UPDATE: I’ve chosen a name. Find out which one stood out here.
As most of you already know, I’m writing a Scottish historical series, Highland Chiefs, and am getting ready to publish my second in the series, Promised to the Highlander. I’m half way through the first draft of the third in the series, Enemy of the Highlander, and need to park it for a bit to percolate.
Anyway, last weekend, while tucking in to read a RITA selection, another story bonked me over the head and at about 11:00pm last Saturday evening, I grabbed my laptop and started writing a contemporary Scottish romance with a hint of paranormal. The working title of this novel is The Lady’s Portrait.
Here’s the short synopsis:
Gillian Beaton books a last minute flight to Scotland to escape the torment of a very persistent ex boyfriend. Once there, she embarks on a journey of rediscovrey and intrigue when she learns she is tied to a 500 year old curse.
When Gillian meets the captivating XXX MacLeod, she’s immediately attracted, but is she ready to trust again? Have her demons followed her to Scotland? The two set out to discover why she is connected to the curse and in the process, ignite a passion constantly challenged by their pasts. Can new love grow out of old heartbreak?
So here’s my dilemma. When I started writing the story, the name Duncan MacLeod popped into my head. Obviously fans of the TV show Highlander will recall that name as the character played by Adrian Paul, though that’s totally not where my head was when I selected that name. But if that name forever shall be associated with that character I’d rather pick another given name.
MacLeod is definitely his last name, that’s not an issue. The entire story centres around that clan so I’m good with MacLeod. What I’d like some help with is his given name. It’s a current story, but he is laird of a clan on the Isle of Skye. I picture Henry Cavill in my head when writing about him so that should give you a happy visual.
I’m looking for a strong name and preferably not one I’ve used in my Highland Chiefs series. So for your help, I’ll give away a $20 Amazon gift card for the person who gives me the name I end up choosing. Plus, you will get special mention in the acknowledgements when the book is published. Wanna have some naming fun?
I should add that the three heroes in my Highland Chiefs series are James, Fergus, and Ronan. I probably wouldn’t use them again. But never say never. 🙂