Guest Author & Giveaway: Donna Grant featuring Dangerous Highlander

Monday, January 4



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Today I have the first of many "Temptations" for you this week...Donna Grant's sexy highlander in Dangerous Highlander.  Donna's hero, Lucan experiences some serious temptation of his own with his heroine Cara...so give in to just a little temptation and read on to find out why this is definitely going to be a sexy new year :)



Welcome to Seductive Musings Donna! I am so glad to have you as my guest today. For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new favorite find?

Thanks for having me!  Well, what makes a romance novel a great love story is a hero and heroine that grab me instantly, a story with depth and emotion that pulls at my heart and stays with me long after I finish the book.

I have lots of favorite authors, but to name a few: Lara Adrian, Shana Abe, Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Renee Jones, Christina Dodd, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Tyler, Lorraine Heath, and JR Ward.  I’ll stop there before the list gets too long :)

Hmm...a new favorite find? Jennifer Haymore.  LOVE her books!


Jennifer Haymore is one of my favorite new finds from last year too.  Can you tell us a little bit about the books in your Dark Sword series and give us some insight into each of the three heroic, yet tragically imprisoned MacLeod brothers?

The series is about men with primeval gods locked inside them by Druids.  These gods passed down through generations from the time when the Romans invaded Britain.  These “gods” helped the Celts defeat Rome once and for all, but the cost to the men was too much.  However, the Druids weren’t able to pull the gods out of the men.  Instead, they bound the gods so the gods could not use their powers through the men.

It begins with the MacLeods because their clan was named in an ancient scroll found by an evil Druid intent on ruling the world.  She releases the gods inside them intent on having them serve her.  But the MacLeods serve no one, especially not evil.

Magic, Druids, and the Celts seem to play a large part in most of your writing.  How do they inspire you, especially in your sensual and historical fantasy Dark Sword series?

I’ve had this question asked a lot lately.  I’m not sure.  I love anything Scottish and Celitc, and I love Britain.  That land has so much history, so much legend and lore that you can practically feel the magic in the land.  As a writer, my mind just spirals out of control with the possibilities.  

I use Druids because there is so much conflicting history on them that I’m able to use them how I want/need to in my books, and if I’m using Druids, they go hand and hand with magic :)

I, for one am glad that your Muse has inspired the Dark Sword series.  Tell us about your hero in Dangerous Highlander, Lucan MacLeod. What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Cara, fall in love with him despite his dangerous nature? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in Dangerous Highlander?

Ah, Lucan.  He was such a pleasure to write.  I loved watching his and Cara’s story unfold.

Lucan is a man who will do anything for his family.  He’ll stop at nothing to keep them safe and to keep them together.  It’s his love for his family, his need to do the right thing no matter how hard it is, and his fight to remember the man he was before he was turned immortal that makes him such a great hero in my eyes.  He’s suffered tremendously, but he puts it all aside to care for his brothers, then Cara.  Because they need him.

But God help anyone who threatens his family or his woman.  You don’t know wraith until you experience Lucan MacLeod on a rampage.

Lucan sounds like my kind of hero! I could definitely fall for that, especially if it included the cover goodness :) What's your favorite scene or moment from Dangerous Highlander, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

Hmm…my favorite scene…  I think it would have to be the scene where Cara runs away thinking to save Lucan and his brothers from certain death.  However, Lucan isn’t about to let Cara go that easily.  He finds her in the forest where their desire finally comes to a boiling point :)

That sounds like an intensely sexy & spine crease worthy scene....you know one that automatically falls open to your favorite moments in a book.  What are some of your upcoming releases, or new projects you are working on?

I’m happy to say I’ll be working on the Dark Sword series for awhile :)  I was contracted for three more books, so I’m deep in the DS world.

The next release will be Fallon’s book, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, out May 25, 2010.

Then Quinn’s book, WICKED HIGHLANDER, in November 2010.

The next three books haven’t been titled, but I do know they’ll be releasing every 6 months.

OMG!  Do you have time for anything else but writing?  Seriously…readers like myself bow down and give thanks for not having to wait too long in between books in a series.  If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

What keeps you coming back to buy an author time and again?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Lol.  Ok, let’s see…The moon will shine to your destiny


Now, here's a look at Dangerous Highlander and a special bonus excerpt just for Musings readers....enjoy!




A DANGEROUS MAN…

He is magnificently strong — and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

A DANGEROUS PASSION…

Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…



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Thanks Donna for taking time out of your VERY busy writing schedule to be a part of my  "Taste to Temptation" celebration!

You can learn more about Donna and her books by visiting her website and blog www.donnagrant.com. I can't even begin to tell you about all of the extras she has on her site for the Dark Sword series. There's her background to the Dark Sword series "The Beginning", a Glossary (which for me is invaluable), a list of characters (which I also love) and so much more. She's also on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and part of the Danger: Women Writing website.

