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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Seduced By Scotland
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air as SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR is on bookshelves now and THE CHIEFTAIN will be joining it soon to fill readers’ hearts with the Highland magic that is unique to Scottish romances.
Authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Margaret Mallory have both penned romances that set the stage for roguish heroes and alluring heroines to find passion and pleasure in each other’s arms.
Thanks to these lovely authors and the charming Julie at Grand Central Publishing, I have a copy of SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR and THE CHIEFTAIN to giveaway to one lucky visitor. Please see the end of the post for the guidelines.
At the King’s request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he’s handsome and fearless, his warrior’s heart belongs only to his beloved land—until the fair sister of his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss. Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair Macdonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor—and the only woman who can claim his heart.
In THE CHIEFTAIN, Margaret Mallory pens her last tale in the seductive Scottish series Return of the Highlanders.
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands; duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger – and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble. With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?
ABOUT THE AUTHORS…
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines. Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. For more on Sue-Ellen and her writing, visit her at www.welfonder.com, find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Ellen-Welfonder and on Twitter @se_welfonder Did You Know? * Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, Sue-Ellen belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine society. * Sue-Ellen won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best First Historical Romance of 2001 with her debut novel DEVIL IN A KILT.
What others are saying about Sue-Ellen’s HIGHLAND WARRIORS TRILOGY: “Few writers can bring history to life like Sue-Ellen Welfonder! For anyone who loves historical fiction, the books in the Highland Warriors trilogy are a true treasure.” – New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham “Even better than the first! This finely crafted, highly emotional romance is populated by heroes whose lives are defined by the concept of honor and strong-willed heroines who don’t accept surrender as a possibility… An incredible read.” – RT Book Reviews on TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL “Continues a long tradition of well-written, highly emotional romances. This marvelous novel is rich in love and legend, populated by characters steeped in honor, to make for a sensual and emotional read.” – RT Book Reviews on SINS OF A HIGHLAND DEVIL
Margaret Mallory abandoned a career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist. Why this surprised everyone, she doesn't know. Who wouldn't rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highlanders than write briefs and memos?
Margaret lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, a goofy dog, and a crabby cat. With her children off to college, she spends most of her time working on her next book in The Return of the Highlanders series. Margaret loves to hear from readers. For more on Margaret, visit her website at www.MargaretMallory.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/margaretmallory.author, and on Twitter at @Margaret Mallory.
Did you know? * In Scotland, Dunscaith Castle – which now lies in ruins – is the inspiration for THE CHIEFTAIN’s dwelling. * For inspiration while writing THE SINNER (book 2 in the series), Country music’s Tim McGraw captured the qualities of the hero, Alex MacDonald, in his song about a bad boy who is “a real good man.”
What others are saying about Margaret’s THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS: "Readers will appreciate the well-developed romance, historic detail, and red-hot passion as they root for two strong protagonists who bravely face danger at every turn." --- Publishers Weekly "TOP PICK! 4 1/2 stars! Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn't let go." --- RT Book Reviews on THE GUARDIAN. "Spellbinding! Few writers share Margaret Mallory's talent for bringing history to vivid, pulsing life." --- New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley on KNIGHT OF DESIRE.
Giveaway... Now the giveaway guidelines. To enter, send me an e-mail (email@example.com) with the subject line, “Win SEDUCED BY SCOTLAND.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR (ISBN: 978-0446561792) and THE CHIEFTAIN (ISBN: 978-0446583114) is 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy reading a romantic romp from time to time? Do you find Scotland a romantic setting? Do you have a favorite book (any genre) set in Scotland you’d like to share?
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