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Highland Stone
     

Highland Stone

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by Sloan McBride
 

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DREAMS AWAKEN THE PAST

~A family secret turns back time.~

After her grandmother’s death, Kara Malone inherits a key and a box with a secret. On a plane bound for Hawaii and a new job, she opens the box to find her grandmother’s journal and a beautiful stone. Magical forces propel Kara back to the Scottish Highlands where she is nearly run

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DREAMS AWAKEN THE PAST

~A family secret turns back time.~

After her grandmother’s death, Kara Malone inherits a key and a box with a secret. On a plane bound for Hawaii and a new job, she opens the box to find her grandmother’s journal and a beautiful stone. Magical forces propel Kara back to the Scottish Highlands where she is nearly run over by Alaxandar MacLeod, the dark stranger from her dreams. Her problems are just beginning.

Alaxandar has been charged with finding the truth behind the recent violent raids against his clan. When his horse almost tramples a beautiful stranger, he wonders if she may hold the key to the raids. Is she a spy or a witch come to lure him with her body and distract him from his mission? Whatever she proves to be, Kara is everything he wants in a woman and he’ll do anything to keep her with him.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940153728971
Publisher:
Sloan McBride
Publication date:
09/05/2016
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
221,104
File size:
393 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Prologue

Scotland 1350

Rhianna MacKay straightened her back, wiped sweaty palms down her worn saffron shirt, and flicked the dark hair from her eyes before barging into the room to confront her father. "I willna be sold off tae Ross!"

He took two steps toward her, and, like a fierce blast, Conar MacKay's hand landed hard against her cheek, knocking her to the icy stone floor. "I be the chief of Clan MacKay. Ye were told tae make yourself ready."

Gaylord, the elderly clansman who'd been in conference with the chief, turned a soft, apologetic gaze to her before exiting the room. Not even the tapestry on the outer wall or the wool rug next to her warmed the winter chill that clenched her heart.

Her face throbbed, and the coppery taste of blood filled her mouth. Rhianna pushed herself up from dirty rushes littered with food and stood tall before her father, not bothering to hide her hatred. She swiped her lip with the back of her hand then spit the bitter tasting blood at his feet and walked out.

Since her mother had died eight years past, Conar MacKay gave her only passing glares unless he punished her for some errant behavior. There were many such instances in her case. He had little use for women other than for bartering tools or to lie between their thighs.

Only her brother, three years her senior, made living with Conar at all bearable.

"Dunna cry little dove," Carrick would say. "On the morrow God's wrath will spill down on Conar, and he willna win that battle."

Carrick had their mother's good heart and oft times could make Rhianna laugh while tending her wounds after Conar had beaten her. More times than not, Carrick steppedbetween them and ended up on the floor himself.

Three months had passed since Carrick had gone to England. He had promised to come back.

* * * *

Rhianna busied herself throughout the day tending the withering garden and helping the women prepare bitter soup with limp vegetables. Her gaze drifted toward the kirk, which had been closed up for nigh a year after the priest had taken ill and passed on to Heaven. No other would dare venture to the home of the devil, Strathnaver.

Later that night, guided by sorrow and fear, Kara crept down the castle steps and into the war room. She hated this room. Plans that had laid low many of those she'd loved were made here. The day her mother died, the demon that was her father had been planning yet another attack. The bastard barely looked up when told the news.

"'Tis just as well," he spat. "She'd long since lost her use tae me."

From that day forth, Rhianna had done all she could to oppose the chief, using any means she could think of. Her greatest pleasure would be the downfall of Conar MacKay.

Stepping onto the scorched stones of the hearth, she shoved aside the heavy tapestry where behind lay a hidden alcove. It held the secret of the clan. She crossed herself. "Please, Holy Father, give me strength." The prayer did little to ease the lump in her chest or the ball of anxiety in her stomach.

Slinging the edge of her breacan back, she then reached into the small opening and grabbed the treasure. Concealed in a silvery velvet cloth was a smooth ivory-colored stone with veins of jade snaking through it. The magical heirloom had belonged to the MacKays since the beginning of time and had brought good fortune to the clan. She'd seen it only once before.

"Carrick, why ha' ye forgotten me?" she whispered. He'd not returned from his mission, and she could wait no longer. She must flee or be handed over to another ruthless bastard, Ross.

After slipping the precious stone back into its covering, she tucked it deep in the pocket of her skirt where it would not fall out or be easily grabbed by thieves. She tiptoed into the buttery to grab oats and nuts for her journey and, with tear-filled eyes, canvassed the room. Memories too numerous to count flooded her heart. With trembling hands she lifted the large tapestry concealing the secret door that led to an escape tunnel. In one hand, she carried a torch that she had lifted from the wall to light her way down the damp eerie passageway. It ended outside the gates where she doused the flame so as not to be noticed by the guards.

With trepidation, she fled the only home she'd ever known ... the home of her ancestors.

The stark white moon cast dark, ominous shadows through the forest. Smells of rotting wood and stagnant water reminded her of the dungeons at Strathnaver, where she and her brother had played as children, and where she'd be thrown, if caught. A twig broke under her foot, echoing loud in the stillness. Birds took flight, causing leaves to drip water they'd held from an earlier rain. A symphony of night music accompanied her hurried steps.

