Guest post by Grace Burrowes + Giveaway

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Today we are pleased to bring you the wonderful Grace Burrowes who is the author of such beloved historical romance series as the Windham series and the Lonely Lord series. She is here today to tell you about her brand new series the MacGregor trilogy, the first novel of which The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was released recently and which Caro loved (read her review here)! So read on and you could even win yourself a copy! 

The Basis for My New Series

I embarked upon a Scottish Victorian trilogy with some trepidation. While I’ve been reading Regencies since… well, for decades, there simply haven’t been Scottish Victorian romances thick on the ground, and my confidence with the time period was not as great.

Jennifer Ashley’s MacKenzie Brothers series was my first temptation to write in the Victorian era. Her novels are set in the 1880s and later, and start off with the stories of the four MacKenzie brothers and their lady loves. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, which features a hero who has autism spectrum qualities, is a work of brilliance and has pride of place on my keeper shelf.

Jennifer’s novels, like those of many other Victorian writers, reveal the long, long reign of Queen Victoria as an era of dynamic change and immense diversity. We think of the Victorians as staid, corseted people who sublimated their wilder passions into things like temperance movements and development of the London sewer system.

They were that, but they were also the folks who turned the camera to pornographic use very shortly after it was invented. According to some studies, half the couples marrying in certain jurisdictions were recording the birth of their first born within six months of the wedding.

Interesting times, indeed.

I set my stories in the early 1850s, for several reasons. First, half the population of Great Britain was still living on the land at that point. The conditions in the cities had not yet reached their nadir, the great country houses were not yet gaslit, and many facets of Regency life still applied. In other words, I could visualize the early Victorian more easily than the later.

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria

Second, Prince Albert was still alive, and he and Victoria were still adding to their family (eventually to total nine children, which made it the ideal Victorian family size—yikes!). I wanted the margins of my novels laced with the royal love story, rather than with a fascination with death, the afterlife and mourning, that characterized the later period.

Third, the early 1850s were a fairly happy time for the United Kingdom. The potato blight had subsided, trade was thriving, the Great Exhibition in 1851 had done much for national morale, and the war in the Crimea was not yet under way.

And yet, even in 1850, what we think of as modern technology was having an impact. We have daguerreotypes of the Duke of Wellington, who lived until 1851. Locomotives crisscrossed the realm at the pace of tireless racehorses, and the telegraph transmitted news and private messages even more swiftly.

For a Regency author, this is big, fun stuff. My Victorian characters still get to ride horses, have aristocratic titles, and dress beautifully, but they can also own private rail cars and—be still my thumpin’ heart—enjoy indoor plumbing! If that isn’t the best of both historical and modern worlds, I don’t know what is.

Throw in beautiful Highland scenery, kilts, and the hero’s manly Scottish burr, and you have a recipe for wonderful books that are—I hope—as much fun to read as they are to write.

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes

Book #1 in the MacGregor trilogy

His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed…

In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money. When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her. When he meets Genie’s poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie’s heart. But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he’s willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name…

Read an excerpt here

Buy at Amazon – Kindle – Book Despository

Grace Burrowes is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of 2011 and was also nominated for the prestigious RWA RITA award. The author of the bestsellers The Heir, The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Grace is a practicing attorney and lives in rural Maryland. She’ll conclude to the Windham Family Series with Lady Jenny’s story in October 2013, and will begin a new regency series with Darius in April 2013. The next book in Grace’s Scottish Victorian series, Once Upon a Tartan, will be in stores in August 2013.

Please visit her website or follow her on Twitter for more information.


Sourcebooks has generously offered a paperback copy of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid  to a US/CAN resident and BLI is offering a copy to an international commenter as well!

All you have to do is tell us: what is your favourite historical time period to read about? Or in which era would you like to live (or if you wouldn’t want to live there just to “visit”)? 

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 15 December 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • LSUReader December 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I can’t wait to read Grace’s newest. Don’t enter me in the contest, though; my copy is on the way to me already. Yay!

  • aurian December 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Great interview, thank you. I love reading Regency or Victorian, but also Edwardian when things are getting more modern. A time of challenge to the way of life and for women to get more independent.
    To live there, and miss my creature comforts? No, but visiting, yes!

