Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HIGHLANDER WEEK: Guest Post & Giveaway w/author Donna Grant

Highlander Week Day 2 continues with a guest post from the exceptionally talented author Donna Grant! If ye like yer romances hot with sexy Highlanders then Donna is a must-read author. She just released book 4 in her Dark Sword series, Untamed Highlander and book 5, Shadow Highlander, will be released at the end of August. 

The Dark Sword series reins in the magic, passion, and fury of Scotland’s legendary warriors—for whom love is always worth fighting for...                                                                         DEVIL IN THE FLESH                  Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation...                                       ANGEL IN HIS ARMS                                Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all...


First, thank you to Crystal for inviting me to blog here. 

There’s always been something so alluring about historical romances.  When I first began reading romances at the age of 12 (yes, my mother knew.  I read hers. Lol) they were mostly historicals.

It got to the point where that’s the genre I preferred.  And for years that was all I read.  I’ve always loved being transported to another era where society could – and did – dictate what a person could and couldn’t do.

But it was also the clothes and the period itself.  I read anything from ancient up until the early 1900s.  And enjoyed them all.

Medieval, however, became my love.  Not that I don’t enjoy Regency or Victorian.  There’s so many out there and I adore the heck out of them.  But for me, it was always Medieval.

So it was no stretch of the mind when I began to write my books were all set in the medieval time.  I loved the swords, the castles, the gowns, and…well, everything.  I did set several books in England, but it wasn’t long before I found another love.


I’ve always been drawn to that land and the rugged Highlanders who make it their home.  When I first thought up my Dark Sword series, there was no doubt in my mind it was going to be set in Scotland, and my heroes Highlanders.  What better way to have a hero then men who are known for their bravery, manliness, and stubbornness?

Since I also love to incorporate paranormal aspects in my books, I wanted my heroes to be immortal.  And my heroines to hold magic as Druids.

Scotland has long said to hold magic.  Myths and legends of all kinds have sprung from the land where Druids once walked.  Some places are a perfect lure for magic and historical settings.

For me, that is Scotland.

My love is still historical romance, and most likely always will be.  I’ve expanded some, however.  I read a lot of contemporary paranormal as well.  But when I’m at the bookstore and I’m looking at all the books, I’m drawn first and foremost to the glorious historical novels.

Wicked HighlanderI’ll be giving away the third book in my Dark Sword series, WICKED HIGHLANDER, to a commenter who answers this question:

Why do you love historical romance, and who are some of your favorite authors?

Donna GrantTo find out more about me please visit my website at www.DonnaGrant.com.  To learn more about the Dark Sword series, see pics of the Warriors, search characters, take the quiz, or watch the book trailers, please visit www.donnagrant.com/DarkSword.



As Donna mentioned above she is giving away a copy of her novel, Wicked Highlander, to one lucky reader. 

To enter, just answer Donna's question at the end of her post. Make sure to leave an email address with your comment, giveaway will end May 21st at 11:59 pm. Open Internationally. 


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  2. I just wrote a comment, but it didn’t post so I will try again….
    I love Historical Romances because I like feeling as though I’ve been transported to a different time, with different expectations, and a different meaning of honor. I just enjoy reading about the different ups and downs in different time periods, and the romances that went with them. Historicals tend to have that man protect woman philosophy and I’m a sucker for it. Authors I love are Karen Marie Moning, her highlanders series was hot! I also Love Lisa Kleypas, i pretty much enjoy all her books.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and I am loving Highlander week! Donna, I love your book covers, those are some pretty hot highlanders!
    booksavvybabe AT gmail DOT com

  3. Historical romance wouldn't be my first love per se but the first romances I read were historicals. I was always fascinated by how social and cultural norms have changed from previous times. When I lived in Europe for a while one of the things that I finally realized captivated me was that as an American our history is so short where as places I visited there had been there for centuries.

    All that to say I enjoy historical romance frequently for the history itself and romance/love is a theme that somehow seems simpler when you take all of the modern distractions out of it. I prefer them with a dash of paranormal though. ;) What can I say? That dash of fantasy has always been my first love.

