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Wordless Wednesday: Half the Cast for a New Historical Romance Series Idea

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sexy Scotsmen

  1. Sylvia M. permalink
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:17 am

    Very nice! 🙂 What time period?


    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:28 am

      Haven’t quite nailed that down yet, but in keeping with my favorite Highlands romances, sometime in the stretch of about 1200 to 1500. Need to figure out if I want actual history involved or not. Since I’m thinking about novellas, I’m thinking not . . . so I’d have to find some small stretch of time during which there was some level of peace.

      But, then again, I do so love the history/legends surrounding Robert the Bruce.

      The book I’m currently reading (a Harlequin Historical) is set in the Lowlands/border in the 1530s, and it just isn’t . . . Scottish enough, if ye ken what I mean. 😉


      • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:39 pm

        Ooo, I just love a good Scottish romance! 🙂 Makes me feel a little closer to the motherland (at least my ancestors motherland.) If ya feel any need to add some relatives of Robert the Bruce, the Irvine clan is mighty fine, if I do say so myself. lol. Looking forward to your new series.


  2. Crystal rains permalink
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:25 am

    I would like to know more about the idea. What time period ? The cast looks great


    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:29 am

      Crystal–apparently we were typing at the same time–see my response to Sylvia above about the time period.

      While it wouldn’t be a direct re-telling, the idea is inspired by the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.


      • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:40 pm

        And my all time favorite musical. Girl, you are on fire! Now I’m REALLY anxious to read them.


        • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:42 pm

          Thanks for the offer . . . I come from Clan McLellan*, and my grandfather was an amateur genealogist. Although, the MacLellans* did back John Balliol in his ascension to King and not Robert the Bruce’s grandfather before the war for independence. And we’re Lowlanders, coming from Kirkudbright in Galloway-and-Dumfries. But our castle is still standing:

          *The first one isn’t a typo—our branch of the family dropped the “a” from Mac.


        • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:01 pm

          How interesting! Your clan’s castle is awesome. I’m rather addicted to castles and such. I would love to make it over there someday and tour them all. Have you been?

          It looks like you already have a pretty good set up/inspiration with your own clan. Seems to even fall within the right time range too.

          Our clans castles are Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire (Northern Scotland) and also Bonshaw Tower (southern Scotland near the border). Our family name has been spelled over 210 differen ways through the centuries, but I’m partial to the ‘E’. 😉 Thanks for sharing your clan history, I love hearing how others connect back to Scottland. Good luck with the new series. I’ll keep any eye out for a McLellan.


        • Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:20 am

          I’ve started narrowing in on the mid-14th Century . . . I’m finding my research on the Second War of Scottish Independence (between King David II and Edward Balliol) to be quite fascinating. And the Bruce vs. Balliol politics could create some interesting brother vs. brother conflict within my fictional family.


        • Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:07 pm

          That does sound like a great choice. The Bruce of course always grabs attention, but there is so much to tell during that time, that I don’t think it could ever run dry of ideas or interest. War stories in general do nothing for me – unless it’s rooted in a family or the personal lives of those living it. The bro vs bro will be a good canvas. I hope you post more of your reseach bits as you go. I’m really looking forward to seeing more.


        • Thursday, May 8, 2014 3:10 pm

          I worked on Angus’s backstory (Dougray Scott) at lunch, and from age 22 to 33, he was pretty much constantly at war, first with William Wallace, then with RtB. His story, though, will actually take place about ten years after Bannockburn during what was essentially a time of peace. But there are six other stories to be told, and this timeline will place the younger brothers’ stories squarely in the middle of the Second War for Scottish Independence.


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