Spotlight & Giveaway: Meet Me In Scotland by Patience Griffin

Posted January 18th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 82 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Patience Griffin to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

 

Hi Patience Griffin and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Meet Me In Scotland!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Meet Me In ScotlandThis is a book about…the difficulty of marriage, taking sides, being outsiders, and of course, sex and lying about it.

Blurb:

When a video of her calling happily ever after “a foolish fantasy” goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a job—and off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again.

She’s successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic’s wedding, only to find he’s now the village doctor—and just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever. Claire and Dominic’s blissful marriage, however, is not what it used to be. Soon Emma and Gabriel find themselves taking sides even as the sparks begin to fly between them. Can Emma help her friends—or regain her career—as she struggles with her own happily ever after?

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Just as Emma Castle’s plane landed in Scotland, she pulled out her phone and viewed the incriminating evidence once again. Bollocks. The damned video had gone viral.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

The idea for this book came to me while I was in the shower. (You’d be surprised how many of my plots are shower-driven.) I got this idea that while one relationship was falling apart, wouldn’t it be neat if the two people who came to put them back together, end up falling in love? I envisioned a real tug and pull between the two couples. I drew all kinds of diagrams of how each of the four protagonists would play against each other. I had a lot of fun putting this book together.
 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book.

Emma Castle is a marriage therapist who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters.

Claire Douglas Russo, Emma’s best friend, is a hot-headed pastry chef and native of Gandiegow.

Dominic Russo is an Italian chef married to Claire and is the only man that can handle her.

Gabriel MacGregor, Dominic’s best friend, is a reformed bad boy who has come to Gandiegow to be their doctor.
 

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I loved watching Emma step out of her box of what her parents expected her to be. What truly surprised me was that Emma was a gifted therapist. Neither she nor I knew that at the beginning of the book. I had intended on giving Emma another career, but the story had plans of its own.
 

The First kiss…

God, he’d almost kissed her. Gabe leaned against the front door, wanting to bang his head against it, but that would only summon her back to him. And he’d barely escaped. His evening with Emma had gone from pleasant to as awkward as a first date. She made him feel like a gangly teenager—before he’d learned his way around a woman. He probably just needed to get laid, plain and simple.

But he couldn’t without breaking his promise to himself. The next time he took a woman to bed, he would be committed to her and only her. There were no halfways, no gray areas, no rationalizing a little nookie to get him through, and he knew it.

Suddenly the door opened and Emma stood inches from him, his gloves in her hand. She looked shocked. She opened her sweet lips to say something, and that was all the encouragement he needed. He stepped inside and pinned her against the wall and kissed the hell out of her. He even tangled his hand in her hair to keep her where he wanted her. His pent-up frustration fed on her lips. He expected Little Miss Prim and Proper to protest and put up some resistance, but instead she melted into him, letting him do what he wanted, letting herself become part of him.

He shoved himself away from her, breathing hard.

“Ah hell, Emma. I’m sorry. I never . . .” He grabbed his gloves from her clutched hand and fled into the night.

 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

I love the complexity of the close friendships. I teared up while writing this because I was so happy that the women were finally going to make up:

Claire pulled her into a fierce hug. “I love you. I’ll never let you out of my life. Never.”

Tears welled up in Emma again. Seriously, how many times can a person cry in one day? She pulled Claire to the side to let others pass by. “I need to explain. It’s a long story. It’s about my mother.” Emma told her everything. “I never meant for it to go on forever. I’m so terribly, terribly sorry.”

Claire hugged her again. “No worries. It’s all washed out to sea. We need not speak of it again.”

Emma loved Claire so much and was so lucky to have her. But she would have to test their friendship further. Now was better than later. “There’s one more thing you need to know.”

 

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

Their first meet in ten years:

Gabriel made his way through the crowd to her, not smiling, not happy to see her, either. In truth, she couldn’t blame him. She had been a pill at Claire’s wedding, but she had wanted everything to run smoothly for her friend’s big day. Emma might’ve crossed the line by scolding Gabriel at his tardiness. And she’d definitely given him plenty of attitude during the reception about his tart-iness. All those women, indeed. What could one man do with so many at once? From the novels she’d read—for pure research, mind you—she knew. Sex and lots of it.

