Standing Stones of Scotland
The magnificent standing stones in Scotland are world renowned. With the wild, beautiful backdrop of the Highlands these mystical stones have stood for centuries, a silent testament to the ancient people who erected them so long ago.
There is some debate as to whether the Pictish people who dominated this land before the rise of the Scots were the architects of all these monuments, or whether they reused some stones from earlier times. The intricate carvings on these stones have been dated from the fourth century onwards – but that doesn’t mean they weren’t a part of the landscape long before that.
In Her Savage Scot I’ve woven these standing stones into the story, but have also embellished things a bit (as you do!) While historically the carvings may date back to the fourth century, in the Highland Warrior Chronicles the stone circle of Aila’s ancestors, and their engraved symbols, is much older.
They come from a time when the goddess culture was prevalent, and they are the guardians of great power from the past. Aila might try and deny her links to her goddess and all that entails, but goddesses are not so easy to dismiss :-)
Although Her Savage Scot isn’t a paranormal romance, each heroine in the Highland Warrior Chronicles possesses gifts passed down from her forebears; gifts that link them to Bride, a Celtic triple goddess from antiquity, and a fragile inheritance to protect from the foreign Scots.
When tough Scot warrior Connor MacKenzie rides into the barbaric lands of the Picts on a mission for his king, he never expects to be captivated by a beautiful Pictish widow. Drawn under her spell, yet unaware of her true identity, he risks everything for one passionate night in her arms.
Aila, princess of Pictland, swore long ago she would do anything within her power to help defeat the Vikings who invaded her land and murdered her husband. But after meeting Connor, her frozen heart thaws and once again she imagines a future filled with love and passion.
When Connor delivers the message from his king, Aila becomes a pawn in a deadly game of politics. Her heart belongs to Connor, but she must marry the prince of Dal Riada – Connor’s half-brother. But the fates have other plans for the star-crossed lovers as they fight their enemies and themselves to find true love.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
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