The awesome Bold Strokes Books Bookathon continues tonight until Sunday.
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I’ll be reading my favourite scenes from my new romance Highland Whirl 2pm (EST) / 7pm (UK) on both Saturday and Sunday.
See you then!
A story is not an inanimate thing, is it? It is alive. Beyond the last full stop, a story continues to stir and develop in our minds. In fact, you could say that a story never finishes. We simply choose to turn away from the what comes next or what might be.
Some stories, however, cannot be so easily ignored. They pester with whispered words of dialogue or fleeting images of scenes playing out somewhere unfixed between the known and unknown. They create an insistent momentum for us to want to know more and to read the unwritten. My 2017 debut novel Highland Fling is one of those stories. And my new release Highland Whirl is the sequel that insisted to be brought to life.
Whenever I heard the weather forecast for the Highlands, I would think of Eve and Moira and their life amongst the snow-topped mountains and the brooding waters of Loch Ness. Had Moira’s wounds from her troubled past healed? Had Eve found her one in Moira? Have they found the lasting love together that the closing scene of Highland Fling promised…?
Beginning four years on from the ending of Highland Fling, Highland Whirl answers these questions for the curious. (The answers are yes, yes, and yes!)
It seems unbelievable now that I never considered a sequel at the point of writing Highland Fling, for everything about Highland Whirl feels anticipated and inevitable. I mean, how could I not return to Eve and Roxanne’s friendship? How was Roxanne coping without Eve, her best mate in the whole wide universe world? Could they maintain that vital childhood bond from so far apart?
In the years following the publication of Highland Fling, I kept hearing the repeated question rising to the surface whenever my thoughts wandered off—it was Eve asking Roxanne, “Alice? Moira’s Alice?” Like an approaching flurry of Highland snow, Roxanne and Alice’s love was forecast from the start…
The wee eejit Roxanne Barns and feisty Alice Campbell are so well matched in their differences and their surprising similarities that there is a palpable sense of meant to be. Their love is the story that demanded to be told, as they become the main characters, front and center, in Highland Whirl.
“Why Alice? What makes her different to all the others?”
Could Roxanne say everything? “Well, she’s kind and compassionate and smart, with bags of common sense. And she’s funny and sharp-witted and feisty— I can’t bloody well get away with anything.”
Eve laughed. “True. You’ve certainly met your match.”
“But most of all, maybe, she looks at me like no one else has ever done. As if she sees through the bullshit and…”
For me, writing a sequel is all about the art of seeing through to the potential of that which is already there. A key additional narrative asking to be seen is found in the supporting characters of Elizabeth and Angus McAlister, the much-loved elderly couple who provided the emotional bedrock in Highland Fling. What would happen if the stability they provided began to crumble? That question sparked the inspiration for the narrative thread that would poignantly resonate in Highland Whirl and bring everything and everyone together. In many ways, the McAlisters’ story provides a measure and a context of what a lifetime of love can be. We come to understand that lasting love is not boisterous or seeking of limelight. It is constant and has the breathtaking strength to weather life’s storms.
“You are my beginning and my end. Thank you for being my love, my Elizabeth, and for receiving these carrots every year, when I know you would rather have a bunch of roses.”
Elizabeth took the soil smudged offering into her lap and rested her palm against his rosy cheek. “No, my sweetheart. What other wife has such a unique gift? And what other wife could ask for more than a life lived with you? I love you, Angus McAlister, with all my heart. Now please get off that cold floor with that knee of yours.”
Only time will tell if I can turn away and move on from the stories of Highland Fling and Highland Whirl now that another full stop has been placed. But I promise I will be listening for that next story, be it in the Highland series or otherwise, that will no doubt pester itself into life.
Copyright © 2016 – 2022 Anna Larner. All rights reserved.
Exciting preview event from all the Bold Strokes Books authors releasing books this December.
Hit this link to register!
Saturday 27th November, 10pm UK time. Pull up a chair and join the conversation!
The Lesbian Review Sneak Peak of Highland Whirl for Patrons.
Patrons will soon have access to the first two chapters of Highland Whirl before its release date.
Thursday 25th November, 8pm UK GMT
Chuckle & Chat with Nichols ‘n Nyx
Facebook Live Event, with Robyn Nyx, Emma Nichols and guests Anna Larner & T J Dallas
Friday 20th November
BSB UK Newsletter blog & giveaway of Highland Whirl.
Monday 29th November, 7pm UK GMT
Video Chat with authors Anna Larner and Brey Willows posted to BSB UK Facebook.
Saturday 27th November, 10pm UK GMT (5pm Eastern Time USA)
BSB Preview of December 2021 titles plus flash sale Facebook Live Event, with Amanda Radley, Brey Willows, Kathleen Knowles, Ana Hartnett Reichardt and Anna Larner
Tuesday 14th December
University of Leicester, Creative Writing blog site feature of Highland Whirl.
Tuesday 14th December
All Stars Book Club
Anna Larner interview with Zara Wood.
September 01st 2021 Announcement:
New Title from Anna Larner
I am pleased to announce my third novel, Highland Whirl, is scheduled for release in December 2021 from Bold Strokes Books and is now available to pre-order.
“When city girl about town Roxanne Barns reluctantly accepts a holiday invite to her best friend Eve’s birthday party in the Scottish Highlands, the last thing she expects is to fall for the very person she’s been dreading seeing again—the feisty Highlander, Alice Campbell.
The moment Alice learns that Roxanne is visiting her home hamlet of Newland, she couldn’t be more suspicious or defensive. A warm welcome is certainly not the plan, let alone falling in love.
Despite Eve’s warnings that Roxanne is not relationship material, Alice can’t ignore her growing attraction. She absolutely trusts Eve’s judgment, but taking her advice just might break Alice’s heart.
Highland Whirl reunites readers with the characters and landscape of Highland Fling in an emotionally enthralling story of trust, friendship, family, and love.”
“Any emotional border that had been briefly opened was now closed, and guards likely patrolled its perimeter. The country of Alice was once again an island with sharks in its seas and canons aimed at those who dared to trespass”. Highland Whirl by Anna Larner
Highland Whirl – December, 2021
Publisher: BOLD STROKES BOOKS, Inc.
eBook ISBN-13 978-1-63555-893-7
Paperback ISBN-13 978-1-63555-892-0
Information for UK booksellers: Distribution though PGUK.
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