A Scot to Love and Protect (Once Upon a Scot Book 3)
Her arrow hit his shoulder. Her beauty caught his eye. But then there was the kiss…
Commander Valan MacDougall and his men are sent to end extended attack on Caerlaverock Castle, stronghold of Clan Maxwell. The warriors fully expect the reportedly aged widow of the keep to swoon with relief when they arrive. The English have plagued the fortress and surrounding village for weeks. The warriors from Argyll mean to end the siege in a day or less. In fact, they’re placing bets on just how long it will take. After all, they are the invincible Gallóglaigh, and the English are…the English.
However, they discover the Lady Elspet Maxwell is not aged at all. She is a widow, but far from old. And the woman fights as fiercely as any man. The only thing surpassing her warring prowess is her incredible beauty. A beauty capable of bringing men to their knees. Valan regrets his order that Maxwell women are not to be touched by the mercenaries. Of course, he’s broken orders before and intends to do so again with the Lady Elspet—if she will allow.
Enemies outside the castle walls. Unknown enemies within. Meddling matchmakers too powerful to ignore. And the matter of Elspet making amends for shooting Valan not once, but twice. The atonement he requires from her? Just a kiss. What harm could come from one little kiss?
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Once Upon a Scot
A Scot of Her Own
A Scot to Have & To Hold
A Scot to Love & Protect
Release date: August 30, 2022
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Print pages: 131
Content advisory: Some violence, strong language, adult content
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Behind the book
From the Author:
For this story, I chose Caelaverock Castle in Dumfries, Scotland as the Maxwell stronghold under siege by the English in 1277.
Historically speaking, while this castle was the Maxwell family stronghold from the 13th century to the 17th century, it was more than likely built sometime between 1280 and 1300. The English did eventually seize it, but not until 1300. During that attack, the Maxwells fought valiantly and repelled the English many times, but in the end, they had no choice but to surrender. Imagine how the English army felt when they discovered that a mere sixty men inside that triangular castle had held them off so long. Quite a feat for the Maxwells and often celebrated in reenactments at the castle which is now under the care of Historic Environment Scotland, a non-department public body of the Scottish Government.
For the sake of this romantic tale, you will see I have taken some fictional liberties with the castle’s timeline, the Maxwells, and the lessons they learn. Please bear that in mind as you read it. And remember, all these characters are purely fictional and products of my imagination! Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental.
If you would like a peek at Caelaverock (as well as hear the proper pronunciation), check out this YouTube video made by the tour guide of the castle: https://youtu.be/vTpVABe7yis
Also, if you look it up on Google maps, then drop the little yellow man on the castle’s location, you can “virtually” walk through it. I fell down that rabbit hole several times! It is so interesting to move through the actual courtyard and zoom in on every detail.
And if you are a member of the Maxwell clan, remember—no family is all good or all bad. People are just—people. I married a proud Maxwell descendent. One of the good ones. ;)
All my best to you,