Valan MacLeod’s wicked first wife betrayed him. Her death haunts him like a wraith in the night, making it impossible for him to trust any other woman. One stormy evening fate thrusts an intriguing, young girl into his life. He saves Aria Morrison from a vicious assault and learns she is running to avoid an arranged marriage to Baron Eduard Ramsay, Valan’s sworn enemy.
Valan and Aria take refuge for the night in a cottage by the sea. Her sweet innocence enchants Valan into believing he might be able to love again, and he offers to marry her in the baron’s stead. Her father refuses the match. He uses Valan’s dark past against him and forces Aria to uphold the marriage contract.
Months later Aria’s husband dies, and she comes to Valan begging for sanctuary. Seeing her again, Valan realizes he still loves her, but the naïve girl has changed into a woman with secrets, reminding him of his deceptive first wife. Did she kill her abusive husband? Can Valan trust Aria with his heart?
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Aria Morrison flees in hopes her actions will bring her father to his senses, but her plan goes awry. Alone on the trail Aria is accosted by miscreants bent on having their way with her.
Out of the gloom, a shadowy figure comes to her rescue. She soon learns her savior is none other than Laird Valan MacLeod, one of most powerful men in the Highlands. Valan becomes the champion of her dreams. Aria is thrilled when he offers to marry her to protect her from the baron.
Her father thwarts their plan, telling her Valan stood by and allowed his first wife to be murdered. The dark forces at work in Laithclach Castle send Aria running to Valan to ask for sanctuary. After all that happened between them, can she find a way to regain his trust?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Connie C. Scharon whose book Protector of the Highlands from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love historical romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Connie C. Scharon, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Connie C. Scharon!
From as early as I can remember, I loved storytelling. I never expected that passion to result in a series of books. After graduating from Towson University, I began a career in the medical field, but the little nagging voice in my head would not be silent. My husband encouraged me to pursue my passion, so in my spare time I began learning all I could about writing. The first novel I wrote was in spiral notebooks tucked in my bedside table. After all, you never know when an idea may hit you. It could be in the middle of the night.
Now, how wonderful does Connie C. Scharon sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
From as early as I can remember, I loved weaving fact and fiction together to create wild tales. I never expected my passion to result in a series of books. After graduating from college, I began a career in a medical field, but the little nagging voice in my head would not be silent. My husband encouraged me to pursue my passion, so in my spare time I began learning all I could about writing. The first novel I wrote was in spiral notebooks tucked in my bedside table. After all, you never know when an idea may hit you. It could be the middle of the night.
My life changed forever when my parents invited us to visit the British Isles one summer. I fell in love with Scotland the moment I saw it. My Scotch-Irish heritage encouraged subsequent trips back to the land where I felt so at home, enticing me to set my tales in 1300s Scotland. Thus began the Highland Legends series, although I would not dub it that until much later.
Even though Scotland permeates many of my novels, I am currently working on a Mystery/Thriller series.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
If your dream is to write a book, do it! Educate yourself by attending classes and writer’s conferences. There is so much to learn and the more you write, the better your writing will be. It took me over twenty years to begin publishing my work. The joy of creation kept me going. It is the only place in life where you have complete control over everything that happens… who lives, who dies, and who finds love.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I think the most important thing about a book is its ability to transport you to another world, have you engage with the characters, and, for a few hours, live in someone else’s shoes. Reading is my great escape.
What is your writing process like?
Every writer I know has a different process. For me, something I see, hear, or experience starts my mind down a series of what if scenarios. Before you know it I have an inciting incident, which becomes the beginning of my novel. I usually start to write with a good idea of how I want the story to end. Along the way, I write a very loose scene by scene outline and fill in details when I actually write each chapter. Depending on what the characters in my head are telling me, this can change dramatically as I go along.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I am not a writer who collects mountains of research. I tend to look at my overall story and decide which things are critical to get right. Writing is my first love, so I research what is needed, especially historically, to make my tale believable for the time in which it is set. As an example, I realized early on that Scottish people in the 1300s did not talk the way we do, so I look at when a word was used before I make it part of my character’s dialog. It is a balancing act to flavor the dialog with terms from the time, but not turn off the modern reader.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I try to write four to six days a week. When I get into a story, I might write eight hours a day for days on end, but I am better if I let myself have some downtime. If an idea hits me, I might pull out my phone and begin taking notes on it at any time.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I don’t read as much as I would like as my own writing takes a lot of my time. Some of my favorite authors are: Dan Brown, Erica Spindler, Tami Hoag, Lisa Jackson, Iris Johansen, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and then there is Kathleen Woodiwiss, whose early work inspired my interest in Historical Romance.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Currently I have some agents looking at my Mystery/Thriller series. If I go through a traditional publishing process, I am not sure how long it would take for those books to get to market. In 2019 I am also looking at publishing what James Patterson called a ‘book shot’, which is a complete story but shorter than some of my typical novels. I have had fans ask about back-stories of some of the characters in my Highland Legends series. I think this might be a good way to offer those.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Connie C. Scharon! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about Connie C. Scharon, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,