Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hello fellow historical romance lovers! I am a little late posting this (I just don't know where my head went last week!). But we are kicking off the week with two author interviews and a GIVEAWAY!! Read on for a chance to win a copy of this book (along with Highland Hero by Amanda Scott).

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.

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A big thanks to Margaret for dropping by our blog today and for the fun answers to our questions. To learn more about Margaret's books and read excerpts, check out her website. You can also chat with her on Twitter and Facebook. The Sinner is already out in stores so don't forget to pick it up! Here's the blurb:

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THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS: BOOK 2
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.

IRRESISTIBLE DESIRE

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?
Want 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.


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Don't forget to let us know what you thought of the interview or your thoughts about The Sinner (the blurb, the cover, etc.) for an extra entry in the giveaway!

9 comments:

  1. Good excerpt. I would also love to go to Scotland someday. The mists, the heather, it's so magical feeling. Except maybe the castles :)

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  2. I'm familiar with clutter. I can be a bit of a hoarder.

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  3. I enjoyed the Q&A - The Sinner sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it. I can never resist a Highlander story.

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  4. Thanks for participating in our blog tour. I hope readers enjoy THE SINNER. :)

    Margaret

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  5. I always enjoy your style of quick interview questions because we can often learn something new about the author and their book! :)

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I have a great fascination with Scotland and love books with highlanders in them. this book sounds great.

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  7. Sounds like an awesome story. I just love the Scottish highlanders.

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