This has been a busy week. I want to thank Kimi Court for her wonderful review of my romantic comedy, You're in Good Hands with Al Tate. Also, I want to thank her for allowing me to chat with her in an interview this week on her blog- Kimi's Medieval Blog website at http://kimismedievalbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/deborah-gafford.htmlThanks, Kimi!!
* I am honored that my article is featured on the front page of the Wilson County News today, July 2, 2014.
Some folks say the Fourth of July is not about gathering with friends and family surrounded by vast amounts of food, ice tea and sodas. It's not about sitting and talking comfortably with those friends and family despite the threat of mosquitoes as you eagerly await the dark in order to enjoy brilliant fireworks displays. It's not about parties, parades, music, and speeches.
There are people who would say the Fourth of July is all about our country's history and the Declaration of Independence and therefore should be more solemn, not a reason for backyard parties and get-togethers.
I disagree. The Fourth of July is exactly about gathering with friends and family, enjoying plentiful food and freedom of conversation, as well as taking part in or enjoying parades, music and speeches without fear of reprisal.
On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was agreed upon by the Continental Congress, made up of representatives of all thirteen colonies, declaring our freedom from Great Britain's repressive rule. It stated, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." It listed man's "inalienable rights" as "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Gathering publicly with friends and relatives, freely discussing thoughts and opinions on any given topic, being able to partake in bountiful amounts of food rather than withhold it for fear of there being nothing to eat in the future and publicly displaying love of country is what the Fourth of July is all about. The freedom to participate in such activities is what our forefathers meant when they spoke of our inalienable rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
So when the Fourth of July arrives, greet it with a joyous display of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Then remember and be grateful that we live in a free society thanks to the efforts of Americans who came before us as well as those who stand together now to assure that our country thrives in freedom for all.
Best Contemporary Romance
Novel of 2012
RONÉ AWARD Contest
with famous cover model extraordinaire,
as the handsome hero!
"Sizzling Historical Romance at its finest!"
--Victoria Dark Author of Dangerous to Love
5 Satin Pillows!
Highlander’s Bride is the first book of Deborah Gafford’s
Heart of the Highlander Series.
What an amazing read! I have had Ms. Gafford in my “To Be Read” pile for months, and I was not disappointed. As an avid reader of Scottish Romances, I’m continually on the hunt for new authors in this genre. It is very apparent to me that this author has a passion for Scotland, and her history. You could see if from the very first page of the book, through her detailed attention to history and her incredible depictions of the country had images of the highlands jumping off the pages as I read.
Angela Rose at Satin Sheets Romance
For the entire review, click here.
and captivating, Highlander's Bride presents a vivid picture of
Scotland in the early 1500s, drawing both the people and the place in
memorable colors. In a world of larger than life men, Alexander
MacGregor, next in line to be Laird of Ironwood, has been ordered to wed
a friend's daughter, beautiful Lady Katherine Gordon.
Lady Katherine values her education more than her beauty, recognizing that few women are granted the knowledge she holds. But in a rough land where women are bartered and wed off at parents' will, and battle training is a daily ritual for men, Katherine lacks the one thing she cherishes--a union based on love and trust. How could her parents, who loved her and encouraged her unique abilities, betray her by forcing her to wed philandering, callous Alexander MacGregor?
Secrets of birth and a young man's indiscretions impede but don't destroy the love growing between the young couple, but when unspeakable evil tears them apart, the battle is not one for love, but for life.
Leslie Garcia on Author's Den
A beautiful love story!
and Katherine's story is a marriage of convenience, but there's nothing
convenient or conventional about this union. Neither wants to marry, or
so they think, and while they're trying to cope with the unwanted
attraction for each other, they also have to face the dangers that
result from their union. A beautifully written love story that'll stay
with you after you reach The End.
Dee Fossen on Amazon
Sexy Highland Tale!
I really adored this book. It was very well written. The plot flowed perfectly from beginning to end.
This book had so many emotions coming out of me. I cried real tears. I laughed. I screamed and yelled. I loved that it brought out those feelings in me.
I read this book in one day. Not wanting to put it down. There was plenty of action and hot steamy romance.
Alex, a sexy highlander with honor doesn't want his Da making decisions for him, well at least not until he meets his soon to be bride.
Katherine, a head strong beauty finds out her parents made an arrangement for her to be married. She doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't love.
