Monday, 2 September 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: Victoria Roberts - To Wed a Wicked Highlander

Today I am interviewing Victoria Roberts and giving away her new book.
 
Welcome!
 
1. Tell me 3 strange things about yourself...
First, thank you so much for having me here today.
Three strange things, huh? Even though I write Scottish historical romance, I’m a big fan of paranormal, urban fantasy, etc. I love vampires and not the Twilight kind. I’m a huge KISS fan and have a custom Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar. I’m obsessed with anything Scotland and do not have a single drop of Scottish blood.
Is that strange enough?     
 
2. Your new book is called To Wed a Wicked Highlander, could you tell us a little about it?
I think the back cover blurb says it best. 
She always wanted to be one of the boys...
Sybella would do anything to prove she's just as valuable to the MacKenzie clan as her brother is. She'd go on any hunt, take any dare. But her father has a different sort of mission in mind: marriage. It's simple, he explains. All she has to do is marry Alexander MacDonell and report back on his family's secrets. It will be easy, he says, as long as she doesn't do anything foolish...like fall in love.
Until she got a man.
As laird of the MacDonells, Alex has a duty to produce an heir. It's a duty he won't mind with the lovely Ella as his wife―even if she is one of the dreaded MacKenzies. He's wooed and won many ladies, but Ella is a challenge like no other. He can tell she's holding something back. But not for long. Because inch by inch, he plans to expose everything she's been hiding and claim the ultimate prize: her heart.
 
3. What was the inspiration behind this book?
Alexander MacDonell appeared in my debut novel, Temptation in a Kilt. He was Rosalia’s cousin from Glengarry. The man wanted to make his father so proud in the first book that I knew Alex had to have his own tale told.
 
4. Will there be more books in this series?
That’s the question of the hour. I’m currently working on a new series called Royal Rebellion. My Highland Spy is the first book and will be released fall 2014. Readers have been asking me to continue with the Bad Boys, particularly wanting James and Colin’s story. I’m not ruling anything out. Who knows what the future holds?
 
5. Tell us a few juicy details about Alexander McDonnell?
He’s verra handsome, verra proud, and he’s not too happy when he finds out his wife is keeping something from him.
 
6. A few short ones:
The Hottest Scot is: Gerard Butler
Most beautiful place in Scotland is: Highlands
I love Highlanders because… What’s nae to love?
 
Thanks!!!
Thanks for having me today.
 
Giveaway
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Sourcebooks will give away one copy of To Wed a Wicked Highlander to a lucky commenter. (US and Canada only, please)
 Ends Sep14
 
Praise for To Wed a Wicked Highlander:
Reviewer Top Pick
“Victoria Roberts knocked it outta the ballpark with this one!!! It is Highland romance at its best, loaded with likable characters, and an engaging plot with lots of angst and heartache that put a few tears in this reader’s eye. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down.”
―Night Owl Reviews

Reviewer Top Pick
“Roberts has created the baddest boy of the Highlands for her third in her series. This action-packed romance has everything Roberts’ fans adore: a strong heroine who meets her match in a to-die-for hero, deception, betrayal, love and redemption. To Wed a Wicked Highlander has all the elements that make readers sigh with pleasure.”
―RT Book Reviews
 
About Victoria Roberts:
Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as "one of the most promising debut authors across the genres" and was also a 2012 Reviewers Choice nominee for Best First Historical for Temptation in a Kilt.
X Marks the Scot and To Wed a Wicked Highlander (Bad Boys of the Highlands #2 and #3) were reviewer TOP PICKS, and the first of Victoria’s new Royal Rebellion series is scheduled for release fall 2014. 
 
Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide.
 
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish romp, she enjoys reading, nature, and antiques. She also drags her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun.


64 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today. I hope your U.S. readers are having a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

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    1. And thanks for stopping by Victoria :D

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    2. Thank YOU! I always love chatting with readers.

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  2. So fun to see inspirations for stories. Not entering giveaway at this time, just saying hey

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  3. I love your Bad Boy series Victoria and can not wait for Ales's story.

    Favorite place to travel? The only place out of the US I have been is Canada to the Falls. Loved them

    If I have the chance to go anywhere I wanted: Scotland, Ireland, England (Stonehenge), and Paris.

    Thank you for the chance to win To Wed a Wicked Highlander.

    Hope everyone has a Happy & Safe Labor Day :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy Alex's story.

      The clan and I have traveled to the falls many times. They're very nice. Have you been to Niagara-on-the-Lake? Beautiful.

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  4. Great interview! I love Victoria's Bad Boys and can't wait to see what the new series brings.

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    1. Thanks, Renee. I'm still working hard on the next series.

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  5. I have just recently Discovered Victoria She is an amazing writer.
    Since I have lived in Scotland It is where my Heart & soul are in complete Peace.
    I try to visit every other year I still have Family there.
    Can't wait to get this Book.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ann. You're so fortunate to still have family in Scotland. I don't think I could ever leave. *sigh*

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  6. I have been looking for a good highlander novel for the last week or so - Ms. Roberts is a new-to-me author and this looks like an entertaining story. I've got to read them in order so I am off to go check out the previous books in the series!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the series, Patti. The books were so much fun to write.

