My guest this week is the witty and charming Shehanne Moore, historical romance author of THE UNRAVELING OF LADY FURY and HIS JUDAS BRIDE.
A Scots visitor complained about the "dignity, morals and respect" of women in Stalybridge - after her husband was repeatedly groped because he was wearing a kilt.
"I've never seen this kind of thing before," she said from their home in Scotland.
"I've been to goodness knows how many functions where men have been wearing kilts and I've never known behaviour like it."
Ellis being a suspense author and me being historical rom I was struggling to think what on earth I could write about after she kindly invited me here, all the way across the pond. I was going to do something about men of myths seeing as my latest hero is a bit like that. Then I thought am I nutz? Don’t answer that. Look at the book jacket and the amount of other Highland rom book jackets that kick about half-clad guys flaunting their biceps. That’s myth isn’t it? You seriously went about like that in our Scottish weather and you’d be dead within a week. Sort of anyway.
Blame it on Rob Roy MacGregor, here immortalized onscreen by Liam Neeson, sporting a tunic mind you. But probably Jamie Fraser has a lot to answer for too. But men in kilts are deemed sexy. Yes, I have had at least one author friend say she would love to come to Scotland and see all the men dressed up like that. I didn’t want to say to her, in your dreams, doll.
Still, the perfect excuse, being on a suspense author’s blog, to get out—no, not the magnifying glass—the interview board and ask why, because let’s get it straight here, all the years I was growing up in Scotland men in kilts were kind of infra dig. Sexy? Excuse me. Now just go put sexy kilts into Google and see what comes up.
So, I did a little asking around. You have to understand, I had to mainly ask online, out with my usual habitat or face being laughed at otherwise. A woeful 80 percent thought it was because of what was underneath. Yes. Shocking, eh? 4 percent liked the ‘wiggle waggle’ whatever that is… 7 percent liked the whole Scottish business: Tartan. Castles, Nessie. The lot. 9 percent liked the bare knees.
Of course that was in my survey. You might have a different answer but there is no denying that men in kilts have taken off. Do you find them sexy and if so...why?
Blurb for His Judas Bride.
To love, honor, and betray…
To get back her son, she will stop at nothing…
For five years Kara McGurkie has preferred to forget she’s a woman. So it’s no problem for her to swear to love and honor, to help destroy a clan, when it means getting back the son she lost. But when dire circumstances force her to seduce her fiancé’s brother on the eve of the wedding, will the dark secrets she holds and her greatest desire be enough to save her from his powerful allure?
To save his people, neither will he…
Callm McDunnagh, the Black Wolf of Lochalpin, ruthlessly guards heart and glen from dangerous intruders. But from the moment he first sees Kara he knows he must possess her, even though surrendering to his passion may prove the most dangerous risk of all.
She has nothing left to fear except love itself…
Now only Kara can decide what passion can save or destroy, and who will finally learn the truth of the words… Till death do us part.
Bio Shehanne Moore writes gritty, witty, historical romance, set wherever takes hermusical instrument and loves what, in any other country, would not be defined as hill-walking.
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