Celebrate Beltane: Scottish May Day!

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Beltane, the Celtic May Day, officially begins at moonrise on the eve before the 1st day of May. It marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. For centuries, Scotland’s Celtic people celebrated the day as the coming of spring. Before driving cattle into the hills, many would hope to ensure a healthy herd by running them between the Belfires to protect them from ills. This practice dates back to the Druids. When the Christian church took over the Beltane observances by holding services in church, the parishioners would follow the clergyman to the fields to light the fires.

Branches of a tree that grows all over Scotland is hung over the hearth in homes. The rowan tree is mentioned several times in my latest time travel romance, My Hunted Highlander. Scottish marriages of old, called handfastings, were traditional at this time. This holiday is still a time of fertility and harvest. It is a time for reaping the wealth from the seeds that the Celts have sown. For a slightly sexy custom: the flowers and greenery, usually accompanied by colorful ribbons, are worn by women to symbolize the Goddess. The May Pole represents the God (fertility, anyone?)

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Whether you decorate your home with a rowan branch, wear a ribbon headdress, dance around a May Pole, or light bonfires to acknowledge that spring is finally here, please take a moment to read my book.

My Hunted Highlander is my 6th book in this genre, and the first one where I add a pirate ship, the crew, and their captive. Research showed me there were indeed privateers plying the North Sea of Scotland…at least during the warmer months. The English chased them northward, at times, and I took the liberty of mentioning that the English decimated my pirate’s home base.

A short Excerpt from My Hunted Highlander

“I want to bring ye pleasure, to show ye what a man can do with his mouth, and his tongue,” Niall said.

“Only his mouth and tongue?” Blair asked.

The flame of a nearby oil lamp made Blair’s eyes sparkle. Did she mean to tease him with words? “I am quite capable of pleasing a woman, without impaling her with my cock.”

At the shock of Niall’s words, her mouth opened wide, giving him a chance to demonstrate what his mouth and tongue could do for her.

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Samhain in the Celtic World

What does Halloween mean to you? Do the neighborhood kids come calling, begging for candies and other treats? Do you decorate the house with pumpkins, cornstalks, and skeletons? Do you dress up and pretend to be a zombie, pirate, or Highlander? The Celtic world has a slightly different take on this time of year.

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Samhain is to the Celts, like All Hallow’s Eve is to us…a night before the 1st of November, a time to celebrate the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. You probably will not light bonfires and jump over them, to ensure the cows produce milk and the spirits keep away from your door, so enjoy the idea of Samhain.

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My Hunted Highlander is Out!

My Hunted Highlander is the third and final book in the Kilted Athletes Through Time series, and was released on June 16, 2015.

The Story:

Plucked naked from the North Sea, bruised and nearly drowned, Niall Sinclair wakes bound to the mast of the pirate ship, The Black Thistle. Hiding his identity, and brutalized by the first mate and other seamen, their captain comes to his aid. Her identity, and gender, are a surprise, and his physical reaction to her makes him nearly forget his need to escape, and return to his clan.

When kidnapped from her shipbuilding business in modern day Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the last place Blair MacIan figured to end up, was at the helm of a pirate ship in 1603 Scotland. With her abusive husband dead, and the ship, the crew, and their people under her care, the last thing she needed was to fish a naked man from the sea. His ravaged face and ragged sandy hair could not detract from his magnificence, and she sensed in him, a means for her own escape.

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