On this date in in 1603, Elizabeth of England died in Richmond Palace. The English crown passed to her second cousin, James VI of Scotland (James' parents were grandchildren of Margaret Tudor, sister to King Henry VIII). This was the first step in uniting the crowns of England and Scotland.
Today's guest, Michelle Marcos, understands the lure of Scotland. From her bio,
Michelle Marcos has finally reconciled herself with being thought eccentric. She lives with an unlucky number of cats and struggles with a debilitating Starbucks addiction. How a child of Cuban parents living in Miami could become such an Anglophile is still anybody’s guess. She graduated several centuries ago from the University of Miami with degrees in English and Education. Afterward, she spent several years being one of the “cool” teachers in a middle school, and had a brief but illustrious acting career playing roles like Lusty Housekeeper, Death, and (perhaps prophetically) Author.
Michelle is celebrating the release of Book Two in her Highland Knaves series, LESSONS IN LOVING THE LAIRD:
As rugged and bold as the Scottish hills, the Highland Knaves take no prisoners when it comes to love…
A DEFIANT APPRENTICE
Thrust into indentured servitude as a child, Shona Slayter is counting the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she gains her precious freedom. Unfortunately, the new laird of the estate has other plans—and he’s determined to keep her bound to him. The only way for Shona to be free of her bonds is to marry the man who holds the key. But seducing a handsome laird is not what she was trained for, and the more she tries to win his heart, the more she loses hers.
A HARD MASTER
With a young son to raise and a crumbling Scottish estate to manage, Conall has enough to worry about without the brazen, beautiful Shona challenging him at every turn. But their heated spats are starting to turn into real sparks…and soon the Scottish hills are ablaze with their forbidden attraction. Yet no matter what Shona is willing to do to buy her freedom, Conall has no intention of letting her go…
Mary Gramlich, the Reading Reviewer, posted her review of LESSONS IN LOVING A LAIRD at this link. I am giving away a print copy of LESSONS IN LOVING A LAIRD to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about lessons - what you like to learn? And who would you like to teach you?
Hmm, I would like Scott Caan to teach me to surf! Even though his character, Danno, is not board certified, Scott is considered an aficionado!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers!
3. Comments are open through Saturday, March 31, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 1!
Kim in Hawaii
Increase your chance of winning a copy of LESSONS IN LOVING A LAIRD by visiting Michelle's website for St. Martin's Press sweepstakes at this link. Michelle is also sponsoring an "Awesome Scotsman Contest" to win a copy of SECRETS OF SEDUCING A SCOT at the same link.
- SOS Aloha, sosaloha.blogspot.com
- Aloha On My Mind, alohaonmymind.blogspot.com
- My guest posts at the Reading Reviewer (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) at marygramlich.blogspot.com
I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.