Hi, BJ! Great to you have you here and to be a part of your tour - I think this is the first time we've met so I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your writing. Let's get started with the questions...
1 What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
I was very fortunate when I submitted my first manuscript to agents. Rather than the standard rejection letter, more than one took the time to offer constructive comments, things they would change or improve upon. I used those suggestions to improve my book. For that help, I will always be grateful.
I am not sure it can be called the worst thing, but I was shocked to learn that most of the promo and marketing a book is the responsibility of the author. Most people assume that once the book is finished, the author sits back and collects the royalty. This is far from true. Writing the end is only the beginning.
2 What is your typical day?
Hectic. I work during the week as a child care provider, specializing in children with special needs, have a small business on the side and a house to tend. Add finding spending time with my husband, taking care of our four dogs, writing, promoting and editing and it leaves me little time for anything else. My day typically starts at 7am and ends around midnight if lucky.
3 What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?
Since my first book was published, I have had little time for pleasure reading. When I manage to find a few spare minutes it is usually a historical romance or research books in preparation for my next book.
4 What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
It has a lot to do with the book and where I got it from. I never give a book away that was a gift. It goes on the shelf with my favorite books. If it is a loan or one that I do not plan to read again, I pass it on to someone who may enjoy it. But usually read a book more than once. I find each time I do, I find something I missed the first time through.
Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
To some degree. I think it is natural to be a bit nervous when someone you know is going to read your work. But I am also excited to share with them as well.
What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
I can’t say that there is anything specific that inspires me to write. I have so many ideas in my head and waiting to be written. If I had to pick something, I guess it would be that when I read a book I enjoy or watch a film about a time period I am fascinated by, it makes me want to write a book so others will hopefully have a similar experience.
What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a new Scottish historical that is not part of the trilogy and am very excited about it. I also have a paranormal/time travel in the works that revolves around the American Civil war.
by B.J. Scott
The last thing Alasdair Fraser expects to find on an isolated beach in Northern Scotland is a beautiful, unconscious lass. Unable to turn his back on someone in need, he delays his journey and tends to her injuries–an act that has him questioning his destiny and his plans to rejoin the fight for Scotland’s independence.
Will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal and his own stubbornness keep them apart forever?
An onslaught of desire threatened to override Alasdair’s good sense. He fought the urge to plunder Lauren’s sweet mouth with his tongue, to lift her nightrail, to make her his own.
He broke their kiss and raised his head, knowing if he didn’t stop himself now, he might not be able to harness the unbridled passion heating his blood.
“Forgive me.” He forced the words out on a strangled breath. He swept an errant wisp of hair from her brow and locked his gaze with the wide, hazel eyes of a woman obviously shocked by his impulsive actions.
He cupped her chin, stroked her cheek with the pad of his thumb, then brushed it across her lips. “I dinna mean tae make inappropriate advances or tae take liberties. I—”
She pressed two fingers to his mouth to silence him. “You have naught tae apologize for. I appreciate you staying with me, Alasdair. After my nightmare, I canna bear tae sleep alone.”
This was the first time she’d used his name, and it sounded as melodic as the Celtic lullabies his mother used to sing. At a loss for words, he stared back at her and smiled, but inside, his stomach churned in turmoil.
What to do?
He’d rather be drawn and quartered than remain on the pallet with her lush, shapely body pressed against his side, and not sate his carnal needs.
She’d begged him to stay, so why shouldn’t he take her? But she also trusted him enough to seek safety in his arms. He could not betray that trust.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.
Highland Homecoming( book 3 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Quest (book 2 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Legacy: (book 1 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
B.J. will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card, Scottish shortbread cookies, can cooler and mouse pad (US/CANADA ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a beaded book thong with silver charms, book marks, pen, and canvas tote to a randomly drawn host (US/CANADA ONLY).
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