Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Interview with Author, B.J. Scott

***B.J. will give a way a free copy of her book to one lucky commenter. Please leave your email address so I may get a hold of you!***

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Faced with an abhorrent betrothal, Cailin Macmillan flees her father’s castle and quickly learns that a woman traveling alone in Medieval Scotland is an easy target for ruthless English soldiers. When Highland patriot Connor Fraser comes to her aid, his steadfast dedication to king and country is challenged by his overwhelming desire to protect Cailin—even if he must marry her to do so.

Accused of murdering one of her attackers and determined to rely on her own resourcefulness, Cailin dresses as a lad, intent on seeking refuge at the camp of Robert the Bruce. Can she elude an enemy from her past—a vindictive English lord bent on her utter demise—or will she fall prey to his carnal intent and be executed for a crime she did not commit?

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in? 
Highland Legacy is a Scottish, Historical Romance. This is my preferred genre to read and write, but also write contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, time travel. 

When did you start writing toward publication? 
I have always loved to read and write down stories, but actually started in earnest about twelve years ago. I joined an online writing group, we wrote contemporary stories and posted them to the group…which at that time numbered around 150 members. I took some creative writing classes at the local college and attended several online workshops. I wrote a lot for a few years and then in 2003, I took a break when I met my husband and real life did not allow for the time needed to pen a book. Three years ago, I dusted off my old manuscripts and began to write again and have no intention of turning back ;)

Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?
I have several finished manuscripts, all of which are in serious need of revisions. When I finished Highland Legacy, I started sending it out to editors and agents.

Why have you become a published author? 
Why do any of us write? To share our love for the craft and our ideas and imagination with prospective readers. If my book can touch one person and brighten even a few hours of their life, then all the hard work and time is well worth it. 

What is your writing routine like?
Sporadic at best. I work full time, run a small home-based business, keep a household, and take care of a husband, four dogs and a cat. Somewhere in all that, I must make time to write. So I write when I can and where I can. I have been know to pull over at the side of the road to jot down and idea or have taken a notepad in the bathtub on many occasions. I do find mornings are when the muse is strongest, so find if possible, that is my best time to write.

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
Promotion has turned into a full time job in itself. Way more work than I ever imagined. I guest on as many blogs as I can, have my own blog and website, and a page on Facebook. I have advertised on several popular blogs that specialize in book promotion or historical sites. I also have ads on several popular book review sites. Being with a small publisher, the bulk of the promo is left to the author.

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing? 

Getting emails from people who have read and loved the book is very rewarding.

The thrill of seeing our name on a book and knowing people are buying it. Making the Amazon best seller list for historical romance in Jan and continuing to maintaining that status through Feb has to be one of the most exciting parts of this so far.

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped? 
I am now a PAN member of RWA, a member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Savvy authors, Soul Mate Author’s Writing Group, World Romance Writers and several critique groups. All have been very supportive and the encouragement they show their fellow authors and aspiring authors is amazing.

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?  
Write…write…write and never give up your dream. Even if you only write for the pure pleasure of it. If you get a rejection notice from an editor or agent…whom we all do, use that as a learning tool, take their advice and utilize it to hone your craft.

What’s next for you? 

I am currently working on a sequel to Highland Legacy that I hope to see published this summer. I am also working on another Scottish historical, a civil war based time travel/paranormal and a historical novella. All are in various stages at this time.


Faced with an abhorrent betrothal, Cailin Macmillan flees her father’s castle and quickly learns that a woman traveling alone in Medieval Scotland is an easy target for ruthless English soldiers. When Highland patriot Connor Fraser comes to her aid, his steadfast dedication to king and country is challenged by his overwhelming desire to protect Cailin—even if he must marry her to do so.

Accused of murdering one of her attackers and determined to rely on her own resourcefulness, Cailin dresses as a lad, intent on seeking refuge at the camp of Robert the Bruce. Can she elude an enemy from her past—a vindictive English lord bent on her utter demise—or will she fall prey to his carnal intent and be executed for a crime she did not commit?

A little bit about the author.
 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.

Dunkeld Scotland, 1306.

