The Latest from Heather

A New Highland Romance Series!

The first book in my new Highland Roses School series, A ROSE IN THE HIGHLANDS, released on September, 24 2018! Readers and I celebrated with a fabulous Release Tea Party with nine other authors. We even had a surprise visit from Queen Catherine de Braganza, the Portuguese princess who married English King Charles II in the mid 1600’s and brought tea to England.

Queen Catherine will appear in Book #2, A PROTECTOR IN THE HIGHLANDS (previously titled A Rose with Thorns), which will be released in December 2018, in time for a mini-vacation to the rolling Highland hills during the hectic holiday season.

I’m very excited about this series, because it ultimately has to do with empowering women in a time when they had very little power.

At the Highland Roses School, in the politically rebellious 1680s, ladies learn the crucial skills of reading, writing, pouring a proper tea and killing an attacker with a hair spike in ten seconds. At a time when ladies have few rights, Evelyn and Scarlet Worthington, along with the brawny Highlanders who fall in love with them, run a school for ladies to teach them all the skills needed to stay elegant, educated and alive.

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Heather McCollum

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Web Site Revamp!

Thanks to the magic of Spark Creative Partners, I have a new web site! And it looks like a castle!

As you enter my castle (a mix of several of my favorites), you can tour the rooms, which are the various pages on my site. Herbal cures will be kept in the Apothecary, Tea History and all Recipes will be kept in the Kitchen, and fun research & a spicy excerpt (PG-13) or two can be found in the Bedchamber

In honor of the renewal of my website, I will be hiding a treasure chest in one of the rooms. If you spot it, follow the easy directions to claim your treasure!

 

 

Release of The Beast of Aros Castle

Book 1 of the new Scottish Historical Romance Highland Isles series. Releasing 2/20/17

Siren’s Song Wins Readers’ Crown!

I’m thrilled to announce that SIREN’S SONG: Book One of the Guardians’ Series Won the 2015 Rom Con Readers’ Crown in YA Romance! Woot! I’m floating on my happy bubble.

Thank you to all my fabulous readers! You really make writing thousands and thousands of words so much more fun!

2015 Winner in YA Romance!

2015 Winner in YA Romance!

Cover Reveal for BROKEN

The sequel to my YA Paranormal Romance, SIREN’S SONG, is coming out in early April! Check out the new cover showing Taylin.

“The curse is broken, but so is her soul.”

Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival

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Check out the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! Here is the post from 1/6/15. The Festival starts 1/12/15!

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Okay, folks, the holidays are over, and we’ve all had a chance to catch our breath. 

So if you’re ready to buckle down for some SUPER-POWERED WRITING PROGRESS, mark your calendar for the FIFTH ANNUAL RUBY SLIPPERED SISTERHOOD WINTER WRITING FESTIVAL, which starts Monday, JANUARY 12!!!

If you’ve joined us for the Winter Writing Festival any time during the past four years, you know it can be a tremendously productive time, with lots of inspiring support and the magic of REGULAR WRITING SPRINTS!! (Not sure how writing sprints work? Stop back this Thursday for Kim Law’s quick and easy explanation.)

It’s completely free, and all writers are welcome—the more the merrier!

Through the bleakest part of winter—January 12 through March 2 this year (since February ends during a weekend)—the Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning, with camaraderie, encouragement, fun prizes for participants, and as much virtual hot-chocolate and virtual cookies as you please. ‘Cause nobody’s Muse can resist a party!

Here’s the beauty part:  unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that (much as we love them!!) have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival wants to give you fuel for your winter writing fire.

We use a flexible “point” system, with a goal of earning one point on average per day.

Everybody gets one bonus point on the first day, January 12, for stopping by the Ruby blog and making a public commitment to take part in the Festival. Then, for each of the 50 days of the Festival, including January 12, you work to earn an additional point—and YOU DEFINE WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN THAT POINT.

