The Bedeviled Heart

The Bedeviled Heart - Scotland, 1479

Cameron Malcolm Stewart, Earl of Lennox, had made his peace with destiny. It was not his fate to love as other men. Each of his politically arranged marriages had ended in disaster. And though he had never touched a one of his wives, he had come to believe that sharing his name would consign a woman to an early grave.

So, on the sunny spring day Cameron encounters a delightfully devious, bright-eyed lass selling charmed stones in one of Stirling's alehouses, he tosses her a shilling, thinking only to steal a kiss. But it is a kiss that will change his life forever.

To care for her ailing father, the precocious Kate Ferguson has resorted to swindling the drunkards of Stirling. But a chance meeting with a handsome and seductively mysterious outlaw named Cameron ends with a kiss that changes the course of her destiny.

But as dark times descend upon Scotland, Kate is inadvertently caught in a deadly web of court intrigue spun by the royal favorite, Thomas Cochrane. And as King James III falls prey to his fear of the Black Arts, accusations of witchcraft and treachery abound.

The fate of Scotland hangs in the balance, and while Cameron vows to defy destiny itself to hold Kate forever in his arms, he must unravel the plots of nobles and commoners alike to protect the country that he loves.

The Bedeviled Heart won Silver in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Romance Category! Ippy Silver Award

Just some of the reviews:

"Carmen has done it again! She takes you away on page one and before you know it you've fallen in love with Cameron and wish that Kate was your friend! Funny, exciting and romantic without being smutty."
- Author of Laiden's Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series), Suzan Tisdale

"'Surely ye can find others to corrupt. Let him free from your band of outlaws, ye onion-eyed varlet.' With lines like these, how can one not enjoy this delightful Scottish romance?"
- Author of The Vicarage Bench Series,
Mimi Barbour

Wow, wow, wow! I am tickled pink with the 'Bedeviled Heart' a wonderful, feel good kind of romance that made me sigh with happy thoughts while I was reading it and then sigh again after I'd completed the last page because yes, it was THAT good!
- A reader's review from Amazon