Tuesday 12 March 2019

#HistoricalRomance author, Lisa Dawn Wadler, is sharing the inspiration behind her fabulous book — The Draig’s Choice #timetravel #Scotland

Historical Romance author, Lisa Dawn Wadler, is sharing the inspiration behind her fabulous book — 
The Draig’s Choice.

The Draig’s Choice is the fourth book in the Draig series. While each novel stands alone, they are all connected via clan lore and customs. Each novel contains a heroine able to take care of herself, martial arts capabilities will always be present to shake up preconceived notions in the dark ages/medieval age of Scotland. My personal background in martial arts is always part of my inspiration. Time travel romance allows modern capabilities to meet swoon-worthy lairds of the past.

Clan lore was the heart of the inspiration. In The Draig’s Wife, Laird Declan has to marry or forfeit his lands, title and wealth. The edict, which had been handed down through multiple generations, had been commanded by Robert the Bruce. While the clan had always assumed the edict to be a jest or odd compliment to Declan’s great-grandparents, it drove the hero and heroine into a rushed marriage to save the clan from – well, I’ll let you read that one for yourself.

The task with The Draig’s Choice began with what drove Robert the Bruce to even command the clan with such a seemingly trivial edict. The question became “what type of love moves kings?”.  If contained within a romance novel, we know the road isn’t easy, that obstacles and challenges will threaten the would-be couple. Sarah and Conall were challenged from the moment they met even while drawn to the other with the overwhelming certainty they belong together.

Spoiler: they get together, that’s the point of romance. Sarah and Conall’s courtship spanned only days. The rapid-paced love story left plenty of space to question the repercussions of hasty love. As individuals they didn’t truly know each other, what drove each of them, their individual hopes and dreams, much less having a mutual goal for tomorrow. So, I challenged their love and made them work for it. In my opinion this made them a stronger couple.

Then they had to face Robert the Bruce. Full apologies to the late ruler, I made him the nemesis. I’m sure he was a lovely human being in life and only fought battles on the side of righteousness.

The Draig’s Choice had one other form of inspiration that came from a place of author/personal insecurity. Another of the Draig Series had a reviewer comment that she hadn’t believed the time travel and that the heroine adjusted too easily to being trapped in the past. First, if you’re going to read fictional time travel romance, you have to believe in the impossible or at least the improbable. To the best of my knowledge, time travel still doesn’t exist.

The first draft had Sarah lost in her denial and disbelief on the time travel. Her whining went on for over one-hundred pages. When I realized I wrote for someone who would never read another of my books, I hit delete and started over. I went back to my writing the type of story I want to read. Yet the influence remained. Sarah’s being a psychologist likely came from that erased version. Her walk through the five stages of grief allowed me to feel as if she’d struggled and learned to move forward.
Take a quiet afternoon or evening and travel through time with me. Suspend reality for a few hours. Fall madly in love and fight for your passionate future. Love conquers all, even Robert the Bruce.

The Draig’s Choice

Fate and love defy a king.

Sarah leaps through a doorway to save her dog, never intending to change her life. Landing in 14th century Scotland has her facing life without her family, lost in time, and face to face with the most incredible Highlander, who shoots her in the arse with an arrow. Her skills as a psychologist and martial arts black belt become necessary to her survival and allows her to aid the warrior who captures her heart despite his being ordered to marry another. Life as a time-traveler hasn’t turned out as dreamily as a romance novel. Fate has a nasty sense of humor.

Laird Conall of the Draig clan has heard the legends of travelers from the mythical land of Arizona his entire life. Commanded to marry another, he longs for Sarah, fantasizing that she has come for him. Time is short on his ancestral lands. Robert the Bruce waits for his sword arm to rejoin the fight. Fate and Sarah change the course of his life, much to his delight. 

A love worthy of clan legends faces the ultimate challenge when the Bruce demands it must end. 

A stand-alone novel.

Lisa Dawn Wadler

Lisa began writing after reading yet another romance novel where the heroine needed a man to rescue her from physical harm. While a firm believer in the strong alpha-male hero in any story, she wondered what would happen if that hero met a woman who was able to take care of herself physically. Using her several years of Tae Kwon Do training and mixing in time travel, her multi-award winning debut novel, The Draig’s Woman was born.

Lisa lives in the Chicago suburbs and is married to her high school sweetheart. They have two children and one very spoiled dog.

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