I’m smiling today!
My latest 4-book collection Lords, Lairds, and Legends: Magical Tales of Timeless Passion is now available. Release days are always exciting, but this one is special. It’s a joint offering, shared with my long-time friend and fellow author, Brenda Jernigan.
If you’re wondering, Allie Mackay is my pen name. I use it for my light-hearted and sexy Scottish time travels.
Brenda and I had great fun putting our bundle together. Deciding which books to use, coming up with our wishes for the perfect cover, considering how to best promote our ‘baby,’ and all the other prep work that goes into such a project. Through it all, one thought keep returning to my mind…
‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’
This observation is attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-90), a French novelist. I imagine he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that his quote remains true in the 21st century.
The world of romance (at least as far as writers are concerned) has been completely upended in recent years. So much that was written in stone just a short time ago, no longer applies. Brenda and I started writing in what I now think of as the ‘dark ages’ of the biz. The following intro from our bundle illustrates how times have changed, and how they haven’t…
The Authors on Lords, Lairds, and Legends…
In a long ago time, a world almost forgotten, writers walked a lonely path. The Internet, social media, and digital books were as unknown and unimaginable as the sun falling from the sky. Snail-mail letters, long distance dial-up phone calls, and – if you were lucky – local RWA chapter meetings were the only ways to communicate.
We began writing in that world.
In fact, we were critique partners ‘back in the day,’ exchanging expensive overseas packets of chapters-to-be-read-and-critiqued. Comments were written by hand on the papers, and then sent back across the ocean. Weeks and even months often went by before a single chapter was polished to perfection.
Much has changed. But one thing remains the same: the magic of writing.
Throughout the ages, writers’ imaginations have sparked story ideas and kept them going – no matter what. For writers are dreamers. They spin tales despite the odds, falling in love with lords and lairds, ladies and lasses, even dragons, and other mythical beasts. No legend is too tall, no love too impossible, no adventure too grand.
If the writer’s pen has ink, the story will be told.
Over the years, we went on to write and publish many books, always weaving our own legends into tales of romance, chivalry, and magic.
Those were the things we loved best, you see. We still do. And we’re thrilled to offer you a chance to be whisked away to a more exciting place and time with the wonderful heroes and heroines you’ll meet in Lords, Lairds, and Legends.
It all comes down to Karr’s quote, doesn’t it?
So much is different today, yet so much is exactly the same. Authors still write books they hope readers will love and readers still want to lose themselves in a wonderful story.
We may no longer spend hours prowling the romance section of our local mall’s Waldenbooks looking for our next great read, and we may not depend on the snailmail copy of RT Magazine to learn which favorite authors will be releasing what new books in a month. But the desire to write and/or read those books is still there, alive and thriving.
A bookworm is a bookworm in any age, no matter the means.
And romance will always reign supreme – it’s the ‘feel good’ genre, after all. Who doesn’t love a HEA ending?
You’ll find four wonderful HEAs in Lords, Lairds, and Legends: Magical Tales of Timeless Passion…
Highlander in Her Dreams by Allie Mackay… A young American travels to Scotland only to lose her heart to an irresistible medieval Highland chieftain.
Christmas in Camelot by Brenda Jernigan… Desire does battle with duty as a young noblewoman and a dashing champion knight must fight for true love.
Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay… A centuries-old legacy ignites passion between a Scot and an American visitor to his picturesque North Sea village.
Black Magic by Brenda Jernigan… Magic and mystery abound when a modern day woman is swept back to the Old South where she and a skeptical plantation owner struggle to save everything they hold dear, including their hearts.
If you need an escape after the stress of the holidays, Lords, Lairds, and Legends: Magical Tales of Timeless Passion is ready to sweep you away!
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For a signed print copy from my available NY print backlist, leave a comment about how your reading (or writing) habits have changed since ‘back in the day.’
Launch Party & More Giveaway Fun!
Please join us tonight at our Facebook Release Day Party 5 – 10 p.m. EST! We have a great line-up of guest authors, lots of fun and giveaways, and a very special Grand Prize: a chance to become a Scottish Laird or Lady!
To join us, click here.