On the 7th day of Christmas

Highlanders have always been one of my favorite historicals.

I mean, those kilts! *swoon*

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Why I love this book

Well, I can never get enough of Highlanders. Something about that accent…Mmm. Anyway, with so many Highlander books out there, sometimes the storylines can get staid and repetitive, but I love what Meggan did with the whole dying twin trading places thing. She brings some suspense to the story that keeps you reading to see what’s the dealio. It’s really fun to see Isobel and Kenneth fall in love and wonder how in the world the whole deception thing is going to work out. It’s a really fun read.

Here’s a bit about the book:

Highland Deception by Meggan Connors

Meggan Connors   Highland Deception   Book Cover

When Kenneth Mackay, long-banished rogue and thief, returns to the Mackay holding at the request of his brother, he has no idea what he might find. He certainly doesn’t expect to be confronted with his twin’s imminent death, or with the plan his brother has concocted.

Ten years before, Malcolm made a tragic mistake, and, to preserve the family name—and his own skin—he allowed Kenneth to take the fall. Now that he is dying without an heir, Malcolm plans to atone for his mistake: by giving Kenneth his life back. All Kenneth has to do is assume his brother’s identity. But complicating matters is the unexpected return of Lady Isobel Mackay, the daughter of an English marquess and the wife Malcolm didn’t want.

Isobel barely knows the husband who abandoned her even before their marriage, and she’d long since given up on having a real marriage with him. Yet when she returns to the Mackay holding far earlier than expected, she finds her husband a changed man. Despite the hurt between them, Isobel’s heart responds to this man who cares for his entire clan as if they were family. Who, for the first time, cares for her as if she is, too.

Falling in love with her husband had never been part of Isobel’s plan. But when their future is suddenly in peril, Isobel must find a way to save him—from himself and from the deception threatening to tear them apart.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Meggan donated an ebook set and signed PB of The Marker, paired with a $5 Amazon card from Kim Hotzon to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

I’ve been writing stories since I was little–I finished my first story (3 spiral notebooks) when I was eleven. I think it’s in a box in the garage, actually. Because, really, everyone should keep the first story they ever wrote. Sure, it featured the boy I had a crush on, unicorns and rainbows and a witch that looked suspiciously like my sixth grade teacher, but whatever.

Okay, yeah, it’s super embarrassing. Especially when you consider that I didn’t exactly know the difference between profuse and perverse, and used them interchangeably.

Mmhm. Well. Let’s move on.

While graduate school effectively killed the writer in me for a time, the stories kept percolating in my head. After my son was born, I decided to try my hand at writing romance novels. I finished my first, wrote a second, and started entering contests. Eventually, The Marker got picked up by Soul Mate Publishing, and the rest is history.

When I’m not writing–or at work–you can find me hiking in the hills behind my house, camping in my tiny camp trailer with my two dogs, two kids, and lawman husband, or with my nose in a book.

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Finger Foods and Highlanders?

Did you mind go straight into the gutter like mine did?

Well get it back out so you can make Deep Fried Mars Bars with me!

Why I Love this Recipe

I’ve never been to Scotland, but I’ve known quite a few Scots and besides the whole haggis thing the one predominant feature they all noted about food in Scotland is that it’s all deep fried. One friend even said you couldn’t even get a salad there unless it too was fried up. Well, I’m no stranger to the deliciousness of deep frying – it makes everything better. Today I’m trying a new recipe. I’ve conglomerated recipes from the net, including one from my favorite TV chef -Nigella Lawson. I saw her make these one time and thought she was insane.

 Recipe

Ingredients
Directions:
  1. Chill the chocolate bars by keeping it in the fridge, but don’t freeze it.
  2. Mix the flours and baking soda together.
  3. Add milk (traditional) or beer (which gives a lighter result) until you get a batter with the consistency of thin cream.
  4. Heat the oil until a small piece of bread will brown in a few seconds, but don’t allow to smoke.
  5. Remove wrapper from chilled chocolate bar.
  6. Dip the bars in the batter and coat completely
  7. Carefully lower into hot oil and fry until golden brown.

 

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