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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Great Scots Blog Tour: To Love a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder (Review + Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance has the pleasure of participating in Forever Romance's The Great Scots blog tour with authors Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder. I will be reviewing the books in two separate posts.

My review of Paula Quinn's The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell can be found -> CLICK HERE

Giveaway
Prizes are as follows:
1) One winner will win a $25 American Express Gift Card
2) 10 winners will win copies of Paula Quinn's The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and Sue-Ellen Welfonder's To Love a Highlander. 
Enter via the rafflecopter below


About TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. 

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To Love a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Once upon a time, in medieval Scotland, one charming highlander impregnated four of the King’s favorite mistresses; banished, these four bastards lived and thrived at the royal court at Stirling Castle, the leader amongst them being Sorley the Hawk. And this is his tale.

Despite living at court, royal bastards had their place, and stripling young Sorley was again reminded of his place when a desired female publically humiliated him. Yet, providence came to him when Lady Mirabelle MacLaren, daughter of a Highland laird, offered to dance with him. From that moment on, he was smitten with her.

Years later, they meet again, though under strange circumstances. Mirabelle sneaked into his bedchamber, asking him to take her virtue, to prevent her marriage with Sir John Sinclair, a contemptuous man who happens to be Sorley’s nemesis. Tempted beyond belief, Sorley’s honor made him decline, yet his and Mirabelle’s path would cross again, and with the aid of a wandering ghost, might a business proposal turn into true love?

I absolutely love this novel. Everything, from the characters, to the setting, is so beautifully detailed that I felt at home in this erstwhile unfamiliar setting. In the majestic Stirling Castle, Sorley, despite being a renowned lover, has never felt truly content with his life. He is a one of the Fenris Guards, the King’s best and secret warriors, yet bravery and honor could not fill the void in his heart. His stubbornness in admitting that he’s in love (as we know he had fallen a long time ago) is nicely complimented with Mirabelle’s own determination, making them a most wonderful pair.

In truth, Mirabelle’s insistence of Sorley being the one to take her virtue was carefully made. Not only could she also not forget him, she knew of his innate gentleness. Her kindness and inner strength are exhibited time and time again, and her intelligence when it comes to Sorley is infinitely dear. She admires how Sorley made himself into a name and rose above his bastard status, and sees the real man behind the legendary lover facade. It is rather adorable how Sorley and Mirabelle both think the other wouldn’t be interested in love, which introduces our delightful cast of secondary characters – namely the rumored Pink Lady, a sad ghost who vicariously lives through people finding their true loves.

With the flair of a true wordsmith, Sue-Ellen Welfonder has penned an utterly enchanting tale of two characters slowly falling in love with all the honor and tenderness in the world. When Sorley and Mirabelle come together, magic bursts out, illuminating the forlornness of the tale’s beginning, and bringing an amazing well-crafted ending to this tale. The plot has literal fantastical elements, yet the story itself feels so as well. Being one to rarely read Scottish historicals, I am forever making a space for Sue-Ellen Welfonder on my keeper shelf.

Readers, as for my obscuring the plot, well, you will have to read this to discover the magic for yourself!

Giveaway
Prizes are as follows:
1) One winner will win a $25 American Express Gift Card
2) 10 winners will win copies of Paula Quinn's The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell and Sue-Ellen Welfonder's To Love a Highlander. 
Enter via the rafflecopter below
a Rafflecopter giveaway

76 comments:

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    1. Good luck, Wendy! Thanks so much for looking in here. :)

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  2. I love this giveaway, and would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. It's a great giveaway, for sure. Good luck! Nice to see a fellow Floridian in here. :)

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    2. I used to live in Jacksonville until a few months ago! :)

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  3. I am a huge follower of Scottish historicals, especially anything to do with the Highlands. I have always had a soft heart for not only Scotland but Ireland and Wales as well. It saddens me that these countries were stripped of their sovereignty while I simultaneously cheer that they held onto their heritage. On the lighter side~ I truly do have a kilt fetish ;) This looks like a smashing read! Thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

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    1. We're of similar minds, Elise-Maria. I love Scotland, too. Passionately. I've traveled in Ireland and Wales as well, and love both countries, too. But my heart belongs to soundly to Scotland. As for kilties, you surely have lots of company worldwide. I don't think the woman lives who can resist one. Especially when he starts talking...
      Btw, if you're on FB, I am always talking about Scotland, kilts, and all things Celtic. Also post lots of my Scotland pix.
      Good luck in the drawing! https://www.facebook.com/SueEllenWelfonderAuthor

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    2. Typo alert! That should be "... my heart belongs soundly to Scotland." So sorry! (I hate typos)

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  4. Love to read about those brawny Scottish men and their kilts and those sexy accents.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Good luck, Jean! You sound like my kind of gal. ;)

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  5. The men in kilts! So romantic...though it probably really wasn't!! lol (terree l)

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    1. Scotsmen are always romantic, Terree! Kilt, or no kilt. It's in their blood to be hot, earthy men. And their accents.... (better stop here or my keyboard will catch fire!)
      Good luck in the drawing!

