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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Donna Grant!

UTC is kicking off "A Scandalous Affair" with bestselling author, Donna Grant! Grant writes amazing historical romances that have a paranormal twist! So if you're looking for your next big read, look no further! Donna Grant is your girl! For for information on her acclaimed Dark Sword series and her other books, please visit her website here. And now, help us welcome our first author during our month long historical romance event! Welcome Donna!

Broc seems like a very complex and interesting hero, can you tell us a little bit about his development as a character?



There's a lot more to Broc than any one realizes. He's kept so much to himself, but Sonya has a way of pulling it out of him. He's a powerful Warrior, but his powers and skill are put to the test in DARKEST HIGHLANDER.

What would you say is Broc's greatest strength? What is his weakness?

His greatest strength is Sonya.
His greatest weakness is Sonya

That's very sweet :) Tell us a bit about Sonya, the heroine in Darkest Highlander.

She is the only healer of the Druids, and her ability to communicate with the trees is a rare gift among Druids. She holds both very dear, but she fears that when she needs her magic the most, she'll be unable to use it. It's that fear that hinders her.

Historical romance is now being infused with the paranormal. You being an author who embraces this, why do you think this seems to be popular amongst readers?

I wish it was more popular! lol. There are too few of us authors who mix the historical and paranormal. :) I think its popular because contemporary paranormal is a given. But in historicals, there is also a lot an author can do. I love infusing both the historical and paranormal, because they're two of my favorite genres.

Historical and paranormal are favourites of ours as well! Your worldbuilding is incredible. How do you make sure you stay accurate historically while still incorporating elements that are distinctly "Donna Grant"?

lol. I get asked this a lot. It's all about being organized. I have a spreadsheet where I keep the heroes and heroines information (Hair color, eye color, scars, magic, etc...) Once I get the title or a book, I go back in and add that as well. Putting in minor details that I may or may not use in future books is very important.

It keeps me from wasting time going back through a book and looking for that information. I also have two notebooks I keep with me while I'm writing. One lists the chapters (so I don't have 2 chapter 4s - it's happened! lol) and also keeps my page count tally through the entire book.

The other notebook lists the title, setting of the book, season, characters and descriptions, places where the book takes places, and any characters throughout the book. I also make a list of things that I might want to include in future books on this page.

All of it may seem redundant, but it helps me keep mistakes to a minimum. :)

Through your research, what is the most interesting thing you have learned?

There's so much I wouldn't even know where to begin! lol. Seriously, it might have to be on the Druids. There's no definitive answer on who/what the Druids were. Some claim them to be pagans who did human sacrifices while others claim they were teachers and leaders. I don't think we'll ever really know who they were.

Is there another genre or another subgenre of romance you'd like to tackle sometime in the future?

I'll have my first contemporary paranormal books out this year (May/June and Nov/Dec) in the continuation of the Dark Sword books to the Dark Warriors series. :)

We will be on the look out for those new books! What's in your TBR (to be read) pile right now?
Too dang many books to read! I can't wait to get caught up after I finish these deadlines, but the rate in which I buy books, that will probably never happen. lol

What book by another author do you wish you wrote yourself? Why?

I don't think there is one. Each author is unique in their "voice" while writing a book. It's the author's voice and their imagination that makes a book so amazing. I wouldn't take that away.

If you could travel in time wht time would you go to and what historical figure would you like to met?

I don't think I'd want to meet anyone important. I'd travel back to Medieval Scotland see how it was from the peasants to the lords.

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, which one of your highlanders would you like to be your hunny buns on this special day and why? What would you do?

Probably Malcolm because he's dark and moody.

Good choice! Thanks Donna for taking the time to chat with us! Maidens, stay tuned!
 
Donna Grant is giving away a print copy of 
SHADOW HIGHLANDER
(International)
The Dark Sword series captures all the power, passion, and magic of Scotland’s legendary warriors—sworn to fight for victory, in battle and in love…

HE CAN FEEL HER MAGIC

Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…

CAN HE FREE HER SOUL?

Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day…
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56 comments:

jfort357 said...

First off, Broc looks HOT!!! Mixing paranormal & historical.....I'm Intrigued!!!! Can't wait to check it out!! Added it to my TBR list!!!!:-) Thanks for the chance to win!!

miki said...

