Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Patience Griffin - Amazing New Contemporary Scottish Romance Author


I’m pleased to introduce you to one of my close friends. not only is she a good friend, she’s a first rate writer. Her debut novel is already a hit with a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
PATIENCE GRIFFIN grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River, living life in a close-knit community. She loves to quilt and has gained some recognition with her September 11th Story Quilt which has toured the country as the property of the Pentagon. With a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, she’s a nerdy girl to the core, but loves to read books which make her laugh. She lives in Texas with a hyper Sheltie, a Bishon-poo and a bulimic stray cat.




Caitriona Macleod gave up her career as an investigative reporter for the role of perfect wife. But after her husband is found dead in his mistress’s bed, a devastated Cait leaves Chicago for the birthplace she hasn’t seen since she was a child. She’s hoping to heal and to reconnect with her gran. The last thing she expects to find in Gandiegow is the Sexiest Man Alive! She just may have stumbled on the ticket to reigniting her career—if her heart doesn’t get in the way.

Graham Buchanan is a movie star with many secrets. A Gandiegow native, he frequently hides out in his hometown between films. He also has a son he’ll do anything to protect. But Cait Macleod is too damn appealing—even if she is a journalist.

Quilting with her gran and the other women of the village brings Cait a peace she hasn’t known in years. But if she turns in the story about Graham, Gandiegow will never forgive her for betraying one of its own. Should she suffer the consequences to resurrect her career? Or listen to her battered and bruised heart and give love another chance? 


Kathleen: TO SCOTLAND WITH LOVE is a captivating read, I enjoyed it immensely. I noticed you got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Congratulations! Well deserved. It’s very tenderly written. You managed to make me laugh while dealing with some fairly painful subjects. This is the first of the Kilts and Quilts series. This is an intriguing combination. What made you want to combine those two elements, kilts and quilts?

PATIENCE: I love, love, love Scottish romances! Give me a man in a kilt and a wee bit of plaid and I’m hooked. When I started writing novels, I wrote what I love. Did I mention that I love Scottish romances?
I’m also a quilter. And like most quilters, I’m addicted to fabric. Us, quilters, believe that the one that dies with the most fabric wins. I have quite a stash of fabric and add to it whenever I can. I haven’t counted the number of quilts I’ve made, but it’s a lot. Nearly all of them, I have given away.
To Scotland with Love combines elements that I’m passionate about…a story of kilts, quilts, and small loving communities.

Kathleen: What’s the first book you remember reading?

PATIENCE: The Cat in the Hat. I was at my grandmother’s house and no one had time to read to me. I remember sitting with the book in lap, reading it myself.

Kathleen: What’s your favorite “love” word?

PATIENCE: Honey-I-unloaded-the-dishes. It melts my heart every time.

Kathleen: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

PATIENCE: This is a really hard one…but my go-to movie is the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice. Yes, I adore the Colin Firth version—we’ve all been affected by Mr. Darcy coming out of the pond, dripping wet—but there are elements in the Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen version that have me watching it over and over again. I love the music (I own the soundtrack). I love the scenery—oh, to be in England. I love the tweak to Mr. Darcy; Darcy’s pride has more to do with how hard it is for him to converse with people he doesn’t know than with him being a snob. Pride & Prejudice is also a movie that my husband will watch with me over and over again too.

Kathleen: What is your biggest vice?

PATIENCE: The honest answer is food. To be more specific, potatoes—any kind. No, I need to change my answer that to chocolate—any kind. No, chicken tetrazzini. I also love brussel sprouts, most things on the menu at Olive Garden, and cake. Boy, do I love cake.

Kathleen: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

PATIENCE: I like big emotional stories. Stories that have lots of plot with some humor thrown in. I want a story that challenges me, one where I can root for the characters, and live what they live.

Kathleen: I understand you have teamed up with a quilt designer?

PATIENCE: Yes, I’m very excited about our collaboration. For every book in the Kilts & Quilts series, Cynthie from is designing a special quilt. will then offer the pattern online for those who want to purchase it. The featured quilt in To Scotland with Love is the Gandiegow Star Quilt. We have a real treat for readers, regarding the Gandiegow Star Quilt.

