Friday, January 22, 2016

Highlanders Times Three

Host Angi Morgan

Enchantment, Possession and Deception... Highlanders at their best. Let's give a big welcome to Madeline Martin who's made us fall in love a little more with that enchanting land of Scotland. This is her third release. You can catch more about her on previous interviews.


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The sweeping historical romance that began with Deception of a Highlander, and continued with Possession of a Highlander, reaches its dazzling conclusion in this scorcher set on the Scottish plains.

Alec MacLean returns home after a decade to find his recently deceased father has let his inheritance fall to ruin. As the new laird, it’s Alec’s responsibility to rebuild the castle and restore the lands. He must also regain the people’s trust after having abandoned them so long ago, a feat not easily done when he fears he’s plagued with the same darkness as his father. 

Celia escaped the North Berwick witch trials at a young age, surviving because of the sacrifice of her beloved caretaker. She’s made a life for herself in the wilds of Scotland where no laird rules, a life where she heals for coin, a life without love so she can never feel the hurt of loss again.

When the new laird comes back to claim his land, his determination to restore order threatens everything Celia has worked so hard to gain, especially with the undeniable attraction sizzling between them. Together, they will face all challenges, from the tangle of their own damaged pasts to the fire-fueled witch hunts sweeping the Isle of Mull. Together, they will find that he best way to overcome darkness and war is through the undeniable light of love.

MADELINE MARTIN Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (AKA Oldest Minion and Youngest Minion) along with their two cats: Sketchy Cat who stares at walls and eats fuzz and Lap Cat who has a shoe fetish and enjoys Kung Pow peanuts. All shenanigans are detailed regularly on Twitter.

Madeline graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works for corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing crazy races (like Mud Runs and Color Runs) and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseous. She's also a history fan (really more of a full on history dork) and loves to blog about random curiosities from her research.

After living in Europe for over a decade, Madeline enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland.

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Where do you write?
MADELINE: I have a desk in the living room I sit at where I can keep an eye out in case the minions need anything. I very rarely write when they are awake as they very rarely don’t need me when they are. ;)

What is your favorite writing beverage or talisman?
MADELINE: Wine! Is this a trick question? ;)

Who or what or both is your inspiration?
MADELINE: The other authors I know. There is so much talent there and so much wonderful support. Someone is always available to answer questions or help share a new release. It’s the most incredible community I’ve ever belonged to and is filled with amazing people. 

What books will you be coming out with next? What kind of stories are in your head? Spill!
MADELINE: I’m starting my next series, the Broken Dolls about English noblewomen who fall from the good graces of court and get swept up into a secret spy network of women who train in an abandoned castle in Scotland.
I’m just wrapping up the first in the series (the name of the book is still undetermined) right now and anticipate getting it to beta readers today! The hero, Connor Grant, is the trainer for the Broken Dolls and also the king’s personal assassin. The heroine, Ariana Fitzroy, was an orphaned earl’s daughter who gets caught cheating at cards. Together they fight to reclaim the land Connor lost when his father was murdered.

Has there been a real person in the historical research that you have done that you found really inspiring?
MADELINE: More than I could possibly count. I have to say Ann Boleyn – she was intelligent and shrewd and got Henry VIII to fall so hard in love with her that she brought the entire religion of England to its knees. Not saying it was a good thing of her to do, but I’m definitely saying a woman with that kind of power is one I’d love to meet!

What is your favorite wine?
MADELINE: Pinot Noir. I’d love to say some really fancy brand, but I’m not really picky. Inside me, there’s the well-traveled part that is craving the wine knowledge for a deeper appreciation, but she’s always drown out by the cheap lush who is glad to be cool drinking the stuff that costs $5 a bottle. ;)

How many books are in your head right now?
MADELINE: Nine active one with a couple lingering in the background. 

ANGI: In your first interview you admitted to getting lost in a story everyday through audio books. Is there a special narrator that you adore?
MADELINE: Nope. But I will say it’s amazing how much a narrator can make a decent book amazing and how a bad one can completely ruin a good book. Fortunately there are a lot of good narrators out there.

ANGI: Hugh Jackman or Gerard Butler?
MADELINE: Hugh Jackman

ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do in your state?
MADELINE: Go to theme parks! J We’re two hours away from Orlando, so every year I buy annual passes for the minions. The previous year was Legoland, this year was Sea World and Aquatica – and next year is Disney World. J We go so many times through the year that it’s worth it and we always have a blast!

Also the minions are well behaved. J They earn allowance through chores (they only get paid for what they do - $1 for unloading the dishwasher, $.50 for clean rooms every night, etc), so they know when we go to the parks, I’ll pay for food, but the rest is on them. When they’re allowance is gone, so too is their spending money. They know the drill now and never complain. It makes getting to go so often way more financially feasible J (and WAY less whining and meltdowns)

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
MADELINE: Alec is one of my favorite heroes. He’s a super alpha who is really tortured by the fear he has the same kind of darkness his father possessed. I think what I love best about him is all the good inside his fear won’t let him see.

ANGI: Sand or Snow?
MADELINE: Sand (but it all needs to come off before I get in the car LOL)

ANGI: Superman or Batman?
MADELINE: Batman. (but really, I was always more into the Xmen) J

ANGI: What drinks or snacks are always on your desk when you’re writing?
MADELINE: Wine or coffee. LOL Though I try to mix some water in there at some point….

ANGI: Are you a Star Wars fan? Favorite thing about the reboot?
MADELINE: I AM! J I love strong heroines and absolutely loved the reboot as a result. The minions found it very empowering as well.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What’s one thing from your bucket list?
MADELINE’S GOTTA ANSWER: I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to do a lot of overseas traveling and have even stayed overnight in several castles in Europe. That said, I’d love to stay overnight in an American castle and would love to do it at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

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MADELINE WANTS TO KNOW: When I wrote Enchantment of a Highlander, I did extensive research on herbal healing remedies used in Scotland then and how the witch trials truly went down. I love getting into historical research.
If you had to research one thing from history, what would you love to research?


  1. Welcome back to GLIAS Madeline !
    I want to binge read the second two books and finish the series.

    1. Thank you so much for having me back :) LOL - if you get a chance to, I hope you enjoy :D

  2. Enjoyed the Q&A! One thing I might want to research... is my family tree... I am curious about some things I vaguely know... would love more details and see how far back I can find family. :)

    1. Oh, that would be an awesome thing to research and so personal. If you do - best of luck to you! :)

  3. I would research the kind of food they ate.

    1. That's definitely an interesting subject - and pulls back some really interesting stuff and some really gross stuff sometimes too LOL :)

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    1. The places are always SO fascinating! Thanks for coming by :)

  6. Great interview. Just like you, I would research herbs and remedies but not in Scotland... in Asia (more specifically China, Mongolia, the Silk Road at the time of the Mongol Invasion 1200-1300).

    1. They had really fascinating remedies there too! It's always so interesting to see what they have been able to get right in history with some things and how very far off they were on others (hello, blood letting!)

  7. I do love a Highlander.

    I think I would like to research the fashions of any given period. The fabrics used, undergarments etc.

    1. Those are always so fascinating!! :) Thank you so much!!

  8. I would research ancient map making.