Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder together on …

The Great Scotts Blog Tour!


Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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About Paula Quinn: New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three Paula Quinnbeautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo.

She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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About Sue-Ellen Welfonder: Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent

Sue Ellen Welfounder trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. 

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‘To Love a Highlander’ by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

sew tlhaSTORY: A Tempting Proposition

As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer . . .

An Unquenchable Desire

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

REVIEW: Duncreag Castle

Long ago, Archibald MacNab was driven from court never to return. He sired four base born sons with four of the King’s mistresses. He knows they are somewhere in Scotland but was never allowed to see them or know them. Someone is determined to bring them into his life.

Sterling Castle – Summer – 1386

Sorley, the Hawk, is 14. He’s in the Great Hall and has just been turned down for a dance with a knight’s daughter because she deemed him unworthy being base-born as he is. Mirabelle MacLaren sees this and walks up to him asking him for a dance. He is thinking she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen and soon finds Mirabelle shunning him when a woman and one of her father’s guards approach telling her to end the dance and leave. She fears the guard will hurt Sorley if she doesn’t shun him so she leaves. He swears that day never to trust Mirabelle’s schemes again. She knows this day that she will never forget him. So starts their story.

He feels the Highlands calling him. He’s always felt his father was a Highland Chieftain that didn’t want a bastard son. His mother died when he was young and no one ever spoke who his father was. He knows in his heart that he will one day head for the hills and find his place in this world.

Sterling Castle – Summer 1399

Sorley is now 27. He awakes to find Mirabelle in his chamber. She’s there to proposition him. She wants him to ruin her so she doesn’t have to marry an older man who is determined to take her to wife. He refuses and even feels offended when she offers to pay him. He learns the man that wants Mirabelle is John Sinclair, one of Sorley’s greatest enemies, and he finally agrees to compromise her in front of everyone in the hall one night knowing that once John thinks she’s been ruined that he will leave off with wanting her.

I really enjoyed reading as I watched these two accept the fact that they have loved each other for years. There were obstacles along the way, some dangerous, that they both grabbed by the horns and overcame. Sorley had my heart melting when it came to a kitten named Little Heart. Only a real man would do what he did and I was falling in love with him myself along the way, always with this huge grin on my face.

There is Rosalind, the Pink Lady, who is a ghost and her story itself broke my heart. Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch and his mistress, Lady Mariota de Athyn, walked their way right into my reader heart as well. What a couple, these two, not to be messed with and God forbid you made an enemy of them for you will surely wish you never had. The Fenris Guards and the story behind them… Roag, Caelen, and Andrew, men that Sorley grew up with who have stories of their own I’d love to hear. William the inn owner. Maili, one of Sorley’s closest friends. All these people warmed my heart along the way and gave greatly to the story.

Grim MacIntosh…. my heart just bursts with love for this man. He comes down from Duncreag Castle on a mission and as soon as he walks into the inn looking for Sorley, he has the women falling all over themselves. There also comes a time where he is needed with his battle ax and just the sight of him in my mind as I read the instance had me sitting here in awe of the man. My favorite two lines in the book were about Grim. The first is when Sorley is talking to one of his best friends, Maili, and she’s telling him that Grim had asked about him. She was describing him as this fierce looking warrior and this is Sorley’s thought to that…..

“He also bit his tongue rather than tell Maili he didn’t care if the man had the Norse God’s lightning bolts shooting out his arse”.

Sue-Ellen never fails to have me howling in laughter with some of the responses and lines her characters have or say. They are unique and hilarious! The next line helps describe how Maili was going on and on about Grim….

“Have done, lass!” Sorley scowled at her. “There’s more to a man than his burr.”
Maili sighed dreamily. “Say you.”
“I do. I’ll also say I’m surprised you aren’t in a hurry to race back to the Red Lion. If this Grim is such a paragon” —- Sorley didn’t hide his annoyance —- “I’d think you’d be eager to return to his bed. Sakes, you look close to needing to fan your face each time you speak of him.”

