My chat with Sorley

Hello and welcome!

Today I have somebody coming for a chat who became dear to me recently. Reading about his early life, it broke my heart, and I am glad he turned out ok.

Oh and there he is coming thru the door.

He is so handsome … sigh

Welcome, welcome! Please have a seat, it is so nice to see you again, don’t you look dashing!

I have a soft-knees reaction to a hunk in kilt, my heart goes pitter-patter… I think he knows the effect he has on me because he is smiling at me and winks… the rascal!

Let’s start then…

What is your full name?
I’m a court-born bastard and proud of it, so Sorley has aye been good enough.  Since my book, that’s changed some.  Now aware of my parentage, I’m proud to call myself a MacNab.

Do you have a nickname?
Aye, the Hawk.

What is one word best describes you?

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
The proud blue-and-green plaid of my late lady mother’s clan.  I’ve aye favored the it, but only learned in my book that there was a blood-bound reason I felt drawn to the tartan.  My lady scribe wouldn’t care for me to give spoilers here, so I cannae name my mother’s clan.  You’ll have to trust that I’ve garbed myself in fine style for our interview-tryst.
I wish I could take a picture and show you, he is delish.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Aye, though she could’ve done without having my lady see me wearing a leper’s robe and smeared in dung.  I had good reason for the guise as you’ll ken from the story.  Still, the scribe could’ve let Roag and I ride out of the inn-yard before Mirabelle and her party arrived.
But that was so much fun to read that part…

What makes you laugh out loud?
Lots, and I’m glad of that!  A man who cannae laugh might as well be dead.  These days, my wife’s wee kitten, Little Heart, keeps us both well entertained.  He’s aye feisty and full of himself, but what really makes me roar with laughter is when he bites my friend Roag’s toes.  Roag visits us now and again and leaves his door cracked at night.  Little Heart takes advantage.

What is your favourite dessert?
A certain sweetness only my lady can offer me.  If I have to tell you what it is, you’ve never met the right man.
oh I know what you mean 😉

What is your favourite drink?
A fine and frothy ale at the Red Lion Inn.

What is your greatest fear?
A Highlander fears nothing, lass.  Though if pressed, I’d say waking up and discovering my book was a dream.  I dinnae think I could go on without my Mirabelle.

What is your favourite colour?
Blue.  In a thousand beautiful shades.  Anyone who has e’er looked upon the Highlands will know why.
I would love to go there one day, I’ve read so much about it. It is on my bucket list.

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Read the opening line of chapter one of my book: “Sorley the Hawk slept naked.”  I’ll add that we Scots leave sleeping-in-bedclothes to our Sassenach neighbors in the south.  A real man needs only cold night air and a hot-blooded woman for his comfort in bed.

What is the perfect romantic date?
Walking the high moors with my lady.  We’d enjoy the clean, cold air, the rich scent of peat, the beauty of the heather, then we’d find a fine, sheltering outcrop, I’d whip off my plaid and spread it on the ground.  If you’ve ever been loved by a Highlander, you’ll know what then happens.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
My ribs, but no one has dared tickle me there since Cook in the Stirling Castle kitchens when I was wee sma’ laddie.  

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Peat smoke, and it reminds me that there’s no truer way to ken if you have even a jot of Highland blood.  If you do, just a whiff of such earthy-rich sweetness will make your heart pound.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Her eyes.  They say everything.  Sakes, anyone who read my book kens I took one look at Mirabelle’s shining eyes at a certain feast hall celebration and I lost my heart, my soul even.  All the rest is fine, and there’s no’ an inch on a woman that I dinnae love, but it’s her eyes that claim a man.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
My Mirabelle.  Her wee kitten, Little Heart, owns my soul, too.  But dinnae you tell her.  There are some things a man keeps to himself.
My lips are sealed, but I think she knows already 😀

What is one word best describes her?

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Aye, the scribe calls the series ‘Scandalous Scots’ and it’s a 4.5 book series.  The start was an e-novella, ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, Dec. 2013.  My friend Roag’s story is next when his TO DESIRE A HIGHLANDER releases later this year.

Thanks so much for meeting with me, lass.  Now I’d best be away.  The night is starting to draw in and I promised my lady a walk to greet the gloaming.  Thereafter, well, we have plans she wouldn’t appreciate me sharing…

I am grateful for your time. All my best to Mirabelle. Love her, she has spunk.


