An avid reader of anything medieval, Cynthia Breeding has taught the traditional Arthurian legends to high school sophomores for fifteen years. She owns more than three hundred books, fictional and non-fictional, on the subject. More information on Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot can be found on the Historical Account link. In addition, she has won numerous awards including the Holt Medallion, Beacon Contest, Barclay Gold, More Than Magic and Ancient City Romance Authors. Cynthia lives on the bay with her Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and riding on the beach. Readers can reach her snail-mail at: 3636 S. Alameda, B-116, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 or visit via her website.
Beautiful Deidre of the Languedoc is on a mission—she must search Scotland for the precious Philosopher’s Stone that has been stolen from her priestess mother—upsetting the natural rhythm of the religion of the Goddess. Separated from her escort and caught up in the spectacle of the fires of Beltane revelry, Deidre is saved from rape by a divinely handsome archangel complete with sword—Gilead MacOengus, the son of a powerful laird.
But once Gilead takes Deidre to the castle for safety, she is in more danger than she’s ever been before. Her would-be rapist, Niall MacDouglas, vows to have Deidre at all costs—and Gilead’s father, Angus, promises her to the cruel MacDouglas in order to prevent war. The strong-willed seeress must find a way to keep the wedding from happening—she’s falling in love with Gilead, and her time to find the secret location of the Philosopher’s Stone is short.
Though Deidre’s romantic heart yearns for the fables of Camelot to have some foundation in reality, she is disappointed again and again—is there not one noble knight in all of Scotland? The truth can only be revealed with the discovery and return of the Philosopher’s Stone to its rightful place. Only then can true love be brought into balance for Deidre and the one she claims as MY NOBLE KNIGHT…
This widow ignites a Highlander’s passion…and a rival’s jealousy.
Rogue, Book 6
Bridget MacLeod’s arranged marriage was pleasant, but it lacked passion. And after her husband’s death from a fever, she resolves to carry his painful secret to the grave.
When she seeks a change of scenery, she arrives to find her sister’s home in Arisaig empty, her letter announcing her arrival gone astray. She has no choice but to accept Alasdair MacDonald’s invitation to stay with his boisterous family. Alasdair is dangerous territory. Bridget remembers only too well her reaction to him when she stitched a wound in his muscular thigh last spring.
Alasdair recalls the way Bridget’s cool fingers touched his skin and heated other parts of him. But Bridget’s a grieving widow, so he must act the gentleman—a resolution that burns to cinders in the flames of their mutual attraction.
But a jealous pair of female eyes notices their lingering glances and furtive touches. A woman who will do whatever it takes to make Alasdair her own. Trickery, seduction, blackmail…and something she has done before and won’t hesitate to do again. Murder.
Warning: Contains a woman who knows her place, and it’s not trailing meekly after a man, and a braw Scotsman caught between honor and desire. A wee dram of Scotch would not be amiss! Please read responsibly.
Their desire is deep as the ocean…but treachery is rising like a deadly tide.
The first time Shauna MacLeod met American ship captain Robert Henderson, instant attraction brightened up an otherwise dreary Edinburgh winter. But his life was at sea.
Now Robert’s back, a welcome distraction from her daily duties at the MacLeod dock office.
Tricked into a betrothal before he left New Orleans by a woman who then mysteriously disappeared, Robert knows he needs to keep his distance from Shauna, no matter how tempting the rising sexual tension between them.
Between Robert’s past and Shauna’s overprotective family, there’s little opportunity to touch, let alone act on their desires. But when an old enemy of the McLeods in disguise worms his way into Shauna’s good graces, she is abducted and thrown aboard a ship bound for the Barbary slave trade.
Robert, along with Shauna’s brothers, race the four winds to find Shauna before she disappears into some sultan’s harem and is lost to him forever.
Warning: Contains a bold American sea captain, and a spirited Scottish lass who’d like to swash his buckle—if only her suspicious brothers would leave her be. Best enjoyed with a tankard of ale and a sea chanty or two.
A Highland lass fights for freedom…only to realize her heart belongs to her captor.
Rogue, Book 4
One moment Fiona MacLeod is attending a London ball, and the next she’s kidnapped and placed in the Dublin Lunatic Asylum by Wesley Alton, a madman who wants revenge on her family.
Her one bit of good fortune is that with the women’s ward at the asylum overflowing, she’s assigned a room in a nearby castle. But the more she tries to deny Alton’s cleverly concocted facts, the crazier she sounds to her keeper, the handsome Earl Kier O’Reilly.
With his family fortune dwindling, Kier pays his taxes by hosting non-violent asylum inmates in his ancestral castle. He’s immediately attracted to Fiona’s grey-eyed ethereal beauty, but he sternly reminds himself she’s his ward.
No matter what his heart whispers and his body screams, he cannot take advantage of a woman who is clinging to the last of her wits.
Meanwhile, the MacLeod brothers are hunting for their sister, and woe betide whoever stands in their way.
