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.

Seduction of a Highland WarriorThanks 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.

In SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR, Sue-Ellen Welfonder delivers the stunning conclusion to her sensual Highland Warriors trilogy.

    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 hisMallory_Chieftain_MM-1 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? 


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 Sue-Ellen Welfonderwith 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, find her on Facebook at 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 lawyeMargaret Malloryr 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, find her on Facebook at, 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

Now the giveaway guidelines. To enter, send me an e-mail ( 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?


  1. Mason - What great timing for this post! Valentine's Day is a good time to focus on those sweep-you-away romances and there really is something about Scotland... Thanks for sharing these books with us.

  2. Hmm. Both sound quite good, Mason!

    I haven't read either author so I'll have to check them out.


  3. Thank you so much for doing such a lovely feature and giveaway. I really appreciate it! I'm looking forward to the upcoming blog tour with Margaret and this is a great launch. Thank you!

  4. Sue-Ellen sent me here. Thanks for a great giveaway! I love Scotland and historical romantic romps. Especially if they are written by Sue-Ellen and Margaret.

  5. These are two of my top go to writers.They never let me down,so excited to get new reading material!..Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. I do enjoy reading a 'romantic romp'. I have been in love with the Scottish romance since I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  7. I am reading Seduced right now and loving it. Sue-Ellen is slipping more toward Alie Mackay with delish paranormal tidbits that I just eat up!! I'll have to look for Chieftain--sounds great. Since I write mostly contemporary it is 'safe' to read historical when I am working as it won't creep into my WIP by mistake! BTW, love the name Canyon--may I borrow it for a heroine soon?

  8. Sue-Ellen sent me over for a visit. I've been following her blog 'Tartan Ink' for a while cause I love stories in Scotland. I've enjoyed Margaret's stories too and look forward to continuing her series. Other authors that write stories set in Scotland that I enjoy are Karen Ranney & Monica McCarty.

  9. Hi Mason!

    What a great way to help us get ready for a Valentine's Day then featuring handsome men in kilts!

    I'm reading Margaret's The Sinner Right now to bring me back to the land of my ancestors right now!

    Both Sue-Ellen and Margaret bring the wonders of the Highlands to life for me whenever I read one of their of their books.

    I love reading stories set in Scotland because to me the locks and moors call to me. I can sttll remember the time my husband and I visited Linlithgow Palace and we were the only ones there.

    To look out over the surrounding countryside and remember that Mary, Queen of Scots lived there and to be able to walk around the fountain and think of her doing the same was a moment in time I'll never forgot.

  10. Thanks for the chance to win. Great books.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  11. Thank you for doing such a lovely post on Sue-Ellen.I am her blog partner at Tartan Ink. This entire Trilogy is fabulous. Sue-Ellen transports the reader to Scotland when she writes. You really feel as if you are there int he middle of the scene, a part of it. If your readers are not familiar with her they are in for a real treat!
    You asked who else we like to read when Scotland is calling. Sue-Ellen also writes as Allie Mackay. These books are light paranormal with the heroine comes from modern USA and the hero comes from medieval Scotland. I highly recommend these books.

  12. Hi everyone, thanks so much for dropping by. Welcome to all the new visitors.

    Sue-Ellen, wishing you and Margaret great fun on the upcoming blog tour and much success with your writing.

    Gwynn-Deirdre, I'd be honored and thrilled if you used the name Canyon for a heroine. Please let me know when you do.

    Thanks again everyone!!

  13. I read The Chieftain and am in the middle of Seduction of a Highland Warrior now. For those who haven't read these authors, please do! I promise you will not be disappointed. They sure picked two authors who write wonderfully about Scotland to put together for this tour. Both can transport me right smack dab to medieval Scotland with a swipe of their pen and their characters will melt your heart.

    Sue-Ellen gave me the heads up about your site and I'm adding myself to your GFC and will be following you by email. :)

  14. OMG! I love both of these authors! My favorite reading genre are Scottish romances. I love to read about those men in kilts! Thanks for the giveaways!

  15. Medieval Scotland is absolutely my favorite type of read. It just calls to me (maybe from another lifetime lol). Thanks for a chance at some fantastic reading and oh what gorgeous covers!


  16. Sue-Ellen gave me the heads up about your blog today. I do enjoy reading a romantic romp on occasion and I think Scotland is a very romantic story setting.

  17. Thank you ever so much for this opportunity to learn more about these authors, their tour and also this awesome give away. Scotland is my very favorite setting for books. My first introduction to this setting was Julie Garwood's, the Bride, then Diana Gabaldon's, the Outlander. Because of 'Outlander', I vacationed in Scotland in 2000. then I looked for other authors with Scottish themes and found Sue-Ellen, Mallory, and Karen Ranney, plus others. How lucky for me. And gosh will I be even more lucky if I am the winner of these two books. Thanks again, Helen in Ark.

  18. Who can resist a romantic romp in Scotland??? I sure can't!

    Thanks for the contest.


  19. I've had a love affair with Scotland and Highlanders forever. :) Let me just say when I read Sue Ellen's books I'm transported to Scotland. A dream I have is to visit one day and until then I visit with Sue Ellen in every book she writes. :)I'm pulled right into every story and move through those pages with her characters because I instantly connect to the Hero and Heroine.
    Margaret Mallory's Medieval books are the first I ever read in that time period.Then I got hooked on her Return of The Highlanders. Two wonderful Authors who have both taken me on the trip of a lifetime with their gorgeous Highlanders.
    Thanks for an amazing giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  20. I read romantic romps all the time and Scotland is my favorite setting. I love Sue-Ellen and her books. I haven't met or read anything by Margaret. I visited Scotland in 2010 and had a blast. I hope to return in the future. If you want to visit Scotland but can't afford it now read one of Sue-Ellen's Scottish Historials. She will take you there. Another author I would recommend is Amanda Scott.

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

  21. Love men in kilts... wish I'd thought of hanging around men's public restroom like a little girl who was asked why she was in the men's room in a Scottish castle... she replied.."I'm looking for men in kilts!" Smart girl!

  22. I know hubby will not come through with a Valentine gift. So I am really hoping to be lucky enough to win these two books. Helen in Ark.

  23. Who doesn't love a man in a kilt. The scenery Sue Ellen paints and the other authors that write scottish romances, i can see the different nuances and colors of the country, they paint such a clear picture that's it's almost like i'm there.

  24. I am really enjoying Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlander series and have been anxiously waiting to read THE CHIEFTAIN!

  25. Scotland = men in kilts = swooning women
    Oh yes, reading about romance books taking place in Scotland is a favorite past time for me. How can you resist that when you know what is underneath?!?!

  26. love reading medieval romance novels especially those set in Scotland - I love to read anyone that has magic or time travel - great interviews

  27. Thank you so much for participating in our blog tour & featuring my book! (Sorry I'm late to the party, but somehow you weren't on the list they gave me for today.)

    I really appreciate the kind words about my books from many of the commenters. After being with these Highlander heroes through four books, I'm really going to miss them. Sigh!



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