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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

⭐️Jayne Castel printable reading order list⭐️

I've had a few requests for a definitive list of all my books to date—and the best order to read them in! 



I did a count and realized that I've now published 25 books. I started publishing in 2012 so that's not bad going in 8 years!

If you're new to my books, this list should come in very handy! 💖

➡️View the list and download or print it out on Google Docs.




The whole SISTERS OF KILBRIDE series is available!

I've been a bit behind on keeping this blog updated - sorry about that everyone! The great news is that, in the meantime, I've published two more books and completed a series.

I give you THE SISTERS OF KILBRIDE!


This is a spin-off of The Brides of Skye series, and is set in 14th-Century Isle of Skye, Scotland

They took the veil in order to retreat from a harsh world. But even behind the walls of an abbey, they cannot escape their fate—or the men that will be their destiny.

Go back in time to 14th Century Isle of Skye ... and meet three feisty nuns: Ella, Leanna, and Coira. Love reading romances about second chances, forbidden love, women in jeopardy, reformed rogues, redemption and healing wounded hearts in a richly detailed historical setting? This action-packed series set in Medieval Scotland is for you!

What readers are saying:

“Every once in a while there comes a book that touches your heart like no other. This is one of them!” ★★★★★

“Wonderful!!! When I think Jayne Castel can't write a better novel, she does! This one is outstanding! It deserves 10 stars!!!” ★★★★★

“I really enjoyed Unforgotten by Jayne Castel. It engaged all of my senses and kept me thoroughly engrossed.” ★★★★★

“There are almost no words for this emotional roller coaster. Jayne has once again given us a book that will remain in our hearts. The story was heart-wrenching and truly made me cry more than once.” ★★★★★

"This was a bingeworthy tale ... the characters were phenomenal, as was the captivating plot." ★★★★★

"Oh my gosh, this was soooooo good!! Lots of action, danger, twists and turns, adventure and of course, hot passion abound throughout the story." ★★★★★

"If you love well written stories with well-developed characters and lots of suspense, action, and emotion, this is the book for you. Did I mention wonderful love scenes? *sigh!* It has everything! I couldn't put it down and when I had to, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. It's that good!" ★★★★★

Dive into the series with Book #1 here!


Wednesday, 22 April 2020

AWOKEN'S launch day is here!

Woo hoo, Book #2 in The Sisters of Kilbride series will be live in just a few hours! The ARC reviews for AWOKEN are coming in now ... and wowza, the readers are loving it so far! I'm so excited that you're enjoying Ross and Leanna's story.


To celebrate the launch, I'm also sharing the first page of AWOKEN with you here—enjoy!



AWOKEN (Book #2: The Sisters of Kilbride)

A novice nun stolen away by a ruthless clan-chief. The warrior who must turn his back on everything to save her. The emotional tale of a woman in jeopardy and a reformed rogue in Medieval Scotland.  

Leanna MacDonald never wanted to become a nun—but it was the only way her father could protect her from the attentions of a cruel man who wanted her as his wife. However, when Leanna’s father unexpectedly dies, her recently widowed former suitor decides he will have her no matter the cost.  

Ross Campbell has served Clan-chief MacKinnon loyally for years. But his allegiance is tested when MacKinnon orders him to steal a novice nun away from Kilbride Abbey. Ambitious and arrogant, Ross has worked hard to gain his position as MacKinnon’s right-hand. He doesn’t want to tear this young woman away from her cloistered existence, yet he won’t risk everything he’s worked so hard to obtain. 

Leanna’s abduction is the turning point in Ross’s life. He soon realizes that MacKinnon will ruin this brave, spirited young woman—and when she pleads with him for help, Ross must make a decision. How far will he take his loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it?

Get your copy of AWOKEN here:






Don't miss these movies and series set in Dark Ages Britain and Scotland





I adore movies and series set in the Dark Ages ... but I must admit it takes some effort to find them. 