    Great post Donna! Thanks for adding on to this awesome week of Highland love. :)

  4. I haven`t really read any historical romances yet. But I would really like to.
    Therefor I don`t have any favourites.
    But please count me in for the giveaway. Since I`ve been wanting to read historical romances :)

  5. I have always loved history and once I found historical romances, I was hooked! Some of my favorite authors would include: Hannah Howell, Lynsaly Sands, Monica McCarty, Karen Hawkins, Sabrina Jeffries, and so many more.

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  6. Hi Donna!

    a hero then men who are known for their bravery, manliness, and stubbornness?
    Love that line! lol stubbornness-so true

    I love Historical Romance for the main reason that I love the idea of imagining a different time and place. I like contemporary romances, but they're too "real" for my taste-I want something that is in no way real.

    We all know I'm a fan :D but I also love Monica McCarty and Alyssa Day.

  7. I think one of the main thing I enjoy are seeing how things worked back then. As an avid gardener I loved Gregory's book on the royal gardeners. I was totally fascinated at how much effort was put into getting new plants and having fresh flowers and fruits in the royal palaces all year round.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Historical romances are an educational experience for me. They appeal to me due to their unusual social customs and sense of propriety. They've often angered me due to the gender-related double standards which existed in the past, but despite arousing strong anti-male sentiment at times, I've always managed to warm towards the male leads in these romances. Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn and Johanna Lindsey are just some of the authors whose historicals I've read and loved in the past.


  9. For me there is a sense of magic to Historical romances in the wonderful escape I find in the pages. Like and adult version of my childhood fairy tales. I love the setting, the characters, the romance etc. Highlander romances are my favorite. Big sigh...
    Some of my favorite authors are Donna Grant, Hannah Howell, Monica McCarty, Karen Marie Moning, Anne Mallory, Margaret Mallory, Elizabeth Hoyt and so many more.

    rjofus AT gmail DOT com

  10. I only read the historical books that are set in Scotland, cause I love the highlanders. My favorite authors are KM Moning and JR Ward. I also enjoy Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Kerrelyn Sparks, Gerry Bartlett, a few others and Donna Grant. Just started reading Donna's.

  11. I love being able to escape to a world so different from my own. I have lots of favorite historical authors: Lisa Kleypas, Teresa Medeiros, Ashley March, Anna Campbell, Emma Wildes, Anne Mallory, Jenna Petersen, Kathryn Smith, and many more.


  12. I love historical romance because it's a portal to another world where everything (usually) works out better than in reality here.

    A few of my favorite historical romance authors are Lynsay Sands and Amanda Ashley.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :]

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  13. Hi Donna! Thanks for sharing your love of historical romance with us!

    I love reading historical romance because I love being able to experience the romance from another time and place. Since things (the social rules, the courtships, etc) are so different in another time period, I find that it makes it an excellent means of escapism and entertainment! Some of my favourite historical romance authors include Karen Marie Moning, Monica McCarty, Lisa Kleypas, Sue-Ellen Welfonder and others :)


  14. I love them b/c I love reading about other times! And I love Lisa Kleypas!

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  15. Heather - I love KMM! Her Highlanders were wonderful. :)

    Rhianna - Thank you!

    Moonstar - I hope you pick up some soon. :)

    June - some great authors!

    HighlandHussy - lol. Thank you, doll!

    Lisa - It is fun to see the differences, huh?

    IdentitySeeker - I love those authors!

    Chris - aw, thanks for including me in the favorite authors. :)

    Anonymous - I'm so glad you found my books! :)

    Danielle - oh, even more great authors.

    Nora - I like your thinking. :D

    Winnie - I agree!

    Melissa - Lisa Kleypas is such a sweetheart. I adore her!

  16. I love Historical romance because it's a time in history so very different from my time. It's exciting to read how different it was for women, read about relationships between man and woman and society. I love History as well. Donna, I'm still counting Lucan as my favorite because he was my first. :) Favorite Authors, you, KMMoning,Gena Showalter,Lila DiPasqua, Kresley Cole, JR Ward,Diana Gabaldon,Sue Ellen Welfonder and Sherrrilyn Kenyon to name a few.
    Carol L

  17. I love historical romances because you learn alot about history and what romance was like back then. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this series. Tore923@aol.com

  18. I enjoy historical romances because of the notion of the hidden passion just wanting to explode. ;)

    Oh some of my favorite authors are Jeaniene Frost (YUMMY BONES!), Gena Showalter, Tina Folsom, Laurie London, Dianne Duvall, Lora Leigh, Eve Langlais, Katie Salidas, Felicity Heaton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Larrisa Ione, and Virna DePaul just to name a few.


