- Broken Arm Pubilshing
- Release Date
- January 2017
- Book 1 of Edge
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Time Travel
Two of Scottish romance's most loved authors have joined pens to write a thrilling new time travel series filled with passion, danger, and intrigue. These never-before-published novels will sweep you to Scotland's Highland Heatheredge, where magic is real, time is relevant, and there is no escape from desire…
Men are disappearing in the Highland crofting village of Heatheredge. The authorities suspect foul play, but without signs of violence—or bodies—they can't prove a thing.
World champion swordsman Cailean Ross is living the fantasy of a lifetime as the victor of Heatheredge's medieval reenactment Gathering. But when the fantasy turns into reality, swordplay becomes a fight to the death and he finds himself among the ‘missing' statistics.
Julianna Mackay flees a man she fears is an evil wizard and literally runs into handsome Cailean Ross. Cailean defends Lady Julianna from her attackers. Together, they set out in search of the key to a six-hundred-year-old curse that can only be broken in medieval Scotland.
When the veil of time is lifted, Cailean and Julianna find that love may not be enough to save them or those they hold dear.
Jan 30, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
102 people found the following review helpful
Men are disappearing from the village of Heatheredge and while foul play is suspected, there is no evidence. Cailean Ross, world champion swordsman and living history reenacter, is living out his fantasy as the victor in Heatheredge's medieval reenactment gathering. Except that suddenly reality meets fantasy and Cailean finds himself one of those missing. Only he's been transported back in time to the fourteenth century.
Lady Julianna is running from the man she thinks is an evil wizard. When Cailean finds her, he's quick to defend her from her would-be attackers. Together, they embark on a mystery that spans centuries in the hopes of breaking a curse.
Likes: I do like a good time travel story and the authors did a good job of immersing twenty-first century Cailean seven hundred years in the past. I also enjoy a good historical romance with fiery, spitfire women who willingly go toe-to-toe with their alpha male partners.
Dislikes: There are some historical inaccuracies in the story, not the least of which is kilts didn't come about until the sixteenth century in their full body format (belted plaid or great kilt) whereas the kilts we see today didn't show up until at least two hundred years later.
Overall, I did like the story. I really enjoyed the mystery and character interactions, which were quite entertaining, but I would have liked it much better with appropriate historical research, which spoils it for me.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on February 2017
Interview by Laura
Hi Tarah, welcome to The Romance Reviews, and let's talk about your latest release, EDGE OF YESTERDAY.
Q: Where did you get your inspiration for the Edge series? How are the books tied together?
Tarah Scott: When Sue-Ellen and I decided to write a time travel together, the Edge series really just grew organically. Before a single word was committed to the paper, we realized that our initial idea was too big for one book. The books are tied together by the villain and by familial ties.
Sue-Ellen Welfonder: Ditto everything Tarah said. I'll add that a very special setting also anchors our Edge series. Heatheredge is fictitious, but the town and its surroundings are based on an actual location in the Highlands. We really enjoy spending time in the world we've created.
Q: How was it like collaborating with another author on this book? How did you divide the writing?
TS: Sue-Ellen and I have an easy rapport. We complement one another, so the process was a real pleasure. We brainstormed a great deal, created an overall story background sheet, then started writing. Sue-Ellen, being the mistress of all things medieval Scotland, has the final say in that department. We didn't so much divide the writing but, instead, passed the book back and forth as each of us added more to the story.
SEW: Again, I second Tarah – and thank her for the kind words as well. We are very good friends, so working together is really nice, enjoyable for us both, I think. We do indeed brainstorm a lot. That works out to nearly daily phone calls. We'll chat, toss ideas back and forth, and real magic happens. We recently mapped out six entire books in a longish phone call, for instance. Once we know where we're going, we just hit the keyboard and the story then takes off. We pass the chapters back and forth, each adding our own bits as Tarah said. We believe our voices mesh well, though we do each have our strong points. Tarah is amazing with snappy dialogue, action, and love scenes.
Q: What is it about historical Scottish Highland romance that draws you?
TS: Swashbuckling action, free spirited people, and just a general tough society that conquers all—especially love.
