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Release day: The Laird of Blackloch

12 March 2018

Today is the official release of The Laird of Blackloch by Amy Rose Bennett (book 2, Highland Rogue) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Revenge might be sweet, but love is far sweeter …

Following the Battle of Culloden, Alexander MacIvor returns to his ancestral home, Blackloch Castle, only to find the Earl of Tay, chief of the rival Clan Campbell, has laid waste to everything he holds dear. In the face of such devastation, Alex seems doomed to live the life of a fugitive Jacobite … until a stroke of good luck allows him to escape the Highlands and begin again.

Years later, styling himself as a wealthy Englishman, Alexander reclaims his forfeited estate, becoming the new Laird of Blackloch. But it’s not nearly enough to quench his thirst for vengeance. Hell-bent on destroying Lord Tay, he single-mindedly sets about driving his nemesis to bankruptcy. When he learns the earl intends to marry the very beautiful English heiress, Miss Sarah Lambert, thus escaping penury, he devises a devious plan: kidnap Miss Lambert and ransom her to hasten Tay’s ruin.

When Sarah Lambert learns Lord Tay is not the man she thought he was during a masquerade ball in Edinburgh, she is devastated. Reeling from her discovery, things go from bad to worse when a mysterious yet charming guest by the name of Alexander Black turns out to be a true devil in disguise. Abducted and whisked way into the wild Highlands by Black, Sarah is imprisoned in a remote, island-bound tower. Refusing to be a pawn in Black’s diabolical plan for revenge, she determines that somehow, some way, she will regain her freedom. If only she could unlock Black’s secrets …

Living in such close quarters, Alexander quickly discovers the spirited Sarah is more than a match for him, and even the best laid plans can go awry when passion flares and the spark of love threatens to revive his long-dead heart. When the shadows of the past begin to gather, will Alexander and Sarah find their way forward … or will the threatening darkness destroy them both?

Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I had a lot of fun researching and writing The Laird of Blackloch, the second title in my Highland Rogue series with Escape Publishing. My heroine, Sarah Lambert, is an English heiress and at the beginning of the story, she’s betrothed to the villainous and completely untrustworthy Malcolm Campbell, the Earl of Tay. Following the Battle of Culloden, Tay destroys everything that the hero, Alexander MacIvor holds dear—his family and home, Blackloch Castle—in the name of the Crown. Nearly eleven years after Culloden, Sarah becomes the unwitting pawn in Alex’s kidnapping-revenge scheme to ruin Lord Tay. However, as the story progresses, I think it becomes clear that whilst Miss Sarah Lambert might appear to be an English rose, she’s no shrinking violet. During Sarah’s captivity in the medieval loch-bound tower, Eilean Dubh, she sings a melancholy song that I recall from my primary school choir days, O Waly Waly or The Water is Wide. The song’s history is quite fascinating and convoluted to say the least. It’s actually an old Scottish folk ballad and there are many versions around. However, I chose two verses that seemed to fit the theme of my book and encapsulate Sarah’s situation perfectly. I thought I’d share them here for you to enjoy:

The seas are deep and I cannot wade them,
Neither have I wings to fly,
I wish I had some little boat,
To carry over my love and I.

I set my back against an oak,
I thought it was a trusty tree.
But first it bent, and then it broke,
And so did my false love to me

I wonder if any other ARRA members recall learning O Waly Waly at school too?

You can find out more about this book at Amy’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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One Comment
  1. Lynette Williams permalink
    15 March 2018 1:25 pm

    have this book in my kindle—LynW

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