“Do you have more luggage?” he said in his firm baritone burr.

It ran over her like warm syrup. No, butter. No . . . She fanned herself. She was incensed at her own visceral reaction. And he hasn’t given me a proper greeting. At least she could be civilized.

“Hello, Gabriel.” She felt her nose lift higher in the air. It might be misconstrued as snooty, but seriously, the man was six-three if he was an inch. She cranked her head back to inspect his face.

He gave her a one-sided frown and seemed to be inspecting her, too. But not her face.

“You filled out,” he said.

Instinctively, she put an arm over her breasts. Her cheeks burned. She started to give him a piece of her mind, but then she got angry with herself for letting him provoke her.

Defiantly, she put her arm down and stuck out her chest. “Look all you want. They expanded all on their own. Without surgical intervention.” Although her mother at one time had offered to pay for C cups if her nearly flat chest remained . . . flat.

Emma definitely wouldn’t lower herself and explain to Gabriel—a doctor who should know these things—that Egghead Emma had been a late bloomer. In almost every area, except intelligence.

“No reason to get your panties in a twist. I only meant it as a compliment.” He continued to feast his eyes on her.

She put her hands on her hips and glared back. “Are you done yet?”

“For now.” He gave her an unrepentant grin. Still the rogue.

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Don’t fight love. Both Gabriel and Emma have avoided each other for a decade, but have been attracted to each other, too. If they both would’ve been honest with themselves, about how they were really feeling, it might not have taken them so long to find their happily-ever-after.
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2015?

I’m currently writing book #4 in the Kilts and Quilts series called the Accidental Scot.

On January 22nd, I have an anthology with Grace Burrowes coming out called Must Love Highlanders. My novella, The Laird and I is a bridge story between the Kilts and Quilts series and another new series to be named.

In July, Some Like it Scottish, book #3 in the Kilts and Quilts series will be released. I love this story. My very good friend, Kathleen Baldwin, has a major crush on the hero, Ramsay. (She also loves Gandiegow and would move there if she could!)

On December 15th, the Accidental Scot, book #4 in the Kilts and Quilts will be out.

What a crazy, fun year!
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt

Gabriel led her to his ancient Land Rover.

“The same auto you had ten years ago?” She wondered if he still had his motorcycle, too.

“Aye. I recently restored the interior.” He unlocked her side of the car. “Get in.”

Even though she was cold, she waited at the back with her bags.

He opened her door. “I said, get in. It’s freezing.”

“Just open the back.” She was stubborn. She intended to prove to Gabriel she wasn’t the pampered princess he thought she was.

He came around to the back and unlocked it. She started to lift her bag.

“Here, I’ve got it.” He reached for her luggage, as well.

A small tug-of-war ensued. Determined to win the battle, she yanked as hard as she could, but the handle broke, sending her backward into the snow. If she’d thought it was cold before, she was mistaken. Instantly, she became crushed-ice-cold from head to toe.

He offered her his hand to help her up, but she swatted him away.

“I’ve got it.” She stood and shook the snow out of her hair. When she bent over to get her carry-on, Gabriel started brushing snow off her bottom.

“What are you doing?” She leapt away from him. “Stop!”

“I’m just trying to help.” He gave her a grin and one more brush.

“Just get the car going,” she yelled.

“You get in first.”

“Fine.” As she huffed to the passenger’s side, Gabriel threw her bags in, none too gently. When he slid into his seat, he had an old, nasty blanket in his arms and moved to wrap it around her.

“Don’t,” she cried, scooting away from him. “What is that smell? Dog?”

“I don’t know. Someone must’ve left it in the back when they borrowed the Land Rover.” He tried again to wrap her in it, this time grazing her shoulder.

“Stop, Gabriel.” She pushed it away.

“Listen, Your Majesty, if don’t raise your body temperature, you’ll be in a heap of trouble. You’ve heard of hypothermia, haven’t you?”

“I’d rather freeze to death than be asphyxiated by that smell.”