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  6. I haven't read a Scottish romance in a while. everything seems to be regencies. Scottish books have kilts and maybe the Loch Ness Monster.

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    1. Hi Kim! I enjoy Regencies, too. But I sure hope you'll come back to Scottish romance. Highlanders are THE best heroes. 'Course, I might be expected to say that, but I also really believe it. Nessie... who knows? I have a Highland friend whose grandmother saw her. A God-fearing woman, no-nonsense. So maybe Nessie really is out there, lurking in the depths...
      Good luck in the drawing!

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  7. I like all Scots stories...because of the landscape, the brawny heroes in kilts, the sassy heroines, the brogue, and because of my Scots ancestry (Clan MacLarren from Skye). I just "stalk" Scots historical romance authors! So glad to have been introduced to you, Sue-Ellen! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. You really made me smile, Janice. Nice to meet you, too. I love how you describe Scottish romance. I write them for those very reasons. The heroine of TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER is a MacLaren. :) Great clan.
      Good luck in the drawing!

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    1. Great to see you in here, Nicole! Thanks so much. Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Just love everything Scottish. Have a bit of Scottish blood in me so that draws me as well

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    1. Hi Regency Girl! Thanks for looking in. The Scottish blood will draw you, for sure. The pull is all-powerful, reaching across time and distance, miles and oceans, always calling us home...
      Good luck in the drawing!

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  10. I've always been drawn to Scottish historicals - it's such a gorgeous landscape & love the brogue!

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    1. Those are great reasons to love Scottish romance (or Scotland!! :) ) There is nowhere else on earth as magical. Big sigh...
      Good luck in the drawing!

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  11. Mary... It was such a pleasure to see you at the very top of the host list for this tour!! And looking in here today and finding such a beautiful review was the very best way to launch the tour. THANK YOU!! I am so pleased you enjoyed the book so much. I'll be walking on air for days now, after such a lovely review...
    Thanks again!! (((HUGS)))

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    1. I totally jumped on this opportunity when I saw your name on the blog tour. :) I should thank you for letting me read such a fantastic book. :) I really do not read much Scottish historicals, but I'll be watching out for all of your books!

      Will you be writing a story for Maili? She was such a delightful character in this book. :)

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    2. You're my hero, Mary! Love you bunches. I'm so glad you enjoy the books so much.

      Maili ~ I adored her, too. I hadn't planned anything for her, but now that you mention her, I sure agree. She needs a braw Highlander and a happy ending of her own. I'll write it! She deserves a tale. :)

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    3. Yay! Thanks for giving Maili a chance for her HEA. ^_^

      I hope to see you on here again for your next book~ :) Thanks for being so active on the comments today! lol. Work kept me away.

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  12. The men is kilts:) and as long as it has a great story line!

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  13. The Highlanders themselves! Oh...such manly men! And do they LOVE their women!!

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  14. I have been reading 'Highlander" books since I was a "wee lass". I started reading everything in sight, then found a few authors that I liked the best. I found Sue-Ellen as Allie Mackay in a second hand book store, and ended up buying everything she wrote. I was getting so many books, I no longer had any book shelves left. That year for Christmas my husband got me a Kindle, and I have found so many writers since.. I still have my favorites, but am finding more I like to read as well.
    Good luck on your blog tour & Hugs, Wendy

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    1. You always make me smile, Wendy! I am sooo happy that you found me through my Allie Mackay titles. I LOVE them and hope you'll enjoy the new series I am writing under that name. They are my 'fun' books! Kindles are fabulous, aren't they? I sure love mine. Opens up whole new worlds of reading, which is all good.

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  15. Bring it on and looking forward to all the excitement accompanying!

