Title: Night of the Highland Dragon (Highland Dragons #3)
Author: Isabel Cooper
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 2, 2015
“They say,” said the girl, “that people disappear up there. And I heard that the lady doesna’ ever grow any older.”
“The lady?” William asked.
“Lady MacAlasdair. She lives in the castle, and she’s been there years, but she stays young and beautiful forever.”
In the Scottish Highlands, legend is as powerful as the sword—and nowhere is that more true than in the remote village of Loch Aranoch. Its mysterious ruler, Judith MacAlasdair, is fiercely protective of her land—and her secrets. If anyone were to find out what she really was, she and her entire clan would be hunted down as monsters.
William Arundell is on the trail of a killer. Special agent for an arcane branch of the English government, his latest assignment has led him to a remote Highland castle and the undeniably magnetic lady who rules there. Yet as lies begin to unravel and a dark threat gathers, William finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of the Highlands...and the woman he can neither trust nor deny.
He prays she isn’t the murderer; he never dreamed she was a dragon.
This is very prosaic, I’m afraid.
A typical day of writing for me is just a typical day. I wake up, swear a lot because for some reason it’s morning *again*, work out, shower, eat some variety of breakfast, catch a train, hate everyone on the train for taking up too much space, get to work, and so forth. Usually either during my lunch break or sometime later in the afternoon, when I’ve gotten my work done and am waiting for people to send me email, I’ll get my day’s worth of writing in.
On an average day, I try to write between five and seven hundred words. On occasion I’ll write less—usually if I’m finishing a chapter—and often I go up to a thousand. It depends on how well the story’s working for me and also, of course, how much free time I have.
If I don’t get my writing done at work, I’ll do it at home. Until I move later this June, that’s often meant that I pack my laptop, take my clothes down to the laundromat, and then use the wireless connection in the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts so that I can write while the spin cycle happens. (To avoid being a total mooch, I generally buy stuff: I’m not as crazy about their donuts as I used to be, and often just eat off the frosting, but their hash browns are damn good, bordering on addictive.)
Sometimes I write at home on weekends—I try and get my word count in six days of the week, leaving the seventh free to prevent burnout and so forth, though sometimes whatever I’m doing on the weekend eats both days and I just have to deal with that—but often the laptop is involved again. Most of the time that means a train; on occasion, when I’m renting a car for a road trip, I’ll end up finding a fast food place with wireless again.
(Actually, laundromats outside of Boston often have wifi themselves, which is kind of the best thing, and I’ve just taken my week’s laundry along with me more than once or twice. Writing this, it’s surprising bordering on alarming how much of my life centers on finding time to wash my damn clothes. So glad I’m moving.)
I don’t have a whole lot of rituals involved. At work, I try to have some caffeine and a snack before I start writing, and to listen to appropriate music during the process, but when I’m on the road, I can deal without that. I do what I can, when I can—and the internet makes it possible.
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About Isabel Cooper
I'm a geeky Boston girl, who started writing when I was 12—mostly so that I would have something to do in math class other than math. Didn't work out well for either the story or the long division skills. Over the years, my writing's improved in ways beyond “not being in four-color pen”, to the point where Sourcebooks published No Proper Lady, my first romance novel, in September 2011. Two sequels are coming soon!
The long division, on the other hand, still eludes me.
I like exploring weird combinations of history, fantasy, romance, and (very very soft) science fiction. I have often been known to say that I come up with plots the way some people come up with cocktails: hopefully the next morning is better, though.
Oh, two of the four colors in that pen? Hot pink and turquoise. We were living in California at the time, and it was the early nineties, so I can't entirely hold myself responsible for that one.
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