Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spotlight on: Donna Grant, author of FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER and giveaway!

I'm thrilled to have Donna Grant here on Quinn's Essentials today.  Donna is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, erotic, and paranormal.  Her Highlander books a sexy, exciting and GREAT reads.  Romantic Times calls them "wonderfully dark, delightfully well-written."

Hope you'll join me in welcoming her here today!

So, if you're a regular, you know that my hard hitting interviews tend not to be so hard hitting.  :)  I like to keep it fun.

Erin:  Jumping right in:  Donna, tell us, What was the best thing that happened to you this month?

Donna:  The release of the second bok in my Dark Sword series, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER released! That's always such a thrill to see your own book in the stores. Well, and the kids get out of school. That runs a close second. :)

Erin:  Well first, CONGRATULATIONS!  The second in my series released earlier this month so I know exactly how excited you must be!  I've read DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER and thought it was great so I'm really looking forward to diving into the new one!

Next question:  What's the kindest act you have ever seen done (either to/by you or another)?

Donna:  There was a young boy in our area that needed a bone marrow transplant. None of his family was a match. The story aired on the news, and just days later a man stepped forward who was a match. He didn't know the boy or the boy's family. He did it because he knew he could. It was the ultimate act of kindness. He gave the boy a chance at life.

Erin:  I love this question because I always get such incredible answers and it makes me determined to go out and do something good today for another.
What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? (if writing is your full time job, give me the thing that keeps you from writing)

Donna:  Oh there are so many things that I do to waste time. Read emails is a big one. Facebook and Twitter, Sudoku, and the biggest - reading! :)

Erin:  I'm with you!  I once heard a workshop (and can't remember who did it now) and the speaker said she used to send her modem to school in her kid's backpack to keep away the distractions.  Oh, to have such discipline, ha ha.  I'm a self-confessed FB junkie.

Last and most important questions, tell me about your new book and what YOU think readers will love about it.

FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER features the eldest MacLeod brother, Fallon. He has to face his past and his future before he can be the man he's meant to be and lead the Warriors against the villain intent on ruling the world. As one of three brothers, when they fight together, they are the strongest. Yet, the villain has captured Fallon's youngest brother. Its up to Fallon to free his brother before its too late.

What I think readers will enjoy is an unexpected twist that will turn the MacLeod brothers - and all Warriors - on their heels.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet - fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king's aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.

Rumors swirl around the castle about "The McLeod" but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more - not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

Guess what?  So what do you think?  Leave a comment for Donna and she'll be giving away an autographed copy of DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER to one lucky visitor!


LilMissMolly said...

Congrats, Donna on your new release! Your highlander books sound great! How would you rate the "steam" factor of your books - and this series in particular? I like a little sizzle, but I'd much rather leave it up to my imagination.

Erin - I love your blog! And your books. Thank you for writing them and giving me so much pleasure reading them. I can't wait for the next one!!

Anonymous said...

The book sounds great. Did you have any input on how the cover would look? How did you select the hero/heroine names?

Modokker said...

I think Erin just introduced me to another great author and i have to go find these two books. I love the these kind of books with the highlanders etc. Definately going to have to get these and read them. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your books.

Lisa B

modokker At yahoo dot com

s7anna said...

Congratulations on the new release Donna!


LilMissMolly said...

I agree, Lisa! Erin knows the best authors. I guess that's why we follow her. :D

Erin Quinn said...

Awwww, shucks, you guys are too nice. Thanks for stopping by. I don't think you'll be disappointed with Donna's books. She has an amazing imagination and some HOT heroes!!!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Great to meet you, Donna! Forbidden Highlander sounds like a fabulous book and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Valerie said...

This looks like a great series and is on my wishlist!!!! I have some of Donna's books and they are great!! I enjoyed the interview and books with an unexpected twist at the end are great to read. I love the unexpected.
I especially love the covers....yum!!!

Gini Koch said...

Awesome covers! The whole series sounds great. When can we expect the third book in the series, and which brother is it going to deal with?

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner said...

