If you’re like me, you’re busy busy busy. I love to visit blogs, but it seems I never have time to get by in a timely fashion…and never in time to win anything! Well, no worries about that here. The Historical Reader Salon will be open all month long and you can come by anytime during the month to join the conversation and enter to win! No rush, no hurry…just a nice relaxing visit (or three) at your leisure. Each month, I’ll throw out a topic for discussion as well as ways for you to win. We’ll keep the conversation going in the comments section and just see how our Reader Salon grows. Hopefully it will develop into a thriving community centered around what we all love—historical romance!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 23: What Happens In Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston


 

 

Welcome to day twenty-three of March SWEET Madness—a month long party to celebrate the upcoming release of my novel, SWEET MADNESS, available April 2, 2013.

 

Well, apparently the analytical side of my brain is coming out, because just as I put the two Elizabeth’s back-to-back, it seems I followed yesterday’s Jennifer Haymore with today’s Jennifer McQuiston!

 

That’s okay though…JenMcQ won’t mind, as she is a fellow science-type turned historical romance author herself! In fact, we appeared together in a recent RT Book Reviews magazine article (along with Julia Quinn, Emma Wildes, Samantha Grace and Erin Knightley) about that very thing! If you haven’t seen it, you can view the article HERE.

 

But, back to the important thing—Jennifer’s book! WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND is her debut novel, and what a debut it is!

 

More about the book:

 

She woke up married…

And then she ran.

When recent widow Georgette Thorold wakes up in a Scottish inn with a wedding ring on her finger and lacking all memory of how she came to be there, she does what any well-bred lady with a modicum of sense and a distrust of marriage would do: she panics, clocks the wickedly handsome stranger in her bed over the head with a chamber pot, and runs.

James McKenzie, Esquire has either spent the evening protecting a very naïve, and—dare he say it—very drunk young lady from the advances of every disreputable character in the town of Moraig, or he has gone and married a pretty, scheming thief. Not that his own head is entirely clear on the matter, but when the woman in question repays his kindness with a knock on the head, the bill for her room, and the theft of his purse, an embarrassed James is determined to track her down and show her she picked the wrong solicitor to swindle.

As Georgette sets out to discover exactly what happened during her forgotten night, she uncovers a man that seems far more a hero than a rake. But when they finally meet, instead of sweeping her into his arms and kissing her senseless, he serves her with a summons, claiming she is a thief. Now the fight is on, and the only question is was it a night worth remembering? Or a mistake they would both rather forget?

 


And now for the fun part—your chance to win! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Contest will be open for 2 weeks (US & CANADA only, please).
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If you don’t win, or just can’t wait to start reading, here’s where you can buy the book:

 


 

To find out more about Jennifer, you can visit her website at:


 

I am also giving away a copy of either my debut, SWEET ENEMY or SWEET DECEPTION (winner’s choice) EVERY DAY of March SWEET Madness! (you will need to enter this contest separately every day for a new chance to win! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY)

Sweet Enemy

Beakers and ball gowns don't mix, so when lady chemist, Miss Liliana Claremont, goes undercover as a husband-hunter to investigate Lord Geoffrey Wentworth, the earl whose family she suspects murdered her father, romance isn't part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can't control...

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE...

Sweet Deception

Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled up in the dangerous final mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long-lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love--and every life--is at risk.

Read the First Chapter HERE.
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And don’t forget SWEET MADNESS, coming April 2, 2013!

There’s a fine line between love and insanity…

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE...

"In this emotional, compassionate romance...the powerful love story will sweep readers away."
~RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 stars

“The brilliance of Sweet Madness shines strongly and completely. Heather Snow is cutting edge…a master storyteller. Sweet Madness is a magnificent story.”
~Book Obsessed Chicks 5 stars

 

See you tomorrow, where our featured author is Tiffany Clare!!!

 

And don’t forget, giveaways are open for TWO weeks, so if you’ve missed any of the fabulous authors featured, visit the archives section and enter!

 

 

 

 

42 comments:

  1. I haven't been in Vegas or Scotland.

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  2. I have been to Vegas, but not to Scotland...yet!

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  3. Never been to Vegas, but I have been to Scotland and I loved it.

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  4. I've been to Vegas but not to Scotland. Maybe someday I'll get to the UK!

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  5. Never been to Vegas, but will go on two weeks vacation next June in Scotland!

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  6. I have been to Vegas several times but have never been to Scotland

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  7. I've been to the Shetland Islands, which is part of Scotland, but would like to go back to the mainland. Never been to Vegas and no desire to go.

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  8. Never been to Vegas but have been to Scotland- that should be a song title!

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  9. No to Vegas, but YES!!! To Scotland!!

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  10. I have never been to Vegas or to Scotland, but I am trying to get there..

