Guest Post & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring In the Heart of the Highlander

Wednesday, October 16

It's hard for me to resist a kilted hero, especially when the author describes him as a "hot Scot in a kilt".  It was practically insta-love on my part, LOL, especially when the hero is written by one of my favorite authors, Maggie Robinson.

Maggie is my guest today to share with us her new book IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER.  And while I did love Alec, the aforementioned "hot Scot" hero, the heroine, Mary, stole my heart from the very beginning.  I think Mary Evensong is one of my favorite heroines of 2013.  I hope you'll think so too.  Read on, & enjoy!


Thanks so much for having me back! My second Ladies Unlaced book, IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER, just released, and Mary and Alec are out in the wild! They were such a fun couple to write—Mary is the epitome of a self-contained, clever, constantly-responsible woman who is happily led astray by a hot Scot in a kilt. The fact that Alec has a dark secret makes him only more intriguing, for Mary is a premiere problem solver. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Ever since Mary Evensong’s elderly Aunt Mim got sick, Mary’s masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids, husbands and solving pesky problems for the peerage. Someday she’d like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is. But desperate clients are waiting for “Mrs. Evensong” at the office.

Like a scandalous Scottish baron. Honor forbids Lord Alec Raeburn from explaining the suspicious circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, but he knows who’s responsible. He just needs to hire an actress to lure the scoundrel into a trap.

After listening to Raeburn’s story—and seeing him in his kilt—Mary knows the perfect person. Letting her red hair down, she heads off to the Scottish Highlands to pose as a seductress, but soon finds herself with more than her virtue at stake in a tug-of-war between two powerful men. She could wind up in danger—or in the heart of the highlander.
Even though Mary has a dual identity, she is an innocent; Alec most definitely is not. Yet she manages to flummox him to a delightful degree.

“Could she tell he was nervous? It was as if twenty years had dropped away and he was a gawky youth. She pressed her sweet form against him as if to assure him she was confident of his abilities. He himself was not so certain, though the kiss promised all the heaven to come. He did not know whether the promise originated from Mary or him, and didn’t care.”

It’s hard to tell who seduces whom. Despite Alec’s history with women, nothing has prepared him for the perfection of Mary.

“Alec left Mary in the bath, dressed quickly and went downstairs to the library. He was not going to dwell upon what had just happened, and what he hoped would happen again. And again.

And maybe again before he put her on the train Tuesday morning.

Or Wednesday.

He should be angry at Mary Evensong. Furious. She and her aunt had tricked him—hell, they’d tricked the entire ton for four years. Imagine, sending a little slip of a girl into the lion’s den, washing society’s dirty laundry as well as matching mistress with maid and bride with groom. The Evensong Agency did it all, and did it well.

And sweet blushing Mary had been at the heart of it all.

Well, perhaps she wasn’t so sweet. Alec had felt the laceration of her tart tongue. But not, he reflected, quite where he wanted it now.

He threw himself on one of the cracked leather sofas and stared out the window. Ben-y-Vrackie stared back, blue and gloomy in the late afternoon sunshine. The house was quiet, his hired workmen no longer breaking the Sabbath rules. He was beginning to get hungry, but whatever edible items were in the larder had now been transferred to the gatehouse.

He was anxious and unsettled. He should feel relaxed. Triumphant. Bedding Mary had been a revelation. She had been so responsive that he’d almost forgotten to withdraw. He’d wanted to cover her with his body and crest together, as if they shared a common purpose. But that was ridiculous. He hadn’t even known her true name until an hour ago.”

There’s almost nothing I like better than reading a book about a man who thinks he knows everything until he meets a woman who knows even more. I wish there were such a place as the Evensong Agency—we could all use a little help!

Who do you talk to when you have a problem to solve? I usually confide in my oldest daughter, and we eventually wind up laughing over whatever it is. I’ll give away a copy of the first Ladies Unlaced book, IN THE ARMS OF AN HEIRESS, to one commenter!

Congrats Maggie on the release of IN THE HEART OF A HIGHLANDER!  I read this while on vacation and absolutely LOVED Mary and Alec's love story.  Mary is one of my favorite heroines of 2013.  LOVE LOVE LOVE her!

If you'd like to learn more about Maggie Robinson and the books she writes under that pen name as well as her alter ego Margaret Rowe, you can find her at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

To celebrate the release of IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER, Maggie is giving away a copy of IN THE ARMS OF THE HEIRESS, the first book in her Ladies Unlaced series to one lucky Musings follower.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Meghan October 16, 2013 at 1:13 AM  

My father if it has something to do with everyday life. It's like relationship problems, I talk to my friends.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous,  October 16, 2013 at 7:17 AM  

I have a lifelong friend who will listen to me any time I need her, no matter the time. Sometimes, though, I just have to calm down and think things through myself. This sounds like a delicious book!

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Martha Lawson October 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM  

My friend, Tamara!

Maggie Robinson October 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM  

Thanks again for having me, Carrie! And Mary is thrilled she made the big time, LOL. This couple was such a delight to write, and Alex is a teddy bear. :)

Di October 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM  

depends on the problem - quite often I talk to my ex-sister-in-law, or I just talk to myself and give myself some time to mull things over.

Tina B October 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM  

I usually talk to my mom. She is my rock and helps me make decisions. I trust her to be completely honest with me. :)
Loved the excerpt! Thank you for sharing.

Barbara E. October 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM  

When I have a problem, I talk to my former boyfriend (we've known each other for 40 years), my sister, or my son. I respect all of their opinions and depending on what the problem is, I'll talk to one or more of them.

Claira Pam October 17, 2013 at 1:09 AM  

I usually talk to my fiance!

Virginia C October 17, 2013 at 4:41 AM  

Thanks for such a delightful post and giveaway featuring one of my very favorite authors, "Maggie/Margaret" : )

"In the Heart of the Highlander" sounds fabulous--I'd like to be reading it right now!

My immediate family have all passed away, but I have several beloved close friends who have stuck by me through all my ups and downs. They know me--know me well--and they still love me. They are my treasures, and they are whom I talk to when I need advice.

Mary Preston October 17, 2013 at 7:53 AM  

I talk to my daughter.

Filia Oktarina October 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM  

I talk to my sister :)

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