Cover Reveal, Excerpt, & Giveaway… To Love A Highlander

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Here it is……

The cover for my next book To Love a Highlander!

Read an excerpt below and following that are the details for the Extra Special Giveaway I’m having to celebrate book one in my Highland Warriors Trilogy!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Excerpt…

Espy stared at the blood that soaked her hands.  This was not right. This should not have happened. Things had been going well… she shook her head. Something was wrong. She had fought to save the woman and the bairn. Her grandmother had told her once that sometimes you had no choice, death came for everyone. Espy did not like to surrender and she fought death at every turn. After all, that was what a healer, a wise woman, did—she battled death. And Espy did not like to lose.

“You must leave. There is no more you can do for her and Lord Craven will blame you for his wife and child’s death. Hurry, please,” the woman begged. “He will show no mercy.”

“I cannot leave her like this, Britt. She must be cleaned and—”

“No,” Britt said. “He will see you punished in the most horrible ways, then see you suffer a slow death. You have to leave.”

Espy’s grandmother had warned her about Craven, Chieftain of the Clan MacCara. He was a beast of a warrior, large and powerful, and he ruled with a mighty fist. Everyone had been surprised when the gentle Aubrey, from the bordering Clan MacVarish became his bride. Some believed the loving and kind young woman tamed the mighty beast. Others believed the beast could never be tamed and waited in fear of his escape.

Lord Craven had left this morning on a hunt with his friend Dylan, and Edward MacPeters, the physician he had brought from Edinburgh to tend his wife when her time came. His wife Aubrey had not been due for another month, but the bairn had thought differently. A messenger had arrived at Espy’s grandmother’s cottage insisting that Espy, a healer schooled in more than the wise ways, hurry to the keep. Lady Aubrey needed her. Espy had been concerned that the bairn was arriving early, but she had managed such births before with much success. Yet all of her learned skills had not helped her to save Aubrey and her bairn. And now Lord Craven would return soon to find his wife and unborn bairn dead. It was not right. It should not have been.

Espy’s eyes turned wide when she saw a slight movement in Aubrey’s rounded stomach. The bairn was still alive. There was a chance to save it.

“I need a knife,” Espy cried out.

Britt’s eyes rounded with shock and fear.

“The bairn still lives. I need to deliver him,” Espy explained.

“Lord Craven will see you drawn and quartered if you split his wife open,” Britt warned.

Espy cared nothing for what might happen to her. She had to save the bairn. She rushed and got a knife from her healing basket and hurried to expose Aubrey’s stomach. She had to be careful, if she cut too deep she could harm the bairn. Her hand was steady when she placed the knife to Aubrey’s naked stomach, though she trembled inwardly, and she said a silent prayer to please let the bairn live.

Her wrist was suddenly grabbed and she was viciously torn away from the bed. “What are you doing, woman?”

Espy fought the short slim man. “The bairn lives. I need to deliver him.”

“Have you not done enough?” the man screamed at her.

She fisted her free hand and punched the man in the nose. He yelled, grabbed his face, and stumbled back. She hurried toward the bed, but before she could reach Aubrey another man grabbed her from behind.

“You have killed Lady Aubrey, is that not enough?” the tall man yelled.

Espy pushed at the strong arm around her waist. “Please, please let me free the bairn from her. There is a chance he could live.”

With blood spewing from his nose, the man she had hit spoke up with difficulty. “She is a mad woman. Just look at what she has done. Look at the blood on her hands! I am a physician. I know of what I speak.”

Espy turned wide eyes on the man and pleaded, “If you are a physician then you know there is a chance that the bairn could survive. Please! Please! We waste time. Please cut her open and take the bairn.”

A vicious roar reverberated through the room and the man holding Espy suddenly shoved her behind him. A man of towering height and thick with muscles consumed the doorway. His dark eyes raged with fury and pain, and he descended on the room and on those within like a beast of prey ready to devour everything in his path. He went directly to the bed and stared down at Aubrey who looked as if she slept, but the blood-stained bedding spoke the truth.

