I love ScotlandWhenever I’m asked about my favourite place my answer is Scotland. I’m not well travelled. I have been to a few European countries and stayed all over Britain but Scotland will always hold a special place in my heart.
I first sort of discovered Scotland after watching Highlander. Yes, it did know it was there, but those sweeping shots of lochs and mountains made me determined to visit. I wanted to see Eilean Donan Castle so here it is and Edinburgh as well.
The first places we stayed were Edinburgh and Glasgow. Glasgow was the European city of culture that year and we visited many museums and exhibitions including the People’s Museum and the Burrell Collection. There was also the incident with the police horse. An officer appeared chasing a criminal and needed someone to hold his horse. It was a beauty and for thirty minutes I held onto this magnificent creature while children came up to pat her. We also saw the magnificent Bertice Reading in South Pacific.
Our next holiday destination was a place called Dundrennan situated just outside Kirkcudbright. Dundrennan had an abbey once stayed in by Mary Queen of Scots. The house had views towards the firth and all you could hear were sheep and birds. For some time, I fantasised about building a house at a certain point on the road to Kirkcudbright which overlooked a small bay. On that holiday, we saw Scottish wildcats we also travelled down to Whithorn and along a beautiful coastal road. Next holiday destination was Crail and then we decided to venture north and I fell in love.
The journey to Kyle of Lochalsh takes you along the A82 and through Glencoe. I’ve travelled that road a few times since and have never become used to it. Every time it astonishes me. It is in this area that My Highland Cowboy is set.
As well as Kyle, we’ve stayed at Inverinate (see photo below right) and a tiny place called Nostie. We’ve travelled to the top of Skye
and used every way to get to there – the bridge, the big ferry to Mallaig and the tiny ferry with its views of seals frolicking and the scary journey back to the main road on the island. We’ve stayed at Troon, Onich and Port Logan over to the west. We’ve driven down to Campbelltown on the Mull of Kintyre and I bravely, in my opinion, drove the road to Applecross, with the dramatic and very frightening hairpin bends of the Pass of the Cattle. This is the view from the top.
We’ve also travelled to John O’Groats when staying at Brora near Dornoch and taken a boat trip.
A couple of years after staying in Kyle, we decided to try the Moray coast. The Call of Home series is set here. Although maybe it doesn’t have the beauty and drama of the west, it became our favourite and we stayed in little fishing villages, Portessie, Whitehills, and the bigger town of Cullen (see above right). Here, I saw dolphins and the seals at Portgordan, and sat often watching for whales at Banff (see above middle). All of these places appear in the three stories.
I haven’t read many mm romance stories set in Scotland, so I wanted to write them and introduce this glorious place to readers. Duncan’s ranch is set in the majesty of the mountains. The cover shows one of those valleys in the Glencoe area with the lake I imagine Duncan taking Drew, and where they first get together in the open air in Duncan’s special place.
Scotland is truly a special place, and I hope My Highland Cowboy introduces you to just one part of it.
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Buy Links: Pride (Early Download) | Amazon US | Amazon UK (General Release Date: 6th June 2017)
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 69,000 words
Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends and he loves his home, but he’s lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.
Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothing brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, create individual dresses, while, on the side, Drew produces a line of men’s lingerie. He visits Scotland to design a bridal gown for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan’s best friend at Christmas.
Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives miles away from each other find a way to love?
Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.
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