Today--in a special author interview--I have fellow Brit Claire Robyns talking about her Carina Press release, BETRAYED. We both have stories set in Scotland, but Claire's is a gritty historical :)
Thanks for having me over, Toni. I’ve been loving your travelling posts and hope you’re super inspired now to write your next book!
I’m really excited to share a little about Betrayed, my medieval Scottish romance released from Carina Press. This is my debut book, so treble that release week jitters.
Two Feuding Families
Amber Jardin has no taste for the bitter feud started before her father’s banishment. But now that he’s passed, she’s had to return to Scotland and his barbaric people. After her bloodthirsty uncle kidnaps one of the family’s rivals, Amber is in turn captured by Krayne Johnstone, the enemy laird. Despite their enmity, their attraction is immediate—and unfortunate, as Amber has sworn to escape.
One Lusty Temptation
Krayne is amazed at the wildcat’s repeated attempts to flee. He should steel himself against her beguiling ways—yet with time, he is driven more witless with lust. When the ransom exchange fails and Krayne is left with Amber, he finds he cannot tolerate the thought of her with another man—and she cannot tolerate the thought of returning to her uncle’s home.
Will passion and love win out over mistrust and betrayal in time to prevent an all-out war?
You can read an excerpt at http://www.clairerobyns.com/Betrayed.html
I don’t have a fascinating job like, say, being a marine biologist J I’m a software developer and have to save all my inspiration for the deep night once the kids are in bed and hubbie’s parked in front of a good dvd. Writing historical romance is a far cry from my high tech day world and I love immersing myself in the days of yonder.
Scotland has always fascinated me, now and then. Some places are so remote and rustic, it’s easy to imagine away the modern world and conjure up some hot lads in kilts!
Betrayed is not a sweet romance. Life in medieval Scotland was filled with strife, feuds, raiding, bloodshed and war. I like to believe that in between all of that, couples still managed to overcome all obstacles and fall in love. But I didn’t give Amber and Krayne an easy time of it, both these characters are flawed and I don’t always approve of their actions, but they are real people driven by vengeance, honour and desperation in barbaric times.
Oh, and there’s lots of fun too! I had the greatest time researching what those wayward Scots got up to.
Working with Carina Press has been wonderful, I couldn’t have dreamt up a better publisher if I’d plotted my publication story myself. I’ve always wanted to be published by Harlequin, and this might be a back door I’ve slipped through but it feels like a double-vaulted front door to me J I’ve read quite a few of the launch books (including Sea of Suspicion) and I’m totally loving the quality and variety. Carina Press has quickly become my number one place to browse when I’m in the mood for a new book to read.
Well, thanks for listening to me ramble on about this and that, not sure I actually said much that made sense, but I sure had fun!
Thanks for being here, Claire. Software developer sounds pretty cool too. At least you don't smell like a fish :)
You can visit with Claire on her