Thursday, September 12, 2013

Aloha to Victoria Roberts and TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER


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Friday the 13th is a lucky day for romance readers as I am hosting historical author Victoria Roberts!   She joins me for a cozy chat  to celebrate the recent release of TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER, Book 3 of the Bad Boys of the Highlands.  

Kim:  You wrote in your bio, "She also drags her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun." My family enjoys the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which introduced us to Albannach (link) - a Scottish tribal band. What are the highlights of a Scottish Festival for you? Do you dress up?

Victoria:  First, thank you so much for having me today. 

I love Scottish festivals. I recently attended the annual Foxburg, PA Scottish festival and let me tell you, what a bunch of fun! I attend every year, but this was the first year I participated as a vendor and sold my wares (Temptation in a Kilt and X Marks the Scot.) I loved meeting new people, especially the kilted men who approached my table. *sigh* What was I writing about? Oh, yes.

I proudly donned my MacGregor sash, but other than that, I didn’t “dress” up for this event. I loved speaking with the older Scotsman who attended. These men have so many stories to tell. Needless to say, I’m always willing to listen. Another highlight had to be the Gaelic guy that I speak with every year. My husband and kids just shake their heads. The event is so much fun for everyone.

Kim:  Tomorrow, September 14, you will be signing at Turn The Page Bookshop in Boonsboro, MD (link). What have you learned from meeting fans at book signings?

Victoria:  Yes, I’ll be signing with the lovely Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, R.C. Ryan, Kate Quinn and Yasmine Galenorn. In fact, the first book signing I ever attended was for my debut novel Temptation in a Kilt at Turn the Page with the multi-talented Nora Roberts. Talk about nerves! But Nora, her staff, and her readers were so welcoming and made this author feel right at ease. I was also shocked that as a debut author I sold out for my first signing. I’ll never forget Nora’s store manager giving me the thumbs up.

The one thing I’ve learned from signings is that fans are devoted to their authors and stories. Now that I have a few books under my belt, I love it when readers tell me they want a story about i.e. James or Colin. This tells me they really cared about my characters and that’s a wonderful feeling for an author to have.


Kim:  You contribute to the Celtic Guide (link). Can you share an unusual tidbit about Celtic Life?

Victoria:  That’s what I love about contributing to the Guide. There are so many interesting stories that come from authors all over the world.

Mmm…how about something fun? We know the Celts are a superstitious lot.

A baobhan sith is a type of female vampire in Scottish mythology. Somewhat comparable to a banshee, the baobhan sith are fairy vampires who are also referred to as the “White Women of the Scottish Highlands.” These women are bonny enchantresses who prey on travelers at night—as if the Scottish Highlands weren’t spooky enough in the midnight hour with imposing castles and tales of ghosts. Now we have vampires roaming the countryside. These fairy vampires sometimes appear as crows or ravens. And other times, they take the form of bonny lasses with long, green dresses which hide their deer hooves. Legends have these female vamps seducing young men with their beauty, inviting the men to dance with them, and then draining the poor lads of their blood.

Kim:  Tell us about TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER - what inspired it?

Victoria:  Alexander MacDonell was Lady Rosalia Armstrong’s cousin in Temptation in a Kilt. The man was so determined to make his father proud that I knew Alex had to have his own book.

Kim:  What's next for Victoria Roberts?

Victoria:  I sold another series to Sourcebooks called Royal Rebellion. My Highland Spy is the first in the series and will be released fall 2014.

Thank you so much for having me today. Name your favorite romance genre. Sourcebooks will give away one copy of To Wed a Wicked Highlander to a lucky commenter. (US and Canada only, please) 

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She always wanted to be one of the boys...

Sybella would do anything to prove she's just as valuable to the MacKenzie clan as her brother is. She'd go on any hunt, take any dare. But her father has a different sort of mission in mind: marriage. It's simple, he explains. All she has to do is marry Alexander MacDonell and report back on his family's secrets. It will be easy, he says, as long as she doesn't do anything foolish...like fall in love.

Until she got a man

As laird of the MacDonells, Alex has a duty to produce an heir. It's a duty he won't mind with the lovely Ella as his wife―even if she is one of the dreaded MacKenzies. He's wooed and won many ladies, but Ella is a challenge like no other. He can tell she's holding something back. But not for long. Because inch by inch, he plans to expose everything she's been hiding and claim the ultimate prize: her heart.


Praise for To Wed a Wicked Highlander:

Reviewer Top Pick

“Victoria Roberts knocked it outta the ballpark with this one!!! It is Highland romance at its best, loaded with likable characters, and an engaging plot with lots of angst and heartache that put a few tears in this reader’s eye. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down.”

―Night Owl Reviews

Reviewer Top Pick

“Roberts has created the baddest boy of the Highlands for her third in her series. This action-packed romance has everything Roberts’ fans adore: a strong heroine who meets her match in a to-die-for hero, deception, betrayal, love and redemption. To Wed a Wicked Highlander has all the elements that make readers sigh with pleasure.”

