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Monday, July 13, 2009

Tamed by a Laird - New Giveaway Starts Today!

Hachette is giving away 5 copies of Tamed by a Laird by Amanda Scott - right here starting today!

National bestselling author Amanda Scott sweeps readers back to the turbulent fourteenth-century Scottish Borders, where valiant men and women risk everything for their land. Jenny Easdale is ready to accept her fate. She's agreed to marry a man she will never love - yet not before slipping away for one last adventure. Following a traveling minstrel troupe, she's whisked into a world of intoxicating freedom. Then, all too soon, she finds herself in danger - from a vengeful political plot against Scotland and from the man who has come to take her home. Dutybound to return with his brother's wayward bride, Sir High Douglas is not prepared for how her quick wit, courage, and laughing eyes touch his warrior heart. Now, as the merry minstrels play matchmaker and passion sparks between Hugh and Jenny, the conspiracy against Scotland builds...and threatens all they hold dear.

Here are some fun facts about the book - courtesy of Hachette:

1. During the 14th century, Englishwomen could inherit wealth but not titles. If no appropriate male heir existed (with the King generally defining “appropriate”) the King simply awarded the title and, often, the wealthy heiress daughter to a royal favorite. However, in Scotland, it had become almost commonplace for a daughter to inherit her father’s title if she had no brothers. With long-running unrest between the two countries (more than 200 years of it), particularly in the Borders, many Scotswomen became baronesses, even countesses, in their own right. For example, Robert the Bruce’s mother became Countess of Carrick in her own right when her father died, and Bruce inherited the Earldom of Carrick from her.

2. Jenny Easdale, a young baroness in her own right who runs away from her betrothal feast to enjoy one last adventure before marrying, is a woman one might describe as thoughtfully stubborn. Jenny rarely raises her voice, always agrees with her opposition in one way or another, and nearly always gets her own way—much to the consternation of those who expect to control her.

3. Sir Hugh Douglas is one of those so dismayed. A much-honored knight and warrior, Hugh is accustomed to seeing his every command obeyed…instantly. As head of his family, he certainly expects such obedience from young Jenny after her betrothal to his younger brother. However, Jenny has other ideas.

4. Medieval minstrels could go anywhere. Female minstrels, dancers, and gleewomen were common. Minstrel troupes followed armies in times of war and had access to both camps without interference. They thus gained admission to houses and castles without difficulty and even acted as spies. King Alfred of England (871-901) “assumed the character of a gleeman and entered the [enemy] camp, where he made such observations as were of infinite service.” Other such spies were equally successful.

5. Tamed by a Laird is the first book in my new trilogy. Seduced by a Rogue will follow it in January 2010. I have based all three books on fourteenth-century events described in an unpublished manuscript written by a Lady Maxwell in the mid-sixteenth century.

Visit Amanda Scott!

Tamed by a Laird
Publisher/Publication Date: Forever, July 2009
ISBN: 9780446541374
432 pages

  1. Only residents of U.S. or Canada
  2. No PO Boxes
  3. Five (5) books being given away - giveaway ends Aug 3rd.
  4. Leave a comment w/email address to enter. (please leave all entries in one comment)
  5. Follow my blog +2 (new or old - but you gotta let me know)
  6. Post about it on blog or any social network - leave me a link +3. If you are leaving it on twitter use @kherbrand.
  7. If someone says you referred them you will each get +3!
  8. Unlimited entries if you get lots of "referred by's".


blueviolet said...

I'd love to read it!

I'm a follower +2

It's in my book giveaways here on right sidebar. +3

Alyce said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun!

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I follow your blog.

Wendy said...

Hi - This sounds like a treat ! :)

I already follow

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Thanks for the chance!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Please count me in - and I'm already a follower. THANKS


chey said...

Tamed by a Laird sounds like a book I'd love to read!

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Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

Elena said...

I think I'd like to read this one. elenagwynne @ gmail(dot)com

I'm about to add this to my following list (as soon as I've posted this comment).

Elena said...
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Elena said...

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throuthehaze said...

count me in please!

+2 follower

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Sheila Deeth said...

I love those fascinating facts, and the book sounds fun. I follow. And my email's sdeeth at msn dot com.

Looking at blueviolet's site - I like the book giveaways sidebar idea.

RachieG said...

Please count me in, I would love a chance to read this one! :D

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I'm a follower.

I posted this on twitter (www.twitter.com/r8chieg)


wanda flanagan said...

would love a chance to win looks to be a great read

Sarah said...

I'd really like a chance to win this book.

I'm a follower and i will be tweeting about this.

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valerie2350 said...

I'd love to win

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+2 follower

+3 tweet http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2628334763

Marie said...

This sounds great, I would love to read it!

I am a follower.


Anonymous said...

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etirv said...

I would love to win this book!


etirv said...

I already follow +2


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I'd love to read this - please count me in
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scottsgal said...

already a follower
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Small Footprints said...

Hi! I love your site! This is my summer to read so ... I appreciate the books you list and a brief synopsis. Thanks!

Oh ... I'm a new follower!

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

Please count me in for giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the giveaway

I'm already a follower


Kytaira said...

I'd like to read this book. I love the thought that it's inspired by a real unpublished journal!

+2 I already was a follower via google connect

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Lee said...

This sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway and please count me in.

I already follow your blog


Beth said...

Thanks for the chance to win this.

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Jane said...

I would love a chance to win this book.

I'm a follower of this blog.

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ChristyJan said...

Please enter me to win a copy of TAMED BY A LAIRD

+ I'm a NEW follower


Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book in my collection. I love historical romance especially highland romance.


I am a follower!

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MoziEsmé said...

Would love to read this!

And I'm a follower...

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CherylS22 said...

I'd love to read this book - please count me in!

I follow

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Luvdaylilies said...

I really enjoyed the 5 fun facts and I learned a few things, too=)
I would really enjoy readinf this & would be thrilled to win it!
Thanks for hosting the giveaway & best of luck to all.
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net
+2 I follow=)

JoanneR said...

Thank you!

CrystalGB said...

I would love to read this book.

I am a follower.


Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to read this, and I follow +2.


amanda said...

Please enter me!
I'm a follower + 2
I tweeted:

Caffey said...
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Emma said...

Tamed By A Laird sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

heatherzilla said...

Sounds like a good book. I love reading about Scottish Lairds. ;) Please include me in the giveaway. heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

Dixie said...

I'd love an entry and I am a follower.

ossmcalc said...

+1 I would really like to read this book.

+2 I follow your blog.

+3 I tweeted http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/statuses/2905593671

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Wanda said...

Tamed by a Laird looks intriguing. Please enter my name in your great draw!
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Jenny N. said...
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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read.

Karen K

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower :)

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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
I am a follower.

Kathleen said...

I love these kids of books. Please enter me in your giveaway.


penney said...
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pixiegirly said...

I would love to win this!! I love books a lot!!


flowerchild said...

great giveway count me in


Marjorie said...

I am a follower and would like to win this giveaway.


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