Mary Jo Interviews Susan: The Scottish Bride

Today, Mary Jo interviews Susan about her newest release! Scroll down for the conversation and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!

MJP: Susan King has just released a brand-new Scottish romance! Susan, please tell us about The Scottish Bride,first in your Highland Secrets Trilogy.

SK: Thank you, Mary Jo! The Scottish Bride was released just yesterday, so we’re celebrating a book birthday this week. It’s a totally NEW novel, which is always exciting to announce. Set in medieval Scotland, it’s Book One in my new “Highland Secrets” series published by Dragonblade. Earlier this year, Dragonblade reissued three of my backlist medievals which relate to the new books–the backlists are updated with new titles and beautiful covers – The Hawk Laird, The Falcon Laird, and The Swan Laird are all available now as the Celtic Hearts series and have been doing really well on Amazon lists. It’s so wonderful for authors to know that readers appreciate the books we write.

Here’s a little about the book:

In Robert Bruce’s Scotland, a knight and a lady guard secrets while discovering unexpected romance . . .  

When Lady Tamsin Keith climbs out a castle tower to escape a threatening betrothal, she quite literally falls into the arms of a mysterious Scottish knight. Sir William Seton has been sent by King Edward to demand a secret book of prophecies in the lady’s possession, but instead of taking the bothersome book as ordered, he discovers that Lady Tamsin, a gifted seer, needs his help—and is the most stubborn woman he has ever met.

Yet even as Liam begins to thrill her lonely heart and offer the support she craves, Tamsin is reluctant to trust Edward’s Scottish knight–-until hidden secrets are revealed, and both must face a powerful foe who would tear down what they cherish most . . .

The Forest Bride, Book Two of the Highland Secrets trilogy, the story of Tamsin’s sister Lady Margaret Keith and Duncan Campbell, a Scottish judge, is now in production (yay!). Book Three, The Guardian’s Bride, the story of their sister Lady Rowena Keith and Aedan MacDuff, a Highland laird, is in the messy-but-promising writing stage. All three covers for this trilogy are just gorgeous. 

MJPSusan, you have ninja-level research capabilities!  You do careful research into historical events and also research interesting details that help bring the characters and plot to life, such as falconry, archery, and so on. The Scottish Bride centers on a heroine, a granddaughter of Thomas the Rhymer, who is writing a manuscript about his prophecies, and a hero who is a knight and a harper as well. How did your research inspire these and other aspects of the story?

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