Guest Author & Giveaway: Donna Grant featuring Forbidden Highlander

Wednesday, June 2

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How do you tempt me to read a paranormal romance?  Put a highlander in it :)  I'll go for it every time.  

I read Donna Grant's first book in her new Dark Sword series, Dangerous Highlander when it first came out, and have been patiently waiting to read the next book, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER ever since.  I can't wait to read Fallon's love story and find out how they save the other brother, Quinn, from evil Deirdre.  Now if I could only find my own highland hero...oh wait, I already did.  Lucan MacLeod is my hero (you'll find out later why I say this).

Donna Grant is my guest today to share FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER with us and provided a few sneak peak excerpts.   Read and enjoy!

Welcome back to Seductive Musings Donna! I am so pleased to have you as my guest today because I've been eagerly anticipating your newest book in the Dark Sword series, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER. In case some of my readers missed out on DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER can you tell us about the journey of how this series was conceived, and can you bring us up to date on what’s happened so far?

Thanks for asking me back!  I'm delighted to be here. :)

The series is based on a legend I created.  Everyone knows Rome invaded Britain, but they never conquered Scotland.  I always wondered why.  So, I used that as the basis of my legend.  In the series, the Celts turned to the Druids to help them make Rome leave.  The Druids called up primeval gods long buried in Hell to inhabit the fiercest warrior from each family.  The gods answered the Druids call, and the Warriors were born.

They defeated Rome and sent them fleeing.  But afterwards, nothing the Druids did could make the gods leave the men.  So they bound the gods turning the Warriors back into mortal men who remembered nothing.  The gods stayed in the bloodline of these warriors waiting for a day they would be free once again.

A power hungry Druid found an ancient scroll years later that had the spell to unbind the gods.  Yet, it only listed one name - MacLeod.  So the Druid, Deirdre, began looking for the fiercest MacLeod warrior so she could unbind the god.

No one realized the three MacLeod brothers were equal in every way, and that the god was shared between all three.  Deirdre destroyed their clan and captured the brothers.  They got free after their god was unbound, then lived for three hundred years in the ruins of their castle.

Lucan, the hero of Dangerous Highlander, saves a woman from falling over the cliffs and sets into motion a chain of events that alters everything.  The woman, Cara, is a Druid, though she doesn't know it.  And Deirdre wants her.

It's while Deirdre is hunting Cara that she finds the MacLeods and sets about trying to capture all of them.  But Deirdre is overly confident and sends others to do what she should do.  In the end, Lucan and Cara are safe from Deirdre.  For the moment.  But Deirdre isn't finished with the MacLeods yet.

If you had the opportunity to grab the attention of a potential reader in only a two or three sentence quote from FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER what “teaser” would you choose?

Oh, good question.  Let's see...its a little more than three sentences:

Fallon couldn’t believe there was a wyrran at the king’s castle.  But more worrying than that was the fact Larena had followed him.  Most women would have run upon hearing the screams.  But not her.

He didn’t know whether he liked her courage, or wanted to shake her for putting her life in danger. 

Tell us about your hero, Fallon, Laird MacLeod.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Larena, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER?

Each Warrior has a special power, and Fallon's is teleportation.  After they escaped Deirdre, Fallon refused to learn of his god or to control it.  Instead, he turned to drink to dull the gods insistant call to let him loose.  For three hundred years Fallon learned nothing of his god.  So, it comes as a surprise that he can "jump" from one place to the next - though only places he's been before.

Its in the first book when Cara's life is in danger and he sees how upset Lucan is that Fallon realizes he needs to be the man he was supposed to be.  He puts aside the wine and takes stock of his brothers.  He realizes then that the bond that holds them together is fragile and falling apart.

For the first time in three hundred years Fallon releases his god in order to help Lucan save Cara.  And when Quinn, the youngest brother, is captured by Deirdre, Fallon assumes the role of elder brother and laird.  He has to make up for his failures.  Getting Quinn free will be the first of many items he wishes to accomplish.

He never expects to find himself drawn to a woman while at the king's castle.  But there's much more to Larena than meets the eye.  And the attraction between them is intense and immediate. 

What made Larena the perfect match for Fallon?

She has been through her own hell and lived through it.  She knows what it is to have a bleak future and no one there to share it with.  She's his match in every way from their passion, intelligence, and stubborness. 

What's your favorite scene or moment from FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt to go along with it) for us without giving too much away?

My favorite moment in the book is when she sneaks into his chambers at the king's castle to talk to him. 

    Fallon drug his intruder out of the shadows and into the light of the moon from his window. He lengthened one of his claws and put it in his assailant’s side as he pinned a wrist to the door. His eyes widened when he saw he had none other than Larena Monroe in his grasp.

     The scent of lilies washed over him. He realized too late he had her against the door, his body pressed against hers. His gaze was riveted to her breasts that rose and fell rapidly, matching the beat of her pulse at her throat.

     His anger vanished, replaced with something more primal, more urgent. His blood roared in his ears as desire surged through him. He could feel every inch of her soft body, and God help him, he wanted more. He fought for control, fought to release her and step back.

     Then he heard something through the door. A sound distant and fleeting, but with his enhanced hearing he was able to catch it. He leaned his face toward the wood of the door and found his head next to Larena’s.

     The sound was forgotten as the feel of her silky cheek rubbed against his. He turned his head and breathed in the scent of her hair. A silken strand touched his face, and before he knew what he was doing, he bent and licked her neck. His lips slid over her jaw and he heard the whoosh of air that passed through her mouth.

