A daring, impulsive Edinburgh heiress travels to London in hopes of secretly publishing her radical writings on Scottish independence, while her aunts compete as matchmaker and uncles work to unseat the Prime Minister. 

When her favorite suitor—a methodical, seductive lowland baron on a last codebreaking mission for the Crown—uncovers her role in a treasonous conspiracy, each must decide whether politics or passion will hold sway. 

With history and family against them, she’ll have to break from her clan, and he’ll have to fight for his rightful inheritance, to overcome opposition and misfortune.

Based on the real-life great-niece of Sir Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor and the great-nephew of Lord Ravenswood. First in a series about the Royal Company of Archers.



"Gorgeous writing, absolutely un-put-downable" - contest judge /senior editor

"In-depth historical knowledge at a detailed level, a knack for twining that detail into the story, and an ability to create characters true to their day." - New York Times bestselling author

"I love the opening. The writing in the pages is fabulous. I looked forward to each turn of the page." - contest judge /agent

Winner in Romance, 2013 Novel Rocket Launch Pad Contest.

First Place for Romantic Suspense in the 2012 Southwest Florida Romance Writers' Hold Me, Thrill Me Contest. Final judge: Leslie Wainger (Harlequin)

First Place for Romantic Suspense in the 2012 Valley of the Sun RWA's Hot Prospects Contest. Final judges: Deborah Werksman (Sourcebooks) and Elaine P. English.

First Place for Romantic Suspense in the 2012 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers’ Golden Claddagh Contest. Final judge: Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary and Media)

First Place for Historical Romance in the 2012 Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing Award, sponsored by the Charter Oak Romance Writers. Final judge: Alicia M Dean (The Wild Rose Press)

Runner-Up in the 2013 Vivid Voices Contest, "Prepare to Scare!" Judge: Lucy Carson (The Friedrich Agency)

Second Place for Historical Romance in the 2012 Rose City Romance Writer's Golden Rose Contest. Final judge: Chelsey Emmelhainz (Avon/HarperCollins)

Second Place for Romantic Suspense in the 2012 Touch of Magic Contest, sponsored by the Central Florida Romance Writers. Final judge: Katherine Pelz (Berkley/Penguin)

Third Place for Romantic Suspense in the 2012 First Coast Romance Writers' Unpublished Beacon Contest. Final judges: Leis Pederson (Berkley) and Shana Smith (Harlequin Intrigue)

Third Place for Mainstream with Romantic Elements in the 2013 North Texas RWA Great Expectations Contest. Final judge: Emilia Pisani (Simon and Schuster)

Honorable Mention for Historical Romantic Suspense (“The Baron’s Bride”) in the 2012 Daphne Contest, sponsored by the Kiss of Death Romance Writers.  Final judges: Laura Bradford (Bradford Literary Agency) and Megan Records (Kensington Press)