Meet Ella MacKenzie from Victoria Roberts’ To Wed a Wicked Highlander and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Ella MacKenzie, feisty heroine of Victoria Roberts latest release To Wed A Wicked Highlander.  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of To Wed a Wicked Highlander!

[Manga Maniac Café]  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Ella MacKenzie] First, thank ye so much for having me here today. ?Tisnae often I’m asked to speak to people from the outskirts of Glengarry. Ciamar a tha sibh? For ye non-Gaelic speaking folk, I asked how ye were today.

Mmm…back to the matter at hand. If I had to describe myself in five words or less, I’d have to say that I’m the adventurous type.

[Manga Maniac Café]  Can you share a typical day in the life of Sybella MacKenzie?

[Ella MacKenzie] Ye can usually find me in the garden with Aunt Iseabail tending to the flowers and pulling weeds. I find the task soothes the soul. And when I’m nae in the garden, I’m probably hunting with my bow or riding to the loch. Aunt Iseabail’s mind still comes and goes so I try to stay close to home.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What three words come to mind when you think of Alex?

[Ella MacKenzie] Kind, compassionate, and aye, sometimes infuriating.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Ella MacKenzie] I tell the man something once and he doesnae listen. For instance, I told him many times that I am a superior rider. What does he do? He gives me a quiet mount that is more suited for Aunt Iseabail. I had to look twice to make certain the poor beast wasnae dead. In the end, he realized what I said to be true, but if he would’ve only listened to me in the first place…Men. Stubborn lot.

[Manga Maniac Café]  If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Ella MacKenzie] I would’ve ne’er let Alexander kiss me at the waterfall when we were young. I should’ve known better because the boy was arrogant even then. And he was a MacDonell. What did I expect? I honestly didnae know what was I thinking at the time. If my brother had come down and seen a MacDonell’s lips upon mine, there would’ve been a bloody war. But I was young and didnae know any better.

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

[Ella MacKenzie] An escort. Someone has taken aim at me a few times in the woods and Alex insists I have a chaperone—although the man knows I can take care of myself.

[Manga Maniac Café]  What do you like to do when you aren’t spying on your new husband and his family?

[Ella MacKenzie] I find spying to be such a harsh word. I ne’er spied on Alex, Aunt Iseabail, Rosalia or Ciaran. I merely searched for my clan’s seeing stone. I actually do enjoy their company. Sometimes Rosalia and I poke fun at the men. That is always a good time.

[Manga Maniac Café]  Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Ella MacKenzie] MacDonell and MacKenzie as one.

Mòran taing for having me here today. If Alex and I were to travel out of Scotland, do ye recommend a place for us to visit? Victoria just reminded me that Sourcebooks will give away one copy of To Wed a Wicked Highlander to a lucky commenter.

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About the book:

She always wanted to be one of the boys…

Sybella would do anything to prove she’s just as valuable to the MacKenzie clan as her brother is. She’d go on any hunt, take any dare. But her father has a different sort of mission in mind: marriage. It’s simple, he explains. All she has to do is marry Alexander MacDonell and report back on his family’s secrets. It will be easy, he says, as long as she doesn’t do anything foolish…like fall in love.

Until she got a man

As laird of the MacDonells, Alex has a duty to produce an heir. It’s a duty he won’t mind with the lovely Ella as his wife?even if she is one of the dreaded MacKenzies. He’s wooed and won many ladies, but Ella is a challenge like no other. He can tell she’s holding something back. But not for long. Because inch by inch, he plans to expose everything she’s been hiding and claim the ultimate prize: her heart.

Praise for To Wed a Wicked Highlander:

Reviewer Top Pick

“Victoria Roberts knocked it outta the ballpark with this one!!! It is Highland romance at its best, loaded with likable characters, and an engaging plot with lots of angst and heartache that put a few tears in this reader’s eye. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down.”

?Night Owl Reviews

Reviewer Top Pick

“Roberts has created the baddest boy of the Highlands for her third in her series. This action-packed romance has everything Roberts’ fans adore: a strong heroine who meets her match in a to-die-for hero, deception, betrayal, love and redemption. To Wed a Wicked Highlander has all the elements that make readers sigh with pleasure.”

?RT Book Reviews

About Victoria Roberts:

Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as "one of the most promising debut authors across the genres" and was also a 2012 Reviewers Choice nominee for Best First Historical for Temptation in a Kilt.

X Marks the Scot and To Wed a Wicked Highlander (Bad Boys of the Highlands #2 and #3) were reviewer TOP PICKS, and the first of Victoria’s new Royal Rebellion series is scheduled for release fall 2014.  
Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide. 
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty 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. She also drags her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun.




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23 thoughts on “Meet Ella MacKenzie from Victoria Roberts’ To Wed a Wicked Highlander and Giveaway!

  • September 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Thank ye so much for having me today. If your readers have any questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:24 am

    @Ella – Thank you for dropping in to chat!

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    How long has Ella been spying?

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Thank you Ella for the interview. If you get a chance to venture out of Scotland you may wish to visit either the mountains in Tennessee (Smokey) I loved them and actually saw a wolf on our way out of them or Pennsylvania.

    Do you think the “Seeing stone” will ever resurface?

  • September 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Barb, I havenae been spying all THAT long. But thanks for asking. 🙂

  • September 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Cindy, being that Victoria is from Pennsylvania, she speaks of it often. Alex and I will have to pay her a visit.

    Unless there is an act of God, I donna think the seeing stone will be resurfacing any time soon.

  • September 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    thanks for the fun interview! Definitely looking forward to reading this book 🙂

  • September 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks, Erin. Victoria ensures me it’s a good tale. I hope she didn’t tell ye too much about us. 😉

  • September 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • September 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Thank yo for the interview. A friend is in Scotland right now, so we are all in the mood for a man in a kilt LOL So as for traveling, anywhere in Scotland is where I want to go. I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans as well. Savannah, GA, Texas, and Main top out my list of most wanted to visit locals.

    I’m always interested to know from an author: Do you base your characters on people you know, famous people, or do you just start from scratch and build them?

    evanlea at gmail dot com

  • September 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Jena! Good luck on the contest.

  • September 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    It has been very nice meeting and learning about you. I can’t wait to find out more about you when I read the book. I have read Temptation in a Kilt and enjoyed it tremendously. X Marks the Scott is on my TBR list, and is actually very close to the top. Looking forward to this .

  • September 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    visit France

  • September 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

    I love men in kilts :). Can’t wait to read this it sounds great. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland. Hopefully I’ll find me an Alex when I go. 🙂
    Is this part of a series?

  • September 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I’m really looking forward to reading about you, Ella:)

  • September 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Ella, I think you and Alex should visit Florida. It’s warm and sunny with lots of sandy beaches and fun things to do. 😀

  • September 11, 2013 at 1:10 am

    This sounds like an absolutely fabulous read! Thanks for sharing, Ella!!

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I think Ella and Alex should come visit Canada! 🙂

  • September 15, 2013 at 6:32 am

    It sounds like a great story to see Ella’s dreams come true.

  • September 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Aahhhh I want a wicked Highlander!! Damn they are so hot!! SO looking forward to reading this one!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

  • September 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love books with Highlanders, so fingers crossed to win. 🙂

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  • September 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Ella – I’d love to meet ya (och and Alex too of course!)

  • September 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I loved Declan and Liadain’s story in X Marks the Scot. Ella and Alex sound like a fun couple to read about. I’m looking forward to enjoying their story too! Loved the character interview.

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