Here are some hypothetical examples of the sorts of things you might define as worth one point (you fill in the variables with the amounts that work for you):

-writing X number of words or pages

-deep revising Y number of pages

-polishing Z number of pages

-freewriting / brainstorming for Q number of minutes/hours

-doing R number of 20-minute writing sprints

-keeping butt in chair and hands on keyboard for S number of minutes or hours

For instance, one person might commit to earning points according to the following terms:

-writing 500 words per day  OR

-deep revising 10 pages per day OR

-doing a final polish on 25 pages per day OR

-participating in an hour of writing sprints

Any day that person meets ANY of those goals, she gets a point.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN’T PREDICTABLY WORK *DAILY* BUT KNOW YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH A GOAL BY THE END OF A *WEEK*, we’re also officially giving you permission (not that you ever needed it!) to set a weekly instead of a daily goal, and then give yourself 7 points when you make it!! (See? It’s SUPER CHILL AND FLEXIBLE around here.)

You can also give yourself BONUS POINTS for auxiliary goals, like writing new words every day for seven days in a row, or reaching a certain word count by the end of a week, or writing THE END on a manuscript. Be creative with how you set up earning your points. Make them work with your personal writing style and writing needs.

If you can’t meet your goal on any particular day (or week), you can certainly double or triple or quadruple your goal on another day (or week) to catch up.

And here’s a real beauty part: if you know ahead of time that you can never work on certain days (say, Saturdays) feel free to add something like “Keep balance in my life by taking Saturday off” to your personal list of ‘ways to earn a point.’ Yes, really, you can get a point for taking a planned day off!! Don’t be shy.

Remember, we all have different life commitments and different approaches to our writing lives, so we all need to set our own goals. All goals are equally worthy. This isn’t a competition, it’s a supportive process for MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR WRITING.

Check in on the Ruby blog every Monday during the Festival to report your progress. If you reach March 2 with 50 points or more, YOU WIN!!

Because we’re the Rubies, and we like to do things up right (and…okay, because we have the awesome Liz Bemis of bemispromotions.com) we’ll even have a special sister website up and running during the Festival which you can access by going to rsswwf.com or by clicking the blue “Ruby Winter Writing Festival” button which will soon appear near the top of the Ruby site.

Everyone who commits to participating on January 12 will be able to download a cool “Ruby Winter Writing Festival Participant” badge (similar to what’s at the top of this post) to post on their own website or blog.

Plus, everyone who checks in on a Monday reporting that they’re on track with earning points will be entered in random drawings for cool prizes, like gift cards, Ruby books, and expert critiques from the Sisters!

If you check in on Monday, March 2 and report you’ve WON, you’ll be able to download a “Ruby Winter Writing Festival WINNER” badge to post on your website or blog.

And of course you’ll have the satisfaction of achieving a small boatload of wonderful shiny writing progress (not to mention eternal fame and glory…and cookies!).

What’s not to love?

Decide on your personal terms for earning points, and join us back here on Monday January 12 to get started!! And spread the word on your loops, Facebook, and personal websites! The more writers who join us, the stronger we’ll all be!

Happy Holidays to the Book Lover!

 I hope you are having a fabulous holiday season! To help celebrate this festive time, Spencer Hill Press is giving away three gift-stuffed stockings! Gift cards, critiques, books OH MY! Just sign up below to enter. I’m giving away a signed copy of Siren’s Song, fun Siren’s Song swag, and a $10 gift card to Amazon.  Jingle YAY!

 

 

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Itsy, Bitsy and Mr. Squiggles wish you a Merry Christmas!

Untamed Hearts

A Highland Hearts long novella that follows TANGLED HEARTS – released 4/21/14!

Will Wyatt has always played the part of pirate, but now he’s a fish out of water in the Highlands of Scotland. With a bounty on his head, he’s laying low by helping his sister and a troop of abandoned children journey to a new home. He didn’t count on a spunky Highland lass stealing his breath after he steals a kiss.

Jonet Montgomery has longed for a chivalrous knight her whole young life. Instead she found herself wed to a cheating scoundrel and left a widow. Giving up on love, Jonet turned to helping the orphaned children of her clan, but when a lusty, silver-tongued rogue opens a crack in Jonet’s routine life, she’s tempted by his offer to taste adventure of the most pleasurable kind.

Will’s heart of gold shines through despite his infamous past, making Jonet risk her reputation once again. But can she possibly be enough woman to keep this sexy pirate from straying? With her past embarrassment haunting her, she risks more than just her reputation this time. She risks her heart.

 

Siren’s Song Releases!

Woot! I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Siren’s Song! Luke just captured my heart when I started writing him through Jule’s eyes. Now I am writing the sequel, Awakening, which is Taylin’s story. I hope you thoroughly enjoy them both!