Tuesday, March 25, 2014

That Question---How Do You Hope Your Books Affect Readers?

Follow the Romance Weekly blog hop and see how other romance authors respond to weekly questions!

1. How does your writing impact your inner life? 

I think this similar for most people who choose "novelist" as a career. Writing is an obsession. I'm never away from it. I'm always thinking about the story I'm writing or the one I want to write. I feel a little anxiety when I'm not writing. Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a lunatic. Aren't we all?

I spend endless hours rehearsing sword fights and dreaming up how I can torture my characters so the ending will be all the more rewarding. You gotta love this business!

2. How do you hope your books affect your readers?
Mary, Queen of Scots

I want my readers to be entertained, to be transported to a different world and feel like they're a part of it. I want them to experience my character's excitement, losses, happiness, sorrow, desires and passion. I want the setting to be so vivid that they shiver when it's cold or recall the misery of sleeping on damp moss with rain water seeping through their clothes. I want them to see the opulence of tapestries on the wall, the wooden trenchers, the weight of a broadsword, feel the pain of a wooden stomacher binding a woman's breasts and waist...

You know, everyday kind of stuff from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in which I write.

3. Has anyone ever told you your book changed their life? If so, how?

I guess the closest I've ever come to that is someone telling me they stayed up all night to finish my book. *evil grin* 

Next blog on the tour, visit s the lovely Jami Denise!


The Highland Henchman is out on eBook!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


It's nearly here! THE HIGHLAND HENCHMAN, book two in the Highland Force Series, will officially be released on April 1st!

Cover designer, Kim Killion
The print version already slipped up onto Amazon.com, but the e-book is slated to come out on the official release date of April 1st. One of the things I like most about this book is the history. It contains a detailed account of Mary Queen of Scots last stand, the Battle of Langside, and many of the supporting characters were actually involved in the plot to reinstate Queen Mary to the throne (though this is indeed a work of fiction).

Here's the blurb:

Intent on winning a Lowlander’s tournament, Bran MacLeod travels south with his laird. All goes as planned, except spirited Miss Enya Ross continually distracts him, and in the oddest situations. With no business lusting after a baron’s daughter, Bran decides to return to Raasay—until his laird pledges Bran’s services in the fight to reinstate Mary, Queen of Scots to the throne.

Enya has no deference for the lines of nobility, or for the Great Divide that separates Lowlanders from Highlanders. The way Sir Bran’s eyes hunger for her ignites an internal fire Enya cannot quell. All her life she’s wanted adventure and excitement, but now her every thought is consumed with the rugged Highlander.

With all odds stacked against them, can their forbidden love withstand the tumult of war and the menace of betrayal?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Romance Weekly Blog Hop--Who's Your Favorite Author?

This week's questions ask about our favorite authors. Want to know who mine is?

1.     Who is your favorite author other than yourself in your genre and why?

Hands down, my favorite author in Scottish historical romance is Monica McCarty. Her books are filled with adventure, danger and history, just how I like them. Of course, the romance is a key element, but I want to read about the setting and the adversities the people of the time faced. Monica does a wonderful job of bringing these things to life in her books.

2.     What is your favorite book by her and why?

Honestly, I could recommend any of Monica’s books, but I think my favorite is The Saint. It was the first book I read by her and I think it gave me a fresh perspective to her writing style. I love how she’s developed the elite and “larger than life” Highland Guard and the special talents of “The Saint”, Magnus MacKay and the trouble he and the heroine get themselves into. Magnus is a true alpha male and sometimes I wanted reach inside the book and strangle him!

3.     What about her style inspires your writing?

All my books are filled with action and adventure, and Monica inspires that (as does Wilbur Smith). I get so caught up in the adventure that I often have to go back and beef up the love story, LOL.

I'd love for you to comment on who your favorite author is and what you like about him/her! 

The next stop on this week’s blog hop is the lovely Mishka Jenkins:

Also, Captured by the Pirate Laird is still on tour, and there's time to enter for the prizes:

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Romance Weekly - Handling that question, have a story you should write!

This week's Romance Weekly has some great questions:

1. When someone finds out you’re an author, how do you handle the statement, “I have a story you should write”?

This happens more than people think. Usually their story has nothing to do with the genre in which I write. So, how do I handle it? People like to be heard. I listen carefully. The story may be a good one, regardless. Then I always make a reflective comment and show my appreciation for their idea. There’s no need to be short with anyone or to tell them their idea won’t work for me. Why not listen? It only takes a brief moment in time and I may make a friend.

2. Do you write what you read?

Yes. I read a lot of historical romance, especially Scottish. I also read straight historical novels. I find when I am not reading, my own muse flounders a bit.

3. People often mistake the lifestyle of a writer as glamorous, give us the scoop, what about your lifestyle would shock your readers?

I think my lifestyle is glamorous, but that’s because I like being a hermit.  *grins*

I roll out of bed about 6 a.m., make myself a cuppa tea and then check my e-mail and social media. I write for a couple of hours, then exercise, shower and back to writing until about 9 p.m. When I say writing, it encompasses everything from writing first drafts to editing, marketing, writing back cover copy, analysing book trends, submissions, blog posts, critiques for my crit partners, planning presentations and occasional communication with my agent.

I don’t take days off, but I usually only work a few hours on Sunday and take a Saturday afternoon and hike with my husband or play a game of golf.

Next up, hop on over to the lovely Rebekah R. Ganiere's blog: http://www.RebekahGaniere.com

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Captured by the Pirate Laird ~ 99 Cent Sale!

Hey, everyone!

Captured by the Pirate Laird is being featured on eReader News Today and will be on sale for 99 cents Sunday, March 9th and Monday, March 10th on Amazon. Why not get a copy? The book is also discounted in Canada, the UK, Australia and more.

I'm excited to report this is the first of my books to spend a month on Amazon's Scottish Historical Romance bestseller list.

The reviews have been mind blowing, and I thank everyone who took the time to write a review:

Nicole Laverdure| 9 reviewers made a similar statement
Literary George| 5 reviewers made a similar statement

Victoria| 5 reviewers made a similar statement

Captured by the Pirate Laird is still on tour with Bewitching Blog Tours, here's the rafflecopter to win cool prizes:

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Time for another round of questions in the Romance Weekly blog hop! Would love to know if you're a plotter or a panster! Please leave a comment below :-)

  1. Do you have a recurring theme in your work, either intentional or unintentional? What is it and why do you think you chose that particular theme?
My recurring theme is the action/adventure. There’s plenty of “running for your lives” in my novels. I think I stick within that theme because I like to read action/adventure novels. I can only take some much scenery and mush, and then I need something dangerous and exciting to happen.
  1. Do you carefully plot your stories, or do you plot as you write? Why do you think this particular ethos works for you?
I’m a plotter. For me plotting is really a strategy rather than part of my character. I spend a lot of time planning the story before I sit down and write a book, but the details change as I write and the characters develop. If I don’t plot, I sit and stare at the blank screen and think about all the different directions I could go with any given situation. Plotting helps me stay on track.
  1. Is there a particular genre (within romance) you could never write? Why? 
I could never write erotica, and I write stories about heterosexual adults. I guess I’m pretty grass roots. I dabbled in contemporary romance and really found my voice with historical. I do occasionally think about writing a sexy space opera romance. That I might do one of these days.

Next on the blog tour is the lovely Victoria Barbour. Hop on over to her blog and give her a warm hello: http://victoriabarbour.com/blog