• Books,  Excerpt,  new work,  Scotland,  scottish romance,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch sequel,  writing

    Sneak Peek: Legend II

    A few months back I posted an excerpt from book 2 of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch here on the blog and since I’m still writing like mad (on another series first *gulp* SO SORRY, I CAN’T HELP MYSELF!) I thought it was worth repeating. Stay tuned for book 1 news on The Legend of Lady MacLaoch; I’m feeling a St. Patrick’s day giveaway coming on!! Enjoy! From The Legend of Lady MacLaoch book 2:Prologue  The Year of Our Lord 1210Outer Hebrides, Scotland The voices hushed as her shaky voice filled the hall. The old woman took the ceramic cup of leaves that the powerful Viking had just drunk from,…

  • giveaway,  Scotland

    Raffle for Gabaldon Ticket at Newmark Theater in Portland, Oregon

    The fabulous Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander. Why oh why would I raffle a Gabaldon ticket? Weeeeell, long story short I bought three tickets and one friend can’t make it. I know I’ll catch heat from someone in my crew that’s actually dying to go, but as of now I don’t know who that is, so let’s RAFFLE! :0) Keep in mind before you put your name into the hat that you will be sitting next to me and my other Gabaldon loving friend. We’re a wild pair. :0) Gabaldon speaks tomorrow night (a sold out show, btw) at 7:30p at the Newmark Theater downtown, winner will be given their…

  • Scotland,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch

    MacLaoch Goodness

    Welcome to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch post! Peruse the selection of topics below to learn a little more about the novel its characters, whisky and the beautiful Isle of Skye. I’ll be adding new material to this page regularly so be sure to check back often! Rowan MacLaoch. This post is appropriately named: Rowan the Cursed. In this post we dive a little deeper into this dark Scot’s past.   Nicole (Cole) Baker. In this post we brush on the Baker family, peaches and a steamy deleted scene. :0) Whisky & the Talisker 25 year. Scenic Tour of Skye.

  • maclaoch wednesday,  Scotland

    MacLaoch Wednesday: Kilts

    Kilts are the most notorious thing of Celtic culture, the butt but of Scottish jokes and make women weep with joy when a handsome kilted man meets a stiff breeze. Today I had high hopes of tackling the history of the kilt as well as the importance of clan tartans and when they really became a symbol of clan allegiance. But then I realized that a picture is worth a thousand words. So first some photos. Rugby players warming their hands. A modern day clan chief. Pure Scots. The luscious Gerard Butler catching a breeze. An interesting tidbit of information that I want to pass along regarding the tartan (clan…

  • Scotland,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch,  writing

    Poetry Monday

    Man of letters: Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns For those of you following along, do you like how Bad Poetry Monday is now just “Poetry” Monday?? :0) Reason being is that I can only post so much bad poetry before my eye twitches and it just did. SO! Today we have a lovely poet and one that is near to my heart because he is the beloved Scotsman Robbie Burns (or as they say in Scotland Rabbie). The following poem is from the most excellent book, The Best Laid Schemes, Selected Poetry & Prose of Robert Burns. Note, it is in Scots so it might be hard to read. But…

  • Portree,  Scotland,  Skye,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch

    MacLaoch Wednesday

    Image of Skye from Highland Explorer Tours Today’s post is for all the new readers of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. We went on tour last month to Portree, a small town on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Portree is the real life town that the fictional Scottish town, Glentree (from the book), is based upon. One thing I wanted to spend more time on during the slideshow was the Ben Tianavaig Bed & Breakfast. This great B&B on the cliffs of Portree is run by the very animated couple, Bill and Charlotte. Check out their website in the above link and find them on Facebook for great Skye…

  • Blog Tour,  book review,  Forged,  giveaway,  Scotland,  The Legend of Lady MacLaoch

    S C O T L A N D !!!!!!

    Today we pack our bags and hit the beautiful Isle of Skye off Scotland’s western shores for the ultimate trip into The Legend of Lady MacLaoch!!  The following tour will take you to a slideshow, click the forward arrow at the bottom to take it at your own pace. Note, I’d not recommend the “play” arrow unless you only have 10 seconds to watch the whole thing. :0) *warning* slideshow contains major spoilers! CLICK HERE TO START TOUR Raffle, raffle, raffle!!! Enter below or add points to your score – higher points have a better chance of winning. Just 1 day left! Go, go, goooooo!! a Rafflecopter giveaway<a href=”http://rafl.es/enable-js”>You need…

  • random,  Scotland

    Fun Facts: Jenny Geddes

    Thank you Wikipedia. Cruising the internet can unearth all sorts of fun facts – one that surfaced today was the history of a one, Jenny Geddes. For those of you stateside you’ll probably never have heard of Jenny Geddes, though if you have you know her to be an interesting blip on the historic radar. Let me take you back to the 1600’s and lets travel to Edinburgh Scotland and arrive at St. Giles Cathedral. Its during mass and the minister is pushing a new prescribed prayer book – to the dismay of his congregation – called the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Folks are outraged (for more than just…