Posts Tagged ‘scottish romance’

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Guest Post: New Year’s Resolutions in Amanda Forester’s MY HIGHLAND REBEL

My Highland Rebel Amanda Forester

Every New Year I make new resolutions…or at least I think about making resolutions. Sometimes I start, sometimes I only think about starting, but rarely do I continue with any of my resolutions…at least until the next year!

Being released at the beginning of January is a great time for My Highland Rebel, because the two main characters definitely make some serious changes throughout the book. Both are stretched and grow and make some significant changes—ones I’m pretty sure they will keep!

Before Jyne Campbell meets Core, she has been dismissed by her family as the youngest and weakest lass in a large and powerful clan. With so many big personalities around her, it is easy to fade into the background. When she is placed in a situation where vulnerable people need her help, however, she finds in inner strength not even she knew she had.

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Exclusive Excerpt: ROGUE OF THE MOORS by Cynthia Breeding

Rogues of the Moors Cynthia Breeding

This one goes out to anyone who’s having a Tuesday that feels like a Thursday! I dare you to get through this excerpt of Cynthia Breeding‘s Rogue of the Moors without smiling. (I absolutely could not.) Love the excerpt? You’re in luck, because Rogue of Moors is out today!

Bridget noticed that all four of the MacDonald men were seated at the table for supper. None of them appeared bruised or battered, so they must have taken their mother’s warning not to exchange blows seriously. Bridget knew men thought fighting was the solution to most arguments, but she had never understood why they would enjoy brawling simply for the sake of it. Looking at the granite set to Alasdair’s jaw made her wonder if a skirmish might not still take place.

“We serve ourselves here,” Joanna said as she brought in a dish of vegetables and smiled at Bridget as she sat down. “Doona skimp on your servings.” She glanced at her sons. “I am used to big appetites, so there is always plenty of food.”

“Thank ye,” Bridget said. “The boar smells delicious.”

“Allow me to carve ye some,” Niall said, flourishing a knife with enough skill that Bridget had no doubt he’d be deadly with a dagger.

Alasdair gave him a sharp look but said nothing.

Oddly enough, the other brothers were quiet and subdued this evening. Even though she’d only met them briefly when they’d come to Glenfinnan, she didn’t think the reserved behavior fit any of them. Rowdy, boisterous, rambunctious, yes. Quiet, no. Had the retelling this afternoon of the fate of that poor girl affected them so much?

Bridget glanced at Alasdair. He hadn’t been in the room, but the memories were probably crystal clear. She wished she could say something to him, but she caught the glimpse he gave her. His eyes were like emerald shards. She’d seen that look on her brothers’ faces, warning anyone with any sense not to broach them. Now was not the time to comment.

A clamoring near the back of the house broke the silence. Bridget heard shouting and several heavy thuds. It sounded like an altercation taking place, although none of the men seated seemed to be overly concerned.

The kitchen door banged, followed by the trampling of boots coming down the hall. The yelling hadn’t stopped either. Three lads in shirts, breeches, and tartan caps burst into the room, one of them dripping wet.

“’Tis nae my fault ye fell into the burn,” one said.

“Ye pushed me, ye fool,” the wet one answered.

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Guest Post: “The Top Five Reasons I Write Scottish Historical Romance” by Lori Ann Bailey

Highland Deception Lori Ann Bailey

1. The magic. Okay, I know you were expecting me to say the kilts, the man chest, or the abs and those are a bonus, but it’s really about the feel of the story. I started out writing paranormal romance filled with magic in a fictional world I created, so the move into Scottish Historicals was an easy one. The magic and mystery of Scotland is real and touchable, you can smell it, you can see it.

2. Alpha males. In seventeenth century Scotland, with all its political upheaval and the clan system, it was imperative for men to take the leading role in the safety of their people. I, like many other women, am one of those ladies that have too many responsibilities and the pressure of having to make so many daily decisions. I don’t like overbearing men, but I do like ones that have my best interests at heart and that will say, “Lay back, you need a break and I’ll take care of everything for you.” In today’s society, most men and women run a household evenly and it’s not fair to ask for the man to take on every worry, but it’s nice to be able to fantasize about being treated like a queen.

3. The scenery. I’ve seen a small slice of the Highlands, but the majesty of the mountains, the fresh feelings all the lush greens imbue and the beautiful waters of the land will never be adequately put into words. I do my best, but until you’ve seen the beauty for yourself, we just have to dream about it, read it, or write it and pretend we are there. Once you’ve been there, you want to hold on to those vistas in your mind until you can return. I hope I’m able to bring a little bit of that to my writing.

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Exclusive Excerpt: EVERY TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER by Gwyn Cready

Every Time With a Highlander Gwyn Cready

Never before have we seen a title that was as delightful to read in different voices and intonations as it was to read an excerpt of! Check out this fantastic sneak peek of Every Time With a Highlander by Gwyn Cready, out now!

Peering from the shade of the massive copper beech on the banks of the sparkling Tweed, Lord Bridgewater’s feast set out on long, low tables under the shade of the nearby elms, Undine looked from guest to guest and lover to lover. She was, they said, a fortune-teller, and it was little challenge to read the thoughts on the faces of those she called her friends at the party—Abby Kerr, chieftess of Clan Kerr, and Abby’s steward, Duncan MacHarg, standing at opposite ends of the makeshift quoits court, hiding their infatuation about as well as a peacock hides its plumage, and soon-to-be shipowner Serafina Innes and her new husband, Gerard, innocently playing whist, though any careful observer could tell by the gleam in their eyes the prize at stake was far from innocent.

Hidden truths and visible lies. The world would be a very dangerous place if one believed in appearance.

“Sherry, ma’am?” the servant asked.

“Thank you. I believe I’ll stay with my ginger water.”

