Good morning,Karen and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…..

MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

      KAREN:You know how you’re in a job interview, and the guy suddenly asks that question and you freeze? What do I tell him? What do I say that makes me sound nice, but humble, and intelligent, but a team player?

I just had a deer in the headlights moment when reading that question. But I’ll try to give you a taste of me.

I’m pretty pragmatic, with a huge, wide streak of sentimentality. I have this weird penchant for crying along with whoever is on TV. I don’t know why I do it, but I do. I believe that people can achieve anything if they want it enough, believe it enough, and are willing to keep it uppermost in their minds. I am an incurable positive thinker. In every ghastly situation, I struggle to find something good in it.

I love being a writer. I even love the parts that challenge me.

But I think the phrase that defines me is this: she never gives up. Maybe I should have that engraved on a plaque.

MBA: I know “A Scottish Love” is dear to your heart you our readers why?

  KAREN: I think it’s because Shona Imrie, the heroine, is stiff with pride. She’s the last of her line and her heritage means the world to her. She has a second chance at happiness, and she just may ruin it unless she unbends. I like writing flawed characters – who among us is perfect?  (I’m not, sigh.) I really like Gordon McDermond, too, because he’s becoming his own man after years of being in the army. Not to mention being under the influence of his general father.

MBA: What made you decide to write Scottish historical romance?

      KAREN:I love the country, but not the scenery as much as the indomitable will of the Scots. Way back in the beginning of my writing career, I wrote books set in England, but my editor was fascinated with the fact I ventured to Scotland quite often. She suggested, and I agreed, to set my future books in Scotland. However much I like the country, however, characters are always more important to me than anything else.

MBA: What challenges did you find writing “A Scottish Love”?

  KAREN: I had to learn a great deal about the battles of the Crimean War, the 93rd Highlanders, and the Indian Rebellion. I don’t include a lot of my research in the book, but I had to know the basics so the premise of the plot would be correct. Also, A Scottish Love has a subplot that runs through the book that was different from anything I’ve done in the past.

MBA: What are some of your writing rituals,your typical writing day,how long it takes from idea to finish copy of a story?

KAREN: I write eight hours per day, minimum.

I write first thing in the morning for two hours, break to walk on the treadmill with Flash (I’m exercising right beside him), then back to writing. At around 11:00, we take an outside break, play a little, and then do lunch. I work on administrative things until 1:00 when we do the treadmill/exercise thing again. Flash crashes and burns while I work on the book. I’ll break again around 5:00, then start work again at 7:00 PM.

I don’t have any rituals, other than charting my progress every day on a spreadsheet. I have formulas built in – if I don’t reach my word count and the cell turns green, I keep working. Annoying, but it’s the only way I stay on track.

It takes four months for me to write a book, start to finish. I once had a deadline of three months and made it, but it’s not something I like to do. 

MBA:  With the holiday fast approaching,what are some of your favorite memories,food, traditions and the most memorable gift?

    KAREN: I’m such a forward looking person. I truly never go back in my past unless I absolutely have to. I choose to believe that the NOW of life is just as precious as any memory. I have been blessed with so many great things to recall, but if I did that, I’d miss out on what’s happening right this moment. 

MBA: Last but not least tell our readers where to locate you and where to purchase your books?

   KAREN: I have oodles of places:

My email:

My website:

My blog:


Twitter: @karen_ranney

My books are available at bookstores and online, as either paperbacks or ebooks. Plus, A Scottish Love is a Featured Alternate at Doubleday, Rhapsody, and BOMC2.

   Karen do you have anything else to add today for our readers?

Thank you!  For reading my books, for emailing me, and for visiting my blog – thank you.

Thank you Karen for visiting with us today…

Thank you for inviting me!

Warm fuzzies!





Publisher:Avon; Original edition (November 29, 2011)


ISBN-13: 978-0062027788

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: November 29, 2011

Shona Imrie should have agreed to Gordon MacDermond’s proposal of marriage seven years ago—before he went off to war and returned a national hero—but the proud Scottish lass would accept no man’s charity. The dashing soldier would never truly share her love and the passion that left her weak and breathless — or so she believed—so instead she gave herself to another. Now she faces disgrace, poverty, and a life spent alone for her steadfast refusal to follow her heart.

Honored with a baronetcy for his courage under fire, Gordon has everything he could ever want—except for the one thing he most fervently desires: the headstrong beauty he foolishly let slip through his fingers. Conquering Shona’s stubborn pride, however, will prove his most difficult battle—though it is the one for which he is most willing to risk his life, his heart, and his soul.

Excerpt(from author’s website)


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Coming soon from Karen Ranney from author’s website:

My True Love Re-Issue 2/28/12

A Scandalous Scot – 6/2012


Thanks to Karen, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “A BORROWED SCOTT” by Karen Ranney AND a print copy of “A SCOTTISH LOVE”(when available) by Karen Ranney. That’s right readers 1 lucky commenter will win 2 copies of Karen’s books(1 copy of “A BORROWED SCOT AND” 1 copy of “A SCOTTISH LOVE”)!  Open International. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway will run from today until December 5,2011.

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  1. I'm hooked on reading this one from your comments, plus the excerpt. I've enjoyed your books for many years. Thanks For the Great Reads!
    P.S. My Beloved (first publication)is in a keeper box It's one of my favorites.

