The Great Scots Blog Tour and Giveaway!


This morning I have a fun post featuring recent releases with Highlanders.  I have an excerpt from Paula Quinn’s latest book, as well as an interview with Sue-Ellen Welfonder.  Please enjoy, and be sure to enter the awesome giveaway!



Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?


What was left? Everything! Why was she saying all the wrong things today? Why were the two people she cared about forbidden? When he moved to turn away and leave her as Sarah had, she stopped him, taking hold of his arm. Forbidden had never stopped her before. She wouldn’t let it now.

He turned and she looked up into his despairing gaze. Did he care for her?

She reached her hand up to his face and watched his lids close as she touched him.

“There is something between us, Edmund. It draws me to ye even when every thought in my head is shouting to keep my distance fer our hearts’ sake. It tempts me to beg God that if this is a dream and I am still asleep at David’s feet in my uncle’s garden, never let me wake. I don’t want to contemplate

my life. I want to live it.”

She spread her thumb over his enticing mouth and inched closer toward it. “And all the pleasures of it. With ye. I know none of them and I want to learn with ye.”

He pulled her in the rest of the way and covered her mouth with a hot, hungry kiss. She answered, rising up on the tips of her toes and plunging her fingers into his locks, then pulling him down to answer her passion. She felt engulfed in flames. Her nipples burned, as did the crux between her legs. Her lungs, too, so she didn’t waste any breath speaking, except to say, “Take me inside.”




About Paula Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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[SEW] Thanks so much for hosting the tour today, Julie! It’s great to be here and you asked some clever questions. I love that, so thanks! (also loved seeing you’re a fellow animal lover)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you for taking the time to drop by and answer my questions!   Describe yourself in five words or less.

[SEW] Loves Scotland, animals, books, quiet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[SEW] Water. (I live in most-times sunny and broiling southwest Florida)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now?

[SEW]  Scottish rocks, an empty tea cup, and a framed picture of my beloved Jack Russell terrier, Em. (he’s sharing my desk chair, sleeping soundly behind me, snoring his little dog snores)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[SEW] Anyone who lives in the wildest, most empty and remote corner of Scotland.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You are lost in the mountains after a hiking trip gone terribly awry. Who do you want to rescue you?

[SEW] Grim Mackintosh, hero of ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, Scandalous Scots 0.5. Grim also had a strong role in my Highland Warriors trilogy and makes continuing appearances throughout my new Scandalous Scots series. Here’s his description…

Tough and battle-hardened, Grim is a fearsome warrior. He’s formidable with both a sword and a Norse war ax, which he prefers. He’s also fierce-looking, being a big, powerfully-muscled man with smoke-gray eyes, wild black hair and his beard rings. For all his ferocity in battle, Grim is great-hearted and a good man. He is loyal, a staunch friend, and he loves animals.

I’d trust my life to Grim and I’m convinced he exists out there somewhere, just the other side of a swirl of Highland mist.

Julie, thank you again for hosting the tour. And thanks to all readers looking in today. Your participation makes these tours so much fun. Good luck in the drawing! I hope you’ll enjoy TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER.

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Twitter: @se_welfonder

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As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.





About Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.
Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.
Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.
Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.
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54 thoughts on “The Great Scots Blog Tour and Giveaway!

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Julie, Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! It’s great to be here with Sue-Ellen. I really enjoyed the interview! I’m an animal lover too and have more pets than I care to admit 🙂

    Waving at Sue-Ellen, good to see you here today! I love your description of little Em and his doggie snores. Cute! And Grim! Oh, what a hero! I’d like him to rescue me too!

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Oh, and another thing – Sue-Ellen, when you answered like this, SEW] “Anyone who lives in the wildest, most empty and remote corner of Scotland.” I knew we were separated at birth!

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Good morning! I have a question for Sue-Ellen. I’ve heard that Jack Russells are very energetic dogs and can become neurotic if not exercised…a lot. True? Two of our children are contemplating Jack Russells as pets but only one of them is athletic and outdoorsy. Just curious. I can tell from your interview that I think I’d better get some books on your backlist as well as this newest one. 🙂 And I’d trade a day for being in Scotland as well! When I was there in the 80’s, I never made it to the northernmost part of Scotland…or Skye. I’d dearly love to go!

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Both of these books look like awesome reads!

  • March 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I love the castles in Scottish stories.

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Loved both the excerpt (fanning self) from Paula and the interview with Sue-Ellen (Ahh, Grim. Sigh.). Have a wonderful day~~

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Loved the interview. Always nice learning new tidbits about my favorite author.

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Love the interview! I am hooked to both your books so captivating!

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I really loved Paula’s excerpt and Sue-Ellen’s interview. I also adore Grim, and am falling in love with both Paula and Sue-Ellen’s latest heroes and heroines.