SEW: I've always been fascinated by medieval history, in particular Scottish history. My family is Scottish and I've been visiting there all my life, so when I started writing, the genre was a given. But, really, Scotland has everything a good romance needs: an incredible past (centuries and centuries old), triumphs and tragedies, larger-than-life heroes (and heroines), myth and magic, legends and lore in great abundance, people who were/are fiercely proud, brave, dedicated to kith and kin, and who loved their land perhaps more than any other people on earth. And speaking of the land, the Scottish Highlands are breathtakingly beautiful and filled with castles. Who could resist writing Scottish romance?
Q: What is it all us about your hero, Cailean Ross. What made him into the man we meet in the book?
TS: Cailean came to us as a man confident in his place in the world. Which is what made it so interesting when we plucked him from that world and dropped him into a world he thought he understood. For the first time in a long time, Cailean found himself questioning everything around him—his own abilities included. He discovered strength he didn't realize he had and that changed his life.
SEW: I was drawn to Cailean's love for all things medieval – and the Highlands. His family hails from Skye, so he has Highland blood, but he was raised in Central Scotland. He made a career of his passions, becoming a medieval reenactor and eventually a world champion swordsman. Participating in the Heatheredge Gathering, the granddaddy of medieval festivals, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for him.
Q: What did he feel when fantasy turns to reality, and he was thrust back in time?
TS: At first, Cailean told himself he was still part of the elaborate reenactment he was part of. But there were too many things missing: electricity, road signs, and just the basic necessities like indoor plumbing. As the truth began to sink in, Cailean was certain he was going crazy. It took some pretty dramatic events to convince him that he wasn't in the twenty-first century anymore. But when he embraced fourteenth century Scotland, he jumped in head first.
SEW: I'll add that he had every reason to suspect he was still in some as-yet-unknown-to-him part of the festival. It is a really special one and the entire town participates, dressing in period, men growing beards, for instance. Even shops and other businesses, entire streets, are converted to have a medieval look and feel, authenticity being very important to everyone involved. One of his greatest shocks and struggles was the first time he saw someone killed in a sword fight. He'd wielded his champion sword many, many times – but reenactors do not fell each other. In real medieval Scotland, death by blade can come at any moment, as he soon discovered.
Q: Who is Julianna Mackay?
TS: Julianna Mackay is the daughter of Sir Grray, Baron Ravenstone. She comes from a long line of tough Highlanders—though her origin is a bit murky.
SEW: Julianna is a woman of her time. She's strong, as medieval women had to be. She's also a young widow, so she is aware of a woman's passions and embraces her own, not being ashamed of lust and/or love. Indeed, she goes after what she wants, which I really love about her.
Q: Please tell us about a romantic moment between them.
Here's a peek at a romantic moment between Cailean and Julianna.
They reached the building which housed Julianna's room and he pulled open the door. She entered and he followed, closing the door with some force when the wind gusted into the arched entry. Julianna hurried forward and Cailean followed. They passed nine doors before she stopped and entered her assigned quarters. Cailean stopped in the doorway. One large round candle cast a dim light in the small room, aptly named a cell. A low bed with a thin mattress sat against the wall and a table where the candle burned stood against the wall directly ahead.
She glanced over her shoulder at him. "Ye may enter, Cailean."
He shook his head. "I'd better not."
She lifted a brow. "Surely, ye are not afraid of a woman?"
"If I wasn't, I would be a fool."
Mischief lit her eyes. "Ye need not worry. I dinnae have a knife."
"I don't believe you, my lady."
She lifted her chin. "It isnae polite to call a lady a liar."
"Forgive me." He started to turn, then stilled at the echo of approaching footsteps. "Bloody hell," he muttered. Who was coming by at this time of night? Was it Rathais, here to finish what Hugh Murray had started?
"Quick." Julianna grasped his arm and pulled him into the room.
She closed the door, then hissed, "Shhh."
The footsteps drew closer then passed. Julianna took off her cloak and tossed it onto the small table.
Cailean knew he should go, but how could he possibly leave her alone and defenseless? He would sleep outside her door.
"I should go."
She shook her head. "You must wait a few minutes to be sure no one sees you."
Cailean leaned a shoulder against the wall and crossed his arms over his chest. "If I didn't know better, I would say ye are trying to keep me here."
"Why would I do that?"
He smiled. "You tell me."
"Is my company so abhorrent that you must flee?" she asked.
"On the contrary, your company is too pleasing."
She dropped her gaze in a clear attempt to hide her expression, but Cailean could see she was pleased.
