Please join me in welcoming paranormal author Tara Nina. Tara visited us during the TRWP spotlight. Tara is surrounded by three generations of military heroes - her Air Force father, her Navy husband, and Navy son. Let's learn more about her Scottish heroes.
Kim: Why do you write about Scotland?
Tara: I love Scotland. I’ve always dreamt of visiting the castles and doing a pub-crawl there (and through Ireland as well). I fell in love with the term Scottish Laird long ago and never shook it.
Kim: Pub Crawl? When? Where? What is your favorite...
Tara: The fictional Castle MacKinnon. It comes complete with an overprotective ghost named Akira, who is the sister of the seven MacKinnon brothers, who were imprisoned by the Curse of the Gargoyle in 1740 Scotland.
|The real MacKinnons seat was Castle Dunakin|
on the Isle of Skye
Tara: The one I created the MacKinnons. I know there is a Clan MacKinnon, but mine are fiction based and frozen in stone by a curse, thus their blood line no longer exist in today’s time.
.... tartan pattern?
Tara: Red, green, & blue with a hint of yellow in its pattern
Readers can join Tara's Clan MacKinnon and receive a swatch of its tartan from her website.
Tara: Guinness and Drambuie (I know both are of Irish decent but so am I),
.... Scottish saying?
Tara: I have two:
A wild goose never laid tame eggs.
“No one in Scotland can escape from the past. It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost." Geddes MacGregor
Kim: Tell us about your books set in Scotland.
Tara: I am writing a series for Ellora’s Cave Publishing. It is about seven brothers who are turned to stone in 1740 Scotland by the Curse of the Gargoyle. These books are set in today’s time where the women they were destined to be with set the brothers free.
The first book of the series is called CURSE OF THE GARGOYLE. Ericka who is a woman who doesn’t believe in paranormal events sets the oldest brother Gavin MacKinnon free of the curse. After speaking the anti-curse, her world takes on a whole new direction…teach a 200-year-old Scotsman how to survive in this century.
With luck and avid fan support, the rest of these brothers will be set free in future books at Ellora’s Cave.
Kim: Readers, we have our challenge to break out the rest of the MacKinnon brothers!
Tapadh leat (thank you) Tara for helping us make our celebration a wee bit wild!
I will give away a Hawaiian trivet each day in the design of a quilt square (as unique as a clan's tartan). Each day will be a different design.
BREAKING NEWS: Tara is offering an autographed copy of each book - CURSE OF THE GARGOYLE and EYES OF STONE.
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Tara, seven Highland brothers, wild geese and tame eggs.
2. Make sure I know how to contact you - send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
Mar sin leat (good bye),
Kim in Hawaii
Is ann a tha 'n càirdeas mar a chumar e.
Friendship is as it's kept.
The real Clan MacKinnon lived on the Isles of Mull and Skye next to the MacLeans and MacDonalds. They frequently changed from ally to enemy to ally with their neighbors. The MacKinnons supported the Jacobite Rebellion and aided Bonnie Prince Charlie in his escape from Scotland.
The MacKinnons claim to be descendants of King Alpin. Their name also translates into Love. In 1851, Scottish immigrant Robert Love established Love's Biscuit and Bred Company here in Hawaii. Today it is known as Love's Bakery - the largest wholesale distributor of break, pies, and cakes. The military commissaries sell Love's products on its shelves.
We'll learn about other famous Scots in Hawaii throughout the week!