“Suit yourself.” He started the car and cranked up the heat. He glanced over at her. “You should probably take off your gloves and blow on your hands.”

“Great medical advice,” she said.

“Hey, I’m here to help.”

Then he did the weirdest thing; he reached out and dusted the last of the snow from her shoulder.

 

Book Info:

You can run from your problems, but you can’t hide from love in the Scottish seaside town of Gandiegow….

When a video of her calling happily ever after “a foolish fantasy” goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a job—and off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again.

She’s successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic’s wedding, only to find he’s now the village doctor—and just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever. Claire and Dominic’s blissful marriage, however, is not what it used to be. Soon Emma and Gabriel find themselves taking sides even as the sparks begin to fly between them. Can Emma help her friends—or regain her career—as she struggles with her own happily ever after?

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Meet the Author:

Patience GriffinPatience Griffin grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River, enjoying life in a tight-knit community. She loves to quilt and has gained recognition with her September 11th Story Quilt, which has toured the country and is currently hanging in the Pentagon. She has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering but spends her days writing stories about hearth and home and dreaming about the fictional small town of Gandiegow, Scotland.
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82 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Meet Me In Scotland by Patience Griffin”

    • Patience Griffin

      Oh, I want to go to England as well. I think Cornwall is top of the list. And then I want to climb the steps at Lyme Regis and pretend I’m in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

  1. doveknoll

    Actually I’ve fallen in love with a few places. The top ones are Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, and Australia. Norway would be another place I would love to visit.

    • Patience Griffin

      I haven’t ever read any books set in Iceland or Norway, but I’m intrigued with both countries. I have a friend who lives in Norway and she posts the most beautiful pictures.

  2. Irma Jurejevčič

    I have to say the same as you – Scotland… and Ireland, too. It looks like I like it great.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Linda,
      Yes, beaches and ranches. I can think of several books where I’d like to crawl inside and hang out on the beach with the characters. Or sit on the front porch and look out at the ranch. Thank reminds me, I think Jodi Thomas has a new Harmony book out!

    • Patience Griffin

      Monique,
      My grandmother lived in Montana and I have a good friend from there, but I’ve never been. It is definitely on my bucket list. Alaska, too. I love, love, love trees!

  3. Suzanne

    I fell in love with Regency England through books. I have never been out of the USA but when I think of England, the time is early 1800s. Oh course, common sense tells me that even if I went to London, things would have changed. LOL

    • Patience Griffin

      Suzanne, Yes, London would not be what we imagine, but what about one of the old villages or a country estate. I would love to visit the place used for Longbourn in the 2005 movie of Pride & Prejudice. Or how about the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. That would be lovely…
      The good news is that new Regency books are always coming out and we can still go there in our minds. My good friend, Kathleen Baldwin, writes Regency. She has a new young adult series coming out with Tor in May. I can’t wait!

  4. laurieg72

    Tha Amalfi Coast of Italy especially the lemon city, Sorrento. The delicious smells, the views, hiking, food and beaches! I liked the movie UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and some of the scenes took place on the Amalfi Coast in Positano.

    • Patience Griffin

      Laurie,
      Ah, Italy…PhD, my husband, is half Italian. He bought me the movie UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and I agree, the scenery is stunning. PhD has been to Italy many times for work. I never felt like I could go because of the kids being at home. Maybe someday…
      Until then, there’s books and movies.

  5. conniefischer

    I absolutely adore all of the UK and have been lucky enough to visit several cities. However, I am intrigued to see Cornwall some day. The coastline sounds beautiful and I love the Doc Martin series that was filmed there.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Connie,
      Yes, Cornwall is top of my list. I love Doc Martin. The scenery is fabulous! Have you seen Poldark? It’s an old series, but I love it. It’s set in Cornwall as well.

  6. janinecatmom

    There are quite a few places I have fallen in love with. Of course, I know I will never visit those places, so I keep reading them in books.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Janine,
      I think book-cations are a wonderful way to travel. You don’t have to worry about going through security and checking baggage. And you can travel in your jammies while lying in bed. Perfect!
      Take care,
      Patience

  7. bluedragon30

    I fell in love with Scotland through reading. My family originated there, but I’ve never had the opportunity to visit and explore.

