Genre: Historical Romance
Synopsis: Sometimes, the hero must be the villain…Fourteen months ago, Lady Rhoslyn lost her husband and infant son to a fever. Now, by order of King Edward I, she is yanked from the healing tranquility of a convent to marry the king’s favored bastard knight. Rhoslyn has no intention of returning to the home where her husband and child died. Neither does she intend to hand over her fortune to the ‘Dragon’—no matter his sweet promises and warm kisses.
Talbot St. Claire tires of war. Seventeen years is enough. King Edward will never release him from service, but the king promises Talbot will find some peace in front of his own hearth. Talbot expects to find a horse-faced, hostile woman in the Scottish heiress Edward commands him to marry. Instead, he discovers a fiery Highland beauty worthy of a man’s respect…and love. Talbot determines to do anything to win his new bride’s acceptance. Anything except the one thing she demands: betray his king and embrace his Scottish heritage.
CH: Today’s Guest author is the award-winning celebrity, Tarah Scott. Welcome to my blog, Tarah. It is a pleasure having you join us today.
CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
TS: If you like high adventure, intrigue and poignant romance, then Claimed might be for you.
CH: Where did you get the premise for this story?
TS: One of the cover artists I use created a premade cover. I instantly fell in love with the cover and the story Claimed was born.
CH: Why did you decide to write about the Scottish heritage?
TS: I like the way the Scots break the rules.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write?
TS: That’s a toughie. I like both the hero and heroine. Of course, the hero is quite handsome. That doesn’t hurt!
CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?
TS: ROFL (rolling on floor laughing). I hope I’m smart and witty like the heroine. (But I suppose that answer depends upon who you ask.)
CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?
TS: The inspiration for the hero came from the cover. The heroine had to be a woman he could love, but would thwart him as often as possible. So, she kind of grew as I got to know him better.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this historical book?
TS: Yes. This is the first full length medieval romance I’ve written, so I had to do a lot of new research. As the hero was raised in England, I specifically had to research the political relationship between Scotland and England.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
TS: Life is always my inspiration. It was common for kings to marry English and Scottish nobility and knights, so it wasn’t hard to guess what some of the challenges might be that the couples would face.
CH: You have quite a few reviews, so what kind of feedback are you receiving?
TS: Readers have found Claimed to be very romantic and poignant.
CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?
TS: Yes. I’m a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and Sharon Kay Penman. I like the gritty edge to their historical novels.
CH: Who is your favorite Scottish Heritage author? Why?
TS: Liz Carlyle. The woman can write!
CH: How long does it take you to write one of your books?
TS: Between six months and two years.
CH: Is there an overall message in your books that you want the readers to grasp?
TS: Of course! Love conquers all.
CH: What can we expect next from you as a writer?
TS: I’m currently working on the next book in the MacLean Highlander Novels, The Highlander’s Courtesan.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
TS: Yes. www.tarahscott.com
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
TS: The digital version of Claimed is currently only available on Amazon. You can buy the paperback at Amazon, B&N and most other online outlets. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TvAHkm
CH: Any closing remarks?
TS: Thanks so much for having me, Cheryl. It has been a real pleasure.
CH: Thank you so much, Tarah Scott, it has been wonderful discussing your book with my audience.
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