Friday 25 October 2019

Find out what inspired Historical Romance author ,Anna Campbell, to write her fabulous book — The Highlander’s Defiant Captive #ScottishRomance #Giveaway @AnnaCampbelloz

The Inspiration Behind
The Highlander’s Defiant Captive
By Anna Campbell

Hi Mary-Anne! Thanks so much for having me as your guest today on Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots. I love visiting your blog!

I’m here today to talk about my latest release, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, which came out on 27th September. It’s the fourth book in my bestselling Lairds Most Likely series, which started last year with The Laird’s Willful Lass.

This one was a bit of a surprise baby! Sometimes that happens when you’re writing. A story pops up out of the ether and insists you tell it. And what is a writer to do but follow the command?

In my original plan (original plans often go west, as you’ll know if you read last month’s post here on the joys of writing series), the book that was meant to follow The Highlander’s Lost Lady, Book 3 in the series, was The Highlander’s English Bride. THEB will now be released next year and what I’ve written instead is a story that’s a bit off-piste.

All my published stories have been set in the Regency period, basically the first quarter of the 19th century. The Highlander’s Defiant Captive reaches way back into the late 17th century when the Scottish Highlands were a wild and dangerous place.

The idea for the story came from a “getting to know you” conversation in Willful Lass when my hero Fergus Mackinnon is showing the heroine Marina Lucchetti around Achnasheen Castle, his home. In the picture gallery, he points out a portrait of a beautiful red-headed woman called Bonny Mhairi. He then tells Marina the family legend about a long ago Laird of Achnasheen kidnapping Mhairi from the enemy clan.

That was as far as this particular tale was meant to go. Until I started to wonder about Bonny Mhairi, snatched as part of an ongoing feud between the Mackinnons and the Drummonds. What sort of man could persuade a stalwart lassie to forsake a lifetime of clan prejudice and fall in love with him?

I’ve had enormous fun with Callum and Mhairi. From the first, I had a vivid picture of what they looked like and how they interacted. He’s big and brawny with a sly sense of humor – think Jason Momoa – whereas she’s a classic smart-mouthed historical romance heroine. I kept picturing gorgeous Maureen O’Hara who was strong enough to stand up to any man. One flash of those spectacular green eyes and the hero was toast.

That’s pretty much what happens to Callum when he steals Mhairi away from her father for political purposes and immediately finds himself under his captive’s spell. Mhairi, however, is far from enchanted, which makes sense given the kidnapping thing, and he has a battle on his hands to win her.

As you can probably tell, this is a swashbuckling tale of two strong characters clashing their way through to a happily ever after. Are you a fan of swashbucklers? I love them. They’ve got such verve and spirit and humour. A couple of my favourites are The Sea Hawk, the Tyrone Power version of The Mark of Zorro, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Either Leslie Howard or Anthony Andrews, I’m not fussy with that one!

The Highlander’s Defiant Captive
By Anna Campbell

Peace in the glens means war in the bedchamber!

Scotland. 1699. In a time of heroes, the greatest hero of all is Callum Mackinnon, Laird of Achnasheen. Brave, reckless, canny, and handsome enough to turn any lassie weak at the knees, Callum is a legend in the wild corner of the Highlands where he rules. Now the young laird is determined to choose a new path for his clan and end the violent feud with the Drummonds, a conflict that has painted the glens red with blood for centuries. This means taking Bonny Mhairi Drummond, the Rose of Bruard, as his wife. When negotiations with her pig-headed father break down, Callum seizes matters into his own hands and kidnaps the fairest maiden in Scotland, swearing to make her his own.

Bonny Mhairi is the adored only child of Clan Drummond’s doughty chieftain and she’s inherited all her father’s courage and stubbornness. Not to mention his undying hatred for anyone called Mackinnon. When the Mackinnon chieftain steals her away from her home and vows to woo her into accepting him as her husband, she swears that she’ll never consent to be his bride. But trapped inside her foe’s castle, Mhairi finds it hard to cling to old certainties. She detests her arrogant jailer, even as he sparks a fierce, forbidden hunger in her soul.

Loving the enemy…

As Callum and Mhairi wage their passionate war of hearts, danger, treachery and desire circle closer and closer. When her father’s army masses at the gates of Achnasheen, will Mhairi prove herself a Drummond now and forever? Or will new allegiances trump ancient hatred, as the desperate laird battles to win the lass he loves more than his life?


Do you have a favourite swashbuckling movie from the Golden Age? Anna is giving away a download copy of The Highlander’s Defiant Captive to help you buckle your swash today.

All you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post

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•Winners will be announced in the comments.

• Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Pick up your copy of
The Highlander’s Defiant Captive

Anna Campbell

ANNA CAMPBELL has written 10 award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in 22 languages. She has also written 23 bestselling independently published romances. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the Lairds Most Likely series which starts with The Laird’s Willful Lass (2018). When she’s not travelling the world seeking inspiration for her stories, she lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia.

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  1. Love how you came up with this. The side stories you didn't intend to write are always the most fascinating.

    1. Cryssa, they often have a special energy, don't they?

  2. Love the back story! And a picture of Eilean Donan!! Plus a chance to win! Thanks for the interview. Fun to read!

    1. Lisa, so glad you enjoyed it. You know I love Eilean Donan. The hero's castle Achnasheen is based on it which explains why I put in the picture!

  3. Love the back story. And a picture of Eilean Donan. ❤️Plus a chance to win! Thanks for the interview. Fun reading.

  4. Anna, I love the way characters have a way of telling on their own story. That's what I feel stories come out the best. Thank you so much for the giveaway. The supporters of already done so much for me I like you like a Scarlet Pimpernel. But I like so many such as the Man in the Iron Mask, the Musketeers, and so many more.

    1. Teresa, so agree about the characters taking control. I loved the Man in the Iron Mask. There's an old version with Richard Chamberlain and I liked the one in the 1990s with Leonardo di Caprio too.

  5. Scarlet Pimpernel! I actually just bought the A&E series on DVD

  6. Thanks so much to the people who swung by to comment. I'm delighted to announce the winner of THE HIGHLANDER'S DEFIANT CAPTIVE is Cryssa Bazos. Congratulations, Cryssa, and thanks to Mary Anne for having me as her guest.


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