Lord Craven turned to the man who claimed himself a physician. “I brought you here so that nothing would happen to her. Do something.”

“There is nothing I can do. She is gone, my lord.”

“But not the bairn,” Espy called out. “Please, let me save the bairn.”

“She butchered your wife,” the physician accused, swiping the only clean cloth left in the room off the chest to stifle the blood running from his nose. “She will do the same to your bairn if you let her. The bairn is dead. It cannot live once the mother dies.”

“It can for a short time and you are wasting that precious time.”

“She speaks nonsense,” the physician said. “Look at what she has done to your precious wife. She has made her suffer the torments of hell.”

“And if it is not nonsense, you do nothing as the bairn dies,” Espy pleaded and watched how gently the large man cradled his wife against his chest, his eyes squeezing tight, the pain too much for him to bear.

“Do not listen to her. She butchered your wife while she lived and now she wants to butcher her in death.”

Lord Craven’s large hand moved down along his wife to rest on her rounded stomach, and Espy prayed he would feel his bairn move. His silence was louder than any words he could speak as was his hand that remained still.

They had wasted precious time. The bairn was dead. Espy silently cursed the physician. She wanted to rage with anger at his ignorance, but it would do no good. The man who held her, who had pulled her out of the path of Lord Craven, tugged at her now. And when she turned her head to look at him, he nodded toward the door and urged her along.

“Do not dare take her from this room!”

Espy felt her skin prickle with fear as the deep bellowing voice roared through the bedchamber, and the man holding her released her quickly and surprisingly stepped in front of her.

“Step away from her Dylan,” Lord Craven ordered so sharply that it sent a shiver through the room.

The man went to speak.

“I will not tell you again, Dylan,” Lord Craven warned.

Dylan stepped aside reluctantly.

Lord Craven held his wife close against him, pressed his cheek, stained red with heated anger, to her cold one, then gently kissed her lips. “My love and my life go with you, Aubrey.”

He laid her head tenderly on the pillow, brushing a strand of her dark hair off her face to tuck behind her ear, an intimate gesture between husband and wife. He stared at her as though he waited for her to move, to speak, to open her eyes… to breathe.

He turned his head slowly toward Espy, then he flew across the room as if he had wings. His large hand grabbed her around the throat and with brutal force he slammed her high against the wall, bringing them to be face to face and leaving her feet dangling several inches above the floor.

Pain shot through her back and head and for a moment her vision blurred and she thought he had knocked the breath out of her. Then she realized it was his hand squeezing at her throat that left her unable to breathe. Her hand shot to his, ripping at his fingers that were choking the life from her, but it did little good. The thick muscles along his arm were taut with such strength that she would never be able to budge him.

“I will have your life for what you did!”

His voice was a roar in her ears as she felt her life draining away. She heard voices yelling at him over and over. She could not understand what they shouted, but they did not stop.

Suddenly, she dropped to the floor and gasped loudly when breath was finally restored to her. She took great gulps like one so parched she could not get enough to drink. She winced, her breath barely recovered when she was abruptly hoisted off the floor, the grip on her arm feeling like an iron shackle pinching painfully at her skin.

“Leave my land and all the lands that surround me or I will see you tortured unmercifully before I make you suffer an unspeakable death.” He shoved her so hard that she fell to the floor. “Get out of my sight before I do what Aubrey would not want.”

Espy stumbled to her feet and went to speak.

“Say a word and I will cut out your tongue and eat it in front of you.”

Espy turned and hurried out the door and out of the keep, the frightening glare in Lord Craven’s dark eyes and his barbaric threat, proving he was more beast than man.