  19. Historical romances have the ability to make you laugh make you cry and want to scream at the same time, some of my favorite authors are Julia Quinn, Nora Roberts


  20. I love the history of it all. All the balls, the bloody fights, and the real gentlemen that knew how to treat a lady. It transport me to a time gone by.

    Some of my favorite authors are that write in this genre are Monica McCarty, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell, Madeline Hunt and so many others

  21. Carol - Yay! Poor Lucan. People forget about him, so glad he has you. :)

    Tore - :)

    DarkBloodyVamp = some great authors.

    Keisha - lol. So true!

    Ing - Oh, you have some of my favorites listed. :)

  22. I've always loved history. My love for historical romance started with Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Then, I found Heyer's regencies and Woodweiss and Lindsay steamed up the past for me. Now, some of my favorites are Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Loretta Chase. With that said, Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite book.

  23. I fell in love with history in school so it naturally fell into my reading add a mixture of romance and it was a perfect read. My very first taste of historical romances was Cassie Edwards, Savage series- still remains one of my fave series and authors.

    Madeline Baker, Janielle Taylor,more recently I found Brenda Joyce and her Masters of Time.


  24. Wow, so many great answers guys! And there are a ton of fabulous historical romance authors out there isn't there? This is why I have books sticking out of every drawer and shelf in the house. LoL

  25. Historical romance is my favorite genre to read. I love being transported to another world and place that's so different from now.

    Anne Stuart, Anna Campbell & Lori Brighton are some of my favorites.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. I love historical romances, the men are swoony and still have that aspect of Chilvary !! The fight for their love till the end ! The love is somewhat old fashioned, the era fascinates me, back in time, the costumes, the men, the backgrounds, time travel if you may call it !! and so many sexy Lairds !! I loved Laura Hunsakers Highland Destiny !! that book no longer longer made me a maid !! lol.. I enjoy Lynsaly Sands, Karen Hawkins, Laura Hunsaker, Sarah Ballance, Larrissa ione, so I love a mixed read !! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    kat ;)

  27. Marlene - I love Pride and Prejudice!

    BLHmistress - history was my favorite as well. :)

    Crystal - lol. I think most of us do.

    Marlee - me, too! :)

    Katrina - Chivalry isn't something that you find in many modern day guys, which is one reason I love writing historicals. :D

  28. I like experiencing living in another time through books. I enjoy Anna Campbell, Eloisa James and Monica McCarty very much, as well as your own of course.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  29. I'll read any romance but I generally stick with PNR. For my historical romances I usually go for regency or highlander books with swords and castles. Kresley Cole MacCarrick Brothers series was my first Highlander read.

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Takes me back to a time when men were really men that looked like men because they were buff like men and that fought like men and that were romantic like men and that wooed like men and that were passionate like men and that seduced like men and that were a woman's protector like men and that were lairds of "my" petite castle ....woo woo hubba hubba :-)

    Hannah Howell, Karen Marie Moning, Donna Grant, Mary Ellen Gronau, Heather Grothaus, Jackie Ivie, Monica McCarty,

  31. I love all romance but I most admit historicals are not at the top of the list. I do like regency and highlander books though. The simplicity of life back then amazes me.

    I love Jennifer Ashley's historicals as well as KMM

  32. I'm not a big historical romance fan with the exception of highlander books. Karen Marie Moning is my fave author so far.
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  33. For me it is the setting and he differences between now and then.

    Karen Marie Moning, Diana Gaboldon are my favorite

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  34. Historical romance is my first ever love- I fell in love with Native American stories , such as Savage series by Cassie Edwards , Madeline Baker and Janielle Taylor.


  35. I am just learning how to post comments on here. I wrote the anonymous post. Just found your books. I read Dangerous highlander. And just started Forbidden Highlander. I purchases it from Rhapsody. And Untamed Highlander from there also cause I like the hardcover! Hope I win. It's the only book I don't have yet. Dpbussie@yahoo.com. Thanks. Loving the highlanders!

  36. I like historical romances because I like history and I love the time they are situated in like the Victorian period. Authors that I like would be the Bronte sisters (Wuthering Heights). Thanks for the giveaway.



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