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  11. I've been to Vegas a couple of times, the last time was a family trip for my nephew's wedding. Highlight of the trip was the bachelor/bachelorette party in a strip club. Men's party on the first floor, women's party on the second floor, woohoo. Loved watching Grandma wave around dollar bills. :D

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  12. I've been to both, but many years ago. I liked Vegas more than I thought I would - it was a stop on the way to the Canyons - Grand, Bryce & Zion. I'd love to go back again. Scotland would wonderful and I would really love to get back there!

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  13. I've never been to Vegas or scotland, but Scotland has been on my bucket list for years. Hubby can claim Scottish heritage though I'm thinking kilts had a big part in my general love of Scotland.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. I have been to Vegas. It was for a wedding and we had a lot of fun.

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  15. I haven't been to Vegas or Scotland.

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  16. I have been both but it was with my family so no wild parties.

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  17. I have been fortunate to have been both to Vegas and Scotland. I have to say, though, I didn't fall in love with Vegas...but I sure did with Scotland! Didn't make it to the Isle of Skye like I wanted to, but saw a lot of the rest of Scotland and saw a lot of Edinburgh. I adored the story of Greyfriar Bobby and saw where his master and he were buried. And I ate too much of the Scottish pancakes and creme scone. :-) I am a Scottish Romance addict! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  18. Yes to both!! I have to say that they each have their own followings, and I love them both in their own individual and special way. That being said, I do prefer the weather in Vegas. One day in Scotland within a 60 minute period it rained, snowed, and then the sun came out for a brief minute or two. Then the weather proceeded to turn nasty with sleet. The people are so friendly. Plus, the whisky is divine!!

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  19. Yes, I've been to Vegas several times and Scotland once. If I'm making return trips anytime soon, my vote goes to Scotland. I'm looking forward to Jennifer's book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. Hi Heather and Jennifer!

    I may have never been to Vegas but my husband and I made a wonderful visit to Scotland many years ago.

    We stayed right near the train stop on the Royal Mile and only wish we had much more time to see more of the country.

    Before going to Scotland my husband could never understand how my favorite drink was Single Malt Scotch but once we went to of the many "tastings" he finally understands why!

    One of our favorite stops was a trip we hadn't planned to make to Linlithgow Palace which we "discovered" driving around the countryside and saw the sign directing us up a drive. When we got out of the car we found out we were the only ones visiting so we got to wander to our hearts content. Not only was James V born in the palace
    but also Mary, Queen of Scots, was born there n December 1542 and occasionally stayed there during her reign.

    If you ever get a chance to visit be sure to take a few moments to look out over the surrounding land and picture The Duke of Cumberland's army riding toward you and after loook at the destruction of most of the palace buildings by burning in January 1746 and stop to listen to the sorrow still being carried by the wind across the lands that are surrounding you!

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  21. I've been to Vegas enough times to be really tired of it. Haven't been back in about 10 years. I've never been to Scotland but have plans to go in the future.

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  22. No but I would LOVE to go so Scotland, and wouldn't mind visiting Vegas :)

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  23. been to Vegas, not Scotland

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  24. My daughter went to Vegas with her boyfriend. I've never been there or Scotland. But would like too! thanks for sharing.

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  25. Never been vegas or scotland yet

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  26. I've been to both - Vegas when I lived in LA (it was only 4 hours away) and to Scotland about 25 years ago.

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  27. I have not been to Vegas, nor Scotland. I should like to visit both those places! )

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  28. Neither! *SOB*

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  29. I've never been to either, either :( And I must say, I'm completely jealous of how many of you HAVE been to Scotland!!!

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  30. Vegas, yes, multiple times...it helps to have family living there, lol. Scotland, no...have never been across the 'pond'.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Haven't been to Vegas, but I have been to Scotland (about 30 years ago). I'd much rather go to Scotland than Vegas any day!

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  32. I have been to Los Vegas, but it was part of a larger vacation. We looked at the large hotels and stopped long enought to eat lunch, grab some souveniers and drove on.

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  33. No... and those are two places that I really want to :)

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  34. I haven't been to either place.

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  35. I have not been to either place. I actually have a cousin living in Vegas, an attorney of note, but I have never been to visit. I would love to visit Scotland.

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  36. Nope, never been to either of those places but one day I hope to at least visit Vegas.

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  37. Not yet, but I want to go to both eventually!

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  38. I have not been to either but I would love to go to Scotland and Vegas is someplace I think everyone should probably go at least once.

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  39. I have only passed through Vegas. We did not stop, but I did see the lights on the strip. Scotland , I have only dreamed of going there!!

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  40. I've never been to either but I bet Gretna Green would be interesting!!

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  41. I've been to Vegas and love it. Scotland is on my list and my husband and I plan on traveling there in a few years for our 15 year anniversary. Maybe we will have to renew our vows.

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