Thursday, 7 November 2013

Kristi Ahlers: Her Highland Rogue

Welcome back, Kristi Ahlers!

It may seem like Kristi has taken up residency from last week, but we have her back this week for a very good reason. Today she sees the release of her book, Her Highland Rogue, the second book in the Clan Ross Series.

You may remember His Heart's Desire last year, book one, in which Catrìona MacDougall dreamed of a Highland warrior for many years, and actually fell in love with her dream lover.

Laird Braden Ross was to marry Catrìona MacDougall back in his own time, and when they were leaving MacDougall lands, they were ambushed under orders from evil priestess, Morgana, who wants Bradan for her own. Angered that Bradon won't return her feelings, Morgana leaves him with a dying Catrìona in his arms.

Bradan loved Catrìona and can't believe she's dead. His soul reaches out to her in her dreams, but she's trying to find a way to banish him so she can get on with her life.

Very exciting stuff, indeed.

Today's release is with another Ross brother, Alec. He's been to the future with Braden, and he's watched as they fell in love. He envies his brother's good fortune and wants love for himself.

Meagan Wentworth is Catrìona MacDougall's beft friend. When Alec meets her, he thinks he could love her. But when he's whisked back to 13th century Scotland, Meagan must find a way to get to him. When she does, he doesn't remember her. What if he never does? If he doesn't, can she find a way for him to fall in love with her again? And if he doesn't, will she be stuck in the 13th century forever, a place where she knows no one, and in a time where talk of the future could get her tried as a witch!

Wow. This series keeps getting better.

Before we check out the excerpt, remember, Kristi is giving away a copy of Her Highland Rogue to one lucky commenter today. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you.

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Kady, Muse Extraordinaire has ticked off Cupid and in order to get back into the good graces of her friend and the rest of the Gods, she has to do the seemingly impossible. She has to match her favorite lady human, Meagan Wentworth with her one true love. Kady thinks she’s struck the mother lode of luck when Meagan falls for Alec Ross but there is just one tiny little problem with the hearts and flower ending she envisions. Alec is from the past, Scotland, in the year 1295 to be exact and his little sojourn in the future is about to come to an end thanks to the selfish and evil priestess, Morgana. But everything goes wrong when Alec and Meagan get caught up in the a spell Morgana has cast and sends them back in time. Kady doesn’t have enough power to send them back to the twenty-first century so she hopes they can make things work until she can figure a way to get Meagan home where she belongs.

Meagan can’t believe she’s back in time, with no plumbing, no electricity and the hottie she’d been falling for, doesn’t remember her. Meagan is going to do what she can to get back to her time period, she doesn’t need this…and yet, she has never backed down from a challenge. She’s going to remind Alec who she is and what they had together in the future. Hopefully, she’ll be able to survive the late 1200’s and not be accused of witchcraft or die. And of course get the guy and write there happy ending.

Kady, Muse Extraordinaire was without a doubt, a success at what she did if she did say so herself. That wasn’t bragging, it was a simple fact.

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists were peppered with her accomplishments. There were Golden Globes, a few Oscars sitting on shelves and to her disgust, one in a closet, attesting she had it going on. However, the Oscar in the closet was not her problem. No. This distinction belonged to her favorite lady human, Meagan Wentworth. 

In addition to owning a haunted tour in New Orleans, Meagan happened to be a huge success in the romance writing industry. What Meagan didn’t have was her happy ending. Enter Kady’s new and temporary occupation as matchmaker thanks to her own stupidity. Mental note, never taunt Cupid. And never do it while he’s hosting the annual Valentine’s Day Ball. That was like cutting the cotton ball tail off the Easter Bunny, or telling Santa the elves were more popular than he was.

Yeah, lesson learned there.

Kady hated to fail and if she didn’t find Meagan true love within six weeks she was looking at the big F straight in the eye. What did she know of matchmaking? She inspired people and sat back and accepted the kudos. Okay, so she didn’t do the hard work, like sketching the dress design, or writing the book or screenplay. Still, it wasn’t easy helping the uninspired find inspiration and she was dumbfounded as to how to help Meagan find true love. She knew bupkis about matters of the heart.

Thankfully, Meagan had already found a Scottish hottie named Alec Ross and they seemed to get along just fine thank you very much. All Kady had to do is make sure nothing or rather no one parted the two lovers.

“So, whatcha gonna do now?” Tiffany said with a snide laugh.

