Interview with Donna Grant + giveaway

One of our favorite story lines is that of Highlanders, we all credit Julie Garwood with this love. So when we were asked about Donna Grant none of us had read her. We decided to correct this and Heather is currently reading Darkest Highlander. She is being extremely closed lip about this and saying we have to wait for the review. So while we are waiting to hear about the book from Heather we thought it would be fun to welcome Donna Grant to our site for the first time. We promise to not bring out the brass knuckles but all new to the blog authors do have to answer a few burning questions. If you are new to Donna then pull up a chair and get to know her with us, and if you are a fan we hope you discover something new about her.

 

TBRG: Thank you so much Donna for coming on.we have a just a few questions for you to answer ::wink wink::

DG:   lol.  Thanks so much for inviting me!

TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

DG: Every author I’ve ever read.  Seriously.  Each author had shown me how to capture a reader’s attention, how to make a reader cry, how to make a reader care deeply enough that a character will stay with them forever, how to leave a reader gasping, and more importantly how to have a reader come back time and again for a book.  Its my favorite authors that I’ve learned from. J

TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?

DG:  That I’ve visited Scotland for the first time last year

TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go, a place on your bucket list?

DG:  Too many to name!  I love to travel, and there are so many places I want to visit like France, Greece, Italy, and even Spain!

TBRG: What was the first romance book that you read?

DG: I don’t remember the title, but I do recall that it was Johanna Lindsey novel.

TBRG: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?

DG:  I’m reading for a contest, so can’t way what I’m reading.  My go to authors are Lisa Kleypas, Lara Adrian, Larissa Ione, and Kresley Cole

TBRG: If you weren’t writing and keeping us in books (thanks for that by the way), what would you be doing?

DG:  😀  Probably still be an accoutant

TBRG: What is your guilty pleasure?

DG: Movies/TV.  I love watching movies with my hubby and family.

TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?

DG:  Mostly soundtracks from King Arthur, The Immortals, Troy, Three Musketeers (new one), Clash of the Titans (new one), Lord of the Rings, and even Harry Potter.  To name a few.

TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?

DG:   I wish I knew.  They just spring up in my head at the oddest moments, like when I’m pulling weeds, mowing, or taking a shower.  lol

TBRG: Are you a planner or a fly by the seat author?

DG:  Oh, definitely a fly by the seat of my pants. 😀  I can’t plot out a book, because when I do, to me its written, and then I can’t write it.

TBRG: How did you come up with this Highlander Series?

DG:  I love all the series in contemporary paranormal, but there wasn’t anything like it in the historical genre. I’ve been combining historical and contemporary for years, and I wanted to do something even bigger.  I knew I wanted it to be set in Scotland in the Medieval era, and I knew I wanted to create my own mythology.

I happened to be watching King Arthur and my daughter asked me if Rome really left Britain as it said in the movie.  The next thing I knew, I was doing the “What if” thing and developing my series.

TBRG: Tell us about the series?

DG:  The Dark Sword series about a group of Highlanders who have a primeval god within them that gives them immortality and powers, and women who are Druids and hold magic that can help – or hinder – the heroes.

The Warriors and Druids fight together to end the reign of an evil Druid, Deirdre, who wants to rule the world – and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.

TBRG: Tell us about Darkest Highlander.

DG:  DARKEST HIGHLANDER features Broc who has been spying on the villain, Deirdre, for centuries.  Sonya, the heroine,  can use her magic to heal, but even better than that, she has the ability to communicate with the trees.

Broc has been in love with Sonya for years, but he’s stayed away.  Sonya wants Broc, but there’s too much in their past to move forward.  Until Deirdre puts them in a position that gives them no choice.  Sonya finds the inner strength she never thought she had, and Broc learns that though he might not deserve Sonya’s love, he’s not going to turn it away.

TBRG: What do you want us to know about  Broc and Sonya

DG:  Readers might think they know them after reading about them in the other books, but DH has many surprises in store.

TBRG: Using 3-5 adjectives describe Broc and Sonya

DG: Amazing, dedicated, daunting, loving.

TBRG: What are you working on now?

DG:  I’m working on the third Dark Kings novella.  The Dark Kings world is heavily connected to the Dark Sword/Dark Warriors world. 🙂

*** Now comes the fun part. Donna is giving away a copy of her book Shadow Highlander to one lucky commenter. Just tell us why you love Highlander books so much. Contest rules apply*** 

Darkest Highlander

In the acclaimed Dark Sword series, the darkest, fiercest warriors of Scottish legend finally meet their match—in the brave, fiery hearts of the women they cherish…
HE IS HER SALVATION
For years, Broc has watched over her, protected her—and hidden his love for her. But when his beautiful Sonya finds herself in a hopeless situation, the Highlander flies to her side to save her. Unfortunately, before the Druidess can thank him, Broc is captured by his enemy and destined for eternal pain…
SHE IS HIS DESTINY
Sonya vows to help her noble warrior, though he is imprisoned in a mountain of pure evil—bound in chains of the darkest magic. With Sonya’s own magic fading, she must summon the greatest power of all to save the man she loves. But even if these two hearts are united, will they be strong enough to defeat the heart of darkness? Or will their undying love doom them for all eternity…?
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9 Comments

  1. AprilR

    WOW!! Donna what an awesome interview. Thank you for sharing this your readers. **Please do not enter me,I already have this awesome series**What not to love about Scottish Warriors and their feisty,albeit,magical lasses.
    AprilR

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  2. Donna Grant

    Thanks, April. 🙂

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  3. Fedora

    Hi, Donna! Terrific interview, and LOL at when inspiration might strike you! As a reader, I’m just happy it does so often! And I have to agree with April–what’s not to love about Highlanders? Strong heroes, a gorgeous setting, kilts… it was a most intriguing time in history, and it’s fun to visit through stories since I can’t in reality!

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  4. Carol

    Why Highlanders? It has to be the kilts. Although the clan as extended family is an interesting aspect.

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  5. Laurielu

    Oh, why do I love a Highlander…. let me count the ways
    his accent
    his dominance
    his kilt
    his chest
    his protectiveness
    his loyalty
    his, er…. sword

    I loved the interview! I love your personality, Donna! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win your book. *crosses fingers* Hope to win!

    Thank you Reading Gals for hosting!

    Happy Reading and Writing,
    Laurielu
    Bona Fide Reflections

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  6. Donna Grant

    Fedora – Thanks, sweetie!

    Carol – So true! 🙂

    Laurielu – Awww. Thank you so much!

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  7. erinf1

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I’d have to say that I like highlander heroes b/c they can get away with the “alpha” male trope. In fact, they were the original for the “alpha” male 🙂 Plus, who doesn’t love a gorgeous guy in a kilt? (unless he has knobby knees, then it doesn’t matter how awesome he is, he needs to wear pants)

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  8. Aurore

    I had never heard about Donna either. So I’m looking forward to Heather’s review. Thank you for making me discover new authors. And thank you for the giveaway of course (I don’t have accounts on facebook or twitter).
    There are so many things I love about Highlander books: the heroes are always marvelous (handsome and protective and strong, and so on!), they have a cute accent, they live in such a romantic country…

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  9. aurian

    I love Highlanders! Big strong men in a kilt, and with a sword strapped on their back. What is not to love? Protective of their clan and their “lass”. Hmmm I am going to re-read some of those soon!

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