A Highland Captive by: Cathie Dunn 1298 Scotland Cailean MacDubhgaill joins the battle at Falkirk but takes a blow to the thigh by an axe. Sir Eòin de Moray helps him escape following defeat and takes him into a nearby forest, but is killed fighting off pursuers. Once Cailean has recovered from his injuries, he rushes to de Moray’s manor to convey the news to the knight’s daughter, Isobel, but he finds the manor burnt down, and Isobel abducted. Determined to honour the lord who had saved his life, he tracks Isobel down. Finding herself taken away from her home against her will, Isobel de Moray ponders her fate when a nighttime raid on the mercenary camp sees her freed – only to fall into the hands of a strong-minded knight. The stranger takes her to his keep on the remote island of Eorsa, to keep her safe. But Isobel has other ideas… $0.99 / £0.99 - BUY BOOK
I've always been interested in history, even subscribing at school age to a series of history magazines. Since then, a growing collection of history books has pride of place on my bookshelves. My favourite eras are the Dark & Middle Ages, although I'm also partial to the Tudors, the Scottish Jacobites, and to France during the intriguing days of the Sun King.
I love novels with a hint of danger: a murder; an abduction; a dark secret; deception. A historical setting during days of anarchy, rebellion 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.
I began to read romance novels when I was 12. I'd pilfer them from my mother and shove them behind my bed when she entered my 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.
About author
Cathie Dunn

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

I have released three novels: A Highland Captive (with Ocelot Press; now available on pre-order), Highland Arms (originally through The Wild Rose Press, and now with Ocelot Press) and Dark Deceit (with Crooked Cat Books). I also self-published a paranormal novella, Silent Deception, which is ‘free’ in ebook formats on various online outlets.

I lived in Scotland for many years, and I do still miss it. In 2016, I relocated to the Languedoc in the south of France with my husband. We share our home in beautiful, historic Carcassonne with Tiger, our 14 year-old Welsh cat; Ellie, a griffon / beagle mongrel adopted from the SPA; Charlie Cat, a young Siamese girl; and Shadow, the last one of four abandoned kittens we rescued in July 2017.

I studied Creative Writing online at Lancaster University and hold a BA Hons in Modern Languages from the Open University. I now teach Creative Writing locally.

I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the Independent Author Support Network, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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"‘Dark Deceit’ has all the essential elements: historical accuracy, political intrigue, the atmosphere of the times, a virtuous lady under threat from ruthless villains, a noble knight to protect her and defend her honour."
  • James Gault
  • author of Teaching Tania
"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
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" 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