Highland Yearning by Dawn Ireland

22898524_sIt’s Welcome Wednesday here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. This week we’re featuring author Dawn Ireland and her latest release, Highland Yearning, a time travel romance and part of the The Mackay Saga from Soul Mate Publishing.

A Fun Fact From the Author:

In my first draft, the Epilogue was originally in Scruffy’s point of view. (He is the heroine’s dog.) It ended up being cut, but I did an interview with Scruffy on my blog as I wanted to give him his HEA.

About the Book:

highland-yearning-_505x825Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?


An Enticing Excerpt:

“Are we done, lassie?” Caden’s voice sounded tight. Almost as if he were speaking through his teeth.

“I guess so.” She turned and leaned back against the rough stone. “We’ve searched all the rooms in this part of the tower.”

“And thanks to you, every person we came across thinks I’m bedding you.”

“Would you rather I let them know we were searching for what they consider to be an imaginary ring?” She inclined her head. “I had to come up with some reason for us to be alone in the upstairs bedrooms.”

“They’ll never truly believe I’d bed a Sutherland.”

Ariel reined in her anger. “Yes, they will. After all, your brother is about to marry a Sutherland.”

He came to within a foot of her. “Nay, he will not.” His tone softened. “Don’t you ken what other men will think of you, lassie?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“They’ll believe they can take liberties, and you’ve no one to protect you.”

“You’re worried about my safety?”


When was the last time someone worried about her? Her heart did a little twist. “That’s sweet, but I can take care of myself.”

“But your reputation—”

“Isn’t a problem. After all, I’m not staying. If anything, you need to worry about your reputation.” She bit her lip to keep from laughing at the mixture of frustration and confusion on his face.

She shook her head. “We left some of those rooms in five or ten minutes. Word could get around that you are . . . shall we say, less than adequate.”

He smiled, amusement crinkling the corners of his eyes. “Then I’d have to prove otherwise to every lassie who questioned it.” His voice lowered and he studied her face. “Would you be wondering about my capabilities?”


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About the Author:

bio-6“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words, because she never knows where they will lead. She writes stories to remind herself that even though things may seem bleak, there is always the possibility of a “Happily Ever After.” If along the way she makes readers smile, cry or see the magic in their everyday lives, then she’s done her job.

Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England and the Highlands – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.

Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?

When she’s not writing, Dawn may be found singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving. She lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats.

Dawn hopes you’ll read her books, and together you’ll bring to life characters that aren’t perfect, but have a story to tell.


Connect With DawnWebsite | Blog | Facebook | Twitter


It’s been a pleasure having Dawn visit with us today. We look forward to a return visit with the next Mackay Saga release.

Please come back again tomorrow for the beginning of the Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop. We’ll have grand prizes and site prizes and lots of tricks or treats!

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.




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2 Responses to Highland Yearning by Dawn Ireland

  1. Dawn Ireland says:

    Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for having me stop by. I hope readers enjoy Highland Yearning. This is the first book I’ve written where a dog plays such an integral part. (He’s the heroine’s best friend.) It was a wonderful challenge. I always had to think, “Where’s Scruffy?” Keeping track of him wasn’t easy:-)

    I love hearing from my readers, so please, don’t be shy.

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