I have officially released my long-awaited book The Earl’s Treasure. Must I remind y’all that a pandemic made many things grind to a halt? Through moving mom to NC from FL, hubby’s surgeries, and temp work with my local Board of Elections, I pushed back the official release of my book several times. I decided that releasing the book December 1st could give my readers laughter, suspense, and romance in time for the holidays. Even though I do not consider it a Christmas novel, it takes place in the weeks before Christmas Eve.
This is my 30th romance and having it set partially in Scotland is due to my love of that country. I have volunteered at the New Hampshire Highlands Games for over 25 years with family (even this huge festival was canceled) but I only recently discovered I am partially of Scottish descent. The urge to write a Scottish historical novel grew. This book takes my characters from England, to Gretna Green, and beyond.
Here’s the short blurb:
After Stone is wounded and thrust into an earldom, and Adele is widowed by an abusive husband, these star-crossed childhood friends meet at an English country ball, escape a kidnapper searching for a mysterious treasure, and depart for Scotland ahead of those intent on killing anyone in their way.
Excerpt from The Earl’s Treasure
Holding tight to Satan’s reins, Adele returned to the churchyard. Murray lay on his back in the middle of the graveyard. The Highlander who had come to her aid now fought with Ike. The clang of Ike’s long knife against the kilted man’s thin black, pointed spear reverberated again, and again. The plaid warrior’s weapon wasn’t a sword, but he swung it fast enough to keep Ike’s weapon from hitting home.
It was difficult to take her eyes off the flying, clanging steel and iron, but she forced her gaze to the kilted warrior’s face. “Stone?”
She must have said it very loud, because he glanced her way. Ike moved in, aiming his dagger at Stone’s stomach.
“Watch out!” Adele kicked Satan’s flanks and they galloped toward the fighters. Stone parried Ike’s lethal strike, sending the dirk flying. Ike cursed, turned on his heel, and ran toward a pair of horses.
“Nay, love. We need to leave, while he’s alone.”
“Is Murray dead?” she asked, as she stared at the other stranger’s limp form.
Stone ran to her side, and swung up behind her. “No, but we should leave before he wakes up. Ike is our current problem.”
Loud curses rose from the tree where the men had tied their mounts.
“What is going on?” Stone said as he reached around her and grabbed the reins.
As they trotted toward the lane, she explained “When Ike let me go, then ran to fight ye, I untied the ribbon from my dress and hobbled the horses’ front hooves together.”
Stone’s heated breath warmed the skin beneath her left ear, as he leaned closer. “Smart lass.”
I hope to write several other books that feature secondary characters from this book. I have recently released a tie-in historical novella about a guy, a girl, and a Highland bull titled Love, Hamish and you can find out how to get a copy FREE HERE.
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About the Author
Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire while dreaming of being a writer. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling snow became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time.
Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. Connect with her here:
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