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Aine MacLean is forced into an arranged marriage with Sir William, Chief of Clan Munro, yet her heart belongs to a handsome young warrior in her father’s guard. She must leave Durant Castle, the home of her birth on the Isle of Mull, and travel across Scotland in a perilous journey to her husband’s home on Cromarty Firth. William agrees to a year and day of handfasting, giving Aine an opportunity to accept him and his clan. He promises her the protection of Clan Munro, however, Aine experiences kidnapping, pirates, and almost loses her life in the River Moriston. She doubts the sincerity of William’s promises and decides to return to Durant Castle when the handfasting ends. William determines to win Aine’s heart. Will the brave knight triumph in his fight for the bonnie lass?
A Highland Emerald is the third book in the award-winning Highland Treasures series. It tells the story of Aine MacLean and William Munro, and is the prequel to A Highland Pearl.
Do you create playlists for each book, write to the same music all the time, don’t listen to anything?
I like a quiet environment when I write; however, I do listen to Scottish music or folk music during the day, according to the series I’m developing. Music puts me into a writing mood.
Where is your favorite place to write? Pictures?
I have an office, but my favorite place to write is at a desk in my bedroom. The chair is comfortable, and I have a lap desk and computer desk with all my files close by.
Will you complete this opening? “It was a dark and stormy night…”
but William had to go out into the drenching rain to hunt down the reivers who were stealing Munro cattle and leave Aine alone, again. The loud crashing thunder with lightning strikes near the castle gave her angst. She slid from the bed, donned the fur-line robe and slippers, lit the candle on the bedside table, and made her way to the chapel to pray for her husband’s safety.
Sion, her ever-present guard, rose from the doorway where he slept and followed.
What book do you admire do you wish you’d written?
I adore the Jane Austen books and wish I could weave a love story like she did.
How do you find the balance of writing time and family time?
Each morning after a devotional time, I begin working and completing the daily tasks of writing, publishing, or managing an author’s business. I usually work until time to dress and cook lunch then do chores. If I have many household jobs, I stop early and work in the afternoon.
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The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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