"Then stay," she said.
"If your brother catches me here, he will kill me."
She snorted. "Lennox knows I am a woman grown, and I am no maiden. I can do as I please."
"That doesnae mean he would want me dallying with you."
"Dallying?" She lifted her brows. "Ye think well of yourself, sir."
"Dallying isn't what ye had in mind?"
Her eyes darkened. Yes, this woman was trouble. She started toward him. He straightened from the wall and remained perfectly still until she stopped in front of him.
"I am no idiot," she said. "I have seen the way you look at me."
Trouble, trouble, trouble.
He wasn't going to take the bait. He stared but said nothing.
"Ye find me pleasing." She set her hands on her hips.
"I have eyes," he said, then cursed his tongue. Give the woman an inch and she would take a mile.
She stepped closer and before he could move, she placed her hands on his chest. "You want to know what it is like to kiss me."
It wasn't a question.
Q: Why would Cailean think that Julianna is the one for him?
TS: Cailean liked Julianna from the beginning. He was struck with her straightforward, bold manner. She isn't afraid to go after what she wants—and she knows what she wants. What man doesn't love a woman who knows she loves him and is willing to take a chance on him?
SEW: I'll add that he appreciates smart women and Julianna is definitely that. He's also spent many years on the reenactment circuit where he's seen his share of 'tournament groupies.' So he knows what he doesn't want in a partner. Loving the medieval period as he's always done, plus being drawn to intelligent, proud and bold women, makes Julianna very attractive to him.
Q: Which character was the hardest to write? Why?
TS: Boy, that's a toughie. The characters in EDGE OF YESTERDAY fairly jumped off the page and the chemistry between them is easy. For me, I'd say the toughest character to write was our villain, Crowe. Writing a villain that truly inspires fear is never easy. Humanizing such a character is even tougher.
SEW: Ditto Tarah again – except that I love writing Crowe. He might be my favorite character in the entire series. Probably hardest for me would be Julianna's mother. She's a very proud noblewoman and can be intimidating until she warms to you. I haven't ever written such a woman, most often putting the focus on the fathers of my hero or heroine. I love writing grumbly old Scotsmen with grizzly beards and who are gruff, but also loveable. So Julianna's mother was an adjustment. Tarah keeps her in hand expertly. Thank goodness.
Q: Please give us a sneak peek of the next book.
The next book in the series is Edge of Today.
Lightning never strikes twice…unless you live in Heatheredge
Love brings computer expert Gennine 'Ginny' Ross across the Atlantic to Heatheredge, Scotland—the last place her brother was seen competing in the village's popular medieval festival. As a thoroughly modern Scotswoman with a black-belt in Taekwondo, who chases hackers for large corporations, she isn't buying the local theories about his disappearance. Her brother didn't stroll off into the Highland mist without a trace. Now, Ginny must do what the authorities can't: find him, even if doing so pushes her to the edge of everything she believes… or doesn't.
Highland warrior Lennox Mackay has seen some strange things, but never a gorgeous hell-cat able to fight off five burly Highlanders and frighten a whole village with her odd tongue and scandalous dress. He isn't surprised she's landed in the village jail, accused of witchcraft. Her claims to be the sister of his new brother-in-law—and from six hundred years in the future—stun him. Yet, the vixen fires his blood and touches his soul as no other lass has…and he wants to keep her. But even as he tries to persuade her to stay, the fickle hand of time has other plans…
Q: What's up next for you?
We are working on Book Two in the Edge series, Edge of Today. However, we're also working on another trilogy connected with the original Edge series--Edge After Dark. In this series, we learn how our villain Crowe came to be the man he is. We hope to release the first book in the Edge After Dark series, Edge of Forever, soon!
Sounds exciting! We can't wait! Thank you so much to both of you for taking out time from your busy schedule for this interview. Looking forward to reading more of your books.
Bio of authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott:
USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott have more in common than friendship. For many years, they've both enjoyed spending their working hours in a world of romance and adventure, bringing handsome Highlanders and their ladies to life. Now they've joined pens, deciding that when it comes to happily-ever-afters, two writers can stir up even more danger and desire for the characters they love. The EDGE series, Scottish time travel romances, is their first co-authored project, and launched Dec. 27th with EDGE OF YESTERDAY.
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