New Release On the Edge by Claire Gillies and Meet the Author #Books #Romance

I like this tale of self-discovery and new starts.

On the Edge by Claire Gillies released on the 8 in the Women’s Fiction, romance genre.

Catherine MacGregor spends life daydreaming her way out of the perils of a dead-end job, and a dwindling love-life. Rather than face imminent redundancy, Cat finds herself giving up her life in the city, and moving to a remote Scottish island for a fresh start.

Unlocking her passion for art, things have never looked better, until the handsome but elusive musician Patrick Flannagan takes to the stage, complicating her best-laid plans.

Cat’s past could be catching up with her at last. Can she unlock her own secrets, and learn to love again, in time to save her brave new beginnings?

The book is on sale for only $0.99.

Before Cat could grasp her drink, she was approached by a younger man who looked a little nervous.

“Would you like to dance?” With his open, earnest baby-face, Cat put him at about eighteen, and was flattered.

“Yes, why not!” She fanned her face, trying to recover from the previous dance, ready to launch into another.  This one was different, still with a deal of twirling, but with variations involving kicks and a burst of graceful hopping.  Cat laughed as she missed a few steps, trying to keep up both with the music and her partner.  She loved the movement and the strength of the steps; they made her feel so alive, like her stint swimming in the sea earlier that month.  Her partner spun her around one last time, and the music stopped suddenly, and everyone clapped again.  The fiddler started playing on his own, a much slower waltz to which Cat was about to start gliding with her partner, until a cough came from behind them.

“May I interrupt?” Patrick smiled, and looked down at them both. 

“We’re just about to dance!” the boy said “Go find your own partner Paddy!”

“Come on now, Archie!” laughed Patrick, “you know I’m only good at the slow dances and there’s lots of girls lined up by the wall over there just waiting for you to ask them!”

The boy looked at Cat, then at Patrick, considering his prospects for a few moments.  “OK then,” he finished reluctantly, handing his partner over without any more complaint, heading quickly in the direction of the waiting girls.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Claire’s homeland continues to be a stream of inspiration for her. A clothing designer too, Claire (Lorna) creates one-off bespoke garments using Scottish tweeds and tartans.

Claire currently splits her time between Scotland and Australia with her lovely Irish husband. She is a cat lover (without the cat) and can be found either drinking coffee, researching the best cake haunts, or watching yet another costume drama!

Patrick Flannaghan is the love interest for my protagonist Cat MacGregor. Cat impulsively leaves her city life to live on a remote Scottish island and she first meets Patrick on a ferry boat. Their first encounter happens while Cat is suffering from extreme sea sickness (not the best look when you’re meeting the local hunk!). When she sees him again in a completely different environment, the attraction Cat has for Patrick is instant. I wanted to make Patrick a cheeky chappy, a bit of a rascal but a sensitive soul. He is passionate about his music but in some ways is lacking direction in his life, which is one of the reasons he is drawn to Cat. We watch Cat’s ambition unfold as she rediscovers her creativity within painting and all the while Patrick admires from afar. I wanted him to be realistic and a regular guy who would live on a remote island, working his everyday day job, and being a musician at night. I always pictured him with dark cropped wavy hair, green eyes and a deep Irish lilt. He’s not exactly based on one particular person, but a blend of a few people. In my head I saw a man similar to Aidan Turner. I don’t want to give too much away but as instant as the attraction is, there are a few hurdles that come between them each time. We also see there’s a bit more to Patrick than what meets the eye!



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  • a signed copy of the book. (International)



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