Hello and welcome!
Today I have another of the hunks hailing from the Scrolls of Cridhe.
May I present you Gare.
I do a double take… oh my lord … I shall have a talking with Sue-Ellen, she should have warned me … I have to sit … I am hoping drool is not showing on my chin … ahem
What is your full name?
Gare MacTaggert of Blackrock Castle.
Do you have a nickname?
What is one word best describes you?
Battle-hardened. Though now, the story over and with Mairi as my lady wife, I might say ‘besotted.’
Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
I favor a plaid o’er my shoulder and a sword at my hip. These days, again after the story’s happy ending, I am most commonly seen wearing a smile.
It is a very handsome smile too.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Aye, she did. She told us that our tale was a ‘gift book’ and that made us special for her. Said we ‘just appeared in her heart and she knew all about us.’ Must be true for we had no quibbles with her. That said, I would’ve appreciated a bit more privacy at times. You can imagine the bits I mean.
What makes you laugh out loud?
I have no’ laughed much in recent years as your readers will see when they read ‘The Taming of Mairi MacKenzie.’ But I’m relearning the pleasure of a good laugh. Most often it is my lady’s new ginger cat, Sprig, who sets me off. Mairi spotted him in Blackrock’s kitchens and claimed him for her own. Between us, I think it was Sprig who did the claiming.
What is your favourite dessert?
Aye, well, Mairi and I enjoy walking round a nearby loch and there’s a stretch of the way that has the best brambles. We’re aye taking along a pail to fill, but I vow I end up eating more than I toss into the bucket.
What is your favourite drink?
Heather ale. Especially if it’s made by Devorgilla. She’s a far-famed Highland cailleach who played a role in our story, as she does in many of the tales written by our lady scribe. Devorgilla has the best heather ale recipe in all Scotland. A shame she willnae share it.
Ah Devorgilla! I heard a lot about her. I like her. I have to say I never tried heather ale, but I will have to correct that.
All these new things and new words I am learning, my head is spinning… as I always say, google is my best friend and I love to learn new things 😉
What is your greatest fear?
Fear? Lass, you forget I’m a Highlander.
How can I forget, I am staring at one, and a very handsome one at that… sigh
What is your favourite colour?
The shade of gloaming. When it descends, the world turns so beautiful stones weep.
I agree, there is something magical about twilight, I love sunrises too.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
There you go again, forgetting I’m a Highlander. We need only cold night air and a hot-blooded woman to keep us comfortable in our beds. Aye, that means we sleep naked.
What is the perfect romantic date?
Any moments I can pry my lady away from Sprig. He isnae fond of sharing her. See?
he rolls up a sleeve to show the scratches on his arm
How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
I am no’ afflicted, thanks be!
What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Anywhere in Scotland after a rain. One deep breath reminds me of why I love my homeland so much.
When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Her eyes. Eyes that shine with warmth and goodness are all the beauty a woman needs. All else is secondary.
Do you have somebody in your life now?
Aye, my beloved Mairi.
What is one word best describes her?
That she is, I love her.
Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
My lady scribe says that the story was the first of her ‘Return to Kintail’ series. Novellas she’s writing in one of her favorite story worlds, Kintail in the Western Highlands.
Thank you so much Gare for coming for a chat!
It was good of you to visit with me, my lady. Mairi sends her regrets, but she didn’t want to leave Sprig. She had an idea, though. We’ll set a place for you at our high table tonight – if you’ll join us?
I would love to join you. One of the things on my to-do list in life is to visit Scotland and sit with a laird at the high table.
I hope you enjoyed the chat with Gare as much as I did. I learned a few new words, had to look them up 😉
He hails from “The Taming of Mairi MacKenzie” by Sue-Ellen Welfonder.
A forbidden love so powerful it could destroy them both.
Mairi MacKenzie can bring the dead back to life. But her fame as this special healer is a curse too much to bear, and she takes refuge in the ancient broch of Dunwynde, the Glen of Winds, her secret, well-guarded home. Many are her reasons for hiding from the world, allowing folk to believe she’s a banshee. Clan MacKenzie protects her as one of their dearest treasures. Only Mairi knows how unworthy she is of her clan’s devotion.
Sir Gare MacTaggert only desires redemption. Once counted amongst Scotland’s greatest warriors, he hasn’t lifted a sword in years because of a battlefield tragedy that broke his soul. All that is left to him is his clan and his home, and now he stands to lose them as well. Scotland’s crown wants his corner of the realm strengthened and so a King’s writ has ordered him to forge an alliance – through marriage.
Yet his honor won’t allow him to wed any woman, dead as he is inside. He seeks the aid of the Glen of Winds banshee, but before she can restore his will to live, they must face a greater challenge: the forbidden love that could destroy them.
It is one of the stories in “HIGHLAND WINDS”, Volume 1 in The Scrolls of Cridhe. This wonderful anthology will be released on November 17, 2014.
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Thanks for dropping by and please join me tomorrow for the chat with another of the hunks.
Until tomorrow! Have a great day!