Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Highland Yearning by Dawn Ireland excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Highland Yearning
The Mackay Saga
Dawn Ireland

Genre: Highland Time Travel (set in 1775)

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: July 20th


Number of pages: 167
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Fiona

Book Description:

Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?

Highland Yearning-Excerpt

Caden turned to his cousin. “We’ll search the windows above. By now the coward has fled, but we may yet find something to unmask our would-be assassin. Then we’ll attend to your urgent matter.”
He drew Ariel aside far enough that Ian couldn’t hear them. His expression screamed, I’d rather fight a dozen well-armed warriors than be in debt to a Sutherland. “Thank you for . . .” He simply stared at her.
“Saving your life?” She waited. Nothing. “Kissing you?” She raised her eyebrows. “Just trying to fill in the blank here.”
He blanched, but then heat filled his eyes. “Aye.”
“Well, one of us had to take the bull by the horns.” Okay, best not to dwell on that image. “I mean, I was curious. I wanted to kiss you. No big deal. It was just a kiss.”
“Will you stop agreeing with me.”
His smile was genuine and she felt it to the tips of her toes. Good heavens, the man had charisma.
“I’ve nae had a woman who wanted me to disagree with her.”
“Well, I’m not like most women.” That was true enough. She’d never done the ‘let’s talk about boys, clothes and makeup thing’ with a group of girls. Somehow, she’d never fit in.
He smiled down at her. “Aye.”
“There you go, agreeing again.”
“Perhaps it’s because you make yourself so agreeable.”
She couldn’t contain the laughter that burst from her lips. “Really?” The word came out between gasps. “Oh, I wish you could have been there to tell my teachers. Not that they’d believe you. They thought I questioned everything.”
“Then they didnae ken you.” His brows drew together. “I believe the stone was meant for me, but just in case, I want you to take care.
Her laughter died. “Why would anyone want to kill me?”
“Have you offended anyone aside from Ranald, the Countess or Robertson since I met you?”
“I don’t-So, I speak my mind. Is there a law against that in this century?”
“No. And I prefer plain speaking, but I’m nae most men.”
“No, you’re not.”

About the Author

“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words, because she never knows where they will lead. She writes stories to remind herself that even though things may seem bleak, there is always the possibility of a “Happily Ever After.” If along the way she makes readers smile, cry or see the magic in their everyday lives, then she’s done her job.

Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England and the Highlands – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.  
Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?

When she’s not writing, Dawn may be found singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving. She lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats.

Dawn hopes you’ll read her books, and together you’ll bring to life characters that aren’t perfect, but have a story to tell.


Where are you from?
I grew up in Creston, Iowa. If you take the train from Upstate New York, where I currently reside, you’ll stop in Creston. It has a lovely old depot and was a wonderful place to spend my youth. Here’s an example. Our “night on the town” for my prom was just that: first we went to the gym for the dance, then we went to the movies and as we entered in our gowns we were interviewed by the local radio station, then we went back to the house to change and the local organizations came together to put on a carnival for us, and last but not least, the VFW sponsored a breakfast. Yes, it was an ‘all nighter.’ I’m sure that’s not being done today, but I think back on the organization and dedication by the townspeople, and I’m so grateful for this wonderful memory. It was ‘small town’ at its best. 
Tell us your latest news?
I have a new release coming out today! Highland Yearning is the first of my full length stories about the Mackays.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing while I was in college, but writing was not my major. (I have a degree in Sociology and Travel & Tourism.) I’d always been an avid reader, but after taking a creative writing course it occurred to me I should write down the stories I’d been creating.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The label ‘writer’ really hit home when I held my first paperback in my hands and stared at my name.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My books are fast paced for historicals. I don’t do a lot of flowery description, only enough to set the reader’s imagination into motion. You’ll also find touches of magic and whimsy, because I’m really a Disney and Hallmark girl at heart.
How did you come up with the title?
I wanted “Highland” in the title because that would tell people right off where the book was taking place, and “Yearning” refers to the heroine’s (and her dog’s) search to belong.
How much of the book is realistic?
I’m glad you asked, because I did take my inspiration from history. For a full description, you can read the ‘Author Notes’ at the end of the book, but the Mackays really did hold an animosity for the Sutherlands, and the Countess of Sutherland did bring about the Clearances in that part of the Highlands.
I also had to include the Éncyclopaedia Britannica. Did you know the first publication happened in Edinburgh, Scotland between 1768 and 1771? I’d had no idea it had been in existence for so long.  
What books have most influenced your life most?
I grew up on The Lord of the Rings, (I’ve read it four times.) but my life changed when I read Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub. Until that time I had no idea romances existed. I can still tell you what happened in the story.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Pat Ryan. Pat is a Rita winner for Silken Threads, and had been an editor in New York City. Her classes helped me to look at stories from a writer’s perspective. You’d think, that as an avid reader, writing a story would be easy, but it’s a different skill set.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Kim Harrison’s series Dead Witch Walking. I love series books with a touch of magic and interesting characters. A couple of other series I’d recommend: Kitty Norville’s Series by Carrie Vaughn (Werewolf) and The Last Victim Series by Karen Robards (Ghost)
What are your current projects?
I’m working on a story from my Georgians Beyond the Pale series. Morgan’s Folly is about a man who spends his life rescuing common people from the excesses of the nobility. His life is changed when he meets the heroine. A woman who he believes has done the unforgivable. I have the opening scene on my website.
What would you like my readers to know?

I love hearing from readers. Your comments and suggestions really help to inspire me.

Tour giveaway

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