Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Setting the Scene with Blythe Gifford and a GIVE AWAY


Today the Pink Heart Society wlecomes Blythe Gifford who will set the scene for her new series!
Join us as Blythe Gifford introduces The Brunson Clan in RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR


November sees the release of RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR from Harlequin Historical in both the US and the UK.  Set during the early Tudor era, this is the first of three books about the Brunson Clan:  The family that will kneel to no one!

If I were playing a word association with romance readers, I would say “Scotland” and I would hear “Highlander” in reply.  But I chose to set my series in a different part of Scotland, the turbulent Borders.  The term “Borders,” refers to an area encompassing both sides of the formal demarcation line between England and Scotland.  It operated in many ways like a third country and even had its own laws.
Whether there was a formal war or an uneasy peace, this area was, in effect, a war zone for 300 years.  And among the “wars” was one between Borderers like my Brunsons, and the king. 

The first book is the story of John, the youngest Brunson, who returns home after years of serving as a “big brother” to the young Scottish king.  John is a man with something to prove, both to himself and to his family.  As the only blue-eyed Brunson, he’s always felt as if he didn’t belong.  Now, he no longer wants to.  As soon as he enforces the king’s command for peace, he plans to return to his life at court and leave the valley of his birth for the last time.

But first, he must persuade Cate Gilnock to release his family from their promise to avenge her father’s death.  Cate is a woman fierce as a warrior, but behind her eyes John senses vulnerability and secrets she refuses to share.  Bit by bit, he falls in love with her, and with each step, he is drawn back into the life he thought he had left behind forever.  Because of Cate, he discovers he is more like the rest of his family than he thought until, finally, he must decide:  Is he truly a Brunson?  Or is he the King’s man after all?

CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD, January 2013, will take John’s sister, Bessie Brunson, to the court of the king of Scotland.  Finally, Black Rob Brunson, oldest son and leader of the family, meets his match in TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL, March 2013. 

One lucky reader who comments on today’s blog will be randomly selected to win a signed copy of RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR.  To start the party, I would ask “What do you think of when you hear Scotland?”

For more about Blythe Gifford, visit www.blythegifford.com.


Photo credits.  Cover used with permission.  Author photo by Jennifer Girard.  Photo of Smailholm Tower under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dave_souza

12 comments:

  1. Not very romantic, but I think of rocks! That's thanks to a wet week spent scrambling up and down hills on the Isle of Arran as part of a geology field trip.

    It's good to see a series set in the Borders. They've got an amazing history :)

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    1. Tora, actually, that kind of detail is what I look for to set a scene so that my characters, and readers, can walk around in it. I may have fudged a little on the rain, though!

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  2. Golf and Sean Connery! And green, lots of green.

    MarcieR

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    1. I'm no golfer, but I'm with you on the other two!

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    1. The mountains are a big part of the border region. And Border Reivers were known to have ridden raids across them in the dark of night. Scary!

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  4. I think of Sean Connery.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm with you on that one! He's one of my favorites.

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  5. Wild nature, shortbread cookies and romance :D I still dream of visiting Scotland sometime.

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    1. Yes on all of those, though I think the cookies are a little after this time period.

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  6. I think of the Loch Ness monster. Lol. My first stories of Scotland was about the lake monster and I always associate it with thoughts of Scotland.

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