This book takes you on a trip. So get ready for a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Treachery, betrayal, passion, lust, honor, and trust all have a big part in this wonderful tale.
You feel as if you are there within the book. The characters all shine in their own way. The secondary characters are unforgettable. The ending was beautiful!
I really enjoyed the Scottish dialog and the glossary in the back explaining it all.
I adore my highlanders and will be reading more of Deborah Gafford's work.
Dawn Sullivan on Amazon
LOVE this book!
I read Highlanders Bride in one sitting! The romance between Alexander and Katherine is a fun, rollercoaster ride through the stubborn pride of two people who don't want to fall in love, but do, despite all. Ms. Gafford paints a beautiful, realistic picture of 16th century Scotland that makes a vibrant, action-filled background for their budding romance. And who can resist a big, auburn-haired Highlander, right ladies? Alexander is the epitome of an alpha male who has met his match in Katherine. I love a romance where the couple have to fight to the bitter end to be together!
If you enjoy a good, Highland historical romance, laced with traditions and folklore, this is the book for you!
Joni Hahn on Amazon
Good read with surprise ending
This book is well written. The plot flowed well with no confusing gaps
or dead ends. I especially enjoyed the Scottish dialogue and a glimpse of
life in Scotland during the 1500's.
Andy Gump on Amazon
A marriage is arranged between Alexander MacGregor and Katherine Gordon to be held within the week. Neither is happy about it and do not understand why their families have insisted on the marriage. Both had wanted to choose their own spouses for love. They go through the all the trials and tribulations of not wanting to admit that they love each other.
Without giving the story away, there is a villain and when we need to know about him in the story his identity becomes clear.
My favorite character was Alexander. Some of his thoughts made me chuckle and eventually he would always realize when he made a mistake.
The author did well in making the characters credible, they had depth and were easy to relate to, being realistic in their thoughts and actions. I thought the story flowed smoothly and was very easy to follow.
This story held my attention and I appreciated the fact that it wasn't filled with descriptions of the landscape that went on for pages. I read every word of this story. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and will read more from this author.
Karen Wells on Amazon
Romantic Scottish Tale!
A big thank you to the author for providing a review copy and allowing me to review it!
Highlander's Bride is the first book I've read from Deborah, and she is a wonderful story teller. Her descriptions are vivid. The dialogue is incredible. It's easy to see that that aspect alone took a lot of time and effort, giving the book a feel that is both authentic and genuine. Plus, there is a glossary in the back of the book for words you may not know! That said, most of the stuff is easy to translate. By the end of the story I felt like talking like a Scott and visiting the beautiful place that is Scotland!
Another great addition to the story was the French addition. I felt that along with the amazing Scottish dialogue, the bits of French here and there really strengthened the story and made it even more enjoyable.
The story is a fast and enjoyable read filled with romance, action, and lots of drama. There is never a dull moment throughout the tale. The characters are both interesting and aggravating at times. The reason for four stars instead of five is that I felt like there was just a little too much back and forth between them. Despite that, I think the two main characters still had great chemistry together during the romantic moments of the novel.
Highlander's Bride has a wonderfully sweet ending that had me smiling. I just love a happy ending. Once the tale was over I realized I'd really miss Alexander and Kathrine. As with every good story, I wish there was more, but maybe there will be a sequel at some point in time. Along with liking the main characters, I found several of the minor characters very likable as well. William, Alexander's younger brother, and Monique, Katherine's mother being two I especially loved.
I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Gafford. I thoroughly enjoyed her take on a Scottish romance. :)
Set in 14th Century Scotland, The Talisman was everything I adore in a Scottish romance. From the very first pages, the author weaved a compelling, suspenseful story that continued through the entire read.
Angela Rose at Satin Sheets Romance
For the entire review, click here
Having truly enjoyed Deborah's first book, Highlander's Bride, (it's on my keeper
shelf!), I was happy to learn she had written another. And once again, Deborah doesn't
In The Talisman, the book's hero, Gavin, is to die for! If only we could all have a man
that hunky, sexy, good-natured and strong. Sigh. And after the tragedies and hardships
the heroine, Ailis, encounters, he is exactly what she needs. Gavin is a vivid compliment
to Ailis's strong will and fiesty nature.
Besides the strong sexual tension and romantic storyline of the main characters,
Deborah does a great job intertwining a murder mystery and secondary character
relationship into the book. Her setting and world-building skills are quite impressive.
