by B.J. Scott
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The last thing Alasdair Fraser expects to find on an isolated beach in Northern Scotland is a beautiful, unconscious lass. Unable to turn his back on someone in need, he delays his journey and tends to her injuries–an act that has him questioning his destiny and his plans to rejoin the fight for Scotland’s independence.
Will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal and his own stubbornness keep them apart forever?
Northern Coast of Scotland. Summer 1308
Hooves pounded against rocks, surf, and sand as Alasdair Fraser pushed his mount beyond reasonable limits. Few things rivaled the thrill and exhilarating rush of mastering the powerful destrier between his thighs, controlling the magnificent beast with reins and will. The wind whipped through unbound hair and the tangy scent of the salty sea air filled Alasdair’s nostrils.
He’d ridden hard all afternoon, hoping to reach the stronghold of his longtime friend, Jayden Sinclair. But the sun had slipped below the horizon, the twilight sky ablaze with orange, red, and purple hues. Darkness would soon be upon him and he’d be forced to make camp for the night. He licked his parched lips and his stomach rumbled. Many hours had passed since he’d last eaten, but a hot meal and a tankard of ale would have to wait. Water, oatcakes, and a bit of dried venison would suffice until he reached his destination.
He dug in his heels, and the steed surged forward. The more distance they covered before nightfall, the shorter the journey would be on the morrow. But as they rounded a bend in the shoreline, Odin faltered, reared up on his hind legs, then began to dance nervously from side-to-side. The battle-hardened warhorse didn’t spook easily so Alasdair took heed of the animal’s uneasiness.
With one hand resting on the hilt of his sword, the other fisting the reins, he carefully surveyed the immediate area. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary, yet the niggling of trepidation gnawing at his gut led him to believe there was something amiss. He nudged the horse’s flank and the pair advanced with caution.
They’d only traveled a short distance up the beach when the sight of something a few yards ahead at the water’s edge brought them to an abrupt halt. With his heart hammering in his chest, Alasdair cupped his hand over his brow and narrowed his eyes, trying to get a better look. The image came into focus and he could make out the unmistakable outline of a person sprawled out on the shore.
“What is it, Odin? Or, should I say, who is it?”
While this could be someone in need, it might also be a trap, an enemy or bandit lying in wait. Without hesitation, Alasdair slid from the saddle, pulled a claymore from the baldric slung on his back, and raced down the beach on foot. Stopping a few feet away, he sucked in a sharp breath.
He sheathed his weapon and took a step closer. A young woman, wearing nothing more than a thin nightrail, lay motionless in the sand, the waves of the incoming tide lapping at her bare feet.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.
Highland Homecoming( book 3 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Quest (book 2 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Legacy: (book 1 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in a small town in southern Ontario Canada, about twenty minutes from Niagara Falls. I now live in an even smaller village on the shore of Lake Erie, with my husband and assorted fur babies. After a career in nursing and childe and youth work, I now work as a child care provider, specializing in children with special needs. I also have two small home-based businesses and if that isn’t enough try to stay on top of running a household and finding time to write. I often find myself wishing for more hours in a day.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Highland Homecoming is the third book in the Fraser Brothers Trilogy, a series that follows the lives of three Highlanders, dedicated to the fight for Scottish independence and the strong, independent women who change their lives forever. We meet Alasdair Fraser, the gruff, outspoken, oldest brother, and least likely to take a bride in book one, Highland Legacy. With a larger than average build and a fierce loyalty to clan, king and country, Alasdair has dedicated his life to the Scottish cause. While wives and bairns appear to suit his brothers, Alasdair does not trust women and has no use for one in his life. The last thing he expects to find on a secluded beach in northern Scotland is an unconscious lass. Unable to turn his back on someone in peril, he delays his journey to care for her—a Good Samaritan act that finds him battling duty and desire. The question is, will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal and his own stubbornness drive a wedge between them?
How do you create your characters?
While it might sound cliché, my characters tend to create themselves for the most part. When I start a story, I have a rough outline of my plot planned, have a general idea of the main and secondary characters, and even their appearance, but who they are inside, their strengths, flaws, and how they react to various situations evolves with the story. Yes, my heroes and heroines have flaws. This makes the characters more realistic and people that the readers can hopefully relate to and root for. Nothing is carved in stone, not even their name until the book is finished.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
A true Gemini, I was born with the gift of gab and an appreciation for a good story. I am a history buff and have always had a fascination for anything Scottish or Celtic. I attribute that to my Scottish, Irish and English ancestry. After raising my two children and fifteen years in the health care and social service field, I found myself dealing with some personal and health issues. Something was missing in my life and the urge to write grew stronger. I decided to enroll in some college courses in creative writing and loved it. After several assignments, my teacher suggested that the romance genre was where I should focus my attentions. Historical romance seemed the logical choice. However, I do have some projects in the works that are romantic suspense, paranormal and time travel.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
With my hectic schedule and time being so precious, I write when and where ever I can. I am never far from a laptop and always keep a pad and pen handy. I find writing in total silence difficult so need some background noise, be it a TV or radio on while I work. When faced with writer block or a chapter that does not want to fall into place, I head to my large, cast iron, claw foot tub, fill it with lavender bath oil and soak for as long as it takes. I have been known to come out several hours later, and usually with my problem resolved.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Like my characters the ideas just seem to come to me. I can be sitting doing something totally unrelated to writing when an idea pops into my head. Having a love of history helps too. I love the research part and finding new and interesting things that I can share with my readers. While my books are fiction, I often incorporate actual historical facts or events to enhance the story. Right now, I have far too many ideas and not enough time.
What do you like to read?
I read primarily historical romance and historical fiction. Anything to do with medieval Scotland and Ireland are high on my list, but I also have a fondness for books that take place during the American Civil war, War of 1812, settling the frontier and anything related to Native American culture. While not a huge fan of contemporary, fantasy, horror, or urban legends, I do enjoy a good romantic suspense or a paranormal ghost story.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
The best advice I could give would be do your homework and choose your genre wisely. Not all genres sell and there is a lot more to being an author than most people think. The number of promotional hours involved, time spent in edits and other aspects of the publishing and marketing process can be staggering. Writing the book and handing it over to a publisher is only the beginning. I was in for a huge awakening when my first book was published and had to learn so much about all aspects of promo and the social media that until that time were foreign to me. Write what you love and know and it will show. Be prepared for the fact that not everyone will love you work and use both positive and negative feedback to your advantage. Use it to become the best author you can be.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I want to thank you for hosting me today. I look forward to visiting with you and those who drop by. For those interested, all three books are available on Amazon. While a series, I have tried to write them so they can also stand on their own. I am currently working on another Scottish Historical, Bedded By Her Highland Enemy, that I hope to see published early in 2014.