Today I am participating in the blog tour for the From Scotland With Love tour. Our guest poster this morning is Kira Morgan, author of Seduced by Destiny, which is one of the books on the tour. I just want to thank Kira for stopping by. I really enjoyed reading your book!
PROMPT: WHY SCOTLAND? WAS IT THE COUNTRY ITSELF, THE TIME FRAME, THE HISTORY, ETC. THAT DREW YOU TO THE COUNTRY?
It’s great to be here with you today! (Though wouldn’t it be nice if we were all in Scotland?)
I’ve always loved towering castles, trusty swords, and knights (and damsels) in shining armor. But my affection for all things Scots started with my high school sweetheart, who was a Campbell. In the way of teenagers in love, I was driven to learn the history of his people, look up his clan tartan and motto, and find out whether he had any castles in Scotland with his name on them!
As it turned out, when we went on our U.K. honeymoon years later, we found castles Kilchurn and Inveraray, which were indeed owned by Campbells. But what made an even bigger impact on me was exploring the dramatic Scots countryside—the rolling Lowland hills and rugged Highland peaks split by waterfalls, the heather-cloaked moors, the wild North Sea, the lush green forests, and the narrow, winding roads that threaded through it all.
Living in such a wild, isolated, and sometimes hostile landscape before the time of rapid transit required a special kind of individual. It was a matter of humanity and survival to offer shelter to whatever strangers passed by. (Unfortunately, in the 17th century, the Campbells violated that hospitality by murdering their hosts, the McDonalds, but that’s another story.) This simple concept of hospitality has survived the generations, which is why Scots to this day are notoriously warm and welcoming.
Why did I choose to set SEDUCED BY DESTINY in the 16th century? It was an exciting time in Scots history, when the country was experiencing great change and on the cusp of being civilized. When 19-year-old Queen Mary returned from France to rule Scotland, she and her entourage must have been shocked by the differences in stylish Paris and rough-hewn Edinburgh. But she embraced the simplicity of the Scots, and she brought a bit of French sophistication with her, creating an interesting culture where velvet gowns coexisted with sheepskin cloaks; petits gatelles (little cakes) evolved into the famous shortbread petticoat tails; and town fairs and harvest festivals attracted everyone from bare-legged Highlanders to bejeweled French noblewomen.
This country-in-upheaval provides an inspiring backdrop for my book, where I explore the romantic tension between Josselin Ancrum, a Scots heroine employed as a spy in Queen Mary’s service, and Drew MacAdam, an Englishman-in-disguise who participates in the birth of the great Scots sport of golf.
If you’ve never been to Scotland, start saving your pennies! Stay in B&Bs, go on walkabouts, have a wee dram in a pub, and soon you’ll feel like you’re one of the clan. Until then, I’ll spirit you away on a Scottish adventure in SEDUCED BY DESTINY.
You can friend me at www.facebook.com/kiramorganauthor, follow me at www.twitter.com/kira_morgan, and find me at www.glynnis.net/kiramorgan, where you can enter a sweepstakes to win the silver thimble Drew gives to Jossy in SEDUCED BY DESTINY.
How about you? Do you like stories set in Scotland? Why?
Now it's time for the GIVEAWAY! Courtesy of the publisher I am able to giveaway 2 copies of Seduced by Destiny to 2 luck readers! Now here are the rules for the giveaway:
1. In the comments below you MUST answer the question that Kira asked. The question is in red.
2. You MUST leave me an email address so that I can contact you if you should win.
3. Open to US only.
4. Contest closes March 10 @ 11:59 pm.