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Great Scots Blog Tour Schedule is Posted!

Just sending in wee Silly Belly with a special announcement..

A - Deadline Dragon - Silly Belly

My joint blog tour schedule with Paula Quinn is now available at my book-info only site.

If you’d like to follow us around the blog stops, you can see the dates and places by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Book & Blog Tour News!

Just FYI…

My publisher is sending me on tour soon!  I’ll be joining the delightful, mega-talented Paula Quinn on our joint “Great Scots Blog Tour!’

TLAH Blog Banner - The-Great-Scots-Blog-Tour

The entire tour schedule will be posted on my book-news only site on Monday!

Paula and I have a great group of hosts for the tour and we have lots of fun planned for you.

I hope you’ll join us!

Other news…

RT gave me a super-fantastic review for my Apr. 29th release, TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1.

Here’s a snippet..

RT 4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!

TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER

With the Scandalous Scots series, Welfonder demonstrates why she’s one of the finest writers of Scottish romance. This deeply emotional novel and its memorable characters are steeped in the legend and lore of the Highlands. Welfonder crafts another sensual, touching unforgettable tale with a bit of ghostly magic. laughter, and love.  HOT

~ Kathe Robin, RT Bookreviews

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Other early reviews have been equally sweet, so I am very, very grateful.  Watch my book-news only site beginning April 1st to see what others are saying about TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER!

Scandalous Scots are coming your way soon!  Are you ready?

FINAL - To Love A Highlander

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Sending All My Love To Aberdeen…

There are times when my heart just aches to be where it should be, and this is one of them.   Of all Scottish cities, Aberdeen is dearest to me, and I really should be winging my way there now.

As I am not (sadly), I’m listening to this tune tonight..

These lines, especially, speak to my soul..

“God speed the day when I’m on my way
To my home in Aberdeen…”

and

“The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen are what I long to see…”

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Here are the full lyrics, if you’d like to join me in my current aching-for-Scotland mood..

Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen

  1. When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad My mother said to me Come see the Northern Lights my boy They’ re bright as they can be She called them the heavenly dancers Merry dancers in the sky I’ll never forget, that wonderful sight They made the heavens bright
    The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Mean home sweet home to me The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Are what I long to see I’ve been a wanderer all of my life Any many a sight I’ve seen God speed the day when l’ m on my way To my home in Aberdeen
  2. I’ve wandered in many far-off lands And travelled many a mile I’ve missed the folk I cherished most The joy of a friendly smile It warms up the heart of a wand’rer The clasp of a welcoming hand To greet me when, I return Home to my native land
  3. Chorus

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Here’s wishing you happiness, light, and love.  May those you cherish be near and if you aren’t where you long to be, may you get there soon.  No one should be parted from that which they hold most dear.

Scotland Forever!

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ATTN: Romance Bloggers ~ Slots Open for the “Great Scot!” Blog Tour

Just a heads up, if anyone is interested…

My publisher is sending me on another blog tour soon.  This one is the “Great Scot!” Blog Tour and is a joint tour with fellow Scottish author, Paula Quinn.  Dates are March 25th ~ April 8th.

Slots are available if you’d like to host us.

Here is the Sign-Up Form.

FINAL - To Love A Highlander

**I have not yet seen the details. TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER releases nearly a full month after the tour, on April 29th, so I’m planning my own promotional events closer to the actual release date.  This is a publisher-driven tour and launches early.  I’ll share the stops when I receive them.  It should be a fun tour for readers. 

To pre-order TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, click here

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Winners for HIGHLAND COURAGE!

Woo-Hoo!  As promised, here are the winners of Ceci Giltenan’s wonderful new book, HIGHLAND COURAGE.

Announced in true Highland style, with pipes..

Kilts Pipes Scotland BandBest of all, Ceci and I are both giving away a copy, so two lucky readers can enjoy HIGHLAND COURAGE!

The Winners:

Diane Sallans

and

Bewitching Brews

Ladies, please email me with your email address and e-reader preference (Kindle, Nook) and Ceci and I will get HIGHLAND COURAGE to you!

Thank you, everyone, for looking in to celebrate Ceci’s launch yesterday.  It was a grand time, and you made it fun with your presence, smiles, well-wishes, and cheers!

