Meet Laird Alec MacLean

O ur guest this month is Laird Alec MacLean of the Isle of Photo of Laird Alec MacLeanMull. He’s tall, broad-shouldered with pale blue eyes “the color of a cloudless sky on a cold winter day.” In other words, the pure embodiment of a Book-Bae if you ever met one! I’m are so excited to have him us today. Alec is the hero of Madeline Martin’s Enchantment of a Highlander.

1-Alec, I’m so happy to have you chatting with me today. I read somethings about you and I can tell you all my lady readers and I definitely want to get to know you better. Can you share a little about yourself with us?

I’m laird of the MacLean clan, returned from my travels to oversee the rebuilding of Duart Castle. My da was an arse who let everything fall apart around him, including the verra people who live there.

I’ve got a lad who travels with me named Duncan. The boy doesna have anyone else, so I keep him on, even if he talks enough to put the lasses to shame and somehow always manages to find himself in trouble.

2-At the beginning of your story, you’re returning to take control of your lands. Where were you before that?

Anywhere but home. Trust me, if ye knew the former laird, ye’d understand why. I fought as a hired sword, sometimes with friends, sometimes for my own reasons. It’s a good thing too, mind ye – the repairs of Duart Castle and restoration of the land and people will be a considerable fortune to put to rights.

3-You come home to a clan in misery and they don’t know you very well. What do you want your people to know about you?

I’m no’ my da. I dinna let myself touch drink like he did, and I dinna take my rage out on others. I want to make right all the wrongs of his lifetime. Even if they canna forgive my bloodline, I hope they’ll support me in my efforts for their benefit.

4-You seem like such a nice guy. Is there a part of you that’s not so nice? Who gets to see that?

I dinna talk about this generally. My da had a darkness to him. It made him drink and that drink led to hate and violence. I feel it on me, pressing into my mind, begging me to give in to the ugliness that pulled him down. Celia has seen it before. She dinna run from me, but be sure she certainly put me in my place! 

4-Laird, we are very interested about what you like in a woman. Quiet and submissive or outspoken and bold?

I always thought I liked a compliant lass who dinna want any attachments – that is until I met Celia. She’s a spitfire who is unpredictable at best and doesna suffer fools, even lairds. That said, I suppose I’ll have to go with outspoken and bold with a bonny face and a fine set of wide hips.

5-Word on the streets . . . err, the hill is that you have a thing for the witch, I mean healer. Tell us about Celia. We’ll try not to get jealous!

The world thinks she’s a witch. I can see why, if I’m being honest. The lass has the stars in her eyes and a white gold glow to her hair that puts the stars to shame. She’s the bonniest lass I’ve ever seen. And she works miracles unlike any I’ve ever laid eyes upon before. She doesna bleed her patients, or use leeches and other various methods I’ve seen. But with her hands, she manages to bring babes back from the dead and cure various other illnesses. The lass has an even hand for stitching too – barely a scar left. *pulls open his leine for all to see the narrow scar on his broad chest*

6- So, you probably don’t know this because of the 409 year difference and all, but one of my main guys is named Alec McLean. And you both are sexy, strong leaders, haunted by their fathers. And you both seem to like your women strong and in command. What advice can you give Alec McLean when dealing with his lady love, Carissa?

*chuckles* Dinna fight it, lad. She’s going to win ye over – it’s better if ye dinna struggle, aye?

7-What’s it like to wear a kilt and what do you do to keep warm in the cold highlands? Does the draft ever bother you?

Ach, it’s liberating. I dinna have leather chaffing my stones and clinging to me. The wool is made of the finest quality and bound with so tight a knit that when wet, it expands and keeps all the wind out. Ye’ve got this piece here *holds up a length thrown over his shoulder* that ye can wind around yer head when it rains or curl around yer shoulders when the cold bites. If the English had real men, they’d have adopted it by now too I’d wager.  

8-I know you’re busy but please, one last question. What do you think men in my century get wrong when trying to conquer a lady?

Skinny jeans. Just go with a kilt, lads.

Learn more about the Laird by reading Enchantment of a Highlander.

