I’m pleased to welcome B.J. Scott to my blog today to talk about her release, Highland Quest, share an excerpt and give everyone a chance to win a great prize!
CERIAN: Welcome, B.J.! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
B.J.: 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 PAN 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.
CERIAN: Fantastic! I’m in love with anything Celtic (must be my name). I love the sound of your home. What does your writing area look like?
B.J.: Since I work full time, have a small business on the side, have a home, hubby, four dogs and a cat to care for, I write when and where I can. I usually write in my big easy chair beside the fireplace, but have been know to write anywhere I can.
CERIAN: I can relate. It’s good to be able to write wherever you want. Not everyone is that focused. What is your favorite genre to write (though I think I can guess) How many genres do you write?
B.J.: My favorite genre is historical romance. I am particularly fond of anything Celtic or Scottish, love books about the American Civil war and Native American history. I have works in progress involving all of these time periods. I also have an interest is paranormal, time travel, romantic suspense and the occasional contemporary. I also have books either written and awaiting revisions or planned in these genres as well.
CERIAN: That’s quite a wide variety! You must spend lots of time researching! What inspired your latest story?
B.J.: Highland Quest is the sequel to Highland Legacy. While I planned to write three books and possibly four in this series, I had not intended to write Highland Quest right away. However, I was very fortunate to have Highland Legacy so well received and given the number of requests for a sequel, I put aside my other works in progress and started this one earlier than planned. At first it was a slow go, but once I got into the story, it flowed much better. Upon finishing it, the muse was fresh and the story line for the third book, Highland Homecoming, was ready to be written. I hope to finish it and have it ready for release in the spring of 2013.
CERIAN: Excellent! Must be wonderful to have your fans request a sequel! What is your typical writing day like?
B.J.: I get up early, see the dogs are taken care of and have my morning tea. Once that is done, it all depends on if it is a weekend or week day. I work full time as a child care provider for special needs kids so usually am out the door at 9 am and do not get home until 6 pm. After dinner is over and I have checked my emails and blogs etc, I try to find time to write. On the weekends, if I am not away for my small business, I try to get up early and write, since mornings are my most productive time. Basically, I write when and where I can so it might me late in the day or early morning. On a good day and when the muse is talking, I have been known to write from early morning and into the wee hours, only taking a break for essentials. But that does not happen as often as I would like.
CERIAN: That is quite a schedule! I’m very impressed. What else do you like to do besides write?
B.J.: When not working or writing, I enjoy camping, antiquing, visiting historical sites, reading and relaxing with my hubby. I also do a variety of handcrafts and my small business involves machine embroidery and heat pressing pictures onto items like mugs, and other assorted items.
CERIAN: Very busy! I admire people who can do embroidery. I never could do it, though I always loved to paint. Okay, I have a bunch of short answer questions.
Favorite animal: Giraffe
Favorite comfort food: Italian
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Autumn
Favorite book: The lion the witch and the wardrobe by CS Lewis
Favorite movie: toss between Braveheart and Dances with Wolves.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do? Work in a museum. (that’s what I wanted to do when I went into college! My goal was to work at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington DC)
Best vacation ever: Honeymoon in Hawaii is the best I have been on, but dream of going to Scotland some day.
How do we find you?
Okay, now let’s find out more about your book, Highland Quest!
No longer content in the shadows of his older brothers and on a quest to find his destiny, Bryce Fraser’s chosen path is fraught with danger, passion, and decisions. Can his unspoken love for spirited, beguiling Fallon be triumphant in a time of war and uncertainty, or will they both fall prey to the devious plans of a traitorous laird from a rival clan?
Loch Ryan Scotland, 1307
“Wa . . . water,” Bryce mumbled, but there was no one there to listen.
His throat was parched and he ran his tongue over dry, cracked lips, but his action offered no relief. An entire loch lay only a few feet away, but he couldn’t muster the strength to drag himself to the bank and quench his thirst.
“Cold . . . so cold.”
Despite the sun beating down on him, he’d swear he was encased in ice. His life’s blood seeped from his wounds, soaking the ground beneath him. He tried to raise his head, but the excruciating pain radiating across his chest stole his breath away.
Was this what it felt like to die? If so, he prayed the Almighty would be merciful and take him now.
Bryce moaned, a shift in his position bringing on another nauseating wave of agony. He sucked in a short, sharp, gulp of air and stretched his arm out as far as he could, his fingers grappling in the dirt.
If only I could reach my sword.
Beads of perspiration dampened his brow. As the strength slowly drained from his body, drawing a simple breath became more difficult. The end grew near. No time to make amends for sins of the past, and he had committed his share.
Regrets? He had those, too. “Fallon.” He whispered her name then heaved a ragged sigh.
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B.J. will award gifts of swag (including a canvas tote bag, a mouse pad, a pen, book thong, bookmark, can cooler, magnet, and key chain — US/Canada only) to randomly drawn commenters from this tour and her Virtual Book Tour, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter from this tour and her Super Book Blast. So make sure you stop in on her other blog stops for more chances to win!