Monday, January 28, 2013

Victoria Roberts: X Marks the Scot

Celtic romance author Victoria Roberts has an exciting new release, and she’s visiting The Plain today to tell us all about it. Welcome back, Victoria. So. A new installment in your romantic Scottish Highland series. Good news! Please share a little about X Marks the Scot and its characters.
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Pat, it’s great to be back at The Plain today. Thanks so much for having me.

I’m very pleased to announce that X Marks the Scot, the second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series, is scheduled for release February 5th, 2013.

Declan MacGregor was so much fun to write. I rarely had to think of what the rogue would say in any given situation because his words were always a sarcastic comeback. His character was loosely based on Ian Somerhalder’s character on The Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore. Although Declan sometimes takes it a bit more over-the-top than Mr. Salvatore, deep down, the man has a big heart and I’ll think readers will recognize that, too.

Lady Liadain Campbell was the bloody Campbell’s sister from Temptation in a Kilt. And she’s had enough of men and their games. When she’s thrown together with the infamous MacGregor rogue, sparks fly, tempers flare and attraction is hard to resist, even though she tries.

Blurb:
He was a Highland Rogue—Wicked with a Bow and Arrow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies.
Declan MacGregor hadn't a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman...until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can't just abandon her to that vipers' nest without protection.

She Never Asked for a Bodyguard...
Liadain wasn't thrilled to be left in the care of her clan's archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust...

Excerpt:
"Get up, ye whoreson."

Praying he was still in an ale-induced state and only dreaming, Declan MacGregor of Glenorchy slowly opened his eyes as he felt the prick of cold steel against his throat. A man with graying hair at his temples stood a hairbreadth away from the bed, dagger in hand.

A muscle ticked in the man’s jaw. "Get up," he said through clenched teeth.

The blonde in the bed next to Declan—what was her name?—gasped and tugged up the blanket to cover her exposed breasts. Her eyes widened in fear.

"Ye defiled my daughter," the stranger growled.

Declan raised his hands in mock surrender. "I assure ye that I didnae." He stole a sideways glance at the woman and silently pleaded for his latest conquest to come to his aid.

"Papa?" The fair-skinned beauty sat up on the bed. "What are ye doing here?"

Glancing at his daughter, the man spoke in clipped tones. "This whoreson had ye and will wed ye."

"Now just a bloody minute. I…"

Whipping his head back around, the enraged father glared at Declan, repositioning the dagger—much lower. Feeling the contact of the blade, Declan took a sharp intake of breath while the woman sprang from the bed as though it was afire. Hastily, she grabbed her clothing and started to don her attire.

He silently chuckled, realizing the irony of the moment. What would Ciaran think? Declan had chosen to remain at court to escape his older brother’s scrutiny, now only to be thrown deeper into hot water. In fact, it was scalding.

The fair-colored lass rolled her eyes at her father. "Really, Papa, ye must cease your attempts at matchmaking. I donna wish to wed him."

She pulled on her father’s dagger-held hand, thankfully removing the blade from the most favorite part of Declan’s anatomy. He breathed a sigh of relief when he reached down and felt that his most prized possession was still intact.

What the hell had he gotten himself into? The gods knew he had needs, but if he wasn’t more selective of the women he bedded, the fairer sex would surely be the death of him.

He needed to escape.

Declan threw back the blankets, stood, and quickly tossed his trews into the air with his foot. While father and daughter were huddled in deep conversation, he donned his trews, pulled on his tunic, grabbed his boots, and simply walked out—unnoticed and unscathed.
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Praise for X Marks the Scot:
Enthralling Highlander romance. One of the best Highlander stories I've ever read. This is one author who just keeps on getting better.
—Night Owl Reviews 5/5 - Reviewer Top Pick

For a complex story brimming over with pride and passion, betrayal, trust and most of all the power to make a bad boy a hero, pick up this read.
—RT Book Reviews 4½ Star Review
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About Victoria Roberts:
Victoria Roberts writes sexy, 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 is also a 2012 Reviewers Choice Nominee for Best First Historical novel for her debut, Temptation in a Kilt. Her second novel, X Marks the Scot, will be released February 2013 and the third, To Wed a Wicked Highlander, September 2013.

Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine, Celtic Guide.

Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of nineteen 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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View the Book Trailer for X Marks the Scot

19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me today, Pat. What a great way to start off the blog tour!

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    1. My pleasure, Victoria. Glad to help get word out about your Bad Boys :-) Good luck with your blog tour!

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  2. Can't wait to read this one, Victoria - as soon as I finish "Temptation in a Kilt!" Congrats on your new release!

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I think we have our tours at the same time. Perhaps I'll see you on the road! Congrats on your new release as well.

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    2. Thanks for the good wishes, Victoria! :)

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  3. That's one wicked excerpt! Loved it! Best to you Victoria on this latest release.
    I hope you rock it!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I hope I rock it too! *fingers crossed*

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  4. Good luck to you, Victoria, with the new release!

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  5. I love the clever title. Sounds like good reading. Congrats on the release.

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie. I actually came up with this one and was so happy Sourcebooks loved it too!

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  6. Good luck with your latest release, Victoria! I'm sure it will be a huge hit.
    ~Cate

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    1. Thanks, Cate! I love your positive thinking!

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  7. Sounds like a great book. One I'm going to have to have. I also loved your trailer. I'm a visual person and it told me enough about the story to where I would want to read it just from watching.
    Thanks for sharing
    Lynda

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  8. I can't wait for this release! I love me some Declan! :)

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    1. Thanks, Leah! I think we ALL love Declan, and the funny thing is...I think he loves us back! Rogue.

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  9. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit Victoria and her Bad Boys. And thank you, Victoria, for a delightful post. All the best to you and your new release,X Marks the Scot.

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    1. Pat, thank YOU so much for having me. Your readers are always very nice. Happy reading everyone!

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