I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author, Madelyn Hill. Today Madelyn shares the inspiration for her novels and her new release, Christmas in the Highlands, an anthology with two stories: A Family for Christmas and His By Christmas.
I have often been caught with my nose in a book. My love for the written word inspired me to begin writing (seriously writing) after I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I needed something, something of my own that allowed me to dive into a creative work. I started with a flourish, delving in and researching. I picked a location and time period in which I was curious. That curiosity turned into a love of a genre and location that still inspires after all of these years.
Scotland lures me with each book. The rich and tragic history. The braw Highlanders and the spirit of the lasses who love them. And that brogue! When said with the right intonation draws you in and you understand how the heroine tumbles into love with a Highlander. Scotland holds a mystique, a history which has been made over umpteen times and layered with romance and heroism.
That rich history is perfect fodder for my novels. I take snippets of truth and weave it into my stories. Clan history and the antics of their lairds and ladies. Scandals, battles, feuds, unique characters, all feed into my stories and help bring some connection in my writing to the fascinating past.
Inspiring to say the least. What inspires you?
A Family for Christmas – Book One
Laird Malcolm Sutherland needs a bride. He has few requirements of his new wife; demands he should have insisted with his former betrothed—namely, honesty, loyalty, and resources.
Lady Rossalyn Gordon will do anything to be rid of her tyrant father, even if that means deceiving the man who offers her an escape. If revealed, those secrets will either bring her mercy, or thrust her back into the hands of the devil who sired her.
When Rossalyn’s bastard of a father arrives at Sutherland Keep, going back on his word and ordering her return, Malcolm must decide if he can forgive his wife enough to listen to his heart and have a family for Christmas.
His by Christmas – Book Two
Fiona Sutherland longs for love with the man she has pined after since she was a lass. When he weds another she is devastated, and questions why the man she pledged her heart to has forsaken a vow made in their youth. Could loving her be so hard?
Cameron Munro adores Fiona from afar, knowing her heart has been set on another. She is everything he desires—strong, loyal, and fiery in spirit.
Determined, he pledges to prove his love to her and win Fiona’s heart by Christmas.
Madelyn Hill is an historical author who loves the lure of Scotland, captivating Highlanders and the strong women they love.
Many of her novels were finalist for the National Rone Award, which honors literary excellence in romance writing. Highland Honor was awarded the coveted Crowned Heart by In’Dtale Magazine.
Madelyn’s first book, Wolf’s Castle has been #1 in the Historical and Scottish Romance category at Amazon.
Madelyn lives in Western New York with her husband, three children and a naughty puppy named Cannoli.