You don't need to put me in the contest, but I've been hearing about this series--nothing but good! Congrats, Donna!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Facebook is far too fun, especially when you factor in things like Flair. I'm a Flair junkie. Did you know you can make Flair? Book covers can become Flair...sorry, I digress. Great questions, fabulous answers. Awesome interview!

Calista Fox, Author said...

Great interview, ladies! Donna, your books sound wonderful!

Donna Grant said...

Hi, everyone!

I'm so sorry I'm late getting here. Nothing like an emergency to screw up a day. :S

Molly - thank you! My steam favorite is spicy. I've been called a rather "hot" writer.

Joye - no, I had no say in the cover. As for the names, I look through a name book until I find names that would suit each character.

Lisa - :) Thank you! I do hope you'll give the books a try.

Anna - Thank you!

Donna Grant said...

Erin - ah, thank you for your kind word! I can say the same for your books!!

Kathryne - thanks! :)

Valerie - Yay! Thank you.

Gini - Thank you! The third book, WICKED HIGHLANDER, will be out Nov 2, 2010. I've already gotten the cover and its up on my website. :)

Jennifer - Glad your hearing good things about the series. And thank you!

Amber - thank you!

Calista - Thank you very much. :)

Sara said...

Ooooh, this book sounds great! :D Hot Highlanders AND magic...what more could a girl ask for? Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of your new book!

runner10 said...

Congrats on the new release. It looks great.

Donna Grant said...

Sara - I certainly agree! :)

Runner10 - Thanks!

Ina said...

Hi there!
Donna, congrats on the release!! the more I read about it the more urgent I've to read it!!!
wish you all the best,

inale87 at gmx dot at

Donna Grant said...

Hi, Ina! Well, I hope you enjoy it. :)

Kelly Anderson said...

I enjoyed the interview and would absolutely love to be entered into the contest! A wonderful book to get lost in would be a worthwhile distraction!

tetewa said...

Congrats on the release, I'm looking forward to this one!

Donna Grant said...

Kelly - thank you!

tetewa - Thanks! :)

Carol L. said...

Congrats Donna on Forbidden Highlanders release. We've all been waiting right along with you. :) I loved, loved Dangerous Highlander and Lucan. I look forward to reading Fallon's story.
Carol L.

Karin said...

Great interview. I like your comment about finding names. I often wondered where authors found them. Some of them I thought might be names of friends and family that have been scrambled up to protect the guilty :>)

Donna Grant said...

Carol - oh, thank you! I do so hope you enjoy Fallon's book. :)

Karin - thanks! Usually if I know someone with a name, I can't use it. I keep seeing that person instead of the character. :D

booklover0226 said...

Please don't enter me into the contest; I already have Dangerous Highlander.

I just want to say that I can't wait to continue this series with Forbidden Highlander.

Tracey D

Rebecca C said...

Having a great-grandfather from Scotland, I love highlander books! I have Forbidden Highlander sitting right by my chair tempting me from stuff I should be doing..LOL. Thanks, Donna, for a great series.

LilMissMolly said...

Sometimes I wonder if having ancestors from a certain country translates into favoring those genres than others. My Dad was Scotch-Irish and my maternal Grandmother is from Ireland. I love Celtic and Highlander stories so much more than Regency, but I do love that era too.
lvsgund at gmail dot com

Donna Grant said...

Tracey - thank you!

Rebecca - I hope Fallon tempts you to open the book soon. :)

MaryAnne - those ancestors could have an affect. Mine came from France, so that may not work with me. :)

Christina said...

I can't wait to read Donna's newest release. I really enjoyed Dangerous Highlander. I'd love to win an autographed copy!

Erin. Love your blog and you now have a new follower.

Christina @ Randomness and Reading by Christina

Donna Grant said...

Christina - Thank you! And yes, read Erin's books! They're fabulous. ;)

Erin Quinn said...

Yay, new followers! My blog is still an infant compared to so many others so I get excited about that! Thanks, Molly & Christina!

Pookietoes said...

I can't wait to start reading your books.

Pookietoes said...

Always looking for a new author, I just finished two series and need something new quick. I can't wait to start on your highlander books.