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 9, 2013

Day 9: Lessons in Loving a Laird by Michelle Marcos


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


One of the best things about this event, at least for me, is hosting favorite authors who also happen to be friends! Michelle Marcos certainly fits that bill for me! We met at my very first Romance Writers of America® conference, just before her first book came out. She was an inspiration to me then and she still is now! Plus, she’s fun to explore Harry Potter world with.


While all of Michelle’s books are divine, I chose to feature Lessons in Loving a Laird—and not just because I like saying the word Laird. Try it. Laird. Awesome! This book was also a RT Book Reviews Top Pick, and I think you’ll love it.


Here is what the book is about:


As rugged and bold as the Scottish hills, the Highland Knaves take no prisoners when it comes to love…

A DEFIANT APPRENTICE

Thrust into indentured servitude as a child, Shona Slayter is counting the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she gains her precious freedom. Unfortunately, the new laird of the estate has other plans—and he’s determined to keep her bound to him. The only way for Shona to be free of her bonds is to marry the man who holds the key. But seducing a handsome laird is not what she was trained for, and the more she tries to win his heart, the more she loses hers.

A HARD MASTER

With a young son to raise and a crumbling Scottish estate to manage, Conall has enough to worry about without the brazen, beautiful Shona challenging him at every turn. But their heated spats are starting to turn into real sparks…and soon the Scottish hills are ablaze with their forbidden attraction. Yet no matter what Shona is willing to do to buy her freedom, Conall has no intention of letting her go…



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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To find out more about Michelle, 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 Vanessa Kelly!!!


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!

53 comments:

  1. Oooh I saw one of David Tennant once that was very yummy. And possibly Ewan McGregor? I know he's Scottish so there's probably a pic out there somewhere.

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  2. Ewan McGregor is definitely a real cute in a kilt.

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  3. I love men in a kilt. I love Scottish romances because they often have a gorgeous Highlander on the book cover and a wonderful adventure.
    My favorite man in a kilt, for me,
    is Sean Connery.
    nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

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  4. Gerard Butler! SO YUMMY!!! <3

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  5. Sean Connery and Ewan McGregor!

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  7. Yeah, it is too bad comments don't include pics! But a modern-day man in a kilt: I'd have to say Gerard Butler and Liam Nieson. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  8. Guys in kilts? Definitely yes! I'm a Highland romance addict! Glad to "meet" you in this interview, Michelle! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  9. Men in kilts? You betcha! Since his father has been known to wear a kilt, I'd like to see Prince William in a kilt. Bet he's got cute legs!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  10. Lets see...Men in Kilts?.....Like?....Let me think on that,...Hold on a minute, had to mop up the drool,... OK, I think I would have to say... Yes.... Yes....Most Definitely YES! Whew, lost my head there for a minute....LOL!

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  11. Hecks yes! Definite yes on men in kilts. As long as they don't have fugly knees :)

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  12. My parents were from Scotland, my father's mother's maiden name was Laird

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    1. Oooh, Sheila...then I bet you say it really well! ;)

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  13. I love men in kilts!!! My favorite sexy Scot is Gerard Butler. <3

    jenalang(at)live(dot)com

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  14. Ok. is this a trick questions... guys in kilts? Of course!! Guys in kilts!!!

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  15. Sean Connery always looks very distinguished and handsome in his kilt.

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  16. I love a man in a kilt. I think think of a few: Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler...Yummy!

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    1. men it Kilts of course... :-) who would say no especially if Gerard Butler walked by in a kilt yummy... :-)

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  17. =-) I've had family members and friends actually rent out kilts & such for weddings. I'd *LOVE* to see more men in kilts. Hot stuff =-)

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  18. Hi Heather!

    Aren't Michelle's books marvelous! Her books really do transport you back to the Highlands of Scotland and you won't want to return!

    I'm so excited that Sweet Madness is being released the beginning of April! Since my husband's birthday is on the 4th I'd better read it fast or his birthday cake won't make it into the oven! If I remember correctly it's to be released on the 2nd so I'd better use a vacation day on the 3rd because otherwise I'll be up all night on Tuesday! Congratulations and I can't wait to read it!

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    1. I was so excited about finding out about both books I forgot to tell you I love men in kilts!

      Since my ancestors came to the US from Scotland how could I not!

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    2. Jeanne, yes, Michelle is fab! And I'm so honored you are excited about Sweet Madness! Yes, the 2nd :) I do hope it's worth that vacation day!

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  19. The book sounds amazing, and I loved the excerpt! Always happy to hear of a new, good, Scottish themed novel! My weakness...
    Thanks for the blog & contests', keep up the great work!

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  20. oops i accidently posted my comment under someone else is that cool? sorry

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  21. I've only been able to read one novel from you so far, but I loved it and can't wait to hopefully read another! (whether it's a free on, or I buy it!)

    Thanks for everything!

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  22. Guys in kilts are a definite yes!!!
    I remember a very nice picture of Gerard Butler in a kilt...

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    1. The leather kilt with the pink shirt? Yum...

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  23. I love men in kilts. Sean Connery is so hot as well as Gerrard Butler!

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  24. I adore men in kilts, so definitely a yes. I would choose Gerard Butler as my favorite modern man in a kilt, although I've seen Ewan Mcgregor and he looks pretty darned good as well.

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  25. Um Kilts are way sexy! One of my most popular blog posts is the one I did on men in kilts. I can't get enough.

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  26. I'm all for a man in a kilt.

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  27. I love men in kilts. Ewan McGregor.

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  28. Love men in kilts! EWan McGregor definitely!

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  29. These are some real great Scottie hotties. Gerard Butler looks great in a kilt, but he'd look even better *out* of one! ;) As for Ewan McGregor, have you ever seen him in a nude scene? Let's just say he needs a loooong kilt. But who can turn away a young Sean Connery? Plenty of material there for nocturnal daydreams, I must say. Last week I attended a Scottish Festival in Ft. Lauderdale. All men look great in kilts. We have to start a kilt revolution!

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    1. LOL...a loooong kilt :) I don't even mind the older Sean Connery in a kilt. He still wears it well :)

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  30. Definitely YES, to a man in a kilt. Followed quickly by a strong breeze! LOL

    Gerard Butler.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Ha! Lets stand them all over a subway grate a la Marilyn Monroe :)

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  31. I've got several men in kilts on my FB page. LOVE them and can't get enough.

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  32. Oh, yeah, love a guy in a kilt. I'll go with Gerard Butler.

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  33. LOL at Marcy Shuler's comment.
    Guys in kilts? hmmmm...I suppose...not really my thing though.

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  34. Every guy looks better in a kilt. I have one of Jason Momoa over on one of my Pinterest boards. But I'll have to agree Gerard and Ewan look damn fine!

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  35. Guy's in kilts are hotter than hot. Show me the "Kilts".

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  36. No kilts for me although the accent is hot.

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  37. I'm not a fan of guys in kilts, but I don't mind when they're written about.

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  38. I love to see a man in a kilt.

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  39. Guys in kilts? Nay. Warriors in kilts? YAY! Lol

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  40. yes on kilts heheh my husband wore it on the day before our wedding XD it was fun to watch

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  41. YES! A million times YES! ;-)

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