In May, the Romance Gems Spotlight is shining on Laura Hunsaker.

Laura is an award-winning author whose romance novels are set in the Scottish Highlands, but with a twist—somewhere in between Historical and Paranormal, she writes Scottish Time Travel Romance and Paranormal Romance.

She's hard at work right now, writing about protective men paired with strong women who knock them off their feet.

Her most recent novel is Dark Past: A Fatal Instincts Book. More on that in a bit.

Laura is both traditionally published and self-published and is a member of Romance Writers of America® Cactus Rose Chapter and the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

After earning degrees in English and German, with a specialty in British Literature, she taught for a few years.

As of now, Laura has a full-time job as mom of three which leaves nights for traveling through the mists of Scotland or dreaming about hockey players.

A couple of years ago, Laura tackled something completely different and adopted a pseudonym too.

Partnered with contemporary romance author Heather Lire, she and Heather are writing hockey romance as Kenzie MacLir.

The duo's debut story is Change It Up (Icing the Puck, New York Empires, Book 2).

The New York Empires are back…this time three new players will find their HEA and maybe a little more.

Laura is known at many websites as the Highland Hussy because of her love for Scottish Romance and the books she writes.

To get a taste of her Scottish Romance novels, try the free short story she offers readers.

The Broken Highlander (The Nightkind)

In the darkest hours after waking from death to his life as a vampire, blacksmith Nevin MacLachlan must learn to adjust to his new existence.

While he adapts quickly to his enhanced senses, he hates the vampires that took everything from him. Forsaking the Nightkind, he plans to survive on his own.

No one said it would be easy.

For centuries he tries to blend in with humans, but what kind of blacksmith only works at night? After being chased from his home time and time again, Nevin no longer has compassion for the humans he once knew.

The only things keeping him from becoming completely feral are his sense of honor, and the teasing memory of the woman who changed him. With no clan to belong to, human or Nightkind, Nevin finds out survival isn’t the only thing to live for, and that eternity is a long time to hate what you’ve become.

The Broken Highlander (The Nightkind) is the prequel to Highlander Reborn.

Dark Past: A Fatal Instincts Book

Laura's latest release is an edgy romantic suspense entitled Dark Past.

The small town was supposed to be safe...

Kate Landry is tired of running. Thinking she's safe, she settles in the small logging town of Chester, California to manage a cafe. She may be keeping a low profile, but she's hoping to return to a normal life.

When FBI agent Kyle Donovan visits Chester to stay with a friend, and to recover from his latest case, he never expects to meet sexy barista Kate.

But someone is following Kate...

Kyle worries he brought trouble to her door, while Kate worries her dark past is coming after her.

With danger lurking around every corner, her safe haven isn't as safe as she'd thought. Kate will finally have to trust someone enough to tell him her secrets. Secrets that may just get them killed...

Laura Hunsaker Online

Laura loves to receive email from Readers: highlandhussy at

Laura's Complete Book List

Highland Destiny
Highland Games
Highland Warriors
Highland Eclipse
The Broken Highlander
Highlander Reborn
Dark Past
Writing As Kenzie MacLir
Icing the Puck

Laura blogs on the 12th of each month. Be sure and visit her then.

Happy Reading—a story by Laura Hunsaker!