…presenting Author friend, Lizzie Lamb… in all her glorious Scottish-dom…

…every now and then, along comes a Guest Blog Post that doesn’t just ask to be included on here, but batters down the barricades and climbs in regardless… with my dear scribbling pal, Lizzie Lamb’s immersion in full-on Scottish-dom, how else could it be ?… here’s her effervescent offering for yeez to enjoy :

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THE EVER-WINDSWEPT AND INTERESTING, LIZZIE LAMB

I’ve always loved romantic heroes, be they highwaymen, pirates, Regency bucks or men in kilts.

I think the element of ‘costume’ removes the hero from the real world and transports both him and the reader into the realm of fantasy. The costumed hero is, generally, aristocratic – and while he does not have to work to earn his daily crust, he often has emotional scars which only the heroine can heal. And, in the case of men in kilts, there is the additional tease of whether or not they’ve gone ‘commando’, in true Scottish fashion.  So, while I loved the Wicked LadyFrenchman’s Creek and the Scarlet Pimpernel, my favourite books and movies are Scottish-themed.

My interest began as a child in Scotland, reared (courtesy of Saturday morning cinema) on the exploits of highlanders featured in such movies as Rob RoyBonnie Prince CharlieThe Ghost Goes West (one of my favourites) and -sob- Grey Friar’s Bobby.  After the movie (or fil-um, as we pronounced it) the children in my street would re-enact Rob Roy’s leap and subsequent escape through the waterfall, and the scene from Kidnapped, where Davie Balfour is almost murdered by his evil uncle. Our dogs were dragooned into being “Bobby”, loyally guarding his master’s grave on Grey Friar’s kirk. But they never quite ‘got’ what was required of them and were always wandering off, much to our annoyance.

The girls, of course, loved to act out Flora Macdonald helping Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape over the sea to Skye. Much better than having ‘a baby in the back of the wagon’, as seemed to be par for the course in most cowboy films we watched.

In June we visited Scotland, travelling as far as Skye to see the Fairy Pools and Flora MacDonald’s grave, amongst other things I wanted to research/double check before publishing for my forthcoming novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS.

The written word had its place, too; we knew Young Lochinvar off by heart and would declaim:

“He rode all unarm’d, and he rode all alone . . .

He staid not for brake, and he stopp’d not for stone,

He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;

But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,

The bride had consented, the gallant came late.”

I frequently found myself in trouble because I wanted to be Lochinvar, and wouldn’t take my turn as ‘the Fair Ellen.’ Nothing much changed there, then.

Those images and the tales of brave Covenanters and Jacobites stayed with me  as I grew up and read more Scottish themed novels . . . The Jacobite Trilogy by D.K. Broster (falling in love with Ewen Cameron), The Lymond Chronicles (who could resist Francis Crawford?) and, more recently, the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon featuring uber-hero Jamie Fraser. For me, he is the ultimate kilted hero and has it in spades – looks, sense of honour, loyalty, is sex-on-legs and can speak Gaelic. If you’d like to see images of Jamie Fraser, check out this site you’ll see what I mean. I’ll even admit to subscribing to Amazon Prime so I could watch the TV Series: OUTLANDER. For me, a hero wearing a suit, carrying duct tape, rope and plastic ties just doesn’t cut it. Give me an exiled, Jacobite laird every time.

Which brings me full circle to my novels. In Tall, Dark and Kilted my hero is sexy laird Ruairi (Roo-ary) Urquhart who has to fight to safeguard his land and inheritance.

Tall Dark and Kilted

In Scotch on the Rocks I give you gorgeous, kilt-wearing Brodie – an American with auburn hair, who arrives on Eilean na Sgairbh on the back of a storm wind and turns my heroine’s life upside down.

Look where I am

And if kilts aren’t your ‘thang’ (and why wouldn’t they be?), there’s a crazy parrot called Pershing in the novel who seems to have won over readers’ hearts.

Lizzie’s Links –

 Scotch on the Rocks – a contemporary romance set in the Highlands of Scotland

http://tinyurl.com/SOTR2015

 Tall, Dark and Kilted – Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen – 2012

http://bit.ly/TDKLLamb

 Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes http://bit.ly/BCBLLamb

 https://www.amazon.com/author/lizzielamb

Romantic novels by LIzzie Lamb

…thanks for this, m’Lady, Lizzie… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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23 responses to “…presenting Author friend, Lizzie Lamb… in all her glorious Scottish-dom…

  1. Those books sound like winners. Thanks, Lizzie and Seumas. for the interesting reviews. 🙂

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  2. Morning, Seumas. Thank you so much for featuring my ‘Scottish’ novels on your fabulous blog. I little realised when I set out on my writing career that writing about Scotland (in all its many forms) would strike a chord in readers’ hearts the world over. But I’m grateful that it does. So many thanks to mah Mammy and Daddy who were responsible for me being born in the shadow of the Ravenscraig Steel Works and for engendering a love of Scotland in my heart forever. Love youse.

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    Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
    Many thanks to Seumas Gallacher for giving me a chance to spread the word about my books among his great followers.

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  5. What a glorious childhood. No wonder you wanted to crystalise all that wonderful-ness into novels (adding some gorgeous hunks too).

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  6. Great blog, and I love your intro, Seumas – Lizzie is a real tour de force! (She’s a great supporter of others though, too.)
    I’ve read and enjoyed all her books, but the latest, Scotch on the Rocks is just fabulous. More history, super setting, fun characters. Loved it.

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  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A touch of Scottish romance courtesy of Lizzie Lamb guesting on Seumas Gallacher’s blog.. With titles such as Tall, Dark and Kilted she had me before I got to Scotch on the Rocks…

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  8. Haw, haw! Loved this, Lizzie: “Much better than having ‘a baby in the back of the wagon”. Ohhh, most definitely. Fab post. ) xx

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  9. Great post, Seumas and Lizzie, love of Scotland and the warmth of her characters shines through in Lizzie’s fabulous novels! You’re in the heart of the Highland with a turn of a page – such a great way to travel!

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  10. And finally . . . thanks to Seumas for hosting me on his blog. I’ve had great fun. Thanks to everyone who commented, reblogged and tweeted. #TBSU rocks.

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  11. Interesting…must look up Lizzie’s books, they sound interesting. I grew up in Norfolk, Lizzie, not sure where the marshes are – or perhaps it is a book about the Fens in the past? Must look. Oh, and by the way, Seumas, I adore Runrig, I’ve seen them in concert in Nottingham 🙂

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