Warning: A beautiful Scottish lass trapped in a nightmare, an Irish earl with a revolutionary secret whose resistance is weakening, an allegedly haunted castle tower, and three braw Highland brothers who refuse to give up hope.
He’s a braw ship commander…until a petite English lass takes command of his heart.
The first time Abigail Townsend laid eyes on Captain Shane MacLeod, she felt something she’d only read about in books. The Highlander sticks out in London society like a medieval warrior amidst lace-cuffed dandies, which makes him all the more intriguing.
Lord knows, she’s bored with the stuffy, two-faced ton, and cares nothing for parties and fashion. She longs for adventure, not tea and crumpets.
By the time Shane realizes the lad his cook hired is a girl—an earl’s daughter, no less—his ship is bound for a secret meeting of the Knights Templar, and there’s no turning back.
Forced into a temporary marriage, Shane calls upon every ounce of his honor to keep her virtue intact—virtue she has no interest in keeping—so the marriage can be annulled after enough time has gone by. And as his resolve weakens, an old enemy takes advantage of his distraction to destroy him—and expose a Templar secret Shane may have to sacrifice his life to keep.
Warning: This title contains sexually explicit scenes and a stubborn young lady determined to get her Highlander.
He’s sworn to protect her from any danger…even himself.
Rogue, Book 2
What a pity Jamie MacLeod had to be such a good-looking man. And so tall. With such broad shoulders. Because he’s quite possibly the most annoying male Marissa Barclay has ever met.
No matter what her sister’s new husband seems to think, Mari has no need for his brother, a hulking, kilted Highlander, hovering over her through London’s Little Season.
Family or nae, Jamie has enough on his plate overseeing his family’s English estates without the added annoyance of keeping an eye on Mari. Especially since she seems as determined to slip by him as he is determined to do his protective duty. In truth, it’s quite a job keeping the willful little minx out of trouble.
But when an old enemy strikes at the heart of the MacLeod family, Jamie whisks Mari away from London’s glitter to the wilds of his homeland. Where a stormy love blooms…and danger lurks in the hills.
Warning: This wee book contains a stubborn English lass and a braw Scottish lad with bull-headedness in his blood. Aye, and romps in the heather ye’ll not want yer mither tae be seein’.
She must tame a Highland barbarian…before he steals her heart.
With the death of her elderly husband, the Marquess Newburn, Jillian Alton is relieved that she will never have to endure another forced marriage. Until his long-lost son reappears to claim his title and holdings.
Left penniless, Jillian reluctantly accepts a tidy sum from the Prince of Wales to “refine” a Scottish Highlander who has inherited an English title—a man who shakes her resolve to never again let a man close enough to snare her in unwanted wedlock.
Ian MacLeod never planned to set foot in England, but the breakup of the clan system has left him in need of claiming the profits of his inherited English lands to support his people. When he meets the very proper Lady Newburn, he is intrigued…and determined to melt her icy heart.
It shouldn’t be much of a challenge. After all, he’s never met a lass who didn’t quite willingly succumb to him. But he quickly learns that the beautiful, auburn-haired Jillian is no mooning maiden.
And there’s something about her stepson that raises the hair on the back of his neck—a clear signal of danger that has never proved him wrong…
Warning: This book contains a sexy Highlander who will make the most proper of ladies have very improper thoughts.
The Bayou Prince
A rakish privateer for outlawed Jean LaFitte, must win the trust of the niece to Jean's nemesis to persuade the man to pardon Jean.
However, the privateer soon discovers the willful, red-haired beauty isn't exactly in her uncle's good graces. She's flaunted nearly every one of High Society's rules.
Not that he'd mind joining her in those escapades, but getting her reinstated to her uncle's goodwill means convincing her to act like a proper lady-something a man who spends his time wooing women is hardly trained to do.
Treasure of Campeche
Shipwrecked off the Texas coast a young German beauty is captured by a fierce Carnancahua Indian and subsequently rescued by a devastatingly handsome captain to Jean LaFitte. She is taken back to the pirate's stronghold at Campeche where the captain's beautiful Creole mistress convinces the superstitious men that the woman is bad luck, particularly after a series of 'accidents' take place.
He's soon put in the dilemma of defending Ilsa or siding with his men.
A Pirate of Her Own
A Southern belle is bored with the proper gentlemen of Charleston and longs for the golden age of piracy when men were exciting and dangerous. Naturally, her interest is piqued when a dark-hulled ship, flying no flag, puts into port. Even more intriguing is the raven-haired man who steps off of it.
Is the drastic change about to take place in her life one she's truly prepared for?
FROM THE WORLD OF FAERIE
With King Arthur and his knights sleeping under an enchantment in Avalon, Morgan le Fey, Queen of Faerie, has a lot of time on her hands. Luckily, her consort, Cernunnos, god of the Wild Hunt, knows just how to fill it…
Outraged that she has lost her lover, ancient faerie rival, Aoibhill, seeks to rid herself of Morgan by pushing her through the Portal of Time.