A sleek, tortoiseshell cat stole her way back into the party after being shooed away not once but twice by one of the estate’s fastidious servants. The cat added to her list of crimes by neatly snagging a half-eaten quail from the plate of Bishop Rothwell, the archbishop’s chief catch fart, who was speaking animatedly—and at yawn-inducing length—to those seated on the lawn near him of the plans to replace the draperies at his estate.

The brazen thief made her way, quail in mouth, under several tables to the copper beech, where she gave Undine an impatient look.

“I’m not moving,” Undine said firmly.

The cat stared, undeterred.

“Is there no other place to feast upon that?”

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Deal Alert: Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix!

To Catch a Spinster by Megan Bryce

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…

Yeah, that never happened.

Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn’t need a husband, all one needs is the right man…

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he’s looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?

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Q&A: Victoria Roberts of KILL OR BE KILT

Kill or Be Kilt Victoria Roberts

Okay, as huge pun fans, all it took was the title of Kill or Be Kilt to for us to get ridiculously excited for this Q&A with the amazing Victoria Roberts! But Victoria’s answers make us nerd out in the best way possible. Love a good Scottish Romance?  Kill or Be Kilt is out now!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

There are a lot of movies that I favor, but here’s a few that come to mind in no particular order:

  1. Romancing the Stone. I love the fact that Joan Wilder is a Romance novelist. This movie always makes me smile.
  2. Titanic. This movie was epic. After Jack died (he could’ve fit on those boards with Rose), I loved that she did all those things he wanted to do with her. *sniffle*
  3. Love Story. I adored Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in this film. This one tears at the heartstrings.
  4. Pride and Prejudice. I’m rather fond of the 2005 version with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightly.
  5. The Holiday. Every aspect of this movie was great. Who wouldn’t want to escape to a cottage for the holidays and fall in love?

Everyone has a favorite couple in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?

I am totally addicted to the new TV series Lucifer. My “ship” couple is definitely Lucifer and Chloe. Even the devil can be vulnerable, and I love that a woman makes him that way. I’m praying (no pun intended) for a hook up between those two and that love conquers all.

What was the first Romance novel you read? What do you remember about it?

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Q&A: Christy English of the BROADSWORDS AND BALLROOMS Series

How to Seduce a Scot Christy English

Today we have Christy English answering our questions about her Broadswords and Ballrooms series! The first book, How to Seduce a Scot came out in December, and the second, How to Wed a Warrior will be out on February 2nd!

Thank you so much for hosting me. I love talking about writing and books…and I am so excited to do it here on EverAfter Romance. My latest Regency romance series is called Broadswords and Ballrooms, about two Highland brothers who bring their wild, sword-wielding sister down to London to marry her off, and end up falling in love themselves.

1. Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

  • I adore waterfalls. I did not know this until about three years ago when I first moved to the Western North Carolina mountains, but I have a waterfall outside my back window, and when I sit on my porch in the spring and write, I can hear it flowing. It is the most soothing sound. I truly have moved to heaven.
  • I have soda for blood. I love Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper, and I drink one every morning as I roll into my day job at the bank. Soda is my companion whenever I need an extra boost to get the words down on paper, or in my computer. The sugary sweetness adds to my joy whatever I’m doing.
  • I can’t go to the movies without getting popcorn and chocolate. I am a story junkie. Whether in a book or on the silver screen, I love hearing and seeing a good story. And whenever I go to see a movie, I hunker down with popcorn and chocolate. Sometimes I am good, and get the kiddie size, which satisfies me but also makes me feel virtuous.

2. How would you describe your writing style? Are you more of a pantser or a plotter?

I have a flowery, descriptive style of writing, and a distinctive voice on the page which I have had to tone down in favor of character and plot in revisions. For many years I was a serious plotter, writing fifty page outlines of my novels before I even began them. But now that I am writing Regency romance, especially romance comedies, I have started to become more of a panster, in which the characters give me the starting point of a book and the major events of the first act, and then I go to town. Now the characters hand me each act as it comes up, so I have a good idea of where I’m headed as I go, but I can still be flexible for any new mayhem that might ensue. And when I am writing about the Waters family, mayhem is always close at hand.

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Guest Post: “Research” by Madeline Martin

Enchantment of a Highlander Madeline Martin

I’m planning to kill someone.

That is to say, I’m researching the following things (just to name a few):

  1. How much pressure it takes to snap a neck
  2. What kind of poison side effects resemble that of a heart attack
  3. How long it takes someone to bleed out from a blade to the heart
  4. How to tie someone up so they can’t get out
  5. How far can someone who is 120lbs drag a 200lb body
  6. What spices mask poison in food/wine

Oh, did I forget to preface this with “I’m a writer”?


Sorry about that.


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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Jeanette Grey, Lauren Dane, Tiffany Snow, and Lynsay Sands

Today’s Deal Alert are for some awesome Cyber Monday savings! When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey, Falling Under by Lauren Dane, Power Play by Tiffany Snow, and The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands are all available at incredible prices! Grab these today!

When The Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

“I couldn’t put it down! I loved every sentence! The writing is outstanding, the setting entrancing, and the characters stole my heart. Fresh, flawed and instantly lovable, you’ll root for Jo and Adam at every turn.”
— S. C. Stephens, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .

For Josephine “Jo” Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world’s preeminent scientific facilities, she’ll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it’s women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

Falling Under by Lauren Dane

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.

And they’re not afraid to get dirty.

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke’s dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.

Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke’s masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.

But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn’t put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge…

Power Play by Tiffany Snow

Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn’t in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would…

Detective Dean Ryker couldn’t be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker’s uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker’s sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he’s after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker’s business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she’s always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before…

The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue— definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband . . . until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.