14 October 2007

Perfect Romances for an Autumn Evening

Autumn, when the air is crisp, the days are growing shorter, is a magical time of year for me. It's one of my favourite times of year, almost filled with special memories. So it isn't surprising I would chose this time of year to open two romance novels. The Sisters of Colford, is a series of seven books, about seven sisters who find love better the second time around. For various reasons the loved once, but were hurt. Romance broke up, sweethearts were lost. They have spent time shutting themselves off from the possibility of loving again. They are busy women, vital women. They have a place in the world and enjoy life.

Yet, romance has a crazy way of turning up when you least expected it, and that is what happens to the Montgomerie sisters. In the 30s, they are confident women, able to love a man with deeper emotions, only that are so sure they are ready to take that risk again.

So one October three men show up in B.A's, Asha's and Raven's world - the Mershan brothers. Out for vengeance to right a wrong done to their family, they are not prepared for the Montgomerie sister!

Aided along by some very unusual pussycats....these stories are fun, emotional and just perfect for an autumn evening curled up before the fire.

Invasion of Falgannon Isle by Deborah Macgillivray
[mass market paper: Love Spell; December, 2006; $6.99; ISBN: 0505526913; ISBN-13: 9780505526915]
watch the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmGBx4eiEGI

Book Description

There was something about the Brigadoon-like Falgannon, something that kept most of its male inhabitants unwed. From Michael the Story to Callum the Bicycle--and we mustn't forget The Cat Dudley, the slyest poker-playing moggie in the Outer Hebrides--every male of the Isle had happiness dependent upon that of its Lady. So things had been since Pictish times, and so they would be long after the present day.

Despite her machinations, to this point B.A. Montgomerie had been unable to make her men happy. Her first marriage had been against their advice; her husband had been an Irishman, true, but he had failed to meet other necessary requirements...and things had ended badly. Now, another Irishman had come--and was making the natives restless. Yes, the men of Falgannon could sense Desmond Mershan's conquering Viking spirit and his desire for B.A.--which B.A. could sense herself. And while her men would never let anything happen that she didn't want, this Irishman had come to pillage and loot, and nothing was going to stop him. Staring into his vibrant green eyes, B.A. anticipated the battles to come.

From Booklist
Although the book is set in the present, Falgannon Isle, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, seems timeless. B. A. Montgomerie is the Lady of the Isle, making sure that everyone is employed. Her current plan is to use her Web site to import prospective wives for the men on the island, since, thanks to an ancient curse, the population remains primarily male. The men are all for it, and when Desmond Mershan shows up, he seems the answer to their troubles. Although Desmond is there to talk about building a resort, he has a hidden agenda, which involves ruining the Montgomeries, as B. A.'s grandfather ruined his family. But all the islanders perceive is that Desmond is Irish, with black hair and green eyes, just like the man fabled to come and end the island's curse by marrying the Lady of the Isle. What makes MacGillivray's romance so special are the eccentric characters, right down to the cat, and Desmond and B.A.'s growing relationship. Maria Hatton Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Romantic Times

This is an entertaining, humorous and heartwarming tale of love, friendship and a bit of magic. The hero's struggle to make peace with his past and the heroine's determination to help him are nicely depicted. The secondary characters are great fun, especially The Cat Dudley, and the peek into the lives of the main character's siblings whets the appetite for their stories. ----Susan Mobley

Riding the Thunder by Deborah Macgillivray (award-winning author of A Restless Knight)
[mass market paper Dorchester Love Spell; October, 2007; $6.99;
ISBN: 0505526921; ISBN-13: 9780505526922]

Paranormal Contemporary RomanceSetting: Kentucky, USA
Watch the Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JARtVbE2Fg0
Ballad Version (Music by Mike Duncan, mike-duncan.org)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VOmoDpwPOvk Rock Version (Music by Mike Duncan, mike-duncan.org)
Second book of the Seven Sisters of Colford Hall series (sequel to The Invasion of Falgannon Isle)

Book Description

A Storm's Coming... 

It was all part of the plan. While his brother was in Scotland dethroning the Lady of Falgannon, Jago Mershan was headed to Kentucky. There he would do his share in avenging his father on the Montgomeries. Only, there was a monkey wrench in the works Just looking at his alleged enemy's granddaughter made Jago think of his classic black '67 Harley Electra Glide, a motorcycle with clean lines and sleek curves that promised the ride of a man's life. Asha was all woman--and the only woman for him. He'd bet she could go from zero to one hundred in the blink of an eye...and not even her claims of paranormal happenings in the diner she ran could put him off. He knew magic: He had a special name for the sights, the sounds, the tastes and smells of that perfect ride. There might be a storm coming, but it was one of passion, and together he and Asha would be... RIDING THE THUNDER
Romantic Times ad in November 2007 issue "This second story about the Mershan brothers is as interesting, fast moving, suspenseful and fun as the first one." - Susan Mobley, Romantic Times

*****I fell in love with the characters in this story and wanted a happy ending for each of them. Ms. MacGillivray’s storylines do more than give you an escape from reality, they allow you to dream of a world where happily-ever-afters are possible and love conquers all. Beautifully done! - Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies

***** The great thing about Macgillivray's "series" novels is they get better with each release. - Amy Wolff Sorter, author of Soul Obsession

***** This is a very compelling tale about lost lives and loving forever. It takes you back through visions to an earlier time and literally a time warp in some cases, like the haunting. I love the jukebox playing only music from the Sixties and that it is always apropos to what his happening in the story. The motley cast of characters is also a great ensemble, with side plots all throughout the story and meshing so well tying it all together. The past and the present meet and come full circle to give justice to a wrong done. This is a tear jerker at times but be prepared to laugh, cry, and sing along to your favorite oldies. If you like young love, time warps, haunting ghosts or jukeboxes, and even riding the thunder on a Harley, this is the one for you. - Lainey, Coffeetime Romance Reviews

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