Launch Day for The Whisky Laird’s Bed

Can you tell I’m excited? I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.Untitled-3

This book is a first on many levels. First time I’ve had a “digital first” release (and I have mixed emotions about that). First time I’ve set a book in Scotland – and I hope, not the last. First time I’ve had a video trailer. For the life of me, I can’t get the video to load on this blog, but I hope you’ll visit my website – or scroll through the videos at the bottom of this page – to see it.

“Digital First” means that the story can be downloaded onto your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Computer, tablet and smartphone – but a paperback book won’t be available until the digital sales hit a magical number according to the publisher (Penguin).   I hope you’ll help me spread the word as I’d really like to see this book in print.  I love my kindle, but a book I can hold makes it real to me. 🙂

This is a story where the hero and heroine are the opposite sides of the hot political issue of the time – Temperance – or Prohibition as we know it here in America.  FWIW – the littleBagpiper burg that I live in was once the Prohibition capital of America.  We have a little museum in a dedicated section of the local library about the Prohibition movement.  i didn’t really need to visit that library as Temperance was a little different, but it makes me wonder if some ghosts were exerting their influence.

My English heroine, Claire Stark, is a firebrand for the Temperance movement.  She is so sincere in her beliefs that others who love her for other reasons, just shake their heads and try to ignore her constant references to the evils of alcohol.

The hero, Cameron MacPherson, is a Scotch distiller.  He recognizes Claire’s vulnerabiites and falls in love with her because she’s stalwart in her beliefs, she’s loyal beyond measure, and in his eyes, she’s sexy as all get out.

bartender readingFinding common ground between these two wasn’t easy, but I think my solution works.  Love has a way of doing that. 🙂  You can find an excerpt of the book in the exclusive excerpts in the Member’s Den, or on my website, but here’s a different one just for the lair.  Claire and Cameron have entered into a drinking contest.  The stakes are high and important enough that Claire has agreed to the terms.

“I understand what’s at stake if I finish this glass. You’ll speak to Lord Lothian about the need for temperance legislation,” she said, a bit dubious. “But if this is a contest and you finish first, what do I forfeit?”

           He leveled a gaze on her that made her feel as if the fiery spice of the whisky raced through her veins. Once again, her body cried in unison for something she couldn’t name.

            “A kiss.” He said simply. “I will claim a kiss from my sweet Highland sprite.”

            “English,” she corrected.Inverness cafe

            “I’m willing to overlook that.” He held his glass up to the candlelight. “We swirl the whisky again, but this time look for the legs.” Again he demonstrated. “Can you see how the whisky clings to the side of the glass, flowing back to the bottom in long streams? Those are the legs. The more full-bodied whiskies have longer legs.”

            She followed his example and noticed the striping he described, but felt no grand appreciation from the exercise. “I don’t see that this affects the taste.”

            “It’s all in the anticipation.” He contemplated a moment and she thought he might be anticipating something other than the liquid in his glass. It sent a delicious shiver down her spine.

            “Now we take a sip and let the whisky sit on the tongue before we swallow.” He lifted the glass. “To Scotland.” He tipped his glass.

            “God save the Queen.” She followed his example.

To celebrate the launch of their story, Claire and Cameron are holding a party in Cameron’s modern castle.  Tours are offered to take guests to town to see the distillery.  Plenty of Scotch is on hand for those that like to imbide.  James is offering to take hunting parties out to view the countryside, or just private tours, if you prefer.  Boats are available for fishing or for rowing about the loch.  We have pipers, and dancers, Inverness Unicornand even some Highland games on the grounds.  Kilts are everywhere you look.

So tell me, what would you do at this Highland celebration?  Do you like Scotch?  Would you glide about on a boat admiring the beautiful scenery?  Or would you go visit the games to admire the beautiful scenery of a different nature   ;-). 

I’ll give away two downloads to someone leaving a comment.  Let’s party!





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  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Yay! Happy Release Day Donna! I’m going to admit, I put Outlander aside again to read this. I’ll eventually finish Outlander I promise! 🙂

    I’m going to go visit the games, then maybe later, I’ll check out some of the other scenery. The boat ride sounds beautiful. I better go grab some scotch too! Would you believe I’ve never tried the stuff before? I guess I’ll be learning a lot about it in this book.

    So excited for you! Congratulations!

    • Heather –
      At least you won’t have to go on the boat ride alone as the GR will be with you. Think he’ll wear a kilt? Congrats on the company.

      I’m honored that you’d stop reading Outlander on my behalf. At least you won’t have to go far – just forward a century or so, but the same location.

      My agent said she tried Scotch for the first time after reading the Whisky Laird. I kept a glass of it by my side while writing. It’s not my preferred alcoholic drink, but I’ve developed a taste for it.
      Hope you enjoy the book!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Congrats on the new book Donna! I missed it meant I’d have to enjoy the games or maybe make up a few of my own 😉

    • Amy Conley says:

      That should say, I MUST ADMIT. Blasted voice to text.

      • LOL Amy –

        I’ve never tried voice to text. If I did, I’d have a huge scrawl of nonsense on the page. I’d ask what games you’d make up (wink, wink), but perhaps you’ll be researching the age-old question – what does a Scotsman wear under his kilt 🙂 ?

  • Helen says:

    Hi Donna

    Huge congrats on the release of this awesome story I loved it from start to finish Cameron is a hero to die for and Claire is so strong and wonderful don’t miss this one everybody you will love it 🙂

    I think I will have a scotch or two (preferably with Cameron sharing with me ) and watch the games 🙂

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:

    Oh and by the way The Whisky Laird’s has just downloaded again to my kindle I really hope that it goes to print(I am sure it will) I would love one for the keeper shelf

    Have Fun

    • You and me both, Helen –

      There’s a shelf just above my computer that holds all my books. Just seeing them provides inspiration on those days when the writing seems impossible. I’m proud of that collection and it just doesn’t seem right not to have something tangible to represent the release. Any suggestions anyone? Maybe I should wrap an empty box to look like a book and put it up there.