Now if you’ve read anything about Grim, we all know how deeply he loves his lady wife, Breena, and that he would never be anything but true to her. I’m here to tell you that I, myself, have to fan myself when Grim comes on the scene. Needless to say, he stands with Sorley to right wrongs. Sorley finds himself with several wrongs righted in this story and each and every one lead him to realize all these years he has been a worthy man. Mirabelle has spunk and knows how to use it. I say that smiling. I love her strength and the way that her and Sorley compliment the other with their strengths.

Again, I was taken in with Scotland and it’s beauty, for I can see it in my mind as I read Sue-Ellen’s words. The people, the land, castles, and inn….the food, the clothing, the battles, all of it imprinted clearly within. One of my greatest loves about her writing is the way she describes things so clearly and it comes from her love of the place, the times, and the people. This is one book that you won’t want to put down until you’ve finished. I am so excited to continue this series following these Scandalous Scots!

Leah for b2b.

Complimentary copy provided by the author.

Five Fun Facts from Amanda Scott!

Five Interesting Facts from ‘The Warrior’s Bride’

1. The lady Muriella MacFarlan, heroine of The Warrior’s Bride, Book 3 of my Lairds of the Loch trilogy, has an eidetic memory. She can remember verbatim anything she hears and most of what she sees, although she is not always able to connect faces with names in large groups of people. This sort of memory, as many folks with better-than-average memories can attest, can often lead to trouble, because such people remember exactly what was said in a debate, while their opponent in that debate recalls only what he or she thinks s/he said or meant to say.

2. Rob MacAulay, hero of The Warrior’s Bride, is a blunt-spoken, brutally honest fellow, and Muriella MacFarlan is a tale-spinner, so to say that they don’t always see eye-to-eye is an understatement.

3. THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE is my 59th book. MOONLIGHT RAIDER (Forever, September 2014) will be my 60th.

4. I patterned the three MacFarlan sisters in my Lairds of the Loch trilogy after the Greek Fates: Atropos (who became Andrena of The Laird’s Choice), Lachesis (Lachina “Lina” in The Knight’s Temptress), and Clotho (Muriella, the youngest sister, in THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE). Atropos carried the shears to cut the thread of life. Lachesis was the caster of lots (deciding fortunes). And Clotho was responsible for spinning the threads of life. So Muriella is the spinner, not just of threads but of stories. Her ambition in life is to become a seanachie, or clan storyteller (a position usually, but not always, held by men), so she seeks truth in repeating the tales of history as accurately as she has heard them but may occasionally spin other tales to avoid telling the truth about herself.

5. I often seek inspiration in mythology, and in the case of my Lairds of this Loch trilogy, I began with the Greek myth of Camilla, a good friend of the goddess Diana, the huntress. The opening for THE LAIRD’S CHOICE was inspired by that myth, and led to providing my heroines with gifts that many of us have but exaggerated. The family needed sanctuary, because their father, the rightful clan chief, has lost his chiefdom to a usurping cousin, who killed his sons. He has only his three daughters to help him regain his chiefdom, so his plan is to marry them to powerful warriors, but the lady Muriella of THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE wants to be a clan seanachie (historian and storyteller) and thinks the last thing she needs is a husband.

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BOOK BLURB: Robert MacAulay, heir to a powerful Baron, is known for being a skilled warrior with a strong sense of duty.  His respectable reputation, along with his devotion to the king, is why Andrew MacFarlan and hope he’d agree to marry his youngest daughter, Lady Muriella. But for reasons Rob refuses to share, he turns down Andrew’s request and vows never to wed.

Lady Muriella never wanted to take a husband, but after seeing her two older sisters happily settled, she’s beginning to think marriage may have its merits. When she learns that Rob has refused her without even knowing her, she becomes determined to seduce him into changing his mind. Then she will be the one to say no to him. But when she’s captured by her father sworn enemy Dougal, both land in more trouble than either had anticipated.

