Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Coastal Magic Featured Author & Giveaway - - Hildie McQueen



If you like strong alpha heroes and feisty heroines, you will love USA Today Best-selling author Hildie McQueen's Medieval Highlander romances.

Hildie McQueen was born in Mexico, grew up in Southern California, and now resides in a beautiful small town in Georgia. 

Her obsession for all things pink and Paris can only be beaten by her love for dogs. Thanks to her superhero husband Kurt’s unwavering support, she can write full time with her constant companions, the trio of fearless tiny dogs.

Coastal Magic Featured Author, Hildie McQueen joins us today with a post about her newest book, The Bear, recent travels to Scotland, and something sweet for a holiday treat. Welcome, Hildie!


I recently traveled to Scotland to get a feel for the country. It was my second trip there and like the first time, I strangely felt as if I’d come home. The people are warm and welcoming, the food delicious and the beauty of Scotland is breathtaking.  There were several times that my travel companions and I stood silently side-by-side looking out at unforgettable views. If you have not traveled to Scotland, please do. You won’t regret it. 

One of the places I was looking forward to exploring was the Tokavaig area on the Isle of Skye, where my new release, The Bear, and next series, Clan Ross of Skye, will take place.  

Dunscaith, the castle, which will be my Clan’s keep is in ruins, but we were able to walk around and explore it. Let me tell you it was so worth it. The ruins are surrounded on two sides by Loch Eishort and one side by tall hills. When atop the ruins, the views are amazing. 

To celebrate the release of my next book, The Bear, I decided to make a simple medieval fruit tart. It was so easy to make and without a recipe, I was surprised how good it tasted. Back in those days of course, they had to mill the flour, churn the butter and grind the spices.  Thankfully we don’t have to do all that.  Try it, you and your family will love it!  

Medieval Fruit Tart

Measurements are approximate, alter to your liking.  You may want to double the brown sugar if you prefer sweeter. 

You’ll need 1, flat pie crust, 2 pears, 1 apple, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 pinch of ginger, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 4 pats of butter. 

First you buy a flat pie crust, pinch the edges to lift them a bit.

Slice fruit and place on the crust.

Mix the spices and sprinkle them over the fruit.

Lastly, cut the pats of butter into fourths and dot them on top.

Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes.  Enjoy!!



The Bear
by Hildie McQueen
Release Date: November 3, 2023
Available to purchase in e-book or print
Also available in Kindle Unlimited

The Bear
 is a story that introduces readers to the Clan Ross of Skye family.  The hero, Cynden Ross is the youngest of the siblings. Cynden discovers a horrible secret as he is about to embark on a trip that can change his life. With his clan on the brink of devastation, he travels from the Isle of Skye to the Isle of Uist to request help from his cousin, The Lion, warrior, laird and leader of a huge army.  When meeting a beautiful woman, who mistakes him for her dead betrothed, he finds it hard to leave her behind. 

I have a feeling you will be unable to put this book down! 

The Bear

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PJ here. I'm giving away one Kindle copy of The Bear today so tell me...

Have you read Hildie McQueen yet?

Have you visited a place you'd never been before that felt like home?

Are there any new recipes you'll be trying over the upcoming holidays?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, November 10 will receive a Kindle copy of The Bear

*U.S. only
*Must be 18

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  1. Ms McQueen is a new to me author. I felt as though I found comfort in a few small towns in North Dakota. When I worked for FEMA, I traveled over a good portion of the country and found many places that were lovely. But, the small towns in ND were just so warm and welcoming. I went to N D twice and met wonderful people, fell in love with an Art Deco courthouse, saw huge fields of sunflowers and fields of flax, and basically really felt like it was a perfect place.
    Thanks for the introduction to Ms McQueen. I am not sure where I will be for the holidays. As always thank you for what you do.

  2. I've never read this author. I went to Belize for a month and settled right in. It was off-season and the people were welcoming. I could have stayed forever if I had family there. New recipes - I wish - my family has very strict requirements since it's things that do not get cooked any other time. My big adventure last year was I used purple potatoes for the mashed potatoes - they put up with it! One year we did celebrate Thanksgiving in February - due to a family crisis we had to cancel it at the usual time.

  3. I adore Hildie McQueen books. I've read all the others in thus series. THE BEAR is ready for me on my Kindle.

    Two places that felt like home are Italy and Ireland! Magical.

  4. The Bear sounds wonderful! I haven't read anything by Hildie McQueen yet, but I'm now convinced that I need to. I agree with her assessment of Scotland; I think it's the most beautiful place I've ever been. And her tart recipe looks delightfully easy and delicious, so I think it's one I'm going to try soon. Thanks, Hildie!

  5. I've read one of her books. Not sure why I haven't read more since Medieval Highland books are favorites. This would be a good one to get back into them. There have been times when we have been places that have echoes of someplace that I know I've been. There are pictures of Scotland and Ireland that evoke the same feeling.
    I tried a new recipe for Apple Dakota Kuchen a week ago. We all really liked it. Even better, it is easy to make. I wish I had had your recipe for this medieval tart a few years ago. As children's librarian, I had an after school program that explored medieval society. The culmination of the program was a "banquet" where we knighted the boys in the program and I did my best to serve foods that were close to what was available during medieval times. This tart would have been perfect. I may make it with my granddaughter this weekend when they come for a visit.

  6. No I haven't read any books by Hildie McQueen

    Rose Ward

  7. I've several of her books on my ereader! I think visiting Hong Kong felt a little like home in the sense that hearing Cantonese and seeing English felt very familiar (my parents are Chinese, and this is the dialect I grew up with). As for new recipes this season, I do have a couple I'm hoping to try!