Just FYI…

Sending in the lads with some quickie info points for those interested in my book news…

Kilts Pipes Scotland Band

1)  The sidebar on this blog is not current.  There should be an “Available Now!” button above my Allie Mackay title, HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS, and a “Coming Soon! button displaying the cover of my upcoming release, TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1.

I have tried repeatedly to update the sidebar, but being allergic to all things techy, my efforts have been in vain.

2)  The same problem is on my book-info only site, Tartan Ink After Hours.  On that site, my Christmas novella shows under “Coming Soon!” and, of course, ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS released in early Dec.  The novella should now appear under “Available Now!,” along with my Allie Mackay title, HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS.  And, again, TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1, should be showing under the “Coming Soon! button.

3)  My main (Welfonder) website is stagnant and will be no longer be updated.  I will be hiring someone to do a totally new revamped site later this spring.  Until then, please watch my book-info only site, Tartan Ink After Hours, for updated book info.

4)  My next book is TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1, releasing on April 29th.  The book is now available for pre-order:

Pre-order at amazon.

Pre-order at BN.

Here’s the blurb for TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER

A TEMPTING PROPOSITION

As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer . . .

AN UNQUENCHABLE DESIRE

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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FINAL - To Love A Highlander

5)  I have not yet seen any reviews for TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, but will be posting them on Tartan Ink After Hours as I receive them.

6)  If you were hoping for an ARC, I must apologize. My publisher sent me less than a handful, so I am unable to do an ARC Giveaway.  I will do a Giveaway with my author copy editions as soon as I receive them.

7)  I will begin promoting the new book in late March.

8)  About the same time as TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER’s release, I’ll be re-releasing another revamped Allie Mackay title.  I’ll let you know when to start watching my Allie Mackay site for that news.

9)  Should anyone be curious, the title TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER was chosen by my publisher, as was the series’ title, Scandalous Scots.  (My own working title for the book and my title choice for the series, were different.) 

10)  The only real reason to visit my old main site these days would be to nab bargain prices for HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS and my e-novella 2-1 boxed set of FALLING IN TIME (Scottish time travel) and THE SEVENTH SISTER (a magickal Irish tale.)

To find the bargains, click here for HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS.

And click here for my e-novella bargains.

That’s all for now!

Have a good weekend, read great books, and love Scotland!

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Historical Fun Fact ~ Vikings Were Lovers, Too!

Before Valentine’s Day slips from our minds, here’s something that proves our hard men of the North were rogues, indeed!

In recent years, a strange runic code has been stumping historians.  The 900-year-old message has been etched in many places, but no one could decipher its meaning.

Here it is carved on a piece of ancient wood..

Viking - Kiss Me Runic MessageProperly known as the Jotunvillar (there should be an accent mark above the ‘o’), this Viking runic code dates back to the 11th or 12th century and its mysterious message has finally been cracked by a determined runologist at the University of Oslo.

The coded message reads: Kiss me!

Apparently our Vikings were lusty men, as we all know from Ragnar of History Channel’s Vikings!

Now we have proof.  

Coded messages were popular with Vikings. Sometimes they added words encouraging the reader to ‘crack the hiding meaning’ and/or bragged about their skill at crafting secret codes.

So they weren’t just lusty, but also had a sense of humor.

I wonder if Ragnar ever carved “Kiss me!” in secret code? If so, a stampede likely ensued!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! (and More GIVEAWAY News!)

Wishing Everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Here’s hoping your most romantic dreams come true! Hopefully they will be filled with hunky Highlanders, misty hills, castles, heathery moors, lots o’ tartan, and Highland magick!

A - Valentine Chocolates

Here’s wishing you good luck, too, because two really GREAT GIVEAWAYS are winding up today!!!

Here are the deets..

Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt and Valentine’s Bash

This is the Super Mega Multi-Author Giveaway hosted by Coffee Time Romance for a Scottish Affair Bash.  Be sure to try your luck in the Scavenger Hunt. For details click here.  To see all the bazillion prizes again, click here.

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Heroic Valentine’s Giveaway on Facebook

This one has lots of prizes, too.  Over 40!  Entering is super-easy, just visit the page and share your top favorite romance!  For deets, click here.       

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Super Giveaway Alert ~ A Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt!

Just giving everyone a heads up as a Super Giveaway launches tomorrow (and I’m participating)..

Here’s what you need to know:

Win big with “A Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt!  February 9-Feb 14. Visit Coffee Time Romance blog for details.

A Scottish Affair Scavenger Hunt 2014
As you’ll see, the Grand Prize winner will be winning a TON of books.  All great Scottish romances.  Good luck to everyone who enters!

Here again is the link!

And here are the participating authors’ websites to find the scavenger hunt clues..

