It’s Release Day! Taken by a Highland Laird by Sky Purington ~ Excerpt

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Taken by a Highland Laird 

The MacLomain Series

A New Beginning 

Book 2

Sky Purington

Genre:  Time Travel Fantasy Romance

Date of Publication:  December 18th, 2017

ASIN: B075R825PZ

Number of pages:  280

Word Count:  87,500

Cover Artist:  Tara West

Book Description:

The last thing Lindsay expects when she visits Milly’s home in New Hampshire is to be thrust back in time to thirteenth century Scotland days before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Worse yet, captured by the English. Using her wits and ability to wrap men around her little finger, she survives long enough to be rescued by a band of Scotsmen. One of them, a rigid Highland chieftain determined to protect his country, rarely lets her out of his sight. A man, as it turns out, who is immune to her allure…or so it seems.

From the moment Clan MacLomain decides to save Scotland’s history, Laird Conall Hamilton knows he needs to be part of it. What he does not foresee is a beautiful twenty-first century actress crossing his path. More so, that they end up caught in an obligatory kiss that sparks an infamous battle. A kiss, as Fate would have it, that takes them on an adventure through time to both the Action at Earnside Skirmish and the Action at Happrew.

Joining first Sir William Wallace then King Robert the Bruce, Conall and Lindsay end up on a journey that will leave neither unscathed. Though determined to keep each other at arm’s length, desire simmers, reeling them ever closer. Inner demons are faced as they navigate a powerful connection neither saw coming. A bond so intense and passionate that it might very well help them defeat the enemy and save a nation.

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“You could slow down some,” she muttered under her breath as none other than Laird Conall Hamilton yanked her through the woods toward Stirling Bridge.

“Not if they are to believe you are my prisoner,” he stated blandly, his hold on her wrist an unbreakable vice grip.

Naturally, ever the hero, he had volunteered to bait the English alongside her. At least six foot five with broad shoulders and endless muscles she was no match for him physically. But maybe mentally. Time would tell. Lindsay sighed as she stumbled along and put up a believable struggle. The truth was, Conall was as smart as he was strong and that, amongst other things, was getting on her nerves.

Sure, being flung back in time to days before one of the most famous battles in Scottish history was daunting, but she had handled it. She had worked her magic with Hugh Cressingham then even John de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey. As she was so good at when it came to men, she had been what they needed her to be. But then that’s what she did for a living.

She acted, and she did so very well.

Again and again, over and over, no matter where she was.

“The bloody Sassenach are watching you, lass,” Conall muttered. “They want you back.”

“That’s what we’re counting on,” she reminded, nearly tripping on a root.

Fog drifted in thick waves through the damp, pine-scented forest, obscuring far more than she would like. It hid things from her. Kept something from her. Up until this point, she had been strong but something about that, not being able to see beyond the fog, sent shivers through her. A chill and dread that, of all things, had her clutching the ring in her pocket for comfort.

Guidance.

Protection.

But why would she feel that way?

Even as she shook her head against the idea, she slid the Claddagh ring on. Unfortunately, it didn’t affect her fear in the least. If anything, it made her feel more vulnerable. Or was it really the ring? She frowned as her eyes went to Conall.

“So what is your plan once we get close?” she said. “Because I thought I should be the one to put on the show seeing how I am a professional actress and you’re ah…well, rather transparent.”

“I suspect you will put on a show,” he acknowledged, clearly not all that impressed as he pulled her along. “I’ll be curious to see how well you perform.”

Like Adlin and Bryce, he said ‘you’ instead of ‘ye’ when speaking with her. Evidently, it was how medieval MacLomains made it easier for twenty-first century women to understand them.

“So why are you so upset?” Lindsay arched her brows, about over his attitude given their current circumstances. “Might it be because I spent the night in William’s tent?”

Conall scowled. “Why would I care if you spent the night in his tent?”

