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Burns’ Night Blog Hop!

Posted by on 25 January, 2014

Burns' Night Blog Hop

Burns’ Night Blog Hop

Welcome to the Burns’ Night Blog Hop! Hope you’re having fun! I have a full day today and then off to a dinner this evening where I’ll enjoy a lovely wee dram and haggis from the lady who makes some of the best I’ve ever had.

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.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

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!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains 9. Inner Goddess 17. Nina Mason
2. Samantha Holt 10. Hunter S. Jones 18. Kate Robbins
3. A Dirty Book Affair 11. Christina Phillips 19. Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4. Anne Conley 12. Andrea Bellmont 20. Sarah Bella
5. Em Taylor 13. Isobelle Cate 21. Joanne Wadsworth
6. Kirsten S. Blacketer 14. Storm Chase 22. Anne Stenhouse
7. Willa Blair 15. Ceci Giltenan 23. BJ Scott
8. Nicole Hurley- Moore 16. Tarah Scott

35 Responses to Burns’ Night Blog Hop!

  1. Jennifer Young

    What do I love about Scotland? It’s on my doorstep! But don’t envy us the weather – today is what we call ‘dreich’ – cold, wet and grey.

  2. Nicole Laverdure

    Last June, I had the amazing chance to visit Beautiful Scotland and what amazed me was the breathtaking landscape, mountains and mountains without trees, we could see forever! And the Scottish people are so charming, always ready to help tourists! I love Scotland!

  3. rosgemmell

    What a lovely post, Kate – although I’ve always lived here in Scotland, I still haven’t been to that gorgeous castle yet! As Jennifer said, we have the awful dreich weather – but I do like the mist coming down over the hills and our river here in the west!

  4. Troy Lambert

    This gave me chills. I have had the experience with other places, and Scotland and Ireland are on my list of must visits.

  5. Samantha Holt

    Thanks for taking part in the hop, Kate! The mountains of Scotland never fail to thrill me.

  6. Donna Newman

    What love about scotland, the lovely scenery , their accents ( I am a sucker for accents), the castles. basically everything.


  7. jdh2690

    I love all things from the British Isles, but Scotland, for some reason, “calls to me.” Perhaps it’s because my paternal ancestors come from Isle of Skye, or perhaps it is the toughness of the Scots, or because of Burns’ writing, or even because of the kilts the hunky heroes wear! But I devour Scottish stories–that I know definitely. Thanks for the post and the tour!

  8. Ronda Tutt

    I don’t think there is anything I don’t like about Scottland. I mean who can beat honorable men, hard workers, real survivalist, beautiful scenerys, clans protecting their loveones, passionate in everything they do, Kilts worn for easy access, myths and folk lore, and the amazing castles and Keeps built to last forever. But the best thing I love is their accent – one word and I’ve melted – LOL

  9. B.J. Scott

    Top of my bucket list to visit Scotland. Will have to settle for writing and dreaming about it for now

  10. Cathy

    I guess I love the thought of Scotland…the image of it that I have in my mind. I would love to visit.
    capefearlibn at gmail dot com

  11. twilightreader3

    Would love to visit Scotland sometime!! Thanks for ebook giveaway 🙂

  12. Jenna Da Sie

    Would love, love, love to visit Scotland! I think the scenery would be amazing, plus the accents…MMmm!

  13. Storm Chase

    The thing I love most about Scotland is the sense of humour – but I understand that’s not too accessible for outsiders 🙂 Love your castle pic!

    • katerobbins

      Hi Storm Chase! The humour is fantastic and very similar to ours here in Newfoundland. Thanks for commenting on the pic. I took that myself on my first trip to Scotland in 2011.

  14. Tammy Turner

    I love the scenery and definitely a hot highlander in a kilt.

  15. bn100

    like the food

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. Linda Abbott

    I did a your of Scotland many years ago. The castles, people, the highlands and the heather: everything was fantastic. I know I’ll go back one day.

  17. pearls

    There is something eerie and haunting that speaks to the romantic in me. Something so primitive that it strips you to the soul. And when there are two such souls, there is only honesty between them.

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