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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

True Highland Spirit by Amanda Forester (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome back historical romance author, Amanda Forester, who is joining us with her latest Highland release, True Highland Spirit. Make sure to check out Lexi's review of this novel also!


What NOT to do in a Kilt
by Amanda Forester

Kilts.  You gotta love them.  Where else would you find such a bold fashion choice but the Scottish Highlands?  I must admit part of the lure of writing (and reading) Scottish historical romance is all about the kilt...or perhaps what's under it.  The potential for plot twists using the kilt, particularly when writing a romance is, well, bottomless (please forgive - couldn't resist)!

Yet there is a downside to wearing a kilt, particularly if the man is traditional about the wearing of the kilt and has naught but his birthday suit underneath.  Bending over, climbing ladders, updrafts - all of these present a particular problem.  As part of a public service campaign against unintended disclosures related to kilt wearing, I scoured the internet looking for good educational material.  Boy, did I get an eye full. 

Unfortunately, none of these clips I deemed appropriate for this blog.  In truth, most of them were downright inappropriate.  So, here is a list of you tube videos you will NOT be seeing today:

·         Under the Kilt
·         Skiing Scotland in Kilts
·         Kilted Humor (elderly man in kilt asks people to hold a ladder while he climbs it)
·         Feels Breezy
·         Men in Kilts vs. Leaf Blower
·         Darth Vader in Kilt Riding Unicycle and Playing Bagpipes

The last one is admittedly G-rated, but I include it under the general topic "things that ought not to be attempted in a kilt".  My favorite video clip was kilt versus leaf blower - did you knew this was an actual contest?  After reviewing the footage, I can say with some authority that bending over, falling down, and certain athletic events should only be attempted at your own risk while wearing a kilt.  Also sitting presents a particular hazard - word to the wise. 

I hope you all feel this blog had supplied you with important educational information about the unique challenges of kilt wearing.  Of course there are some unique advantages to kilt wearing too - but I'm trying to keep this blog family friendly!

Tell me what you love about a kilt!  One lucky commenter will win a copy of TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT!

TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT
Morrigan McNab learned to survive with a sword in her hand. Taking command, she is determined to protect her impoverished clan, no matter the cost. When an elusive French knight offers gold to fight against England, she joins the call to arms. Sparks fly on the battlefield as a forbidden passion smolders between Morrigan and Sir Dragonet. Yet Sir Dragonet holds a secret that will destroy the hope for a life together, and will make them rivals on a dangerous quest for a mysterious relic. As they fight beside each other against the English, and against each other to find the treasure, their love becomes a greater force than either can control.
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~*GIVEAWAY*~
As Amanda mentioned above, she is giving away one copy of True Highland Spirit to one US or Canadian reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

32 comments:

jfort357 said...

True Highland Spirit sounds very intriguing!!! Luv me some HOT Highlanders!! ;-) Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Andrea said...

A tough fighting female is always fun for me. The mysterious relic is a different twist too. I'm interested!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Nothing better than a good Highland story!

Amanda Forester said...

Thanks for inviting me to guest blog today!

Kristin said...

I am a fan of Highlander books and this one sounds fantastic! I can't wait to read it. Oh and I will definitely be looking up those youtube videos.

Joanne said...

I didn't think there wasn't a good time to wear a kilt but I can see now that you have done good research on the subject.
I am a big fan of books with Highlanders in them. Can't wait to read this new one. Congrats.

Joanne B
e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Na said...

A Scottish hero can pull off wearing a kilt. It'll emphasize their leg muscles.

Proserpine said...

Hi! Thanks for this chance! I love to read a good story with a kick-ass heroine and some good twists! I love highlanders story and I'm pretty sure this one will fit in my style!

Proserpine

proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shonn said...

Now my curiousity is sparked and I'm going to HAVE to google "Darth Vader in Kilt Riding Unicycle and Playing Bagpipes". Ha ha ha!

Lexi said...

Ok Amanda, now I am curious and will have to google kilt vs Leaf Blower...oh and the Darth Vader in a kilt because it just sounds funny. =)
Congrats on your release, can't resist a man in a kilt!

chandragay said...

I have read two of Amanda's books and posted my reviews on LibraryThing and Goodreads. How could I not want another Historical Romance from an author that knows how to write about kilts so that I can mentally look up in the kilt while on my knees *giggles* and yes, I sit around imagining....ahhh.

Rachel V said...

I love a good sword fight and this book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Glittergirl said...

I've always been an admirer of men's legs so that makes a kilt quite fascinating to me. There's something about a man who is confident in what most of society view a "skirt" ;-).

I'm posting my email (use without spaces and symbols for words) as the rafflecopter form wouldn't appear on my screen... glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

Barbara said...

Highlanders, men in kilts, strong heroines...what's not to like? Thx for the giveaway op! :)

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Tore said...

I think kilts are sexy on men. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Di said...

Now I'm going to have to check out those videos!
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Lisa Cox said...

We bought my husband a kilt for Halloween one year. I do have to say, they are sexy. And make things very accessible. LOL

Chrisbails said...

Love highlander stories. Love the cover of this book. This is a new book and author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thank for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

erin said...

OOOOH. This book sounds awesome! I love that the heroine is a sword wielding scottish soldier for hire!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Krystal Larson said...

Thank you for the awesome chance to win!

Linda Henderson said...

I love Highlander stories so this one will definitely be on my list. I like it that the female character is a warrior, a nice change.

Julianne said...

Men in kilts are super sexy. I looked at some very interesting pictures today of men in kilts. *cough*
I bet you got a good education about kilt wearing. I'd love to read this book.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

divavixenqueen said...

Well, if he looks great in it and can pull it off, what's not to love about it? Otherwise, he really should stay out of one.

Romancing the Book said...

I loved this post and am now so curious about those videos. If I wasn't at work right now, I'd seriously be at YouTube. :)

Jen
admin.bookblog AT gmail.com

Maureen said...

I think kilts are romantic since they make me think of Scottish warriors from many years ago.

Cheryl S. said...

What do I love about a man in a kilt? Using my imagination about what's underneath it! What else? lol Thanks for a great giveaway!

sandersknc@yahoo.com

Motorlips19 said...

I love a man in a Kilt ;) I'm sure the 3rd book is as wonderful as the first 2. I cant wait to read it.

Ashley Bushey
Motorlips19@aol.com

Denise Z said...

I think I need to meet a True Highland Spirit. Thank you for sharing about what sounds like a fun read and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

ML said...

Ah, highlands and a fiesty lass...always makes for a good read!

*yadkny* said...

For some reason a man who wears a kilt seems so much more manly to me:) Show's their confidence and sometimes other things;)

yadkny@hotmail.com

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

Love a man in a kilt...well a big strong man in a kilt. Gotta say you peaked my interest in what videos you found though. LOL!

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds really good, and I just love the cover. Thanks for this chance.
ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net