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30 days of Highlanders: Day 8: Interview with Author Laura Hunsaker + Giveaway

May 3, 2011



Laura Hunsaker AKA  taught for 3 years, but now that she has children has chosen to stay at home. While reading is fantastic for her over-active imagination, writing leaves her so much more fulfilled. Hard at work on her second novel, she spends way too much time on twitter, and maybe isn't quite so hard at work as she likes to imagine. Laura's first novel Highland Destiny released as an ebook in November, but has done so well, it went to print in March. She has high hopes for her next book, tentatively titled Highland Betrayal. Look for news and updates on her website http://www.laurahunsaker.wordpress.com/





-Did you get to travel to Scotland or Ireland for any research?
No, but I will go to Ireland in Sept, if things go as planned


-Which of your Highlanders was hardest to write?
The first one. Highland Destiny took so much research to make everything accurate for the time period. I had to find out when coffee was first introduced to Britain, when the pocket watch was in mainstream use, primitive shampoos (ie oils and soap), and my personal favorite-the corset wasn't called a corset in Britain until later in the 1800s.


-Do you have any secret obsessions while writing you can‘t live without?
coffee and music :)


-Can you share with us any highlanders your currently working on?
I'm working on two right now actually. Liam MacRae, Connor's brother is my second book, and I'm trying to sneak in bits here and there on my rough copy of the third book.


-What got you started in writing about Highlanders?
A few good Highlander novels, and the Highland Hussy was born! I can't help myself-that combination of possessive and protective gets me fired up every time!


-Can you describe to us your dream highlander?
He'd be taller than I am (I'm 5'9" so I'd love above 6') and he'd be possessive around other men, protective of me, and he'd appreciate me for all my flaws, er, quirks I mean :) and he'd love my goofy sense of humor


-Who is your darkest Highlander / Who is your mildest Highlander?
 My darkest? How bout my most broody Highlander? Connor, no doubt. Liam, his younger brother, is more laid back and easy going since he's not laird of the clan. He likes to have fun, and will have to teach his woman, super responsible Marley, how to have fun


-Can you tell us about your Highlanders twitter style? (140 characters or less)
My Highlanders are strong and honorable with a protective instinct,they take what's theirs and hold tight whether it's a lass or their clan


-How do your highlanders differ from others?
Mine are protective and possessive, but they don't overwhelm the heroine. I love a good Alpha male just like the next girl, but I hate having the hero be a complete asshat for no reason than just saying "Oh he's a primitive macho he-man." It never worked for me.


-Are your highlanders paranormal or just historical, and why did you choose that path?
Mine are primarily Historical, but there are the elements of Time Travel, and magic. I wanted my heroine to be sarcastic and spunky and I hate when that type of personality can feel out of place in an Historical Romance. By adding in the twist of time travel, my heroine can now be sarcastic, but have to learn to adapt. The challenge of being a 21st century woman in the 1700s will either bring out the best or the worst in her...sometimes both.

-What would the colors of your Tartan be?
red and black


-Where can readers find you?


-Do you have a link to your book list?
since it's just the one, no, but I have a "buy link"


-Would you like to stop by and chat with the
 commenter's in the comment section?
as if you could keep me away! lol



*~* Giveaway *~*


Laura is giving away a
 pdf copy of Highland Destiny
AND
its international!









To Enter you MUST:

~Comment - Tell Laura who your fave Highlander hero (from literature) is?
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36 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Leanne109 May 3, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

I honestly don't have a favourite highlander lol They r all so delicious in their own way :D
Laura, what is your Favourite FAN memory?

leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com

Katrina W May 3, 2011 at 6:48 AM  

Oh my !! I read HIghland DEstiny yesterday !! and I am besotted !! my first ever ever !!! highlander tale !! and I loved it !! Laurie did a fantastic job ! which Of course I told her !! Connor is all of the above and of course above 6ft !! geesh !! I cant wait to read LIams story !! Loved the interview !! Thanksk ladies.. DOnt include my in your giveaway !! just Off to find meself a Laird of meee own !!! Im goona be huntin !!

Laura ! My lovley !! will we be seeing snippets of Connor in book 2 ?? * cheesey grins **

lol.. kat
kittee_cat@bigpond.com

Bakin_Goddess May 3, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

OMG!!! Katrina!!! You're making me drool!!! LOL I don't have a favorite highlander -- well, I do but I read the book so long ago I don't remember a thing about the author or the character's name -- just the plot (and what he looked like in my head - don't wanna go in there its scary in there...I"ll just leave him in there and ya'll can remember your own Highlander -- ha ha)

Bakin_Goddess
blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com

BLHmistress May 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

I have to say my fave highlander at this moment is Aidan The Wolf of Awe, he is dark broody but so so hot.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

Leanne-what a great question! My favorite Highlander is Adam Black from Karen Marie Moning's series, because dayum, have you read about him yet? I'll take him any day of the week!
And my favorite fan memory is being recognized at a Starbucks. first time I ever felt like "Holy crap this is real!" It was awesome!

Hi Kat! Thank you so much for all the lovely praise-seriously thank you. And oh yes, Connor will be back :) I wouldn't leave him out. And book number three is Jenna.. but she's pretty mad at Mackenzie for bailing on her...

Bakin goddess-LOL! well hopefully random.org will look favorably on you today and you can win a copy of HD :)

BLH Mistress, Aidan is quite dark and broody, but have you read about Ian yet? now there's a tortured hero!