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To Love A Highlander Extra Special Giveaway!
1st place wins a $100 Amazon Gift Card & a free e-copy of To Love A Highlander
2nd place wins a $50 Amazon Gift Card & a free e-copy of To Love A Highlander
3rd place wins a $25 Amazon Gift Card & A free e-copy of To Love A Highlander
4th & 5th places win a free e-copy of To Love A Highlander

To enter leave a comment in the comment box, telling me which hero and heroine of mine are your favorites.
All winners will be notified before the book is released. Also by entering you agree to have your name, only, posted on my blog as one of the winners.

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235 thoughts on “Cover Reveal, Excerpt, & Giveaway… To Love A Highlander

    • Cree and Dawn are my favorite couple. I have read all of your books, I’ve been a fan for years and i love all your couples, but Cree And Dawn are it for me.

      • Cree and Dawn are my favorite but can’t wait for the new highlander series to come out. You are the best!!!

    • Cree and Dawn are my favorites. I have all your books and can’t wait for the new highlander series to come out!!! And Book 4 in the cree dawn story. Thanks so much Donna you are the best and your puppy cree is adorable!! Thanks for sharing the pics!!

  1. Catherine Perronet and Charles Wesley from “Where Love Begins” I live in Charleston, SC, and one the largest churches is the Johns Wesley United Methodist. The Wesley name always sticks with me.

  2. I love all your Hero and Heroine but my all time favorite is Cree and Dawn. I love the way he expresses hos affection for her and the way he understands her too. Their love is great and beautiful.

  3. I can’t wait to read this new book too. Love all your books. Thank you for written. Please continue written beautiful stories.

  4. I have a hard time picking favorites because there are a few that are close to my heart, but above all it has to be Cree and Dawn. There’s just something about Cree

  5. Cree and Dawn are my favorite Character. They have entertained me for years. Book one grabbed a hold of my heart and these two characters never allowed me to let go!

  6. Love them all. But if I have to choose…Dawn and Cree.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Can’t wait to read this book

  7. My favorite characters of yours are Honora and Cavan of Return of The Rogue! One of my all time favorite books as well!

  8. Prudence Agatha Winthrop and Zac Stewart from Tame My Wild Touch. Although, The Irish Devil and Whispers On the Wind have two more of my favorite couples.

  9. The only thing I hated about this excerpt is that it ended and I had to STOP READING and now have TO WAIT until the actual book comes out! Wow! What a teaser this is and I can’t wait until it comes out! As always, great characters and great stories that capture and won’t let go! Thanks again!

  10. I think my favorites are Royce and Brianna in LOVE ME FOREVER since it is the first one that I read of Donna’s books.

  11. I love Cree and Dawn,but also Heather and the Dark Dragon Can’t wait for this new trilogy!!! Love everything you write

  12. That’s just cruel – asking which pair is the favorite :), but I would probably say Cree and Dawn. I just love how their story has unfolded (so far), and I can’t wait for the new one.

  13. I think that It Ronan and Carissa from the Highlanders forbidden Bride are my favourite. Looking forward to this new story

  14. My favourite characters are Cree and Dawn.
    The extract from your new book sounds so exciting ,I cannot wait for June to read it

  15. My favorite book of all is taken by Storm with Burke Longton and of course Storm. I have always loved this book.

  16. Hard to choose just one favorite couple – but I think I loved Trey & Bliss from Wed to a Highland Warrior best!

  17. I fall in love with every hero and heroine that I am reading, but I have to fall back to Cree and Dawn. Those two have been through hell and back and their love only grows stronger. They have a love that is stronger then actual words. The character of Dawn has to be the strongest heroine I know. Not only did she tame a beast, she has also earned the respect of everyone around her.

  18. I loved the story of Paine and Anin in The King’s Executioner! It was such a different kind of book and I was glued to the pages! ❤️

  19. I love and have all your books but I would have to say that this couple is my favorite.
    Moria Maclean and Ian Cameron from Isle of Lies.

