Thursday, 23 January 2014

Burns Night giveaway extravaganza!

Robert Burns
It's Burns Night tomorrow, a Scots holiday that celebrates the life of the poet Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759.

My father's Scots and I grew up near Loch Lomond, so Burns is a bit special to me. Most people know him for writing "Auld Lang Syne" but for me his two best poems are Tam o'Shanter, the story of a drunk who stumbles onto a witches coven one dark night, and Ode to a Wee Mousie, that starts:

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murdering pattle.
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!

For the rest of it, click on this link.

To celebrate our national poet, there's a Rafflecopter with prizes that includes my book, Blackmail Bride.  The link's below.

If you don't win, or you don't like Rafflecopters, I'm offering a 50% discount on Blackmail Bride, a modern story set in the Loch Lomond area.

I'm afraid the men in my book don't wear kilts, nor do they go about saying things like, "Hoots mon" as my family and friends don't speak that way unless they're acting up for tourists.

However, there's a love story, as well as a mystery to solve and a properly evil bad man.

Here's the blurb:
Stalked by her abusive ex-husband, Lucy Grant is desperate for a protector. Lucy aims for the one man who is tough enough for the job, ex-convict Jack Welsh.

Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, Jack Welsh is convinced Lucy’s ex set him up. Jack will do anything to clear his name - even if it means marrying Lucy.
A story of love and redemption with fully depicted love scenes. 

To get the 50% discount, visit Blackmail Bride: An Erotic Romance In Scotland at Smashwords and use Coupon Code: HT47L at checkout to get the promotional price of $1.50.  Coupon expires: February 14, 2014. The book is also available on Amazon US and Amazon UK but I can't offer a discount there.

For more goodies, prizes and Burns fun, take part in the blog hop.

Enjoy your Burns Night!  I'll be raising a glass soon and wishing you the traditional Glasgow toast: Here's tae us. Wha's like us. Damn few, And they're a' deid. Mair's the pity! 

Rafflecopter giveaway

1.Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains9.Inner Goddess17.Nina Mason
2.Samantha Holt10.Hunter S. Jones18.Kate Robbins
3.A Dirty Book Affair11.Christina Phillips19.Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4.Anne Conley12.Andrea Bellmont20.Sarah Bella
5.Em Taylor13.Isobelle Cate21.Joanne Wadsworth
6.Kirsten S. Blacketer14.Storm Chase22.Anne Stenhouse
7.Willa Blair15.Ceci Giltenan

8.Nicole Hurley- Moore16.Tarah Scott


  1. Thanks for taking part in the hop, Storm!

  2. here's to lifting my dram up to Burns inspiration.

  3. Gotta love a country that celebrates the birth of a poet!
    capefearlibn at gmail dot com

  4. I did enjoy the Ode to a Wee Mousie! Thanks for sharing :-) Happy Burns Night!

  5. Blackmail Bride is Awesome!!!

  6. Thanks for your participation in the tour, Storm, and thanks for your post. I went on Smashwords and used the coupon code to get Blackmail Bride, but it said "invalid or expired." But I put it on my wishlift on Amazon and hope to get it soon! Thanks again.

  7. Hi Janice,

    How strange because I just tried it and it works fine!

    Can you try again?


  8. OK, so I thought the giveaway was part of the big Rafflecopter: turns out the mention wasn't linked to an actual prize award. So everyone who commented above this will get a free copy of Blackmail Bride and next time I'll read the rules of play more closely.


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