Friday, May 17, 2013

Sky Purington Loves Men in Kilts

So what is it about a man in a kilt? More specifically, what is it about a Highlander from medieval Scotland. In my case, my husband’s clan (MacLomains) and mine (Brouns) being intermarried for three hundred years during that time period kicked off my interest. I’d be lying if I said those first few months of research didn’t make me fall totally in love with the concept of a tall, oh-so-sexy kilted warrior. If fact, the image and sense of romanticism attached to this type of character worked so incredibly well for me that I’ve since introduced five Highland heroes and am currently creating my sixth.

Yet one hero stands out above the rest. Who would that be? You guessed it, Adlin MacLomain, hero of Highland Defiance. While he’s technically my fifth hero, he’s really my first as he was born before all the rest.

I knew within a few chapters of writing Fate’s Monolith (The MacLomain Series- Book I) that the clan needed a head shaman. So a quarter of the way through we meet an old man with a plaid wrapped over his wiry shoulders. This, of course, was Adlin. The moment he spoke of mysticism and Samhain celebrations, it became apparent he was going to play a much larger role throughout my books than previously anticipated. In one single paragraph, Adlin’s character had whispered in my mind that he intended to stay with me for many years. Since then he has appeared in six novels from two separate series and one novella. He has gone from being an old meddlesome, match-making wizard to a ghost with a strong secondary character contribution. 

For all the love connections he helped make happen, it was without question that he be allowed to fall in love as well. Soon after I made that decision, Mildred found her way into Destiny’s Denial (Book II) playing the part of the heroine’s grandmother. Without giving away too much, it becomes obvious that she and Adlin once shared a great love, one that remains strong throughout the series then straight into the afterlife.

Based on feedback, I knew it was time for Mildred and Adlin’s love story to be told. In fact, it was because of reader requests that my new series, The MacLomain Series- Early Years, was created. Naturally this run of books is dedicated to sharing all those untold romances from the original series.

In Highland Defiance the reader travels back in time to early eleventh century Scotland. A time when the feudal system reigned and even the country’s first king had yet set foot on Scottish soil. Adlin MacLomain was a young, virulent, handsome Highlander capable of stealing any lass’s heart. No offense to Adlin but he pulled off a kilt far better at twenty-five than he ever did in his eighties. *winks*

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed visiting not only Adlin in his youth, but his heroine, Mildred. It was immensely interesting taking their well-developed elderly personalities and envisioning how they would have behaved minus a lifetime of experience. Well, at least for Mildred. You’ll have to read Highland Defiance to learn the truth about Adlin.

For those of you familiar with the MacLomains, I hope Adlin and Mildred’s story is everything you hoped it would be. For those of you learning about this series for the first time here at Catherine’s blog, get ready for an explosive Highland saga ripe with war, loss, drama, lust, and so much more. Better yet, prepare yourself for over a thousand pages of 6’4 plus, weapon-wielding, well-muscled men in kilts!

And be sure to check out Alexander and Iosbail's story in Highland Persuasion 
The MacLomain Series- Early Years Book Two


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Fang-tastic Books

May 6 Guest blog and review
Coffee & A Book Anytime

May 7 Spotlight
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May 8 Spotlight
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May 9 Spotlight
Stitch Read Cook

May 9 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

May 10 Guest blog and review
Hywela Lyn - Romance That's 'Out Of This World'

May 13 Interview and review
Shut Up & Read 

May 14 Guest blog
TBQ'S Book Palace

May 14 Spotlight
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May 15 Spotlight and review
Celestial Reviews

May 15 review
Turning the Pages

May 16 Guest blog
KH LeMoyne

May 17 Interview and review
Vicky at Deal Sharing Aunt

May 17 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm

Highland Persuasion
The MacLomain Series- Early Years
Sky Purington

Genre:  Time-travel Highlander Romance


Number of pages:   180
Word Count:  61 K

Cover Artist:  Tamra Westberry

Book Description: 

Iosbail MacLomain will do whatever it takes to bring Laird Alexander Sinclair to his knees. Even if it means she has to travel through time to eleventh century Scotland and manipulate a king into marrying her off to the enemy.

What she doesn't anticipate is a bitter rivalry between King Edgar and Alexander Sinclair. It seems the man she just married is by birthright a threat to the throne. Her plans are suddenly hindered when she and her new husband are almost murdered.

Their lives on the line, Alexander and Iosbail are forced to flee across the country. Fraught with risk, adventure and wild, unexpected desire they struggle against overwhelming odds. Only on MacLomain land does justice stand a chance.

Will a true king find shelter so far from his homeland? Can a woman set out for vengeance forgive deeds done wrong?

Better yet, can enemies persuade one another to forgive and perhaps even love?

Find out in a powerful story that leaves no soul untouched... HIGHLAND PERSUASION.

About the Author:

Sky is the best-selling author of seven novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

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Sky Purington said...

Thanks for another great book tour, Roxanne. I had a blast! :-)