Warrior and the Wanderer ~ Elizabeth Holcombe

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TITLE – Warrior and the Wanderer
AUTHOR – Elizabeth Holcombe
GENRE – Scottish historical romance/time travel
PUBLICATION DATE – December 23, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 249 pages
PUBLISHER – Amazon Kindle
COVER ARTIST – Fiona Jayde Media Designs


An impossible adventure. A fierce, undeniable desire.

Infamous Scottish bad boy, Ian MacLean, takes a road trip to sort out his mess of a life and lands five hundred years in the past. He is taken hostage into what he is certain is a band of extreme Highland role players. The only bright light in this strange situation is his insanely beautiful warrior-princess captor who wields her claymore as well as her fiery feral charms.

To gain a strong ally for her clan, flame-haired Bess Campbell reluctantly married a powerful Highland chief who had no intentions of uniting the clans. After murdering her clan chief, he chains her to a rock condemning her to die in the rising tide, until a strangely dressed but startlingly handsome man emerges from the waves like a mythical selkie and rescues her. Bess learns her most odd savior has the same name as her murdering husband—MacLean—and makes him her prisoner.

Fearing she may have captured a madman, Bess forces Ian to journey through Scotland chasing down a killer. She finds Ian’s strange ways oddly endearing and uncommonly useful to her quest for revenge. Ian struggles to find a way back to his time, while being pulled deeper into his role in the past and his undeniable attraction for the fiery Highland warrior princess, Bess Campbell.

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She knelt at his feet and began smoothing the plaid across the cold stone floor, felt him watching her every move. “Ye’d best pay close attention,” she said, “because I’m no’ gonnae do this for ye again.”

“Too humiliating?”

“Should be humiliating for ye, to have me show ye how to properly dress yourself.” “Actually, I find it charming, in a weird sort of way.”

Bess ignored the last comment and folded the bottom third of the plaid into thick pleats. She slipped the rope under them.

“Lay on the plaid,” she said. “Place yer waist at the rope in case ye’ve forgotten.” “Oh, yer sarcasm tears me apart, Blaze.”

“If it would help to tear down yer arrogance then we’d be better served, and stop calling me Blaze.” He grimaced as he folded his body down to kneel beside her.

“Your wound…,” she began.

“Is nothing,” he said behind clenched teeth as he lowered his body on top of the plaid.

He rested supine before her. Bess drew in a deep breath. She hovered over him, grasped the ends on the rope in her fists, tied it about his waist, and then adjusted the pleats under the belt.

Ian moaned from far back in his throat. Perspiration glistened across his forehead.

“Ye claim your wound is nothing, d’ye?” she chided, loosening the rope belt. Ian gave her a small forced smile.

She continued to dress him. Her fingers smoothed the wool over his hard waist, over his lean hips, and down the ridge of muscle on his thighs. Feigning indifference was the most difficult part of her task.

“Ye may stand now,” she said. “I’ll help ye.”

“No thanks,” he said struggling to sit up, “you’ve done quite enough.”

She ignored his protest.

“Bursting your stitches is no’ a sign of bravery, ’tis a sign of stupidity.” She took up his left arm and placed it over her shoulders. “Stand with me.”

“I can do it on my own,” he said.

“Ye’re just another arrogant bastard, a typical MacLean,” she said helping him anyway.

“Have you ever thought that all MacLean’s aren’t forged from the same iron as your husband?” he asked.

“Ye betrayed my trust, so aye, I do think all MacLean’s are alike,” she said.

“But what sort of man would I be if I didn’t try to escape?” he asked.

She paused. He had her there. Of course she expected he would try to escape. That was why she had chained and tied him up in the first place.

Ian on his feet, Bess took a step backward. She could not help but allow her gaze to fall down the long length of his body and discovered her task was not complete.

She bent down, and scooped up the rest of the plaid dangling from his waist and tossed it over his shoulder. He remained silent, a blessing, as she tucked the end of the plaid under the rope belt. Task done, Bess surveyed Ian, and her knees suddenly weakened.

Dear God, she thought, he’s the Highlander of my dreams, of my heart. He is the one who could make love possible, if he wasnae so arrogant and odd, and I wasnae so bound to my clan. If ‘twas another time…

Your Top 10 Favorite historical authors:

These are my favorite Historical authors in no particular order. I love them all equally!

Margaret Mitchell “Gone With the Wind.” I began reading this sweeping novel after I boarded a train in Sacramento, CA and finished it by the time the train arrived in Ann Arbor, MI. Of course, I had seen the film  many times, but the book was incredibly rich in character and historical scope.

Teresa Medeiros: I can’t praise this fabulous historical romance author enough! My favorite book is “A Kiss To Remember” (2001), but it was hard to choose. Teresa brings a delightful humor to her characters, making me care for them from page one and to the end of the story!

Seth Grahame-Smith: Alternative histories fascinate me. Seth writes them with such crazy verve that I can’t put them down. I mean how can you not want to read a book entitled “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”?


Eliza Knight: The first book I read from this wonderful author is “The Highlander’s Reward” (2012). It was actually one of the first books I downloaded on my i-pad to take on summer vacation. This page-turner WAS my summer vacation. I was hooked and am now reading the rest of the FAB “Stolen Bride” series.

Tracy Chevalier: Having a masters degree in art history, I loved “Girl WIth the Pearl Earring”, but my favorite book is “The Last Runaway.” An exhilarating page turner with encompassing historical detail.

Laura Hillenbrand: I bought this book after seeing the thousands of five-star reviews and knew I had to check it out. I loved “Seabiscuit” for its incredible detail and rounding out of the characters. Louis Zamperini’s story, as told by this unflinching master of historical detail, is an inspiration and I feel richer for reading this awesome book.

Alan Brennert: Alan masterfully sets his stories in American places that no longer exist. I never thought that I would fall in love with the story of a young girl forced into a leper colony in his emotional “Moloka’i”, but I did! And the lives of a family with the famous New Jersey “Palisades Park” as the center of their world was as delicious a page-turner as I’ve ever read.

Philippa Gregory: I read “The Other Boleyn Girl” and after I was finished, the book stuck with me for a very long time. One of the best plotted books I’ve ever read!

Hope Tarr: Her historical voice combines wit and intelligence. Two things I look for in historical romance. But Hope also offers some of the sexiest reads out there. “Vanquished” is one, but I have all of Hope’s historical romance on my keeper shelf so it’s hard to choose one favorite!


Elizabeth Holcombe’s background includes Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fine Arts and Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in her hometown of Richmond. She has taught elementary school and adult education courses on architecture in Rochester, Minnesota, and then worked as a fine arts museum registrar at the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan.

Although she’s been writing since age ten, it wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began penning book-length fiction. A past president of Washington Romance Writers, Elizabeth has also organized two highly successful seminars on romance for The Smithsonian Associates.

Elizabeth’s first published Scottish romance novel, Heaven and the Heather (originally published by Berkley/Jove of Penguin Putnam), was a finalist for Best Historical Romance in the Holt Medallion, nominated by Romantic Times

Reviewer’s Choice for Best First Historical Romance and the Dorothy Parker Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Elizabeth lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and son. She is also the proud owner of Dime Store Chic, ranked in the top 50 for vintage shops on Etsy.com. When not writing or crafting her mixed media creations, Elizabeth frequents local estate sales and flea markets.




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