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Monday, February 11, 2013

Character Love Letters: SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR By Sue-Ellen Welfonder & THE CHIEFTAIN by Margaret Mallory (Letter/Giveaway)

And now we have several very special guests joining us with two love letters sent by our heroines of the story!

Character Love Letter ~ Marjory (aka Lady Norn) to Alasdair

It’s such a treat to be here and to have an opportunity for Marjory aka Lady Norn, the heroine of Seduction of a Highland Warrior, to clarify a matter of great importance to her: namely, her deep and abiding love for Alasdair MacDonald, her hero.

Marjory is most appreciative.  And she sends her especial thanks to Lady Crystal for giving her a selection of fine parchment, a horn of ink, and a lovely goose quill to pen her feelings.  She’s also grateful for the quiet window alcove to sit and gather her thoughts, and the thoughtfully-provided oil lamp should she still be writing after nightfall.

Now, she is giving me a look of annoyance because I’m hovering.  So I’ll step aside and let you peer over her shoulder instead…

Crystal, (Sue-Ellen aka Lady Scribe here), had I known Marjory would rail against the strictures of being a romance novel heroine, I’d have declined today’s appearance.  She is madly in love with Alasdair, so I understand her annoyance at having to wait so long for their happy ending.

Despite her fussing, I’m delighted to be here today.  Thank you again for inviting me.

Highland Blessings!
Sue-Ellen Welfonder

By Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Publisher: Forever Mass Market
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-56179-2
$7.99; January 29, 2013
In SEDUCTION O F A HIGHLAND WARRIOR, Sue-Ellen Welfonder delivers the stunning conclusion to her sensual Highland Warriors trilogy.
At the King’s request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he’s handsome and fearless, his warrior’s heart belongs only to his beloved land—until the fair sister of his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss…
Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair Macdonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor—and the only woman who can claim his heart.
About the Author
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines. Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee.  She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle. Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. 
You can learn more at: www.welfonder.comFacebook & Twitter: @se_welfonder

And now we have a letter from Margaret Mallory's heroine from her upcoming release, The Chieftain!

THE CHIEFTAIN by Margaret Mallory
Publisher: Forever Mass Market
ISBN-13: 9780446583114
$7.99; February 26, 2013
In THE CHIEFTAIN, Margaret Mallory pens her last tale in the seductive Scottish series Return of the Highlanders.
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa,  a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble. 

With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

About the Author
Margaret Mallory abandoned a career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist. Why this surprised everyone, she doesn't know. Who wouldn't rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highlanders than write briefs and memos? Margaret lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, a goofy dog, and a crabby cat. With her children off to college, she spends most of her time working on her next book in The Return of the Highlanders series. Margaret loves to hear from readers.

Forever Romance is giving away The Chieftain and Seduction of a Highland Warrior to two readers! (US only and no PO box addresses). To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for our authors or heroines and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Lots of additional entries available, but not required. Good luck!
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catslady said...

Oh, that was wonderful. I've been following their tour and I keep enjoying all the different interviews and learn something at each of them. Thanks so very much. I am looking forward to both stories and they both have the most gorgeous covers - yum!

Margaret Mallory said...

Thanks so much for participating in our blog tour & featuring THE CHIEFTAIN. I hope readers enjoy Ilysa's love letter to Connor. :)


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

hmmm, how interesting that nysa is heeding advice/predictions from a seer. I loved Mallory's Knight series!

Chrisbails said...

Great post. Great letters, both of them. These are both new authors for me. I love to read and definately will be adding to my must read list.
Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

Lexi said...

Oh Sue-Ellen you have one hot tempered heroine on your hands. Good thing you were finally able to give her a happily ever after, or she might have rivaled her Scottish hero in bloodlust...yours!
Cute love letter :)

Glittergirl said...

Both ladies are so passionate...I can't wait to see what these talented scribes have put them through :-). Thanks for the love letters, that was so imaginative!

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Thanks so much, Christine! I'm so glad you enjoyed the love letters. I thought it was brilliant of Crystal to ask for such a feature. Lots of fun to do!


Yep, Lexi! She was a bit angry at me, wasn't she? It was great fun letting her speak her mind.


Glittergirl, I thought the love letter idea was great, too. Very original and fun!

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Hi Crystal ~ Thank you so much for hosting our blog's launch today. I absolutely adore your love letter idea. It's brilliant and was so much fun to do. Or rather, to let Norn do! ;)

Thanks again - for everything!

Wishing everyone good luck in the drawings!

Z said...

I enjoyed both of those letters, yes Sue-Ellen sounds like you might be in trouble. Margaret I canna wait to see what happens in your book, it canna arrive soon enough for me. Not entering the contest as I already have these books and I hope the two lucky winners will fall in love with them as I did and will.

sheryl said...

I loved both of the letters. I am a fan of HIghlander books. Thanks

Unknown said...

Ive enjoyed reading these letters. Thanks for the giveaway.

Debby said...

