Welcome to our first ever theme party set in the wonderful world of Scottish Romance! I hope everyone's got a glass of good cheer - perhaps single malt would be more appropriate to this occasion than champagne, but the choice is yours!
We have some fabulous guests of honour joining us over the next few days: Marta Acosta, Kimberlely Killion, Donna Grant, Toni Anderson and Julianne MacLean, who'll all have their unique persepctive on Scottish Romance. I'm sure they'll also have a few yummy prizes to offer, and I'll add to that by entering everyone who comments throughout the days of the party into a drawing for any one of my currently available ebooks set in Scotland, winner's choice (I have to exclude BLOOD ON SILK from that, because it's not available in the UK!).
Feel free to comment on any and every post. It earns you more contest entries, and besides, helps the party go with a swing :)
Scottish Romance has a long and honourable tradition dating back to the days of Sir Walter Scott; and the popularity of its modern incarnation goes from strength to strength - as is obvious from the release this month of the Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance. I'm happy to say, several of our guest authors have stories in this anthology, so settle in for a few tantalizing glimpses!
I think I differ from most people here in that I am actually Scottish, by birth and by residence - let's hear from you if you're Scottish too! - and like many of my countrymen, I'm fascinated by the passion for Scottish settings and Scottish heroes in romance novels. I'd like to kick things off today by asking everyone this: just what is it about Scottish Romance that draws you? Is it the scenery of the setting, the idea of a brawny man in a skirt, the sense of history, the language...?
Incidentally, talking of language - if you don't already know,"Slainte", my greeting today, is the Gaelic equivalent of "Cheers!", but I should confess up front that beyond this and a couple of rude words, I don't have any Gaelic at all. In fact, the vast majority of Scots don't any more - we speak English, however impenetrable our accents might seem :). In the Highlands and Islands, of course, Gaelic is still more common than in the Lowlands where I live. Perhaps the sadness of a receding language adds to the romance of the country? Tell us your thoughts!