Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tour, Giveaway: Highland Homecoming by B.J. Scott


B.J. will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card, Scottish shortbread cookies, can cooler and mouse pad (US/CANADA ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a beaded book thong with silver charms, book marks, pen, and canvas tote to a randomly drawn host (US/CANADA ONLY).

Highland Homecoming
Title: Highland Homecoming by B.J. Scott
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: December 13, 2013
Length: 224 pages

Blurb:
The last thing Alasdair Fraser expects to find on an isolated beach along the coast of northern Scotland is a beautiful, unconscious lass. Unable to turn his back on someone in need, he delays his journey and tend so her injuries–an act that has him questioning his plans to rejoin Robert the Bruce and the fight for Scotland’s independence.

Will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal, a king-sanctioned marriage to another man, and his own stubbornness keep them apart forever?

Book Links: Soulmate PublishingAmazon



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What was your inspiration for Highland Homecoming? Did you do a lot of research? 

Highland Homecoming is the third book in my Fraser Brothers Trilogy. The entire series was inspired by my fascination with Scottish history, in particular the Scottish war for Independence. Thanks to movies like Braveheart, most people are aware of the Scots plight and struggle with English suppression, but there was so much more to share than one movie could cover. When I decided to write a book set in this time period, I started out by doing as much research as I could about the time, dress, customs and battles that took place. While a work of fiction, I wanted my books to be as historically accurate as possible. Research is important in any book, no matter what the genre, but perhaps more important for historical romance. The key to writing a good historical is the author’s ability to transport the reader back in time and hopefully share some interesting facts in the process. Most readers of this genre are well versed in the time period so maintaining historical accuracy is imperative. 

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes and no. Love can mean different things to different people or be a combination of feelings. Love is defined as a profound tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of warm personal attachment, or deep affection as for a parent, child or friend. A term of endearment, affection or like. It can be a sexual passion or desire, an intimate emotion and profound respect and admiration for a person we believe we cannot live without.

I believe two people can share lust at first sight and mistake it for love. I also believe two people can be attracted to each other on several levels when they first meet or establish a comfort level that makes them want to explore the relationship further. I believe true love takes a longer to evolve, that you earn the love and respect of another person. When I met my husband, we felt that comfort level and there was something we both felt when we met that we did not share with others. We have been together since that day. But the love and respect, while it evolved quickly was not at first sight.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?

There are things in all three of my books that if I had it to do again, I would change. Writers are so close to their work that it is sometimes hard to see it as clearly as an impartial observer/reader will see it. I pay close attention to comments made in reviews, especially the ones many would consider negative. While we hate to admit it or think someone did not enjoy our book, we stand to learn a lot about our work and the writing process if we use those negative comments to become a better writer. Fortunately, the thing I would change are minor and do not have a profound effect on the book or the outcome of the story. But there were places I wish I had expanded upon or resolved better. There were also things I would eliminate all together. 

What genre would you like to try writing that you haven't yet?

While historical romance is my passion, I do have a paranormal/time travel book in the works and a couple of ideas for romantic suspense. 

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?

Fascinated by anything Scottish or Celtic, I have always wanted to visit Scotland. My paternal grandmother was born in Kirkintilloch and I still have distant relatives who live in the small town near Glasgow.
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Excerpt 2: 

Perched on a stool by the fire, he watched her sleep, wondering how he was going to ever let her go. She was by far the loveliest woman he had ever seen, and she did not seem to be put off by his size, awkwardness, or lack of manners. But duty dictated that they part ways.

After tossing a log on the fire, he spread a pelt on the floor in front of the hearth, then lowered himself to the ground. He pulled the tunic over his head and tossed it on the stool, then did the same with his trews and boots, before settling beneath a length of plaid.

The last thing he wanted to do was lie on the floor and go to sleep. If truth be known, he wanted to slip beneath the covers, take Lauren in his arms, and make her his own. But that would not be right or proper. They were not betrothed and despite what people might think of him, he was a man of honor.

The women he’d bedded in the past had all been of questionable repute and none had been untried maidens. If Lauren was not already married or spoken for, he held enough respect for her that he would wait until their wedding night. But then again, if she did not get her memory back, he might never know for certain.

He slammed his fist on the floor. What the hell was he thinking? He was never going to take a bride. Especially one with no past. He was a warrior. There was no future for them, something he best not forget. He tucked the plaid around his shoulders and dozed off.

An ear-piercing scream disturbed his slumber and Alasdair jolted up with a start. Wasting no time, he climbed to his feet and raced to the pallet.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adina Falling
With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.

C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.

Social Links: email: bjscott@authorbjscott.com , website blogfacebook

Buy Links:
Highland Homecoming( book 3 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)

Highland Quest (book 2 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)

Highland Legacy: (book 1 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)

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Giveaway:
B.J. will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card, Scottish shortbread cookies, can cooler and mouse pad (US/CANADA ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a beaded book thong with silver charms, book marks, pen, and canvas tote to a randomly drawn host (US/CANADA ONLY).

You should follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates and stops can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/

11 comments:

  1. Historical romance is one of my favorites. I even love mixed genres like steampunk and all that!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Andra. I enjoy a variety of genres too, but historicals are my favorites to read and write.

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today. I will be at work, but dropping in throughout the day to check for comments or questions.

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  3. Sounds like a good read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your continues support Rita

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  4. I love historical romances. This excerpt was outstanding.

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  5. Fun bucket list

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  6. I want to visit Scotland as well! It would be the cheapest visit ever. I wouldn't need to buy anything-- just have people talk to me *Wink*

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  7. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  8. Im excited for your paranormal books! ghwasd at gmail dot com

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