I’m delighted to welcome romance author Victoria Roberts. Victoria sets her stories in Scotland, and her forthcoming Temptation in a Kilt, the first in her Bad Boys of the Highlands series, looks like a gem of a read. During her visit, Victoria will give one lucky commenter not only an Advanced Reader Copy of Temptation in a Kilt, but also a Bad Boys of the Highlands T-shirt, so be sure to leave your contact info.
It’s always a treat to have a fellow Celtic Hearts Romance Writer visiting, Victoria. Welcome!
Pat, thank you so much for having me. I’m really excited to be here.What sparked your interest in writing?
And you haven’t stopped since. What components, in your opinion, make a great story?I have always dabbled with writing stories. When I was sixteen, I sat down at my typewriter and wrote my first romance about a leather-studded motorcycle hero and the young girl he fell in love with. Who knew I had just written my first young-adult novella?
I look for books with strong characters, a great setting, and a strong author voice. I’ll read anything that takes me away for a few hours. Escape is good!Agreed. How much of your writing is based on people or events familiar to you?
I do use some character traits of family, friends and acquaintances in my writing, but for the sake of keeping those family, friends and acquaintances, I share not. Although I will tell you that my husband willingly claims he is the test subject for the love scenes and my father claims he is the male cover model on the front of the book. *shakes head* What they don’t know won’t hurt them!What inspired you to write Temptation in a Kilt?
We’ve all read about Scottish clans in the heat of battle, but I wanted to read (and write) a story that was different. In Temptation in a Kilt, not only is Laird Ciaran MacGregor forced to deal with the machinations of the neighboring clan, but he also has a lot of issues closer to home. His younger brother, Declan, is on a self-destructive path and our hero must address problems of alcoholism, wenching, grieving, third-child syndrome, and that’s even before he meets our lovely heroine, Lady Rosalia Armstrong.I suspect Ciaran is up to the task. Is there a message in your story you want readers to grasp?
No. My Scottish historical romances are meant as a means of escape. The majority of us have stressful day jobs, families, kids, etc. I want my readers to pick up my books and be transported to another time. Everyone needs to escape now and then. If the reader sighs on the last line of my books, I feel that I’ve done my job.I can hear those sighs now. Do you have a set writing routine?
I write every day Monday through Friday. In order to prevent burn-out, I give myself the weekends off, but I strive to accomplish 1k words/day or 5k/week.What do you like least about writing?
The dreaded synopsis. I don’t know why. I love writing the stories, but I truly despise condensing them into the synopsis. A necessary evil. *laughs*I’m not a fan of those things either. So, what’s next for you? Can we look forward to a new story in the near future?
The second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series, X Marks the Scot (title subject to change,) is due for release February, 2013 and I’m currently finishing the third book of the series now.I like the title as is. Hope you keep it. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Never give up. Write every day because you cannot edit a blank page. Hone your craft i.e. on-line workshops, critique groups, classes. And most importantly, believe in yourself.Great advice, Victoria. Thank you for stopping by the Plain today!
Thank you so much, Pat. I had a great time.And now, let’s have a preview of Temptation in a Kilt.
She’s on her way to safety
It’s a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong’s desperation that she’s seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn’t care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control…
He redefines dangerous…
Ciaran MacGregor knows it’s perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he’s stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he’ll be ready to show her who he really is…on and off the battlefield.
Rosalia reached out and clutched Ciaran’s arm, immediately realizing her mistake. He felt like a rock underneath his tunic. She became aware of his strength and the warmth of his flesh. She lowered her gaze, but when she looked down, his kilt was parted and showed part of his muscular thigh. It was torture and the room was getting so warm.
Carried away by her own response, she failed to notice that he was still looking at her, waiting. She tingled as he spoke her name. Tenderly, his eyes melted into hers. She could not find her voice. She could barely breathe, and she hungered from the memory of his mouth upon hers. Praise the saints. What was the matter with her?
He leaned in close and whispered in her ear. "Lass, your eyes show me what ye are clearly thinking. I suggest ye remove your hand from my arm and your eyes from my kilt."
Mortified that he’d spoken to her so directly, Rosalia hastily withdrew her hand—but not before her eyes betrayed her by darting to his kilt one last time to see it was clearly tented. She cleared her throat, pretending not to be affected.
* * * * *About Victoria Roberts:
Victoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. An avid lover of all things Scotland—simply, she writes what she loves to read. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young-adult novella (never published) at sixteen years old. Who knew her leather studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt donning Highlander wielding a broadsword?
Represented by the fabulous Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers and Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers.
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of eighteen 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.
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