This short story (8,500 words or 25-30 pages, depending on your ereader) was originally published in the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance. Excerpts from The Lesson Plan and Hot Under the Collar, also by Jackie Barbosa, are included at the end. Note: It is the author's intention to offer this book for free. If it is not currently free on Amazon, you can download a copy in mobi (Kindle) format at no charge from Smashwords or All Romance eBooks. COVER COPY Duncan Maxwell, laird of Lochmorton Castle, gets the shock of his life when he discovers the reiver captured in a raid on his lands is not a boy, but a young woman. Although she flatly refuses to tell him her name or how she came to be riding with a raiding party, Duncan cannot countenance imprisoning a woman in his dungeon but neither can he release her without compensation. Unable to ransom her back to her family, he treats her as an honored—though exceptionally well-supervised—guest. He takes to calling her Reva and determines to seduce the truth of her identity from her. There’s just one problem—the reiver may steal his heart before he can reveal her secrets.
Stretching from the North Sea to the Solway Firth, the Border region has a sharply diverse landscape and was a battleground for over 300 years as the English and Scottish monarchs encouraged their subjects to conduct raids across their respective borders. This Warrior title will detail how this narrow strip of land influenced the Borderer's way of life in times of war. Covering every aspect of militant life, from the choice of weapons and armour to the building of fortified houses, this book gives the readers a chance to understand what it must have been like to live life in a late-medieval war zone.
In a time of strife, Analise Howard becomes an offering of peace when she is forced to marry Scottish leader Ronan Armstrong and desperately tries to flee their marriage, but she soon realizes that her feelings for him are stronger than she had ever imagined. Original.
Annella MacAdam loved a lie and didn’t know it. Mitchell Fallon was the lie … and knew it. When their world imploded, he walked away leaving her shattered and alone. Three years later, Annella is confronted with the man who broke her heart and destroyed her world. Against her will, and for the sake of her small sons and the safety of her family, she must allow him back into her life and worse, into her home but Annella swears to keep him at arm’s length … and never trust him again. SARCIS Detective Senior Sergeant, Mitchell Fallon, is forced to face the consequences of his betrayal and abandonment of Annella MacAdam when he is directed to work on her property to locate stolen livestock and bust a gang of reivers. When Annella’s father is released from prison, the crime wave intensifies. A steer, slaughtered by Midnight Butchers, a spy drone targeting Annella, ice and a restless ghost become features of Mitchell’s investigation. Conflicted by a resurgence of harrowing memories and emotions, Annella and Mitchell form an uneasy alliance as they deal with a small community wracked by drought, debt and drugs.
The cruellest master is named REVENGE. Nat Bell is a farmer, a family man and an uncompromising hunter. When he is wronged irrevocably by the new revolutionary government, he is consumed by a need for vengeance. Bell's ambitious and intelligent savagery will intertwine his destiny with that of the country's new leader. A man who is in the midst of his own battle to protect the ideology that brought his party to power. As civil war ignites in the border counties of England and an independent Scotland wades into the fight, can Nat resist the devil that is hatred and protect his daughter from the futility of war...
Dieser Band enthält über vierzig Kurzgeschichten des berühmten Dschungelbuch-Erfinders: Über die Grenze. Die Botschaft vom Jenseits. Das Tor der hundert Sorgen. In Soddhus Hause Die Geschichte von Muhamad Din. Lispeth. ... und viele mehr ...
When Neil Griffiths, a 43 year old press officer, recruited four serving Gurkhas to trek the route as a fundraiser for the Gurkha Welfare Trust, he had no idea that the guidebooks had declared it not 'really charity walk terrain'. It was too long, and too tough. Neither was he aware that young Gurkhas from the high Himalayas would provide such merry company, although the premonition that their startling fitness would lead to total humiliation was hilariously vindicated as they left him gasping on every false horizon between Wigtownshire and Berwickshire. Three of the men came from the Everest area and the fourth from Annapurna. These are not the type of men to whom you say 'there's a big hill ahead' without meeting wry smiles. Their 140 per minute pace was so bone shaking that Neil couldn't feel his feet for a full month afterwards. This is an entertaining account of a group that get to know Scotland the hard way, on foot, but also highlights the ways of the wee men from Nepal. Despite his humorous tenor, Neil has the deepest respect for what he calls 'our oldest and best allies'. This book explains why.