  20. Another beautiful story coming yayyyyy

    Loved the excerpt, eagerly waiting for this release

    Out of all the books that i have read, cree and dawn are my favourite. There is something so beautiful about their love and chemistry

  21. After rereading the Dawn and Cree books I’m so in love with their characters. Writing a story where the heroine can’t talk and keep her interesting is a great talent. I loved how Cree was such an alpha man but so loving and tender with Dawn!
    This new book sounds amazing too! I can’t wait to have it in my hands to read!!

  22. Magnus and Reena from Legendary Warrior. That was the first book I read of yours years ago, just after my middle child was born! I remember buying it to take to the hospital to read while she slept. Ha! Ya right.

  23. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Eric and Faith. Their story was the first book I read with you as the author, and it hooked me!

  24. Creed and Dawn, are my all time favorite, I love Paine and Anin,Wrath and Verity, and Talon and Hemera!!!

  25. I’m so sorry to admit this but I just found you. I haven’t had an opportunity to read any of your work yet. I’m sure I’ll fall in love with them all since I love this genre. Thank your for the chance!!!

  26. As much as I love Cree and Dawn, I also love the The Irish Devil and Faith. All your books are my favorite and I can’t wait to read the newest one!

  27. Definitely Eric and Faith. But I love reading all your books. After reading this new excerpt my favourite just might be Epsy and Lord Craven. I Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. pict king. i love this book because i laughed alot from Hermera. everyone thought she was crazy, but the king didn’t. and everything he told her to do she would twist it around where she hadn’t lied to him. it was very entaininv and i reD it all in a lmost one whole day. i read until 2:00 in the morning. i didn’t want to put it down. it wS a wonderful book, but the whole series was good. it’s a must read from Donna Fletcher. believe me the next book segment i’m there.

  29. I love Anin and Paine from The King’s Executioner and I also love Warth and Verity from The King’s Warrior!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  30. I can’t wait for this next series – looks so good! Now for the hard part, choosing my favorite couple! Ahh – there are just so many but I think I have to go with the Dark Dragon and Heather! Love their story and that series as well!

  31. Cece and Dawn also Talon and Hymera from the king and his queen.And my very first book that read Isle of lies with Ian and Moira

  32. OMG!!!!! I can’t wait to read this book, it’s going to be another phenomenal read I just know it! Favourite couple? All of them but just too say I choose one I’d say Rosa and Esteban from the Rancheros Trilogy (but between us this new guy Lord Craven and Espy the healer will be my favourites just don’t mention it to the rest of them lol)
    Thank you Donna your books are always worth the wait even though the waiting is sometimes extremely difficult. GORGEOUS COVER by the way.

  33. King Talon and Hemera are my favorite…but I can not wait for all of the new books coming out…thank you.

  34. I love so many of your books and characters but I have to say that Dawn and Cree are my favorite characters. I don’t know if that is because their books where they first I read of yours or just because they are super awesome characters. I think it is a little of both 🙂

  35. My favorite hero is Cree. I was hooked right away, his attitude and just his obvious love for Dawn. And of course Dawn is also my favorite, even with no voice she is a badass.

  36. My first Donna Fletcher book was Whispers on the Wind. Max and Billie will always hold a special place in my heart.

  37. You are a new author to me so I’m very excited for the opportunity to hopefully win some of your novels!!! Reading other’s post of their favorite couple , it sounds like I need to read your book with Cree and Dawn! I will cross my fingers and hope I will be a lucky winner.

  38. I’ve loved every book of yours that I have ever read, but my favorites are still from the first one I picked up — Return of the Rogue. Cavan and Honora started me down my Donna Fletcher path. 🙂 Can’t wait to see where this one will lead!

  39. I can’t wait for To love a highlander. I have most of your books and keep adding. The first book I read of yours was Whispers on the wind and I have been reading your books ever since. My favorite couple is Brianna and Royce from Love me forever.

  40. I loved Paine and Anin but also Talon and Hemera. Amazing trilogy!! Cree and Dawn, too. Too many great love stories!! Thank you!! Looking forward to more!