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:39 am

      I think Downton Abbey has moved our sense of “historical” forward, into the Edwardian. Upstairs Downstairs took a few steps in that direction, but seemed to lose steam as the storyline became more modern. Then too, the last WWI vet has died, and that also breaks a link between the turn of the century and the present day.

  • Michele H December 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I love reading all historical time periods but I think Victorian has always intrigued me the most. Thanks for the giveaway and best of luck on your new release!

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I love the contrasts of the Victorian era. They were prim and proper–a lady never blew out a candle because it made her cheek puff unbecomingly–and yet they invented the vibrator, and they put the camera to pornographic use almost the day it was invented. Intriguing is right!

  • cayenne December 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I love reading about any historical period, but I tend to gravitate to the Regency & William IV periods in fiction. The Victorian is a very interesting era given the diversity of imperial experience, technology development, changing social mores, and costume and decor insanity, and must offer so much scope for writers. Coming from one who enjoys living in an era of A/C and antibiotics, I would love to visit any of those, but would not really want to live in them – some things are better in history and imagination.

    Thank you for the contest, and I’m really looking forward to this book – Grace’s books are must-buys for me!

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

      You mention William’s reign, and the only author I’ve seen exploring those years in any depth is Loretta Chase. I think she was lured there by fashion, but also because it was the logical timeframe given the ages of her Regency child characters are they matured into protagonists. They’re wonderful books, too!

      • cayenne December 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        I believe that Stephanie Laurens has set some of her later Cynster books in the 1830s, also to accommodate the advancing ages of the children in the series, but not really treating the period any differently than the Regency. If she moves that series much further, they’re going to be Victorian, and she won’t be able to avoid addressing the social & technological changes to her settings

  • Jennifer Irving December 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I love teh 17 and 1800s. Love Scottish stories in those time periods. Although with the way women were treated, I wouldn’t make it 5 minutes.

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Jennifer, things improved in the Victorian era with the Married Women’s acts, loosening of divorce laws, and public education for both genders. It didn’t hurt to have a woman on the throne either, particularly when she was devoted to her spouse, and a good mama.

  • Jeanne Miro December 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t think of The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie as just a book but instead a work of art that consumes it’s readers and draws them into the story and makes them understand the angst that Ian went through before understanding cmae to him through love.

    To bbe Grace is one of the grande dames of romance and her stories arent to be missed. She draws her readers into her stories, surrounding them by the politics and intrigues of the time period while making her characters not only understand but fall in love with them.

    This history of the time period, the conflicts and intriuge pulls the reader into her stories and when you finally come to the very last page you just don’t want the story to end.

    Congratulations Grace and thank you for sharing with us a new wondeful story in The Bridegroom Wore Plaid!

    I love reading historical romance and I love reading book in different time periods from the Georgian to Regency and love the moment that I realize how the politics of the past have influenced the society of today.

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Thanks, Jean! But the truth is my first book hit the shelves two years ago (this week), and I feel I have a long way to go. Lovely to know you share my enthusiasm for the genre, and I’m sure we could have Loooooong talk about who our mutual keeper authors are.

      • Jeanne Miro December 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm


        Your first book may only have come out two years ago but you have been your presence know in the Historical Romance genre by giving your readers stories that they will not only read but re-read and encourage their friends to read as well!

        You not only write a story to entertain but to fully bring the reader into your stories and form a connection to the characters. This is something that a lot of authors try to do but only the best, like you, suceed!

  • Marie December 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    My favorite time periods to read about are Regency and Victorian, although I enjoy many types of historical romances. Best of luck with the new publication, Grace! Thanks for the giveaway, and please count me in! Thank you!

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Marie, I’m really enjoying the Victorian era, but I’ve also dipped my toe in the Georgian period with a novella for Their Grace (The Courtship), and that was a fun time too. Amazing to think of the progress made between 1775 and 1850.

  • bn100 December 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’d like to visit 1800s England.

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Visit being the operative word–I do love me some indoor plumbing and antibiotics.