Kady narrowed her eyes. Tiffany, an obnoxious muse, perched beside Kady on the magnolia tree. She really wasn’t in the mood for Tiffany’s snipping. Kady had things to do…and trading barbs with Tiffany was not on the list.

“Well, since she’s already found Alec I’m going to make sure this ends happily,” Kady announced as she watched Meagan and Alec whispering between each other.


Kady turned to face her nemesis head on. “What pray tell is ‘hmmm’ supposed to mean?”


“Don’t you, nothing, me, Tiffany. What’s your point?” Kady said.

Tiffany fussed with her skirt before she said, “Has it escaped your notice that Alec is from the thirteenth century and Morgana is getting ready to send him back to where he came from?”

“Don’t you have an artist to torment? Maybe today you can find another one willing to part with his ear again. And in answer to your question, the answer is no. I’m very aware of what Morgana is up to.”

“For the last time, Picasso had his own issues. That had nothing to do with me.” Tiffany frowned.

Kady smiled. “Hmm.” she mocked pleased she’d managed to fluster Tiffany. She hated to be reminded of Picasso’s strange behavior.

“Am I too late?” A new voice asked.

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Kristi Ahlers is a California girl! She grew up in Northern California in a small city called Yuba City. Since then she's lived in Brussels, Belgium, and England along with a myriad of other locations. A former flight attendant, she was able to continue to feed her love of travel. This has greatly influenced her writing, allowing her to pen stories about places she's managed to visit and things she's experienced.

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  1. Welcome back to Heart of Fiction, Kristi, and congrats on the new edition to the Clan Ross Series. Love the new covers, too!

    Tell us what inspired this series, and why you decided to add in a match-making muse?

  2. Thanks for having me again. I like it here! LOL. I adore my covers I really think they pop and bring to life the "feel" I had for this series. As for where I came up with it...long story. I was having a rough go at writing...experienced something that seriously had me questioning the industry and my talent and I was with my best friend Meagan also an awesome writer. Anyhooo, we were lamenting about how much we stunk (writing wise not smell wise lol) and sharing a bottle of wine, a wedge of brie, bread and fruit, (this really does seem to be our go-to snack when depressed) and started just brainstorming without really brainstorming if that makes any sense. I commented that my muse, little hussy that she was, was on vacay and what was the deal with that anyhow (hence the creation of Kady) and them BAM...Braden and Alec plotted. I still have the burger king bag we jotted my notes on. LOL...I knew then that there was something here so I joined NaNo that year and Wrote His Heart's Desire, following year I wrote Her Highland Rogue. And right now, I'm finishing up with Kenzy's story which I'm having a ball writing!

    Guess you never know what will inspire a story. In this case...a series case of writing depression, wine and brie...and the creatively twisted mind of me under the influence of...brie...LOL

    1. Yes, it was definitely the brie! Gotta love cheese for that. ;-) So I guess we also know where you got your heroine's name, eh? How did your friend take that?

      And yes, it's amazing what a little plot party can do for you when you have a great friend or two who also writes.

    2. Yeah, I promised her one day I would name a character after her. She loved my female leads and wanted one to be named after her. LOL...It's so great that your best friend not only "gets" you but has the same drive and motivation. She's a great cheerleader and her feedback is always so spot on...LOL...

      As for there another cheese out there? LOL...I love a great plot party...especially when it's not a serious one. Love how ideas spring up from just a comment. It's always so great for me to be around friends and fellow writers...

  3. Love the premise of your story Kristi! Sounds like a fab read! I bought the second one today and then realized I should read the first one first so I bought that too. :) Wishing you awesome success!!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful tale! Can't wait to read it! Gotta love the Highlands.

  5. Thank you, Kate! I hope you enjoy them. They were a great deal of fun to write.

  6. Thank you, Mellie! I hope you enjoy it. I agree the Highlands are great and a wonderful source of inspiration. When I lived in England for three years I drove my family nuts with all the trips north to Scotland for "research" trips. yeah, research! LOL...

  7. What a smashing cover. I think I recgonise that castle.
    All the best with this book.

    1. Thank you, Stella. I love my cover as well, The cover "fairy" is always extremely kind to me. I think the covers really captures the feel of the books.

  8. Never underestimate the power of wine and brie :-) Congrats on the new release, Kristi. Edgy excerpt. Loved it!

  9. Congratulations to Pat McDermott for winning a copy of Her Highland Rogue! Enjoy, Pat!

    Thanks, Kristi, for joining us. We'll see you again on the 21st when we talk about the holidays and The Trouble with Holly!