your description of “Old Scotland!”
Thanks, Carmen! There are definitely dungeons and broody lords in this one, lol! Thanks for stopping by!
Gorgeous excerpt I was swept away so I could smell the pine and heather. Lovely. My TBR list grows. Happy release day.
Thanks for sharing in Jessi’s release day excitement, Daisy!
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Thanks for stopping by, Daisy! For some reason, my Scottish heroes always end up more poetic and descriptive than their modern-day gals. They are such romantics!
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Wonderful excerpt! I’m not a product of the 80s, but I do remember the Walkman. Best of luck with the book, Jessi.
I loved the Walkman references. I’m not a product of the 80s either, but those were fun times, weren’t they?
I still remember getting my first Walkman as a gift. Such a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!
This is my favorite genre to read– historical romance set in the long ago Scottish hills and featuring a Highlander as hero. Yum!
And isn’t that cover gorgeous? I’d like to be whisked away there right now! 🙂
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I hope you enjoy this one, Flossie. It’s definitely set in a hilly, wintry Scotland!
Thanks for stopping by!
If this book is anywhere near as good as that amazing cover…just wow!
Goodness, the cover (by Damonza) is a lot to live up to. But I gave it my best shot!
I’m sure it lives up to the cover quite nicely. 🙂
All of Jessi’s covers for this series are amazing, Lauralynn. i love all three of them!
I fell in love with Connie and Wilhelm when they appeared in Looking for a Highlander. I hoped we would get to hear their story. Happy Release Day!
Thank you! It’s comments like that (about Connie & Wilhelm) that spurred me on to write this one!
That’s fantastic, Alicia. I know Jessi will love hearing that!
Jessi’s made me miss my own Walkman and tapes. Making a mix CD for someone just isn’t the same. 🙂
Best of luck with Choosing the Highlander, Jessi.
Ah, those were the days, when the Walkman was shiny and new. Thanks for checking out Jessi’s release, Emma.
Just found this series, read all three books. LOVED them!!Please write more in this series. Thank you.