About the Madeline Martin

Photo of Author Madeline MartinMadeline Martin is a USA Today bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels with strong heroines and tons of high-action plot twists. 
She lives in sunny Florida with Mr. Awesome (a man who truly deserves such a great name) and two wonderfully magical girls, known collectively as ‘the minions’.
She enjoys working out (to support her love of Nutella and wine), traveling, and doing fun kid-like things with the minions.
In addition to working full time, writing, mothering and keeping everyone in the house alive, she also supports a FB addiction where you can not only read about all her daily antics (and see how addicted she really is to cat memes and videos), but you also might have an opportunity to win a free book from another author during her weekly Free Book Friday giveaway.
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Meet Miles Gardner

Miles, rebellious Billionaire from New England, is the star ofImage of Love Me Now by Cate Tayler  Cate Tayler’s novel, Love MeNow.  And we have him all to ourselves today!

JL: Miles, tell us a little bit about yourself

MG: If you ask some people, there isn’t much to tell. On the surface, I’m just your average playboy billionaire, a yes-man doing his parents’ bidding, never quite living up to his dead older brother’s ideal, drop-dead gorgeous and a rock star in bed. But the truth is more real and less glamorous. I’m a photographer, mostly landscapes and portraits. I run my gallery like a non-profit, using the proceeds to fund local art programs for underprivileged kids. I like Froot Loops, Cherry Coke, and cruising around my new hometown of Mystic Point, CT in my vintage A6 Frua Spyder, my girl at my side. But the rock star in bed thing… that’s 100% true.

JL: What do you like the most about yourself? The least?

MG: I think it’s easier to list all the things you don’t like about yourself: I can be smug and pretentious. I’m slow to warm up to people. Trust is a hard thing. Hell, it took me twenty-five years to finally realize my cousin Henry wasn’t the douche I thought he was. Now he’s like a brother to me. What do I like most about myself? How I am when I’m with Calista, my fiancee. She makes me a better man, a better human being.

JL: What are your views on sex?

MG: I used to think it was a means to an end. My end, particularly. I always made sure she was satisfied, even before I let myself get off, but it was more a point of pride than actually caring for the other person. I just wanted the release. But that was all just sex. Now I make love, to one woman, and it’s a damn religious experience.

JL: Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.

Until I met Calista, I never thought I’d fall in love. I didn’t want to fall in love. That’s one of those inconvenient emotions that just didn’t fit with my lifestyle. But then this sassy, sexy Greek goddess dropped into my life and turned it all upside down. At first she didn’t like me, but I won her over. Then I broke her heart. And then she broke mine. I could write an entire book about the ordeal!

JL: What does your ideal woman look like?

MG: She’s short — excuse me, petite — very curvy. Long, curly raven-black hair, eyes dark and glittery, like chocolate diamonds. Breasts to make you weep and an ass so lush and firm… Mmm-mmm. But that’s nothing compared to what her heart looks like. It’s big and soft, and it beats a rhythm that keeps mine in tune. 

JL: What do you look for in a potential lover?

MG: Someone docile and submissive, who loves to cater to my every — Ouch, Calista! <rubs shin> Let me rephrase that… someone who’s my equal in every way – intellectually, emotionally, sexually. I didn’t realize until I met my amazing fiancée how much more satisfying the passion and the sex are with a woman I respect, admire, and can have intelligent conversation with. Ability to bring knees to forehead is a bonus.  

JL:  What is your favorite sport? Team?

MG: Any sport. I once watched professional tag on some obscure Euro sports channel. But I’m a die-hard, blue-blooded Bruins and Pats fan. Calista says it’s the only thing she’d change about me, but what does she know? She roots for the Jets. Ouch!

JL: Most important question yet: boxers, briefs, or nothing?

MG: My fiancée says that’s for her to know and you to never find out, or she’ll have my balls.

You can learn all about Miles and his love Calista by reading Love Me Now. Available on March 23. You can also visit:  http://books.pronoun.com/love-me-now.

About the Cate Tayler

 Author Cate Tayler's imageCate Tayler is a beach baby, born and raised on the Connecticut coastline. She met the love of her life while serving in the US Air Force, and after extensive overseas travel, they are now raising their four children in the wild suburbs of Maryland.

When she’s not living her own happily ever after, she’s creating them in her small-town romances. Because the world always needs more happy endings!

In addition to writing, her passions include cooking, everything 80s, sappy Hallmark movies, Arrow (specifically, Stephen Amell’s abs), and the Miami Dolphins. You can connect with her at her website: http://www.catetayler.com.