Go HIGHLAND COURAGE!

**If you didn’t win, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Ceci’s book.  It is really, really good and I know you’ll love it as much as I did.  Because it is so important, please help spread word about Ceci and her new title. If you read HIGHLAND COURAGE, please write a review.  Buying the books, word of mouth, and review-writing, make a huge impact for authors, so thanks!

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In the Tea Room Today ~ Ceci Giltenan Celebrating the Release of HIGHLAND COURAGE! (Giveaway!)

Ceci Giltenan’s much-anticipated second novel, HIGHLAND COURAGE, releases today and it’s a tremendous honor to be launching the book in the Tartan Ink tea room!

She has another stunning cover, too!  Isn’t it beautiful?

Highland Courage - Ceci Launch II

Here’s the blurb:

HIGHLAND COURAGE

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows.

Plain in comparison to her siblings and extremely reserved, Mairead has been called “MacKenzie’s Mouse” since she was a child. No one knows the reason for her timidity and she would just as soon keep it that way. When her parents arrange a betrothal to Laird Tadhg Matheson she is horrified. She only sees one way to prevent an old secret from becoming a new scandal.

Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies. While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway.

Secrets always have a way of revealing themselves. With Tadhg’s unconditional love, can Mairead find the strength and courage she needs to handle the consequences when they do?

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading the book and can promise you it’s another wonderful story.  Ceci outdid herself and has written a tale even more compelling than her debut hit, HIGHLAND SOLUTION. (and that one was pretty hard to beat!) 

So readers are in for a real Highland treat when they slip into the pages of HIGHLAND COURAGE.

Ceci celebrated her HIGHLAND SOLUTION Release Day in the tea room, so it’s a real thrill and honor to have her here again to mark the big day for HIGHLAND COURAGE.

To set the mood for this great story, please enjoy the beautiful trailer..

Isn’t that a gorgeous video?

Bet you’re now ready for HIGHLAND COURAGE?  I hope so (Buy Links at the bottom of the post), but first, to make the Launch Party even more fun, I’ve asked Ceci some questions..

1)  Highland Courage follows your smash-hit debut, Highland Solution.  Was it easier or more difficult to write a second book?

Ceci:  Great question! The answer is yes.

Certain aspects were easier and others were harder. I had “imagined” different plots and stories for years. Highland Solution was one of those so when I finally decided to write, it simply spilled out onto the page over a few weeks. As you can imagine, the editing process was a bear. On the other hand, Highland Courage took longer. It wasn’t one of the other books in my head. It grew out of Highland Solution when I created the character of Tadhg Matheson so it took a bit longer to build. However, after going through the editing process once, I knew what to avoid as I went along. The editing process for Highland Courage was fast, and nearly painless.

2)  What do you know now that you didn’t when Highland Solution released?

Ceci:  That list could go on and on so I’ll just hit the highlights. I know you now. That single fact has been one of the greatest blessings of my life! I also have had the pleasure of meeting a number of other wonderful supportive authors who have made this maiden voyage into publishing a great journey.

Before, I knew that my publisher expected authors to promote themselves and their books. I really had no idea how to do that so the last six months has been an education in that regard. I certainly am not an expert, but I am no longer the village idiot either.

Finally, while I wanted people to read and enjoy my book, I never really thought about what that meant. It has been incredibly uplifting and absolutely humbling to meet and hear from people who loved Highland Solution. I hesitate to call them “fans” because I feel a bit egotistical doing so. However, the feedback from these readers, many of whom I have since met on social media platforms, has been sustaining.

**SE notes:  Ceci, I must say the same to you.  I’m so delighted we’re friends and now can’t imagine not having you in my world.  I am so looking forward to our Girls Night Out adventure in April!  Everyone, Ceci, myself, and our friend & fellow Scottish author, Kate Robbins, will be meeting up on a tropical island near Ceci & I (Kate will be here on holiday).  We’re going to enjoy a super-fun time! Yes, we will share pictures!!  (we know readers love seeing authors out and about together, not to mention current pix.) SE

3)   Readers are always interested: how to you juggle it all?

