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About Cathy MacRae
Cathy MacRae is the award-winning, best-selling author of Scottish historical romance novels. Her books are regular RONE award nominees and winners, and are known for their strong heroines and deeply researched story lines.
Writing with long-time partner DD MacRae, their Hardy Heroines series has fascinated readers and earned glowing critical reviews. A series linked by their strong women set against pivotal times in Scotland’s history, it has garnered its fair share of awards and nominations.
Cathy and her husband currently live on the sunny side of the Arbuckle Mountains where they read, write, and tend the garden—with the help of their dogs, of course. You can find her at art fairs, Scottish festivals, and playing with the grandkids.
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With Cristemasse only a few days away, Brenna le Naper has her thoughts on her newest gown. Her father, however, wants to see her wed. But marriage to a Highland barbarian is not the life Brenna envisioned. Far from it.
Uilleam MacLaren cannot believe his father signed a betrothal document in his name—much less to one of the Four Songbirds of Corbie’s Burn! Known less kindly as the Four Corbies for their chatter-box ways, the lasses may be beautiful beyond measure and with voices to make angels weep, but who wants a chantie-beak for a wife?
Will the beautiful songbird in her gilded cage reject marriage to the handsome Highland barbarian? Will the laird’s son refuse to wed the lovely chatterbox? Or, will a Yuletide miracle allow them to see each other for who they really are and give them a chance at true love?
Brenna’s Yuletide Song is the rollicking romance of two people who appear to have nothing in common. If you like stories about hunky Highlanders, impetuous heroines, and with more laugh-out-loud moments than you can keep track of, Brenna’s Yuletide Song will keep your nose glued to your kindle long past bedtime.
Brenna’s Yuletide Song contains a swoon-worthy Highlander, a flighty, stubborn heroine, a temperamental French chef, a wee puppy who causes a gey wheen of problems, Medieval revelry, an innkeeper’s wife with false teeth, and a host of perils and comedy that will make you snort your coffee.
You’ve been warned.
Malcolm may be the only Jacobite soldier in the Earl of Cromartie’s regiment to escape the devastating defeat at the hands of the Sutherlands at Little Ferry on 15 April, 1746, only to fall at the Battle of Culloden Moor the following day. When offered a chance to finally lay to rest the demons which lurk in his mind, he gladly accepts. But saving the life of a descendant of the clan that destroyed his fellow soldiers won’t be easy.
Can Malcolm, whose demons would one day be recognized as PTSD, remain true to his personal honor as he struggles to overcome his fears and help a young woman despite her connections which trigger his debilitating memories?
If you love sweet, heart-warming romance with a bit of suspense, grab your copy of Malcolm today and get swept away by this tale set in a distillery in the hills of Tennessee—a most unlikely place for a Scottish ghost.
She’s forfeited her future for the sake of an alliance. Will she risk her heart for a chance at true love?
1221 A.D. The Holy Land. Half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean has lived a life filled with danger and adventure. Now, as her father returns to his homeland, Arbela faces danger of a different sort. Marriage.
Scotland. A pestilence has all but wiped out Caelen MacKern’s clan. Overburdened and cynical, he has agreed—against his better judgement—to remarry in exchange for the men, means, and coin necessary to care for his people.
Headstrong and independent, Arbela is not the biddable bride he expected. But is she the wife he needs?
If you like strong heroines and an exciting blend of fact and fiction, you’ll love this heartwarming historical romance from Cathy and DD MacRae.
In this book you’ll find the most beautiful horse in the world, a charming five-year-old who loves stories, an evil villain determined to kidnap the child, and adventure to keep you up long past bedtime.
Buy The Highlander’s Crusader Bride and begin the adventure today!
He married the woman the king commanded to end the feud--or did he?
Scotland. 1375 A.D. A generations-long feud rages between the Scott and Barde clans. Weary of the strife along his border, King Robert II decrees a marriage between Laird Eaden Scott and Lord Barde’s daughter, Miriam. But when marriage negotiations fail, Eaden takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps his bride.
Mary Marsh only wanted to help her friend. Sleeping in Miriam’s bed whilst she slipped away for the evening had seemed simple enough—until a stranger enters the chamber in the dead of night, and a misstep lands Mary with more than a bump on her head and a temporary loss of memory.
