Lady of Seduction
By Laurel McKee
ISBN: 9780446544771
Published on: 6/01/2011
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Tamed by a Highlander
By Paula Quinn
ISBN: 9780446552363
Published on: 7/01/2011

Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel

By Sue-Ellen Welfonder
ISBN: 9780446561778
Published on: 8/01/2011


From the author’s website:

Laurel McKee is the pen name for regency romance writer Amanda McCabe.

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Email her at laurel@laurelmckee.net

Visit Laura’s website: http://ammandamccabe.com






MBA: What made you decide to write historical romances?

–I read my first historical romance when I was about 10 (a Barbara Cartland novel!) and I was hooked.  I ran to the library and started reading history non-fiction as well as novels.  So when I started writing this was just naturally the sub-genre that seemed to suit my style best.  But I read lots of things (contemporary, urban fantasy, YA, mystery) so who knows what I might want to try later??

MBA: Can you tell our readers any tidbits on your upcoming projects?

My new series, The Scandalous St. Claires, will start next June with “One Naughty Night”!  I am soooo excited about these stories–they’re my
first foray into the Victorian era, which is a big favorite of mine, and I love the St. Claire family, a group of actors and gambling club owners who live on the margins of proper society.  They’re very gritty, sexy stories…

MBA: How do you choose your settings?

LOL!  It seems more like they choose me.  I love many eras in history, and when I read non-fiction I often find times and places where stories just jump out at me.  Also, I’m very shallow and I like the fashions of the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras, which makes it easy to imagine stories there…

MBA:  What relaxes you after a long day?

I love going to yoga class!  It helps clear my head and stretch after a day at the computer.  Also tea, a glass of Chardonnay, a good movie, going out with friends.  When I’m deep into a story it can be hard to take a break, but it’s so important.

MBA: What is on the horizon for you next?

I just starting the second St Claire book, “Two Sinful Secrets,” and hoping to go on a summer vacation soon!  If anyone has a suggestion for a good place to go, let me know…

The Daughters of Erin

Three tales of the extraordinary Blacknall sisters, as they find love, danger, and adventure amid the splendors of Georgian Ireland!  Coming in 2010 and 2011 from Grand Central Publishing…

Book Three, Lady of Seduction

Caroline Blacknall’s story

(June 2011)


It’s a mad, ill-advised journey that leads the usually sensible Lady  Caroline Blacknall to the legendary isle of Muirin Inish, off the  windswept coast of Ireland.  Even so, she doesn’t expect to find  herself shipwrecked and then rescued by a man she believed she would  never see again.  A man who, long ago, held her life in his  hands…and with it, her heart.

Reformed rake Sir Grant Dunmore knew he could never forget the  beautiful woman he once endangered, nor will he ever forgive himself  for placing her in harm’s way.  But history seems doomed to repeat  itself, for as long as Caroline stays on the island, she is trapped  in a secret plot that could forever free Ireland–or turn deadly for  all.  And yet, now that she is in his arms again, how can he ever  let her go?”


AUTHOR’S BIO:From Hachette Book Group Website:

I was the kid in school who raced to get to English class, especially on Poetry day.  There just wasn’t anything better than standing in the front of an audience and reading moving prose. Of course, Sister Mary Elizabeth didn’t consider Bad Company lyrics stunning verse, but I made sure to toss some Edgar Allen Poe into the pot for balance. The true thrill came from reading my own work. I still have every journal, and there were many, stashed away in my closet, each page filled with my careful script, i’s  dotted with hearts.

I typed my very first novel on an Adam computer. Yes, that’s Adam, not Apple. A paranormal romance (the first one of it’s kind in the early eighties) but no one was interested, much to my shock and amazement. Will I admit it was a cheesy novel? Never! I still have it, dot matrix as black as the day it was first printed up.

