Why My Heart’s Not All in the Highlands by Shehanne Moore
I’m a Scot—like the lovely Christine Elaine Black who has kindly agreed to join me in an across the ocean blog swop today. So obviously when it came to writing historical romance why not choose a man in a kilt? A plaid actually if we are going to be 'propahly' historical about it. Lol, what was it one reviewer said about His Judas Bride? ‘No simple additions of ye ken, ‘at the end of sentences here'.
But I don’t just plunder the Highlands for stories. Why do I set my stories in different places and what do I prefer writing--Regency, or Scottish—a commenter asked me recently in a book tour. I suppose the answer is my passion is simply the past.
But it’s more than that. Themes are universal. They are timeless. What we all identify with. Be it hundreds of years ago, or today. People and all their little foibles, their desires, their passions and their needs, are timeless too.
I may love Glencoe. It’s so savagely grand I wanted to set a story there. And I wanted it to be true to how life probably was for these clans who all fought each other at the drop of a bonnet over land, cows and sheep and yet had all this wonderful talk of honor. But His Judas Bride isn’t that story. It’s about how two people can look at each other and...
Oh, what an inconvenient chemical attraction. The totally irrational kind you can’t think for, eat for, sleep for, the kind you throw away the stakes for, where you know, as both Callm and Kara do, ‘fires only burn out of control if you let them’ and what do they both go and do? Chuck on a ton of oil.
So, was it difficult for me to haul my heart out of the Highlands and write two books set in Regency times, one in Genoa, one in rural Berkshire in England? No, because while location is always central to the mechanics of the plot, I wasn’t thinking the Ton or Bath when I wrote these books.
The Unraveling of Lady Fury may be set in Genoa in 1820, strip everything away it is the story of a woman who has never quite got past how the love of her life ruined that life—how can she, she has his child?-- and now the damned blackguard’s back.
The Napoleonic War and the back of an English beyonds are vital to the plot of my forthcoming book Loving Lady Lazuli because I need the intimacy and intrigue, I need the hero to have suffered for ten years in the army for a crime he didn’t commit, so it’s turned him into what he is. But a backdrop is all it is. In this story I’m looking at whether you can be saved from yourself.
To me character is king and themes are universal and I just try choose the era and the location to suit them, which is why right now I’m with the Vikings.....
His Judas Bride
To love, honor, and betray…
To get back her son, she will stop at nothing…
For five years Kara McGurkie has preferred to forget she’s a woman. So it’s no problem for her to swear to love and honor, to help destroy a clan, when it means getting back the son she lost. But when dire circumstances force her to seduce her fiancé’s brother on the eve of the wedding, will the dark secrets she holds and her greatest desire be enough to save her from his powerful allure?
To save his people, neither will he…
Callm McDunnagh, the Black Wolf of Lochalpin, ruthlessly guards heart and glen from dangerous intruders. But from the moment he first sees Kara he knows he must possess her, even though surrendering to his passion may prove the most dangerous risk of all.
She has nothing left to fear except love itself…
Now only Kara can decide what passion can save or destroy, and who will finally learn the truth of the words… Till death do us part.
Meet the Author:
Shehanne Moore writes gritty, witty, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. What hasn’t she worked at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author? Shehanne still lives in Scotland, with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds collide, she plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking.
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