  41. Ian and Moira, Cree and Dawn are two of my very favorite couples!! I so enjoy reading all your books. They are wonderfully written and easy to read. I always look forward to your new series. Keep up the excellent writing! Thank you!

  42. I would have to say Eric and Faith have always been my favorite. I love how strong Faith is in dealing with Lord Eric. However Cree and Dawn are a close second.

  43. Faith and Eric from The Irish Devil still remain my favorite even after all these years. I once met a dog named Rook and tried not to smile too much like a weirdo 🙂

  44. Looks like another great read to look forward to. I have read ALL of your books and I must say my favorite is King Talon and his queen, although Cree and Dawn is a close second!! May God continue to bless your gift of writing!

  45. Cree and Dawn will always be mine. Man I love those two. But this new guy sounds fricken awesome. I must have books now…..

  46. i have read a lot of your books several time and they are all my favorite all of couples in
    every book have always pulled me in to the story and kept me there I always felt like I was there with them living the story so thank you

  47. Cree and Dawn but i have to say i love them all. Although i have read Cree and Dawns stories over and over again.

  48. For me it has always been Royce and Brianna. I always go back to their story when I’n waiting for you next book. I hope one day you will do another short story of them again

  49. Eric of Shanekill and Faith and a close second is
    Talon is King of the Picts and Hemera. But truly every one of them have a special place.

  50. My absolute favorite couple has to be Cree and Dawn. I hope you continue to write about them and their family and friends.

  51. Very hard to decide who my favorite couple us. I love Lord Eric and Lady Faith because it was the first book of yours I ever read and I look so forward to your next book about them coming next year but I truly love Cree and Dawn too! I’m very excited your are starting a new trilogy and anxious to read To Love A Highlander!

  52. I love Cree and Dawn! Cree is so great, He had a hard life growing up after his mother died, and having to fend for him and his sister Wintra, and having to make the decision about sending Wintra to an abby. Then finding Dawn in line and waiting to see Cree, It’s like there eyes met, and they couldn’t stop looking at each other. It was so amazing. Then she helps him, when he’s a prisoner, and he feels something for her, for she’s a very strong person. She did give him some pauses for concern. He was a Warrior, Leader, yet strong and tender towards Dawn.

  53. I have enjoyed all of the books I have read by you so it is hard for me to choose one favorite but if I have to name one couple, I would say that would be Sara and Cullen from The Highlander’s Bride. Look forward to reading To Love A Highlander. The excerpt has me intrigued and I love the cover!

  54. Esteban and Rosa

    I love all your hero and heroins but these 2 always has a special place I in my heart. I love how both found love in each others hands inspite of all the troubles that they had in the past it just shows that there is always hope and there is always love.

  55. I love all your characters but my favourite couple is Heather and Rhys from Highlander The Dark Dragon which is a part of the Macinnes Sisters Trilogy. They have sizzling chemistry but their story also develops with a lot of intrigue and I love to see the characters grow in their own ways by the end of the story.

  56. I’ve got my hand on just about all your books and I have to say that Dawn and Creed is on top of my favorite list. Dawn may be handicap but she’s a kind and strong woman, while Creed may be bossy, he’s a tough guy but fair.

  57. I adore the cover for To Love A Highlander, Donna, and the excerpt has me wanting more! My favorite of your H&H’s are Cree and Dawn, and I suspect always will be, although Heather and the Dark Dragon run a close second and the Warrior King series a third and the Pict King… Oh, never mind, except for Cree and Dawn, I can’t pick favorites, lol!

  58. Cree and Dawn are my favorite. Their love goes beyond the scope of what we consider love and relationships today. Wonderful! Look forward to the next edition.

  59. This is so hard!! I really loved Cree and Dawn, but my I really really really loved the Pictures King series. Every single one of those books and the H and h rocked! I guess my very favorite if I were to have to choose would be Hemera and King Talon. My second favorite would be Anin and Paine, and third place would be Verity and Wrath.

