Sunday, April 2, 2017

Guest Post for The Highland Duke (Highland Lords Novel Book 1) by Amy Jarecki

The Highland Duke (Highland Lords Novel Book 1) 

by Amy Jarecki

Date of Publication: March 28, 2017


She'll put her life on the line for him…
When Akira Ayres finds the brawny soldier with a musket ball in his thigh, she has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing across the country to tend his wounds while the English redcoats are closing in. Though she's never been in battle, Akira is just as fierce and brave as any of her Scottish kinsman. But even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who won't reveal his clan name.
Yet she can never know his true identity…
Geordie knows if Akira ever finds out he's really the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe while his enemies are on the hunt is to make sure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of ever letting her go. Despite their differences in class, despite the danger, he will face down death itself to make her his.

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About Amy Jarecki

A descendant of an ancient Lowland clan, Amazon Bestselling Author Amy Jarecki adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winner of the prestigious RONE Award, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted through her website at (where you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter).

Thank you for inviting me to Amazeballs Book Addicts! I am thrilled to be here.

I spend a lot of time visiting the places I write about and today I wanted to share with you my top five Scottish Castles:

Tantallon Castle was built in the 1350s and served as the stronghold for the Red Douglases, the earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. With a well-preserved outer defence it presides over the Firth of Forth in East Lothian. A definite must see.

Stirling is a royal palace that marks the gateway to the Highlands. It is one of the most frequented castles, but I adore it. The castle sits atop a mighty volcanic crag and is impregnable on three sides and its key strategic purpose was to control the crossing of the River Forth to the east. Equaled only by Edinburgh Castle in age and prestige, Stirling was controlled by royal hands since the 10th Century.

Castle Campbell is worth the long hike up the hill. Awe inspiring, it stands in lofty isolation and presides over the town of Dollar. It is surrounded by rushing waters of the Burn of Sorrow and the Burn of Care and came into possession of Clan Campbell in the 1460s.

Dunstaffnage Castle just north of Oban was built around 1220 and lay on the frontier between the kingdoms of Norway and Scotland. At first neither country controlled the region directly, but by 1250 it was under the rule of Somerled, a powerful lord of mixed Gaelic and Norse parentage. One of the oldest stone castles in Scotland, Dunstaffnage was used as a noble residence for nearly six centuries.

Regarded as Scotland’s best preserved and most loved tower house, Cragievar dates to c. 1575. It changed hands from the Mortimers to the Forbes, and in the 1780s the 5th Baronet Forbes married my distant ancestor, the Honorable Sarah Sempill, whose dowry saved the Cragievar estate from ruination.

There are so many other castles that I love in Scotland that I’d love to show you, but his is a sampling of five of my favorites. I do have more pictures on my website on the “About Amy” page. It has been fun sharing my passion with you!

~ Amy

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