Introducing Kharisma Rhayne...
Thanks so much for allowing me to snag a spot on your blog for a little overtaking with some Highlander yumminess.
Today I’m not going to be overly chatty. I feel as though I’ve talked everyone’s ears off in the last couple of weeks. I’m thrilled you’re all following along the tour and I hope you’re coming to enjoy Breandan and Auralee’s story as much as I am. I’ve really enjoyed writing this serial. Peek below for an excerpt – and, as always, don’t forget to check out the stops as some have giveaways.
I hope you’ll join me…along with Breandan, Auralee and their friends on their journey.
Season 1 - Episode 5
Find out what happens after the betrothal refusal. See a new side of Tor.
Auralee sat by the loch wrapped in her cloak. Niall and Argus had asked her to remain in the keep due to the chill in the air, but she needed to escape the confinement. There wasn’t much for her to do. She didn’t do any sort of needlework and they’d not allow her to cook or clean. Izzy had control over the keep, but had offered her to do the menus for the kitchen. Since she was clueless and knew it would take Izzy weeks to teach her, she declined.
It was apparent Izzy loved her position and Auralee wasn’t about to start making enemies by making people unhappy.
But Auralee was becoming unhappy. She’d asked Niall to beg Argus for a way to go back to her real home. Her real time. It seemed she held no real purpose in being here.
The whispers were beginning to break through even her thick skin. People wondered why she was still at Dunakin. They wondered why she did nothing. Some wondered why she and Breandan acted as they did. Others wondered why she was not forced to marry since he’d obviously, and so publically, rejected her.
Every way Auralee turned, someone was saying something about her. It was almost as it was when she’d first arrived. Those that had started talking to her, no longer did. Well, a few did. They said they didn’t adhere to gossip, but most had ignored her without even so much as a goodbye said.
Then there was Breandan. She’d never been as stubborn as she was around him. It was like he pulled it from her and she could never simply be agreeable. She kept remembering the words he promised her if they married. He’d sacrifice his own life, and those of his men, to keep her safe. Chivalry like that didn’t exist in her old world.
Auralee knew she should have taken that and felt like one of the luckiest women in the world – and married him. But, he pulled it out of her again, she wanted more. Still she couldn’t believe, the way these old Scots were, and that she’d asked him to get on his knees. She didn’t think one of them would ever do something so submissive.
She would have killed if any of the men she’d known had said anything half as romantic to her. Hell, half? Shit, make that one-tenth as romantic.
Over the last year, Auralee had learned that the Highland Warrior was not a fantasy made up by creative authors. These men actually existed a long time ago. The time she was currently in. They protected their women, made sure their hands stayed soft, made sure they were fed, had clothing and were as safe as possible from other men.
Of course, like in the current time she’d left behind a year ago, it was also based on station. Some people ate better, fought better, and had softer hands.
Some things you couldn’t escape no matter the year or country you lived in.
Auralee looked over from the water she’d been staring at for what must have been hours. There sat Tor beside her. “Checking up on me?” She asked innocently.
“Ye know that any one of the three terrors would have me ballocks if any harm came to ye.” Tor smiled with amusement. He knew how it irritated her to be watched.
Auralee laughed, knowing he spoke of Niall, Argus and Breandan. Although which he feared most, she wasn’t certain. He fully believed that Argus had magic. Niall could banish or torture him. And there was no telling what Breandan would do to him. That thought made her visibly cringe. “Who are you going to try to hide from?”
“Hide?” Tor looked horrified. “I’ll no be hiding. I’ll lose me ballocks first. Hide.” Auralee watched him shake his head in disgust. “Would ye be having me wear a dress too?”
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