Duncan Macmillan’s nostrils flared, and his piercing blue eyes narrowed with anger. Judging by the rigidity of his stance, the bulge of his neck veins, and scowl of utter contempt, Cailin had pushed her father beyond his limits. Again.

They’d quarreled often, and each time, he cursed her wild spirit, and temerity, swore fairies stole his real child at birth and left a changeling in her place. An unyielding man, he ruled Clan Macmillan with an iron fist, and made no exceptions. Cailin experienced the force of his wrath on more than one occasion, and bore the physical and emotional scars.

He paced his chamber like a restless animal ready to pounce on its prey. “Laird MacMurray arrives on the morrow and expects to find a cheerful, willing bride. You’ll not embarrass me with your obstinacy!”

“Banish me, beat me, or throw me into the pit if you wish, but I will not marry a man I dinna love. Especially a vile, contemptible swine who is almost three times my age.” As the rebellious words left her lips, memories of past punishments flooded her mind, but she refused to concede to her father’s demands, regardless of the consequences.

“This alliance is important to the clan, and I’ve given my word.” He balled his fist and took a step in her direction.

Cailin crossed her arms over her chest and glared up at him in defiance. “The alliance does not interest you as much as the cattle, land, and chest of gold he has offered for my hand.” She took a slow, deep breath for courage, and continued. “My happiness is of no importance to you. Not as long as you can pad your coffers, and increase your holdings. I am nothing more to you than a pawn, property for sale to the highest bidder.”

His face flushed red as he stomped toward her with a hand raised in preparation to strike. “Insolent, ungrateful lass, I’ll teach you to speak to me with such disrespect. When I’m finished, you’ll rue the day you were born.”

“I have, for eighteen summers,” she snapped back in retaliation. The stinging backhand she received brought her to her knees.

“Husband, please.” Before he could deliver another blow, his wife, Catherine, stepped between them, and placed her hand on Duncan’s raised arm. “She’s your daughter, and you must show more compassion and understanding. I am sure once she has time to get accustomed to the idea, she will do your bidding. Won’t you?” She glanced over her shoulder, and gave Cailin a pleading look.

Duncan glared down at his wife. “She’s been a wee devil since birth, and it is about time she learned her place. Step out of my way, or you’ll learn your place as well.” He grasped Catherine by the shoulders, and briskly moved her aside.

Cailin slowly climbed to her feet, wiped the trickle of blood from her lower lip with the back of her hand. “Dinna fash yourself, Catherine, it is a private matter to be settled between my father and me. Not one so easily resolved. Mayhap you should go and rest.”

Only two years her senior, Catherine carried in her belly what Cailin prayed would be the son her father had always wanted. If he finally had a male heir, she’d be freed from the burden of blame, guilt, and obligation that had plagued her entire life.

Duncan’s body shook as he pointed his finger in his daughter’s direction. “Do you see what I mean? Even when someone tries to help her, she shows no appreciation. Not a day goes by I have not wished she had—”

“Go ahead, Father. Admit you wish me dead instead of my twin brother, and that you blame me for my mother’s death.” Toe to toe, she stood in front of him. She swallowed hard past the lump in her throat and fought back tears. “No matter what I accomplish, my efforts will never be good enough. If I could bring my mother back from the dead, I would gladly trade my life for hers. I wish I had been born a lad, and not a lass, but—”

“Aye, instead of a son, I’ve been cursed with a headstrong daughter who is the bane of my existence. I am surprised any man would ask to marry the likes of you. But on the morrow, you will wed Laird MacMurray.”

His cruel words cut straight to the core, but she’d not give him the satisfaction of knowing he’d wounded her again. “He marries because he needs a mother for his nine unruly bairns, and someone to bear him more. They say he killed his last wife when he found out she could no longer breed.” The thought of bedding Graham MacMurray made her skin crawl. “Mayhap he lusts after the land and wealth I shall inherit should anything happen to you. As your heir, I will be a wealthy woman in the event of your death.”

