As part of Forever's Great Scots & Highland Heat Blog Tour, we are delighted to welcome author Amanda Scott--her newest release is Highland Hero. Read on for a chance to win a copy of this book (along with The Sinner by Margaret Mallory).
5 things that make you laugh out loud or make you happy.
1. Children of any variety
2. My 3-year-old grandson, in particular, striking a pose and saying, “Ta Da!”
3. My idiot cat, Willy Magee, who plays soccer with a Whiffle ball and will, if I ignore the ball rolled to me, will bring it and drop it on my feet as an invitation to play. His accuracy hitting it back is astonishing. If we ignore him altogether, he will roll it along the open pantry door, dive inside to “hide”, then reach under the door to bat the ball so it bounces against the side of the kitchen counter (about 3 feet away) and back to him to bat it again. He’s highly entertaining in other ways, too, except when he edits my work by walking across the keyboard (usually when I’ve left it for a minute or an hour).
4. Almost any anecdote my son tells. Many have made me laugh myself literally to tears.
5. As for making me happy, no laughter involved, nothing tops my tiny granddaughter making it through her first year when no one expected her to survive her first week.
4 frivolous things you cannot live without.
I’m too literal-minded to think in terms of “cannot live without,” but four things that I’d prefer not to have to get along without, and that others might deem frivolous, are 1) the aforementioned Willy Magee, who is a pedigreed orange-and-white Persian, 2) my kayak and the “dry” boots that go with it at the lake; 4) my Oscar de la Renta body lotion, and last but certainly not least, 5) my crazy husband who loves to take credit for getting me into all this.
3 places you want to see in Scotland with Marsi and Ivor.
This one stumps me, because I don’t think of my characters as traveling companions or lifelong friends. They become very real to me as I write but only because my mind is deep then in their space and time. However, I do my best to put them out of my head as soon as I finish their book, so that I don’t get them tangled into the next book’s cast of characters. I’m two books beyond Marsi and Ivor now, immersed in the “travels” of other characters in another place and time, not to mention a new trilogy.
2 things that Amanda and Ivor have in common.
Confidence in our own well-honed skills and practically zero tolerance for deceit.
1 favorite scene from HIGHLAND HERO.
It has to be the opening of Chapter 1 when Sir Ivor is dreaming of a perfect woman and suddenly discovers that he’s touching a real one—also Marsi’s reaction when she realizes that she has inadvertently gotten into bed with an unknown man. That first chapter of Highland Hero [Forever, Oct 2011] is posted on my website: www.amandascottauthor.com. If readers have questions or comments, they will also find a link there to my email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from readers, have learned a great deal from them, and I answer all messages.
LADY IN DISGUISEWant to read Highland Hero? Well, try your luck here and enter to win both this book as well as The Sinner by Margaret Mallory for a Scottish romance twofer!
Lady Marsi Cargill refuses to marry a man who wants her land rather than her love. To escape her arranged betrothal, she disguises her noble lineage and accompanies her young cousin--the future King of Scots--on a secret journey across the Highlands. Their guide is a mysterious knight known only as Hawk. Heat flares between the beautiful maid and the brooding warrior, but when Marsi's true identity is revealed, Hawk's desire gives way to fury...
KNIGHT AT THE READY
Summoned by the King to guard his son, Sir Ivor "Hawk" Mackintosh now has two royals to protect. This daring, willful woman has invaded Hawk's every thought, and laid siege to his heart. Soon the solitary soldier is yearning for a life with Marsi at his side and in his bed. But as their passion grows, so too does the danger surrounding them. Powerful enemies watch their every move, and to survive, Hawk and Marsi must fight for Scotland's future-as well as their own new-found love.
As part of Forever's Great Scots & Highland Heat Tour, two lucky readers will each win a copy of each of book. Click HERE (or the button below) to take you to Margaret Mallory's Q&A where you enter to win!