Nervously, Rhianna reached into her pocket and rubbed the MacKay talisman, finding comfort in its presence.

"'Tis nothing more than tae be far away from his reach I be wanting," she muttered.

Rhianna's feet slipped on the moss-covered forest floor. White mist clawed at her hem while strange-colored clouds gathered in the sky. A shiver of foreboding raced down her spine. She'd never seen the like. Her fingers moved more quickly against the stone. She moved deeper into trees, hoping to escape the strange fog, but it twisted around her ankles and legs and rose to envelope her from head to toe. Fear unlike any she'd ever known gripped her soul. The fog thickened, and the world turned black.

Meet the Author

Sloan McBride is a multi-published romance author who lives in the paranormal. Her current otherworldly fascination is the Time Walkers. These stories blend Sumerian Mythology with the past, present and future. This army of warriors battles the King of the Underworld, demons, and some fallen gods. Check out Book One, “The Fury.” It will entice you to beg for more.

Sloan currently has five books in the making, three of which are for the Men of Fire Trilogy. These heroes are sexy daredevils, who will steal your heart and leave you breathless.


She belongs to a critique group with two other writers. They are known as the Sassy Scribes.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband of 34 years, a son, a daughter and a princess girly dog.

Connect with Sloan online:

www.sloanmcbride.com

www.facebook.com/sloanmcbrideauthor

http://twitter.com/#!/SloanMcBride

www.pinterest.com/sloanmcbride/

http://sloanmcbride.blogspot.com

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Highland Stone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing style was horrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pitiful. Predictable. Poorly penned. How 28 people gave this five stars is beyond me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad writing. Choppy. The characters are not believable. Definitely a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been a great book, great read, and something to look forward to, however I felt the author was locked on the sex and every detail of sex instead of the story line. You could have kept the sex in the story without the detail and we could have enjoyed the story line. I'm half way through this book and am deleting it when finished with this review, because my life isn't about reading hot lust and details about their lustful desires and fulfillment...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story about 430 pages. Kept my interest and even though I was about to get really REALLY mad towards the end the author came up with a fix so no worries. Deffinatly worth the read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No Depth to writing.
FastReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
I liked this book...I usually read 3 or 4 books a week and this one was good. It held my attention and kept me wanting to know more. It is a little long by the extra love scenes but even that just added to convincing you of the real love connection the 2 main characters are creating. Other reviewers commented on the ending...I don't agree that this one ended the same way as some of the other time travel romance books. This one had a twist to that ending...worth the money and the time.
KiddoTB More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read of hers and I am praying that she writes another Highland story. The time travel story line was very well written and believable. You could see it happening. I was so caught up in the storyline. Loved the characters. She gave you enough info on each one so that you got why they did what they did, but she didn't over dwell on them. It would be great to have a story about Jamie (hint, hint). I just couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. It flowed smoothly, and like I said before, you could really see this happening. Alaxandar was soooo HOT. LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great worth the money but the ending I didnt like so much. Read it and see for yourself. It seems all the time travel novels end the same way.
leahrecel1 More than 1 year ago
I felt a deep detachment from the story and the characters when I read this book. It started off good and then it all went downhill. I didn't care about the characters, the feelings that the two characters felt for each other wasn't palpable. The protagonists wasn't believable and the ending was just as disappointing as the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest, I could not put it down. The style of writting is good and well written. I felt like I was with her in Scotland. Couldn't wait to see what happpened next. The history of the time seamed real. How she describes the countryside and events drew me into the story even more. Kayd S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book worth buying. It kept my interest, basically I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A paranormal with a twist. I must same I was rooting for the main characters and enjoyed the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish the ending wasnt so rushed
Jetches More than 1 year ago
The book was filled with some really really good romance...and I was loving it, but the ending sort of ruined it for me. Sadly, it didn’t make sense and i’m not the kind of person who could just let that fly. Clearly the author needed a way to end it and make it a happy ending and by doing so just sort of swept the detail under the rug. But, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy this novel, because that would be a lie. I did, there could have been more depth and a better ending, but I did love it. There also seems like there could be a second and it could be a series...there is definitely some characters that I want to see happy and hear their story, but this seemed to be the only book in the series, which made me a little sad when I realized it.  Good: The characters. All are pretty unique, different and interesting Bad:  The ending. How the ending came to be was never really explained...it just happened and was blamed on magic. That's not really ok for me. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the book was good until the end. Sadly the end really effected me. That aside the book was rather easy to follow and I never misunderstood anything with regards to the plot and/or characters. There also seemed to be a lot of hope for a continuation in the series with other characters. I admit that I’d be willing to read another book with some of the same characters, but it doesn't seem like that will be the case. Its a shame because, ending aside, there was definitely promise for this novel as a series.
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Really enjoyed this story! It made me laugh and actually get teary-eyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Good Read and Way Nice Twist on the ending.
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This book is juts fun to read. I could not stop reading it!!
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