Can there ever be enough men in kilts? My next blog guest doesn't think so and I agree with her! When Connie and I decided to place our first collaborative novel in Scotland during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, I had some serious researching to do.
One of the fascinating things I discovered was that the use of specific tartans to designate different clans was actually a post-Regency era construct. When King George IV made his unprecedented trip to Scotland in 1822, Sir Walter Scott, who organized the visit, envisioned a Scottish pageant to celebrate the glories of the Highlands. English lords who followed their monarch were all scrambling to find the slightest link to a Scottish clan in their lineage so they too could don the newly fashionable plaid!
Of course, putting George IV in plaid would have made Brummel tear out his hair if he hadn't already been banished from court. Fortunately in SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, all the men in kilts do them justice!
Now for a bit from my guest blogger and fellow kilt-aficionado, Amanda Forester!
Amanda Forester: Happy New Year! I have spent the last few weeks of 2011 doing something I rarely get the chance to do - bake! I've made snowball surprise cookies, peanut butter chocolate cookies, saltine yums (tastes better than it sounds), apple brandy bread pudding, and caramel brownie cheesecake. Oh, so good! So as I ring in the New Year with the obligatory diet resolution, let's talk about some of the highlights from 2011.
I am thrilled that 2011 saw the publication of my second novel, The Highlander's Heart. A historical setting with some adventure, a little humor, and of course a hunky dude in a kilt is my favorite way to have an armchair romance. So of course I'm super excited to get my hands on a copy of Sins of a Highlander by Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason! It's hard to decide whether I enjoy writing or reading more, but I had a blast writing about a directionally impaired English countess who accidentally crosses paths with a Highland laird.
Lady Isabelle escapes her murderous English husband only to be abducted by a Highland warrior and held for ransom. Her determination to break free from captivity is exceeded only by the passion growing between her and the Highland Laird. David Campbell plans to hold Isabelle for ransom as an easy way to line his pockets and return her back where she belongs, but he is unprepared for a feisty English lass with a penchant for finding trouble. Caught between rival clans bent on claiming the throne of Scotland, Campbell must choose a side, and a bride. Standing on the brink of war, Isabelle may be his only hope to save his clan, and his heart.
One lucky commenter on today's blog will win a copy of The Highlander's Heart!! Woohoo! Get to commenting! Read an excerpt from The Highlander's Heart here.
And while you're at it, check out the fabulous sale on Sourcebook romances and download my first book in the Highlander series, The Highlander's Sword - today it's only $1.79!!!
Happy New Year!
Mia again: Only $1.79! Ok, excuse me for a minute while I pop over to Amazon and load up your THE HIGHLANDER'S SWORD. While we're talking eBook deals, let me just share that my TOUCH OF A THIEF is now available for only $1.99 for a limited time. Since the print tradebook version is $14.00, that's a significant savings for a story that garnered a Publishers Weekly Starred Review!
Since Amanda's offering a copy of THE HIGHLANDER'S HEART to a commenter this hour, I'll toss a signed SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER into the pot as well to make this a true Highland hour on the Blog Bash. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment in order to be entered in the drawing.
And be sure to take a minute to enter my website contest at MiaMarlowe.com for a chance to win a new KINDLE!