Putting away my trusty Adam, I went on to bigger and better things, like marrying my childhood sweetheart and having three children. But I once read that authors don’t choose to write; writing chooses them, and there were an endless store of characters in my head to prove it. So we traded in the Adam for an Apple. I promised my husband that I wouldn’t be gone long, and off to Camelot I went. Most of me returned home, but there’s a part that remained in the medieval world of knights, castles, and chivalry. I’ve since brought my family there and they love it as much as I do, although I suspect my husband was a crusader knight long before I envisioned him in a red cross tabard. But that’s another story entirely. I think I’ll write it in pen and dot my I’s with hearts.

I’m a disgustingly sappy romantic moved by music, beautiful words, and the sight of a really nice pen.  I live in Manhattan with my knight in shining armor. We have three beautiful children, two dogs and too many reptiles to count.  I love to read romance and science fiction and have been writing since I was eleven. I’m a faithful believer in God and thank Him daily for all the blessings in my life. I love all things medieval, but it’s my love for Scotland that pulls at my heartstrings.

Visit Paula’s website: http://www.paulaquinn.com



MBA: Why or what made you decide to write about Highlanders?

Being haunted by a MacGregor who apparently wanted the truth about their little-known proscription to be told made me decide to write about Highlanders. I knew nothing about the clan until I began doing the research. Once I did, I knew I wouldn’t be stopping anytime soon. J

MBA: Who is your favorite character(s) you have written so far?

Oh, I have a few. Callum MacGregor from Laird of the Mist holds a special place in my heart. He captured the essence of what the MacGregors went through during the proscription and was the epitome of courage, inner strength, and resiliency that kept this mighty clan from extinction. I went on the journey with him and never wanted it to end. I still don’t.  William the Conqueror from my earlier Risande series also wrapped his hands around my heart and never let go. He came alive for me and practically wrote his own scenes.  I remember researching him and soaking up every thing I could find, and then finding a tidbit about his last moments on earth and his fears that made me cry for a 1000 year old dead king.

MBA: What relaxes you after a long day?

A good book and a bubble bath.

MBA: Can you tell us a few tidbits about your next project?

I just finished the fourth book in the Children of the Mist series called Conquered By A Highlander. It features Callum and Kate’s youngest son, Colin MacGregor, a battle-born warrior who has waited three long years for his glorious war, but when he falls for the cousin of his enemy, he discovers that his greatest opponent is himself.
MBA: What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing?

Hmm, nothing really. It’s been a journey and I wouldn’t change anything about it. Knowing certain thing wouldn’t have changed my mind about writing. Good or bad, I’d do it all over again.

Product Description


Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king’s army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he’s never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.


The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance,
she journeys to London in search of information . . . only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she’d never trust again. Though Mairi’s body still craves Connor’s touch, she can’t forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.


From the author’s website:

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a card-carrying Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent (free) trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty year career with the airlines. Bi-lingual, she flew international all those years, working her flights as foreign language speaker. Her flying career allowed her to see the world, but it was always to Scotland that she returned.

Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She spent fifteen years living in Europe and used that time to explore as many castle ruins, medieval abbeys, and stone circles as possible. Anything ancient, crumbling, or lichened caught her eye. She visits Scotland often, insisting her trips give her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies and enjoys attending Highland Games. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a four-hundred-and-fifty year old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen’s life is ruled by the most adorable Jack Russell Terrier in the world. He’s the only soul allowed to disrupt her when she’s on deadline. She wishes all dogs could be so loved and asks readers to consider rescue if they are thinking about getting a pet. We can’t change the world, but it is possible to make a world of difference to a needy animal.

Sue-Ellen also writes Scottish-set paranormals for Penguin/NAL under her pen name, Allie Mackay – www.alliemackay.com.

Visit Sue-Ellen website: http://welfonder.com

Grand Central Publishing
August 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1609418397

The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy…Three proud warriors locked in a struggle for victory.Three beguiling women united in their vow to restore peace.

Despite an official peace, old conflicts smolder in the Glen of Many Legends.  Kendrew Mackintosh, Chieftain of his clan, is famed as both a bold and hot-blooded warrior and a sensual lover. He has no intention of settling down . . . until he kisses a forbidden beauty whose passion matches his own.

