There were dramatic skies the last time I ventured into the Cairngorms. Beautiful though. These were skies to stand and stare at.
And mountains to walk around in. The funicular railway is out of service just now, due to cracks having been discovered in the cement, so if you want to go up high, it’s on with those walking boots!
I didn’t go very high. It was more of a restful day than an energetic one. A ‘lentil soup in the cavernous restaurant at the base station’ type of day (you will get lentil soup everywhere you go in Scotland).
The free-ranging reindeer herd remained elusive this time, but here’s an older photo of them. Much better pictures on their own website!
Back down at sea level, The Mermaid and the Bear has a release date! It’s out in both paperback and kindle on October 18th. Amazon have the Kindle and Waterstones have the paperback available for pre-order now.
And there’s a blurb:
Isobell needs to escape. She has to. Her life depends on it.
She has a plan and it’s a well thought-out, well observed plan, to flee her privileged life in London and the cruel man who would marry her, and ruin her, and make a fresh start in Scotland.
She dreams of faery castles, surrounded by ancient woodlands and misty lochs… and maybe even romance, in the dark and haunted eyes of a mysterious Laird.
Despite the superstitious nature of the time and place, her dreams seem to be coming true, as she finds friendship and warmth, love and safety. And the chance for a new beginning…
Until the past catches up with her.
Set in the late sixteenth century, at the height of the Scottish witchcraft accusations, The Mermaid and the Bear is a story of triumph over evil, hope through adversity, faith in humankind and – above all – love.
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