(Katja meets Calder)
reluctantly heeded her father’s summons to the great hall. She much preferred
taking meals in her chamber, as constant criticism and scorn from her father
made for poor company. Her only regret was not spending the time with her
brothers. She remembered the days before her amma died when mealtimes were pleasant, even enjoyable. She did not
remember the days when her ma was alive.
in the keep knew guests had arrived—rumored to be the hated MacGerrys. Her
father would likely use the opportunity to dangle her as bait again for some
sort of alliance, her hand in marriage as part of the bargain. She grimaced.
The MacGerry laird was as old as her sire—as were all the men her da had
presented as prospective husbands.
willnae marry a man thrice my age. Why does he keep bringing such old relics
about, Freki? Has the man not made the acquaintance of anyone younger than two
companion did not answer.
hurried to the great hall with Freki at her side. If she allowed her sire to
wait too long, he would add to her humiliation by displaying her like a freshly
caught trout in front of his guests. Much as she disliked appeasing him,
flaunting her disdain was far worse.
they reached the door to the hall, she raised a hand, whispering a command for
her companion to wait outside the door as she perused the people seated in the
great hall. Pale auras of color surrounded each man, giving the room a festive
look were it not for the unsettling tale each told her. The reds of anger and
lust, the brown of dishonesty, gray and sulphur of dark thoughts and pain. From
long practice, she ignored the pale green of pity she knew were aimed at her.
the red auras, Katja moved silently into the room, attracting no attention.
Years of avoiding her father gave her the skill to move about the castle like a
ghost, finding tremendous value in being invisible when the need called for it.
It wasn’t until she stood near the foot of the lower tables that anyone noticed
her. Laird Sinclair’s eyes gleamed.
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About the Book:
Calder MacGerry, laird of an impoverished clan, has resolved to end the bitter feud between the MacGerry and Sinclairs. He jumps at Laird Sinclair’s offer of marriage to his only daughter, Katja, to seal the agreement between their clans—only to get more than he bargained for. Katja’s chance to escape her father’s harsh treatment appears to be too good to be true. But becoming Lady of a clan that despises her because she’s a Sinclair, doesn’t make life any easier. When the attacks turn deadly, she fights her way out, making a dangerous passage to the Shetland Isles for refuge with her Viking family. Calder and Katja’s marriage, built on mistrust, rushes quickly into disaster. As Calder seeks to repair the damage, Katja discovers not another enemy, but a husband who pledges a new beginning.
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