  2. Thank you Karen for visiting with us at My Book Addiction and More today….We enjoy your books. "A Scottish Love" is an awesome read readers…

  3. OMG…You're kidding!?! BOTH?? I would LOVE to have them…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have them! Did I mention I would LOVE to have them? If I had a tail it would be wagging…oh who am I kidding…my tail-end IS wagging just thinking of the possibility that I could win! Thank you for this opportunity! Can I smooze any harder…. 🙂 ROFL!! (But, I really do want them…)

  4. You are so organized! Your determination is remarkable. I love that you do the treadmill with Flash. I follow Warm and Fuzzies when you post. I was so surprised you came back so soon. Thank you so much with sharing yourself and for writing such wonderful stories. Skritch Flash for me.

  5. Karen, I follow your blog daily so I feel like I know you a tiny bit. This interview was interesting because you wrote about yourself and how you write…I am not sure I would have that kind of self-motivation and discipline although if I had your talent for creating stories, I might not have as much trouble staying focused (I am supposed to be doing something quite different right at this moment, you see). I'm looking forward to reading your newest books.

  6. Hi Karen,

    I'm so glad you book is out today! I will be stopping by my local bookstore for my copy on my way home from work today. I have a feeling I will be staying home tomorrow (sinus infection and about 4 inches of snow to contend with) so reading you book will be a wonderful way to spend my day. A cup of hot tea and your book. Nothing better than that.

    Fern Martin

  7. These books sound great, would love to win them! Can't believe I haven't heard of these before, but they're on my radar now 🙂


  8. Congratulations on your release Karen. I'm a fan of Scottish stories and am looking forward to reading yours. It sounds like you have many that I would like.

  9. I'm so happy for you, Karen. I know from reading your interview that you work very hard to write your books and I respect that work ethic so much. Your obvious strength by being a positive person who doesn't look back is so admirable. I know I wish I could be that strong. I enjoy reading your blog every day as well. I feel like you and Flash are a part of my family. Thank you so much for surprising me with a copy of "A Scottish Love." That was so generous of you! I'm very happy for you with the publication of you new book and wish you the very best.

  10. Wow, what amazing book giveaway. Thanks. Looks like my kind of book to read.
    I am a member of Karen's fan club, Cheers to her writing skills.
    thanks for hosting this great book giveaway. Nice interview, too.

  11. Great Interview Karen. I wanted to lend my support from your blog "Warm Fuzzies" and "Tartan Ink". You know I'm your greatest fan and your book will be in my hands this afternoon! Your spirit and support have meant so much to me this year. Your spirit and gift of words embody what I believe in and have reminded me so much this year, THANK YOU. Lenna

  12. Hi Karen! (and WendyK & April) Super interview. And… my copy of A Scottish Love just arrived with today's mail. Woot! I know what I will be reading tonight. Can't wait.

    WendyK & April… obviously, please keep me out of the drawing. I'm just saying hello.

    Karen… Congrats! I hope A Scottish Love sells huge!

  13. Hi Karen! What an awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for being so generous! I am a member of your Warm and Fuzzies Blog and follow you on Facebook as well. I loved your interview. You are such a positive and hard working person and you are truly a huge inspiration to me and others. Good luck everyone!

  14. Just wanted to stop by and offer my Congratulations to Karen on the release of A Scottish Love. Please don't enter me in the contest as I already have both of these books. Enjoy the day, Karen!!

  15. Two of Karen's books is a wonderful offer. I've followed Karen for a while now, she always has an interesting point of view on things. Including the connection to the Crimean War really caught my eye because I love to learn bits about history. I almost feel guilty about how fast I read these books versus how long it takes an author to write them.

  16. I like the way she thinks about living in the "now"!! I would love to be entered to win these great books.

  17. I would absolutely to read “A BORROWED SCOT” & “A SCOTTISH LOVE”. I wish you every success with the new book Karen.


  18. Hi Karen!

    I just wanted to drop in and say a quick hi and to congratulate you on your new release, A SCOTTISH LOVE.
    It will be a huge seller, you're an awesome writer!
    Wishing you all the best!

    Please do not enter me in giveaway, already have both!!

  19. I've been to Warm Fuzzies & the Tarts blog..just wanted to show my support…Happy Release Day, Karen.

  20. Oh, what lovely comments. Thank you all so much. And April and Wendy, this is the only blog I'm visiting with A Scottish Love.

    Good luck to everyone on the drawing!

    Warm fuzzies!


  21. I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading A Scottish Love.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  22. Hi, Karen! I'm not stalking you, I sware! (Okay, maybe a little.) 😉
    Big congratulations on your new release! I am sooooooo looking forward to reading it! Yea! So excited!

  23. Please don't enter me in the contest for I have both these precious books, but I am like Flash and will follow Karen anywhere 😉 so came to read the interview. Loved it! I hope today has been wonderful for you Karen, in every sense of the word.

  24. I love Karen's books and have read several in the past few months while being ill. I love a sexy Highlander and Scotland. I was lucky enough to visit Scotland in 2001 and want to go back.

  25. I love Scottish historical romances, and these sound really good. thanks for the giveaway

  26. Hi Karen I've got all your books so would love to win the latest – scottish historicals have always been favorites for me. Thanks for the contest

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