The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome historical romance author Grace Burrowes. Grace is blogging with us as part of her Once Upon a Tartan EReader Extravaganza. Keep reading to find out how you can win a Kindle Paperwhite.
Shana: Welcome, Grace. First of all, thanks for including us on your tour. We’re huge fans. Tell us about Once Upon a Tartan. I can’t figure out whether Tiberius Flynn is a kidnapper or a really dutiful brother.
Grace Burrowes: Tiberius Flynn, Earl of Spathfoy, is my favorite kinda guy: He’s a decent (if opinionated) fellow who must choose between the competing demands of honor to earn his Happily Ever After. He’s been told his brother’s dying wishes were that Fiona, Tiberius’s niece, be raised by her English family, and so Tye is dispatched to retrieve her from her maternal relations in the Highlands… while Tye is getting to know his niece, and reconnoitering her situation in Scotland, he makes the acquaintance of Fee’s fetching and equally opinionated step-aunt Hester Daniels.
Shana: I read the lovely excerpt on your website, and I laughed aloud at the patience Tye exhibits with Fee, who reminds me very much of many little girls I know. But my favorite aspect of your writing is your use of all the period details. How are you able to find just the right scent or texture to describe your characters or setting?
Grace Burrowes: It’s odd you should say that, because not every reader finds that to be a strength of my writing. Joanna Bourne taught me a trick that helps (when I can discipline myself to use it). Before I start writing a scene, I close my eyes, and try to become the POV character.
What does it feel like to be six foot three, bursting with a young man’s health and impatience, full of his vigorous appetites and his sense of both lordly entitlement and honor? What’s at my eye level if I’m six foot three? How does delicate little upholstered chair feel to sit in? What do I notice about a room if I’m 28, male, heir to a marquessate, and trying to ingratiate myself with a girl child? A romance is driven by its characters, so those same characters ought to drive the set design too.
Shana: Did you always want to be an author? Why did you choose to write historical romance, and why the Regency period?
Grace Burrowes: I can’t recall a moment when the ambition to be an author coalesced in my brain. I’ve always enjoyed writing, really enjoyed it. Not like you’d enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, but like an Olympic hopeful downhill skier enjoys a run down a triple black diamond slope in fresh powder, first thing after the avalanche teams have exploded their grenades. I-was-born-to-do-this sorta enjoy. How I ignored that passion for as long as I did is a testament to the gravitational pull of single parenting and family of origin issues.
Forty years ago, the only romances around were historicals, and I suppose that informs my voice. I have written Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary—love is love is love, but my keeper authors all wrote Regency when I was in my heaviest reading years.
Shana: What’s your writing schedule like? How do you balance family, your day job, and your writing commitments?
Grace Burrowes: I didn’t start writing until Beloved Offspring moved out. We’ve never had a TV in this house, and I’m not particularly social, so all my evenings, weekends, and early mornings are available for writing (or visiting my horse). I’m self employed as a child welfare attorney, so I have flexibility with the day job up to a point. (When court’s in session, there’s no flexibility at all. Drat.)
I am very lucky to have so much time to devote to the writing, but I’m also getting a late start, and feel the lack of a backlist keenly.
Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.
Grace Burrowes: A trip to Scotland coming up this fall! I’m working on a Scottish Victorian Christmas story, a Regency trilogy about people held captive either literally or metaphorically, the last few Lonely Lords, and there’s a contemporary trilogy about Lawyers in Love floating around in the WIP queue too.
Readers, now it’s your turn. What’s so sexy about Scotland? Do you like to read books set in Scotland?. One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win a Kindle Paperwhite, compliments of the lovely Grace Burrowes. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. The winner will be announced and contacted Sunday.
ONCE UPON A TARTAN BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES AUGUST 2013
Honor or happiness—he can’t have both.
Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways–no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.
Tiberius’s haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester’s fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.
Praise for Once Upon a Tartan:
“Burrowes creates a powerful story replete with heartfelt emotion and rich characterization… An instant keeper.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick of the Month
“Expert prose, likeable characters, realistic relationships, and believable complications create a pleasant and satisfying keeper.” —Publishers Weekly
“Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes’ writing, and fans of Suzanne Enoch and Sarah MacLean should enjoy this series.” —Booklist
“Grace Burrowes weaves her magic with words… a memorable love story—excellent and exquisite.” — A Long and Short Reviews Best Book
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is the author of the acclaimed Windham Family Series, The MacGregor Trilogy and The Lonely Lords Series. Her debut novel, The Heir (2010), as well as The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (2012) were both included as Publishers Weekly Best Books of their respective years, in the romance category. A practicing attorney specializing in family law, Grace lives in rural Maryland, where she is working on the final book in the Windham series, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait (October 2013) and third MacGregor story, The MacGregor’s Lady (February 2014), and many more books. Visit her website at www.graceburrowes.com for more information about all of her books, exclusive extras and her lively blog.
THE GRACE BURROWES ONCE UPON A TARTAN EREADER EXTRAVAGANZA!
10 eReaders, 10 Blogs, a different giveaway each day during the work week, August 5-9 and 12-16
Four Kindle Paperwhite 3Gs
Four Nook HDs
One Nook Color
In celebration of Grace Burrowes’ latest book in the MacGregor Trilogy, 10 eReaders will be given away during the first two weeks of August! Follow along as Grace guest blogs and answers questions at different blogs, and enter a chance to win a brand new eReader!
8/5 RTBookReviews.com: Kindle Paperwhite
8/6 All About Romance: Nook HD
8/7 Delighted Reader: Kindle Paperwhite
8/8 Night Owl Reviews: Nook HD
8/9 Book Lovers Inc.: Kindle Paperwhite
8/12 Discover a New Love: Nook Color
8/13 Book Savvy Babe: Nook HD
8/14 Jaunty Quills: Kindle Paperwhite
8/15 Fresh Fiction: Nook HD
8/16 Her Grace Notes: iPad
Digital reading not your thing? Grace has print giveaways going on as well! Follow along for chances to win signed copies all month long!
8/1 Book Hounds
8/2 RomFan Reviews
8/5 In the Hammock
8/12 Joan Swan’s Blog
8/13 Cocktails and Books
8/14 Romancing the Book
8/19 Anna’s Book Blog
8/20 The Book Girl
8/21 The Reading Café
8/22 Seductive Musings
8/26 Love Romance Passion
8/28 Thoughts in Progress
8/29 Debbie’s Book Bag
8/30 Linus’ Blanket