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October 5, 2015

Loved It: First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready + Giveaway

Series:  Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance | Fantasy

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.




I'm going to be quick because Gwyn Cready's guest post below will not only tell you what FIRST TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER is about, it also tells us how Outlander played an important role in the inception of Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands. So be sure to check it out!

FIRST TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER is just as fun as the first book. If you're unfamiliar, the Highlander that's referred to here is Serafina and not Gerard. So there's a cool role reversal here that I really like. But fret not highlander romance fans, though Gerard is from the future, everything we love about the romantic genre (kilts, brogue, brawn, etc.) are all present. 

I had a blast with FIRST TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER, it's a time travel romantic comedy in a nutshell. Serafina's story is sticky and complicated which had her invoking a spell which brought Gerard over to 18th century Scotland to help her out. And she couldn't ask for a better Knight to help her out. He's in advertising and is very good at his job which came in handy in resolving Serafina's problem. Gerard's hilarious! He had me laughing throughout the novel with his quips, brilliant advertising suggestions, and contemporary pop culture references. 

FIRST TIME WITH A HIGHLANDER is a very fun read! I felt like I time traveled myself because I barely noticed my day passing while reading it. I was so absorbed and even took note of some of Gerard's advertising advices to the good people of Edinburg. Might come in handy one of these days.



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This October the second in Gwyn Cready’s Sirens of the Scottish series, First Time with a Highlander, comes out! To celebrate, Gwyn’s here to tell us a little bit more about the inspiration behind her time-travel romances AND play a quick game of “Would You Rather.”



“People often ask me why I like to write time travel romance, and it’s a two-part answer, because there are really two questions in there—why do I like to write romance, and why do I like to write time travel.

I began to write with the intention of getting published in June, 1997 to honor my younger sister, who was a poet and photographer and who had died suddenly the month before. The sort of book I wanted to write was a book like the one a friend had given me a few months earlier—Outlander. At that time, I’d never read a romance before, and I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN. Jamie is the best sort of hero—devoted, funny, brave, smart, and supportive of the heroine. I was so hopped up on the first three Outlander novels, it was pretty much all I could talk about in the spring of 1997—and it was one of the things I talked to my sister about since her college boyfriend had been named Jamie and like the heroine in Outlander, my sister’s name was Claire. It was the last conversations I ever had with her.

So there I am, in 1997, wanting to honor my sister with a book, and certain the book I want to write is a romance like Outlander. Time travel fit in nicely for me. Outlander is a time travel novel, of course, but I’d been a time travel fan before that. The Back to the Future movies are my holy grail of time travel. I loved Somewhere in Time, of course, as well as the Terminator movies, Time After Time, and Groundhog Day. Time travel lets you quickly throw your character into adversity and see if he/she sinks or swims. The question you want readers asking in romance novels is “How, with all these challenges, will the hero and heroine still end up together?” Time travel adds another layer to that tension, specifically, “How will they end up together when each is destined to be in his/her own time?” In my mind, one of the most heroic things a character can do is give up his own time in order to be with the person he/she loves, and that’s always a tender and gripping moment to write in my books.

Which brings us to First Time with a Highlander. Serafina and Gerard were such fun characters to chase through a novel. As with Just in Time for a Highlander, the first book in the Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series, I wanted to shake things up a bit by having the hero be the person who travels to the past. Gerard is an ad man—and since I spent twenty years working in brand management at a big pharma company, I know what ad men are like. The women in this series hold positions of unusual power for women in the eighteenth century, and Serafina is no exception. She inherited a shipping concern from her father, but her blackguard of an ex-fiancé has run the business into the ground. He’s ruined her socially and financially, but Serafina is not one to take things lying down. She uses herbs she’s, ahem, “borrowed” from a famed spell-caster to summon a man to help her claim the cargo from the ship’s final voyage before her fiancé can get his hands on it. She only needs a man for one night and…well, you can imagine what that leads to in the hands of an inexperienced spell user. But Serafina is willing to pay the price—in fact, she’s quite willing once the smart, dashing Gerard appears.

Would You Rather Question: Would you rather read a book on an e-reader or in print?

These days, I read most books on my iPhone. Sorry, I know that’s shocking, but it’s lightweight, it’s always with me, and I can adjust the font to any size I want. I do prefer mass market-sized paperbacks for reading in the bathtub, which I do a lot. Apologies to everyone who loves hardcover books, but ever since we down-sized to a condo, I don’t want any hardcover books at all and, in any case, they hurt when they sit on your stomach in the tub.