  • Mary Preston December 5, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Any period in history fascinates, but I would love to visit the court of the Tudors. Just visit mind, I’d like to keep my head.

    • Grace Burrowes December 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Mary, I’d like to keep my head, my teeth, and other aspects of my health, but I’m also not so keen on wearing thirty pounds of clothing or taking hours to dress before sitting down to a meal that took hours to consume. And yet, they made it look like fun, didn’t they?

  • Ebony Morton December 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I love books that are during Victoria times and a few Yeats after. I love reading about that time period.

  • Diane D - Florida December 5, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’d love to go back in time to the Regency era and visit for a while. Of course, I would have to be a beautiful titled lady, with grace, poise and compassion. I would love to have some beautiful ball gowns, attend a couple of balls, go for a ride in Hyde Park, and spend a few days at a country house party.

    Whilst I love reading about these brave and courageous Highlanders, I can’t picture myself roaming around their cold and dreary castles. The only thing that would appeal to me would be to end up in their beds and experience some of that lusty and brawny loving.

    My favorite time periods to read about are Scottish Highlander romance, Georgian, Regency and Victorian romance.

  • Darcie Dudkiewicz December 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I would love to have lived in the regency period. Also I love the scottish tales in would love that period of time with knights and warriors.

  • Miranda December 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

    I love anything to do with Highlanders. There’s just something about men in a kilt with bulging muscles.

  • Lisa Hutson December 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I don’t really have a favorite time period. But a place…Scotland…I imagine it to be dreamy. Beautiful. Romantic. I know, I know…it was probably hard, rough, smelly, harsh….But on my thoughts, it was sexy men caring g for their loved ones…for their women…etc…

  • sheryl December 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I like to read Victorian, but my all time favorite is anything to do with Scotland and a man in a kilt. There is something about that!!!!

  • Vanetta Q December 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I love to read Historial, Victorian & Highland eras. Just not sure I would love to live in those times 🙂 I don’t think I could deal with the dress! I haven’t had a chance to get my copy yet, due to my work schedule but If I don’t win it….. I will buy it! 🙂 Love all of Grace’s books/stories! 🙂

  • Sheila M December 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love how Grace can churn out books with such regularity, but they read like she has spent a year or more on each- lots of research and detail, don’t know how she does it…must not sleep!
    I love the 1800’s and earlier, would like to be time travelled back but my luck I end up with a smelly 80 year old laird with no hair, no teeth and a tendency to back-hand me because of my smart mouth… I guess I’ll just stay here and read.

  • erinf1 December 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Grace on the newest release! I don’t really have a favorite time period. I like reading them all 🙂

  • Angie December 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I would say the Victorian era.

  • Sandy Kenny December 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Although I love reading most historical periods, I would definitely love to visit the Regency period. I also would like to go back in time to the American Revolution…as well as the American Civil War. I majored in history in college and have always wanted to truly experience the past…

  • Catherine December 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I suppose I like Regency books best. The abundance of them makes them so common that it’s almost like a home away from home when I read. I’m so familiar with the rules and customs, at least as far as they’re described by modern romance, that it’s become comfortable for me.

  • Thelma Banzhoff December 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I seem to love all Historical periods. I must say however that I do like kilts.
    Congratulations Grace.

  • catslady December 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I like all historical time periods but the older the better. I enjoy being taken away to different times. I’m looking forward to this series after enjoying many of your other books!

  • Lynsey Peterson December 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I don’t necessarily have a favorite time period per se, just more along the lines of who I like to read about. I love reading about the lords and ladies amongst the English ton. I like reading about the Scottish Lairds and their ladies as well!

  • Margaret Murray-Evans December 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I love many historical periods. Westerns and Regency are my favorite. But I must say I love those tough and brawny Scots. If I had to go back I would like to back to the late 1800’s where cowboys reigned.

  • ninoskasua December 7, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I totally want to read this book. 🙂

  • Lily B December 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I love all of them, but if I have to pick its Regency, Victorian and Medieval 😀 those are my favorites

  • Dian Setyarini December 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I love all historical time, but I’m specific in the highland. See the Lairds. Can you imagine that? 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway, Grace

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