Saturday, 10 October 2015

Blog Tour: First Time With a Highlander by Gwyn Cready; Excerpt + Giveaway

First Time with a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish, #2)
Author: Gwyn Cready
Release Date: October 6th, 2015

From the “master of time travel romance”, award-winning author Gwyn Cready continues her steamy Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series.

She needs a man—but only for a night

What do you get when you imbibe centuries-old whiskey—besides a hangover the size of the Highlands? If you’re twenty-first century ad exec Gerard Innes, you get swept back to 18th-century Edinburgh and into the bed of a gorgeous, fiery redhead. Gerard has only a foggy idea what he and the lady have been up to…but what he does remember draws him into the most dangerous and exhilarating campaign of his life.

Be careful what you wish for…

Serafina Seonag Fallon’s scoundrel of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she’s determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart.

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If you’re very, very lucky as a writer, you discover your characters have a sense of humor as well-developed (and as suggestive) as your own. At this point in the story, Serafina, my eighteenth-century down-on-her-luck heroine, and Gerard, my twenty-first century ad man playboy, have accepted that they’re going to have to work together to solve a spy-related problem in Edinburgh before Gerard will be free to return to his time and Serafina will have atoned for, ahem, “borrowing” magical herbs from her spell-caster friend in order to summon a man who could help her claim some cargo.

I love the idea that the two of them are sharing one of those unforgettable moments we all have in life when you’re laughing so hard that you can hardly breath, especially since the nature of the jest here is so ungentile. It makes you believe the hero and heroine are beginning to feel they can trust one another.

We’re in Serafina’s point-of-view here as she’s explaining to Gerard how they will handle the task they’ve been assigned and the disposition of the information they’ve picked up that Lord Hiscock has commissioned a gown for the wife of a nobleman friend.


“Is that the state of spycraft in the eighteenth century?” Gerard said. “Messages hidden inside women’s clothes and names like Lord Hiscock?”

Serafina frowned. “’Tis not a fake name.”

“’Lord, his cock’ isn’t fake?”

He looked at her in such surprise, she nearly laughed. “No, it’s not. Crispin Hiscock is one of the wealthiest men in Edinburgh—and a baron as well.”

Crispin Hiscock? My God, it just keeps getting better. Crispin Hiscock and his sons, Aaron and Holden.”

Serafina snorted.

“And the daughter? Sharon, perhaps?”

“I have no doubt,” she said, trying to hold back the laughter. “I believe it’s a prerequisite when you’re being courted by Edward.”

“Though perhaps the gown is for the lord’s wife, Preston.”

Serafina laughed—long, gasping peals that filled the coach box and drew looks from the people walk­ing the Royal Mile. “If you only knew what Lady Hiscock looked like,” she said between paroxysms. “Pressed on at the start. Pressed flat to finish.”

Gerard fell back against the back of the bench, clutching his belly. A moment later, he bolted upright, still gasping. “Oh my God!”


“His name… The man’s title is…Baron Hiscock.”

The carriage was nearly to St. Giles again before decorum settled over them.

About the Author

Gwyn Cready is a writer of contemporary, Scottish, and time travel romance. She’s been called “the master of time travel romance” and is the winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing. She has been profiled in Real Simple and USA Today, among others. Before becoming a novelist, she spent 25 years in brand management. She has two grown children and lives with her husband on a hill overlooking the magical kingdom of Pittsburgh.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


To celebrate the release of First Time With a Highlander you could win a hardback copy of Just In Time For a Highlander, the first in the Sirens of the Scottish series! Use the form below to enter. U.S. only I'm afraid. Good luck!

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