Highborn and gently raised, Lady Isobel Cameron has long harbored a secret fascination for the fearless, charismatic Mackintosh—even though her brother is his sworn enemy. When destiny draws them together for one night, she can’t resist him. But what begins as a flirtation soon becomes a fight for survival. A deadly new threat has come to the glen, and Kendrew and Isobel must learn to trust and protect one another—or pay the ultimate price.


MBA: What relaxes you after a long day?
When my little dog snuggles close and I can lose myself in a good book.  I also believe eating right, staying in shape, and getting
enough sleep, helps to stave off stress and tiredness.  So I exercise and cycle daily.
MBA:What would you tell any aspiring authors to look for first?
To think hard about what they want to write.  It should be the time period, setting, and/or storyworld you’re most passionate about.
There will always be trends.  And there will always be writers hoping to hit big by writing what’s hot.  But it the latest craze leaves you cold, it’s not for you.  Your lack of enthusiasm will show, even if the mechanics are flawless.  Only when you truly love your subject matter, can you breathe life onto the page.  That’s when magic happens.
 So I’d say follow your heart and then learn the ropes, finding your own path and believing in yourself as you put one foot before the other and just keep going until you get there.
 MBA: What types of books do you enjoy reading?
I adore cozy mysteries and Regency-set historicals.  Sports romances ala Kate Angell and Patricia Sargeant/Regina Hart are always a joy to read.
Totally different from my own work and so the ‘escape factor’ is refreshing.  I also love anything by my Tartan Ink blogging partner, Karen Ranney.  I have a set-in-stone rule not to read in my own genre, but I make an exception for Ranney.  Her books are my
treats to myself after deadline, especially.
I also read tons of nonfiction.  As I love research, it’s pure pleasure reading when I can delve into books on all things medieval, Scottish history, Celtic myth and legend, archaeology, the paranormal (haunting, earth mysteries, and sacred places, etc.)
MBA:Can you tell our readers any tidbits about your next project?
I’m too superstitious to talk about future books.  I will say that I am presently wrapping up Seduction of a Highland Warrior, book three
in my Highland Warriors trilogy.  After that, I’ll be doing a new series tied to Highland Warriors.  I also want to write about Sir M’s children, which would take readers back to Kintail and the world of my MacKenzies.  Readers can watch my website or visit Tartan Ink, my blog with Karen Ranney, to keep updated on my book news.
MBA:What do you enjoy most about writing about Highlanders?  Why?
The short answer is that Highlanders are the ultimate heroes.
A more detailed answer is that I love Highlanders for their honor, their fierce love of land and tradition, their bravery and valor.  I also appreciate their poetic souls.  Centuries of oral tradition have given them a silver tongue.  There’s a storyteller in them all, a sentimental side that turns the simplest words into a thing of beauty.  I love their earthiness and brawn.  Their swagger and daring.  And then there’s the softness of heart that
makes them misty-eyed at the beauty of a Highland sunset.  They also have a great sense of humor.  What’s not to love?  And then there’s the kilt and the oh-so-sexy accent, a skirl of pipes….
 In a word, they’re irresistible.
As to why I feel as I do, I’ve been in love with Scotland as far back as I can remember.  My passion for the Highlands and Highlanders has always
been there, a part of my life.  Nothing inspires me more.  And I have no interest to write any other setting or people.
Being of Scottish descent and having visited Scotland all my life, I feel a real affinity to the land. I appreciate the history and culture, the strength, honor, and pride that defines Highland Scots, the magnificent sea-and-landscapes, all the myth, legends, and lore.  I can’t imagine ‘not’ writing
Highlanders.  In fact, I wouldn’t.  The words would be just ink on the page. 



Thanks to Briane and Grand Central Publishing we are offering 3 lucky commenters copies of “Laurel Mckee’s “Lady of Seduction”,Paula Quinn’s “Tamed By A Highlander” and Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s “Temptation Of A Highland Scoundrel”. Open to U.S. or Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway copies will be sent directly to winners.  **Package includes 1 copy of each book** Please tell us what you enjoy about these hot historical romances and if you have read any of these author’s work,if so which one(s) you have read. Winners are picked by random.org and if will email the winners.This giveaway will run from today July 19 until July 26,2011.