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    2. I bought the first book and liked it so much I bought the second book! Am halfway through now and really enjoying :)

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    3. Great, Patti! Declan is definitely a bad boy. ;-) I hope you enjoy.

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  7. I'm a sucker for Highlanders and To Wed a Wicked Highlander sounds great! Nice post ladies! I agree, Gerard Butler is one hot Scot.

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    1. Hi Naida. Thanks for stopping by. Gerard Butler...need we say more?

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  8. KISS is classic :) I love it when authors have secondary characters that beg for their own story! And Alex was one I was hoping for!

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    1. Hi Lexi. I. Love. KISS! I know it's sort of an odd combo. lol

      I hope you enjoy Alex and Sybella's story!

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  9. I'm a fan of all things Scottish in novels. This one looks entirely too enticing to miss out on.

    I might even share it with my son's mother in law who is a Scott. She'd get a kick out of it.

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    1. Thanks, Nora. I hope you enjoy the books.

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  10. My favorite place to travel lately is Southern California, since I now live in Florida I love to travel to see my friends and family. My dream place to travel would be Great Britain. I could spend weeks traveling all over and still have to come back for more.

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    1. I've never been to southern CA. I bet it's quite lovely. Great to see you here, Barbara.

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  11. Oh love that last line. Nae. I must use that more. The interview was fun too. I'll take that guitar, plz. :D

    Oh enter me for the giveaway! I can't resist a good kilt... uh... highland story and I love that title! :D

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    1. Hi Melissa. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the contest.

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  12. Oooohhh...this sounds so good. Great interview, too. I'd love to be entered to win this one. What a great cover.

    Favorite place to travel? I love going to the Caribbean Islands.

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    1. Yvonne, I love the crystal blue waters too. Beautiful.

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  13. The characters sound like they are both independent. He has his hands full it seems.
    Appreciate the giveaway.
    I have been lucky to travel many places in the world but I will say the Inverness area was a favorite. Nessie did not show the day I was there but I bought a cermanic Nessie for a keepsake.

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    1. I can see why Scotland is a favorite place to travel.

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  14. I adore that she is a huge Kiss fan! They have major rotation on my pandora station :)

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  15. I love Highlanders stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I've only ever traveled to Greece and that was okay, but I've wanted to see Spain and Italy the most, along with Ireland, England and Scotland :)

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    1. Greece sounds fascinating. Friends of mine have been to Italy a couple times and loved it.

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  17. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love going to Myrtle Beach. I would love to go to Ireland, Italy, Scotland. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Hi Victoria. Lovely name, BTW. I've been to Myrtle. It's very nice. Did you happen to go to the KISS Cafe while you were there?

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  19. This sounds yummy, and I fall hard for Scottish tales..

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  20. I really love the cover! lol I think the contrary is impossible. Thanks for the nice interview

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    1. Sourcebooks did grace me with a lovely cover. ;-)

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  21. I love to travel throughout the USA and have been to all but about 6 states. However, I live in South Florida, so for a quick trip, its The Keys or Sanibel/Captiva on the Gulf Coast. For a longer trip, I think I would like to spend some time near Lake Michigan.

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    1. Wow. All but six states, Betty? That's a tremendous accomplishment.

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  22. Victoria's book sounds awesome. Love the cover.
    I like to travel to the beach.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Crystal. I love the beach, too. We went last Christmas to Riviera Maya, Mexico and loved it!

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  23. Good interview, Blodeuedd! I like your first question in particular.

    Victoria's book sounds good. I love the Highlands, too (and I do have Scots ancestry), but for some reason, I haven't been drawn toward the Highland romances. Maybe this one will tempt me!

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    1. I hope you're "tempted" since my first book is titled TEMPTATION IN A KILT. Pun intended. ;-)

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  24. I love going home to England for visits. I miss it so very much, and I miss my family too.

    Thank you for such an enjoyable interview, and for for the chance to win "To Wed A Wicked Highlander", which I would love to read. I've read your other books, and absolutely loved them.

    dpd333 (at) aol.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Diane. I'm glad you loved them. Good luck on the contest!

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  25. I'm new to your books but after reading your review I would love to read "To Wed a Wicked Highlander"!
    I have never been out of the United States. If If I ever got a chance I would like to visit Scotland, Ireland and England. In my blood line I have all of this plus some Indian. Thank for the chance to win this awesome book!
    Donna Harris
    donna_squaw_1952@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Donna. Now that would be a fabulous trip. A friend of mine did a two week Scotland/Ireland trip, but I don't think that's nearly enough time.

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  26. I love to travel all over the US but my favorite place to stop is Panama City Beach, FL. I would like to travel to Alaska and Polynesian Islands.

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    1. Alaska would be something to see. My parents went and didn't want to come home.

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  27. Where is your favorite place to travel - amusement parks - no wicked highlanders there

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    1. I've been to several and I have to say my favorite is King's Island.

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  28. Thank you everyone that stopped by and made this such a great post :D

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    1. Thank you so much for having me and I hope your readers enjoy TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER.

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  29. Great interview! Love all the dialect thrown in. I really don't get enough of that in my life. :-) Sounds like a great story!

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  30. I love two kinds of travel - relax at a beach where I can read or travel to someplace wher I can learn about history like England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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