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Waving right back at you, Paula! Isn’t this a fun place to be on a Saturday? I know you have wee doggies, too, so you’ll surely know that ‘little dog snore.’ Sweet music to a dog-lover’s ears, isn’t it? So precious!

    Love that we’re running tandem on the same ‘soul path’ re loving Scotland. Only bad thing about my answer, “Anyone who lives in the wildest, most empty and remote corner of Scotland,” is that, wouldn’t it break our hearts to have to leave?

    Savored every word of your excerpt, by the way. I am so enjoying THE SEDUCTION OF MISS AMELIA BELL. As said elsewhere, my only regret is being so busy lately and so, unable to read the book in one sitting. I’m reading a chapter or so a night, before bed. Beautiful story!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    PS Paula, Grim is one of the extra-special characters. Sure, we love them all. But now and then, one reaches up out of the ink and wraps themselves around our hearts, so real and alive that we’re sure they really exist out there somewhere, just a breath away, in another realm, but so close. Grim is such a character. Another is Sir Marmaduke aka ‘Sir M’ in my MacKenzie series. And, of course, my dear old Devorgilla, the meddlesome crone who weaves mischief and mayhem through all my books.

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Janice, I am so glad you asked about JRTs. They are my favorite breed and, like the haggis I love so dearly, Jacks, too, have an undeserved bad rap. Em is now 15 and still pretty robust and active and healthy, his age considered. So they live a long time, which is a huge plus. I have known and know many other JRTs and have never once met one who wasn’t sweet, incredibly smart, fiercely devoted, and cute as a button. An excellent pet in all ways.

    The ‘super hyper’ reputation is a bunch of bunk, in my opinion. Em has never been hyper, not even as a puppy or young dog. Of course, I work at home, so am always here and I do take him for several walks a day. In younger years, he enjoyed chasing tennis balls. Otherwise, he has always been pretty calm and quiet. He usually sleeps on my lap (or behind me on my chair) when I write. Or he rests on the window seat in my office, watching the world go by.

    He is also not a barker and never has been. He has the sweetest disposition and is more loving than any dog I’ve ever had. He is also very good with other people and dogs, and always super-gentle to any children we meet when out and who ask if they can pet him.

    I love JRTs and will always have one. I hope your children will get Jacks. They are great dogs, excellent pets, and the hyper nonsense is just that. I’ve known tons of them and never yet met one who fit the hype people go on about, about them.

    Let me know what happens. 🙂 I will post a picture of Em on FB later today.

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Loved the interview! Sitting here in the midst of a very wild and stormy Florida day thinking of Sue-Ellen and how much she must be loving it! I enjoyed the questions as I always enjoy learning more about my favorite authors and their stories. Thanks!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Janice, I hope you’ll enjoy my other books. I have been published for 15 years now, so have a good-sized backlist. You might also enjoy my Allie Mackay titles. I love them so much as they are my ‘fun books’ and much of the action in them is gleaned from my own adventures in Scotland. (like my love-hate affair with driving left),

    Skye is wonderful and I hope you get there. It’s definitely a must-see. But my all-time favorite part of Scotland is the far north, followed by the Isles. I love the wild places and it doesn’t get much more rugged and ‘deliciously desolate’ than in the far north.

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Amy A, Paula and I love, love, love Scotland, so if you do, too, you should enjoy our books. Good luck!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Karen C ~ Thanks so much for looking in. So glad you were happy to see Grim. I agree about Paula’s excerpt. 🙂 I am reading the book now and loving every line. It’s wonderful!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Kathy L ~ You are so kind. She asked some really neat questions, didn’t she? This is a good tour stop: great Q&A questions and a superb choice with Paula’s excerpt.

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Nicole ~ So good to see you in here, too! I adored the interview questions. It was so refreshing to get neat, fun questions. Different than the usual ‘why Scotland?,” “why Highlanders?” Delighted you enjoy our work. 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Cathy P! ~ Great to see you in here, too! Thanks so much for your good words about Grim. Love that man! I swear he lives. Seriously. It’s so good to hear that you’re enjoying our new books. Yay!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Trudy!!! ~ You know me so well! I just nearly lost my afternoon tea onto the screen. I know you are suffering through our wild and stormy, chilly day! Just as you know I am loving it up! Every raw minute. BLISS!!!!

    Everyone, Trudy and I are neighbors (well, maybe an hour apart), so we hook up in real time now and then. Good times when we do! And – don’t everyone turn green – in a few weeks she is going to Ireland AND Scotland!!!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    PS Trudy ~ I adored the interview, too. Super questions, so fun and original. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Julie ~ Thank you so much for hosting our tour today. This is such a super-fun site. I love it! Also loved your interview questions. I told my publicist at GCP how much I enjoyed them. After 15 years of always trying to find new words to answer ‘why I love Scotlland’ or ‘what is so special about Highlanders,’ these questions were so refreshing. Thank you!

