Research has a way of pulling us historical authors down into
a never-ending spiral of, oooh, I must know more. For some of us, itís the most fascinating
part of our job and for even more of us history geeks, itís like catnip. Weíve always been
infatuated with those who came before us. But that must be the reason we love the genre to
Recently, I was listening to a YouTube video of the song, The Massacre at Glencoe,
sung by John McDermott. I found this ballad on a previous trip down the research rabbit hole
and Iím still occasionally haunted by it, so when the mood strikes, I pull it up and listen again.
The song is about the true story that inspired the ďRed WeddingĒ in Game of Thrones. Itís the
tale of the slaughter of innocent members of clan MacDonald by Campbells, who were under
the MacDonald roof as guests and it has always touched me emotionally. This particular day, I
started bawling. Thatís when I decided to go on a quest. There must be something about me
that makes this reach into my soul the way it does.
I suddenly remembered the magazine Iíd picked up and the
page Iíd marked about a free family tree website. I typed in familysearch.org and started
adding names, along with birth and death dates from the family history lists my mother had
given me. Suddenly, the day was over without me realizing it, but during those lost hours, I
discovered that Iím a descendant of Sir John Wallace, brother to William Wallace, aka
Braveheart. I felt vindicated that I had this connection to Scotland which I hadnít known I
owned earlier in the day.
Since then, Iíve continued to research and have found more
connections to other historical figures in Scotland, England, France, and the United States. All
this has just ignited a firestorm to know more about the people who came before and what life
was like for my ancestors.
It has spurred in me a deeper need to share the stories I
uncover. So here it is, research begets more research. And I hope my knowledge will make me
a better writer and kindle in someone else the desire to know more about the past.
As with my search into my own past, researching the
Covenanters and Royalists for my Highland Pride series led me into England and on the path
toward discovering more about King Charles I. In my new release, Highland Salvation, we visit
the king and where he took refuge during his conflict with the English Parliament and Puritans.
I enjoy sharing these tidbits of true historical facts and mingling them with my heroís and
heroineís adventures. Of course, my characters' journey is the focus of what I write, but Iím
happy that in a way, I also get to share my love of the past while giving my couple their Happily
Highland Pride #4
Finlay Cameron, the bastard son of an English earl and a Scottish mother, weds stunning,
outgoing Blair Macnab to ensure her clanís loyalty to King Charles. Sheís everything heís ever
wanted in a wife, but he suspects she may be plotting his murder.
Always considered to be nothing more than a pretty face, Blair Macnab yearns to prove her
worth. She refuses to be used as a pawn for political gain, but when confronted by a
blackmailer, her only option is to marry the brawny Finlay Cameron.
In Finlayís arms, she feels safe for the first time ever. Until she learns that her blackmailer is
hot on her trail and her secrets could soon be exposedÖ
Each book in the Highland Pride series is STANDALONE:
* Highland Deception
* Highland Redemption
* Highland Temptation
* Highland Salvation
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Lori Ann Bailey writes hunky highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding
their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland. Writing about the people and
places playing in her head helps her live out her dreams and delve into her love of history and
She lives in Northern Virginia with her real-life hero, four kids that keep her on her toes, two
dogs determined to destroy her house and two cats secretly plotting the demise of those
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