Highland Quest (Book 2 of Highlander Series) by B.J. Scott
Published: December 19th 2012 by Soul Mate Publishing
No longer content in the shadows of his older brothers, and on a quest to find his destiny, Bryce Fraser's chosen path is fraught with danger, passion, and decisions. Can his unspoken love for spirited, beguiling Fallon be triumphant in a time of war and uncertainty, or will they both fall prey to the devious plans of a traitorous laird from a rival clan?
Be sure to also check out the first book in the Fraser brother's saga, HIGHLAND LEGACY.
I love a story when both main characters save one another. Bryce and Fallon are wonderful together in this book, there’s passion, danger and heartache. In a time a war nothing is certain not even their lives. Fallon sees visions and when she see one that keeps repeating it’s self over and over she knows she has to find a way to stop from coming true but how do you worn a person who won’t listen? Bryce want’s nothing more than to avenge his past and see the king of Scotland back on his throne. He wants nothing to do with love at all. But when Fallon enters his life things may change.
This book also works great as a standalone too because I have not read the first one and I did not feel lost at all. Although now I’m going to go back and read the first book as well. I loved Fallon she is a strong main character who is not scared at all to talk back and tell a man off, even if that’s the man she loves. I’m really looking forward to reading the 3rd book when it comes out. B.J. Scott defiantly knows How to write a Scottish romance that will fill you with a variety of emotions.
Guest post by B.J. Scott
How do you write a historical romance? A question often posed to historical romance authors.
Historical Romance is perhaps one of the most difficult genres to write because you are constantly walking a fine line between historical facts and the romance. Finding the right blend without turning the book into a history lesson can be a challenge. The key to writing historical romance is to set the stage in the appropriate era and pepper in the right amount of history and not lose track of the romance. This is easier said than done in many cases. In a historical fiction, historic events are the key elements and romance takes a back seat. In a historical romance, the romance must drive the story.
Another challenge is to portray your characters in such a way that your reader falls in love with them and perhaps even more importantly, understand what motivates them to behave the way they do—sometimes in a manor we would least expect and might not even like at first. People from a past era, saw life and relationships in a very different light than they do today. Women were seen as property, had little or no say in their destiny, and were often forced to follow traditions like arranged marriages and marriages of convenience. Faced with many challenges and difficult decisions, the hero is expected to be a man you can admire, brave and honourable. But he must often deal with war and uncertainty, forcing him to choose duty over desire.
Research is a key factor when sitting down to write a historical romance. Readers of this genre are often well versed in the specific time periods, customs and traditions and can be difficult to please if you stray too far from what they believe to be true. You need to know your facts before you put them into your story. While creative license is acceptable and expected, the story still needs to hold an element of reality and if possible provide the opportunity for the reader to learn something new about life in the time period.
Once you have, done your research, have your story outlined, historical facts in order, your scene is set and your characters are created, it is time to write. Hopefully you’ll pen a book your historical romance fans won’t be able to put down.
Bryce closed the gap between them. She heard his footsteps, felt his warm breath on the back of her neck as he spoke, but didn’t turn around.
“Please dinna be angry with me, Fallon. I could not bear to think you held me any ill will. This is for the best.” He gently touched her shoulder.
“Dinna leave.” She dropped the sack and whipped around to face him, the words escaping before she could stop them. “Why must you go? Why must you risk your life?”
“You know why.” He yanked her against his chest and captured her mouth.
But this time she did not fight his advances. She wrapped her arms around his neck, responding with equal enthusiasm to his kiss. Her lips parted, welcoming the sweep of his tongue. As he deepened the exploration, her knees buckled, and she clung to his tunic as if her life depended on it.
Unshed tears stung her eyes, but she managed to blink them away. This might be the last time they would see each other and she suddenly found herself wanting a memory that would last forever. What she was about to ask was wrong, and could only lead to heartache. While she knew she should fight temptation with her last breath, she was only human.
“Join with me, Bryce,” she whispered against his lips.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.
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