And there you have it. Sorley, my newest book boyfriend hails from TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, which is book 1 of a 5-book series, Scandalous Scots, launched in December 2013 with an e-novella, ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, by the awesome Sue-Ellen Welfonder.


Excerpt from To Love A Highlander

Set-Up:  Sorley and Mirabelle have met up in the castle chapel to discuss the finer points of the proposition she’s made him…

Mirabelle swallowed, unable to help herself.  “You are a charmer.”
A slow smile curved Sorley’s lips.  A darkly seductive smile, as unsettling as how he’d let his gaze slide oh-so-suggestively up and down her body.  Yet his boldness made her pulse leap.  It also warmed her in indecent places.  She touched a hand to her breast, feeling both hot and dizzy despite the chill dampness of the chapel.
He stepped closer, giving her the distinct impression he’d pounce if she so much as blinked.  “I am fond of women, aye.”  
“So I have heard.”  She kept her head raised, resisted the urge to wipe her palms against her cloak.
“Are you nervous?”
“I am relieved.”  She spoke true, just not admitting she was indeed jittery.  Her emotions were running higher than ever before.
She was also sharply aware of every ruggedly alluring inch of him.  Including the oh-so-virile bulge she could see through the edges of his cloak.  The glow of a wall sconce slanted right there, proving that he wasn’t just a tall, strapping man, powerfully-built and good-looking.
He was also just as well-lusted as the court ladies claimed.
Sorley the Hawk wanted her.
And he was already prepared to do exactly what she’d asked of him.

Mini-Excerpt (hot):

Set-Up ~ Sorley speaking to Mirabelle, shortly before their first love scene…

“If I cross this threshold, there’ll be no going back. No restraint.’ He gave her a final chance. ‘I will ravish you in there, as I have e’er dreamt of doing. Thoroughly, completely, and until we are both so replete, so sated, that we cannae move. Then we shall begin again.”
From the author
TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER has a kitten character named Little Heart.  The book is dedicated to the real Little Heart, a stray kitten who was brutalized and died of his injuries several days later.  He was named Little Heart for the heart stitched into his body bandaging.  His story upset me so much that I decided to write him into this book, giving him the happy ending he should have received in real life.  

A portion of the royalties will be donated to my favorite cat rescue organization, Alley Cat Allies.

To keep in touch and keep up with news from Ms. Welfonder see the links below:
Sue-Ellen Welfonder: Book News Only Site
Allie Mackay site
Mailing List
Amazon Author Page – Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Amazon Author Page – Allie Mackay
Blog: Tartan Ink: All Things Celtic, Highland Magic, Kilties, & Other Neat Things




If you could visit the Highlands today, what would you do first?

One lucky commenter will win a signed print edition of Sorley & Mirabelle’s book, with some swag goodies.

The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random at 3pm Monday June 9th, 2014. Good luck!

Until next time, happy reading!

78 responses to “My chat with Sorley

  1. Walk through the heather take lots of photos because im sure the scenery would be breathtaking.

  2. Susan Krippner

    Hike to a high point to enjoy the view and just breathe!

  3. catslady

    And after doing all the above, visit some castles and try the haggis – I think I’d like it!

  4. I was told the best time to see the Highlands is in fall, my friend from there claims the landscape is on parade at that time of the year.

    Enjoyed the interview as usual Eniko, great sounding book Sue-Ellen

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  6. To see the lucious landscapes and castles and try some of their interesting food.
    Terrific interview Eniko and Sorley sounds sooooo dishy. I’m going to have to get into this series.

  7. Debbie S

    I would seek out a loch or quite highland lake and dream up my perfect Scottish lord.

  8. Just smell the air and look around at all of God’s glory.
    I LOVED your interview with Sorley. Too bad we couldn’t get a pix, but I’ve already got one! Thanks

  9. I would find a sexy Highlander and enjoy a wee roll in the Heather!

  10. Sorley! Waving at you, you sexy beast! 😉

    If I could visit the Highlands, the first thing I’d do is find a nice secluded spot, lay on the ground, listen, and let my soul reconnect to it’s past.

    Great Q&A! Please don’t enter me in the contest. I already own a precious copy. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for looking in here, Leah, my very own Captain of the Guard! LOVE your plan for Scotland. You know I would be there right beside you! (((HUGS))) XXXOOXXX

    • That is a great idea, I do that too when I visit a place I am drawn to and finally get to visit.
      I encourage everybody to enter even if you have the book already, you can always gift it to a friend.
      Thanks for dropping by.

