Friday, 30 May 2014

Kate Robbins: Promised to the Highlander

A great big welcome back to Kate Robbins!

Kate visited with us last October on the release of her debut novel, Bound to the Highlander, book one in the Highland Chiefs series, published by Tirgearr Publishing.

Before this book was even published, it won the 2013 TARA Award for Historical Romance, and soon after publishing, become an Amazon best seller for Scottish Historical Romance. This book rocketed in sales ranks and has maintained a very respectable popularity.

To say Kate's newest release has a lot to live up to is putting it lightly. But if the advance reviews are any indication, Promised to the Highlander is bound to exceed expectations.

Promised to the Highlander is Nessia Stephenson's story. She's a woman who's future has been planned for her, including the man she'll marry. When she meets Fergus MacKay, brother of her intended, her choices could mean a clan war.

Kate has used her talents as an evocative storyteller to bring to life each character in this story, effectively pulling readers into Scotland's medieval past. Emotions are so well written that the reader will feel them too. Each character so well developed, readers will feel they're leaving behind friends when the story closes. This is another stellar addition to the Highland Chiefs Series that will leave you wanting more!

Kate will be here through the day to answer any of your questions. And Tirgearr Publishing is giving away a copy of Promised to the Highlander to one lucky commenter. So get your skates on and be sure to leave your contact email address so we can get a hold of you if you win.

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Nessia Stephenson's world was safe until a threat from a neighbouring clan forces her to accept a betrothal to a man whose family can offer her the protection she needs. The real threat lies in her intense attraction to the man who arranged the match—the clan's chief and her intended’s brother, Fergus MacKay.

When powerful warlord Fergus MacKay arranges a marriage for his younger brother, William, he has no idea the price will be his own heart. Fergus is captivated by the wildly beautiful Nessia, a woman he can never have.

When the feud between the MacKay and Sutherland clans escalates, Nessia, William and Fergus must make sacrifices for their future. Longing and loss, honour and duty. How can love triumph under such desperate circumstances?

“For a man who isn’t eager to meet his future wife, you’ve got quite a set of nerves there lad,” Fergus said to William.

William straightened his linen shirt and smoothed his tunic as he glared at Fergus. Yet, the comment was absorbed and William ceased his pacing to sit on a chair near the fire. Fergus watched his brother adjust his belt again. The young man wore his usual dress but had taken greater pains today to perfect his appearance. Fergus glanced down at his linen shirt and sleeveless leather tunic. William’s long hair was tied at his nape while Fergus’s was left hanging loose. He recalled having to take extra pains upon his betrothal. Thankfully those days had passed and he needn’t worry overly anymore. A young lass would surely find William’s neat, respectable appearance appealing. He hoped so, but before he could dwell on it further, a servant entered and announced the arrival of Thomas Stephenson, his daughter Nessia and several of their clansmen.

William sprang to his feet and crossed the floor in a few quick strides to greet them. He continued to fidget as Fergus sauntered up from behind.

“Thomas! Welcome. We thought we’d have to send out a search party soon,” Fergus said as the stout man turned the corner leading into the great hall.

“Aye, the road was a bit rough with a wagon in tow,” Thomas said. The man’s brow was streaked with sweat and he looked weary from his travels.

“We’ve had a lot of rains this harvest there’s no doubting that,” Fergus said.

In truth he would have gone searching himself had another hour passed. Earlier that day he’d heard more rumours about Ronan Sutherland. Apparently, the lad had agreed to his father’s suggestion and would commence his campaign in the coming days. Fergus sensed William stiffen beside him as Thomas began the introductions.

“Fergus, William, this is my brother Neville and these three are my sons, Colin, Robert, and Camden my youngest. And this is my daughter, Nessia.”

Fergus acknowledged each man in turn. When the introduction came to the girl and his gaze fell on her, his breath caught in his throat. With black hair and bright blue eyes she stood proud before him with her chin lifted and all the regal confidence of a noblewoman. She displayed no fear or reservation at all, something which was unusual in most men he met, but more so in a woman. The gentler sex usually cowered before him—not this lass.

Fergus stared at the girl, his heart drumming. His guts clenched as if he’d been punched. He had to force himself from moving toward her to touch her hair which looked like spun silk, for surely it could not be real. Fergus remembered his brother then and tore his gaze from her to find William’s eyes wide and his jaw slacked. An unexpected pang ran through him.

When he turned back it was to find her still staring at him, seemingly unabashed for staring openly at a man. A bold one, then. Fergus’s drew his brows together. What did she want?

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Kate Robbins writes historical romance novels out of pure escapism and a love for all things Scottish, not to mention a life-long enjoyment of reading romance. Her journey into storytelling began with a short screenplay she wrote, directed, and produced which was screened at the 2003 Nickel Film Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has also written and directed several stage plays for youth.

Kate loves the research process and delving into secondary sources in order to give readers the most authentic historical romance possible. She has travelled to Scotland and has visited the sites described in her Highland Chiefs series.

Bound to the Highlander is the first of three books set during the early fifteenth century during the reign of James Stewart, first of his name.

Kate is the pen name of Debbie Robbins who lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada with her hubby, the man-beast, and her two awesome boys, the man-cubs.

Find Kate online --

Kate Robbins
Tirgearr Publishing

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  1. Welcome back to Heart of Fiction, Kate, and congrats on the long-awaited book two in the Highland Chiefs Series -- Promised to the Highlander.

    What a fabulous read!! Even better than book one.

    Let's veer away from the standard questions. Let's talk about your love of Scotland! When did you first know Scotland was in your soul? And at what point did you decide to start writing historical romances set there?

    1. I was about 14 when I first read Johanna Lindsey's A Gentle Feuding. After that I wanted to know everything I could about Scotland. I even used to trace it out from my father's big atlas. :)

      When a romance novel erupted from me back in 2008, setting it in Scotland was an easy fit. I've now travelled there twice and am planning to go back in 2016. Maybe I'll drop in the Ireland and say hi!!

      Thanks so much for having me here today. :)

    2. Ha! If you're looking for me in 2016, it'll be in California ;-) Of course, I can certainly offer some suggestions for Irish travel. Ireland and Scotland are cousins after all.

      Scotland certain has a stunning countryside, historic history, and then of course there are the knees and the burrrrrrrrrrrr!

      What did your father have to say about you marking up his atlas? Did you tell him about your desire to see Scotland? If so, what was his reaction?

      I remember when I was about 10-11 when I was talking with my grandfather about language classes in my junior high school, we talked about Ireland and my desire to visit. He told me, the language was extinct, the food was horrible, and they don't have toilets in the house! LOL Funny, because 17 years ago when I finally came over, my dad said the same thing about the toilets, and no running water in the house. Since then, he's been over twice and loved it. And found we do have running water in the house AND toilets! ;-)

  2. Kate - Promised to the Highlander is off to a flying start! I have it on my Kindle and I'm really looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed BTHH and it sounds as if this one is even better!