the big announcement!!!
This might be a shocker for some of you, and some might not react well to this news, but give yourselves some time to let it sink in. We’ve made a decision based on what is best for the series business-wise. We are changing the name of the series altogether.
You shouldn’t worry. First of all, the covers will remain essentially the same. The print covers will still match whatever printed volumes you already have. And if you search Amazon for Ghosts of Culloden Moor, you’ll still find us.
Links from the book list, in the back of your books, will still take you to each Highlander’s book page. Very little will change, actually.
Drumroll…..The new series name for our beloved warriors is HIGHLANDERS FROM THE MISTS OF TIME.
We’ll post a picture of an updated book cover so you can see how minimal the change is.
Everybody take a breath. Breathe. You’re going to like this one. BOOK #79, the Wedding, is now up for pre-order. The release date is January 3, 2023. You can order your copy here: https://amzn.to/3Aqr8z5
This also means that our Highlander series will wrap up in a little more than 11 months from now. We’re going to post a graphic of the books completed thus far, and you’ll be able to see how many slots we have left to fill.
And we’d like to take this chance to thank you guys for sticking with us through this epic endeavor. We’ll throw a big party at the end, we promise. Maybe in Scotland. Maybe in Vegas. We’ll let you know.
First of all, I need to point out that The Ghosts of Culloden Moor’s Facebook page will change over to Highlanders from the Mists of Time. You shouldn’t have to do anything to make sure you are still part of it. But you might want to check in a few days. Someone said it might take a whole week to make the change happen. So we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for luck.
As we started to get closer to the end, we looked at how many stories still needed telling, and we decided it was only right that we end with 79 books.
Since we started on the day of Spring Solstice, 2015, we got off track a few times writing stories about other characters that wandered onto the stage. So we ended up with The Gathering, The Bugler, Alice, and The Wedding, that were technically extra. So we’ve made a few adjustments.
One of them was A Wee Wager, which contained three stories in one book. Later this year, we’ll have another with two Highlanders. The way things are already planned out, that leaves us with one of Culloden’s 79 unaccounted for. His name is Rule McEwan.
The plan for Rule is complicated, but I’ll explain it the best I can. First of all, his story begins back on the moor, in the beginning, long before The Reckoning and Wickham’s ranch. I’m sure that will make some of you very happy.
The complication comes in that his story will eventually be tucked inside one of the first books, which hopefully, most of you have already read. So to make it simple for everyone, I’ve put McEwan’s story up for pre-order for a February 28th release date. The tricky part is that it will only be available in that form for seven days. After that, it will be removed and tucked into The Gathering, bumping Lachlan to number two, which is the number of his book anyway. Pre-order it here: https://amzn.to/3tRE9jV
For those with print copies of the bundles, you’ll be able to get a print copy of McEwan on its own, when the book comes out. After that first week, though, you’ll have to get an individual copy of the updated Gathering to have a copy of Rule McEwan’s story.
Starting in the next few weeks, we will be releasing all our Highlanders in print, individually. It may take Amazon a little time to connect the print books to the product page, so be patient.
Audiobooks: we are releasing in bundles and individually. Andrew McDermott and Jenn McGuirk are working on book 16 I think, so we’re moving right along. We’re going to have a Zoom Facebook party with Andrew and Jenn, the narrators, when we hit book 20. If you haven’t listened to them, you’re in for a treat.
So that’s it. New series name, The Wedding release date is written in stone for January 3, and Rule McEwan will go live on February 28th.
Thanks for playing along. We are humbled you are all still with us.
MacTavish Epilogue 2
Gibbs was truly touched when Lindsay, Fenton, and Tulloch came all the way to Edinburgh just to sit in a waiting room with him. Oh, he could have gone inside to be with Gemma during such an important moment, but she’d wanted to be on her own.
She was like that, sometimes, when she was creating. So it was no surprise she felt that way now. And he knew her well enough not to have his pride bruised by it.
Lindsay straightened and answered his phone. “Sorry, Ivy. No word yet.” He held the phone out from his head and lifted a brow at Tulloch. But the other man shook his head. “No. He kens nothing either.”
No matter how Gibbs tried, his gaze always returned to Tulloch for some hint at what was to come. Not many knew he was the famous Seer of Huntly, and though the rest of the 79 had known, they were careful never to take advantage of the man. But Gibbs hoped that Tulloch’s personal involvement—his friendship with Gemma, and the time they’d all spent together on Seelie Pause—might give them all the advantage that day.
For the moment, the Seer seemed as nervous as the rest of them. So Gibbs closed his eyes, tilted his head back, and prayed for patience. The next time he glanced the Highlander’s way, however, Tulloch’s brow had smoothed. He was struggling to keep a passive face and failing.
Lindsay noticed as well, and jumped to his feet to start pacing. Fenton sighed and leaned back to throw his arms over the backs of the chairs, as if he’d just won some game of wits. And considering how long they’d been waiting, Gibbs supposed they all had.
Tulloch gave them all a stern look. “Ye must act as if ye ken nothing!”
They all nodded. Gibbs leaned his elbows on his knees for the hundredth time and put face in his hands, only this time, he thanked God for his mercy.
It was another five minutes before the double doors opened. Gemma was in tears. Her shoulders slumped with the weight of her precious Filson bags. Gibbs hurried to her. Taking that weight for himself was the least he could do while she found her voice.
She shrugged, then nodded to the room at large. “One now. Two more on option, depending on bids and budgets.”
One of the suited men from the committee came out of the door, then hurried over to shake Gemma’s hand. She introduced him to everyone as some sort of officer of Trust for Scotland.
“We’ve always been the Land of Castles. It appears we’ll soon be known as the Land of Castles and Glass. Congratulations to you all. Scotland is lucky to have gained a daughter in Mrs. MacTavish.”
A few minutes later, Gibbs was nestled in the back seat of the car with the love of his life pulled against him. Every few minutes, he’d pulled her close for a squeeze. She’d smile and tears would leak down her cheeks, which she mopped up with a tissue.
Tulloch raised the tissue box in the air and shook it. “Gibbs, I warn ye, there are few of them left. But I believe, if ye leave off squeezing Lady MacTavish, she’ll cease leaking.”
In the front passenger seat, Lindsay turned with wide eyes. “Did ye just call her Lady MacTavish?”
Tulloch shrugged. “Did I?” Then he turned his attention out the window.
Gemma looked at Gibbs for an explanation. He shook his head and shrugged. “Dinnae fash, love. Tulloch says odd things all the time.”
Lindsay tapped the Seer on the knee. “Best ye tread carefully with yer prophesying when ye find a lass ye like, or ye’ll never catch her.”
Fenton laughed. “If matters become dire, we could belt a kilt on him, gag him, and auction him off like they did Grey Strachan, with the stipulation they marry before he has a chance to speak.”
Gemma straightened in the seat. “I saw a movie where falling in love cost someone their powers. Do you ever worry about that?”
“I pray for it daily.”
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