Interesting! i would love to see how paranormal and historical mix

all the best

sienny said...

first, i like the cover. second, the synopsis is intriguing. hope i'll win the book

thanks for the giveaway!!

Andrea said...

This looks great and I love the cover.

Donna Grant said...

jfort357 - Thank you!

miki - I hope you do give it a try. :)

sienny - Thanks! I think the cover turned out great!

Andrea - Thank you! :)

Leagh said...

Don't enter me cause I already have this book signed :)

I would like to see a regency historical with a paranormal twist, I think that would be interesting.

WK said...

Don't enter me in the contest. I LOVE Donna and her work!!! Broc is HOT. I just got a print copy and have it in ebook.

LOVE Donna.
hugs,
WendyK

Book Savvy Babe said...

I also love paranormal and historical, combining the two is the best idea ever! Thanks for the interview Donna, i can't wait to read this one :) Book Savvy Babe

DiDi said...

I have not read any of Donna's books, but December before last I went to a book signing in the Houston area, she was there with Christie Craig and Kerrelyn Sparks, my then 17 yr old daughter wanted one of her books so I bought it. My daughter fell in love with Donna's Highlanders =)

erin said...

Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I love PNR and historical mixes :) Thanks for spotlighting this author!

Joanne said...

Love the cover. Broc is hot! Can't wait to see how the historical and paranormal come together in the story.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Sooo eager to read Broc and Sonya's book. It would have to wait until Fever..

Showing some druid love! LOL

K33p3rofViolence said...

Yay! I'm so excited. I wanna read more about these sexy highlanders! Thanks for the giveaway.

charmed_sphere_mage69@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Donna, you are a new to me author - I can't believe you've slipped my notice! Thank you UTC for introducing me to another wonderful author!!

I love historical romances and paranormal romances. Mixing the two is heaven!

Thank you so much for the giveaway chance! I'm looking forward to reading these books - they look beautiful and sound amazing!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I love that historical romance is now being infused with the paranormal.
Two of my favorite genres.

Barbara said...

OMG...I LOVE this series! I am just reading Shadow Highlander (from the Library)...but, I would LOVE to have my own copy! :)

barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

Ning said...

Thanks for the giveaway! And I love the cover. I can't believe I haven't read any of this because I love historical and paranormal, so the two of them together must be fantastic, right?

Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

Donna Grant said...

Leagh - Hey, sweetie! I think there are some out there. I know there's an awesome victorian paranormal by Kim Lenox. Love, love, love her books!

Wendy - Thx for dropping by! <3 ya!

BookSavvyBabe - Hope you enjoy it! :)

DiDi - I remember you and your daughter! So glad to hear she likes the books. :)

Erin - Thanks for dropping by! :)

Joanne - Thank you!

Rao - ::smooches:: Thanks, doll!

K33p3rofViolence - Love your name! ;)I hope you do read more about my hunky Highlanders.

Gena - Yay! So glad you found me. I hope you pick up my books. :)

Lisa - I know! Mine, too! :)

Barbara - Thank you!!!

Ning, - I think so. lol. Hope you give the series a try. :)

Kelly said...

Great interview with Donna.
I just love her to pieces...... :)

Proserpine said...

Hi!
I'm in love with this series! I'm about to read the story of Isla and Hayden! Can't wait, I think they will be my fav characters! Anyway I love all the book and the covers are amazing! Thanks for this chance and can't wait to read about Brock!

proserpinecravedfor(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shelley B said...

You are a new author for me. Would love to read Your book. I've just gotten in to reading paranormal romances and all these great blog sites are so helpful for new things for me to try.
srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

Julie W said...

Wow! I love this series and would love to win a copy of this book! I had no idea you had a contemporary paranormal book coming out! I can't wait to read that one! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway:)

Sophia Rose said...

I am always interested how an author keeps her information straight and does research. Thanks for sharing this in the interview!

New to me author and books and they look fab.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Linda said...

Talk about the best of both worlds! My fav subgenres are Historical Romance & Fantasy Romance (such a fine line there is btwn FR & PNR!)

I like too that the heroine is a healer.

Renee said...

I can't wait to read this book! I love this series!

Shae Carcar said...

This book sounds just right for my preferences! I love a good strong heroine who's able to put a scary big man in his place without blinking an eye. Girl power! Okay... I'm lame lol

Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

Timitra said...

