Friday, April 24, 2015

Deception of a Highlander Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway

Author: Madeline Martin
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher:  Diversion Books
Scottish Romance doesn’t get much steamier—or more dangerous—than a spy hunting her quarry, and losing her heart to him instead.
To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England’s deadliest minds. Aaron’s latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel’s young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt.  If she fails, her brother will die.
What she doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.  



Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets. She graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works for corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing Mud Runs and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseous. She grew up in Europe and still enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can find the time to get away. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland.

What was your favorite part of writing DECEPTION OF A HIGHLANDER?
I learned a lot while I was writing Deception of a Highlander from a craft perspective. I loved watching the story in my head transform into something I was proud to let people read.

I know it's like asking who your favorite child is, but if you had to pick on character as your favorite - who would it be and why? 
Mariel was definitely my favorite. She’s the deep down tough chick I wish I could be. I think a lot of people write main characters with a greatly exaggerated infusion of themselves. Not only did Mariel have some serious moves of what I like to call ‘badassery’ (I learned a lot of them while taking Krav Maga), she also emerged from her tortured past with empathy and compassion.

When you're not writing, what can we find you doing? 
You’d probably find me spending time with my daughters who I refer to as OldestMinion and YoungestMinion on FB and Twitter. We have so much fun together. They’re 6 and 9 and fill my life with laughter, love and tons of glitter.

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself? 

What 3 things can you not leave home without?
My phone (because I love checking FB), gum (I’m an addict), and my car keys (because I wouldn’t get very far otherwise, would I?)

What advice would you give a budding romance author? 
Never give up. Sacrifice those late night TV shows for writing, ignore the rejection letters, learn as much as you can about craft, and turn a deaf ear to people who don’t support you (even if they’re very close to you). No matter what it takes, push for what you want and never, ever give up on your dreams.

What's your favorite quote?
The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. It reminds me I’d rather be motivated than regretful and keeps me forever pushing harder.

What are you working on now? 
I’ve got another Scottish historical series up my sleeve and I’m so, so excited. Mariel was the only heroine I wrote who was a spy, but I enjoyed it so much, I decided I wanted to do a whole series like that. The first book is in scattered pieces right now, but it’s slowly coming together. The heroine has lost everything by cheating at cards to survive in court and is in a new recruit of spies being sent over from England. The hero is a Highlander who is having to train them. On the sly, he’s working as an assassin for King James in an effort to reclaim the childhood him he lost when his family was killed. Together they have to rebuild everything they’ve both lost, but what are they willing to sacrifice to get it all back?


  1. Nice post! I like your favourite quote and your nick names for your kids. Also your author advice.

  2. Nice post! I like your favourite quote and your nick names for your kids. Also your author advice.


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