Sue-Ellen Welfonder http://tartaninkafterhours.wordpress.com/

Suzan Tisdale www.suzantisdale.com

Terri Brisbin  http://terribrisbin.com/news/  

Lily Baldwin http://www.lilybaldwinauthor.com/

Kathryn Lynn Davis http://www.kathrynlynndavis.com

Eliza Knight www.historyundressed.com

Vonda Sinclair www.vondasinclair.com

Glynnis Campbell http://www.glynnis.net

Willa Blair www.willablair.com

Victoria Roberts www.victoriarobertsauthor.com

BJ Scott http://authorbjscott.wordpress.com/

Ceci Giltenan: www.cecigiltenan.com

Tarah Scott: http://tarahscott.tarahscott.com/

One Grand Prize Winner

One digital copy Passion’s Exile by Glynnis Campbell

One hardcover of Too Deep for Tears by Kathryn Lynn Davis

One signed copy of X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts and one t-shirt

One digital copy of To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts

One digital copy of To Bewitch a Highlander by Lily Baldwin

One Kindle copy of Highlander Thunder by Lily Baldwin

One digital copy of Highland Healer by Willa Blair

One digital copy of Highland Seer by Willa Blair

One ARC of the upcoming novella The Healer’s Gift by Willa Blair

One digital copy of Lord Keeper by Tarah Scott

One signed copy of My Highland Love by Tarah Scott

One digital copy of My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

One digital copy of My Wild Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

One digital copy of The Highlander’s Reward by Eliza Knight

One digital copy of The Highlander’s Conquest by Eliza Knight

One digital copy of The Highlander’s Lad by Eliza Knight

One digital copy of Highland Legacy by BJ Scott and a bracelet.

One digital copy of Rowan’s Lady by Suzan Tisdale

One digital copy of McKenna’s Honor by Suzan Tisdale

One digital copy of Findley’s Lass by Suzan Tisdale

One digital copy of Wee William’s Woman by Suzan Tisdale

One digital copy of Laiden’s Daughter by Suzan Tisdale

One digital copy of Taming the Highlander by Terri Brisbin

One copy – digital or print – of A Love Through Time by Terri Brisbin

One digital copy of A Knight of Passion by Tarah Scott

One digital copy of My Highland Lord by Tarah Scott

One digital copy of Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan

One digital copy of Highland Courage by Ceci Giltenan (Upon release March 3)

One digital copy of Highlander in Her Dreams by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

One First Prize Winner

Choice of any FIVE of the grand prize choices

One Second Prize Winner

Choice of any FOUR of the grand prize choices

One Third Prize Winner

Choice of any THREE of the grand prize choices

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Do You Know What Time It Is?

Most of you will have already felt the excitement in the air.  After all, we’ve waited a year for ‘now’ to roll around again.  If you can’t guess what I mean, here’s a clue:

Vikings - Feb. 27thMy dear friend, Leah Weller, drew my attention to this last night and when I saw the picture, I could only think…

Mercy!!

It will be very, very hard to wait for the Feb. 27th airing of Vikings season two!  Indeed, I do not know how I shall bear it.  And I’m betting many of you feel the same.

For now, we can console ourselves by watching the lead-in news bits and videos on the official Vikings page.

To watch last season’s full episodes and see Ragnar and many others (incl. his new lover, Aslaug) speak about their characters and the exciting new season, just click here.

Hail Ragnar!

(I may have to send Devorgilla after Aslaug…) 

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Heads Up ~ I’m Guest Blogging Today!

Devorgilla is sending in her favorite dragonette to let you know that I am guesting at Ceci Giltenan’s blog today!

To visit me, click here.

A - Deadline Dragon - Silly Belly

Ceci invited me to participate in her Month of Courage, a series of blogs by Ceci and others, all about the many faces of courage.  I’m sharing a glimpse at a time when courage was needed in my own world.

I hope you’ll join me!

These courage posts lead up to the March 3rd release of Ceci’s much-anticipated new book, Highland Courage.  I’m reading it now and it’s fabulous!  I am sure you’ll love it, too.

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Happy February!

Kathy here…

Hello Tarts!

This morning my mother-in- law asked me what day it was.  This is not unusual as she is ninety-four and a half.  I told her it is  Sunday, February 2.  It is Candlemas, Inbolc, Ground Hog Day and Super Bowl Sunday, a very busy day.

Last year Sue-Ellen wrote a beautiful piece on Imbolc.  Please click here and enjoy this wonderful piece.  It is such an informative piece, that is worth reading again and again.

I have some new resources.  One of the books suggest planting a circle garden.  It suggests using local plants and herbs.  I have not had any luck growing herbs but would love to.  This is something I will be looking further into.  As for planting today, that will not be happening.  We are to get a storm overnight and another on Wednesday.  But I can plan that garden and plant it in my head.

The planting of seeds can be real seeds or seeds of purpose.  These are the seeds of what you want to accomplish in this new year.  My new book suggest you look at the seeds you planted last year and how you tended them.  It wants you look at what you reaped from your intent.  The author believes this can help you with your plans for this year.

No matter what path you follow most everyone is starting to think about that new grill, that vacation or just opening the windows and letting the sweet breezes of Spring blow through your house.  And who among us is not wandering through the patio and garden section of our local store noting the seeds packets are now beginning to come out and the very first of the outdoor living items are there to be admired.  Yes, I even sold at least two swimsuits this week.

So whether you are using the day to have a bag of chips and dip in the house to enjoy the creative commercials or to celebrate the wisdom of the Ground Hog I hope it is a fun day.  If you are following the festivals of the Church or following the paths of the Old Ones enjoy a day of reflection and renewal as well as a day of looking forward.

Also we can celebrate that it is now February, fun month.

Blessed Be!

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