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By Jill Barnett

Simply in time for the Christmas season--four of romance's best-loved writers give a contribution undying, passionate tales created specifically for this assortment! Bestselling authors Jill Barnett, Mary Jo Putney, Justine Dare, and Susan King set the pages on fireplace with love, as those beautiful tales trap the genuine spirit of this particular time of yr!

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Ach, my horse is outside. I must—" He stood, swayed, and grabbed the frame of the box-bed for support. Catriona slipped beneath his arm to keep him from falling over. He laid an arm over her shoulders, and walked, unsteady and stumbling, toward the door. "Lie down," Catriona said, turning with him. " She led him back to the bed, and pulled the fur covers over him. She threw her spare plaid over her shoulders, and went to the door and opened it, nearly tripping over the cat, who pawed tentatively at the snow piled on the doorstep.

A few of them nodded agreement. Callum turned to her. " Catriona sighed in relief, and gathered boldness in her next breath. "My uncle, Hugh MacDonald, holds Kilernan Castle. I am the Maid of Kilernan, my father's only heir. " She paused. " Callum stared at her. His kinsmen stared at her, too. From across the room, she sensed the gazes of the women as well. The laird cleared his throat. " "Take it," she said, "and give it into my keeping. " "Let them take it for you," a red-haired Fraser said.

His dark eyes gleamed warm in the amber light. "Luck in the New Year to you, Catriona MacDonald," he said softly. "Thank you," she whispered, her throat tightening. This man, a Fraser, had ridden a long way in foul weather to bring her a New Year's blessing. No one had ever done such a thing for her. She glanced away from his steady gaze uncertainly. "I will make you some food. " He sighed, a half laugh. "No need. But I am hungry," he said. Catriona cooked oats and water in a kettle over the fire, stirred in thin slices of the roasted beef he had brought, and ladled the food into a wooden bowl, handing it to him with a wooden spoon.

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