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About May McGoldrick
May McGoldrick, Nik James, and Jan Coffey are pen names for USA Today bestselling authors Nikoo Kafi and Jim McGoldrick. Together, they have crafted over fifty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical, contemporary, and Western novels, and two works of nonfiction.
Nikoo’s education and training was in engineering. She worked in robotics and submarine shipbuilding. Before earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature, Jim pursued a hundred and one jobs, including a decade in submarine construction.
Storytellers at heart, Nikoo and Jim were always searching for careers that gave them time for both family and writing. Then, after thirteen years of marriage, they recognized each other’s creative strengths. Nikoo is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Their first attempt in writing fiction together produced their award-winning novel, The Thistle and the Rose. Since then, their stories have touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers all over the world. Their work has been translated into over a dozen languages and counting.
Nikoo and Jim are four-time Rita Finalists and the winners of numerous awards for their writing, including the Daphne DeMaurier Award for Excellence, the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, three NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, two Holt Medallions, and the Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction.
The authors make their home in California.
Here is a complete catalogue of May McGoldrick, Nik James and Jan Coffey’s work, in chronological order.
Each book stands on its own.
Macpherson Clan Series
The Thistle and the Rose
A Midsummer Wedding (novella)
Angel of Skye
Heart of Gold
Beauty of the Mist
Tess and the Highlander
The Dreamer (Highland Treasure)
The Enchantress (Highland Treasure)
The Firebrand (Highland Treasure)
Much Ado About Highlanders (Scottish Relic)
Taming the Highlander (Scottish Relic)
Tempest in the Highlands (Scottish Relic)
Love and Mayhem
Pennington Family Series
Dreams of Destiny
Romancing the Scot
It Happened in the Highlands
Sweet Home Highland Christmas (novella)
Sleepless in Scotland
Dearest Millie (novella)
How to Ditch a Duke (novella)
Royal Highlander Series
A Prince in the Pantry (novella)
Ghost of the Thames
Jane Austen Cannot Marry!
Made in Heaven
Thanksgiving in Connecticut (novella)
The Winter Road (novella)
High Country Justice
Bullets and Silver
Silver Trail Christmas
Trust Me Once
Five in a Row
The Janus Effect
The Puppet Master
When the Mirror Cracks
Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing
Step Write Up: Writing Exercises for 21st Century
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Twice Burned – Twenty years after tragedy claimed the lives of her parents, Lea Hardy returns to her hometown to save her brother from execution. Friendless, Lea turns to Mick Conklin, a man she is attracted to but whose allegiance she's unsure of. The truth will blow Stonybrook wide open, and they need to find the real killer before the two of them are caught in the blaze.
Triple Threat - Just weeks before Independence Day, a Betsy Ross flag goes missing, and FBI Agent Nate Murtaugh has just ten days to find it. His search takes him to Philadelphia and to Ellie Littlefield, a savvy art dealer with connections in the underworld, and the two of them must navigate a world where murder is just a way of doing business. Only Ellie and Nate have a chance to stop a disaster, but the corporate powers behind it all refuse to let anyone—even a US President—stand in their way.
Fourth Victim - Two decades ago, the mass suicide of a New Mexico cult shocked the nation. But now, someone is ushering the last of the cult's 'chosen' disciples into the next world. For survivor Kelly Stone, now the mother of a three-year-old, the past is closing in, and this time there is nowhere to run. Ian Campbell is a cop with personal ties to the cult tragedy, and he will risk everything to keep Kelly alive. But it all comes down to a daring game of courage to decide the fate of the fourth victim . . .
Five in a Row - Computer guru Emily Doyle has become the obsession of a hacker determined to capture her attention by killing innocent people. Emily recognizes the technology being used to gain control of the victim's vehicles, but she also realizes she's connected to each of them. Casualties are mounting, and investigator Ben Colter joins Emily to stop the hacker. But can they do it before his twisted mind moves from virtual reality to international terrorism...and kills them both?
Innes Munro has the ability to "read" a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.
Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.
But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides... and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both...or lose each other forever.
“Treat yourself to a copy of Taming the Highlander today. It is one that fans of historical romance and all things Scottish will not want to miss.”―Romance Junkies
On the Top Ten List of Best Romances
Celia Muir must escape from a burning castle into the Scottish Highlands before English soldiers capture her. With her are loyal friends and servants, all united to protect the infant Kit from unknown enemies. For her clandestine mission to succeed she has to make Colin Campbell, the warrior lord whose help she seeks, believe she is the seductive Lady Caithness.
Colin Campbell's head tells him this Caithness woman is trouble, yet his heart is telling him she is magnificent. Whatever Celia is hiding he needs to know, but he also wants to hold her and kiss her. And as war with England scorches the heathered hills, Colin and Celia find reasons to bare their secrets, surrender to their desires, and head toward a destiny where Scotland's future--and their own--build on the strength of their passion and love...