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amanda scottAUTHOR BIO: Amanda Scott is the author of over 60 romance novels and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award.

She lives in Folsom, California, outside of Sacramento.  She is a fourth-generation Californian.

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‘The Warrior’s Bride’ by Amanda Scott

as twbSTORY: Man On A Mission
Robert MacAulay, heir to the influential Baron of Ardincaple, will risk everything to help his father and his clan. But when Rob becomes involved in a legal tempest stirred by an irresistibly maddening lady, his mission is threatened before it begins . . .

Reckless Lady

Lady Muriella MacFarlan is impulsive, mercurial, and sometimes illogical. She is a spinner, not just of yarns and threads but also of stories. She can gild the lily or tell a half-truth. When her active imagination lands her in the suds, she’s forced to turn to the ever truthful and blunt-spoken Rob for help. Their destinies now entwined, Rob and Muriella may discover that love is one truth that cannot be denied . . .

REVIEW: ‘The Warrior’s Bride’ is the third book in Ms. Scott’s Lairds of the Loch series and it’s Lady Muriella ‘Murie’ MacFarlan’s story. She is youngest daughter of Andrew MacFarlan, and a woman like her sisters, blessed with a ‘gift’ of her own.

Once more I find myself taken back in time of King James I, and an intricate story expertly weaving facts of history with fiction so close to it, that I’m buried deep within its threads.

Once more Ms. Scotts Scottish Highlands and Highlanders come to life with such vivid detail that I find myself hard pressed to leave them and face my 21st Century…

I adored this young woman who had big dreams for herself in a time in which not many dared to dream. 

As for the hero, Robert MacAulay, our heroine couldn’t find a more perfect match if she tried! Rob was a perfect Yin to her Yang [or is it the other way around? I never know with these yangs!] and the saying that ‘opposites attract’ was never truer than with these two.

As I find myself reluctantly saying goodbye to The Lairds of the Loch trilogy, I’m also making sure to load up my Kindle with the first book, which I missed and am glad that I’ll be staying in the world of these strong men and women for just a bit longer.

*Melanie for b2b

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‘The Knight’s Temptress’ by Amanda Scott

as tktSTORY: When Lady Lachina “Lina” MacFarlan of Tùr Meiloach and her new sister-in-law, Elizabeth, are captured by seditious villains who have seized the royal burgh, harbor, and castle of Dumbarton, the two young women unknowingly throw a hitch into the plans of Sir Ian Colquhoun, the daredevil knight of the realm who is on his own secret mission to recapture Dumbarton for the King of Scots.

Instead of securing Dumbaton, Ian must first rescue the women and return them to Tur Meiloach. Their journey will be perilous—especially because Ian has long admired the lovely Lady Lachina, and for the first time she seems to show signs of returning his attentions. But for Ian duty must come before desire. The fate of the King of Scots and Lina’s own father rests in his hands. He cannot afford to be tempted by anything—even the promise of Lina’s love.

REVIEW: Amanda Scott is welcome to pull me out of my regency world anytime she damn well pleases and this Scottish historical did just that. It pulled me in and didn’t let go until I read the last page.

This is the second story in “The Lairds of the Loch” series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I really wished to have read the first book, ‘The Laird’s Choice’ which was Lady Andrena MacFarlan’s and Magnus “Mag” Galbraith’s story.

I loved this story, especially Lina and Ian. Watching these two create love from a forced marriage was pure joy. The steady pace of their relationship gave time for their love to grow and the chemistry between the two set of sparks that you could feel it through the pages.

I have to say that once I finish reading one of Amanda Scott’s books, I feel somehow smarter [STOP laughing! I’m serious!]. She seamlessly weaves history with fiction and has me eating up the story that is fast paced and filled with action and adventure. She has me craving more history, more knowledge of the world I can only imagine ever living in.

