Excerpt-Beyond The Moors

Unable to put a friend’s disappearance to rest, Jenna Morgan sets out to discover the truth. Instead of a simple hike through a familiar path on the outskirts of town, her journey takes her through unknown territory, opening up in a field in eleventh century Scotland. Forced to join a medieval hunting party, her destiny takes a sharp turn once they cross the moors into highland territory.

When an ill lowlander is brought to his keep, Laird Richard Mathieson takes one look at the lovely blonde and knows he’s found his future wife. Winning her heart is another matter as she staunchly refuses to accept that he is not her missing friend. But it’s the highland way to take a bride when gifted by the Almighty God, and she is truly a gift from the heavens.

With obstacles at every turn, including the determined laird and a savage warrior who wants to claim her for his own, survival in ancient times is a lot more difficult than Jenna ever imagined. After a fierce attack, she must decide whether to return to her own time or give up everything she holds dear to stay with the love she has found in the past.

EXCERPT

“You can’t keep me here.” She sat up at the side of the bed, still clutching the furs to cover her nakedness. Her eyes darted around the chamber.

Richard’s gaze followed the line of her legs to where they disappeared beneath the bedclothes. He licked his lips as their eyes met. “Aye, I can. Ye’ll get back into that bed and rest until morning, or we’ll be embarking on another type of activity tonight.”

Her eyes widened, resembling a frightened doe. “N… no, you can’t.”

He chuckled. “I am laird of this keep. I can and I will make ye stay.” He waved a hand toward the chamber door. “If ye think ye can get to the door before I do, ye be welcome to try. I don’t mind a wee bit o’ sport, but there is no doubt who the winner will be. You are not going anywhere this night.”

She pushed a strand of blonde hair away from her face and eyed the door, then returned her gaze to Richard. “That’s kidnapping.”

“Aye, it is,” he said simply.

Beyond The Moors, just a few more days for the special pre-orders discount. For the bookseller of your choice, go to: books2read.com/beyondthemoors

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Beyond The Moors-Preordering Live!

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Preordering is now available for Beyond The Moors! This is a great time to get it, because it is available at a huge discount until release day, May 6. Swing on over to your favorite retailer and pick up this highland time travel for the sweet deal of only 99 cents! Click on the cover to go to the book page for all the retailer links, or just search at your fave store. The price will go up May 6, so grab it while you can.

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Coming Soon-Mail Order Widow

Mail Order Widow is the next novella in my Calico Bride series. The nice thing about the novellas is that they don’t have to be read in any order, they’re just great little reads in between the main trilogy. And yes, I am slowly working on the next novel to finish the trilogy, but with so many other projects on the go, it’s a bit of a slow slog right now. 

Mail Order Bride is available for pre-ordering now, at most online sites. Check the book page out for links to purchase. I’ve been tweeting them whenever I come across a new live link, so if you’re not following me on Twitter, you should be, ’cause that’s the best place to get that info quickly.

Of course, if you’ve read any of my historicals, you know how I like to keep them as real as possible, with historical accuracy and relevant ‘stuff’ thrown in here and there. The one thing that was hugely popular in this era was the mail-order-bride phenomenon. It was a really great way for single men to find and marry single women and populate the new frontier. But that got me thinking. What would happen if one of these women made the trek, got married and then had the rug pulled out from under her by losing that new husband? How could that happen? Well, if your new husband was unexpectedly injured and killed, that would put a damper on everything. How would this new widow cope all alone in a new part of the world, with no knowledge of the people, place or territory?

Here’s the set up for the story:

Travelling across the country to marry a complete stranger is scary enough, but when a freak accident leaves Katie Cavanaugh widowed after only a few short weeks, her world shatters. She moved to Calico to make a new start, not to start over by herself. Forced to confront frontier life on her own, she faces challenges that make her question everything.

Travis Sutherland is the town veterinarian. After a rough first meeting, he has no intention of falling for the town’s new widow, but she’s got the prettiest eyes he’s ever seen and they draw him in like a magnet. Forced to spend time with her after one of her animals becomes sick, he finds himself attracted to Katie after all. Can he convince her to give him a chance?