Today one lucky commenter will win a copy of To Scotland With Love – international entrants are eligible to win.

**ALSO** PATIENCE has another contest running on her website. She’s GIVING AWAY A QUILT! Along with a signed copy of To Scotland with Love. [See Rafflecopter below]

Cynthie has pieced the quilt and has quilted the giveaway. You can enter the contest by going to my website at . Or entering through rafflecopter below. The contest ends June 20th and is limited to the U.S.
If you’re interested in the Gandiegow Star Quilt pattern or Cythie’s other designs, please visit



UP NEXT: Meet Me in Scotland

You can run from your problems, but you can’t hide from love in the Scottish seaside town of Gandiegow....
When a video of her calling happily ever after “a foolish fantasy” goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a job—and off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again.
She’s successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic’s wedding, only to find he’s now the village doctor—and just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever. Claire and Dominic’s blissful marriage, however, is not what it used to be. Soon Emma and Gabriel find themselves taking sides even as the sparks begin to fly between them. Can Emma help her friends—or regain her career—as she struggles with her own happily ever after?

Do you have a hobby? Are you crafty? What is your favorite pastime? (Besides reading.)

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  1. Congratulations to Patience on her new book! I have always wanted to learn to quilt but right now my extra time is spent on working on our house.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. It's never too late to learn to quilt. I had always wanted a quilt and one never magically appeared so I decided one day that I better make one myself. I bought a magazine that touted took me two years. But I also had a newborn when I started that quilt. Seventeen years later, it is still on our bed.

    2. Yes I have quilted many years --not fancy but great for children & grand kids .

  2. OMG, FINALLY someone else who writes and loves contemporary Scottish stories! You can bet I'll be adding your book to my "to be read" pile! Thanks for stopping by today.

    1. Alexa, I know from your post that you understand that once you catch that Scottish bug, you're caught for life!
      Kilts forever,

    2. Alexa, you are so sweet...I saw that you added Meet Me in Scotland to your to-read list on Goodreads! It warmed my heart!

  3. Hi Patience!
    So glad you visited with us today. I understand you have a BIG Facebook launch party tonight with lots of cool prizes and giveaways. When and where? Link?

    1. Celebrate with us Tonight, Wednesday, June 11th, 7-9 p.m. (Eastern)
      We have a great line-up at

      Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author
      Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
      Diane Kelly, winner Readers Choice Award
      Sara Humphreys, award winning author
      Kieran Kramer, USA Today bestselling author
      Lizzie Lamb, great U.K. author of Scottish romance
      Quilt Designer Cynthie, owner of
      I've posted my giveaways on

  4. Fantastic News about your release !!
    WOO HOO !!

  5. Sounds like a great read and look forward to adding it to my TBR stack.
    Becky Prazak

  6. Hi Becky! You will love it. I did. She made me laugh and cry. :-) And laugh while I was crying.

  7. Everyone has been so nice that I hope you can stop by the Facebook Virtual Party tonight to celebrate. There will be PRIZES from all the authors and the quilt designer. I've posted my prizes on my Facebook page so go have a look see.
    Here's the link for the party tonight...

  8. watching movies

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  9. Congrats on your debut book, Patience! It sounds fabulous!

    I used to do counted cross stitch and quilting. Now I read, but will have to get back into my crafts. I always gave away what I made so have nothing of my own.

    Marcy Shuler

    1. Hi, Marcy, that's what's happened to most of the quilts I've made. But I know that the love is spread around. Thanks for stopping by tonight on Facebook. That was so much fun!

  10. Hi Patience,
    Congrats on your release! I LOVED it!!! So happy for you! I loved the tie in with the quilts. I know nothing about quilts except that they can keep you warm in the winter and you stitch blocks of fabric together in different patterns. :) It was fun to learn something new.

    Here's to many, many sales!!

    1. Thanks, Karilyn! I'm so happy you loved it. Do you mind dropping by Amazon or Barnes and giving them your honest opinion?
      Do you make it over to the Facebook Launch party? Prizes are up for grabs until 10:59 p.m.