If you’re looking for all that, then this is a story for you. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

*Melanie for b2b

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‘Bride for a Knight’ by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

BFAK SEWSTORY: On the eve of his return to BaldreaganCastle, Highlander Jamie Macpherson cannot believe his eyes: a golden-haired beauty haloed in the moonlight of St. Bride’s glade, so delicate and fair she can only be a faerie. With his desire rising like a wave, the knight longs to see her again. The next time is even more surprising: Aveline Matheson is the flesh-and-blood bride of his arranged marriage, a woman eager to discover the pleasures of wedded bliss. And woe to those who would stop their lovemaking!

Yet danger threatens the newlyweds. Jamie’s darkest foe has already murdered his brothers and now threatens to destroy every Macpherson. But the enemy hasn’t counted on one thing: Jamie will do whatever he must to keep his bride alive and in his arms forever…

REVIEW: This was a re-read for me and one of my favorite stories by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. Jamie Macpherson and Aveline Matheson have been calling to me for some time now and I answered their call.

The Western Highlands, 1325-

Jaimie is the 10th son of Monro, one of the lessor Highland Chieftains. His mother died birthing him which sent Munro into a deep depression. He named his son Jamie of the Heather saying it was where he was spawned and where he would return when he was old enough.


Aveline’s father, Alan Mor Matheson wants her to marry Jamie to make sure the future and fortune of Clan Matheson. Her older sister, Sorcha, was to have married Jamie’s older brother, Niall, who was killed along with the other 8 brothers when a bridge collapsed. Alan wants to keep the alliance with this new marriage agreement.

Sir Kenneth MacKenzie is Jamie’s liege lord. It’s here that he learns of the deaths of his brothers. He is shaken to the core. Jamie heads home with his aged dog Cuillin, a gift from his brother Niall years before, to see to his father and to stop and visit Alan Matheson about the alliance and marriage. Everyone is saying Munro had gone mad over the loss of his sons. Jamie thinks his father hates him and his feelings are all over the place about what he will find when he arrives home.

This starts the adventure that Jamie and Aveline must take to find their happiness and love. It not only is about a love sweeter than ever and full of passion but their journey is smack full of treachery and pain. Someone is out to hurt Munro and Jamie means to see it put to an end. There are ghosts and mysteries to uncover along the way. Through all the heartache and anger that have accumulated over the years comes an understanding that all things aren’t as they seem….that love and acceptance are there for all who open their hearts along with their eyes.

*Leah for b2b

Fan2Author Interview with ….Tanya Anne Crosby!

HF TACTanya, thank you so much for visiting us today! I’m so excited to be able to help share in your new release of HIGHLAND FIRE [check out my rev here].

Your stories have brought smiles and laughter into my world along with taking me into a time and place that my soul yearns to be. The love and strength your characters hold within them is something that stays with me long after I’ve put the book down.

Will you share with us a little about who you are and what brought writing to your heart?

Tanya Anne Crosby: Leah, you’re so appreciated. Thank you. I can’t remember the precise moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I can guess it was very early, based on the simple fact that at 12, all I wanted after getting my tonsils out—even more than ice cream—was my father’s typewriter. I spent my childhood with books, making up stories and imaginary friends, and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I was a bit of a fish out of water. I came to the U.S. as a wee child, not understanding a word of English, and it took me quite a long time to “get my legs.” I can say this, though, I was never bored!

What drew you to medieval Scotland?

TAC: There’s something incredibly romantic about Scotland. In so many ways, we think of ourselves as the great melting pot, but in essence, Scotland did it before us. They are such an amalgamation of cultures and people—Gaels, Picts, Vikings, Norman-French and Bretons. And somehow they all converged upon an unlikely place for survival—the Scottish Highlands. The fact that not only survived, but managed to do it with zest is a testament to their inner strength and tenacity. What’s not to love about these folk?

Can you tell us a little about HIGHLAND FIRE and how Aiden and Lileas came to be?