Over the years I've devoured material set in this time period. Experts typically argue about what period the 'Dark Ages' actually covered. My definition is fairly broad. For me it's anytime from the 1st to the 11th Century. In Britain that covers the Roman occupation of right up to the Norman conquest in 1066 AD. Some historians include the Medieval period in the Dark Ages, but I don't. Even without including the Middle Ages, it's a huge period, and yet there isn't enough (in my opinion) movies and series set there! Maybe they need to make one of my books into movie or Netflix series!

A couple of these movies (The Eagle and Centurion) deal with the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion ... which is a coincidence because my secret project (out mid-2020) starts with this too!

Here are some Dark Ages films and series worth checking out!

MOVIES

King Arthur
King Arthur is a 2004  historical adventure film that reinterprets Arthur as a Roman officer rather than a medieval knight. Despite these departures from the source material, the Welsh Mabinogion, the producers of the film attempted to market it as a more historically accurate version of the Arthurian legends, supposedly inspired by new archaeological findings. The film also replaces the sword in the stone story with a more dark and tragic backstory of how Arthur claimed his sword Excalibur.

Watch the King Arthur movie trailer.

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Centurion
Centurion is a 2010 British historical action-war film, loosely based on the disappearance of the Roman Empire's Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. In ancient Scotland, the Ninth Legion liberates a Roman officer named Quintus Dias from his Pict captors. The soldiers are in pursuit of the Pict leader, and Quintus joins their quest. Soon afterward, the Romans' Pict guide betrays them, resulting in the slaughter of all but a handful of men. The Roman survivors try desperately to reach safety, as the indigenous warriors pick them off one by one.

Watch the Centurion movie trailer.

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The Eagle 
The Eagle is a 2011 epic historical drama film set in Roman Britain adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff's historical adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth (1954). The film tells the story of a young Roman officer attempting to recover the lost Roman eagle standard of his father's legion in Scotland. The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion's supposed disappearance in Britain.

Watch The Eagle movie trailer.

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Boudica: rise of the warrior queen
Boudica: rise of the warrior queen is the story of a queen who led an uprising against the might of Rome. Boudica is an innocent sixteen-year-old girl forced into an arranged marriage by her father, the leader of a Celtic Tribe. However her mother will do whatever it takes to protect her daughter; so much so that she takes Boudica and persuades her to flee the village and live in her childhood home, away from an arranged marriage and a miserable life. It is only a matter of time before the past catches up with everyone and Boudica must transform from a girl into the warrior queen of legend.

Watch the Boudica movie trailer.

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SERIES

The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels.The story is set in the late 9th century AD, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered, and effectively ruled by Viking Danes in many areas. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes.

Watch The Last Kingdom trailer.

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Vikings
Vikings is a historical drama television series inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian King, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. In the later seasons, the series follows the fortunes of his sons and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

Watch the Vikings trailer.

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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Starting 2020 with two new releases!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a relaxing festive season. I chilled out - and managed to keep my laptop closed for around nine days. As such, I'm ready to get back to my writing. I'm so excited about 2020 - and I'm starting the new year with two new releases. They're both already available on preorder, and I can't wait to share them with you!


First up is WARRIOR'S WRATH (Book #3: The Pict Wars) Available on preorder, release date: January 23, 2020.

A warrior driven by wrath. A woman willing to sacrifice herself for peace. A destiny neither can escape. Revenge and fated love set in Ancient Scotland.

Talor mac Donnel wants vengeance. Consumed by hate, he goes into occupied territory seeking to avenge his slain sister. But Talor’s plan goes awry when, instead of killing the man responsible for his sister’s death, he is taken captive.

Mor is tired of war. Her people have swept across The Winged Isle, leaving carnage behind them. Mor is a warrior, yet all she wants is to lay down her weapons and live in peace. And when a crazed enemy warrior breaks into their broch and tries to slay her father, she makes a decision that will change everything between their people.

The instant Talor locks gazes with his enemy’s proud daughter, Mor, everything he thought he believed about life and love starts to unravel. Together, they have the chance to bring peace to their war-torn isle—but only if he is able to let go of the past.

