By Kathleen Kirkwood

A HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN
Recently free of captivity in London Tower, Rae Mackinnon returns to the turbulent Highlands and claims his position as laird of Dunraven fort. As he grapples with extended family rivalries and divisiveness inside of his circle of relatives, he's faced with a startling discovery — a gorgeous lady from destiny, brought during the portals of Time and into his mattress . . .

A VICTORIAN LADY
Swept up in the summertime social rounds, Julia Hargrove accompanies her aunt and cousins on an day trip to Scotland, to an historical citadel which has hosted no viewers for 2 many years — formerly. Rumors abound of bizarre occurrences at Dunraven fortress — occurrences which are headquartered within the bedchamber Julia now occupies, the place a rugged Highland warrior materializes from the earlier . . .

DRAWN IRRESTIBLY during the PORTALS OF TIME
What mysteries does Dunraven carry? What mystery opens the temporal door, permitting Julia and Rae to arrive around the centuries to assert a number of stolen moments and nurture a blossoming love? yet how lengthy can the principles of Time be damaged sooner than the door shuts forevermore

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For the next three decades, there was to be no escape. Soothsayers had prophesied me, newspapers celebrated my arrival, politicos ratified my authenticity. I was left entirely without a say in the matter. I, Saleem Sinai, later variously called Snotnose, Stainface, Baldy, Sniffer, Buddha and even Piece-of-the-Moon, had become heavily embroiled in Fate—at the best of times a dangerous sort of involvement. And I couldn’t even wipe my own nose at the time. Now, however, time (having no further use for me) is running out.

My sister, Sameen, who really was called “the brass monkey” as a girl, was also happy with the use I’d made of my raw material, even though some of that raw material was her. Of the reactions of my boyhood friends and schoolmates Arif Tayabali, Darab and Fudli Talyarkhan, Keith Stevenson, and Percy Karanjia I can’t be sure, but I must thank them for having contributed bits of themselves (not always the best bits) to the characters of Sonny Ibrahim, Eyeslice, Hairoil, Fat Perce, and Glandy Keith.

In the succeeding months and years, he fell under what I can only describe as the sorcerer’s spell of that enormous—and as yet unstained—perforated cloth. ” Aadam’s mother said, rolling her eyes. “I tell you, my child, that girl is so sickly from too much soft living only. Too much sweetmeats and spoiling, because of the absence of a mother’s firm hand. ” In those years, you see, the landowner’s daughter Naseem Ghani contracted a quite extraordinary number of minor illnesses, and each time a shikara-wallah was despatched to summon the tall young Doctor Sahib with the big nose who was making such a reputation for himself in the valley.

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