Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Guest Post w/Sue-Ellen Welfonder & Interview w/ Paula Quinn + giveaway

Woot! Morning ladies! We've got two awesome authors joining us today for a bit of Highlander loving. Paula Quinn is stopping by for an interview and then Sue-Ellen Welfonder is visiting us again but this time for a fun guest post. Check em out and leave em some comment love!  ~Anna
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer . . .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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SEW:  Anna, it’s such a pleasure to be here again!  You know how much I enjoy visiting your blog, and how much I adore its name.  Also love the opportunity to talk up the men I love so much: hot Scots!

Top 5 reasons to love a Highland Warrior
1)  Their accents.  Aka a ‘verbal orgasm,’ a Highland burr is sexy enough to melt a woman at ten paces.  Maybe even a hundred miles.  Across an ocean.  If any female remains unaffected, she’s either frigid or dead.
2)  Kilts.  Come on, ladies, you know they do it for you.  And once our hot Highlanders whip them off, they’re naked and still have their buttery-rich burrs to seduce us.  (not that persuading is needed, we already want them, don’t we?)
3)  All that cold and clean Highland air makes them big and strong.  They’re burly, rough-hewn men, fiercely proud, bold and brave, able and willing to tear down mountains for the woman they love.
4)  They do it on the heather.  Is there anything more romantic than sharing a Highlander’s plaid on a heather-kissed moor, high in his beloved hills, held tight against him until the light fades?
5)  They eat haggis.  You know the saying: ‘real men eat haggis.’  So there you have it: Highlanders are real men.  Swoon!!
Bonus reasons:  They are earthy.  They know how to wield their swords.  (I will leave the interpretations to your imagination!)
SEW:  Anna, thank you again for hosting the tour.  And thanks to everyone looking in today.  It’s readers and their participation that make these tours so much fun.  Good luck in the drawing!  I hope you’ll enjoy TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER.

Anna: Bwaha and seeing as my imagination loves being in the gutter oh your bonus reason...Heh. Thanks so much for stopping by Sue-Ellen!
More Sue-Ellen on herding cats!

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss . . .

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Good morning Paula! And welcome to herding cats & burning soup! Alright, say you have 15 seconds to truly hook someone on The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell. What would you tell them that would have them racing for the bookstore?
I would tell them that The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell is steeped in the rich history and atmosphere of its era. It's a romance that sizzles on the page, between an ill-fortuned lady and the passionate patriot of Scotland who kidnaps her. It's a dangerous, soul-stirring journey that draws the h/h together despite the terrible consequences their love could have on Scotland.
Sounds amazing! Can you tell us 3 fun (or steamy) behind the scenes facts about Edmund and Amelia's story?
  • I wouldn't call this one a fun or steamy fact. It's more like something out of a horror story, but Queensberry House (Amelia's home) is said to be haunted by the kitchen boy roasted and eaten by James Douglas, the mad Earl of Drumlanrig in 1707. In the book, James was Amelia's cousin, whom she dropped as a baby. Later, she was blamed for his madness. In reality, James Douglas was kept under lock and key from childhood. On the night that the Act of Union was signed, he is said to have escaped. He made his way to the house kitchen and killed a young scullion. He then roasted him on a spit and began to eat him before he was discovered and apprehended. 
  • I had been trying to write this book for a long time but it never quite felt right--not until Edmund and Amelia became the hero and heroine. There were three sets of others, but the story came to life when the klutzy beauty and the Highland patriot met. Some stories need to be written and they're just waiting for the right people to tell them. 
  • A certain scene involving Grendel, a fun secondary character--who happens to be a dog--was inspired by an event on television's Revenge.
Aws love when there are herd babes. Okay...Favorite Man Candy? 
Now we're talking! We all need a little man candy to think about from time to time, right? My current obsession (since he is my current hero) is Michael Fassbender. He distracts me he's so gorgeous and sexy. All the men who inspired my characters are my favorites: Gerard Butler, Chris Capaldi, Josh Holloway, the amazing Andy Whitfield, who left us too early, Dustin Clare, Alex Pettyfer, just to name a few. Don't start me off on Chris Hemsworth. I've got a great hero for him tucked somewhere in my imagination. 
Oh yum! That's a pretty tasty group of men. Whew! Totally being nosy but what are the top things on your bucket list?
  • To To visit Scotland. Even though I write about it, I've never been there. I see it in dreams but I'd like to see it in real life. I just need to get over my fear of flying.  
  • I want to meet another one of my heroes. Ever since that picture of Mel Gibson as William Wallace, I've used pictures to inspire me. I've already met Chris Capaldi, my inspiration for Graham Grant, my hero from  A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS. I'd love to meet the rest, like Gerard Butler or Josh Holloway.Oh yes! 
  • I'd like to write some books in other genres.   
  • Let's see, what else is on my bucket list. Not much. I pretty much have everything I want and need
Oh yeah meeting your book-spirations would be...very nice. I'd love to visit Scotland too! One day hopefully we'll both make it there :) Thanks so much for coming by Paula! I can't wait to meet these two and see how things turn out for them. Oo how about an excerpt real quick!

“I’ll stop at nothing to protect ye.”

Her eyes searched his, looking for something he hoped she found. “And what have I done to earn such a champion?” she whispered on parted lips.

“’Tis nothing ye’ve done, Amelia, and it can never be undone.” He bent to kiss her again. She fell back on the bed, taking him along with fistfuls of his shirt in her hands.

Feeling her beneath him made him hard as steel. He wanted her, throbbed for her, and he was tempted to tear away the two flimsy layers of wool between them, spread her wide, and sink deep. 

But she was untried and untouched. And though every nerve ending on his body burned for her, ached to be her first, he didn’t want her to regret anything.

“I fear if I take ye, I won’t let anyone else ever do so.” It was a statement of truth that pained him as it left his lips.

“And I fear,” she whispered into his hair as he bent his head to her throat, “that if ye take me, I will never be satisfied with anyone else.”

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