Highland Arms by: Cathie Dunn "Sizzles with tension, lust and adventure"

Betrayed by her brother’s lies, Catriona MacKenzie is banished from her home to her godmother’s manor in the remote Scottish Highlands. While her family ponders her fate, Catriona’s insatiable curiosity leads her straight into trouble–and into the arms of a notorious Highlander.

Five years after an ill-fated Jacobite rebellion, Rory Cameron works as a smuggler to raise money for the cause–until Catriona uncovers a plot against him and exposes his activities. Now, Rory is faced with a decision that could either save their lives or destroy both of them.

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I began to read romance novels when I was around 12. I'd pilfer them from my mother and shoved them behind my bed when she came into the room. Needless to say, she knew exactly what I was reading. When I came across Victoria Holt, Barbara Erskine and M.M. Kaye, I knew I had found my favourite genre mix: historical romantic fiction with a touch of danger.
I've always been interested in history, subscribing at school age to a series of history magazines aimed at pupils. I was hooked by their fascinating articles. Since then, history books have a pride of place on my bookshelves. My favourite eras are the Dark & Middle Ages, though I'm also partial to the Tudors, the Scottish Jacobites, and to France during the days of the Sun King.
I love books with a dash of danger: a murder; an abduction; a dark secret; deception. A historical setting during days of anarchy, rebellions, and warfare. These are great ingredients to make a romance story even more gripping. For me, they add depth to a story. Human emotions and fears can be explored and exposed. Your characters' conflicts become more challenging.
About author
Cathie Dunn

My stories cross several genres and – just like my characters – they don’t fit into any particular box. It is my own way of combining my favourite genres: romance, historical fiction and suspense.

I have had two novels published: Highland Arms (originally released by The Wild Rose Press, and now self-published) and Dark Deceit (with Crooked Cat Books). I also self-published a paranormal novella, Silent Deception, which is currently available to read for ‘free’ on Smashwords!

I lived in Scotland for many years, and I do still miss it. In 2017 I relocated to France with my husband. We share our home near Carcassonne with Tiger, our 13 year-old cat; Ellie, a griffon mongrel adopted from the local SPA; Charlie Young Cat, a Siamese foundling; and Shadow Kitten, the last of four abandoned kittens we raised in the summer who has decided to stay with us.

I hold a Certificate in Creative Writing (Online) from Lancaster University, and I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Dark Deceit – original trailer
Works in Progress

Love Lost In Time

AD 2016
Languedoc, France

Historian Maddie Winters is made to live in her late mother’s house in southern France for one year
before she can inherit the extensive property – and sell it!
Resigned, she sets out to renovate the house in the meantime.
What she did not expect to find were human bones under the kitchen floor!


Highland Escape


Cailean MacKinnon is only interested in fighting for the Scottish cause. He joins Wallace at Falkirk but is wounded when he takes an axe blow. Ewan de Moray drags him into a nearby forest and binds up his wounds. Hearing the English search for any survivors Moray comes out, diverting the soldiers' attention to himself. Cailean’s intervention is too late when Moray takes a fatal hit to the throat. When Cailean rushes to de Moray’s manor to tell de Moray’s widow - he finds the manor burnt down and Isobel – who he considers to be the wife – abducted. He follows the trail and captures her. Not sure what to do with the girl, with her home in enemy hands, he takes her to his home...

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"Feisty heroine, a man with secrets, a mystery . . . and beautiful Cornwall!"
  • Joanna Gawn
  • author of The Lazuli Portals
"A remote manor house, Cornish cliff-top locale, and ghostly apparitions are the perfect backdrop for a Victorian Gothic story..."
  • Francine Howarth
  • author
" Dark Deceit is a captivating read that draws you in the plot of civil war, murder, confusion, intrigue and a sprinkling of romance, just for good measure"
  • The Accidental Poet
  • 5* review
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