Thursday, June 27, 2013

Guest post with Dawn Marie Hamilton (+Giveaway)

I'm happy to have Dawn Marie Hamilton here today, sharing a bit about her new release, Just Beyond the Garden Gate. Take it away, Dawn! :)

Dawn: The Scottish Highlands—An Enchanting Setting to Fall in Love

The Scottish Highlands—a place where faeries and brownies and other fae creatures dance through time.

Can you imagine a more enchanted setting in which to fall in love? Perhaps. But the heroines of Scottish historical time travel romances can’t. The heroines have the luck to travel back to a heroic time, to a pristine world of mountains and glens and lochs. Perhaps the castles are a wee cold. What better reason to snuggle with a Highlander, an honorable man, a man who must use both brain and brawn to protect his family and clan.

Why are many of us fascinated by the Scottish Highlands? Perhaps some of the allure comes from movies like ‘Brave Heart’ and ‘Rob Roy’. Or from reading Scottish historical romances. Whatever the inspiration, I imagine the Scottish Highlands to be a mystical place to fall in love.

I’m sure you’ve heard the Scottish Highlands are rife with magic. That fae creatures still inhabit the wild places. Perhaps if you visit, a wee bit of faerie dust will fly your way and you will fall in love. If not with a Highlander, with the land itself. Dare to dream!

I met my hero in a setting reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. I literally tripped over him while hiking in the beautiful mountains of New York State—love at first sight.

Thank you, Melissa, for having me on your blog today.

***QUESTION FOR READERS: In what setting did you fall in love? What do you imagine would be the most romantic place to fall in love? I will give a gift PDF copy of Just Beyond the Garden Gate, the first book in the Highland Gardens series, to one commenter.***

Blurb: Determined to regain her royal status, a banished faerie princess accepts a challenge from the High-Queen of the Fae to unite an unlikely couple while the clan brownie attempts to thwart her.

Passion ignites when a faerie-shove propels burned-out business consultant Laurie Bernard through the garden gate, back through time, and into the embrace of Patrick MacLachlan. The arrogant clan chief doesn’t know what to make of the lass in his arms, especially when he recognizes the brooch she wears as the one his stepmother wore when she and his father disappeared.

With the fae interfering at every opportunity, the couple must learn to trust one another while they battle an enemy clan, expose a traitor within their midst and discover the true fate of the missing parents. Can they learn the most important truth—love transcends time?

Excerpt: "Laurie opened her eyes a crack. Her head pounded, her pulse raced. This wasn’t good. Those couldn’t be two, huge, leather-clad feet inches from her face.

She opened her eyes wider. Raised her gaze higher.

Those feet—the ones that couldn’t be there—was it possible they were attached to two muscular calves wrapped in soft napped animal skins?

Higher still. Bare knees. Plaid wool and saffron linen.

Farther up, she took in all of the man who towered over her. Piercing blue eyes blinked. Crinkles appeared in the corners. He was grinning. Not outwardly. The perfectly shaped lips remained tight and straight, but something within this gorgeous man was pleased.

She gasped with recognition. This was her man, the one from her heated dreams and visions. The man she didn’t believe existed. The man who made her insides flip-flop.

Unsure what had just happened, she gave her head a firm shake. Mistake. Dizziness hit in waves. She swallowed hard. When the nausea passed, she pushed her palms against the ground and rose to her feet. Unsteady, she swayed. The stranger’s image blurred.

Large calloused hands gripped her arms. A strange though familiar jolt of energy coursed through her, causing her heart to beat too fast.

He quickly released her. He must have felt it too.

Again, she swayed. She reached for his support at the same time he took hold of her upper arms.

She blinked to clear her vision and moistened dry lips. The flash of desire in his eyes made her shiver. He smiled for real this time, leaned forward, placed a hand behind her head, and brushed her lips with his. Gentle at first, then with vigor, his tongue delved into her mouth.

Instinct insisted she struggle. Holding her body rigid, she fisted her hands, which he’d trapped within his embrace. She forced her fingers open and pressed her palms against his hard chest—a vain attempt to push him away.

The current flowing between them became overpoweringly seductive. No man had made her feel this way before. For several moments, she wavered between fighting him—a familiar stranger—and succumbing to the delicious sensations swamping her. He deepened the kiss, and the internal battle ended. Desire won. She clasped hold of the front of his shirt with shaky hands and kissed him back with pent-up passion.

Satiny lips anchored her in a storm of unfamiliar sensation. Pleasure vibrated along her body. She opened her eyes a slit. The intensity of the man’s shocking kiss matched the masculine power burning in his startling blue eyes.

His grip tightened. His fingers burned through her clothing, searing her skin. She closed misty eyes and sank into the reality of her dream lover’s embrace."

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Author Bio: Dawn Marie Hamilton dares you to dream. She is a 2013 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist who pens Scottish-inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. Some of her tales are rife with mischief-making faeries, brownies, and other fae creatures. More tormented souls—shape shifters, vampires, and maybe a zombie or two—stalk across the pages of other stories. She is a member of The Golden Network, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Celtic Hearts, and From the Heart chapters of RWA. When not writing, she’s cooking, gardening, or paddling the local creeks with her husband.

Be sure to visit Dawn at: Blog

***Don't forget to tell Dawn your ideal setting to fall in love in order to enter to win a digital copy of Just Beyond the Garden Gate.***


  1. I love time travels!

    Great excerpt! Can't wait to read more!

    As for your question...Scottland would be a beautiful setting to fall in love, but I think anywhere would work.

    1. Hi, Stacey.

      Time travels have always been my favorite stories. I think Scotland would be a great place to fall in love. I just got a great idea. I think my husband should take me to Scotland for my next anniversary. Then we can fall in love again.

      Thanks for visiting. Have a terrific Thursday!

  2. Ooooh, this sounds great, I LOVE time travel romances! I've never been in love *sobs* but I always imagine a holiday romance that turns into more, somewhere really exotic.
    I live in Edinburgh and I've still not been to the highlands, for shame! So maybe I should make a visit for my own highlander lol
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hello, Cerian.

      A holiday romance sounds like fun, and somewhere exotic more so. If you go to the Highlands, hug a Highlander for me.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the day!

  3. Somewhere tropical and isolated! I think it would be super romantic! Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    1. Hi, Meghan. I can imagine it now. Palm trees and a gentle breeze off the ocean. Lovely. Thanks for visiting. Hope your week is super!

  4. The Highlands of Scotland (in summer!) would be my ideal.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

    1. Hello, jmcgaugh. LOL! Pehaps summer in Scotland would be better than winter. But then again, one good cuddle with a hot Highlander in the winter. Have a fabulous week.

  5. Congrats to Cerian! Watch your email for a gift copy of 'Just Beyond the Garden Gate'.