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

BTW, did you guys see that hottie up there ^^^man can JoJo pick the hunkilicious men!

Angela May 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

Great Interview!
And what a friggin hot author!
I have bought the book last Jan. And loved it. Can't wait for Liam's book.
:)
~ang

June M. May 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

There is no way I can pick 1 Highlander above the rest! They are all delicious!
Congrats on the new book and best of luck!
GFC: June M.

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

Hi Ang! aww, thanks :D since I'm sitting here in my pjs, with no makeup, it's nice to know someone thinks I look hot! lol

June, thanks :) I appreciate it

Victoria May 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

Honestly I don't have a favorite Highlander hero. I love all that I have read. But since I have to choose one, I'll make it the first one I ever read - Kresley Cole's Courtland MacCarrick.
Thanks for the giveaway. I'm loving these guys!

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

Ooh, Court was hot, but I think Ethan was my favorite MacCarrick brother. Great choice, Victoria!

Victoria May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

I loved Ethan too. He was so stupid when it came to women you just had to cheer him on. I loved the way the book ended too. If she ever finds the time maybe she'll revist the MacCarricks.
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol L. May 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Hi Laura,
I am so excited that your book is now in print. I'll be buying it as quick as possible. It's so hard to pick a favorite as I'm a Highlander Hussy too. :)I love them all. But 2 of my weaknesses are Jamie Fraser from Outlander and Deagus MacKelter from KMM's Highlanders.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM  

Victoria- That would be really cool if she went back to her Highlanders :) (Kresley Cole is one of my fave authors, btw)

Carol- Hi! thanks so much! Daegus is quite sexy...Karen Marie Moning can really make a great Highlander-I am soo hoping Christian MacKeltar gets his own book, because I will take him and add him to my harem with Adam ;P

Nissie May 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

Great interview, Laurie! I think I have to agree with you about Adam Black. Or maybe Cian. But that could change after I read HD! I'm sure you've created a highland hottie that I just can't do without. :)

Nissie May 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

Oh, I also wanted to ask who Christian MacKeltar is. How have I missed him??

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

he was only 17 in Kiss of the highlander, but he's in his 20s in the Fever Series...which you should totally read Nissie!

Nissie May 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM  

Thanks, Laurie! I hope to get to the Fever Series very soon!

Danielle Gorman May 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

Honestly I don't have a favorite Highlander. I need to read some more books before I can pick one. I will say that I love that Highlanders are super sexy.

iqb99@yahoo.com

meggerfly May 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

Hey love just stopping by to say hi! I loved the interview!

meggerfly May 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I have HD but I'm waiting to read it. I have a Highlander pile going. I have to read one book before I start my Highlander books! You'll get my review of course! LOL!

HighlandHussy May 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM  

Hey Meg!! Thanks doll!

Danielle, maybe Connor will be your favorite? Lol

I might be slow on responding since I'm AT A SHERRILYN KENYON SIGNING!!!!! Squeee!!!

Chelsea B.,  May 4, 2011 at 1:34 AM  

Oh, jeeze.... such a hard question! :-) But I'm gonna say Conner from Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series! Broody, moody, and yummy! Just the way I like 'em! ;-)

Camille May 4, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

James 'Jamie' Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Hands down.

midnite dot fantasy at gmail dot com

HighlandHussy May 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Ooh, Chelsea, good choice!

Camille-I think soo many many women would agree with that one!

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... May 4, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

I too have already read and loved Highland Destiny!

When I first read KMM Highlander's I didn't like Adam but ended up falling up in love with him!

HighlandHussy May 4, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

Aww, Maria, I didn't know that! thanks :D

And yeah, Adam was kind of an asshat in the first book...but don't they make the best reformed men? *swoon*

JessS May 6, 2011 at 4:35 AM  

Highland Destiny sounds good, and congrats on getting it published in print from an ebook. I honestly don't have a favourite highlander, I haven't really read enough yet.

jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

HighlandHussy May 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

Thanks Jess :) I hope Connor can become the start of your Highlander list, good luck in the giveaway!

buddyt May 7, 2011 at 5:49 AM  

I ust admit then whenever I think Highlander I think BraveHeart.

Great movie.

Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with your series.

carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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Trish May 9, 2011 at 6:55 AM  

Oh I don't think I can pick just one that I love over another. Can't I be surrounded by them all and let them fight for me??

Wonderful interview!

trishbrittingham at gmail dot com

latishajean May 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

I like Kresley Cole's but I really like Connor with what I read! This sounds so good and want to read more! Thank you so much for the chance!
tishajean@ charter.net

HighlandHussy May 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

Hey latishajean, buddyt and Trish!

I would have responded sooner but blogger didn't like me yesterday :S

Thank you so much for the interest and the fun comments.

(seriously Trish, I like the way you think!)

Thank you buddyt, and yes, sigh, Braveheart was a fantastic movie!

latishajean, I love Kresley Cole-I have to say she's one of my favorite writers ever.

Good luck in the contest :)

Kasumi May 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM  

I like your highlander description, so i hope I'll be lucky and have the chance to read them :D

kasumigogo[at]gmail[dot]com


Going to Tigris!

Kasumi May 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

Ah!
I totally forgot to write my fav!

He is Jamie, from the Outlander series :D

HighlandHussy May 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

Hi Kasumi! Thanks, I hope you get a chance to read it too :)

And I think alot of ladies out there would agree with you about Jamie

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