TAC: I really wanted to write a story that captured the essence of early Scotland—a story that embraced the mystical elements of their culture, but which also accounts for some of our modern day beliefs—things readers can point to and say, aha, that’s where it comes from, I can relate. We think we’ve come so far in our enlightenment, but in so many ways, we’re just returning to our past. In essence, by choosing one of the most mysterious people in Scottish histories, I hoped to give readers a greater connection to a world long vanished. Of course, it’s fiction, and it’s my perspective, but I really get a sense of satisfaction when I finish a book and can almost feel my characters like a presence in the Universe. They are real to me!

When you write “The End” what do you experience? I’ve heard many authors describe it so many different ways. By the way, one of the things I enjoy about your books are we get glimpses of previous characters throughout your series. It’s never truly “The End”. 

TAC: Well, I don’t actually write, “The End.” But as I get close to the end, I can really feel an incredible burst of energy and every writer will probably tell you the same. You begin to lose sleep, eating happens at your keyboard (sometimes sleeping too!), and then there is both a euphoria over typing the final words and an accompanying sense of loss that sometimes keeps me tweaking the story until someone finally pries my fingers off the keyboard. And thank you! As I said, these characters are very real to me, so it’s fun for me to revisit them as well. I’m glad it is for you too.

How many stories do you have planned for this series and will we see Lael getting her own? I felt a connection with that one…. I do believe I walked a similar path in a previous life… full of spunk and ready for battle. I have a love for blades myself. 

TAC: Lael is next! Once Highland Fire is released, I’ll share the cover for the next book, tentatively titled “Highland Fury.” I loved writing Lael! She’s my inner badass! Right now, there are three books planned, but I can already foresee that it might be difficult to walk away, so we’ll see!

I love the way you fill your stories with the Old Ways. I feel they are an important part of Scotland’s history and its people. When you’re doing research, do you ever find the time has gotten away with you?

TAC: Absolutely! Research is one of the most incredible aspects of writing and I LOVE researching ancient Scotland. It’s one of my favorite eras in history, so it’s probably no wonder that it’s also one of my favorite eras to write.

You also write Contemporary Suspense. Can you tell us more about them and any other things you have in the works?

TAC: My contemporary suspense books are probably nothing like my historicals. They’ve been called Gothic, and have been compared to Hitchcock’s stories—which I’m thrilled and humbled by. But the one way they are very much like my historicals is that there is a tremendous focus on the people in my stories. Tell No Lies, which is due out in March by Kensington is part two of a story set in Charleston, SC. It revolves around a serial killer, but the story is more about three sisters and their estrangement and dysfunctional relationship with their now dead mother. In that story, I wanted to take preconceived notions about who people are, and how others perceive them. I wanted to give readers a glimpse of a deteriorating family, let them guess at what got them to where they are, and then literally pull the rug out from under everyone, so that everything they thought they knew was wrong – OK, maybe not everything.

I cannot wait to read this! Thanks so much for coming over to play!

GIVEAWAY: 1 signed print copy / 1 commenter! 

Tanya Anne CrosbyAUTHOR BIO: Put a menu in front of me and I immediately don’t know what I want. Fried green tomatoes with grits? Yep, OK. Fish? Sounds good, too. OK, so what are you having? I’ll do that too. When it comes to shoes–forget it. I end up buying nothing because I can’t make up my mind. Thank God I have a husband who has great tastes, or my closet might be empty. I’m one of those people who suffers from acute ambivalence given too many choices, but when it comes to what I wanted to do with my life, I’ve known that decidedly since the age of 12–and probably long before that.

It all began once upon a time after a tonsillectomy, when the doc advised mom and dad they should reward me with anything I wanted (the key word here being anything). All I wanted was dad’s typewriter. I got it, of course–a black, sporty Olympia I immediately set out to wearing the letters off the keys. So here I am all these years later, with sixteen books under my belt and a new one on the way … still wearing the letters off keyboards … and loving every minute