Monday, 13 May 2013

Highland Persuasion by Sky Purington

Title:  Highland Persuasion

Series:  The MacLomain Series- Early Years #2

Author:  Sky Purington

Genre: Time-travel Highlander Romance

Page Count:  180

Book Description:  Iosbail MacLomain will do whatever it takes to bring Laird Alexander Sinclair to his knees. Even if it means she has to travel through time to eleventh century Scotland and manipulate a king into marrying her off to the enemy.

What she doesn't anticipate is a bitter rivalry between King Edgar and Alexander Sinclair. It seems the man she just married is by birthright a threat to the throne. Her plans are suddenly hindered when she and her new husband are almost murdered.

Their lives on the line, Alexander and Iosbail are forced to flee across the country. Fraught with risk, adventure and wild, unexpected desire they struggle against overwhelming odds. Only on MacLomain land does justice stand a chance.

Will a true king find shelter so far from his homeland? Can a woman set out for vengeance forgive deeds done wrong?

Better yet, can enemies persuade one another to forgive and perhaps even love?

Find out in a powerful story that leaves no soul untouched... HIGHLAND PERSUASION.


4 of 5 stars
I have been reading a lot of historical fiction lately – specifically Highlander book series. I have kind of become fascinated with mysteriously sexy men in kilts with Scottish brogue. Highland Persuasion is one of those books that feeds my every fantasy.

Set in very early Scottland (time travel is involved so you cannot pick an exact date for the story), Highland Persuasion is the story of Iosbail MacLomain, an immortal wizard who knows exactly what she wants. With her sights set on Alexander Sinclair and claiming what she feels is rightfully hers, she manipulates whoever she needs to in order to get the job done.

Iosbail is a strong, independent female not willing to back down to anyone. Alexander (the Highlander of my dreams) has strength of his own, as well as enemies intent on taking him down. The two must work together to not only stay alive but to also overcome the animosity between themselves.

This was a quick, fun story. I had not read the previous MacLomain series or Highlander Defiance (Early Years #1), but I had no trouble keeping up with this story. The author did an excellent job of introducing everyone so I knew who was who. After reading this one, though, I did purchase the first book to read as well. Yay for more sexy kilts and Scottish brogue!

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Q & A with Sky Purington         

Q: Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A: Born in fifth century Ireland, Iosbail MacLomain is an immortal wizard with a feisty attitude. Her hero and sworn enemy, Chieftain Alexander Sinclair is a mortal wizard wrapped up in powerful secrets of which even he is not aware.

Q: What was your favorite scene to write?
A: I’d have to say it was writing about that moment when Iosbail and Alexander had the conversation that began to chisel away the icy feelings that existed between them. They were in a sheltered alcove in the Hebrides, left alone while their traveling companion went hunting. The discussion eventually focused on the child she’d left behind when young. Though it had happened several centuries prior, Iosbail’s actions still haunted her. During this conversation he showed her a level of compassion that she didn’t expect from any man, let alone her enemy.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A: Typically I write in the evening after my son goes to bed. Things are a little less crazy! Then, when writing my Highlander stories, I turn on the Celtic/bagpipe music and light an apple cinnamon candle. Good to go! My weekly goal when writing is 8-10 K words.

Q: How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A: I grew up in southern New Hampshire and fell in love with nature and the changing seasons when young. Always a bit of a dreamer, I’d go up on the hill behind my house, whip out my notepad (no tablets or laptops back then!) and write about everything happening around me. The wind flipping leaves in the sun and the trickling stream nearby. Back then I was all about poetry. Eventually, those long hours spent scribbling away translated into the descriptive prose often found in my writing today.

Q: If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
A: Actually, in this particular story it would be one of the secondary characters, Caitriona. I relate with her the most in that she’s rather shy. She develops a gift in Highland Persuasion that I’d love to possess and I’m really enjoying her character’s development in her own story, Highland Mystic, which is due to be released in June.

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax?
A: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, always good ‘wind down’ time. And of course, I love to travel.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: Scotland and Ireland. I’ve long been interested in both cultures and their fascinating histories. Oooh, and you’ve got to love those accents! *winks*

Q: What book are you reading now?
A: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I’m a huge Trueblood fan and finally decided that it was time to read the books on which the series is based. So far I’m enjoying it.

About the Author: 

Sky is the best-selling author of seven novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

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  1. This looks like a fun read. I'll have to pick up a copy.

  2. Sheri (Shut Up and Read Hostess), thanks so much for taking the time to feature and review, Highland Persuasion. So very glad you enjoyed it!

    Ty Wilson, I had such a blast writing this story. Hope you like it! :-)