Shadows and Light at the Beach

shadows and light at st combs beach in Aberdeenshire

We know extremes of light and dark in Scotland. At the height of summer, it never gets properly dark. Around the time of the winter solstice, it barely gets light. But just now, the low sun illuminates spaces and objects from an angle that highlights both shadows and light. Oh, the photo-taking opportunities!

A river runs into the sea at St. Combs beach in Aberdeenshire.

river at the beach

White frothy waves crash against grey rocks.

waves crash at St Combs beach. Shadows and light.

Glorious rocks and sand and sky.

rocks and shadows and light at the beach

The break in the clouds is brief. The sand darkens under a blue and white patchwork sky.

clouds and shadows at the beach

Chosen Sisters, Romans and Romance

Sisters at the Edge of the World cover

Set in 1st century Scotland, SISTERS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD includes the battle of Mons Graupius between the Romans and the Caledonian tribes. The book features a neurodiverse main character and some rather complicated romance.

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Review from Terry Tyler: “It’s a fabulous story, a real page-turner and so well written. It made me think about the passage and circle of time, of the constancy of the land on which we live and the transient nature of human life. Loved it.

Read the article Roman Aberdeenshire features in author’s new book from Grampian Online.

Witchcraft and a Handsome Laird

The Mermaid and the Bear cover

Taking place mainly in a fictional castle, 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.

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Review from Tonya Ulynn Brown: “Before I go any further, I just have to say, this is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read…

From the Press and Journal: New book by Fraserburgh author highlights horrific extent of witch trials in Scotland 

Kidnapping, Slavery and Friendship

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair, out 2021

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children and young people of Aberdeen. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

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“Filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society Editor’s Pick

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19 Replies to “Shadows and Light at the Beach”

  1. What lovely images. Something about the second one really gets me – I can taste a tang of salt and a feel a hint of colder days to come on the breeze over that water…!

  2. Thank you all for your lovely comments! The light conditions were constantly changing and spectacular that morning. Point and click 🙂

  3. Hi, Ailish, instead of spending time on Twitter, I’m now following you here, and thanks for following my site. Lovely photos! Hubby and I don’t live in such a scenic location, so these are greatly appreciated. Best wishes for your success, too, with your books. And have a great holiday season.

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