I love historicals and paranormals...I'm looking forward to reading Donna's books!!!! Great interview!!!!

Shelly said...

Awesome interview! This book sounds like a good story. Your book cover are very nice. Broc looks so hot. :)

VampedChik said...

Sounds like a great book! I would love to read it! Thanks,
-Amber
goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

Donna Grant said...

Kelly - aww! Thank you!!!

Proserpine - Wow! Thank you so much! :)

Shelley - Glad you dropped by. I love PNR books, and there are so many to choose from!

Julie - Thanks! Yes, MIDNIGHT'S MASTER is Logan's book, which is a continuation of the Dark Sword series. :)

Sophia - Thank you! :)

Linda - A lot of my earlier books that I'm now re-releasing have lots of fantasy elements in them. I love mixing those as well, and yes PNR and FR is a very fine line. ;)

Renee - Whoohoo! Thank you, sweetie!

Shae - lol. No, not lame. I love a strong heroine as well, and I give that to my heroines. After all, someone has to put those Highlanders in their place. lol

Timitra - thank you!

Shelly - Thank you! And you can thank my editor for the awesome covers. She's got a great eye for what appeals to readers, as does the marketing department. :)
Amber - Yay, thank you!

Julianne said...

Donna, you're book covers are very very hot. Thanks for a chance to win.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

*yadkny* said...

I've got to read a Donna Grant book! They all look like incredible stories and the reviews have been very positive. Loved the interview and thanks for the giveaway!!!

yadkny@hotmail.com

Filia Oktarina said...

This book look interesting, and i love cover to. Love to try read it, plus i love a Highlander...LOL!!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Donna Grant said...

Julianne - thank you!

yadkny - I hope you do pick up one of my books. :)

Filia - thanks! ;)

Krista said...

Sounds interesting and I love the cover.

Evan Blanc said...

I am in the middle of Darkest Highlander right now and it isn't disappointing. Donna Grant is simply amazing!!

vadeluna07 said...

I love Highlander books! I'm always looking for new Highlander books to read so I have to thank you for mentioning this book. It's definitely going on my to-read list!

Di said...

I've loved Highlanders for years & 2012 is my year for paranormals, so these books fit my requirements.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Eli Yanti said...

i love highlander story

thanks for the international giveaway ;)

The ParaNormal Romance Party said...

That was a great interview! I love Donna's novels but I havent read this one so I will be getting it soon!!

samantha dacier

Fancy said...

I love Paranormal Historical! Thanks for the contest

Laurie said...

Broc is hot! I've added these to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win!

SoccerMomKnits said...

Broc is amazing. I can't wait to read this book. Great series.

Sariah said...

Great interview. New author for me but the book sounds amazing. Adding to my list. Thanks for a chance.

sariahwalters at gmail dot com

Ana Fae said...

Yummy, I want a Broc all for myself ;0)

desitheblonde said...

thanks for t he good giveway i m hopping on a lot so i see them and do them

Jacquelynne said...

What a fantastic interview and giveaway! This is my first time reading about Donna Grant and I already know I am going to love her books! Fantastic giveaway!

kandj7299 said...

I have all of Donna's books. She is a great author. I just loved Broc and Sonya's story...it was awesome!! Thanks for having this giveaway.

kandj7299 at verizon dot net

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Donna,I read Highland Mist and loved it. I have only read a few paranormal historical romance but have enjoyed them so I am looking forward to reading more of your books. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us. Like you, I have a large TBR stack but can't stop buying more books. lol

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I love Historical Romances and it being a Highlander book. SOOO awesome. Not to mention how HOT Broc is..

Mary

smartmouthtexan said...

Awesome interview. I love these books....

mcv said...

I love historical novels with paranormal elements. Count me in the contest!
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

::Holly:: said...

Nice interview. I love me some historical romance and this book sounds awesome!

kyreadinggirl said...

Thank you so much for the contest. I love historicals (and highlanders especially :>), so I'd love to win your book!

Ann
Kyreadinggirl@yahoo.com

SdyLion said...

I love your writing. You have a great way of putting the historical aspects and paranormal together into one sexy package. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

This sounds great, and im sure it is. I love your work:) You Rock Donna!!