Would she ever know if a man wanted to marry her for love, or would she always wonder if greed motivated her suitors? Then again, if all men were like her father, prayed for sons, cared only for wealth and power, she’d rather take the vows and spend the rest of her life at a convent. She’d not be like her mother and marry out of obligation or duty to her clan. Nor would she risk bringing a daughter into this world, only to have her shunned by her father and bartered for with less regard than a hog or a steer. No, she’d not take Laird MacMurray as her husband. Mayhap, she’d never marry.

“Excuse me, my lord.” The door opened and a servant stepped into Duncan’s chamber.

Duncan spun around and scowled at the young man. “Ian, what is the meaning of this interruption?”

“For—forgive me, my lord, but a messenger comes from the Clan MacMurray. He bears a gift for lady Cailin.” With his head bowed and his eyes fixed on the floor, Ian moved in her direction and held out a small wooden box. “His laird has been unavoidably detained, and will not arrive for a week or more.”

“Nay!” Cailin threw her hands up in protest, shook her head, and backed away. “Tell him I dinna want his gift.”

Duncan snatched the box and opened the hinged lid. From a bed of lamb’s wool, he plucked a ruby and emerald encrusted brooch with the MacMurray Clan crest. After he’d carefully examined the pin, he thrust his hand forward. “You’ll not insult your betrothed by refusing his fine gift. This must be worth a fortune.”

“I dinna care if he is insulted. There will be no wedding. When I marry, it will be to a man I love.” She turned to face Ian. “Send the brooch back, and have the messenger inform his laird I’ll not be bought.”

Duncan pinched the bridge of his nose and shook his head. “Love has nothing to do with marriage. The sooner you put aside these foolish notions the better.” He took a step closer, his hands fisted at his sides. “You will do as I say.”

“What should I tell the messenger?” Ian shrugged and glanced from Cailin to Duncan.

“Tell him my daughter thanks his laird for the fine gift and anxiously awaits his arrival. And while you’re below, tell Cook to send a tray to my solar. I’ll not be down to break my fast this morning.”

Using her father’s momentary distraction as an opportunity to put an end to their futile discussion, Cailin inched toward the door, turned on her heel, and fled his chambers.

“Damnation lass! We’re not finished with this matter. You’ll do as you’re told, or I’ll—”Duncan called after her, but she slammed the large oak door, muffling the rest of his tirade.

She raced down the long hallway. Surprised, and relieved, that he did not give chase, she paused at the top of the stairs. The daughter of one of Scotland’s most powerful lairds, she knew a day would come when he’d demand she marry, but she’d never believed he’d chose a man she found appalling in every way. Despite her lot in life, she’d always fantasized of a marriage based on passion, and mutual respect. She prayed nightly for a man who would adore her, and rescue her from a life of servitude and duty.

Devastatingly handsome, in a rugged sort of way, he’d have the finely honed body of a Norse god, the strength and bravado of a warrior, yet the kindness and gentle heart of a bard. “Be he rich or poor, warrior or poet, I will marry a man I love, or I’ll not wed at all. With that oath on her lips, she bolted down the stone steps.

Despite the whispers and wayward glances of the servants, Cailin didn’t stop running until she’d reached the bailey. Her only option was to run away. The thought of leaving her home and all she held dear, of venturing out into the world alone, frightened her, but she had no choice. Her father would never yield on this matter, and neither would she.

The messenger’s arrival provided the perfect opportunity to escape her father’s ire, but to get beyond the castle walls unchallenged could prove more difficult. If Duncan got wind of her intent, he’d lock her in her chamber until the dreadful day her betrothed arrived, but she had to try.

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  1. Hi BJ. Wanted to let you know, I read Highland Legacy last week, and really enjoyed it. I wish you much success and lots of sales!

  2. Ah thanks Derek!

    Glad you enjoyed it and glad you stopped by to say hello.

  3. Thanks for inviting me to spend the day with you Sarah. I am looking forward to it. Hope you survive the leap year rush at work!

  4. Hi BJ,

    I LOVED Highland Legacy, it's a real page turner and I highly recommend it.

    I hope your book sales continue to soar.

    1. Thanks for stopping by AMB
      I appreciate your support and comments
      Enjoy your day! And looking forward to your sequel to North Star ;)

  5. Historical romances have always intrigued me:) Congrats on the success of your latest book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Stacey. Historical romances are my favorite to read and write.

