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Monday, December 8, 2014

Excerpt: Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall / @TastyBookTours @Leciacornwall





Title: Once Upon a Highland Season #3: Once Upon a Highland Christmas
Author: Lecia Cornwall
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance




Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it's Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.



Other books in this series

Excerpt:

Prologue
Craigleith Castle, nineteen days before Christmas 

“Come on, Fiona—it’s the season for magic,” Lady Elizabeth Curry said to her Scottish cousin, pressing a small bundle of dried herbs into Fiona MacGillivray’s hand as they knelt by the fire in the library of Craigleith Castle. Elizabeth held up her own herbs. “See? Like this—wrap a lock of your hair around the bundle, say the words, and toss it into the heart of the fire!”

Fiona stared at the crumbling gray leaves in her palm and wrinkled her nose at the pungent scent. “Are you sure this will work? I’m not English. Besides, magic can work in ways you don’t expect. Auld Annie says—”

“Auld Annie!” Elizabeth scoffed. “What could she know of true love? She must be a hundred years old if she’s a day.”

Fiona glanced at the door, but it remained shut. “Annie has the sight,” she whispered. “And she knows more magic than anyone. Why, I once saw her heal a ewe with just—”

Elizabeth sniffed. “This is about true love, not sheep. Come on. What can it hurt to know?” She drew a pair of sewing scissors out of her pocket and raised her eyebrows.

Fiona regarded her cousin’s eager face, golden in the firelight. The rest of the room was filled with the thickening shadows of a winter afternoon. Night fell early in December, and Annie had predicted winter would come sooner than usual this year. “Shouldn’t we be outside in the woods, dancing around a bonfire or something?” Fiona asked, holding very still as Elizabeth carefully snipped one of her curls.

“It’s freezing outside!” Elizabeth protested. “Why can’t it be in an earl’s library?”

“Did the spell say so? Annie says a spell must be done properly, or it can go wrong,” Fiona said. Elizabeth’s brow crumpled for a moment, then cleared.

"What could possibly go wrong? It’s not as if it’s black magic. The spell says you must gather the herbs of midsummer, dry them, tie them with a lock of your hair, and burn them on the feast day of St. Nicholas. That’s today. As long as the words come from your heart, then your wish is sure to come true.”
Avon Impulse © 2014 Lecia Cornwall



Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.




*In addition to the Avon Rafflecopter giveaway, Lecia would like to giveaway an ebook copy of Once Upon a Highland Autumn to a commenter. (US and Int'l)

4 comments:

  1. I'm stalking you, Lecia! :-) I like to read others' comments and the blog post reviews...and the excerpts of course! This one sounds mysterious. Who is Fiona? Is that the woman Lain is supposed to marry( until he and Alanna get together)? I'm guessing I have to read the book in order to find out. Ha! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  2. I guess I'm stalking both you, Lecia and Janice! ;-) I'm curious too. Who is Fiona? Who is Elizabeth for that matter? Sounds great!

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