Spotlight & Giveaway: His Lass Wears Tartan by Kathleen Shaputis

Posted June 18th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 31 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Kathleen Shaputis to HJ!
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Hi Kathleen and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, His Lass Wears Tartan!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

His Lass Wears TartanIndependent Rogue Bruce enjoys running a Scottish bed-and-breakfast with her Aunt Baillie from America. They specialize in hosting romantic Elizabethan-themed weddings, complete with their resident ghost, Lord Kai. But love is something Rogue is not the least bit interested in. Content with her work, she requires no male accompaniment for happiness.
Then Bruce MacKenzie, a Greek God clad in plaid and denim, suddenly begins bringing more than the usual amount of deliveries from town, while Jonathan Olson, a roguish Rhett Butler type, arrives at the castle to teach a writing seminar to aspiring authors. With two men after the heart she’d thought safely locked away, Rogue is torn.
A seventeenth century jousting could have settled things cleaner, but they have to find a modern way to sort out light from dark, literary from practical. As the two challenge for Rogue’s attention, death and disappearances plunge the castle into chaos, shattering Rogue’s heart. Will true love survive in time for the summer solstice?
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

“Who created these torture devices for women?” Rogue muttered as the high-heeled ankle boots her glittery Seattle friend, Rafael, had picked out for her squeezed her toes. Dashing around the white-silk-draped chairs inside the reception tent set up on the castle grounds, she lifted her floor-length emerald skirt of fluff and ribbons and screamed internally about her aching feet. Her steps made soft clicks on the temporary polished flooring.

 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The original idea of the book was for a Christmas novel, with the wedding happening on the winter solstice’s longest night of the year. Due to a personally difficult 2015, I changed the setting to a summer beach read.
  • Dougal, the black stallion, is one of my favorite characters. I tried to have him responsible for letting the Highland cattle out of their fencing, but the scene wouldn’t come together.
  • Bruce was originally named Brugh (pronounced like Hugh) after one of my feisty Pomeranians.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

With Rogue played by Emma Watson and Bruce by Chris Hemsworth, in this scene Rogue tries a light, comfortable teasing, something she’s had little experience at.

Tucking her feet under her skirts, Rogue noticed a delicious waft of sugar and cinnamon in the air before a stuttered clink of china announced someone bringing a tea tray toward her. Good lord. It was Bruce. She straightened herself suddenly, undecided on where to put her hands. Of all the sneaky tricks Putney could pull, sending the hot delivery guy in with tea was a bit much. Hiding a smile behind her hand, she watched the young man strain to keep everything balanced. A twinge of pain in her side from masking the laughter sobered her. She took a deep breath.
“A wee different from carrying a box of groceries?” Rogue patted the carved wooden table in front of her. “I’m sure a lady would have no trouble handling a tea tray herself now, would she?”
Stray blond strands hung down over his emerald eyes as he focused on getting the tray to the table without spilling, but Rogue noticed a tension in his lips. Served him right, being all chauvinist before.
“I see Putney has been playing matchmaker again.” Her voice clipped sharply on the last word. “Thank you for coddling the old woman’s visions.”
His face flushed; he squinted his eyes and had difficulty swallowing.
An impulsively wicked thought of touching the bulging arms now so near ran through her mind. What is this feisty feeling all of a sudden? Minutely shaking her head, she dropped her feet to the floor and tried not staring at his muscled arms. He seemed as if he held a child’s china tea set in his hands.

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I want them to have fun. Remember the enjoyment and delight in fairy tales? Romantic comedies and make-believe are a great escape from the stress and hectic world of reality. His Lass Wears Tartan features a bit of love for Scotland and Highlanders, like in the Outlander series, but light and delicious.

