Q and A with Victoria Roberts

I came across a book on Netgalley that I desperately wanted to read.  The title of the book is Kilts and Daggers.  It’s probably not hard to figure out why I wanted to read it!

Not only was I fortunate enough to get an ARC copy of the book to read and review, I was able to get to do a Q & A with the author Victoria Roberts!

Victoria Roberts' KILTS AND DAGGERS

Kilts and Daggers

By Victoria Roberts

My Highland Spy, Book 2

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Scottish Historical Romance

ISBN: 9781402292033

May 5, 2015

$7.99 Mass Market Paperback

About the Book

“This book begs to be read and reread.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars on My Highland Spy

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She’s counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray’s company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan’s grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect…and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

More praise for My Highland Spy:

“Beautiful! This book has it all.”—Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick

“One of the best… an outstanding Scottish romance.”—Romance Reviews, 5 Stars

“An exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love with a braw Highland hero and strong English heroine any reader will love.”—Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of Highland Master

 

Highland Spies series:

My Highland Spy (Book 1)

Kilts and Daggers (Book 2)

Plaids and Petticoats (Book 3)

I published my review to the blog a couple of weeks ago.  Check out why you should read this book here.  After I read the book, it was really easy to come up with some questions for Victoria!  Check out the Q & A!

  1. What research did you do to understand the Highland culture and hierarchy?

 

Thank you so much for having me today. I love the name of your blog.

All my novels thus far have taken place during the realm of King James I of England, early 1600s. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many hours I’ve spent poring over books, the internet, talking to clans and learning Gaelic. And I’m not done. This is an ongoing process. There is so much to learn and discover.

 

  1. Grace seemed lost at times in the story (not sure about her engagement, wanting to be a spy, hating the highlands), what was it like to write her character?

 

I love Grace. She’s spirited. I enjoy writing characters who don’t even know they’re a danger to themselves. Grace believed marrying another member of the aristocracy was what she was “supposed” to do in life, but she surprised herself when she decided she wanted to be a spy. In a way, she’s very naïve in the ways of the world. Being headstrong doesn’t help matters. Grace is lost at times, especially when she starts to develop feelings toward a man who’s her sworn enemy. She must decide if she’s going to follow her heart or adhere to the rules of society. That’s a tough decision for her and gets her into a lot of trouble along the way. There were endless possibilities when I was writing Grace’s character because she had such a dynamic personality.

  1. You write alpha males very well, what inspiration did you draw on for the character Fagan?

 

Thank you so much.

Very rarely do I use one subject for inspiration. Fagan’s qualities were a mixture of several men from my own personal heroes, book, movie, TV characters, etc.

  1. What is your writing process?  Go with the flow or a tight outline?

I never outline. Before I begin a manuscript, I know the first and last sentence and have a high-level idea of the story. That’s it, and then I go! Most of the time my muse cooperates and I just let her go wherever she wants to lead me.

  1. The cover of the book is so beautiful!  Can you describe the process to create a beautiful image that captures the heart of the story?

 kiltsanddaggers

I have indeed been blessed by the cover gods for this series. Jon Paul Ferrara has done the artwork for My Highland Spy and Kilts and Daggers.

The cover process is that my publisher asks me for settings, timeframes and character descriptions for the book. If I have any ideas in mind for the cover, I let them know that too. That information is relayed to a cover artist. Fortunately for me, that person was the amazing Jon Paul. I’m completely out of the loop until the product is created, and then I’m presented with the cover and asked, “What do you think?” I’ve never once dreaded one of my covers. *smiles*

Excerpt from KILTS AND DAGGERS by Victoria Roberts

“Mister Murray, I don’t feel at ease discussing these subjects with you.”

“Then call me Fagan. Mister Murray was my father’s name anyway.”

Grace looked around and then softened her voice. “Now is that truly appropriate?”

“I told ye before. Ye’re a long way from England, lass. Lest ye forget, ye’re in the Highlands now. We do things differently here.”

She lifted a brow. “How could I forget?”

“Ruairi said ye’ll be staying with us for a few weeks. More to the point, I already call Ruairi’s wife Ravenna.” He turned up his smile a notch. “Ye and I are practically like family. Ye will call me Fagan, and I will call ye Grace, or I could always call ye bhana-phrionnsa. I’ll be kind enough to give ye a choice.”

“Ravenna may permit you to call her by her Christian name, but I certainly do not, Mister Murray. Although you do make me laugh, I’m afraid you and I are far from family.”

***

When Grace’s eyes smoldered, Fagan knew he shouldn’t get too close to the flame for fear of getting burned. There was still enough time to take his leave. Otherwise, he’d be verbally sparring with a lass in the middle of the great hall. Ruairi would no doubt have his head for causing mischief with his kin so soon after the wedding.

Fagan slapped both hands on the table and casually stood. Instinctively, he took another step back in case the lass suddenly had a strong urge to reach across the table and throttle him—or worse. Nevertheless, once she heard what he was about to say, the table wouldn’t provide enough space between them.

“Verra well then. I think bhana-phrionnsa suits ye quite nicely.” When Grace’s cheeks turned scarlet, Fagan smiled. “Donna say I didnae warn ye. Remember I did give ye a choice.” He winked at her and then turned on his heel.

“Wait!”

He had a hard time trying to mask his smile. He turned around slowly and lifted a brow. “Aye?”

Grace flew to her feet, walked around the table, and closed the distance between them. She lifted her head, and by the way she was unsteady on her feet, he swore the daft lass was standing on the tips of her toes in a futile attempt to look him level in the eye.

“England and Scotland have been warring for centuries, Mister Murray, yet somehow Scotland has never won.” Lifting her skirts, she brushed his arm with her shoulder and took a few steps away from him.

That was until he called after her and stopped her dead in her tracks. “Cuine a chì mi a-ris thu, Grace?” When will I see you again? He made certain he said the words as though he spoke to his lover, which obviously had the desired effect because her whole body stiffened, and then she left him without a backward glance. Fagan’s mood was suddenly buoyant. He wasn’t exactly sure why he loved to unnerve Princess Grace, but he had one hell of a time doing it.

Buy the Book

MY HIGHLAND SPY (Book 1)

Amazon | Apple | B&N | BAM | !ndigo | IndieBound | Kobo

 

KILTS AND DAGGERS (Book 2)

Amazon | Apple | B&N | BAM | !ndigo | IndieBound

About the Author

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, award-winning Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania.

Connect with Victoria Roberts

Website – www.VictoriaRobertsAuthor.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/victoria.roberts.395

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763317.Victoria_Roberts

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3 thoughts on “Q and A with Victoria Roberts”

  1. Reblogged this on BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN and commented:
    Here is an amazing author, Victoria Roberts chatting with kiltsandswords about her Highland Spies series. I’ve read the first of the series, but haven’t caught the second. In addition, this is a wonderful blog to follow if you aren’t already.

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