As part of Forever's Great Scots & Highland Heat Blog Tour, we are delighted to welcome back author Margaret Mallory--her newest release is The Sinner, the second book in her Return of the Highlanders series (see my review of The Guardian, the first book).
5 things that make you laugh out loud or make you happy.
My goofy dog, Lucy, makes me laugh all the time.
My family, chocolate, reading, and watching good movies make me happy.
4 frivolous things you cannot live without.
You’ll have to ask my husband! He thinks I clutter the house with hoards of frivolous junk, but I assure you that none of it is frivolous. ;) You may not want to get in the middle of this argument…
3 places you want to see in Scotland with Alex and Glynis.
I was lucky to be able to take a trip to Scotland and visit many of the places that are in THE SINNER and the other books in THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS. I only saw Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh from the outside, and I didn’t make it to the islands of North Uist and Barra. THE SINNER has important scenes at all three places, so I would love to visit them with Alex. Just me and Alex. OK, maybe I’d let Glynis come along.
2 things that Margaret and Alex have in common.
We are storytellers.
We love to laugh.
1 favorite scene from THE SINNER.
One of the scenes I like is when Glynis is attempting to persuade (blackmail?) Alex into taking her with him to Edinburgh. They are at a gathering in the Maclean chieftain’s castle. Here’s just a bit from the scene:
“Take me, Alexander Bàn MacDonald,” she said, her gray eyes turning to hard flint. “Or I’ll go tell the Maclean chieftain right now that I saw ye swiving his wife.”
“That wasn’t what it looked like!” Alex was so used to having committed whatever offense he was accused of that he hardly knew how to defend himself. “My clan needs ties to the Campbells, so I couldn’t offend her.”
“Ye sacrificed yourself for the sake of your clan, did ye?”
“I didn’t do what ye think,” Alex protested. “Though it wasn’t easy, mind ye.”
Judging from the grim line of her mouth, Glynis was not impressed with his forbearance.
“Catherine is close to her brothers,” he explained. “If you’ve forgotten, they are the Earl of Argyll and the Thane of Cawdor, so I had to be verra careful about how I told her nay.”
“It looked like ‘aye’ to me—your being naked and all.”
Ach, she was full of sarcasm tonight. Glynis took a step closer and tapped her finger against his chest. Despite the anger in her eyes, the point of her finger sent heat radiating through his body.
“How about I tell Shaggy Maclean what I saw and let him sort it out?” she asked.
THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS: BOOK 2Want to get your hands on The Sinner? Well, try your luck here! As part of Forever's Great Scots & Highland Heat Tour, two (2) winners will win both this book as well as Highland Hero by Amanda Scott for a Scottish romance twofer.
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.
Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty-and defiant ways.
Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their newfound passion be strong enough to fight the enemy that threatens their home, their clan, and their very lives?