Ceci:  Sometimes I wonder myself. I do work a lot of hours, often late into the night, but I am self-employed and can work whenever I choose to. If I have a novel insight in the middle of the day, I can set other work aside to write for a while and vice versa. Frankly, I do little else. My kids are at college, my husband is on autopilot. I cook meals, I dust and vacuum occasionally, I work and I write. That said, I love my life!

4)   Your husband is Irish and we both know that Ireland is just as beautiful, as steeped in myth and legend, and home to really delicious lilts, not to mention great pubs and storytellers.  Why do you think we rarely see “Irish romances?”

Ceci:  I have often wondered that same thing and I’m not sure I know the answer. I think the reason is two-fold. First I think the history of Scotland is so closely linked to the history of England that more people in English speaking countries are familiar with it—it is part of their history. Basically, I think the average person who reads has a rough idea of Scottish history, even if it is littered with a few misconceptions. However, fewer people are familiar with ancient or medieval Irish history.

I think the second reason has to do with a period of painful history in Ireland. Just as there are few romances set during the time of the Highland Clearances, from the time of Cromwell through to the twentieth century, Irish history is often tragic. The native Irish, who were Catholic, were bitterly oppressed during that time. There exists no such person as an Irish Catholic, was a matter of law. It is difficult to write the fairytale romance when the lord of the castle, and all of the people in power were the oppressors.

That said, I am researching medieval Irish history and have a few novels planned.

5)   What’s next?

Ceci:  I mentioned how very fortunate I feel to have heard from fans of Highland Solution and one message that I heard clearly was that they want to hear more about Fingal. Although I have several other books, much closer to completion, I am focusing my effort now on his story, Highland Intrigue, because so many readers have asked for it. I am hoping to complete it for a Fall release, but I am not promising anything at the moment. Let me just say, Fingal has his hands full.

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Super answers, Ceci!  I know readers will enjoy your responses.  Love the hubby on ‘autopilot!’

Of course, every Launch Party needs a Giveaway, so I’m celebrating by offering a digital copy of HIGHLAND COURAGE to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment to be entered.

Here is Ceci’s bio so you can get to know her better. (if you do not already ~ she is a rising star in the Scottish romance scene!)

Meet Ceci Giltenan

Ceci Giltenan Bio PixFrank, the creator of Ceci’s sixth grade class prophecy, decided that she was going to be an author. “But I want to be a nurse!” she said, in her typically bossy style.

“You can’t be a nurse because Jennifer is going to be a nurse and she asked first. Be a writer, you’re good at that.”

As it turns out, she became both. She started her career as an oncology nurse at a world-renowned research hospital, and eventually utilized her writing skills to become a successful medical writer.

At a friend’s wedding in 1989 she met her soul mate, a young Irish carpenter who just happened to be the brother of the groom. He returned to the United States a year later and they were married in 1991.

Although not raised in  New Jersey, when she heard that “Jersey girls don’t pump gas,” Ceci decided that she wanted to be a “Jersey Girl” so they relocated there. The move might have also had something to do with the pharmaceutical industry but those details are a bit fuzzy now. Now sunny southwest Florida is calling and she and her husband are moving to North Fort Myers.

With their youngest off to college, Ceci is breaking away from “primary efficacy endpoints” and writing a few “happily ever after’s.”

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Here are the promised Buy Links for HIGHLAND COURAGE:

Amazon Kindle

BN Nook

KOBO

To learn more and Ceci and stay updated on her news (or follow her great blog), click here.

You can also find Ceci here on FB.

Or look for her here on Twitter.

Ceci, thank you so much for the honor of hosting your Launch Day for HIGHLAND COURAGE!  The book is fantastic and readers are going to love every word, guaranteed!

Have fun in here, everyone! Please give Ceci a warm and hearty Tartan Ink welcome and a grand send-off for her book!

Go HIGHLAND COURAGE

**Please note that I am currently not online (or only rarely, and with difficulty), so if I do not personally make an appearance, I am here in heart and spirit!

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Special Notice ~ Today is Ceci Giltenan’s HIGHLAND COURAGE Release Party! (Super GIVEAWAY!)

Big news, Everyone!  Devorgilla’s wee friend, Silly Belly, is dropping in to let you know Ceci Giltenan is celebrating the March 3rd release of HIGHLAND COURAGE today!

There’s a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, plus LOTS of book prizes!  The fun begins at 5 p.m. EST and Ceci has arranged a great line-up of authors to show you a grand time!