Preorder your copy here:




Next up is UNFORGOTTEN (Book #1: The Sisters of Kilbride) Available on preorder, release date: February 27, 2020.

A widowed clan-chief, a knife-wielding nun, and a once in a lifetime love. A sweeping, epic tale of second chances and forbidden love in Medieval Scotland—from the author of the Amazon best-selling Brides of Skye series.

Gavin MacNichol once broke Annella Fraser’s heart. 

After he ended their affair to wed her elder sister, Ella fled her home and took the veil. Eighteen years later, she’s shocked to find herself face-to-face with the man she’s never forgotten, or forgiven.

Recently widowed, Gavin has lived with regret all these years. He wed for duty, not for love. But when he escorts Sister Ella of Kilbride home to visit her ailing mother, he realizes that the passion he once felt for Ella still burns—hotter than ever.

Yet Ella is forbidden. She’s sworn her life to the Cluniac order, and is determined to resist the emotional response Gavin’s nearness provokes in her.

It’s only when Ella falls foul of the tyrant who controls the fate of her beloved abbey that Gavin and Ella’s lives become entwined once more.

But, this time, their fate is one that neither can run from.

Preorder your copy here and it'll be delivered to your Kindle on February 27, 2020:





Monday, 4 November 2019

WARRIOR'S SECRET (Book #2: The Pict Wars) is available on preorder!


Exciting news! WARRIOR'S SECRET (Book #2: The Pict Wars) has a publication date: November 28 2019. Can't wait for you to meet Ailene and Muin!

Some secrets will break your heart. Friends to lovers and unrequited love set in Ancient Scotland.

Ailene is the bandrui—seer—of The Eagle tribe. With her role comes much responsibility. She lives a solitary existence and prefers it that way. Ailene doesn’t realize that her best friend Muin is in love with her.  

Muin is The Eagle chieftain's son. He's loved Ailene since they were children yet has never gotten up the courage to tell her. But with their island under siege from marauders from the mainland he's running out of time. 

It’s only when Ailene dreams of Muin's death that she starts to see her best friend in a different light … only has her change of heart come too late? 

➡️Preorder your copy here and it will be delivered to your Kindle on November 28th!

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Writing update

The Brides of Series is complete! I've been taking a well-earned breather after the release of Book #3, but thought it was time to give you an update about where I'm at with all my writing projects, and what's coming next!
➡️The Brides of Skye is doing really well--thanks to all of you for your support! As such I HAVE to write more Scottish Medievals (you've already been emailing me asking when the next series will be out!).
➡️The next series (coming in early 2020) is The Sisters of Kilbride. This story is set in the same world as The Brides of Skye, and kicks off around a year after The Rogue's Bride ends. The series is about three nuns ... yes that's right ... nuns! Only these women aren't your typical nuns. The abbess of Kilbride Abbey takes an unorthodox approach to her role--she teaches all the nuns how to fight and defend themselves physically should the abbey ever be attacked! As such, these three heroines are not to be messed with! Book #1 centers around a character who appeared in The Rogue's Bride: Gavin MacNichol, a widowed chieftain who has never forgotten the woman he lost his heart to years earlier. The only problem is that his lost love is now a nun ... and is determined never to have her heart broken again!


➡️In the meantime, before I get started on the new series I've got two books to complete! First off the ranks is Path of the Dark, Book #3 in my Epic Fantasy Romance series. I'm around 65% through the first draft. The story's getting quite steamy! I'm really enjoying the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, Elias and Ryana.🔥
➡️Warrior's Secret, Book #2 in The Pict Wars series is waiting patiently for me to return to it. And I will ... just as soon as Path of the Dark is wrapped up. I know those of you who loved Warrior's Heart have been waiting for the sequel--sit tight, it's coming!
➡️Keep updated on my works in progress here:
http://www.jaynecastel.com/coming-soon
That's it for now ... two more releases scheduled for this year and a new series for 2020! 💖