     His balls tightened as blood rushed to his cock. He had to get away from her, to forget about sampling her lips and tasting her creamy skin. To forget the feel of her curves against his body and the way she fit against him perfectly. To forget the taste of her on his tongue and the scent of her that filled his nose.

     But Fallon made a fatal mistake. He looked into her eyes.

I recently took your “Which Dark Sword Hero is for You” quiz, and Lucan MacLeod was my warrior hero..*sigh*, I loved Lucan :) Even though you created the quiz did you take it yourself…and if so who was your warrior hero?

Glad you too did it!  No, I didn't take it.  Since I knew which answers went with which Warrior, it wouldn't have given me my true Warrior. :D

The next book in the Dark Sword series is Wicked Highlander, due out in November.  How many books do you envision for this series?

I have 15 books planned, and six under contract right now.  I hope readers love the series enough that I'll be able to do all 15 books.

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

lol.  Let's see..."You'll get all you wish for!" lol


Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet - fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king's aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.


Rumors swirl around the castle about "The McLeod" but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more - not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

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Happy belated release day Donna!  Forbidden Highlander was released last week, so if you are interested in reading it you should be able to find it just about anywhere books are sold.  If you'd like to find out more about the Dark Sword series, and perhaps find out which Dark Sword Warrior is your hero, or download some stunning wallpapers for your computer (like these below) visit Donna Grant at her website, on her blog, Facebook,or on Twitter.

To celebrate the release FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, the second book in the Dark Sword series, Donna has offered to giveaway the book that started it all...DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER to one lucky commenter.  Here's how you can win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryLeave a meaningful comment AND use this form to answer one or both questions based on one of the excerpts.  (good for 1 entry)
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  • If you have a blog,  or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries.  You can blog about it with a link to this post,  post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) .  Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
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Tamsyn June 2, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

This sounds like a great series - I must check out the first book, Dangerous Highlander, as well. BTW, my warrior is Galen Shaw.
Thanks for the chance to win!

International reader & GFC follower

dyockman June 2, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

Did someone say men in kilts? Le sigh. It is my weak spot. :D I'll read anything with a man in a kilt, and Donna Grant has been on my Authors to be read list.

GFC follower!

s7anna June 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

What's not to love? Yummy Highlanders aka men in kilts (preferably going commando *sigh*) and paranormal romance...Sign me up!

GFC follower

Donna Grant June 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Tamsyn - thanks for taking the Warrior quiz. Galen is an excellent Warrior. :)

Danielle - thank you! What a great compliment.

Anna - Aren't Highlanders the best? :)

Ina June 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

Hi Donna!
congrats on the release - I can't wait to get my hands on your new series, because I loved the excerpts!
wish you all the best,

Donna Grant June 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

Thanks, Ina!

chey June 2, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

Hi Donna,
Congratulations on your release! I enjoy stories about Highlanders. This series sounds great! An evil druid.

gfc follower

chey127 at hotmail dot com

etirv June 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

Love Donna Grant!! I'm excited about this new series!

Google follower!


Donna Grant June 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

Chey - thanks!

Etirv - oh, thank you!!!

DK's Book Reviews June 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Sounds like a great series. I forgot I was filling out the entry form when I was reading all about the books and the series. I havn't read any of this series and I would love to start at the beginning of the series with Dangerous Highlander. Thanks for the entry.

CrystalGB June 3, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

Great interview. Donna's series sounds amazing. I loved the excerpts.


Armenia June 3, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Hi Donna.

Congratulations on your release of Forbidden Highlander!! Wow. Fifteen in this series, huh?I'm gonna be one happy highland-druid-lovin-men-in-kilts romance reader.

GFC follower

armiefox at yahoo dot com

pixie13 June 3, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

You always have just the most interesting books & authors. More books for the wish list.

throuthehaze June 4, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

I love that there are so many books planned for the series. It definitely sounds good :)

Mitzi H. June 4, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

I'm thinking the same thing???....WOW, 15 highlander hot romance novels in this series???? Oh Yeah....I think I died and went to heaven!!!!

I answered the questions on the form

I'm a follower on GFC and email.

Mitzi Hinkey at sbclgobal dot net

Sue A. June 4, 2010 at 3:40 AM  

Donna congrats on this latest release and I'm looking forward to all six contracted books. Good luck with all 15 books you have planned - wow, I'm impressed!

I filled out the form.
I'm a follower - GFC

alternate email from blogger
magenta 2 red [at] gmail [dot] com

Donna Grant June 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM  

Thanks everyone! :)

Carole Spring June 5, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

What can be better than a paranormal romance filled with heroes, villains, sorcery and super powers waging against each other. These books sound fantastic! And to think that there will be 15 books in the complete series is wonderful!

Thanks for the giveaway!

I filled out the form and I hope I got the answers correct.

I follow on GFC as Carole Spring


Carol L. June 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

Hi Donna,
Lucan is my Highlander. :) I've read the first book so far and I can tell you it's a great series, By the time I finish all the books I think I should invest in a kilt and a Highlander. lol lol
Carol L.

I'm a GFC follower.

LilMissMolly June 5, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

This series sounds wonderful. I love historical fiction - especially stories about Highlanders! ;) Maybe it's because of my ancestors or because I've visited there before.
lvsgund at gmail dot com

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