HURTLED THROUGH TIME
Cernunnos leaps after Morgan and they find themselves in 21st century England with no magical powers and little knowledge of how to survive in a world that moves way too fast.
COMES A POWERFUL EVIL
Furious that she has lost Cernunnos once again, Aoibhill summons her incubus son, Melehan. Powerful and ruthless, he has inherited all the evil traits of his father, Medraut.
READY TO DESTROY THE WORLD
Together they leap, unleashing their dark powers on their quest to find Morgan and Cernunnos.
On Avalon, the enchantment slowly lifts…
A Knight's Duel: Sir Devon of Clyde soon finds himself in a quandary as he escorts Adele to wed the king's son. Tables turn. Instead of becoming a bride, she becomes a hostage with her very life in danger from his king...and Devon must make the most knightly decision of his life. Sword of the Highlander: When a medieval sword arrives at a costume shop in Haight-Ashbury, Cassidy Gordon has no inkling a time-traveling Highland warrior will come to claim it. But she's not about to let him have the sword. Not even if Niall MacChumail is the most virile, seductive, and persuasive man she's ever met. Border Rogue: Desperately needing money to pay mercenaries, Sir Aidan MacDouall abducts Juliana Colbert from an English abbey and hies back to Scotland to wait for the ransom. Unfortunately, the winsome lass turns out to be the wrong woman . . . and the Earl of Buchan believes in giving no quarter to anyone with a drop of English blood. Dark Kiss: A holiday sounds perfect for Brooke Michaels. She could use a break from her boring, daily routine in London. However, something goes wrong and Brooke finds herself back in the middle of Robert the Bruce's war with King Edward II. Breeding's love for the medieval world of Scotland shines in all these tales. This book would be a delightful companion to curl up with on the beach, plane, or on your couch on a lazy afternoon. I couldn't put it down. ~ Ann Major, USA Today Best Selling Author
Winds of Destiny – Sitting alone in a bar on her fortieth birthday wasn’t something Katherine Armand had ever planned. With her marriage over, better to pay attention to her career. A big-shot developer was flying into her sleepy, coastal fishing village to discuss building a resort. Katherine was a top-notch negotiator for her law firm. Anderson was eager for the land. This should be as smooth as sailing gentle Gulf waters. Except Anderson sent his top man to broker the deal . . . and Katherine hadn’t planned on having to bargain with Michael Whitfield, the man who had broken her heart fifteen years ago, ever again.
Lizzie’s Laces – Two years ago, Lizzie Rawlston left her home in Boston for Liverpool, determined to start a new life and forget all about Tony Sinclair, the handsome packet captain who had once been her best friend-and with whom she had the misfortune of falling in love. However, Tony had made it clear he wanted only one thing in life: the sea. He didn’t want to be bothered with a family, or worse, a wife. Now, with Lizzie’s father sick, possibly dying, Tony has appeared to bring Lizzie home. As they race against time to get Lizzie home before her father passes away, Tony and Lizzie rediscover the magic they’ve always shared. But when a storm blows up, threatening the ship and all of their lives, Tony will have to confront his greatest fear. Can he love Lizzie and still love the sea? Does being the fastest also have to mean being alone?
The Spirit of Love – A tragic accident leaves Brynna and Travis devastated. Instead of turning to each other for comfort, they drift apart. However, they must complete one more assignment-set on an old ship, The Queen Mary, during Yule, one of the most haunted times in the Celtic calendar. It is believed souls of the dead prevail and anam cara-soul friends can visit. Will Travis and Brynna confront the spirit of love, allowing them a chance to heal and find their way back to each other?
The Garden Swing – Tess Murphy loves hearing stories from her elderly patient, Emmeline. When the woman dies, she leaves a dilapidated Victorian house that may be more trouble than it’s worth. But when Tess tries out an old, unique swing in the garden, she hurtles back in time, and to the arms of the house’s handsome owner, Hugh MacAllister. She faces the hardest choice of her life: to return to her own time, or to stay and become a part of history.
Only and Always You – Ten years ago, two hearts were broken. Will Viscount Seton and Lady Claire be able to set aside their hurt and betrayal to have a second chance at love with each other?
Special of the Day – Nick Delatorre’s college sweetheart who dumped him years ago is back in town. Trouble is, she’s opened a restaurant next door to his and is stealing all his customers. For Nick, revenge has never tasted sweeter, and now he’s going to dish it back out-a la mode! Six stories by six different authors
A BOY BORN TO BE KING
Arthur has no idea who his father is, only that he must fight--when he's not chasing women--to keep Britain safe from Saxons
A GIRL DESTINED TO BE QUEEN
Fiercely independent, Gwenhwyfar is determined to rule Cameliard free of any man's yoke.
AND A HALF-FEY PRINCE
Lancelot's strength on the battlefield equals Arthur's--as does his prowess in bed--a competition that will one day decide the destiny and fate of Camelot.
This book begins with Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, and Lancelot as children and follows them through adolescence into young adulthood.
Sexually explicit material.