Join the Party here.

A - Deadline Dragon - Silly Belly

Devorgilla and Silly Belly are hoping you’ll be there!  I’ll look in from 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.  And I just might be giving away a copy of my Apr. 29th release, TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1!

So, come on, join the fun, and help me celebrate my good friend’s great new book!

See you there!

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Special Announcement ~ About My Friend, Ceci Giltenan!

Here’s something really fun to announce…

Trumpet Call Banner

Ceci Giltenan has posted a new trailer for her March 3rd release, Highland Courage.  I just watched it and was entranced.  It is beautful, dreamy, and I really love the birds! 

(you’ll understand about the birds after you see it)

Go take a peek here.

I promise you’ll love it as much as I do.  And if you haven’t yet seen the book’s wowser cover, you’re in for a double treat.

Enjoy!

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Nothing New Under The Sun (aka Sex Sells)

Adages like ‘some things never change’ and ‘history repeats itself’ really are true.  Recently, I happened across interesting tidbits about writing and reading in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

With a nod to how greatly the romance industry has changed in the last year or so, I’m sharing these factoids.

A - Writing Writers Of Old

But first…

Take a look at today’s bestseller lists or the FB page of any NY publisher.  The titles burning up the charts are largely books that are ‘takes’ on a certain erotic novel that hit the scene a few years ago.

Since then, erotica with billionaires has soared.

We all know that.  What made my eyes pop the other night were references to medieval porn and how it shot to fame, making its writers as rich and famous as the author of the above-mentioned erotica title.

Here’s what I found..

** A few select writers/artists thrived while the majority starved in their garrets.

**  The best-doing writers/artists produced works of erotica that included ‘salacious illustrations.’  (these were the top-bestsellers of the day)

**  Such erotica was available everywhere: at fairs, at vendor stalls in towns and cities, by street hawkers, and even strolling musicians.

**  The supposed Father of Erotica was Pietro Aretino whose Sonetti Lussuriosi (Lewd Sonnets) sold like wildfire all over Europe.  This man was the ‘It Author’ of the times, much like the author who penned the now-worldwide famous book noted above.

A - Medieval Tome

**  Equally interesting is that books with ‘strong language’ were also hugely popular.  Just as many books in certain genres today make liberal use of the F-word and other such words and terms, the inclusion of these words in medieval and Renaissance tomes struck a chord with readers, shooting the books to fame and glory.

**  One such writer of the times who employed generous use of ‘strong language and bawdy terms’ was a priest, François Rabelais.  His epic, titled Gargantua, even shocked the above-mentioned erotic writer, Pietro Aretino.  And perhaps to Aretino’s further annoyance, Rabelais’s Gargantua also outsold Aretino’s Sonetti Lussuriosi (Lewd Sonnets).

**There are more examples, but these suffice.

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So you see, what’s new is old, and what’s old is new again.

My personal prediction is that within a very short time, historicals as we know and love them, will steadily vanish from the scene, excepting those NY author’s with huge numbers and strong publisher support.  On a positive note, historical authors with popular small press publishers should do well as these publishers seem to really appreciate and support historical romance, especially Scottish medievals.

Indie publishing of Scottish romance is exploding and I suspect this will continue.  Especially as NY leans more and more towards billionaire erotica and the other new genres emerging these days.

So the books will be there, just coming at you in different ways.

Times have changed.

Or maybe, given the above historical factoids, perhaps not at all.

So I’m asking you to please support Scottish romance.  Even a year ago, I wouldn’t have made such a plea.  But I love the genre dearly and want it to flourish.  Not just for myself, and my books, but for everyone who loves the genre, authors and readers.

Just as clans rallied in times of old, please rally for Scottish romance.

Let your voices (and reading preference) be heard.  Beat the drum, buy the books, write reviews, spread word, and support the authors of the genre you love.

Every reader voice matters.

Thanks so much.  Here’s to Highland Romance!

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For Love of Scotland

If you’re still up, and yearning to be here tonight..

Hogmanay Edinburgh Castle Scotland

Then pour a fine dram, lift your glass, take a sip, and listen to the master sing for us..

Just be warned…

Have tissues ready.

Night, all!  Again…

Happy New Year!

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