So here’s how this works, hop around from blog to blog and see what folks have to offer. I’m giving away an e-copy of my debut Scottish historical novel, Bound to the Highlander (BTTH), for one lucky commenter on my blog (keep reading to find out what you have to do). Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter below for more awesome prizes and see the full list of blogs on this hop at the bottom of this post.
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff.
In 2011 my friend and I visited Scotland for the first time. I was face and eyes into research and edits for Bound to the Highlander and so wanted to visit as many places described in my book as I could. That visit left an incredible impression on me that’s difficult to express in words. The story had already been written. In my imaginings, I’d already been there–developed characters among the crags and lochs. I’d visited so many times between Google Earth and the internet, I wondered what was left to discover.
Nothing could have prepared me for the experience. Every sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch blew my socks off. The highlight was standing in the red chamber at Eilean Donan Castle. That particular castle is the inspiration for Chattan Castle in BTTH. I’d viewed that particular chamber many times on the virtual tour on the Eilean Donan website, and had used it to describe the one belonging to Lady Aileana.The day we visited and I stood in the centre of that room and looked around, I experienced something I had never felt before and cannot describe. In my dreams I’d been there. I’d placed a character there. But now I was there. No words.
If you live in Scotland I envy you. If you visit regularly, I feel your excitement each time you see the heather splashed across the mountains. If you’ve never been, I encourage you.
‘Tis the land of mists and mountains–of lochs and legends.
So here’s the even gooder stuff. You can win an e-copy of my debut novel, Bound to the Highlander, if you tell me what you love about Scotland (please leave your email address in the comments with your reply). It doesn’t matter if you’ve been or not, just tell me one pleasant thing that pops into your mind when you think of bonnie Scotland.
AND there’s so much more you can win! The rafflecopter is below and I am sure plenty others on this blog hop are giving away individual prizes so be sure to visit as many blogs as you can.
Is it any wonder that wonderful bard was so inspired? Happy Robbie Burns Day!!! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
The final grand prize is $100 of Gift Cards – 1 x $50 and 5 x $10. Awesome!!