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Rowan Keats pens historical adventures about hot Highland heroes and the women they claim. The first book in her Claimed by the Highlander series, TAMING A WILD SCOT, hits store shelves on November 5, 2013. Rowan's debut garnered a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews, which also named her "a rising star of medieval romance".
When not writing, Rowan can frequently be found in a dark movie theater indulging in a large bag of popcorn, or watching the sunrise with a mug of steaming coffee wrapped in her hands. She lives in Central Canada with a goofy black lab, a very talkative cat, and a daughter whose own creative talents awe and inspire her every day.
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How to Tame a Wild Scot
The title of my first Scottish historical is TAMING A WILD SCOT. I love it--it's fun, sexy and evocative. Given the tease inherent in the title, it seemed apropos to introduce readers to my book via a blog series entitled—yes, you guessed it—How To Tame A Wild Scot.
There are people who suggest that a Wild Scot can never be tamed and advocate leaving them alone in the wild. I disagree. I believe that Wild Scots make the best romance heroes and simply require awesome heroines capable of convincing them to settle down. To help make my case, I'm touring the blog world sharing a few insider tricks on How to Tame a Wild Scot. Stick with me, by the time we wrap up the tour, you'll be as convinced as I am that it's not only possible to tame a Wild Scot, it's the penultimate goal.
Insider Trick #1: Proper Identification
Taming a Wild Scot can be very rewarding, but success requires time, patience, and starting with the right potential hero. Which is another way of saying that in order to tame a Wild Scot, you must first identify one.
So, ladies, get your virtual binoculars out. Take a look around. Wild Scots fend for themselves, so they rarely get soft about the middle. Strong muscles, a lean form, and a dusting of facial hair are typical. Any sign of a kilt? They sometime disguise themselves as more civilized men--clean-shaven and wearing dapper suits--but their eyes will give them away. A Wild Scot has a fierceness in his gaze that is impossible to mistake.
His gaze lifted. He studied her for a long moment, his blue eyes hard, his expression unreadable. “Take care, Ana. I’m not a man you should cross.”Next, cup your hand to your ear and have a listen. A Wild Scot has a noticeable brogue and drops words like 'wee', 'aye', and 'lass' into his conversation. If you find your heart doing flips and cartwheels whenever he speaks, you may have found yourself a Wild Scot.
He shrugged off her sympathy and glanced around at their avid audience. “Let’s away home, lass. We’ve a need for a proper homecoming.”Still haven't spotted a Wild Scot? You may be looking in the wrong places. The habitat of the Wild Scot is varied, but most are found in Scotland. I highly recommend a visit--it will greatly improve your odds of spotting one. Some can be found in books, on the silver screen, or on television. Others can be found in medieval pubs, particularly those with Gaelic words in the name, or words like Forge or Kettle.
Everything in the windowless Crimson Kettle was dark, dreary, and dull. Aiden took a sip of his drink. Including the ale.Still not sure if the handsome creature you've spotted is a Wild Scot? I understand. Let me help you out. The truest test is behavior. A Wild Scot is constantly proving himself against other males, is excellent at wooing women, stands very proud, is protective of kith and kin, and is not afraid to bare his knees or wear pink.
Keeping his gaze level and the set of his shoulders easy and carefree, he marched steadily forward. He counted five men in the trees. Judging by their positions, they intended to ambush him when he reached the rotting yew stump about fifty paces ahead.One last bit of advice: Appearances can be deceiving. Not all Scots are wild; the one you have your eye on may belong to another woman. If so, heave a tragic sigh and gracefully back away.
Which suited him just fine.
I hope I've given you enough info to spot a Wild Scot. Have you been able to identify one, somewhere in the world? For a chance to win a copy of TAMING A WILD SCOT, just comment below with the name of your favorite Scottish hottie. He can be fictional or real, a modern man or a hero from the past. You pick.
Excerpt from TAMING THE WILD SCOT ©2013 by Rowan Keats. All rights reserved.
Series: Claimed by the Highlander #1
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Signet (November 5, 2013)
Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again...
Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives.
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