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.


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31 comments:

  1. Oh yes it definitely sounds fun! It's been a long time since I haven't read a book like that but I should try again. I even think I already did read a book by the author. I'll take a look. great review!

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    1. It's a good fusion of histrom and fantasy for sure

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  2. Wow, loving that cover!!!

    As for reading on a phone, I hear many are doing that, I could never. I think my 6 something inch readerscreen is tiny so

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    1. You'll learn to cope. I thought I'd never enjoy it, right now it's my go-to

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  3. This book (and series) sounds like a lot of fun! And since I've been on an HR kick lately, I'll have to add to my list. :) I love that Cready started writing to honor her sister. Good stuff!

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    1. I love it when authors get personal, makes the stories more meaningful don't you think?

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  4. This is one of the few that has tempted me even though I don't care for that genre.

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  5. I love that this is a time traveling historic! Gah, I must read it now!

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  6. Time travel comedy! Now there's an exotic blend of flavors... :D I admit, I like the sound of it. (I have a weakness for Highlanders... :D) Happy Monday, lovely!

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  7. It is nice to know that these books bring back a connection to your sister. Hey, I read on my iphone all the time too as it is light weight and always with me. I love romantic time travel books. I have to try this.

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  8. That is cool how the highlander is the gal and the time traveler is the guy. I like that there's humor involved, too.

    Fun interview! I enjoyed learning how the book came about.

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  9. Oh I'm wiping my eyes Braine, what a great tribute to a fallen sister named Claire who had a boyfriend named Jamie. wow, just wow. I'm entering the contest but also putting this author on my to be read list
    Thanks! xo

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  10. This does sound like a fun read. I love when the main guy has a great sense of humor. That character trait always has me falling in love rather than the brooding type :)

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  11. good, glad you loved it cause i got a physical copy in the mail :D cant wait to see it tomorrow had to have it because of the cover

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  12. I enjoy those time travel books b/c you can do so much and have so much fun with the characters. I loved Outlander as well and I'm glad to see it got you thinking about writing your own book. Yum... I can use more kilted men. :D

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  13. I love TT so much, and Gerard's personality is pushing me to read this. Love that author post, it's such a great story about her sister and Outlander.

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  14. I do love those Scottish men and that accent...mmm love that.

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  15. Oh my. So many things going on with this book. Scottish...I see a ship. Someone is bound to get ravished. Lol.

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  16. The cover art swept me up! I used to read stories like these all the time. Spent many a vacation lost in them. LOL It's been a while so I'm thinking it's time to get back to them.

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  17. Oh, I really like the sounds that he's the one from the future. Serafina seems like an awesome heroine. Congrats on this release. This is was a fun guest post!

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  18. LOL if I can't get a book in print I read on my phone even though I have a tablet. It's SO dang convenient and much easier to hold. I was surprised how much I liked reading on it.

    And dang it! I had a good lust over this cover then in an attempt to be good passed it over for review. Good to hear it's a fab read. Gonna have to jump on it at some point.

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  19. For some reason I only love time travel romances when they happen to be historical so I know this one is tempting me! And holy moly, I love the sound of it. Plus, that title is sooo naughty. Hehe

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  20. This sounds like a fun one..and I do love a highlander. Fantastic cover!

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  21. This sounds like a fun time travel romance! I haven't read many books in this genre so far as I prefer to stay away form time travel books, but if the focus ismroe on the romance than the time travel I enjoy them more. I like the gender reversel with how she is the highlander and he is from the future.
    I really enjoyed reading that guest post and I never thought of time travel romance that way, it's a great way to throw a character in a difficult situation quickly.

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  22. I really should make time for a highlander read. :) I've not read one yet. Shame on me.

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  23. This series sounds like a lot of fun! And I definitely like the idea of the role reversal in this; I'm pretty sure I already added the first book to my TBR.

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  24. It's sad that Gwyn lost her sister so suddenly, but used that loss to inspire her to write! First Time with a Highlander sounds like a great read, glad you enjoyed it Braine!

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  25. I love time-travel hist-roms! This sounds amazing. They sound like strong characters. I would read anything that resembles Outlander.

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  26. I love everything First Time with the Highlander seems to be about, Braine! Time travel, romance, highlanders (kilts *swoon*) and a good story to go with well done characters. I'll be sure to pick this one up! Great review, girl!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  27. Alright, this one might just break my long dry spell of highlanders :))) Sounds delightful!

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