Lindsay rolled her eyes. “Because you have been smitten with me since the night all of you saved me from the English.”

“Is that what you think?” His voice remained bland. “Or could you have misconstrued my vigilance in protecting a lass who tempts her own demise at every turn as affection?”

She dodged another root, growing more irritated by the moment. “So ending up in the enemy’s camp against my will was tempting my own demise?” She inhaled deeply at his gall. “Are you serious?”

“Ending up in Cressingham’s arms was tempting something,” he returned. “And God only knows what you were up to in the Earl’s tent.”

She narrowed her eyes at the back of his head. They might have met a few days ago, but this was the most he had ever spoken to her. Where she had hoped they might be able to speak sooner, now she was of the mind he had spared her.

“Why don’t you say what’s really on your mind, Conall,” she said. “Because I highly doubt it has anything to do with me being in anyone’s arms but William’s—”

That’s all she managed to get out before he whipped her around and backed her against a tree. Half a breath later his lips were on hers.

 


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Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over thirty novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth, and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance, and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington. Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Either visit Sky’s website, www.SkyPurington.com, subscribe to her quarterly newsletter or sign up for personalized text message alerts. Simply text ‘skypurington’ (no quotes, one word, all lowercase) to 74121 or visit Sky’s Sign-up Page. Texts will ONLY be sent when there is a new book release. Readers can easily opt out at any time.

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Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
January 2, 2018 3:41 pm

Here’s to a great New Year!

Sgrm9514
Sgrm9514
January 2, 2018 9:02 am

Thank you for being such a nice host! And whoa look at that sexy cover. It really is a guilty pleasure. I just wonder if the author gets to pick out their own covers or not?

Sarah Hayes
Sarah Hayes
January 1, 2018 7:02 pm

thanks for sharing the excerpt! I really enjoyed it

Carolsue
Carolsue
January 1, 2018 1:33 am

Happy New Year! Sounds like an excellent book!

BookAttict
BookAttict
December 31, 2017 11:14 am

Taken by a Highland Laird sounds like a fantastic read!

Happy New Year & thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Vanessa
December 30, 2017 8:41 pm

Congratulation on the release! I love the colors on the cover!

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 30, 2017 7:42 pm

Can anyone please tell me what happened to 2017? I mean it’s New Year’s Eve here in Ireland and I can’t even remember it being summer!

Carolsue
Carolsue
December 30, 2017 2:03 am

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

Madonna
Madonna
December 29, 2017 9:09 pm

We own dogs too. I have several rescue dogs and a bunch of stray cats that were abandoned.

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 29, 2017 7:56 pm

Why can’t I ever find men like that chap on the cover in real life?

Carolsue
Carolsue
December 29, 2017 12:41 am

That is one hot guy on the cover! The excerpt sounds good, too!

Madonna
Madonna
December 28, 2017 8:23 pm

Thanks for the excerpt. Its so hard to find new authors to read.

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 28, 2017 6:25 pm

I’m beginning to run out of interesting things to comment – a case of too much chocolate I think!

Karley Moore
Karley Moore
December 28, 2017 5:11 am

I really liked the excerpt! Good luck with the book!

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 27, 2017 6:54 pm

What’s next on the agenda, Sky?

Janie+McGaugh
Janie+McGaugh
December 26, 2017 11:02 pm

I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading more.

Seyma SHabbir
Seyma SHabbir
December 26, 2017 9:15 pm

Sounds like a great story! Who are your favorite authors?

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 26, 2017 7:06 pm

I hope those who celebrate Christmas are having a wonderful time.

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 26, 2017 11:41 am

This is the best bit about the Christmas break – I don’t feel guilty about eating far too much chocolate!

Lacey+Waters
Lacey+Waters
December 26, 2017 7:38 am

Sounds like a great read 🙂

Amber Hites
Amber Hites
December 24, 2017 6:09 pm

Looks like a great book!! Happy Holidays!!

