View of an old military road at Rest and Be Thankful, Scotland, July 2014

View of an old military road at Rest and Be Thankful, Scotland, July 2014

I don’t so much mind that the bedroom is haunted, but that doll’s kind of creeping me out.

I don’t so much mind that the bedroom is haunted, but that doll’s kind of creeping me out.

In my book, Highland Passage, Ciarán and Mac are here during the bombardment of Eilean Donan Castle.

Alnwick Castle (aka Hogwarts), July 20, 2014

Alnwick Castle (aka Hogwarts), July 20, 2014

Photos: Covenanters Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, July 2014.

The Inspiration for Highland Soldiers 1: The Enemy

When I visited here on a previous trip, the following story inspired me to write Highland Soldiers: The Enemy. It appears on a plaque outside the Covenanters’ Prison in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Here is the text of the plaque pictured above, which appears to the left of the entrance to Covenanters’ Prison.

Behind these gates lies part of the Greyfriars Kirkyard which was used in 1679 as a prison for more than one thousand supporters of the National Covenant who have been defeated by Government forces at the Battle of Bothwell Brig on 22 June. For more than four months these men were held here without any shelter, each man being allowed 4 ounces of bread a day. Kindly citizens were sometimes able to get some more food.

Some of the prisoners died here, somewhere tried and executed for treason, some escaped and some were freed after signing a bond of loyalty to the ground. All those who were persecuted and died for their support of the National Covenant in the rains of Charles II and James VII are commemorated by the Martyrs Memorial on the north-eastern wall of the kirkyard. The Covenant, which was first signed in Grey Friars Kurt in 1638, promised to defend Presbyterianism from intervention by the crown.

In November 1679 the remaining 257 men who had been sentenced to transportation overseas, were taken to Leith and placed on board a ship bound for the American colonies; nearly all were drowned when the ship was wrecked off the Orkney Island s (where there is a monument in their memory) but 48 of the prisoners survived.

The section of the kirkyard used to imprison the Covenantors lay outside the existing south wall and included the area now covered by buildings on Forest Road. The area behind the gate was laid out for burials in 1705 and contains many fine monuments but these did not exist at the time of the prison.

The plaque has been provided by the Grefriars Kirkyard Trust with the support of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association.

Train window photo of clouds touching the mountains on the train from Edinburgh to Inverness, Scotland. July 23, 2014.

Train window photo of clouds touching the mountains on the train from Edinburgh to Inverness, Scotland. July 23, 2014.

Doune Castle: July 2014

Doune Castle: July 2014

Stranded during a snowstorm, a young woman finds shelter with a Highland warrior misplaced by time in HIGHLAND PASSAGE, a new time travel romance at Amazon.

Stranded during a snowstorm, a young woman finds shelter with a Highland warrior misplaced by time in HIGHLAND PASSAGE, a new time travel romance at Amazon.

Love this. And you have to admire the minute-long introduction.

(Source: Spotify)

It took five trips to Scotland, but I’ve finally met the true love of my life. (I know it’s not from Scotland, but that’s where I had it. Om nom nom.)

It took five trips to Scotland, but I’ve finally met the true love of my life. (I know it’s not from Scotland, but that’s where I had it. Om nom nom.)

wodaole:

A foggy hike through Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

So gorgeous, though there were a few signs about falling rocks. Also, there may or may not have been a ghost that walked with us.

scotianostra:

An addition to the nave of Dunfermline Abbey this wk - banners placed by Lord Elgin to commemorate Bannockburn 700

scotianostra:

An addition to the nave of Dunfermline Abbey this wk - banners placed by Lord Elgin to commemorate Bannockburn 700

(Source: twitter.com)

scotianostra:

Bannockburn Live battle event

(Source: BBC)

THE BITTEN: Themed Stories Collected by Brandon Hale

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All proceeds go toward Brandon Hale’s fight with cancer,  so please consider buying a copy and sharing the link. —JL

The Bitten is the latest anthology from the authors at Raptor Retreat Press, collected by Brandon Hale. 

Whether it’s erotic, horrific or simply bloody, there is an intimacy between the predator and his or her prey, and once bitten, both are never the same again. These 28 tales encompass our most primal fears and fantasies. Stories that are amusing, poignant, sexy or acerbic, the reader, once tempted, will want to return again and again. 

This Vampire and Werewolf anthology contains stories by Trish Marie Dawson, Ana Oru’, Stephen Arseneault, George Wier, John Daulton, Jeanette Raleigh, Robert Thomas, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Randall Morris, Amelia Price (Jess Mountifield), Donna McNicol, John Peters, Randy Ingermanson, Corrie Fischer, Anna J. McIntyre, Lee Burton, Cleve Sylcox, Scott Langrel, Chris Ward, Elizabeth Jasper, WSMT3, Saxon Andrew, J R C Salter, James Rozoff, Alison Blake, Ben Cassidy, Billy Kring & K S Haigwood.