      • That is a great idea, Eniko ~ urging those who already have the book to enter anyway, then gift the book to a friend. I am going to suggest this at future giveaways (will note you as my inspiration 🙂 ) Word of mouth is huge in this business and that is a splendid way to share books we love and help authors build a readership. It’s a win-win. 🙂

  11. Hi Eniko ~ Thank you so much for hosting Sorley today. He’s so pleased! I just saw him nip into the Red Lion where you know he’ll be boasting a bit about being here. 😉

    Hello Everyone ~ Thanks so much for looking in. I’m loving your comments and will stop by again later today (or this evening) to greet everyone in person. For now, here’s what I would do if I were in the Highlands today, right now, this minute: I’d drop to my knees and kiss the ground! (I am dead serious)

  12. Do a happy dance and twirl screaming I am finally here.

  13. bettysunflower

    I would visit a pub or two! Then check out the scenery!

  14. I’d just stand there and take in all of it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Bullrem

    A very bad storm is just a wee bit away and I will have to shut down everything. We had a deadly one yesterday and this one looks bad too. Now with that sad. I have to pop in and say hello. If Sue-Ellen tell me you are good, then I am ‘in’. Sorry I will not have time to read everything just now. Happy weekend to everyone. Helen in Ark. ( I hope this does not post more than once. I am having trouble)

  16. Mary Platt

    There’s so much I want to see and do in Scotland, but the first thing would be is to be greeted by Sorley MacNab!!

  17. Toni Simon

    I would find a nice, kilted highlander to marry so I wouldn’t have to come back to the United States. That way I could see every inch of Scotland without being in a hurry and I’d have the best guide ever.

  18. I would like to go to Sterling Castle

  19. Sha'Mona Hagan

    I think that the first thing I would do is either visit one of the castle ruins that they are famous for having or one of there book stores and see what thwy have to offer in that retrospect and then maybe hit one of there eating establishments, and try some of the local fare.

  20. I would go in search of some kilt wearing Scots. A meet & greet as it were.


  21. Eniko ~ Thank you so very, very much for hosting Sorley today! Must tell you, he will never forget this and will surely someday tell his grandkids all about being here. For myself, can you please choose the winner? I always want everyone one to win and i can’t afford to send books to every commenter. ((:O So please do the choosing honors for me. Thanks!

    Everyone else ~ Thank you so very much for looking in to say hello to Sorley. He’s loved your answers about Scotland plans, and so have I. I will peek in again in the morning so no one is missed, should anyone yet comment tonight.


  22. librarypat

    I really don’t know where I would start. There is so much to see. I would probably start in Edinburgh, visiting the castle and everywhere else. After that, I would head to the Highlands making certain to hit all the important sites and to walk the mountain trails and along the coast. Highland games, music festivals, food and visiting in pubs with people would make it all worth while. It would have to be a long, unhurried trip.

    • For sure it would hard to choose where to start. Highland games or a festival would be a great starting point for me. For sure it would have to be a long and leisurely trip.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  23. Deff, get a car and drive as deep into the mountains as I could get.

    • Great idea. The best way to get to know the people of any country is to visit places off the beaten path. In my experience, in any country I visited, the people in areas away from the highlights are so down to earth, welcoming and very hospitable. They may not have a lot, but they share and make you feel at home.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  24. Please don’t enter me in the contest add I already own the book and in fact finished it last night.
    The got little excerpt above is one of my favorite parts of the story, I signed so. Mirabelle is one lucky lass. Just wanted to pop in and say hello to that brawny Hawk and his Lady scribe SE. Wonderful job.
    Zina Seawitch
    Oh first thing I would do is find me a castle with a yummy highlander waiting inside for me.

    • I encourage all to enter even if you have the book, you can always gift it to a friend and share your love of reading.
      A castle and a yummy highlander would make a great experience for sure 😀
      Thanks for dropping by.

  25. carol L

    I loved the interview with Sorley. Looking forward to reading this series Sue Ellen.If I ever got to Scotland I think I’d just stand still,close my eyes and breathe in the scent of Scotland and then cry because I’ve finally arrived. 🙂
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  26. I would like to thank you all once again for dropping by and making this chat a great experience.

    And now for the lucky winner picked by Sexy Mr. Random who will get a signed print edition of “TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER” & swag goodies…. ‘carol L’ CONGRATS! You will be contacted by email.

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