Guestpost: Scottish Historical Romance by Claire Robyns + Giveaway

Filed in Claire Robyns , featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Winged Lover Posted on February 9, 2012 @ 7:00 am 18 comments

Today we welcome Claire Robyns to Book Lovers Inc, her latest historical romance, The Devil of Jedburgh (lookout for our review which is also going up today), released on the 6th February 2012. Claire is here today to talk about the uniqueness of historical romance revolving around Scotland! Over to you Claire…

Fiction writers make stuff up. That’s what we do. We make up people, places, names, events and faces. And then we make up families to fit our people and their lives into. Except in Scottish Historical Romance. I don’t think I’ve read a Scottish historical with a fictional clan and I’m no exception to that rule. I’ve tried, I really have, once I even got my clan map out and figured out where to squeeze my fantasy clan into… and then I just couldn’t do it.

Then again, finding the perfect clan fit for my hero/heroine and my story is so much fun, so maybe that’s the problem. Whatever your hero/heroine/villain is, whatever shenanigans they get up to, whether they’re strong, weak, villainous or heroic, there’s a clan already handcrafted just for them.

In The Devil of Jedburgh, I didn’t need to look far and wide for either my hero or the villain.

The Armstrongs, on both the English and the Scottish sides of the border, were notorious reivers and all round bad, bad news, and Johnnie Armstrong was wildly acclaimed the biggest rogue of them all. He led a large band of men and tore through border dales, leaving mayhem in his path. Johnnie’s been on the backburner of my mind for a long while, waiting for the perfect role.

Now as for my hero Arran, I knew straight away where he fit in. The Kerr clan are famous for being left-handed, which gave them great advantage in sword fights and made them admirable warriors and unbeatable foes.

Here’s a snippet from the poem, The Raid of The Kerrs, by James Hogg

But the Kerrs were aye the deadliest foes

That e’er to Englishmen were known

For they were all bred left handed men

And fence [defence] against them there was none

Oh yes, that’s exactly where my hero belongs. The Kerrs also generated some myths in the wake of their great fighting abilities, some enemies believing that their left-handed advantage was a gift from the devil. Check, check and check, since my heroine, Breghan, has been brought up on rumours of the Devil of Jedburgh…

“’Tis said you roam the bogs at night to prey upon the souls of restless children,” Breghan said daringly.

“Cross your heart, lass,” he returned. “The priests would have that only God and the devil may lay claim to a soul.”

She could see by the light in his eyes that he was more amused than angry and gave him back the source of that particular rumour. “The Kerrs fight left-handed because the devil rides heavy on their right shoulder.”

The gleam slowly faded from his eyes until he was looking at her with dark, mesmerising intensity. He took her hand in his and placed it on his right shoulder. “Tell me,” he said softly, “what does the devil feel like?”

As fascinating as myths are, I based some of my decision on fact as well. Mary, Queen of Scots, had a tumultuous reign with her noble barons changing sides and turning traitorous on the whisper of a breeze. The Kerr clan, however, was always steadfast in their support of Queen Mary, firm believers in her God given right to rule. They never wavered in their loyalty and, not only did I need that kind of man for my plot, but that’s a hero I can fall in love with.

I’d love to hear of any Scottish Historical you might have read containing a fictional clan. Or do you have a favourite clan in your reading, or perhaps one you’d like to see in a story one day? Please leave a comment (about anything) and I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of The Devil of Jedburgh.


The Devil of Jedburgh

Raised on rumours of The Devil of Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen doesn’t want an arranged marriage to the beast. The arrogant border laird is not the romantic, sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of—despite the heat he stirs within her.

In need of an heir, Arran has finally agreed to take a wife, but when he sees Breghan’s fragile beauty, he’s furious. He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child. Lust prompts him to offer a compromise: necessary precautions, and handfasting for a year and a day, after which Breghan will be free. For a chance to control her own future, Breghan makes a deal with the Devil.

Passion quickly turns to love, but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass, or making her a mother. He loves her too much to lose her. But when a treasonous plot threatens queen and country, Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his side.


Places to find Claire:

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Claire has generously offered an ebook copy of The Devil of Jedburgh, her latest novel to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is answer one of Claire’s questions at the end of the post.

