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Kathleen Givens

Full Name: Kathleen Givens
Gender: Female
Born: 1950-01-01
Died: 2010-01-01
Number of Works: 10
Kathleen Givens was born in New York City, but spent her early years living in the Northeast and Georgia before landing in Southern California at the age of ten. As a result, she is fluent in Valley Girl, Steel Magnolia, and Manhattanite.

From an early age, Kathleen was entranced by the history, legends and sagas of the people who mixed together to form Scotland, Ireland, England and later the United States. She likes to weave elements of their myths and legends into her work, to mix fictional and factual characters, and set them against turbulent backdrops of war and social and political upheavals. And then add a love story, of course.

Kathleen made her writing debut at the age of ten with a rewrite of Little Women, in which Jo marries Laurie and no one dies. It is not in print. In high school she and a friend wrote a dreadful 250-page play about an English rock group. Surprisingly, it is not in print either.

Her official writing career began in 1999 with the acclaimed Scottish historicals, Kilgannon and The Wild Rose of Kilgannon, the epic love story of an English woman who falls in love with a rugged Highlander. The series left her readers thirsting for more stories of the glittering streets of London and the misty Scottish Highlands.

In 2002, Givens launched her Torridon series. The Legend introduced the MacCurrie brothers, identical twins, whose birth and lives have been predicted by the Brahan Seer. The Legend tells the story of James MacCurrie and Ellen Graham, cousin to Bonnie Dundee, and is set in the late 17th century, when William of Orange has usurped King James, and rebellion is in the air.

The Destiny continued the adventures of the brothers who are fated to help determine the future of the thrones of England and Scotland, and tells the story of Eileen Ronley, granddaughter of Charles II. The Destiny won the coveted Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Historical of 2003.

Her latest book, On a Highland Shore, which was published in July, 2006, launched a new series that will follow three siblings and their descendants for 500 years. Set in turbulent 13th century Scotland, it tells the story of Margaret MacDonald, the oldest of the siblings the series will follow, and Gannon MacMagnus, the founder of the MacGannon clan we met in the Kilgannon saga. It has Vikings, invasions, and a war. What better backdrop for a love story?

Kathleen loves to travel, read, and study history, which makes writing historical fiction a perfect career. While she has traveled extensively, she's yet to find anywhere she could love more than California, where she and her husband live in a tragically flawed house with the neurotic and dictatorial cat formerly known as Miss Lily.

Kathleen can be reached at Kathleen@kathleengivens.com.

ISBN: 1416509909, 9781416509905
Keywords: shore, highland
Pages: 400
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1416509925, 9781416509929
Keywords: crown, rivals
Pages: 400
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0440235677, 9780440235675
Keywords: kilgannon
Pages: 400
Published: 1999
  • Rating: 80%

A place where love and war collide--and she would be possessed by the Scottish chieftain they called . . . barbarianEnter a world of breathtaking romance and rugged adventure. Enter the world of Kilgannon--an unforgettable story of love and treachery in a great Scottish clan. Kathleen Givens's magnificent novel sweeps from Queen Anne's London to the Highland wilderness . . . and into the hearts of one proud, passionate family: the MacGannons of . . . Kilgannon.Mary Lowell wasn't interested in marriage despite her aunt's determination to find her a husband by the end of the London Season. Then
ISBN: 0440235685, 9780440235682
Keywords: kilgannon, rose, wild
Pages: 400
Published: 1999
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0446610526, 9780446610520
Keywords: legend
Pages: 400
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

This is the first of two novels set in 17th-century Scotland, chronicling the adventures of twin brothers who dare to love two fiery women as they lead their clan into battle against the English.
ISBN: 0446610534, 9780446610537
Keywords: destiny
Pages: 400
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

'The Legend' introduced the Highland prophecy that bound the MacCurrie men to battle, and the fiery women they dared to love. Now the adventure continues in this tale of strangers whose lives are destined to be entwined.
ISBN: 2290028932, 9782290028933
Keywords: prdestins
Pages: 380
Published: 2011
ISBN: 2290029688, 9782290029688
Keywords: prophtie
Pages: 315
Published: 2011
ISBN: 0446610453, 9780446610452
Keywords: summer, scottish
Pages: 485
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 60%