This is a page-turning history, lucidly written, and it is enhanced by a selection of five famous Border ballads. One of the best reads of the year, without doubt' - Hamish Coghill, Scottish Life 'This is a history as exciting and dramatic as the Border ballads themselves' - Cumberland News 'a most compelling, thought-provoking and entertaining history' - The Herald Only one period in history is immediately, indelibly and uniquely linked to the whole area of the Scottish and English Border country, and that is the time of the Reivers. Whenever anyone mentions 'Reiver', no-one hesitates to add 'Border'. It is an inextricable association, and rightly so. Nowhere else in Britain in the modern era, or indeed in Europe, did civil order break down over such a wide area, or for such a long time. For more than a century the hoof-beats of countless raiding parties drummed over the border. From Dumfriesshire to the high wastes of East Cumbria, from Roxburghshire to Redesdale, from the lonely valley of Liddesdale to the fortress city of Carlisle, swords and spears spoke while the law remained silent. Fierce family loyalty counted for everything while the rules of nationality counted for nothing.The whole range of the Cheviot Hills, its watershed ridges and the river valleys which flowed out of them became the landscape of larceny while Maxwells, Grahams, Fenwicks, Carletons, Armstrongs and Elliots rode hard and often for plunder. These were the Riding Times and in modern European history, they have no parallel. This book tells the remarkable story of the Reivers and how they made the Borders.
In this new work, the final walk, takes the watershed northwards and is set on Orkney. The wilderness of Scotland offers something special to walkers, nature-lovers and indeed, to any thoughtful, reflective human-beings. LOTHIAN LIFEThe Watershed of Scotland is a line that separates East from West and divides those river basin areas which drain towards the North Sea on the one hand, and those which flow west into the Atlantic Ocean on the other. It meanders from Peel Fell on the English border all the way to the top at Duncansby Head: over 754 miles (1,200km) through almost every kind of terrain.The Watershed follows the high ground, and offers wide vistas down almost every major river valley, towards towns and communities, into the heartlands of Scotland. Walking with Wildness leads the reader through breathtaking, hitherto mostly unknown landscapes, providing valuable advice for walkers on the way.
The popular image of Scotland is dominated by widely recognized elements of Celtic culture. But a significant non–Celtic influence on Scotland’s history has been largely ignored for centuries? This book argues that much of Scotland’s history and culture from 1100 forward is Jewish. The authors provide evidence that many of the national heroes, villains, rulers, nobles, traders, merchants, bishops, guild members, burgesses, and ministers of Scotland were of Jewish descent, their ancestors originating in France and Spain. Much of the traditional historical account of Scotland, it is proposed, rests on fundamental interpretive errors, perpetuated in order to affirm Scotland’s identity as a Celtic, Christian society. A more accurate and profound understanding of Scottish history has thus been buried. The authors’ wide-ranging research includes examination of census records, archaeological artifacts, castle carvings, cemetery inscriptions, religious seals, coinage, burgess and guild member rolls, noble genealogies, family crests, portraiture, and geographic place names.
From the 13th century until early in the 17th century, the Border Marches of England and Scotland were torn by a vicious and almost continuous cycle of raid, reprisal and blood feud. The Border Reiver was a professional cattle thief, a guerilla soldier skilled at raiding, tracking and ambush, and a well organized "gangster." Including eight superb full page color plates by Angus McBride, as well as numerous other illustrations, this text by Keith Durham explores the colorful history of these remarkable people.
The twelve studies of empire-building and empire-builders which make up this volume range widely across the dream world that was the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the Second World War. The essays re-interpret the work of imperial heroes, eminent historians, and fictional heroines. They illustrate the variety of techniques used by British empire-builders and the variety of explanations they gave to account for their sometimes infamous behaviour.