Guest Author & Giveaway: Anita Clenney featuring Awaken the Highland Warrior

Wednesday, May 4

While I love tried and true authors, I also have a penchant for debut authors.  I don't know what it is, but I love to explore all that the romance genre has to offer.  So when I ran across a book that had a Highland Warrior (which I love), and also included a time travel element (which I also love) my mind immediately went to.....you guessed it, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I know, I know I talk about it incessantly), as well as Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Series (Kiss of the Highlander anyone?).  Sold!  I knew I had to read it, because what can be better than the fantasy of getting your very own Highland Warrior AND still be a 21st century woman?

Author Anita Clenney is my guest today, who's debut novel, Awaken the Highland Warrior, releases this week and she is here to share a bit about her book, and the challenges of being an independent woman while having a hero that is all alpha warrior :)  Read and enjoy!


The Allure of Time Travel

I remember a few years ago checking some editors submission guidelines, and several were adamant, NO TIME TRAVEL. I think it’s interesting because it seems that everywhere I look now I see time travel stories, and it’s become very popular in romance. My new release, Awaken the Highland Warrior, has a time travel element, but I didn’t really consider it a time travel. The story is about a Scottish warrior from the 19th century who gets locked in a time vault intended to imprison demons until Judgment. I’m sure you’re saying, “TIME VAULT? Wasn’t that your first clue that you’d written a time travel?” I suppose it should have been, but he’s not really traveling through time, he’s just…sleeping for a really long time. Okay, so it’s the same thing, but what makes time travel so intriguing?

I think we’re fascinated with the idea of altering time because it’s one thing completely beyond our control. We can change our identities, our looks, hair color, addresses, jobs, husbands, genres, but not time. Humans, writers in particular, seem to love a challenge. Time travel presents an even greater challenge, and benefit, for romance. If our hero and heroine are going to be so interesting that the reader can’t put the book down, the characters must have differences to work out, something with the potential to make them the most inconceivable couple. What better conflict than having one of them born in another time where the culture is different, from dress, speech, to basic survival needs? It makes for some delicious sparks and interesting confusion.

That’s what happens with Faelan Connor, my Scottish warrior, and Bree Kirkland, the quirky historian who finds him. He’s ready to toss her over his shoulder and take her off to safety because she’s just too brave for her own good. What happened to the time when women were gentle and kept the home fires burning? He doesn’t know what to do with this place where women are bold and rush into danger without letting a man keep them safe. To make matters worse, she has no idea what kind of evil is out there. Bree on the other hand, is ready to hit Faelan if he doesn’t stop apologizing because he can’t keep his hands off her. And he’s ordering her around as if he were still in the 19th century. He needs to realize that women are independent now and don’t need a man for protection. Uh, Bree…you might want to wait until you see what he’s trying to protect you from before you refuse his offer. Here’s a description of my new novel:

Faelan Connor is from a group of secret warriors created by Michael the Archangel to stand between humans and the demons trying to destroy them. Faelan is from one of the Scottish clans and is the most fierce when it comes to destroying demons. So when Michael needs a warrior to stop the demon who’s stirring up the hatred and dissension in America which has the young country headed toward Civil War, he sends Faelan, but Faelan is betrayed and gets trapped in the time vault intended to imprison the demon he’s hunting. The vault won’t open for 150 years, and then, only with the key, which is missing. As the generations pass and the key isn’t found, Faelan’s story fades to a myth. So for 150 years he sleeps.

Along comes historian Bree Kirkland. Her specialty is the Civil War, but she feels more like Indiana Jones. Bree is obsessed with lost treasure, myths and legends. Haunted by longings she can’t describe, she immerses herself in history, seeking hidden treasure, both written and real, but after a lifetime of disappointments and mishaps, she determines to settle down to an ordinary, boring life. When she finds a treasure map in her great, great grandmother’s attic, Bree promises herself one more treasure hunt, then she’ll stop. The map leads to the graveyard behind her house, where she finds an elaborate chest hidden inside the old crypt that she’d been so drawn to as a child. She opens the chest and discovers something far more compelling than hidden treasure, and there’s no returning to her normal life.

So, if time travel were possible, I think I’d be too chicken to try it after writing Faelan and Bree’s story, and seeing the devastation Faelan went through. If I did have the courage, I think I would travel to the future to see what my kids were like when they were old, to see how they turned out and to see their kids. That would be totally cool. But for now, unless we find a handy dandy time vault like Faelan has, we can’t change the century we live in, and we can’t stop or alter time, but we can use our imagination to travel as far as we want to go. So if you had the chance to time travel, WHEN would you go? Into the future or into the past?


A Man From Another Time…

Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect…

Could Be the Treasure She’s Been Seeking All her Life…

When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn’t dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.

With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems…

Read an excerpt below:
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Congratulations Anita on your debut release!  If you would like to learn more about Anita Clenney and the Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense books she writes you can find her at her website www.anitaclenney.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, as well as the Casablanca Authors Blog and Mysteries and Margaritas.

To celebrate the release of Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney, her publisher Sourcebooks would like to giveaway a copy of the book to TWO lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Anita asked readers about time travel in her post (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, or subscription in Google reader, 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)
  • 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.
  • 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 US & Canada addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on May 7th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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29 Comments:

winnie May 4, 2011 at 2:45 AM  

Hi Anita! I have to agree that one of the things I really enjoy about time-travel romances is that this aspect gives rise to some interesting conflicts that the hero and heroine will have to work through in order to stay together.

As for when I would go if I had the chance to time travel, I think I would pick to go into the future because I'd be interested to see all the advances in technology and see what the world has become because of it - I think it would be so cool!