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 24, 2017 1:10 pm

I hope everyone has a peaceful, safe and happy Christmas.

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 23, 2017 10:38 am

Only 2 more sleeps to go!

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 22, 2017 3:28 pm

The guy on the cover looks like he’s trying to chop his own head off!

Cynthia+R
Cynthia+R
December 22, 2017 6:07 am

If you could travel back in time to any time period and place when and where would it be?

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 21, 2017 10:00 am

Nollaig Shona (Happy Christmas in Irish)!

Seyma Shabbir
Seyma Shabbir
December 20, 2017 8:08 pm

Have you had a chance to visit other countries? Your stories sound like places you have visited.

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 20, 2017 12:24 pm

What is it about the New England area that makes it so full of spooky tales?

Cynthia+R
Cynthia+R
December 20, 2017 11:53 am

I enjoy time traveling love stories.

natasha lamoreux
natasha lamoreux
December 20, 2017 8:00 am

Cant wait to read!

Lacey+Waters
Lacey+Waters
December 20, 2017 5:39 am

great excerpt, thank you

wendy+hutton
wendy+hutton
December 19, 2017 2:46 pm

love the cover, thanks good luck with the book

Nikki
Nikki
December 19, 2017 1:59 pm

Who doesn’t love time travel in romance!

natasha lamoreux
natasha lamoreux
December 19, 2017 8:30 am

Sounds like a great book!

Seyma Shabbir
Seyma Shabbir
December 18, 2017 8:30 pm

Sounds amazing! I love the writing so far!!

Ellie Wright
Ellie Wright
December 18, 2017 7:52 pm

I look forward to reading this. Thanks so much for the chance!

wendy+hutton
wendy+hutton
December 18, 2017 7:37 pm

the book sounds great thanks for sharing

Daniel M
Daniel M
December 18, 2017 3:42 pm

sounds like a fun one

Andrea McParland
Andrea McParland
December 18, 2017 3:17 pm

Love your books!

Janet W.
Janet W.
December 18, 2017 10:28 am

The time travel aspect of this book sounds interesting! I enjoy romances!

Kate Sarsfield
Kate Sarsfield
December 18, 2017 10:28 am

Ooh! Another goodie from Sky 🙂

Karley Moore
Karley Moore
December 18, 2017 9:51 am

I’m excited to start reading your books!

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:48 am

Thank you for the feature, Angela! Wishing you and yours a fantastic holiday season. 🙂

Cheers,
Sky

Kathy+Valentine
Kathy+Valentine
December 18, 2017 8:31 am

Great excerpt!! Shared on all my socials!!

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:50 am

Thanks so much Kathy! 🙂

Rita Wray
Rita Wray
December 18, 2017 8:22 am

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:51 am
Reply to  Rita Wray

Thank you Rita! 🙂

Lacey+Waters
Lacey+Waters
December 18, 2017 8:10 am

Loved the expert, thank you!

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:52 am
Reply to  Lacey+Waters

Thanks Lacey! 🙂

natasha lamoreux
natasha lamoreux
December 18, 2017 6:35 am

Congrats to you on the release of Taken by a Highland Laird! Beautiful cover.

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:53 am

Thank you Natasha! 🙂

Jodi Hassel
Jodi Hassel
December 18, 2017 6:08 am

Congrats on the New Release!!!!

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:54 am
Reply to  Jodi Hassel

Thanks Jodi! 🙂

Carol Luciano
Carol Luciano
December 18, 2017 4:08 am

Congrats on your tour. Sounds like another winner Sky. And another gorgeous Highlander to fall in love with. 🙂
Happy Holidays.

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:56 am
Reply to  Carol Luciano

Awww, thanks for the kind words Carol! Happy Holidays to you as well. 🙂

Angel
Angel
December 18, 2017 2:13 am

Congrats on the new release!!

Sky Purington
December 18, 2017 8:56 am
Reply to  Angel

Thank you Angel! 🙂

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