With no recourse for their accidental marriage, the hardheaded laird and shy lady’s companion must either live in strife or find common ground. Will Eaden be able to convince Mary of his growing love? Or will she find the ghosts of his past too much to bear?
If you enjoy enemies to lovers romance mixed with an arranged marriage and a plot full of twists and turns, you’ll love this second chance romance between a rugged, stubborn Scot and a young woman determined to create something worthwhile out of a doomed marriage.
One of the unlucky few from the Glenbucket Brigade who fell at Culloden Moor on that fateful day in April, 1746, Adam has spent three hundred restless years riddled with guilt over the note he received the night before the battle.
When offered a chance to do a good deed and end his unhappy existence haunting the moor, will he accept the terms?
This heart-warming story of Adam’s redemption will have you reaching for the tissues as you cheer him to his happy-ever-after.
2019 RONE award nominee
She’s running from the Scottish mercenaries who destroyed her village and family. He’s her sworn enemy. Can she grow to love the man whose countrymen cost her everything?
Caught between two kings vying for sovereignty of the Isles and Western Scotland, Hanna of Hällstein has lost everything. Overcome by grief, she flees the smoldering ruins of her village and crosses to the Scottish mainland, intent on taking her revenge on the unsuspecting Scots.
Torn between his loyalty to the Scottish king and aiding the displaced Norse on his shores, Alex MacLean soon finds his heart involved with the lovely, bitter woman he allows into his home. Though she tests the limits of his patience—and his power as laird—Alex is determined to make Hanna his.
Hanna struggles to maintain her hatred of the Scottish laird. But as grudging trust gives way to love, will her vow of vengeance destroy her chance at happiness?
The Highlander’s Norse Bride is the fourth book in the Hardy Heroines historical romance series and can be read as a standalone.
If you like strong heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and a second chance at love, you’ll adore this exciting, heart-warming addition to the MacLean family saga.
He’s a hard-headed Scot seeking a wife. She’s a fugitive Welsh princess under arrest for poaching. Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose?
Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride. But the lasses paraded before him promise little more than delicate natures and selfish motives. He requires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland. One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.
Carys Wen, a princess of Wales, once picked up arms alongside her husband in the fight for Wales’s Independence. Now homeless, her husband dead and buried beneath good Welsh soil, she has fled north, penniless and completely bereft of hope. She desires little from life beyond peace and a place where she will not draw the attention of the English king who destroyed her family and country.
Will Birk’s plan to marry Carys gain him the strong wife he desires? Or could his abrupt handling of the circumstances bring him more than he expected?
In The Highlander’s Welsh Bride you’ll find a corgi puppy named Tegan, a sweet little girl who hasn’t spoken since her ma died, pirates, and more excitement than your bedtime will allow.
The Highlander’s Welsh Bride is an epic tale of honor, betrayal, passion, and the redeeming power of love. If you like romantic tales with a blend of history and fiction, you’ll love this addition to the Hardy Heroines series by Cathy & DD MacRae.
Calder MacGerry has resolved to end a bitter feud by marrying his enemy’s daughter. Katja Sinclair is eager to escape her father’s harsh treatment. But will their determination to flee their pasts bring love to their marriage? Or will this be the biggest mistake of their lives?
Calder MacGerry’s clan will never survive winter without settling the feud with the Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his daughter to seal the agreement, but his terms threaten to turn Katja against him even before they are wed.
Katja cannot believe her father has chosen Calder MacGerry as her husband. After refusing numerous aged suitors, this final choice seems too good to be true. But the feud is not over for many of the MacGerrys, and agreeing to marry the handsome young laird could result in more trouble than Katja bargained for.
With Calder busy settling the clan for the winter, the attacks on Katja turn deadly. With her wolfhound at her side, she flees to the Shetland Isles, seeking refuge with her mother’s Viking family. Calder will follow, but will he be able to repair the damage and win Katja’s heart?
If you like a bit of history with exciting, charismatic characters, and self-sufficient heroines, you’ll love this second-chance romance by Cathy and DD MacRae.