    Loved the excerpt you posted of Paula’s book. I am reading it now and loving the story so much. Paula is a very sensual writer and this excerpt highlights that gift so beautifully.

    Everyone else ~ Thank you so much for looking in today! It’s your participation that makes these tours fun, so please know you’re appreciated. Good luck in the drawing!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Only ONE pix of Em? I can’t believe it. I thought for sure you would have many. I just wish he wasn’t ‘slowing down’. I have a 10 year old lab that just doesn’t have the stamina anymore. He too is slowing down, and it breaks my heart. My 7 year old lab I don’t think will ever ‘slow down’ (LOL)
    I loved the interview today. Great questions and answers.
    I think it would be fun to be stranded with Dev. She would make it interesting.
    Good reading, Hugs & Rainbows. Wendy
    Can’t wait to read both books. (slow my beating heart!!) 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hi, Sue-Ellen! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Thanks too for stopping by to chat!

  • March 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, Paula! Thank you for sharing the excerpt and for stopping by today!

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Love Paula’s books & think she’s really swell. 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Wendy! ~ I just posted a second Em pix, just for you. 🙂 I know about them getting old! It’s terrible. I do absolutely believe in the Rainbow Bridge, and that they visit us, in spirit. But the physical loss rips the soul right out of us. So glad you still have both your labs and I hope they stay with you for many good years yet.

    I loved this interview! So much fun! 🙂

    Dev… so true! She’d have all kinds of things going on. ((:O

    Delighted you are excited about our books! (((HUGS)))

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The pleasure is all mine, Julie! Thanks again for hosting us. I’ll look in later tonight so no one is missed. Signing off the Internet now as big thunderstorms are rolling in here. Lots of booming and lightning, sideways-slanting rain…

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Janice, welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 I’ve heard great things about JRT! Hope your kids get the perfect one that’s right for them!

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Amy, welcome and thanks for stopping by! My dream is to one day live in a castle. One can dream 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Karen, welcome! So glad you like the excerpt! I also love Sue-Ellen’s interview. So heartfelt and genuine! I hope you get a chance to read our books!

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Welcome Kathy Luehrs! Sue-Ellen is one of my favorites too! Good luck in the giveaway!

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Hi dear Nicole, thanks so much for stopping by! I really enjoyed the interview too! It’s so nice to learn little tidbits about one of my favorite authors and ladies!

  • March 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Cathy P. Welcome and thanks for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed the excerpts and interviews 🙂 I’, in love with our heroes and heroines too! Good luck in the giveaway!

  • March 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Sue-Ellen, yes, it would break my heart to leave. I’ve often said once I go, I probably won’t come back.
    You said, “Sure, we love them all. But now and then, one reaches up out of the ink and wraps themselves around our hearts, so real and alive that we’re sure they really exist out there somewhere, just a breath away, in another realm, but so close.” Oh my goodness, that made me tear up. So true and so so beautifully put. I may quote you in the future. For me, it’s Callum MacGregor. There have been others who grabbed hold of my heart, but Callum…he’s out there. Somewhere. 🙂
    PS- I LOVED reading about Em. As soon as I leave here, I’ll be checking out his picture.

  • March 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Trudy, it’s stormy in NYC too, but nothing wild about it :*( Good luck in the giveaway!

  • March 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Erin, so nice to see you here. Thank you for stopping by! I think you’re swell too 🙂

  • March 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Enjoyed the interview, not too many people I have encountered admit to liking haggis, it has been many years since I have had it, but I enjoyed it.

  • March 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Paula and Sue-Ellen: Well I think we can all say we have a lovefest with highlanders, dogs, books and Scotland. I am really enjoying the tour and all the posts. Happy Weekend, Helen in Ark.

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    love the clans and how they work together–just the thought of being in Scotland is a draw too

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Helen, you can say that again! Is there anything better than dogs, Highlanders, and books? I think not!

  • March 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Melissa, the clan way of life would have been good for me. I would have fit right in!

  • March 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Oh, Sue-Ellen, this interview left me with with that “ache” we feel. If only I could breach that swirl of mist…..

  • March 30, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Anytime you have men in kilts and scottish brogues you have my attention! Scotland is on my bucket list!

  • March 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

    JeanMP ~ It was such a pleasure to see that liked haggis. Yay! So many people say they hate it, yet won’t even try a bite. Glad you enjoyed the interview. It was fun.

  • March 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Melissa ~ I love the clans as well and belong to my own two. Their strength and spirit lives on today. It can never be crushed, ever. Thanks so much for looking in.

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