THE SINFUL SCOT BLOG TOUR~WITH GIVEAWAY…

The-Sinful-Scots-Blog-Tour_graphicWe are so thrilled to have these two awesome authors spotlight today…..

Who doesn’t love those sinful Scots??

WARRIORS BRIDEAbout THE WARRIOR’S BRIDE:
Robert MacAulay, heir to a powerful Baron, is known for being a skilled warrior with a strong sense of duty.  His respectable reputation, along with his devotion to the king, is why Andrew MacFarlan and hope he’d agree to marry his youngest daughter, Lady Muriella. But for reasons Rob refuses to share, he turns down Andrew’s request and vows never to wed. Lady Muriella never wanted to take a husband, but after seeing her two older sisters happily settled, she’s beginning to think marriage may have its merits. When she learns that Rob has refused her without even knowing her, she becomes determined to seduce him into changing his mind. Then she will be the one to say no to him. But when she’s captured by her father sworn enemy Dougal, both land in more trouble than either had anticipated.

 

About Amanda Scott:
Amanda Scott is the author of over 60 romance novels and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award.  She lives in Folsom, California, outside of Sacramento.  She is a fourth-generation Californian.

 

Social Media:
http://www.amandascottauthor.com/
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SINFULLY YOURSAbout SINFULLY YOURS:
After an eventful Season, Anna Sloane longs for some peace and quiet to pursue her writing. Though her plots might be full of harrowing adventure and heated passion, she’d much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life. Or so she thinks until she encounters the darkly dissolute-and gorgeously charming-Marquess of Davenport. Davenport has a reputation as a notorious rake whose only forte is wanton seduction. However the real reason he’s a guest at the same remote Scottish castle has nothing to do with Anna . . . until a series of mysterious threats leave him no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport soon learns he’s not the only one using a carefully crafted image to hide his true talents. And he’s more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings . . .

 

About Cara Elliot:
Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five.  Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice.  She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.

 

Social Media:
www.CaraElliott.com
@CaraElliott
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cara.elliott1

 

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

We are so thrilled to be able to offer 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of both “Warrior’s Bride” and “Sinfully Yours”. Sorry,open to US residents only!

Giveaway will run from  February 26 until March 3, 2014.

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY MID-WEEK!!

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TODAY’S GUEST: JOHN P. DAVIDSON…Step inside for a thrilling Q&A….

TODAY’S GUEST:

JOHN P. DAVIDSON

{Based on a true story}

*This is his first novel*

THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN

 {Thriller/Political Intrigue/Historical Fiction}

The Obedient Assassin by John. P. Davidson

 

 

 

 

Welcome John and congratulations on the release of your novel, THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN!!!

What was the most surprising thing you learned from your 10 years of research for the book?

JOHN: One of the many surprising things I learned was that Trotsky had almost absolute faith in the power of the written word. Knowing that Joseph Stalin was attempting to have him killed, Trotsky was attempting to defend himself by writing a biography of Stalin. This had to set some kind of record for a problematic author-subject relationship.

      What drew you to Trotsky that made you decide to center a book around him?

JOHN: Trotsky was a classical tragic character. He was known as one of the “great minds” of his time, was considered the greatest orator of the Russian language, and was a brilliant writer who, coming from nowhere, rose to the greatest heights only to have everything ripped away because he had slighted Stalin.

      THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN is a story full of personal relationships. Which relationship is most interesting to you?

JOHN: The relationship between Ramon and Sylvia and Ramon was intriguing in that it developed slowly into a genuine romance, but what was perhaps more fascinating and certainly more unusual was what occurred between Ramon and Trotsky toward the end of the book. With little direct contact, from opposite sides of the wall,  they became intensely aware of each other and it seemed that Trotsky all but collaborated with Ramon in his execution. As Sylvia says at the end of the book about panic attacks, he certainly stopped looking.

 

      How difficult is it to write fictional dialogue and actions for characters that really existed in history?