"This brilliant first book in the series by May McGoldrick brings readers a fast-paced, action-packed historical romance." Affaire de Coeur
Alexander Macpherson has lost track of his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has a sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.
Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns, learning the craft of healing. But when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. Then, even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and puts their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, the two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love.
And this time, Alexander is determined not to lose his wife again.
"FANS OF SCOTTISH ROMANCES ARE SURE TO ENJOY THIS WITTY AND WINSOME TREAT."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL
★★★★★ “Awesome! You cannot help falling in love with the characters and feeling all of their emotions as if they were you. This story sucks you in and I couldn't put it down until the end.”
★★★★★ “Unique. I enjoyed the quick banter back and forth. Oh, how I loved the setup at the beginning – wow, didn't see that coming at all!! Great storytelling! .... Very passionate lovemaking ... not vulgar ... you could feel the love.”
★★★★★ “Feisty characters & dialog, plot surprises, true romance! .... Marvelous, verbal jousting in addition to their harrowing adventures.”
★★★★★ “Awesome story! Great first book in this new series! The love story between Kenna and Alexander was just hilarious. Those two were arguing one minute and making passionate love the next ... Loved the relationship between the Macpherson brothers. It was also nice to revisit some old characters like Fiona and Alexander. This book is full of action and intrigue!”
Their marriage was two decades in the making. Elizabeth Hay is young, educated, and has her own ideas about her life. Alexander Macpherson is a Highlander and a pirate and not about to be tied down to some delicate court flower. But honor dictates they go through with the betrothal arranged when they were still children.
Now the wedding ceremony is only a week away. Each wants to put an end to the nuptials, but fate has a way of bollixing the best-made plans. As the biggest storm in memory sweeps through Scotland and the floods leave them swimming for their lives, Elizabeth and Alexander must face up to the one thing they never expected.
The love affair that started it all!
FIND OUT WHERE THOSE MACPHERSON MEN GOT THEIR (AHEM...) CHARM!
★★★★★ “So captivating, full of body, character dimension. I feel as if I am experiencing the same things as the characters .... and feeling the whole experience of learning about each other, learning respect for each other, and learning to love each other as fate should have it. The characters ... are so real, so touchable.”
★★★★★ Action-packed, romantic story with likable, interesting characters! The world-building, the variety of believable characters, and the growth of a realistic love arising from an ongoing series of conflicts, and the fresh and lively dialog.”
Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.
Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a "boy" who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the "boy" traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy ―using her as bait―soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.
Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to May McGoldrick's Scottish Relic Trilogy.
MUCH ADO ABOUT HIGHLANDERS
Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy.
TAMING THE HIGHLANDER
Innes Munro has the ability to "read" a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn. Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.
TEMPEST IN THE HIGHLANDER
Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk. Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a "boy" who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. But soon Hawk realizes the "boy" traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell.
Love and Mayhem
(also published as Arsenic and Old Armor)
The great hall in Fleet Tower is quite the lively place. The McCalls are preparing for a wedding, and if that means unexpected arrivals, murder, mayhem, and chaos, all the better in this “laugh-out-loud comedy” (Rebecca’s Reading Corner Review).
Forget the English. Forget the Reformation. Forget your sanity…
Try getting married when your betrothed can wield an iron pot with deadly accuracy, her mad uncle thinks he’s William Wallace, and her two maiden aunts can’t finish a sentence—or a thought—on their own…
Such are Sir Iain Armstrong’s troubles when he sets out to wed Lady Marion, a convent-raised spitfire. All Iain wants to do is fulfill their fathers’ wishes, appease two royal courts, and do what is best for the future of Scotland by putting an end to all the troubles in his part of the Borders. All she has to do is agree to marry him, which is the last thing on her mind when Iain arrives at the convent. She won’t be taken without a fight.
And even when Lady Marion realizes that Iain is a man of courage, intelligence, and seductively powerful shoulders, will her eccentric family do what her temper tantrums, willful ways, and pride have so far failed to do—and drive him away forever?
Three spellbinding historical romances from USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick
Scottish Dream trilogy captures the lives and loves of three brothers and the secret they each hold. This collection includes the complete novels of Borrowed Dreams, Captured Dreams, and Dreams of Destiny.
Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people her husband enslaved. Her only hope is a marriage of convenience with the notorious widower, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, who just may be the most handsome-and caring-man she's ever encountered.
May McGoldrick returns with the latest in a trilogy about love-and the birth of a nation...
Portia Edwards will go to any length to find the family she's never known. And when she meets merchant Pierce Pennington, a staunch but secretive Son of Liberty, Portia has the perfect chance to ask for his help. But her stubborn pride keeps her silent. That is, until she recognizes her strong attraction to the brave man who, by night, is known as the infamous Captain MacHeath, smuggling arms by sea under the pall of darkness-all in the name of liberty...