  • Maureen says:

    Happy Release Day! What a great cover! I would want to see everything and I would definitely try the whiskey even though I rarely drink.

    • Thanks Maureen –

      I love the cover 🙂 . There’s lots of food and desserts that contain Scotch even if you don’t particularly care for the drink. It’s a sneeky way to get the single malt :). Nancy and I had a creamy, sweet with a little nutmeg, Scotch drink in Atlanta earlier this year. I’ve found fudge with a little single malt in it in, I even saw a recipe for an Argentiain cookie called an alfajore that replaced the vanilla rum in the cookie with Scotch. We’ll get a buzz without drinking a drop!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Minna says:

    Congrats on the new book! I would go visit the games to admire the beautiful scenery. 😉

    • LOL Minna – I assume you mean the kilted scenery and not necessarily the crags and vistas in the distance. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by – haven’t seen you in a while.

  • LuAnn McLane says:

    Happy release day, Donna!

    • Thanks LuAnn!

      I believe you’ve been here a time or two yourself. 🙂 Don’t forget to give me a yell when you’re due for your next release. We’ll find a spot on the blog for you!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I just want to say I read an ARC of this book and it is fantastic. Don’t miss it!

    • Thank you Deb –

      I get so nervous when the galleys go out and you know reviews will be coming back. One never really knows if the book is what I imagine it to be until that review comes back. So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new release. Yours is almost the only profession where you’re releasing a book you wrote months ago and are now working on something new. Do you ever have to go back and skim the book?

    • Kim –

      What a great question! But the answer for the most part is … no. 🙂 By the time the book is released, I’ve read it cover to cover about five times (and yet still manage to miss typos – aaargh!) I’m deeply entrenched in the next book and don’t want to be pulled out of that new world.

      But I did pull all the old books out recently so as to upload to the new RWA app for Romance. Have to say as I was inputting the blurbs and whatnot that I thought – wow! These weren’t bad! Can’t believe I was ever so imaginative as to think of all this!

      It’s a great life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Thanks for stopping by!

  • bn100 says:

    look at the scenery

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats, Donna! I’m reading Claire and Cam’s story right now and loving it. You certainly have thrown some hefty obstacles in their way. Can’t wait to see how you wrap this up! 🙂

  • Deb says:

    Oooh, Donna, congratulations on your new release!! It does sound good! I like that it is set in Scotland and such an interesting time period. Several people have commented here that it’s a great read, so I can’t wait to add it to my TBR wish list on my Kindle.

    I would love to tour the castle and see the surrounding area of Scotland. I have never had Scotch since I stick with occasional glasses of wine or a Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

    So excited for you on your digital release, Donna!

    • Thanks so much, Deb!

      I’d never turn down a tour of a castle. You wouldn’t necessarily have to drink the scotch. Plenty of dishes include Scotch…more than just haggis with whisky sauce :). (Which I’ve tried BTW – tastes like meatloaf)

      Hope you give it a try! Thanks for sharing the day with me.

  • Shannon says:

    I read an ARC of this, and it was wonderful to see how people with two different views of an issue could resolve their differences. I love the scene at the temperance rally!

    My agenda would be a tour of the castle, a glide on the loch, and the taking in the sights. I would pass on the whisky (yes, I’m using your spelling :)) since I learned a good many years ago that my indulgence leads to unfortunate consequences. But drink up and celebrate your release!

    • Shannon – So pleased to hear you enjoyed the story. That scene at the Temperance rally was particularly fun to write.

      As for a celebration drink…I’ll probably pass. But I’ll be right there on the castle tour and the glide on the loch. I was in Scotland just about this time of year and I can vouch for the fabulous climate!

  • Donna, huge congratulations on the release of The Whisky Laird’s Bed! I think Claire might get very used to snuggling down on…down in the laird’s bed! What a fascinating basis for the conflict – talk about meaty.

    Oh, Scotland, I do love you. Do I have to choose between the two sorts of scenery? I think a girl needs both! And a nice single malt to keep her company while she contemplates the glory of the local area!

    • Thanks Anna –

      You know, I’m sort of surprised that I haven’t seen more romances with this issue as the basis of a conflict. Of course, it only works for the Victorian era. Not so much of an issue during the Regency. 🙂

      I will always be grateful to Scotland for the need to visit in order to write my story. Already, I want to go back as, you said, to contemplate both kinds of scenery 🙂

  • Donna, I can’t believe I’m so late getting here! I hate that I’m so late.

    Congrats on this latest release! I’ve downloaded my opy and am looking forward to reading it.

    • What is that saying of Anna’s? You’ve been like a lizard flat-out running 🙂 No worries, my friend.

      Thanks for the congrats. You’re a part of this release. Hope you enjoy the fruits of our efforts 🙂

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Congrats on the digital release, Donna!

    I’d definitely visit the games…and say some prayers that a big wind would come along. Uh, to cool off the competitors. Yeah, that’s why. *blink*

    • Thanks Marcy!

      Wind is never a problem in Scotland. It’s more of a constant. Never thought about it, but is that why they wear those big sporrans – to hold the kilt down over the …hmm…more sensitive areas? LOL.

  • Cathy P says:

    Happy Release, Donna! I would like to see the Highland Games as well as get on a boat. Thanks for the giveaway!