We've traveled the wilds of the Highlands, the mysteries of ancient Greece, young America and stringent England. And now we return to beautiful Scotland today to wrap up our Historical Romance Week. We hope that you have enjoyed the event and have found some new historical romances to read and authors to stalk! ;-)
Researching Historical Romance on Site
Thanks for inviting me to visit with you today! One of the great joys for me as a historical romance author is visiting the settings in Scotland that I write about and exploring them. I want to see, feel, and hear the small details so I can put them into my story and bring the setting to life. I like to smell the air and absorb the mood and atmosphere of a place. I even enjoy experiencing the weather in Scotland, which can be extreme, harsh, and cold at times.
Durness and Balnakeil Bay, in the far north of Scotland, is generally a very cold, windy place. Since my newest release, My Notorious Highlander, is set there in June and July, I wondered if it would be warm enough for an average person (not a Polar Bear Club member) to swim in the North Sea. I learned that yes, indeed, it is warm enough for Scots to swim in the surf in summer. Of course, it was still too cold for me to swim, because I'm a wimp when it comes to cold water. :) The air temperature was probably around sixty-five or seventy degrees, but likely the water was much colder. We ran into a woman one time in Scotland, a native, who had a habit of swimming every day in the ocean, at least in September and warmer months. She said September was when the water is the warmest. I'll take her word for it. :)
Now, you may wonder why I needed to know about swimming in the ocean. There is a scene in My Notorious Highlander in which the heroine slips off to take a private dip in the sea at a small beautiful beach called Sango Bay. What does the hero do? He follows her, of course. :) I hope you enjoy this fun excerpt!
My Notorious Highlander
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Chief Torrin MacLeod vows to possess and wed the spirited lady who stole his heart the previous winter. But Lady Jessie MacKay wants naught to do with the dangerous warrior, no matter how devilishly handsome and charming he is. When Torrin arrives unexpectedly at Jessie's home, along with Gregor MacBain, a man Jessie was formerly handfasted to, she is thrown off-kilter. She never wanted to see either man again, but now they are vying for her hand. Torrin promises to protect her from the devious MacBain, but how can she trust Torrin when she has witnessed how lethal he is?
The more time Torrin spends with the strong and independent Jessie, the more determined he is to win her heart. Once she allows him a kiss, he feels her passion flame as hot as his own. After she knows Torrin better, Jessie finds herself falling for the fearsome Highlander. But the odds are stacked against them. The sinister MacBain is bent on kidnapping Jessie, making her his bride and killing Torrin, while Jessie's conniving younger brother, Haldane, is determined to use Jessie to take over the castle in his older brother's absence. Jessie fears she can never be with the man she loves, while Torrin will do everything in his power to ensure they are together forever. In his heart, she is the only lady for him.
Vonda Sinclair’s favorite indulgent pastime is exploring Scotland, from Edinburgh to the untamed and windblown north coast. She also enjoys creating hot Highland heroes and spirited lasses to drive them mad. Her historical romances have won an EPIC Award and a National Readers' Choice Award. She lives with her amazing and supportive husband in the mountains of North Carolina where she is no doubt creating another Scottish story.
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