I am excited to have author Margaret Mallory here on our blog today! Her newest release is The Guardian, is the first in a new series called The Return of the Highlanders. Read my review HERE.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve re-read it and listened to it over the years. I love everything about Jamie: his dry humor, his pride, his astuteness in handling clan politics, his goodness, his total sexiness, his boundless courage, his loyalty, his inner strength. For me, he’s a perfect hero, a man you can count on when the chips are down.
Was Sìleas or Ian (or both) inspired by a real person in Scottish history?
Ian and Sìleas are fictional, but I did include several real historical figures as secondary characters in THE GUARDIAN. I think readers will appreciate meeting the Highland chieftain, Shaggy Maclean, who holds my heroes in his dungeon for a time, as well as the widowed queen, Margaret Tudor, and her lover.
In your opinion who is the most romantic figure in the history of Scotland?
William Wallace. But then, my mother is a Wallace. ;)
If you can be a character in The Guardian for a day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Sìleas so that I could be with Ian. He’s a man worth waiting for.
Which of the three heroes in the series getting their story next in THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS series? When is it coming out and can you tell us a little about it.
Ian’s bad-boy cousin Alex is up next in THE SINNER, which will be out November 1st. I’ve given Alex a heroine who is as determined as he is not to marry. The last thing Glynis MacNeil wants, despite her attraction to the too-handsome warrior, is a philanderer like Alex for a husband. This pair will fight giving their hearts…but it’s a losing battle, of course. ;)
(blurb taken from the Hachette website)
THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS: BOOK I
Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.
After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past . . . and claim the bride he's long resisted.
As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. But when his rescue attempt compromised her virtue, Ian was forced to marry against his wishes. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants a second chance with Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer.
Thanks to Brianne and Hachette, I have 2 copies to give away.