The last in this great series just released, so here I have the entire thing!
The Eilan Water Trilogy by Cherime MacFarlane concluded a few weeks ago in the Historical Romance genre.
The Other Side of Dusk ~ The Eilan Water Trilogy Book 1
The Romans are already there in force. The Antonine Wall stretches from the firth of Clyde to the firth of Forth. While the Romans pursue conquest on a grand scale, the Scotti are infiltrating Pictish territory slowly.
Ualan’s people are a mix of Pict and Scott. They face the Romans on one hand and the Picts on the other. Their hold is tenuous. Things take a terrible turn when Ualan’s someone kills his mother and sells him into slavery to a Roman woman.
She needs a stud, a young one who won’t challenge the master. Her life depends on producing an heir. Ualan hates her and all she stands for. Her plot backfires when an old soldier mentors the boy. He helps Ualan escape with their son. At home, his troubles are far from over. War with his Pictish kin looms, and the master seeks the child he declares is his, not Ualan’s.
McGrath House Indie Book Award Finalist 2017
NOTE: May contain triggers.
It pleased him to hear Taog had someone to call friend. Ualan was aware that he was a little too young for the older lads, but Taog’s age kept him from playing with the smaller children also. There were more children his age in Eilan a’ Camus or Eilan a’ tha Mull.
As he wondered how old Baltair’s daughter might be, Ualan hurried down to the pool in the Eilan. He spotted Taog’s brightly colored hair through the trees. The sun seemed to turn the red-gold strands into a nimbus around his head.
Taog stood over a figure sitting in the grass. Closer now, he noted the rich brown color of the lass’s hair. Ualan stepped out of the trees and called out to Taog. “Lad! Are ye and tha lass having fun?”
“Da!” His son turned and dashed across the grass to Ualan. As he watched the lad run, movement caught his eye. The figure on the ground rose. Ualan grasped Taog and wrapped his arms around the chattering child who welcomed him home. But his gaze was on the woman. She was certainly a woman grown.
Sorcha was the name his aunt used. Her height was between his and Taog’s. Reed slim, she closed the distance between them quickly. Ualan didn’t look at Taog as he pulled him up into his embrace and settled the child on one hip.
The smiling woman had green eyes that glittered. Ualan swallowed hard. She came to a stop and looked them over from head to toe. With a chuckle, Sorcha took a step closer.
“It seems ye have ah skill I’ve not often seen ah man possess.”
His throat dry as a bone, Ualan swallowed again. “What might that be?” he asked the woman.
“It appears ye have experience holding lads.”
Taog’s arms encircled his neck. Ualan turned his head to smile at the child. “Aye, ‘tis so.” Taog hugged him and Ualan held the boy tight for a moment. “Taog is my lad. I’ve held him from nearly tha moment he was born.” Ualan felt the heat crawl up his neck. He hadn’t meant to blurt out that bit of information. Now she would ask questions he didn’t want to answer.
He spun away from her abruptly. Before walking off, Ualan straightened his spine and sighed. Rudeness on his part when she had done nothing was uncalled for. He turned back to the woman and gave her a slight nod. “What were ye doing there? Did ye need any help?”
The smile his action wiped from her face reappeared. “We’ve gathered willow wands. I’ve a need tae repair some things in tha smithy. Taog offered tae help me carry them home. We were tying them intae a bundle.”
Ualan gave the boy another hug and bent to put the child on his feet. “I can help ye with tha chore. Come. Let’s see what ye have.”
A Bard’s Desire ~ The Eilan Water Trilogy Book 2
A tale of the twilight of the Roman Empire.
Aed’s dreams of Muirne fill his heart with yearning. She is his desire, all he hopes for. Sending the message alerted her father and uncle, but he and Muirne did not part as lovers. He thought to give her hope that he would return. Curse the land. Curse his kin, she is his heart’s wish.
Muirne believes Aed. Come spring, he will come. While she waits, Muirne must thwart her father and uncle’s plans and avoid her cousin. Grainne’s seduction of Aed should have earned her a slit throat. Muirne must wait on Aed. All hinges on his ability to evade his uncle and cousins, snatch Muirne and avoid Grainne.
Ualan agreed to go with the bard on a raid to take the woman from her kin. The two young men set off in a skin boat for Eire. They need a band of warriors and have only themselves and a determined woman who waits in Eire.
A Wanderer’s Dream ~ The Eilan Water Trilogy Book 3
She is a prisoner here, but still in the north, far from the fat trader her father would have bargained her away to. Since she manipulated Aed into bringing her along, she cannot complain. Things are not as bad as they could be for Grainne until Ualan takes steps to keep her from his father. Insisting she become the Roman’s woman, Ualan forces them together against all advice.
Roman by citizenship, Berber by birth, smith by choice, Aghilas has exchanged one master for another. Ualan gave him no choice. Die or submit, he became Ualan’s man. Forced to take Grainne as his woman, Aghilas is angry and frustrated.
The Picts of Corda are an ever-present threat. Torcuil, chief of the mixed band of Scotti and Pict fears all-out war. While he spirits away more settlers from Eire, Ualan is in charge of Eilan Water. The chief of the small band hopes more warriors will equate with victory. Two smiths should help increase the weapons of war for they will need them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meet Cherime MacFarlane, Award Winning, Best-Selling Author. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done-that life. Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Science Fiction Fantasy, Paranormal and Inspirational novels, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
As a reporter for the Copper Valley Views, Cherime MacFarlane received a letter of commendation from the Copper River Native Association for fair and balanced reporting. She was part of the Amazon Best Selling in Anthologies and Holidays, Fantasy Anthologies, Short Stories, and Mystery. The Other Side of Dusk, historical romance, was a finalist in the McGrath house awards of 2017.
by Cherime MacFarlane
Rule number one. Never let someone discourage you. Develop a thick skin, you will need it. I attended a writer’s conference, and it was a gigantic waste of money and time. It cost me about fifteen years. I hear lots of tales from newbie writers who got the critique that almost shut them down. Turn that stuff off.
It’s one thing to have someone tell you where you can improve your story, it’s another to have them trash it so thoroughly you want to quit. That mindset seems to come from a couple of places, where doesn’t concern me. What does is forgetting about the criticism which serves no reasonable purpose but to tell you to forget it because you aren’t good enough.
The more you write the better you get. Last month I gave a book to someone who made disparaging remarks years ago. After reading they read it, I got a nice email telling me how much they liked the book. With a grin on my face I sent them a reply and reminded them it was the book they got in manuscript form and handed back to me with a scowl. I got better because I kept at it and now that person plans to read all my books. The moral of the story, keep writing, get people you trust to have your back read your work, but don’t stop.
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