  6. Hi BJ!

    Highland Legacy is a great book, and your success is well deserved. I can't wait to read the sequel!

    1. Thanks so much Meggan. As always your support is appreciated. Good luck with The Marker too. Another must read for historical lovers.

  7. Can't wait for the sequel to Highland Legacy. Also interested in any paranormal romance so keep em coming :)

    1. thanks for stopping in Mandi. Need to finish my historical romances first and then have a paranormal/time travel WIP to finish.

      Good luck with your books too

  8. Hi BJ and Sarah
    Bev waving from London, Ontario. Hoping that morning muse gets those pages written. Fans are waiting for the next in the Highland series.
    bev Irwin/ kendra james

    1. Thanks for stopping in Kendra. Busy working on the sequel to Highland Legacy this morning ;)

      Hope you managed to get to work okay with the ice and freezing rain in London today ;( Little milder by Lake Erie so we did not get as much.

      Thanks for stopping in and good luck with your books too. Know you have some new releases coming soon and can't wait.

  9. Hey B.J. Sweetie! Giving a shout out to my Celtic Hearts sisters!

    You know that I love that cover STILL. It is one of my favorites. I think I told you that even before you released the book. LOL

    Now I have not read your book yet so I try not to look at the blurbs because I don't want to spoil it but I can't wait to read it. My TBR is still hell and I trying to read oldest first.

    By the time I get to it, maybe I won't have to wait too long to get the next book! I look forward to it. :-)

    1. Hi Lizzie,

      Always wonderful to see you and understand about TBR lists. I have a very long one and between real life, Book Promos, which are a lot harder and more time consuming than I ever imagined, working on my sequel and other writing, readiing for pleasure has taken a back seat.

      When you get to read it, hope you enjoy it ;)

  10. "If my book can touch one person and brighten even a few hours of their life, then all the hard work and time is well worth it." This is the exact reason I write. Of course, I do it for self-expression and creative outlet, but at the heart of it, is a desire to make a difference in someone's day. Perfectly said, BJ, and I wish you stellar success as you attempt to enhance the lives of your readers with your well-crafted stories and emotionally gratifying prose.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Anne. I really appreciate it and your kind words. Your book is wonderful and know that people who read it will find the time pleasurable.

  11. It was lovely to get to know you better, BJ. I love the cover of your book! As you probably have guessed with my comments on our Celtic group, I love all things Scottish especially good stories. I look forward to delving into your book.

    Best of luck on lots of sales.

    1. So glad to see you Paisley and thanks for your support. I'm with you about anything Scottish...especially a great looking man in a kilt ;)

  12. Hello BJ!!! So glad to see you here today. I have to say I loved HIGHLAND LEGACY. I fell in love with Connor from the first moment you introduced me to him - what a daunting scene it was!

    Thanks for writing such a great Scottish romance. I can't wait to read more of your work.

    1. Hey Renee! Glad you stopped by ;) I am so glad you liked the book. Comming from someone who writes such wonderful Celtic historical, that is very humbling.

      Working on a sequel now.

  13. Hey BJ,

    So glad to 'see' you. You know I LOVED Highland Legacy, and my five star review on Amazon proves it. Best of luck with ALL your future projects.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Callie and for your review.

      Good luck with your wonderful books too ;)

  14. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I am so excited to see that so many commenters have read B.J.'s book!!

    B.J.- work was CRAZY! I worked 11 and a half hours. I am so tired! LOL< but couldn't wait to get back to see how the interview went. It is going really well!!!

    1. Glad you made it through the day, Sarah. Just think, it is all over now and you can breathe a sigh of relief.

      Yes, things are going well. I was able to sneak on a couple of times at work today to check and respond to comments. Everyone has been wonderful.
      Thanks again for having me. Now go and put your feet up!

  15. My feet are up and I am relaxing, thanks!

    Glad you were able to sneak on the computer and not get caught... LOL!

    You are most welcome and thank you for letting me interview you!

  16. Great to get to know you better, BJ! Scotland is a wonderful setting no matter the time period!