Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aloha to Mia Marlowe and PLAID TO THE BONE

Plaid to the Bone

This morning, Twitter teased me with a tweet from Historic Scotland:

Historic Scotland ‏@welovehistory

Let our Rangers take you on a guided walk from Blackness Castle to Hopetoun House. (Free event, booking required) 

And the details:

As part of West Lothian Walking Week, Rangers from Historic Scotland and Hopetoun House will be leading a guided walk. Beginning at Blackness Castle and heading to Wester Shore Wood to Hopetoun House by Abercorn Church this will be roughly 5 miles long, return transport will be provided.

Many points of interest will be highlighted along the way including cultural and natural heritage.

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle is a 15th century castle guarding the Firth of Forth and the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow.    From its website (link),

In 1537, James V (1513–42) embarked on an ambitious programme to convert the 15th-century castle into a formidable artillery fortification. The looming threat from Henry VIII’s Protestant England was the catalyst. The work was completed in 1543, just as the ‘Wars of the Rough Wooing’ were about to erupt.

School children volunteer at Linlithgow Palace -
James V's birthplace and residence.

Ah, the rough wooing ... historical author Mia Marlowe features another "rough wooing" earlier in James V's reign in her novella, PLAID TO THE BONE:

A Bride Comes to Bonniebroch

But Cait Grant is hardly dreaming of wedded bliss. As a duty to her father, she must marry Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch. And then, because of a blood oath to her clan, she must murder him. . .

If only her new husband weren’t so devilishly handsome. If only she didn’t have to play the loving wife for one long, languorous month. If only she didn’t surrender to his softly sensual touch, she would be able to fulfill her oath. If only she didn’t fall in love. . .

Marlowe delivers her trademark humor in this enchanting novella. PLAID TO THE BONE features all that I love about Scotland - pride, loyalty, and love.   This is a must read for all Albaphiles.  PLAID TO THE BONE is a prelude to a new series, SPIRIT OF THE HIGHLANDS.  Book One, PLAID TIDINGS, will be available on October 1 (link).

Plaid Tidings

I am giving away an ecopy of PLAID TO THE BONE to one randomly selected commenter.   To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about a "historical walk" you would recommend from your hometown or somewhere you have visited.

My first assignment in the Air Force took me to Boston, where I soaked up Colonial Historical along the walk from Fanueil Hall to the Old North Church.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 21, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Mia and her books, check out her website at  You can follow Mia on Twitter @Mia_Marlowe.

Plaid to the bone, indeed!


  1. Not much history in Toronto. There's Casa Roma.. Just an old castle. That's as historical as it gets!

  2. I live near Fort Lauderdale. A quick walk alone the New River can give you a peak into the lives of the early Florida settlers.

  3. I would definitely recommend a walk around Stratford-upon-Avon. I love going there when I go home for a visit.

  4. Hey Kim! Thanks for spotlighting Plaid to the Bone! I've done the Freedom Trail here in Boston too. It's a great way to see some major Revolutionary War history spots.

    I can also recommend a walk up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle! It's a steep climb, but worth every huffing & puffing step!

  5. Along the Missouri River, there is the Lewis and Clark Landing where you can go and "retrace" their footsteps. Thanks for sharing! Sounds awesome :)

  6. There is a nice walk in Stirling. I can't remember the name.

  7. There are a lot of trails around Pittsburgh. We have a fort to visit too. And the Appalachian trail isn't too far away!

  8. The Royal Mile in Edinburgh would be my recommendation.

  9. In Morris County which is 25 miles west of New York there are many tours and places to visit.
    One is to visit Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown National Historical Park, home of Jacob Ford Jr. This fine Morristown mansion was military headquarters during the American Revolution in 1779-1780 when George Washington made it his home for 200 days. There are Revolutionary war sites as well.
    I love the title Plaid To The Bone and I'm thrilled there is a new Scottish series coming Mia. Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  10. Whisky, my lady!


  11. Near my hometown is a huge Roman settlement that you can visit, it is really nice.

  12. There isn't much history that I know of in my hometown, but there is a damn that holds the lake together that you can tour and learn about the building of the lake. :-)

  13. We have a World War I museum here that is a must to visit.