 

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Writing About Calico

Years ago, I wanted to write a historical romance, but my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t make it believable. Research wasn’t necessarily one of my strong suits, so I sat down to figure out the best way to accomplish a historical, without making too many period mistakes. My solution? A time travel. What better way to show historical times, but through the eyes of a modern twenty-first century woman?

Then I had to settle on a specific time period. I love westerns, always have. I mean really, who doesn’t love a cowboy? I grew up on Gunsmoke, with Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty (le sigh), so I guess, in a way, the old west picked me.

Now that I had my era down, research was fun! I watched a lot of old re-runs of Gunsmoke and Bonanaza, watched movies like Tombstone, and every John Wayne and Clint Eastwood western I could find. Then there was Quigley Down Under, Cat Ballou, Maverick and Young Guns. But I didn’t limit my research to Hollywood. I spent hours at museums, looking at all sorts of frontier items. I’m the worst artist ever, but I made sketches of clothes, furniture and other assorted things that were used in the period.

Next was the most fun of all. Finding my setting. I decided that I wanted to use a real place, not just a made up western town, so I scoured the history books (which means I did an extensive internet search!) and found Calico, California. There was just something about this little town that sparked my imagination, so I took a closer look and fell in love.

Most of the layout of the town is my own creation. I did use some existing/former buildings in my version of Calico, though.

 

 

There really was a Marshal’s Office, and Lil’s Saloon exists to this day. If you look inside the interior of her saloon, you’ll see the tablecloths that Jenny O’Farrel gave Lil to use after Riley’s thugs tore up the place.

The old schoolhouse is still there, sitting at the edge of town, just as it did in Amy Mallory’s time (New Prints In Old Calico) as school teacher. This is the second schoolhouse, since the first one was burned down in a fire long ago. It was fun making up a reason for the arson, but in truth, no one really knows how the fire started that destroyed the first schoolhouse.

The backdrop of a real location really helped fuel the ideas for the two Calico novels (New Prints in Old Calico, Under A Calico Moon) and the one novella (Calico Bride). I’ve got another Calico story in the works and I’m sure there will be more short novellas as well because let’s face it, the people of Calico are not finished telling their stories yet.

And me? I’m just happy to share them with you.

Ellie

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Release Day!

 Wahoo! It’s a cold, wintery day (yep, I woke to -20C) but Under a Calico Moon is available today! So far I see live buy links at Kobo and Amazon (go to my book page http://www.ellielynn.ca/book/under-a-calico-moon/ for the updated links) but I’ll update others as I see them come in.

Did I say it was cold? Oh my goodness, yes! And it’s only the beginning of November. We’ve had lots of snow these last few days, and it’s too dang cold for my liking for this time of the year. We don’t usually get this weather until late December/early January. Global Warming my arse!

Anyway, back to Calico. Y’all know how much I love this town and the people in it. And no, not just because  it’s a might warmer than Canada this time of year! This was an exciting story for me to write because not only did I get to return to Calico, but I was able to bring two people together who deserved happiness. And who doesn’t like to see the demise of a real, honest-to-goodness bad guy? But is Austen’s legacy really gone for good? Hmm. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I’m plotting out a new Calico story, as well as working on another short story in the Calico world.

Off to tweet and post my excitement over the new release. If you see me, say hello!

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New Release

 A storm halts Marianna’s return to civilization, but there are worse things than being stranded in the wilds with a handsome rancher.

I love writing frontier romance, and Wyoming is becoming one of my favorite locales, besides Calico! It’s such a beautifully rugged area and the people had to be equally strong to live there. Of course, I happen to love the series Longmire, which is set in Wyoming, so maybe that’s part of my fascination. Still, cowboys are the yummiest thing this side of… well they’re just dang yummy so I love writing about them.

Under A Calico Moon is in edits with my publisher right now, and expected to release in November, so in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this novella of new love in the frontier.

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