    Barb R

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    1. Great seeing you in here, Barb! Thanks so much! hope you'll enjoy the new book. (((HUGS)))

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  16. I love historical books, esp ones dealing with the UK and European regions! Love to learn about how my ancestors lived before coming to the US

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    1. Love seeing readers appreciate historicals!! (((HUGS))) to you!! I enjoy them for these same reasons. :)

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  17. I love Scottish romances and Scotland. The scenery is so beautiful, they have such beautiful accents, they wear kilts, and love their women passionately.

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    1. So well said, Cathy! Thanks so much for looking in tonight. Good luck! (((HUGS)))

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  18. Kilts! and the scenery is not to bad

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    1. Bwaaaa!!! LOVE how you put this. ;) Made me smile ear-to-ear.

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  19. Hi Sue-Ellen and Paula *waves* :-) My favorite things are the deep brogue, strong protective heroic warriors with clamores and of course kilts in the breeze ;-) Thanks for the tour and giveaways!

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    1. Great seeing you in here! Love your take on Scottish romance / Scots. 'Kilts in the breeze,' indeed! Bring 'em on.... ;) (((HUGS)))
      Good luck in the drawing!

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  20. This is a beautiful review. Thank you for hosting Sue-Ellen. She is indeed a fabulous writer. Please do not enter me in the give away, I am sue-Ellen's blog partner.

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    1. (((HUGS))) to you, dear Kathy, for looking in here. It's always great to see a well-loved face! I am grateful for the wonderful review. Brightened my crazy world.

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  21. My favorite aspect of Highland books are the Highlander males AND the beautiful setting! Thanks for the giveaway! (Thank you, Sue-Ellen, for posting a reminder about this!)

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    1. Well said! Those are two biggies for me, too. :) My pleasure re the reminders. Busy as we all are, it is easy to overlook things. So glad you looked in! (((HUGS))) ... Raining and gusty here still, btw. LOVING it!

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  22. There's so much I love about Scottisdh romances. The stories, scenery, and especially the Highlanders!

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    1. Exactly! I so agree. ;) Thanks so much for looking in, Karen! Good luck in the drawing! (((HUGS)))

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  23. There are so many things to admire about Scotland and it's not just the men in kilts. ;-) The land is beautiful the people determined and strong. Plus there is the amazing accents!

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    1. Love your take on it and so agree, Glenda! Well said! (yes, the accents are sooo seductive!!)

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  24. The easy answer is "The Scotsmen," and that does pretty much sum it up!

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  25. thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I love the kilts ;)

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    1. Didn't Mary give Paula and I an great send-off on our tour? As for kilts, they are always wonderful! :)

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  26. Thanks for coming on this blog. I enjoy you everytime I read something.

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    1. Ah, Debbie, you are such a good heart! Thanks for making me smile at the end of a very busy (if fun) day. Love you bunches!!! (((HUGS)))

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  27. Mary, just another huge THANK YOU for being such a great hostess and making the start of this tour so special for Paula and I. It was fun! And I LOVED your review!!! Everyone, good luck in the drawing! (and if you don't win here, stay with us ~ Paula and I will be making the rounds for two weeks, so there are lots of chances to win! And to meet our hot Highland heroes and the strong women who love them!)

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  28. Thanks for the chance to read this book!!!
    Regards!!!

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  29. I love the mystery surrounding the legends.

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  30. I loved this review! You captured it so well. :)

    Sue-Ellen has yet to write a book that doesn't suck me right in to the story.

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    1. Thanks, Leah! I need to read more of her books. :D Can't believe I only recently discovered her. Gah.

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  31. I started Scottish historicals with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and haven't looked back since! these books look great too :-)

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    1. and I love the setting of the stories, wishing I could go to Scotland one day.

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  32. Love to read about those brawny Scottish men and their kilts and those sexy accents.

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  33. Oh I love Highlanders. And I would love to go back and meet a few. The gorgeous accents and those beautiful thighs in their kilts. :) But their loyalty is amazing. Thanks for being part of the Tour.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  34. Nice Blog, and what could be better than Men in a kilt with a sexy accent?

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  35. I love all things Scottish in romance -- the beautiful scenery, the plaids, the accents. I am planning a trip to Scotland to renew our vows for our 20th anniversary in 2016.

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  36. The men in kilts, preferably shirtless!

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  37. The strong history of the place, and the fact that they are some what clannish.

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  38. I love that they are fiercely loyal and the description of the country and Highlands.

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  39. Its my background too so I love everything Scottish!

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  40. I love living vicariously through the heroines in the stories! :) I've always wanted to visit Scotland.

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  41. I just love anything about Scottish history!

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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