Great letters. Please remember ladies - all's well that ends well.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Margaret Mallory said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the love letters because I did not find Ilysa's easy to write. Believe it or not, I kept weeping! Rather embarrassing when my husband came in...


Unknown said...

Love books about Highlanders! Looking forward to reading about Alasdair and Majory. Thank you for sharing! :)


gamistress66 said...

such lovely letters, look forward to reading how they reach their HEA w/ their respective hero.
gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

erin said...

Congrats ladies on the new releases! These letters were fantastic! Thanks for sharing and I'm definitely wanting these books now ;)

Beautiful Disaster said...

I Iove both authors books. I have collected most of them over the years. I have read them and reread them. Enjoyed the letters :)

Margaret Mallory said...

Thank you for the congrats & the lovely comments about my books. :) I hope readers enjoy this 4th & final book in my RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDER series

While I'm here, I thought I'd mention that I've put together a photo album to go with each book from my trip to Scotland: Enjoy!


Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Z - If Norn remains annoyed with me, I'll call out the Boss. You know who that is.. a certain little old lady whose name starts with D. She'll protect me. ;)

Sheryl - Thanks so much for looking in today. Aren't Highlanders wonderful? I love them, too. :)

Laura - Thanks for looking in. Aren't the letters a neat idea? I think Crystal was brilliant to do such a feature. :)

Debby - Well said. The letters were a neat touch, weren't they? I loved sitting back and watching Norn release steam. ;)

Kyla - Thanks so much! You brightened my night. I hope you'll enjoy the book. :)

Gamistress66 - So glad your enjoyed the letters. I hope you'll love the books. :)

Erin - Thanks so much! I loved letting Norn do her letter. So much fun! I hope you'll enjoy the book. :)

Beautiful Disaster - Thank you for your good words. They were much appreciated. I hope you'll enjoy the books. :)

Crystal - Thank you again for a wonderful launch day for the tour. The love letters were such a great idea and obviously popular with readers. It's been a WONDERFUL time.
Thank you!

Thanks so much to everyone who looked in. :)

cheryl c said...

I confess that I have a weakness for Highlander stories. Sue-Ellen and Margaret, I have read and enjoyed your books!

These letters are a fun way to peek into the hearts and minds of these heroines. Thanks for sharing.

Leah Weller (leahluvsmedieval) said...

Sue-Ellen, you know my heart and how I feel about your books. :) Sending you (((HUGS))).

Margaret, I have found a new favorite author in you with The Chieftain. There are only a handful who can pick me right up and plop me right down in medieval Scotland where my soul aches to be. I thank you for that.

Margaret Mallory said...

Thanks for the great feature--even if writing that latter made me cry. Cheryl, I obviously have a series weakness for Highlanders too! Leah, thanks for the lovely comment. :)


Deb PelletierC said...

I want both books , how can you pick just one . Love highlanders.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Cheryl C - Thank you for looking in. I'm so glad you enjoyed the love letters. Very clever idea by Crystal. :)
And thank you for your good words about our books.

Leah - Thanks so much for stopping by here. I knew you'd love the letters. :) You will love all of Margaret's titles. :)
(((HUGS))) and love!

Renald - Thanks for the late night smiles. I love Highlanders, too. :)

Cathy P said...

I really enjoyed the letters. I love your books, Sue-Ellen and Margaret.

Carol L. said...

Oh I loved the letters. So deeply emotional in their complete honesty. I really cannot wait to take the journey with the characters in both of these stories. Thank you. I'm loving this tour. :)

Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Margaret Mallory said...

Thanks for the compliments on our love letters. It's wonderful to hear from so many readers who love Scottish historicals--particularly ours! ;) I've been a big fan of Sue-Ellen's for a long time.


Crystal @ RBtWBC said...

Thank you so much for participating in our event Sue-Ellen and Margaret! I'm glad that you ladies had fun with it, even if it did make you cry Margaret. ;)

Maris said...

Any plans or thoughts on a new or upcoming series? Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the post and both the letters were fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading both of these wonderful books.

Margaret Mallory said...

I'm working on a new Scottish Historical series, THE DOUGLAS LEGACY, which will also be set in the 16 century, but a few years later than THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS. It will months before the first book is out. For news about it, you can sign up for my newsletter (from my website) or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for asking, Maris!


Di said...

I love stories about Highlanders and to have Margaret & Sue-Ellen on tour together is a real treat.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

swoon worthy letters <3 love highlander books! Thank you so much for sharing.

jmcgaugh said...

Great letters; I look forward to reading both books.

Karen C said...

Both of these letters are just wonderful! I can't wait to immerse myself in the books. Love this stop on the tour.

pc said...

Loved both of these letters...thank you! They gave a great insight into the characters and I'd love to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
ivegotmail8889 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Kamla L. said...

I love historical romances and Scotland seems to breed some of the most swoon worthy stories. It most be something in the air or soil:). Both these stories sound absolutely divine. I've had the Return of The Return of the Highlanders on on my wish list for a while now but Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a 'new-to'me' author. Thanks or sharing those wonderful letters.