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday 18 February 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • aurian February 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Great blogpost, I love reading Highlander historical romances! My favourite ones, Bertrice Small – The Border Lords series. She also weaves history in her tales, and the last one was about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son James. Very very good story.
    Or Melissa Mayhue books, they have lovely highland warriors and timetravel / fae magic in them. So many great books are out there, and I would love to add yours to my collection 🙂

  • Tamsyn February 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I really enjoyed the post. And the book sounds really interesting. My favourite is Julie Garwood’s Highland series, The Bride, The Wedding and The Ransom. They are all on my keeper shelf! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • erinf1 February 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the awesome post! I love Scottish/highlander historicals. My favorite is also Julie Garwood’s Highland series, mainly because she was the first that I had ever read.

    Congrats on the new release!

  • Darline Stewart February 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I definitely want this one.

    • Darline Stewart February 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I would love to win it but if I must I will buy it. Thanks so much

  • ClaudiaGC February 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I love to read about Highlanders and their clans. I think the dynamic in a clan is very unique. I love Julie Garwood’s Highland books! They’re to this day some of my favourite books.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Gena Robertson February 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Congratulations on your release, Claire! I adore reading about Scotland – I married a Robertson, who is all about his Scottish heritage, and my maiden name was Megginson, so I my heritage is from one of the Scottish/Brittish/Irish areas as well.
    My understanding is that the Robertsons were in alliance with the Campbells, who were supporters of Robert the Bruce. But that’s all I’ve been told. I find it all very fascinating!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win – your book sounds so very delicious, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

    Gena Robertson

  • ChandraGay February 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Considering the fact that I am a Scottish Hiistorical Romance fanactic, allow me to share with you some of my LibraryThing and GoodReads books series. Hannah Howell’s “entire” Highlander series (she writes it…I read it); Highlander Saga by Karen Marie Moning (she writes it…I read it); Medieval Warriors Trilogy by Heather Grothaus; These Highland Hills by Kathleen Morgan. My list is huge. These books have inspired me to learn Celtic.

    I need to add this “Devil” to my list. He sounds yummy.


  • Claire Robyns February 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for having me over to chat about my favorite subject, the yummy Scottish Historical 🙂
    And great to see so many fans to the genre here.

    aurian: I’ve read quite a few of Ms. Small’s historicals, but not the latest one you mentioned, I’ll definitely go hunting for it 🙂

    And Julie Garwood, of course!!! I’ve read them all, but she hasn’t had any recent ones, has she? I think she writes mainly contemp now, but I’m dying for another keeper from her. Karen Marie Moning is one of my all time favs, I was introduced to her with her Highlander series, but loved Fever just as much and loved the familiar Scots faces we got a glimpse of 🙂

  • Claire Robyns February 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Gena, I’m not familiar with the Robertsons, will definitely go look them up. But the Campbells were one of the powerful clans and my absolute to die for real life hero is Robert the Bruce…. I’m such a fan, I’m too scared to even try and write him into one of my books, lol. Virgina Henley’s Notorious (I think?) has a heroine who has an affair with Robert the Bruce, and I loved the way she did it.

  • Filia Oktarina February 10, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Congratulations on your release, Claire! I not very know about clan in Scottland, but i like read novel romance about Highlander and scottish. First Highlander i know is from novel Julie Garwood’s Highland series, so all i know is fictional clan.
    Thank you so much for giveaway, your book sounds so very delicious, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to read it!!


  • Shelley Bagby February 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

    This book sounds great. A new author for me.I have read all on Monica McCarty’s books. She also has a book where the h/h handfasted for one year. That turned out well! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Victoria Zumbrum February 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I love Scottish, Highlanders or even Irish. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • Jen B. February 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I love the stories of Karen Marie Moning. Her Highlanders might be fictional but I think of them as real!

  • bn100 February 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I would say a Johanna Lindsey or Donna Grant book.

  • Rachel Vessar February 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I have only read one or two Scottish books. I enjoyed them but I do not know what the clans were. I would like to read this book. Thanks!

    Rachel V
    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  • Joanne B February 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love Maya Banks’ Highlander series, but I just love most any books with Highlanders in them. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  • sienny February 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    my fave clan of all time is the MacGregors by Nora Roberts, but it’s not a historical 😀 but in a historical, my fave clan so far comes from Julie Garwood’s Ransom, the Buchanan Clan

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