Rocky Shores for Release Day

rocky shores at Broadsea

Originally posted October 2019.

We’ve moved North and round the corner from the golden sands of Fraserburgh beach, and arrived at the rocky shores of Broadsea and a beautiful rock pool, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in the background.

rocky shores and clouds

But the book is out! Released! That’s all that’s really on my mind today… though I can be momentarily distracted by shells:


It’s a strange feeling this, like opening a window and letting something precious and secret fly away to where it can now be seen by anyone who wants to see it!

Broadsea house

That’s my favourite little house at Broadsea, right beside the rugged rocky coastline.

rocky shores

So… deep breath…

Set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.

And it has a castle.

And a stone circle.

And medieval Christmas.

Out in paperback and Kindle NOW!

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Mermaid blurb

77 Replies to “Rocky Shores for Release Day”

        1. I’m sorry about that. The publisher have sent it out to all bookshops that requested it. It would go to Waterstones distributor first, then be, well, distributed! Hopefully it won’t take much longer.

  1. I signed up for auto-delivery, Ailish. Good luck wih the release! I am so envious you have tide pools – I spent hours there when I lived in California.

  2. Congratulations on the release! Am going to get the book. I love the photos of the Broch area, which I know so well. When you have time drive about 4 miles west to Rosehearty, then head for the West Cliffs looking towards Pennan. A magic place. At present I’m working on a novella set there.

  3. Congratulations! I just bought the Kindle. I can’t wait to read it and will leave a review when I finish. I hope your precious fledgling soars to the top of Amazon visibility today! I always feel as though I have given birth to a child on my book release days. So exciting to see what’s hidden come to light. All the best wishes for success!

  4. The pictures are breathtaking!Thank you for sharing. And a huge well done on your novel!!! I think your image of opening a window and letting something precious fly out is very apt

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