The Highlander’s Viking Bride contains a wolfhound named Freki, a helpful pick-pocket, a stubborn Highlander, and a heroine determined to live life on her own terms. Grab your copy today and journey from Scotland to the Shetland Isles and fall in love.
This book first appeared in a holiday set, Merry Mayhem. This edition has received edits, a plot tweak, and additional chapters. Enjoy!
As the pirate The Black MacNeill, Rona MacNeill has stolen more than one English ship to keep her clan from starving. With Yule only days away, will the theft of the wrong ship land her in a hangman’s noose? Or the arms of a Highlander?
Rona MacNeill has done everything she can to help her small, impoverished clan—except marry for money. Her luck seems to lie in stealing ships, not attracting suitors. Only days before Yule, she seeks one last ship with stores to keep her people fed over the long, harsh winter. Too bad her luck has run out.
Pedr MacLean is happy to be the younger (by three minutes) son of Baron MacLean. His days are filled with running the family’s shipping business and sailing the world. His heart belongs to the sea—or so he thinks, until one of his ships is stolen, and the woman responsible turns his world upside down.
Drawn to Rona’s strength and love of the sea, Pedr will agree to her father’s demand—information on the whereabouts of his ship in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Will Rona find herself caught between a marriage of convenience and a hangman’s noose? Or will she discover something far more compelling?
The Highlander’s Pirate Bride is the swash-buckling seventh addition to the Hardy Heroines series. If you like pirates, rags-to-riches, and swoon-worthy Highlanders, you’ll love Cathy & DD MacRae’s newest high-seas romance.
Anna has been unjustly imprisoned by a clan she aided. Will Duncan’s support win her heart? Or will his assistance come too late?
Fleeing the English army that murdered her family before her eyes, Anna Braxton rescues two young women kidnapped by a barbaric Highland clan. Her efforts earn her both gratitude and suspicion, and she counters their belated offer of friendship with anger and distrust. But she does not count on the unexpected impact the laird’s son has on her heart.
Duncan MacGregor does not understand his da’s command to imprison the young woman who saved his sister’s life. He is more than intrigued with Anna’s skill with a bow and sword—in fact, he is fascinated by everything about her, in spite of her lack of feminine wiles. Straightforward and with a deep-seated sense of honor, Anna Braxton disrupts his entire notion of a suitable woman.
Trained as a warrior and unwilling to be any man’s chattel, Anna shuns the idea of marriage—until Duncan coaxes her into a world of acceptance and passion she never knew existed. He wants her as his wife. She has her own terms—conditions Duncan is not certain he can accept.
If you love self-sufficient heroines, rich historical detail, enemies to lovers, and exciting plot twists, escape to the Highlands today and join Duncan’s and Anna’s romantic adventure.
He gave up his crown to escape wrongful execution. She found freedom from an abusive marriage. With pain in their past, can they claim a bright future together?
The Holy Land, 1224. Ousted Armenian king Phillipe de Poitiers has been accused of breaking his moral code of honor. Surviving a savage coup, he turns mercenary, selling his sword as he chases fond memories of his foster family to Scotland. But the former prince of Antioch finds a chance of redemption when he meets a beautiful woman who he suspects shares an equally painful history.
Maggie MacLaren refuses to be betrayed again. After she‘s discarded by her husband when she doesn’t produce a child, she seizes control of her life. But when she travels to her only remaining home off the bleak western Scottish coast, she’s struck by her handsome guard’s chivalry.
Drawn to the rejected woman’s strength and spirit, Phillipe protects her as fiercely as he once did his subjects. But Maggie’s discovery that her remote isle hides a huge pile of pirate treasure could cut apart their growing love with one thrust of a thieving dagger.
Can two wounded souls leave their troubles behind and fill their hearts with riches?
In this re-imagined tale of Phillipe of Antioch and his Scottish bride, you’ll discover a Scottish Isle paradise, how to brew apple mead, a fabulous treasure, pirates, and a love story you won’t want to put down.
The Prince's Highland Bride is the absorbing sixth standalone book in the Hardy Heroines historical romance series. If you like royal stakes, stories inspired by true events, and rugged settings, then you’ll love Cathy & DD MacRae’s heartwarming tale.