―RT Book Reviews

Purchase/Links:

Sourcebooks: link

Amazon: link

Barnes and Noble: link


Facebook: link

Celtic Guide: thecelticguide.com

Mahalo, Victoria, for joining us today at SOS Aloha!   Best wishes with the book signing tomorrow.   To enter Sourcesbooks' giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the Scots' resourcefulness - what do you think is their most important contribution?  Check out the list of inventions and discoveries at this link.

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 13, 10 pm in Baltimore.   I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 14.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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46 comments:

  1. do sexy accents & the ability for men to look good in kilts count? they seem like pretty important contributions to me ;) congrats on the new release & the go ahead for a new series

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    1. The sexy accents do it every time. lol Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. The telephone invented by Alexander Graham bell....and looking good in kilts!

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    1. Addicted to kilts...I don't know what I'd do without my phone. Spoiled I guess.

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  3. So many to pic from but I'll say the flush toilet lol. I've just won this book so please don't enter me - and I can't wait!!

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  4. Thanks for such a great interview, and excerpt. I would love to read this, as I've read her previous books and adored them. As for the Scots resourcefulness, I would have to go with Penicillin first, followed by the Steam Engine, and the telephone.

    I have a huge weakness for men in Kilts. *sigh*

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    1. Hi Diane! I don't know what it is about men in kilts. *sigh*

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  5. Wow, all the scientific, aviation, etc inventions are really important and amazing, and I think it would be too hard to pick just one out of all of those. So, since we all love books here, I am going to go with the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Sherlock Holmes!

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    1. Hi Linda. Who doesn't love Sherlock Holmes? Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I think their most important contribution is their ability to love fiercely their unbelievable loyalty and their protectiveness toward those who they care for.

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  7. Scots have contributed a lot of inventions to the world, including the telephone.

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    1. I think my tweenie daughter would agree to that one, too. ;-)

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  8. I'd have to go with the telephone and tv. Two things that helped lead to the Internet which I can't live without.
    That and how sexy they sound with that yummy Scottish brogue.

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  9. I love Highlander books. That's all!

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  10. Congrats on the book deal, Victoria. I think penicillin and insulin are at the top of the list.

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Yes, medicine is definitely not to be overlooked.

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  11. Resourceful indeed. So many as already mentioned. I think most homes would have a set of these: Encyclopædia Britannica.

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    1. Hi Mary. Yes, a wealth of information to be had.

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  12. They are resourceful. I would go with the telephone.

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    1. Who would've thought we'd have the i-Phone today. Technology is amazing.

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  13. Crafty and warriors. Sometimes you just need that guy to be crafty cause they will get y'all out of situations.

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    1. The Scots and the Irish have had many a heated debate.

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  15. I think the communications and medical innovations are the most important. I never realized the adhesive postage stamp and postmark had been out for so long. The importance of the telephone and the tv are fantastic. Then there is the innovation of penicillin, insulin, and asthma meds, along with many other things.

    Of course, I also love them for their sexy brogue, kilts, protectiveness and loyalty to their clans.

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    1. I cannot believe the amount of things the Scots have invented. Amazing.

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  16. I loved Temptation In A Kilt and X Marks The Scott Victoria so I'm looking forward to reading To Wed A Wicked Highlander. My favorite genre is Scottish Historical Romance followed by Regency Romance. And with so many things to choose from I'm going to say the Kilt. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I hope you enjoy Alexander and Sybella's story.

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  17. Macadam roads comes immediately to mind. And authors such as Helen MacInnes, Rosamunde Pilcher (by marriage and because of her book Winter Solstice), Mary Stewart (by marriage), Alexander McCall Smith, and Alistair MacLean.

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  18. Amazing novels, Victoria! I love all your highland men & ladies. Can't wait for more of your writing. Congratulations, lass! =D

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo! I really appreciate that. I'm glad you're enjoying the series.

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  19. I think anything Medical and anything Scottish: especially tall dark and handsome Highlanders

    Beth Sheehe
    Scottishhighlander@aol.com

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    1. Yep. Just how I like my men. Tall, dark and kilted.

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    1. Chey, I don't know what I'd do without modern amenities.

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  21. Coal mining extraction

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  22. This will sound like I'm trying to increase my chances of winning this drawing, but the honest truth is that my fave genre for reading is romance, of course, and Scots stories under that heading. I read every Scots romance I find out about or can get my hands on. I've read from Tanya Anne Crosby, Anna Campbell, Diana Gabaldon, Karen Ranney, Grace Burrowes, Cathy Maxwell, Cecilia Grant, and more. I read Scots contemporaries, historicals, and paranormals. I just happen to like Scots and kilts. Of all of the above, though, historicals are my most favorite. I am so very glad I was introduced to you, Victoria! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  23. I'm impressed that the Scots came up with the first working television, and colour television, as well as Sherlock Holmes. I also think the original kilt was a fantastic invention, taking a length of cloth and making not only clothing covering the lower half, but being able to use it as a cloak and/or blanket as well. It's very hard to choose a favorite romance genre, because I love quite a few, but at the top of the list is historical and paranormal romance.

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  24. I would pick Alexander Graham Bells telephone since it has become a big part of everyone's daily life.

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