To help you have a sexy new year Donna is giving away one signed copy of her Aphrodisia Erotic Romance MUTUAL DESIRE to one lucky commenter.  Here's how you can enter to win:


Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer Donna's question to readers (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Bonus:  Post the "Toast to Temptation" widget to your blog or website and earn up to 10 bonus entries on each giveaway that you leave a comment for a chance to earn a total of 50 bonus entries during the course of the event week.
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone as long as you are at least 18 years old
  • The contest will end on January 9th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using Random.org
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Good Luck & Join me tomorrow with a new "Temptation" by Lauren Dane!



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38 Comments:

Dorthy January 4, 2010 at 1:15 AM  

First off. I love your fortune cookie fortune. But then again I'm a moon person. :-)

What keeps me coming back to buy an author over and over again?

Well they have to capture me. I have to want to be the heroine, or steal the Hero, or just want them to be real so I can meet them.
If that doesn't work, because there are some characters that I would never want to be, steal, or know. I have to be so intrigued by the story that I have to know what happens next. Put simply, I have to be captured.

Contest entries:
1~ I answered the quest.
1~ I'm a follower!

unknow amount. I posted something on Facebook. Hopefully someone will come and say that I sent them.

Jane January 4, 2010 at 1:55 AM  

Hi Donna,
Congrats on the new release. I keep buying an books by an author whose style of writing I enjoy. The stories themselves have to hold my attention and make me wish the author would write faster.

I'm a follower.

Linda Henderson January 4, 2010 at 2:22 AM  

I will continue to read and autobuy authors who consistantly draw me into their stories and at the end of the book I can't wait until the next one.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

Mitzi H. January 4, 2010 at 2:49 AM  

What keeps me coming back for more? I have to be in love with the hero and can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next….be it a story about his next adventure or that of his family that I’ve come to care for.

A good example of a continuing series is Outlander (I’m in love with Jamie and will be till the day I die) and although this series has spanned over 15 years (and I wasn’t thrilled with the latest book), I know I’ll keep coming back for more.

There are other books where the main character is (more or less only in the 1st book) such as Lora Leigh’s Breed Series…but again the attraction to the entire breed (alpha type) males keeps me coming back for more.

I’ve named two different series that “I” like, but that is because I prefer an alpha male hero that is confident in all ways but needs the love of a good woman to make him whole…But there are loads of women that prefer a less aggressive hero (beta type) or a dysfunctional hero that needs a woman to heal him…..and in my opinion, that is where the difference exists in what women prefer/buy to read.


I'm a follower

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

chelleyreads January 4, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

hi donna! thanks for the excerpts! please count me in for the giveaway. i'm an old follower.

+1
hmm... i like authors who can write a good story that captures my attention: great writing, a likeable, independent for her time & sympathetic heroine that i'll care about, a hero that i'd want for my own, and a good plot (i know many plot devices in books have been done before but if an author can make it their own--those are the best).

+10
i posted the widget on my blog's sidebar: booksandmakeup.blogspot.com

Barbara January 4, 2010 at 7:13 AM  

Just popping in to say hi and I hope you are having a great new year so far!

((hugs))
Barbara

Tamsyn January 4, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Great excerpts! Love them and the hot cover. Always like a man in a kilt! :o)

I keep coming back for authors who can deliver a story with an alpha hero and kick-ass heroine. But the story must be good with a HEA. I never buy books without a HEA.

I'm a follower.
tamsyn5@yahoo.com

Donna January 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

Hi, all!

Y'all started early this morning. :)

Love the answers to my question so far! Thanks so much.

hugs,
D

tetewa January 4, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Many characters that are fun and different keep me coming back to find out what happens to them, I enjoy reaind series because of this! tWarner419@aol.com

Virginia C January 4, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

Hi, Ladies! Happy New Year! The two things which keep me in thrall with an author are character developement and attention to story line detail. Keeps me coming back for more, more, more : )

I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Bethie January 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Well developed characters that I grow to care about keep my coming back. I often find myself thinking about a good book long after I put it down.

My fortune cookie would say "Whatever you send out, comes back to you"

I follow.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

vslavetopassionv January 4, 2010 at 11:45 AM  

I would like to enter to win. :)

To answer Donna's question: I think there is a combination of skill both in writing and in imagination that goes into the making of a successful author. I don't like stories that are cookie-cutter and predictable.

I follow this blog on my google reader. :)

Jason

Spav January 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

What keeps me coming back to buy an author over and over again?
Usually I read series so if I like the first book I buy the next one to know what happens next with the characters or read the story of another set of characters.

Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/7372083308

Cecile January 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

Just hear to give you a shout out honey!!! What a great interview! Hope all is well!

CrystalGB January 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

Great interview. Dangerous Highlander sounds wonderful. Love the cover. What keeps me coming back to an author is heroines and heroes who have good chemistry, a plot that draws me in,and good world building.