  60. Truth be told it’s been a while since I’ve read one of your books. I know I love them though 🙂 Each hero and heroine is just awesome. That said I remember Bryce and Charlotte from A Warrior’s Promise #3 Warrior King <3

  61. King Talon and Hemera are my favorite to date. Every time a new novel comes out by Donna, that couple becomes my favorite. And why didn’t Lord Craven let Espy “try” to save the bairn if Aubrey and bairn were both dead anyway. It would have been lovely if she saved it! Just saying….

  62. I love all of your books! But my most favourite would be Cree and Dawn.

    I love forward to more of your Highland romance books!

  63. Cree and dawn are my favorites. I get so drawn in to there sorry I can’t wait for the next book. And now reading Espy’s I am hoping June comes fast. Thank you for all your wonderful books.

  64. Oh my goodness, how can I pick just one!! I Love all of them!! One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES is Victoria Champers and Sebastian from San Francisco Surrender. Can’t wait to read this one!!

    Thanks

  65. I absolutely fell in love with Dawn & Cree and have been thoroughly entertained through all their triumphs and tribulations. Although I do love ALL your books – you rock!!

  66. Donna, you’re asking for a slightly impossible task. Every hero and heroine from your stories that has captured us in some way. I can only narrow it down to three: Eric and Faith; Cree and Dawn; and Talon and Hemera. These are the stories I reread the most. I loved the excerpt from the new book and I can’t wait for its release. Also looking forward to the new Cree and Dawn series. You are truly my favorite author!!!

  67. This is hard:
    1. Eric and Faith
    2. Cree and Dawn
    3. Bryce and Charlotte
    I couldn’t just name one.

    This excerpt has me more than intrigued. I’m very excited!!!

  68. really can’t wait to read this book!!! But so far my favorites are dawn and cree ive read the 3 books and the 4 short stories.The Sinclair brothers started my Donna Fletcher journey in just one mnth i finished that series ,dawn andcree,and the twin series starting the warrior king tonght

  69. Cree and Dawn are my favorite couple! I keep going back to their stories, reading them again and again! I am looking forward to their new story!
    This new series has be intrigued, cannot wait to read it! Thank you for the excerpt!

  70. Every time I reread one of your books, that couple is my favorite.. right now I am rereading The King & His Queen, so Hemera and Talon…

  71. I liked Cullen and Sara in the Highlander’s Bride. It was the first book of Donna’s I read and really enjoyed it. Since then, I have read some of the other books.

  72. Talon and Heather, are my favorites. But it is so hard to pick favorites, your books are so wonderful. Thanks for this chance!

  73. Cree and Dawn are still my favorites. A lot of couples have come a close second, but so far no couple has surpassed them. I just love them together.

  74. So I have been a fan since the early years of Donna Fletcher. I have all of the books, most are paperback and the recent ones are digital. The one story that is used more than the others is The Dark Warrior, with Mary and Michael. I don’t know what it is about this story but I am just captivated by the strength of Mary and the compassion of Michael. The power struggle of Michael between “In order to do what’s right, I have to do this” and “In order to do right by her, I have to do this”. It’s heartbreaking and lifting when Mary asserts her own struggle of “Living the life I know” and “Living my life with the man I love”.

    I was so happy to see a similar relationship with Talon and Hemera. After reading their struggles I had to go back and read Mary and Michael.

  75. I love all your characters, but Cree and Dawn are my favorites. I have read and re-read so many of your books over and over. can’t wait for this new series. just got my free copy and ordered the next one can’t wait to get started. when i’m feeling a little down, I just grab my kindle and start reading and you take me to another place and time–no worries!! love your books, so please don’t ever stop writing!!

  76. I must have read all your books . My favourites have to be Cree and Dawn,Eric and Faith from the Irish Devil,and I cannot wait for the third book in this trilogy.

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