Dreams of Destiny
Wounded by scandal and the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, David Pennington is outwardly insolent and arrogant. But nothing will stop him from escorting his childhood friend, Gwyneth Douglas, to Scotland-and saving the Scottish heiress from fortune hunters. But with their arrival in Scotland comes terrible danger. Now, if they ever hope to satisfy their desire, they will need to thwart the evil that threatens to destroy both their lives...
Pennington Family Series
A jilted bride...
A duel at dawn...
A long-hidden secret...
A second chance at love...
Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiancé once rumors spread about her questionable origins. Her adoptive parents have always provided her with the love and protection she’s needed to feel secure, and over the last sixteen years she’s molded herself to meet the expectations of others. When she receives a package from the Highlands containing sketches where the subject is eerily familiar, Jo believes she might have found a clue to the identity of her birth mother.
When Captain Wynne Melfort ended his engagement to Jo Pennington sixteen years ago, he never imagined he would see her again. But after he uncovers information that could reveal the truth about Jo’s parentage, Wynne feels bound by duty to right an old wrong and inform her of his find. He didn’t expect for feelings long thought dead to resurface, for in his mind a love departed was gone forever.
As they strive to unravel the mystery of her birth, Jo must learn how to trust the man who’d once rejected her and Wynne must reconcile his head with his heart. But as secrets of the past begin to surface, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep Jo from uncovering the truth and reclaiming her legacy. Together, Jo and Wynne must fight the deadly menace lurking deep in the Highland mists.
★★★★★ - “An amazing historical romance. May McGoldrick has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded with fantastic, lovable characters...an emotional roller coaster. There is plenty of drama, humor, action, suspense and spice to keep readers glued to this book. I enjoyed every page.” - Deb Diem; GoodReads Review
★★★★★ - “Woven with hope, despair, love, envy, jealousy and cruelty, Ms. McGoldrick covers a range of human emotions and gives the couple the strength to rise above them. It is a wonderful read, evoking hope despite obstacles.” - Amary Chapman; GoodReads Review
★★★★★ - “Love, love, love May McGoldrick!.... Great characters in this sweet historical romance. A real page-turner as several mysteries unfold.” - T. Anderson; GoodReads Review
Rebecca promised a dying woman that she’d care for her son — a vow that’s tested years later when the Earl of Stanmore sends for the boy, his newly discovered heir. Rebecca will do anything to protect her foster child, though she never expected to fall in love in the process…A USA TODAY BESTSELLER TO PROTECT
On a desperate journey to America, Rebecca Neville promises the dying wife of the Earl of Stanmore to raise and care for her newborn son, James. Once in the New World, Rebecca begins her new life, as a mother...TO CHERISH
Ten years later, the Earl of Stanmore learns of the fate of his family. He sends to the colonies for his young heir so he can raise him as a peer of the realm. With no intention of forsaking her vow, Rebecca returns to England with James to face a future without her beloved charge. But she must also face her tumultuous past...TO LOVE
At first glance, the formidable Stanmore sends Rebecca reeling. But beneath his coldly attractive façade and seeming indifference to his son’s plight, emotions roil. For there is more to Stanmore and his motives than meets the eye. The enigmatic lord has his own promise to keep, and a passion for Rebecca that cannot be denied…
A “stay up late to finish” type of book. I loved the characters. ★★★★★
What a treasure! The characters, plot & sub-plot were so well written, with (finally!) a heroine who acts intelligently and is open & honest with the hero. I highly recommend this book, BUT... warning! You will become addicted to the authors. ★★★★★
The story is Heart Rendering, Emotional and will have you on the edge. The slow burn romance between Samuel The Earl of Stanmore and Rebecca Neville was beautifully written. ★★★★★
Unique plot, well-developed and likeable characters, except the villains, of course. I was so engrossed in the story, that I stayed up all night to finish the book. I am going on to the next book, The Rebel. I have high hopes it will be just as good as this one. I highly recommend this husband/wife authorship. They get it right! ★★★★★
Highland Treasure Trilogy, Book Three
Beginning with The Dreamer and continuing with The Enchantress, May McGoldrick's Highland Treasure trilogy captures the lives and loves of three Scottish sisters. Now, meet Adrianne...The Firebrand...A woman without compromise-or inhibitions....
May McGoldrick's Scottish love stories are...
"Richly romantic."-Nora Roberts
"Wonderful."-Jill Marie Landis
Praise for the fabulous novels of May McGoldrick:
"May McGoldrick brings history alive."-Patricia Gaffney
"No one captures the romance of the British Isles like May McGoldrick." -Miranda Jarret
"Just the right blend of historical detail, romance, and intrigue." -Jill Marie Landis"Lively characters, tantalizing mystery...action-packed and sensual. May is a real talent."-Romantic Times
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