Coming August 11th from Eliza Knight !
An unclaimed land in the Scottish isles is ruled by the male and female victors in a series of war games every five years. Named Chief and Lady of the land, they rule the vast holding, and protect the people by divine right, until the next game begins.
After her brother’s death Ceana is named laird. The only way for her clan to survive the ravages of the Highlands is to join in the war games. Bastard son of a powerful earl, Macrath is placed in the games by his vengeful stepmother. He must survive for the ultimate retribution.
Ceana can’t stand the arrogant Highlander who seems to be following her, and yet she can’t seem to walk away. Macrath wants nothing more than to be rid of the woman who keeps stealing his weapons. What starts out as a race to survive turns into passion to endure together.
May the gods be ever in their favor…
HIGHLAND HUNGER EXCERPT
A land lays unclaimed on the windswept north shore of the western isles.
Once, on these isles, Sìtheil Castle flourished under the rule of Olaf the Black. King Olaf was powerful, his army strong and his determination to keep what was his, fervent. Under his rule the clan was revered as one of the most powerful within all the realm. Unsurpassed in its wild and enchanting beauty, surrounding clans wanted desperately to enjoy the fruits of Olaf’s land, the comforts and protection of the castle stronghold. But the thick stone walls could not defend against the vicious plague that killed nearly everyone who resided there. Those who were left alive were at the mercy of their neighbors. Men who’d once watched with envious eyes from afar took up arms against the weakened holding—killing King Olaf. Unaware of what was happening so far away, the ruling Scottish council could not help the few survivors, and soon neighboring clans—and even those as far as the northern isles—began laying siege to Sìtheil, declaring war against each other.
Olaf’s widow fought fiercely to keep her son Gillemorre’s claim and inheritance, but was eventually defeated.
With constant bloodshed, the land fell into disarray. Crops dried up and disappeared. Animals died. Children starved. Some survivors fled into the woods, only to be devoured by the wild, ravenous beasts within the dark and vast recesses. Many succumbed to the swords brought down upon them by their cruel enemies, but one survivor escaped—Gillemorre. Facing danger—and death—he stole a small boat in the night and braved the rough waters to the main land, where he made the journey to Scone. He met and pleaded with the king on behalf of his holding and the few survivors he hoped existed. The king believed he would have to reign in a horde of barbarians and so he tasked his council with making a decision on the fate of Sìtheil.
The council members decreed that only the fiercest of rulers would be able to keep the people of Sìtheil safe. Better yet—two fierce warriors. Only those who hungered for victory, would be able to restore order.
And so there would be war games.
Every five years a series of games would commence between the warring clans—and each clan would sacrifice two warriors—a male and female. There could be only two winners. One male. One female.
To be married and named Chief and Lady of the land. To live in the grand castle rule the vast holding, and protect the people by divine right.
May the gods be forever in their favor…
Look for the first game of HIGHLAND HUNGER releasing August 11th!
GET TO KNOW ELIZA:
How long have you been writing? I’ve been actively writing since I was six years old, but professionally for eight years.
How many books have you written? OMG… Written—probably 40. Published 34 (including novellas).
What genre(s) do you write? I think a better question is what genres don’t I write 😉 I’ve been published in historical romance, time-travel, erotic romance, contemporary romance and historical fiction.
What genre(s) do you read? I love to read almost anything, but I typically pick up a lot of women’s fiction, erotica and non-fiction. Though, I’m a sucker for a historical!
What author makes you go all fan-girl? Julie Garwood! I was so excited to meet her last year!
What conference(s) are you scheduled to attend? I just left the RWA Con in San Antonio. Next up for me is the Baltimore Book Festival in Sept and the Philly Author Fest in November.
What is your favorite cover designed by The Killion Group? I have adored all of the covers designed by TKG, but my absolute favorite to date (and I can’t pick one!) are the serial covers for my upcoming release HIGHLAND HUNGER.
The Quick and Dirty
Sweet or salty? Both! Chocolate with a little salt sprinkled on top.
Chocolate or pizza? Oh, god, really???? Can’t I have both???
Coffee or tea? You guys are torturing me. BOTH.
Wine, whiskey, or water? Oh, for sure wine!!!!
Beach or mountain vacation? Depends on the weather, but I’ll go with beach.
Alpha or Beta hero? ALPHA!!!!
Smooth or hairy chest hero? I like a little hair—not a lot.
Cowboy, Cop, Duke or Doctor? DUKE, all dark and mysterious…