I am a follower.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

kalynnick January 4, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

For me, I really have to like at least 2 books by the author for me to be hook that I keep on buying more from her.

I'm follower

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Donna January 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

Awesome comments! I love reading everyone's answers. :)

hugs,
D

chey January 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I tend to auto-buy authors who consistently write great characters and storylines.

I'm a follower

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Ali January 4, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Hi, Donna :)

What keeps me coming back to my favorite authors is the way they write a story... if it grabs me and has me eagerly turning the pages, distracting me from all else... oh, and they will definitely be an author I go back to if they get me to sigh, hehe

+1 I'm a google follower

+1 Toast to Temptation widget is on my blog, http://simplyali.blogspot.com

Scorpio M. January 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

What keep me coming back to an author time & again...simply, good writing + positive track record.

I follow via GFC.

jenma76(at)hotmail(dot)com

jeanette8042 January 4, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

Usually the story lines and interesting characters keep me going back to the same author.

I follow using GFC

lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

Estella January 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Good writing and interesting characters.

I am a follower.

kissinoak2 at verizon dot net

etirv January 4, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

Great seeing Donna Grant here, she's fabulous!

When I read and feel a certain magic in an author's first book, I become a loyal follower!

+1 Google friend connect follower!

delilah0180(at0yahoo(dot)com

alba January 4, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Hi Donna Great Interview I love your page.
I love an author that write with humor love excitement and a wee bit of mystery thats what keeps me coming back that & I want to keep tab's on the Characters I fell in love with.
What better than druid" & celt's you have hooked me.
Marked with a big RED pen BUY ME....
I'm a follower.
alba47@gmail.com

throuthehaze January 4, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

+1 What keeps me coming back is the characters. If I love the characters and they continue to write about them, I get the books.
I am a follower

+10 widget in sidebar:
http://throuthehaze-reads.blogspot.com/

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Armenia January 4, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Just dropping in to spread the love. No need to enter me, I have Mutual Desire and I just loved it!!

I enjoyed the excerpt and bonus excerpt to Dangerous Highlander.

What keeps be coming back to an author? I think Dorothy gave some pretty good reasons which I agree. More importantly, and Donna does this so well is the dialogue. She writes true to form for the period. This makes the story so much more believable for me as a reader.

justpeachy36 January 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

I am a follower.

In answer to Donna's question. The reason I keep buying from the same author is one of two reasons. First, if it's a series I get invested in the characters and want to see what happens to them. Secondly, because I like the voice of the author. The ideas and the types of things they write about.

Sue A. January 4, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

What keeps me coming back is that I've made an emotional connection with the author through her writing and characterization. If an author can pull my heart strings, I'll keep seeking her books.

I am a follower

RachieG January 4, 2010 at 11:40 PM  

Great characters...I love authors who can really write unforgetable characters :) Simple but oh so wonderful.

Happy 2010!

+1 I'm a google follower!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

Donna January 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Thank you, everyone, for the lovely comments. I hope you drop by my website/blog and visit with me sometime.

I had a great time here! Love to all!!

xoxo,
D

*ina* January 5, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Hi Donna!
congrats on the release! your book sounds very interesting and I love the cover *sigh*

What keeps you coming back to buy an author time and again?
I have to feel the characters - be in their situation and share their emotions. That's the reason I'm coming back ;)

wish you all the best!
Ina

+follower
inale87(at)gmx(dot)at

booklover0226 January 5, 2010 at 6:44 PM  

What keeps me coming back to buy an author time and again? The characters. Some characters seem so "real" to me that I find myself laughing, crying, getting anxious, etc. for them.

I'm a GFC follower.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

ck.twilighter January 6, 2010 at 1:56 AM  

Aloha!!=)

What keeps me coming back?
Riveting Story, great characters, and delicious covers!=)
Even if I have to place a book cover so my little children dont see some of them!!=)

I am a follower and I have the widget in my sidebar!!=)

ck.twilighter January 6, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

r... stupic me I forgot the url to my blog for the widget:
http://chas-n-kai.blogspot.com/

Stuff Rhys Likes January 8, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

I know I'll sound like a broken record, but I'll come back time & again to an author who delivers honest, likeable and intelligent characters, but add to that list: great chemistry between the h/h, intense heroes, a fast-paced storyline that doesn't overshadow the romance and (I've got to admit it because it really should be at the top of my list) smoking hot sex scenes. ;)

~Lindy

CherylS22 January 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
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CherylS22 January 9, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

I keep coming back to buy the same authors because I enjoy the characters they've created & the stories they throw these characters into.

I follow in GFC.

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Kayla January 9, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

+1 Answer to question: If an author has a series I fall in love with, then they have me for life. :)

+10 widget on blog- sexywomenread.blogspot.com

~follower

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

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