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On my trip to Scotland last month, we stayed a couple of days on the incredibly romantic and beautiful Loch Lomond. Right away, we got to do a wee cruise on the loch, which is the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain.
This is looking down the loch toward Ben Lomond.
In the trees is the Auchendennan House, built in 1866. It stands on the site of King Robert the Bruce’s hunting lodge.
Inchmurrin, the largest of 24 islands in Loch Lomond. It is 1 mile by 1.5 miles in size, privately owned, and houses Scotland’s oldest official naturist club. That’s not birdwatchers, in case you were wondering. Other islands on the loch were home to illegal stills during the Napoleonic wars, when imported wine was hard to get. Landowners ignored the operations, since the smuggling provided their tenants with income.
Part of the marina where the cruise originated.
My favorite view, though I caught a bit of afternoon haze. I think I could get lost in those hills. How about you?
I’ll post more pictures from my trip now and again, so check back often!
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This month, I’m finally making that dream trip to Scotland. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite fellow Scottish historical romance authors to provide a virtual tour of some of their favorite places in Scotland, especially those they’ve used in their books. If you’re dreaming of your own Highland adventure and looking for ideas, you can read more at the USAToday HEA blog here and here!
And if you can’t make the trip anytime soon, don’t despair. Until you can, our books will transport you to the hills, lochs and glens. Oh, and might find a few men in kilts on the pages, too!
(Hills Reflected in a Loch, Photo Credit: Terry Spear)
I can now share with you the cover for Kissing the Highlander, the anthology I’m doing with best-selling authors Terry Spear, Eliza Knight, Vonda Sinclair and Victoria Roberts.
Kissing the Highlander will be out on Valentine’s Day 2015. In the meantime, you can enjoy the cover! We’ll post some hints now and again about the novellas it contains. We’ll also have a Facebook group where you can keep up with developments. Check back here for details!
Isn’t it fabulous! Designed by Vonda Sinclair, a wizard with cover art as well as a great author and fabulous person.
What do you call a hundred men in kilts? A Pinehurst Scottish Bagpipe Tattoo! Four groups of pipers of both genders from all over North Carolina, along with drummers, dancers, and a very Scottish drum major, brought a bit of the Highlands to the Sandhills last week to celebrate Pinehurst #2 hosting both the men’s and women’s golf US Opens.
They marched into the Pinehurst village green from different directions to the stirring sound of Scotland the Brave, which brought everyone to their feet. By the time the last notes of Amazing Grace died away at the end of the program, there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen.
Two of my books, Highland Healer and Highland Seer are 2014 RomCon Readers’ Crown finalists in the Medieval category! If you don’t have them already, here are two ways to get them:
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This month, as I did last year, I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge. The first post is A, the next is B and so on every day this month, except Sundays. Last year, my theme was Scotland. This year, my theme is The Writing Life. Check back here every day this month to follow along and find out what I’ve learned in the last year. For instance:
H is for Hero – Who is the hero of your story? In Romance, the convention is to have a hero and a heroine (or a hero/hero or heroine/heroine, or hero/hero/heroine … you get the idea), both of whom get relatively equal time in the story. Romance is written from the hero’s and heroine’s point of view. The reader sees what they see, hears what they hear, knows what they know. Often, those are the only two viewpoints in a story, but sometimes the antagonist (the bad guy) or an important secondary character gets a few scenes, too.
Romance readers love an alpha hero – large and in charge describes this type of man. But beta heroes have their followers, too, who prefer the more sensitive, cooperative male. Heroines, thankfully, have gone from simpering, empty-headed missies the hero must save to kick-ass women who can not only take care of themselves, they often save the hero, or work side-by-side with the hero to resolve the conflicts in the book. While the definition of hero, especially the alpha variety, hasn’t changed much in Romance novels, the definition of heroine certainly has.