Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paula Quinn, Guest Blogger

It’s my pleasure to welcome author Paula Quinn back to Thoughts in Progress as the special guest blogger today on her virtual blog tour.

Paula’s recent release is SEDUCED BY A HIGHLANDER. Thanks to Paula, Anna and the folks at the Hachette Book Group I have 5 copies of SEDUCED BY A HIGHLANDER to giveaway. Please see the giveaway guidelines at the end of this post.

Here’s a brief synopsis of her book: “SINS THAT CAN'T BE FORGIVEN - Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tonged seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.

PASSION THAT CAN'T BE DENIED - Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She's horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?”

I ask Paula if she had any works in progress or thoughts of writing stories set in other eras or countries other than her beloved Scotland.

Everyone asks me why I chose Scotland as the setting for my books. Originally, I didn’t. My first three books are set in 11th century England, before and after the Norman invasion.

I actually prefer the English setting, mostly because my heroes can wear something other than a belted plaid. Don’t get me wrong, I love Highlanders as much as the next girl, but there are times when I want to see them in snug fitting breeches and a pair of nice boots.

It’s also a little more difficult for me to write in a Scottish setting because my heart yearns to go there. It always has, for as long as I can remember. Every word I type sometimes feels like a tiny pinprick and fills me with a longing I don’t fully understand.

Whatever books I write about in the future, they will all be medieval-early, middle, or late, but medieval. I love the past, especially Celtic history. I tend to think of eras in terms of a

certain king’s reign. Kings like William the Conqueror and Richard the Lionheart inspire me. I wouldn’t mind going even further back to the Saxon King Alfred, or even the legendary King Arthur. 

They don’t necessarily have to be rulers of England or ancient Briton. I have a paranormal trilogy in their first drafts set in 12th century Wales under the leadership of Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth. I‘ve also toyed with a few ideas about Tongan warriors and sailing the South Seas. I don’t know about you, but I like the image of a man in a loincloth.

For now though, I’m sticking with Scotland and my beloved MacGregors. It might ache a little, but it’s worth it. :)

Paula, thanks for guest blogging here again. Sounds like you’ve got some interesting plots in mind. Celtic history is intriguing.

Now for a little background on Paula. She is a disgustingly sappy romantic moved by music, beautiful words, and the sight of a really nice pen. She lives in Manhattan with her knight in shining armor and they have three beautiful children, two dogs and too many reptiles to count. Paula loves to read romance and science fiction and have been writing since she was eleven. She’s a faithful believer in God and thanks Him daily for all the blessings in her life. And in case you haven’t guessed, she loves all things medieval, but it’s her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

Remember I have 5 copies of SEDUCED BY A HIGHLANDER (ISBN:9780446552370) to giveaway. To enter the giveaway for this 368-page paperback, just send me an e-mail ( with “Win SEDUCED” in the subject line and be sure to include your name and address in the body of the e-mail. The giveaway is only open to residents of U.S. and Canada and no post office box addresses can be accepted. The giveaway ends at 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

For an added bonus, click on this link to see the MacGregor and Grant Family Tree.


  1. Mason - Thanks for hosting Paula.

    Paula - Welcome back : ). I have to say I admire folks like you who write historical novels. I enjoy them and I have a lot of respect for the research you do as you write.

  2. Hi Mason and Paula .. certainly sounds like a gripping historical romp through Scotland .. and giving us some real scenarios from those days .. interesting ..

    I wonder if you've got ties back to Scotland in your roots .. must have I guess - if you feel so strongly for it.

    So much happened in Britain during that 1,000 years or so .. the early days to Medieval times .. when life as we know it today evolved ..

    Thanks - Hilary

  3. Thanks for a great blog. It's always interesting to hear why writers write about certain topics. This book sounds great.

  4. Paula, thanks for blogging here again. It's always interesting to find out more about an author's love of writing.

    Margot, Hilary and Lou, thanks so much for stopping by. Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

  5. Hi Ladies, thanks so much for stopping by :) Good luck with the giveaway!

  6. I do love Scotland!

  7. I love Celtic history, too! Fascinating time. I love the way you've woven the history into your book.

  8. She likes science fiction as well? That's quite a change from romance.

  9. Good to see Paula back. I love the book title, and that cover is VERY cool.

  10. This sure sounds like a great romance and I never knew Paula was a NYC gal just like me. Very cool. =)

  11. Great post! I think it sounds great, as do her other upcoming ideas!


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