As I mentioned a few weeks ago on Twitter, I am thrilled to have been invited to contribute a short story to the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance, due out in January of 2011. Over the weekend, the editor sent out a preliminary copy of the cover art, and I wanted to share it with you all, along with a brief blurb for my story. Hope you like both!
The Reiver by Jackie Barbosa
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 her 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.
Now I just have to write it :).