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How To Travel Back in Time | Heather McCollum

Hello everyone! I’m Heather McCollum, historical romance writer, ovarian cancer survivor, kid-mom of three, dog-mom of one rescued golden retriever, guinea pig-mom of three, sugar glider-mom of two, Highlander-wife of one and lover of chai latte tea.

Sometimes, in my very hectic life, I wish I could slip back in time to visit one of my favorite time periods: Tudor, Elizabethan, anytime pre-1800’s Scotland. Despite the disease, lack of central heating and toilets, and tainted water, there is something alluring about the simplicity of life and the focused efforts to survive and find joy at a time when people typically only lived into their mid-forties. The need to survive can light a fire under people, which is so different from today’s more pampered, on-line, often apathetic environment we live in today (yes, I have teenagers in the house).

Perhaps you too wish to traverse the centuries to glimpse such passion. Since the time machine has not yet been invented, these are my top five ways of “time traveling” back to my favorite eras and locales. I’d love for you to join me!

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Rogue of Islay Isle by Heather McCollum

Thank you so much for having me here on EverAfter Romance to celebrate the release of my new Scottish historical romance, THE ROGUE OF ISLAY ISLE! This is the second book in the Highland Isles series, set in the 16th century (Tudor time period) on the islands off the western coast of Scotland. If you like Highland warriors in kilts and feisty heroines, this series is for you!



Cullen Duffie, a Highland warrior and charming rogue, is the new chief of Clan MacDonald. Determined to prove he’s not his father, Cullen works to secure his clan against the English. When a woman washes onto Islay’s shores, Cullen protects her from his uncles’ schemes.

Waking up not knowing who she is or where she comes from, Rose is at the mercy of the man who found her. Unable to speak from the swelling around her throat from a rope tether, she learns as much as she can about the new world around her and the powerful, sword-wielding Highlander who has sworn to protect her.

Through dreams and flashes of her past, Rose begins to rebuild her memories. But the more she recalls about the horror she escaped, the more she realizes the jeopardy she is bringing to Islay, Clan MacDonald and the Highlander who has captured her heart.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below!

Captain Taylor held out his hand to Rose, and she touched her fingertips to his palm. “Have we met, Mistress Maclean? Perhaps on Mull?”

Rose shook her head.

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Guest Post: “Wonderful World of Words” by Heather McCollum

Thee Beast of Aros Castle Heather McCollum

Thanks for having me on EverAfter Romance to celebrate the release of the first book in my new Highland Isles series, The Beast of Aros Castle! I’m Heather McCollum, and I am a Word Nerd. I love words, history, and writing romance. I often lose myself in etymology: the study of the origin of words.

As a writer, there are millions of words from which to choose. Yet the wrong word, or the right word said by the wrong person, can completely throw a reader out of the world I’ve created. Nooo! Therefore, I must choose wisely when writing.

The word “wow” was first used in the 1510’s. It was a Scottish exclamation to show astonishment and has apparently stood the test of time. In my Scottish romance, set in the year 1522 when King Henry VIII was still on his first wife, it would be historically accurate for my Highlander to say “wow, lass, ye look lovely, spread naked across my bed.” But how many of you would stop and wonder whether he would really say “wow”? That word could completely throw you out of the scene (and this could be a scene you really don’t want to miss!).

Then there are the cuss words. In the late 16th century, the F-word was not considered a swear word, but a word to describe, in a straightforward way, sexual intercourse. It first showed up in a manuscript written in the early 1500’s by a monk writing about his moral-lacking abbot. The word became increasingly thought of as crass and was considered taboo by the late 18th century. The word “swive” was defined the same way as the F-word in the 16th century, and considered just as crass.

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