JOHN: Because so many of the characters were speaking a second or third language, they needed to sound a bit foreign and that was fairly easy because I’ve studied German, French, Italian and am fluent in Spanish. The scene in the hospital room at the end of the book when there were so many languages being spoken and simultaneously translated was tricky but the power of the drama was worth the effort.

      What draws you to this particular period in history?

JOHN: The late 1930s were a romantic, dramatic and mysterious time when the world powers were on a collision course, alliances were shifting, and one could cast the story in terms of good and evil.

      If you could go back to one period in history in any part of the world, what would you choose?

JOHN: Paris in the years after the first World War.

 

7.  Why do you think that few have written about Trotsky’s story?

JOHN: The Kremlin’s propaganda machine destroyed Trotsky reputation and wrote him out of Soviet history.  There are famous photographs from the Revolution that were airbrushed to remove Trotsky from the picture. Many Russians today don’t know that Trotsky was a revolutionary hero.

 If Trotsky had not been assassinated, how do you think the world would be different?

JOHN: Trotsky provided a voice of reason and a humane face for socialism, but the forces against him were so great, I doubt the world would be any different.

 

      How did growing up in a small ranching community in Texas impact your imagination as a child and your desire to write?

JOHN: We were newcomers and outsiders in a deeply rooted and tightly knit German community. We didn’t speak the language or know all that much about the culture, so that understanding relationships required attention and curiosity.

 

After studying economics and history in college, what inspired you to leave Texas and serve in the Peace Corps?

JOHN: I wanted to have exotic adventures, speak a foreign, and help less fortunate people.

 

How did your time in Peru impact your storytelling?

JOHN: I was the only foreigner and English speaker living in a small desert village. At night, I read Henry James by candle light after the town’s generator was turned off.

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Website: http://johnpdavidson.com/

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THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN

JOHN P. DAVIDSON

The Obedient Assassin by John. P. Davidson

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delphinium (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883285585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883285586

*From the publicist*

WAS LEON TROTSKY’S MURDERER A HERO OF THE PEOPLE OR A COLD-BLOODED ASSASSIN?

 

Ramón Mercader seemed to have everything—a lush life in Paris, evenings with Frida Kahlo and other artists, and the love of a beautiful woman who shared his leftist ideals—so why did he carry out the murder of Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik Revolution?

Because this bourgeois life was a façade constructed by his mother and her lover, both Soviet agents loyal to Stalin.

Author and journalist John P. Davidson follows the twisted and melancholy path to assassination in THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN: A Novel Based on a True Story (Delphinium Books/distributed by HarperCollins; February 2014). Based on 10 years of meticulous research, Davidson recreates the story of a man at a crossroads of modern history.

Mercader was recruited from the frontlines of the Spanish Civil War and his newly assumed identity of a Belgian aristocrat allowed him to insinuate himself with the exiled Trotsky’s circle in Europe. When he fell for the Jewish woman he was ordered to seduce to get closer to Trotsky, his obedience began to weaken and his conscience threatened to betray him.

THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN leads the reader through Spain, France and New York, and finally to Mexico, where Mercader contacts Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who had offered Trotsky and his wife refuge in one of their gated homes. With the atmosphere and detail of the memorable spy novels and movies set in the mid-20th Century, this novel captures the drama of one of the most tumultuous times in world history—and one of its most controversial events.

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About the author:

JOHN P. DAVIDSON is the author of the front-page story of the upcoming January 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine. He began writing for Texas Monthly in 1976, and in 1980 published the expose, The Long Road North (Doubleday).  He subsequently received a NEA grant and the Penney-Missouri Prize for Excellence in Journalism. He has held senior editorial positions at The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Texas Monthly, Vanity Fair, and the San Antonio Express-News.  He edited Texas Architect and writes frequently about culture, society and politics. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to GQ, Fortune, Mirabella, Elle, House & Garden, Preservation, and Mexico Business. He taught English at the Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of the Americas in Cholula, Mexico.

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Website: http://johnpdavidson.com/

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Please check it out. Leave a comment on the review as well as here if you wish.  We would love to hear your thoughts!

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Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit with John P. Davidson.

 

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