Awaken the Highland Warrior is definitely added to my TBR pile and I am looking forward to reading it :)

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Carol L. May 4, 2011 at 3:52 AM  

Hi Anita,
Congratulations on your Debut release., As Highland Romance is my #1 favorite read I definitely have to put Awaken The Highland Warrior on my TRL. By the way I love the title and cover. I'd want to go back in time maybe about 15 years ago to spend time with my Mom,Dad and 2 brothers who died unexpectedly.PLEASE enter me to win.
Thanks for you the post about Faelan and Bree.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Carol L. May 4, 2011 at 3:53 AM  

so sorry, forgot to mention I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47
Carol L.

Tore May 4, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

I think I would go to the past. I find the past very interesting and intriquing. I think it would be neat to see how things are with my actual eyes. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com I am a follower and email subscriber.

Soft Fuzzy Sweater May 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

I would rather go to the past but I would time hop all over the place CHANGING history. Cant help it, I am a meddler!

I am a Google friend annfesATyahooDOTcom

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

Hi Winnie. Thanks for adding Awaken to your TBR pile. I know it's so difficult with so many wonderful books being released all the time, so I appreciate it. I would love to travel to the future or the past, but I would be afraid of getting stuck. I'm a huge Diana Gabaldon fan. Her Outlander series is a great idea what could happen if time travel were possible.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Hi Carol, I'm so glad you like the title and cover. Oh, I'm so sorry about your brothers and parents. I would do exactly the same if I were you. Okay, I'm feeling a little teary eyed.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

Tore, I think my comment was eaten. I love the past, and at times wish I had become an archeologist. I'm fascinated by the people that have lived before us.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM  

Hi Soft Fuzzy Sweater, you meddler you. That's an interesting concept. Lots of good plots could come from changing history.

Bethie May 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

I would love to visit Scotland in the 1700s. Its a period that has always interested me.

Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Lavinia Kent May 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM  

I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan and a lot of my fascination comes from the idea of what in history can be changed and what can't.

I can't wait to read the book.

Lavinia

Robin K May 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

I would most definitely go into the past :) I would love to see knights, castles, motes and kings. So magical!

I am a follower.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

lindalou May 4, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

First of all, thank you for being here today. I loved your post as Highlander romances are a fav of mine. Your new book sounds great and I'd like to entered in your give-a-way.
I'm a long-time Dr. Who fan and he's been time-traveling for ages. He goes into the past and the present and the future and sometimes he goes into other dimensions... I'd probably be more comfortable traveling into the past but I'd be game for it all. What a thought!
I am a GFC follower (lindalou).
Linda T.
lindalou(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com

Barbara E. May 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM  

I love time travel romance, and Awaken the Highland Warrior sounds fantastic. But for me, I'd be too scared to go into the past, I'd be afraid I'd kill a butterfly and the whole world would change. I'd much rather go into the future, I'm so curious as to what inventions and gadgets we'll have 100 years from now. When I think of what life was like 100 years ago, and the changes that have been made since then, I'm dying to see what we'll be doing in the future.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

Bethie, I would love to visit Scotland now even. Are you a Diana Gabaldon fan?

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

Lavinia, I love Dr. Who, but I watched the originial version way back when. It's fascinating to think what would happen if one tiny thing changed in history.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

Robin, I love castles and motes and the whole thing. How amazing it would be to see them. Kind of terrifying too. Those were harsh times.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

Hi Linda, I haven't watched the new Dr. Who but I loved the original one. Time travel is just a tantalizing thought. I think we'll all considered "what if?"

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

Barbara, I hope you like these highlanders. They were so much fun to write, but they feel like real characters to me. It's as if Faelan and Ronan and all the others are my cousins or brothers.

I got a good laugh at the butterfly thing. I hear you. I would be afraid to mess with history. I would love to go back but not mess with anything and that's kind of impossible.

Maria May 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM  

If I had the opportunity to time travel, I believe that I would go into the future at least 200 years from today so that I could see how my family was doing and find out what had happened in the family so that I could perhaps make some changes in the present. I would probably also peek at the stock market results for the time period and use that knowledge in the present...lol

I am a GFC Follower

I also tweeted this event:
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Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

Hi Maria. I'm with you. I would want to see how my family is. Imagine seeing your descendents. That's what happens to Faelan. He loses his immediate family but he gets to see their great great great grandchildren. Those stock market results wouldn't be bad either.

chey May 4, 2011 at 5:07 PM  

Hi Anita,
I like the sound of this book!
I'd go back into the past if I could time travel.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM  

Hi Chey. I'm glad the book piques your interest.

Estella May 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

I think I would pick the future. I would love to see if cancer and aids have been wiped out.

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

Hi Estella. Great to see you here. I agree. That would be so cool.

Artemis May 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Oh man! I don't know - past or future. Sometimes the past but it all depends on where, when, do I have abundant wealth. I put quite a few must-haves for my time travel. Future - maybe. Still, it has restrictions.

This book is going to be so good. The elements you have combined are some of my favorites. A little bit of angel and demon mixed in with a whole lotta' Scottish warrior!

cindersmaria@yahoo.com
Old GFC Follower

Anita Clenney May 4, 2011 at 10:19 PM  

Artemis, thanks so much! I'm glad you're intrigued. If you have a chance to read it,please let me know what you think about it.

LadyVampire2u May 5, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

Congratulations on your new release! This sounds like such an awesome book. To answer your question: I think I would want to travel into the past. I'd like to see some of our history in the making as I am a history buff. And, if I was able to, make a stop back some 30 years ago or so and buy some stock and bonds and land and jewelry. I could use some extra cash in today's economy sorry to admit. Thanks!

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

LilMissMolly May 5, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Hi Anita! Your book sounds wonderful! I love Highlanders and romance. Can't get much better than that!
lvsgund at gmail.com

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