The detailed descriptions and authentic dialogue she uses make 16th century Scotland
I truly enjoyed the read, Deborah! I can't wait to read You're in Good Hands with Al
Joni Hahn on Amazon
I love it when a book transports me to another place and time, and that's exactly what The Talisman does. It's a beautiful story with lots of action, secrets and of course, romance, and I was drawn in on the first page. The heroine, Ailis O'Brien, has lost so much, but she still has strength and determination to find the killer who nearly destroyed her. Gavin MacPherson is a true Scottish hero--HOT--and he's a perfect match for Ailis. Gavin is more of a gentle giant, exactly what Ailis needs to recover and find the vengeance she seeks. A great read!
Dee Fossen on Amazon
Deborah presents a story of Scottish Highlands in 1570's with luscious details of daily life; a strong, handsome sexy hero who is the Laird of his Clan and lands; a feisty heroine who popped up out of nowhere, strong, courageous and absolutely certain that the hero killed her family when she was away from their wagon. The heroine is dead set on revenge, but first she must prove it finding the man who's missing his Talisman she found in her dead sister's hands. No easy task.
This story is filled with struggles, murder, revenge, love, anguish, insecurities, jealousy, kidnapping, anger, pride, what Scottish Highlands looked, felt, and smelled like in the 1500's plus a love scene that makes your eyebrows curl with it all culminating with a lovely ending.
Fascinated with historical romances, I love learning how, where, when, why they lived the life they did. Projects an air of placement and knowledge. Deborah did this very well, even including a Glossary of language used in the 1570's for the reader.
A must read. Enjoy!
C. A. Mabson on Amazon
A MUST READ
was such a wonderful book!! I could not put it down once I started
reading. This is a MUST READ, trust me. The author is awesome and I will
read everything she writes. If Scottish romance is your thing, as it is
mine, you cannot pass this one up. Deborah Gafford's other book,
Highlander's Bride, is also Great!!! I will read the other books she has
written also. I want to say thanks to Deborah Gafford for the great
books and that I will be reading everything she writes.
Book Lover on Amazon
An Outstanding Story!
"The Talisman" is the story of Gavin MacPherson and Ailis O'Brien. When Ailis returns from collecting firewood she finds her father and sister murdered and their wagon burning. In her sister's hand, she finds a talisman that she pulled from her murderer's neck. - Ailis vows vengeance on the murderers. After wandering around in the woods for days, hungry, thirsty, and tired she ends up being rescued by Gavin MacPherson and his cousin, Calum. While she feels an attraction to Gavin, she believes there might be a possibility that they are involved with her family's murder.
To me, this story was Ailis and Gavin's journey to learning to trust each other, love, and following their instincts. I could feel the attraction and emotion between Ailis and Gavin as I read their story, to the point that I wish I could find my own Gavin! I am giving this book 4 stars, only because there was a spot or two that moved a little slow for me. It did not take away from my enjoyment of this outstanding story and I would recommend to my friends!
Karen Wells on Amazon
RONÉ AWARD FINALIST
Best Contemporary Romance of 2012
Awarded the CROWNED HEART AWARD by InD'Tale Magazine
Susan Pierson has just moved from her small Colorado town of Loveland to the Big Apple. Along with a new job writing steamy stories for Sizzling Desire magazine and new apartment, she also gets a new neighbor – gorgeous stock broker Alan Tate. Alan would like nothing more than to get to know pretty, curvy Susan, and soon they are spending time with each other and having long phone conversations about their dreams. Unfortunately, Alan’s dream is to move to a quiet place in the country far from the rat race, while Susan moved to New York to live the life of a Big City girl. Can they find a compromise that allows them to have their dreams and each other?
This is a delightful, tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy. The numerous references to pop culture (Star Trek, Three Stooges, Energizer Bunny, etc.) make the story very relatable. When not panting after Alan alongside Susan, readers will be laughing aloud at the antics of these accident-prone neighbors. Readers might wish Alan and Susan had a bit more interaction before deciding they were in love, but with a guy as dreamy as Al, who wouldn’t want to snatch him up quickly? One cannot blame Susan for thinking, “Eenie, meenie, miney, moe. Catch that stud and love him slow.” A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon…oh, and the book cover is yummy, too!
Leslie Stokes in InD'Tale Magazine Dec/Jan 2012 issue