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

Before I typed The End on His Lass Wears Tartan, the characters were already yelling, “Encore, encore.” So I’m working on a third storyline with this amusing bunch. Will there be another wedding among them? I also ghostwrite for others and have a two-book project going.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: 2 Ebooks of His Lass Wears Tartan by Kathleen Shaputis

 

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Excerpt from His Lass Wears Tartan:

Movement out of the corner of her eye caught her attention. Rogue paused her step and watched Jonathan stride down the east stairs, regal in motion, dressed all in black, drawing attention to his tanned face and striking beard. He’d released his hair, the wild, dark waves now decorating his shoulders and a few strands in front of his face. Rogue’s heart skipped a beat as she watched a less trimmed Rhett Butler of the twenty-first century hold court with his phone against his ear.
He caught her looking and spoke a bit louder. “Let me call you back,” he said before shoving the phone in his pocket. “Ah, princess, indeed, you waited for me. I am truly touched at your purity of service.” He pressed a manicured hand to his heart.
Rogue stiffened as her body betrayed her with a rising warmth. “I dinna realize you were not already at tea, Mr. Olson.” Rogue denied herself the delicious feel of his stare by looking away first from the brooding face now inches away from her own.
“Only fashionably late, my dear, but first a more pressing issue took my attention. Business may beckon me twenty-four/seven, but your voice is like a siren’s song to my heart.”
“Your arrogance precedes your charm, sir.” She refused to step back and give ground, yet she could smell a citrus scent, feeling the heat from his body this close.
His lips tightened as his eyes flashed. Jonathan moved slowly, deliberately, as he circled around her, appraising her dress. “Excellent,” he whispered. He stopped a degree to the right of where he started, forcing her to turn her head to face him.
Rogue made fists with her hands, trying to control an unnatural response to touch him, the air surrounding her, thick with testosterone. “What?” The question came out stiff, foreign.
“You.” His warm breath caressed her cheek, making her blink. She waited for him to continue. Nothing.

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Book Info:

Independent Rogue Bruce enjoys running a Scottish bed-and-breakfast with her Aunt Baillie from America. They specialize in hosting romantic Elizabethan-themed weddings, complete with their resident ghost, Lord Kai. But love is something Rogue is not the least bit interested in. Content with her work, she requires no male accompaniment for happiness.

Then Bruce MacKenzie, a Greek God clad in plaid and denim, suddenly begins bringing more than the usual amount of deliveries from town, while Jonathan Olson, a roguish Rhett Butler type, arrives at the castle to teach a writing seminar to aspiring authors. With two men after the heart she’d thought safely locked away, Rogue is torn. But when things start to take a sinister turn, danger befalls Rogue and those dear to her.

Will true love triumph and save the day?
 
 

Meet the Author:

Kathleen ShaputisKathleen Shaputis, author/ghostwriter, lives in the glorious Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob, a clowder of cats and two pompously protective Pomeranians with little social aptitude, Brugh and Bouncer. If not writing, she’s busy reading and watching romantic comedies, her ultimate paradise.
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31 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: His Lass Wears Tartan by Kathleen Shaputis”

  1. Mary Preston

    I would love to travel extensively throughout Great Britain. The history does fascinate.

  2. Janie McGaugh

    New Zealand. I’ve wanted to see their beautiful scenery in person ever since I used to watch Hercules and Xena!

  3. rachael constant

    ive always fancied going to Scotland to sight see and visit some of the castles and other historical places of interest

  4. Michele Hayes

    I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, just because it’s so far away and I’ve heard good things about it.

  5. Kathleen O

    It has always been Australia from the time I was a young girl in school.. I think it was because it was so different from the world I grew up in and then I read The Thorn Birds and it made me want to visit even more.

  6. Colleen C.

    Ireland… I have always wanted to see that beautiful green and hear that wonderful accent.

  7. booksaver

    I have always wanted to go to Australia to see all the things that Margaret Way, Joyce Dingwell and other Australian authors write about.

  8. Glenda

    New Zealand or Scotland. I’ve been to England but would love to go back and visit all the Isles. 🙂

  9. Patricia B.

    My dream location/trip would be to Ireland and Scotland. Hopefully that will come true in the next couple of years.

  10. Jen B

    Scotland, we used to go every year when I was a kid, but not for about 20 years, I’d love to go back.

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