Let's all welcome Kimberly!
*cheers & applause*
KIMBERLY: My, my, my, you all certainly outdid yourselves on the decorations... Bravo! Bravo! I was here yesterday for the launch and have to say, you all had a packed house. Is anyone suffering a bit from the bubbly?
*lots of nodding*
Well, I’ve got just the thing for what ails you…more bubbly!!!
*hurrahs and applause*
Now where is that handsome Irish butler I saw yesterday? *Kimberly searches the crowd for Sean.* Oh, I worried the bloke might have worked over hard yesterday. Hmmm…he doesn’t seem to be with us at the moment, but fear not ladies, I never travel without my own attendant.
“Oh Mr. Butler! Mr. Butler, do come say hello to the girls.”
Ah, there he is. Ladies, I give you Gerard.
*silence, gasps, swoon*
“Do not tally, Gerard. And keep those glasses full.”
Now…where was I…Ah, yes…I was about to tell you a little about myself. As Buffie said before, I write sexy Medieval Romance, but you all really don’t want to hear about me. The truth is, you really don’t care how long I’ve been writing (since ’97) or what I would tell aspiring authors (persevere). Let’s be honest, do you really care what my favorite food is (chocolate) or what my greatest fears are (spiders and balloons)?
I know the last thing you all want to hear about is who my favorite authors are (Teresa Medeiros and Julie Garwood) or what I’m working on now (a three-book series that is currently top secret, but let’s just say I’m trying out a regency voice).
What you all really came for today are the hawt Scots!
“Oh, Gerard! Gerard!” Where did he go?
GANNON: He's over here.
KIMBERLY: *gasp* “Gerard! I did not bring you along so you could woo all the guests! Now start filling those glasses!”
Ahem…where was I?… Ah, yes…hawt Scots. Well, let me tell you a bit about—
*Holds up finger* “Gerard, see if you can make yourself useful in the kitchen.”
The man gets so jealous when I talk about my Calin. Laird Calin MacLeod that is. He is the hero in my October release, HIGHLAND DRAGON. Let me tell you a bit about him. Eighteen years after hiding the secret of his betrothed’s lineage, Laird Calin MacLeod is forced to choose between avenging his father’s death and surrendering to the passion he finds in the arms of his enemy’s daughter.
This man saw more bloodshed before he was ten years old than the average young laddie. (read about that treacherous moment) And let me tell you a wee bit about his woman...
Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan’s children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.
Yes, you guessed it. That man is my Calin. How do you suppose that first meeting will go?
Actually, here’s a brief snippet of Calin and Akira’s first encounter...
Calin crawled atop Akira on all fours, covering her from head to toe. Mocking their privacy, the guards lowered a gauze canopy—caging them like breeding animals on public display. She violently thrashed her head side to side, whipping a black web of hair to veil her features.
“Imigh sa diabhal, bastún,” Akira cursed at him in Gaelic. And then in French. “Focal leat! Retournez à la pute qui t’a accouchée!”
“I am nay a bastard, and my mother wasnae a whore.” Calin calmly corrected her expletives. Her obscene vocabulary both shocked and impressed him.
“To the devil with your black blood. May ye rot alongside the bitseach that birthed ye.”
“Nor was my mother a bitch.” Although Calin knew little about the woman who died giving birth to him, he felt a sense of honor to protect his mother from such heinous names. He exhaled dramatically, shook his head, and tsked. “How can such a vulgar tongue be placed betwixt the lips of such a bonnie fine mouth?”
In response, Akira spat on him. She then thrust forward, ramming her forehead into the bridge of his nose. The impact against his skull reverberated clear to his back teeth.
Hell and damnation, his bride was a hoyden!
ANDREA: Whoa! What happens next?
PJ: Please, please tell us what happens next!
KIMBERLY: You’ll have to pick up the book to see...
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Now, then...let’s talk about your favorite Scots. Maybe he’s an actor or perhaps he’s a character in a book. And for those of you who comment, I’ll toss your name in Gerard’s pocket, and later today, we’ll draw a winner for an autographed copy of HIGHLAND DRAGON as well as an autographed copy of my RITA nominated debut book, HER ONE DESIRE.
Oh, and before I wrap up, I wanted to thank Buffie for having me on THE ROMANCE DISH today. *searches the crowd* Where did Buffie go?
I’m here! Over here. Gerard and I were just catching up. *sigh*
Thank you so much for joining us today, Kimberly. But most especially thanks for bringing Mr. Butler with you!!
Be sure to stop by this Saturday, November 7, to check out my review of HIGHLAND DRAGON.
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