I would like to welcome Victoria Roberts to Royal Reviews!
Thank you so much for having me today at Royal Reviews. I’m really excited to be here with you today. *cyber wave*
Question 1- Tell us something about yourself, so that we can get to know you a bit better…
I’m a hard-working wife and mother, blessed with two great kids. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan! Home is in western Pennsylvania, but my heart is in the Scottish Highlands.
Question 2- Your historical romance Temptation in a Kilt is out now—congrats! Could you tell us about it?
Thank you so much! It’s been a really exciting adventure for me.
Temptation in a Kilt starts with our troubled heroine, Lady Rosalia Armstrong, who has suffered many years of physical and emotional abuse by the hands of both her parents. When the family fortune is spent, her beloved parents decide to offer her up to an English lord known for his debauchery and scandal. Rosalia refuses to be wed to this unsavory man and decides to take control of her own life by escaping to the Scottish Highlands, seeking refuge from her estranged grandmother.
Laird Ciaran MacGregor has enough troubles of his own. King James has demanded peace in the Highlands. And Ciaran would have no problem with that, but his liege’s command does not keep the neighboring Campbell clan from being a pain in Ciaran’s arse. On top of that, our poor hero has made a vow to his father to keep his younger brother on a straight path, a task easier said than done.
When Ciaran discovers Rosalia on his way back from court, sparks fly, tempers flare, and they both find themselves fighting their own temptations.
Question 3- In Temptation in a Kilt the heroine, Lady Rosalia Armstrong, has had a rather rough life. What prompted you to have a tormented heroine?
I’ve read so many stories where the heroine is drop-dead gorgeous and her circumstances/conflict never really appealed to me. I knew when I sat down to write this tale that I wanted to write a story that readers could relate to. Rosalia is not perfect. She’s flawed. Her family molded her into THAT woman, and when you turn the last page, Rosalia becomes her own woman. She eventually finds peace within herself and I think that’s really a part of what every woman searches for.
Question 4- How much research went into this novel?
A significant amount of research goes into all of my books whether it’s via the internet, books, clans, maps, Scottish folklore, etc., I try my best to stay true to historical accuracy. But I do write fiction.
Question 5- How did you find the perfect balance of history and romance?
I think my editor says it best, “A little Scottish flair goes a long way.” I also have my fabulous CP (critique partner) who keeps me on track, finding that perfect balance. As a reader, I don’t appreciate it when someone tries to preach to me or teach me a lesson. I read for escape. Being an author, I always keep that thought in the back of my mind. I don’t want to give readers a history lesson. If you’ve read Temptation in a Kilt and I was able to take you away from life for a few hours, I’ve done my job. And I hope you enjoy it!
Question 6- What can readers expect next?
X Marks the Scot is the second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series. It’s scheduled for release in February 2013. This book is Declan MacGregor and Lady Liadain Campbell’s story.
Question 7- Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?
Write. Write. Write. Practice does eventually make perfect.
Thank you so much for having me today. This has been a lot of fun!
She’s on her way to safety
It’s a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong’s desperation that she’s seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn’t care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control…
He redefines dangerous…
Ciaran MacGregor knows it’s perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he’s stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he’ll be ready to show her who he really is…on and off the battlefield.
About the Author:
Victoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past.
An avid lover of all things Scotland—simply, she writes what she loves to read. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young-adult novella (never published) at sixteen years old. Who knew her leather studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt donning Highlander wielding a broadsword?
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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