Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore is an offbeat “modern” historical romance with, I hope, plenty of irreverent fun and a lighthearted sense of humor. In 1586, Antonia Barclay embarks on a quest to find her real mother, Mary Queen of Scots, as well as the long-lost Scottish Royal Sceptre. Along the way, Sir Basil Throckmorton, a well-known villain and alchemist, kidnaps Antonia, scheming to use her to pave his way to the English throne. Breck Claymore, Antonia’s lover, is hot on her trail but if he fails to find her in time, she’ll be forced to wed Sir Basil, and both Scotland and England will fall under his control. Fortunately for the good guys, however, Antonia is a feisty and determined Scotswoman who refuses to wait around “to be saved” so she devises her own rescue plans. Although her plans don’t always unfold as originally intended, she’s fully prepared to go down with the ship if that’s what it takes to get the job done.