  8. carol L

    Scotland for sure. Because of all the books fiction & non fiction that I’ve read about it is what’s drawn me. It’s on my wishlist of where to go. I really enjoyed the first book in this series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Patience Griffin

      Tennessee is gorgeous, isn’t it? I go there quite often as I have family there. The trees are beautiful. (The traffic in Nashville, not my favorite thing though.)

  9. Patience Griffin

    Joy, I always wanted to go to Australia. I’ve read several books written by Australian authors set there and was fascinated by it. Also, I feel like I can travel there through Househunters International on HGTV (another one of my favorite ways to travel without leaving the house!)

  10. BookLady

    Congratulations on your new release! Through my reading I have fallen in love with many places including Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Greece.

  11. Leanna

    Linda Lael Miller has made me fall in love with Montana and living on a ranch. I think I would rather stay in Texas and live on a ranch, I can’t go back to cold winters.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Leanna,
      Linda Lael Miller does have a way with words!
      Yeah, those cold winters. BJ Daniels posts her pictures of Montana and I’m not sure I want to deal with shoveling snow again…especially since the kids wouldn’t be there to help. But I do miss living in Iowa–the people, my quilting buddies. Texas is great in the winter, but the summers can be a bit stifling.

  12. Rita Wray

    I would have to say England. I have read so many books set in England that I feel like I have already been there.

  13. Bonnie K.

    I’ve read many books set in England and always love the descriptions. I, also, loved some set in Ireland and Scotland. I would have to say United Kingdom to cover the many books I’ve loved. I would love to visit Cornwall.

      • Bonnie K.

        I love the ocean; so, the water is a big attraction. The cliffs brings some beauty, too. The greenery all around. Combination of the quiet (note, very few people) and the sounds of the water and nature. The history is fascinating, too. Plus, many books I’ve read–lots of gothic and historical romances. I can’t think of titles right now. Oh wait, Rebecca and Jamaica Inn is among the few. I grew up reading Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt. Found a list at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/places/1518-cornwall-england

    • Patience Griffin

      I’ve never been to Hawaii, but everyone I know that has been, would go back in a second. I have a friend from high school that lives there and the pictures that he posts are so beautiful. I can’t imagine living in a place like that.

  14. nicholskathy

    Like you I would absolutely love to go to Scotland and then England. It’s my life’s dream.

  15. Gretchen H

    Scotland has felt like home for so long I’m not sure how it started. I’ve never been there, but I plan to go with my sister in a few years!

  16. Susan T.

    Reading M.C. Beaton mysteries has made me fall in love with the Cotswolds. I’ve never been in person but I think it would feel so familiar from the books!

  17. Janie McGaugh

    Like you, Scotland is the country I fell in love with through reading, though I started the process in my childhood, when I first read Robert Burns’ poetry.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Janie,
      Are you going to celebrate Burn’s Night on Sunday? Grace Burrowes and I are throwing a Facebook party that night to celebrate both Burn’s Night and the release of our anthology, Must Love Highlanders. Pop over and join us!

  18. Kai W.

    It’s Great Britain. I have my British citizenship but I have never visit the country. I would like to visit it to associate myself.

  19. Eka Fony W

    England. It probably because I love historical romances. Most of the settings of HR in England. It makes me falling in love with England.
    And Beckham makes me twice loved Englishmen.

    • Patience Griffin

      I love historical romances. Jane Austen and I are good buddies. I don’t know how many times I’ve reread her. And she made me fall in love with the country and Mr. Darcy all at the same time!

  20. Kelly Clevinger Bernard

    Scotland, Ireland and England. Oh, just thinking about it makes me want to book a flight right now.

    • Patience Griffin

      Hi, Kelly, I looked at flights last night for Scotland. I’m planning a trip in September if all goes well. (Check out the flights. It never hurts to be prepared…)
      Take care,
      Patience

  21. mrsmac19

    I’d like to visit Australia. I really enjoyed Fighting Redemption & Passionate Addiction by Eden Summers.

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