Release Date for A Magical Highland Solstice and Scottish Game Winner!


Sharing some great news! I’m delighted to announce a release date for my holiday romance, A Magical Highland Solstice ~ December 2, 2016! Pre-order buy links coming soon.

I love the holidays and this was a joy to write. I can hardly wait to share Cormac and Eve’s story with you.

Here’s a glimpse into their fairytale romance…

Laird Cormac Murray has witnessed how love destroyed his own father after the death of his mother, and he vows to never take a wife. Yet, when he comes upon a bewildered lass traveling alone, he finds his heart will no longer listen to his mind. In the end, Cormac risks everything to claim the love of a woman not of his time.

Eve Brannigan loves helping others and baking. After winning a contest, she is stunned to learn that the Clan Murray has requested her assistance to cater to their guests during the holiday season. When a lost path in Scotland leads her to a handsome but gruff Highlander, Eve fights the temptation to allow love to enter her heart for the first time.

Can the Fae and the magic of the Yule season bring together two souls who have forsaken love? Or will tragedies from the past separate the lovers forever?


Giving her no time to protest, he grabbed her around the waist and hauled her up onto Fingal. When he mounted his horse and settled behind her, Cormac felt her body stiffen as he placed an arm around her waist. He leaned next to her ear. Her mass of curls brushed his face, and he inhaled her scent—one of different spices. Lust instantly surged forth, powerful and intense. “Relax,” he urged in a hoarse voice. Though he found it difficult to do so himself.

He felt her tremble, but she nodded. Giving a tug on the reins, they moved up the path.

With each steady trot, her body swayed and Cormac tried to focus on the road. The castle. Fighting in the lists. Bathing in the icy waters of the loch. Anything, but the soft curves of the lass’s body pressing against his own. What was wrong with him? He prided himself on being a man always in control of his emotions—especially his lustful ones. Yet, now he found himself confused, tongue-tied, and his gut twisted into knots.

So deep in his thoughts, he did not notice Fingal veering off the main road until the lass let out a giggle. She had the most musical sound, and he found himself smiling. Guiding his horse back to the path, he could hear his men doing their best to contain themselves. A glance back confirmed William was coughing loudly and Gordon trying his best not to fall off his horse.

“I swear Fingal, I am tempted to trade ye in for another horse. Ye must be going blind, or worse, old.”

His horse let out a large snort.

Eve clicked her tongue in disapproval. “For shame, Mr. Murray. How cruel. I think he’s a kind animal. Perhaps it’s the man holding the reins who can’t see clearly the path in front of him?”

The lass was quick with the wit, he mused. “I dinnae ken your word, but ye may call me Cormac.” He leaned near her again. “And I can assure ye, I am nae blind, nor old.”


img_3979This lovely Scottish themed gift basket was up for grabs when I attended the Scottish games earlier this month. Anyone who signed up for my blog and newsletter was entered. The winner has been chosen…

Congratulations, Carol Dowell!

Please send me an email to: with your mailing address.


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  1. Oh, congratulations! It sounds a great story.
    If you need a place to promo, let me know!

  2. Barbara Bettis

    Beautiful cover and great[sounding story!! Can’t wait to read it.

  3. Great excerpt!
    Looking forward to the release!

  4. Beautiful cover and the excerpt is fantastic. Best wishes on sales!

    • Thank you, Lori! 🙂 I love the holidays, so it was only a matter a time before I wrote a story based on the season. The hero is a good friend of the Dragon Knights. I felt he deserved his “Happily Ever After.”

  5. Tanya Green

    Congrats to Carol on the win and to you on the book! I can’t wait to get mine! Congrats, sweet Mary!

  6. Big, big congrats, Mary! Enjoyed the excerpt. The cover is stunning. All the best!

  7. Sarah

    I’m excited to see Cormac get his woman!!! Yesssss….thanks Mary!!

  8. Debbie McCreary

    Woo Hoo, Lassie, the cover is the best! Excited you’ll be having a new release. I love Christmas books, so really look forward to A Magical Highland Solstice

  9. Beautiful cover! I love a Christmas tale. Looking forward to reading it.

  10. This is wonderful, Mary. Congrats!

  11. Dianne

    I can’t wait to read this story! What a thrill for the holiday season.

  12. Alba Warren

    Congratulations, Carol Dowell!
    Mary so excited for this one, The blurb was not enough I do know it is going to be great & WORTH waiting for.

  13. Allison Morse

    Beautiful cover. The story sounds wonderful!

  14. Sandra Dailey

    Our family likes to celebrate Yule in the Celtic way, so this is really exciting for me. I love that you chose Cormac’s story. It’s almost like going home to my Dragon Knights. Don’t forget your promise to let me feature A Magical Highland Solstice on my blog when it releases. Debbie did a beautiful job as usual and the excerpt is excellent.

    • Writing Cormac’s story was a “gentle” way of closing the door on a series that I lived with for many years. And I celebrate the Celtic Yule, too, so this made perfect sense for me, Sandra. Sadly, I must say that the Dragon Knights are not in the story, but they are mentioned, including a comical event that Cormac shares with Eve.

      I absolutely adore this cover–one, it has the magical Yule element. Two, it’s my first cover with a couple, lol! Debbie never ceases to amaze me with her vision.

      Pencil me in for Friday, December 2nd, Sandra! I have notes in my planner to reach out to you with all the information. Thank you! xoxo

  15. You had me at Highland!! Great cover and lovely website!

  16. Amity Grays

    Love the cover and great excerpt. Congrats.

  17. The cover is beautiful and the excerpt is great. Congratulations, Mary!

  18. Love the excerpt and the cover, Mary!

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