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Monday, November 4, 2013

Lit Connect Tour Stop: Taming a Wild Scot by Rowan Keats (+ Giveaway)

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Taming a Wild Scot! I've got an excerpt and an awesome tour wide giveaway for you all today! Thanks again to Tanya at Lit Connect who is such an awesome person to work with!

About Rowan Keats:

Rowan Keats pens historical adventures about hot Highland heroes and the women they claim. The first book in her Claimed by the Highlander series, TAMING A WILD SCOT, hits store shelves on November 5, 2013. Rowan's debut garnered a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews, which also named her "a rising star of medieval romance".

When not writing, Rowan can frequently be found in a dark movie theater indulging in a large bag of popcorn, or watching the sunrise with a mug of steaming coffee wrapped in her hands. She lives in Central Canada with a goofy black lab, a very talkative cat, and a daughter whose own creative talents awe and inspire her every day.

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Excerpt
My heroine Ana feels beholden to Niall, the hero, because he rescued her from a dungeon several months before, but he now has the power to ruin her life. So, when he forces his way back into her life, she has some seriously mixed feelings...

As she did not possess a stool or a chair, he claimed her narrow cot, his large size causing the rickety frame to squeak in protest. Then he bit into his meal with hearty eagerness. She studied him out of the corner of her eye as she repacked the chest. His lèine had ridden up over his knees, displaying a fine pair of brawny legs decorated with a scattering of hair. A man familiar with hard labor, it would seem.

Ana fetched him a cup of water from the pail by the door, trying not to let her imagination stray to how they would pass the night. Who would get the bed? It was too narrow to accommodate both of them—thank heaven—but she didn’t relish spending the night on the cold, hard floor. Especially as she only had one blanket.

“You took a great risk, claiming to be my dead husband. How did you know that I had presented myself as a widow?”

He pointed to her linen brèid. “You cover your hair like a wedded woman, but require a guard to accompany you to the marketplace. It seemed safe to assume there was no husband.”

A keen eye; she’d give him that. “How long do you intend to stay?”

“As long as it takes.”

She frowned. “That’s not an answer.”

He shrugged. “It’s all I can offer.”

“Might I know your true identity, at least?”

“As much as I’d enjoy hearing my name drop from your sweet lips, lass, it’s best we keep this ruse as simple as possible. If you knew my true name, you might stumble over it a time or two and I can’t have that. Here, in this village, I’m just Robbie.”

Heat bloomed in Ana’s cheeks. Pleasure at his compliment battled with a quiver of disquiet in her belly. Sharing her bothy with her handsome rescuer might be possible if their arrangement remained impersonal and based on threats, but if he insisted on making such intimate and provocative comments . . .

She spun away from the sight of him lounging on her cot and buried her trembling hands in the folds of her skirt. “You forget that I already know your given name. Someone hailed you as Niall that night.”

“And you recall that, three months later? How curious.”

A second wave of heat attacked her cheeks. Not curious at all, really. Over that time, her imagination had built her mysterious savior into a paragon of grace and valor. But the real man did not compare favorably. Too rude, too demanding, too . . . alarming.


Ah, those Wild Scots. Always stirring up trouble...and sparking feelings that you've never felt before. Want a chance to win a copy of TAMING A WILD SCOT? It's easy. Just tell us whether you think a man's knees deserve a rating in defining sexy.

Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again...

Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives.

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19 comments:

  1. When I read historical romance, it is generally rooted in Scotland. The characters are generally much more interesting and engaging. I am intrigued by the rescuer turned blackmailer twist, and Ana sounds strong and resourceful. All the elements that make for my favorite kind of books.

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  2. I love love love that cover! It is so pretty with the green dress. I love romance set in Scotland :)

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  3. I haven't read any of Rowan's stories before - I've always been fascinated with early methods of healing and wonder what kind of research Rowan did.

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  4. I love Scottish historical romance partly because of my Scottish heritage and I love history. Why did you choose Scotland as your setting? I also find men in kilts very sexy. How long did you work on this book and how much research did it require? I wish you much success ion your book it sounds amazing.

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  5. Hi ladies! Sorry I'm so late to the party. I work in health care and sometimes it's tough to break away.

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  6. Barb, my grandmother was a Grant from Inverness, so I have a love of Scotland that runs deep. It took me about seven months to research, write, and edit this book. Thanks for the good wishes!

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  7. Diane, I definitely did research on medieval herbalism for the book. There's not a ton of information on the period available, but what I found was a fascinating mix of fact and folk lore.

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  8. If you get a chance to read it, Sebella, I hope you enjoy Ana and Niall's story.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by to answer reader questions Rowan, I appreciate it!

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  10. Your book sounds so awesome! Btw my heritege is fom the Macrae line Clan Macrae whose seat is Eilean Donan Castle. It from my grandmother side mothers side..

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  11. Madainn Mhath Rowan! Thanks neat we both have Scottish roots from Grandmothers. Look at today's post. Happy release day Rowan <3

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  12. This book sounds amazing!!! I just love any romance with the scottish highlands. I also have ancestors from Scotland, so it's just so fascinating to me. Plus any book with that kind of cover has my vote!! :) Takes my breath away.

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  13. there's probably a good basis even in the folk cures

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  14. Madainn Mhath ! Alba Gu Brath! Scotland Forever! Do you have a muse when writing? Do you listen to music when writing and if so what's on your playlist ? ~Barb Massabrook

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  15. Am I supposed tp leave a comment each day? According to contest it is telling me to leave a comment as well as tweet. Is this an error? IIf s just delete my comments. I wish you the best Rowan and much success on your debut book

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  16. I'm not a big knee lady but I love men in kilts with deep brogue accents. They make me weak in the knees. I love the blurb for the book and can't wait to read it.

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