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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.

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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! 💖

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Just 10 days till THE ROGUE'S BRIDE launches!

THE ROGUE'S BRIDE is now available on preorder ... and will be released on June 20th!

Book #3 of The Brides of Skye series has been a real journey for me. Get ready for an angsty, complex, and highly emotional story of revenge, redemption—and love.


Some things cannot be forgotten—or forgiven. The widow trying to forge a new life for herself. The man she once spurned bent on revenge.

Caitrin is a widow left to rule her husband’s territory alone. The survivor of a loveless, unhappy marriage, she vows never to let another man control her. Instead, she finds herself in charge of a vast estate.

Alasdair MacDonald returns from war to discover his sister-in-law is chatelaine over his dead brother’s lands—territory that now belongs to him.

Caitrin has haunted Alasdair’s dreams from the moment she spurned him years earlier. He’s never gotten over it, or forgiven her for breaking his heart by choosing his elder brother over him. Now he has a chance for vengeance, to take her young son and her new-found freedom from her. Only he soon discovers that his long dormant feelings for the beautiful widow can’t be so easily set aside.

Release date, June 20th—preorder your copy today!

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Thursday, 11 April 2019

THE BEAST'S BRIDE preview!

It's just four days now till THE BEAST'S BRIDE (Book #1: The Brides of Skye) is unleashed!

To celebrate I'm sharing a preview of the novel. This is a pivotal scene that takes place at the beginning of games that our heroine's father has put on in order to force her to wed. Enjoy!



















A summer’s breeze laced with the scent of crushed grass feathered against Rhona’s cheeks. She sat upon the stands before the competition field and waited for the first of the strength games: the tossing of the caber.
Erected out of slabs of pine, the stands rose three tiers high. Much preparation had gone into this day. The MacLeod plaid—a crosshatch of yellow, black, and grey, threaded with red—fluttered from the ring that encircled the competition field.
Excited spectators chattered around Rhona, while crowds of village-folk gathered around the perimeter of the field. She sat in-between her father and Adaira, hands folded upon her lap. Since leaving the tower room, no one besides Adaira had spoken to her. Caitrin hadn’t come to the games, as her infant son had a fever, although Baltair was here. He sat farther along the bench, laughing over something with the man seated next to him.
Baltair had not greeted Rhona, or even acknowledged her—not something that bothered Rhona. But it stung that her father ignored her. Even Una stared right through her.
It was all part of her punishment. Rhona’s fingernails bit into her palms. How she wished she was far from here.
Men, clad only in plaid braies, their naked chests gleaming in the morning sun, walked out onto the field. Rhona’s throat closed at the sight of them.
So many … at least fifty.
Most of the faces she didn’t recognize, however, some she did. A blond, grinning young warrior called Connel, and Dughall MacLean. Of course—she’d known he’d compete.
The latter stood at the front of the group, dark blue eyes riveted upon the stands—upon her. Rhona ignored him. Let him stare, she thought. If he wins the games, I’ll scratch his eyes out on our wedding night.
But Connel and Dughall weren’t the only faces she recognized in the crowd. Rhona’s breathing stilled when she saw a big, broad-shouldered figure with short dark-blond hair and a scarred face standing at the back of the group.
Taran MacKinnon.
Confusion swept over Rhona, muddling her thoughts for a few moments. Connel and Dughall she understood, for both of them had made their interest in her clear.
But Taran?
Betrayal followed swiftly on the heels of confusion. She’d been furious with Taran for dragging her back to Dunvegan, yet she’d believed he’d had some sympathy for her plight. What was he doing competing for her hand?
Rhona clenched her jaw till it ached. She glared at Taran, willing him to meet her gaze, yet he did not. Instead, his ice-blue stare seemed unfocused, as if he was deep in thought.
Beside her Malcolm MacLeod rose to his feet. The chatter in the stands quietened, and the crowd of warriors waiting below shifted their gazes to the clan-chief.
“Welcome.” Her father’s voice carried across the field. “For some of ye, Dunvegan is yer home, while for others ye have traveled far to reach us. I greet ye all and thank ye for doing us this honor.”
A few of the warriors below cheered at this, while others beamed up at MacLeod. Malcolm then turned to where Rhona sat silently next to him. “Daughter, stand up.”
Rhona complied, hands still clasped before her. Dozens of hungry male gazes raked over her. She felt as if they were stripping her clothing from her. Rhona raised her chin, barely suffering the indignity.
“Aye.” Her father’s voice held a smug note as he continued. “Lady Rhona MacLeod is a fiery beauty. She’ll make one of ye a fine bride and bear ye plenty of sons … but ye will have to fight for her. The motto of this family is ‘Hold Fast’. The MacLeods face-down our enemies without fear, and we charge toward our destinies. I encourage all of ye to do the same.”
A cheer went up, and when it died away, all gazes fixed upon Malcolm MacLeod, awaiting his next words. Tension rose around them, and Rhona saw the excitement in the contestants’ eyes, their eager smiles. The sight just made Rhona feel ill.
Her father’s command, when it came, fell like an executioner’s axe, splitting the silence. “Let the games begin.”




Saturday, 30 March 2019

Book review: Desire Lines (Book #3: Welsh Blades) by Elizabeth Kingston

Another wonderful read from Elizabeth Kingston. I do love her Medievals especially, although they're not for the fainthearted. However, if you love realistic romance with a well-researched historical setting, and a story that will leave a lasting impression on you, I highly recommend Desire Lines. 

This novel tells the story of Nan and Gryff. She's an enigmatic low-born young woman with deadly skill in knife-throwing, and he's a high-born Welshman who has lost everything. They meet on the road, after the outlaws who have taken Gryff prisoner attack a group of travelers. Their choice of victims was a big mistake for Nan is accompanying the travelers ... and she's not the sort of woman you want to mess with!

I really enjoyed the developing love story between Nan and Gryff. They are both damaged and flawed characters with dark pasts and a fear of trusting others. As such this is a slow-burn romance (my favorite!), and the building chemistry between the two of them is explosive. Nan is a fiercely strong, independent woman who hides crippling fears and insecurities, and Gryff who is both strong and sensitive is the perfect match for her.

The author really brings this period of British history to life. The oppression of the Welsh and the difficult lives of those not born into the wealthy classes is all drawn vividly here. It's a dark novel in many ways, which is what makes the romance shine all the more. The dark merely makes the light shine all the brighter when our lovers have their happy ending.

I do recommend reading Nan first though (which you can get by joining Kingston's mailing list), as it gives a full back-ground to Nan's complex and tortured character.

A great read! Five stars!

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Introducing The First-born Son: The Warrior Brothers of Skye Origin Story

Another month rolls around ... and I've been super busy getting a bonus story ready for you!

THE FIRST-BORN SON is the origin story for THE WARRIOR BROTHERS OF SKYE series. I wanted to give you a prequel to BLOOD FEUD, and a glimpse into Galan's decision to marry Tea. You'll also get to meet Galan's father, Muin, and see the development of Galan's relationship with his two younger brothers, Tarl and Donnel. I must say I really enjoyed telling a story from Galan's perspective again—he's one of my favorite heroes!

THE FIRST-BORN SON is a short story (around 7,000 words), and you can download it in both digital and audio format.


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A man cannot escape his destiny.

Galan mac Muin thought it would be many years until he'd take his father's place as chieftain of The Eagle tribe. But when the long standing feud between The Eagle and their arch-enemies, The Wolf, comes to a head, the young Pictish warrior starts to understand that inevitable change is coming for him and his people.

Some paths are written. Galan cannot free himself from the obligations of a first-born son.