Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tall, Dark and Kilted... (yum)

If your vacations often come packaged between book covers, you just may want to travel to Scotland via the pages of the novel TALL, DARK and KILTED. Author Lizzie Lamb has a Canadian connection, too. Find out all about it...

A big warm welcome today to Lizzie from across the pond.
Welcome to Magic of the Muses!

Hello, Eileen, thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog and introducing me to Canada. During the 1950’s my father (then a sailor in the Royal Navy) spent some time in Canada and when he returned to Scotland he was very keen to emigrate there, but somehow it never happened. Wonder how different my life would have been if it had. He said the people there were so welcoming, especially when they learned he was Scottish. I hope readers of your blog might feel the same about me and my novel. 

 All About Lizzie Lamb

After teaching my 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, I decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue my first love: writing. In 2006, I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme, honed my craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted. Born in Scotland, but with Irish and Brazilian blood in my veins I’ve always wanted to write a novel set in the romantic Highlands and Wester Ross and with Tall, Dark and Kilted I’ve done just that. I’ve had enormous fun researching men in kilts, falling in love with brooding heroes and rooting for feisty heroines. I love the quick fire interchange between the hero and heroine - like in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hope this comes over in my writing. Although much of my time is taken up with publicizing Tall, Dark and Kilted, I have finished my second novel and am editing it for publication autumn 2013. I am a founding member of an indie publishing group: The New Romantics 4 and our watch cry is: all for one and one for all. Our philosophy is: if you’ve got a dream - go for it. Life is not a rehearsal.

Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it the dream of being her own boss. She’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, but there's a catch. The centre lies five hundred miles north in Wester Ross, Scotland. Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate - starting with Fliss. Facing the dole queue once more Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out his dysfunctional family.  Can Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?

Read the first three chapters of Tall, Dark and Kilted on Amazon Kindle for free.


If you fancy a bout of total escapism with some serious sexiness thrown in, this book ticks all the boxes.”

“Lizzie Lamb has written a great debut novel with wonderful characters, a great location (mainly the atmospheric Scottish Highlands) and some very witty dialogue.”

“The heroine, Fliss, is feisty yet vulnerable and the hero, Ruairi, is...well...he's just gorgeous! The tension that sizzles between them is written to perfection, leaving you guessing right up to the end.”

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Lizzie Lamb said...

Good morning Canada. Many thanks to Eileen for having me on her fabulous blog. I hope I have a chance to chat with you later on today about reading and life in general. Especially anyone of Scottish descent :-)

Eileen Schuh: said...

Thank you, Lizzie, for visiting. Lucky that your visit to Canada was during the summer; it virtually freezes the headlights here during the winter months!

Jan Brigden said...

So lovely to learn more about you and your writing, Lizzie. I've read Tall Dark and Kilted, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here's to book number 2! :) x

Liz Ringrose said...

Is Canada ready for the gorgeous hunk that is Ruairi? I hope so. Lovely blog, Eileen. Such a fun novel, Lizzie xx

Unknown said...

Tall, Dark and Kilted is a real good, feel good read. And Ruairi is quite some hottie.

Eileen Schuh: said...

Thank you to Lizzie's fans for visiting Magic of the Muses. TALL, DARK AND KILTED sounds like a serious summer read.

June Kearns said...

Loved Tall, Dark and Kilted, Lizzie.
Brilliant story, and the setting is wonderful. You have a real feel for the Scottish landscape - I could almost smell the heather!
Love the blog, Eileen.
We took a trip to Canada, to visit relatives, when our eldest was a baby and were entranced by the wide open spaces.

Lizzie Lamb said...

Thank you to everyone who's taken the trouble to leave a comment. I must admit that coming up with a hero to replace Ruairi in my readers' affections hasn't been easy. I just hope I've managed it. You'll have to wait until book 2 comes out this autumn to find out.