Did you know that today is…

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Living here in Scotland, I grew up with all the classic fairy tales but some local to my home country, too. Here’s the link to a list of the Scottish Fairy Tales over at Electric Scotland.

The story that scared me the worst was about Sawney Bean. The story was scary enough but when I was a wee girl, my dad used to tell me he’d get Sawney Bean after me if I didn’t eat my sprouts. To this day, I can’t look them without thinking of that creepy story.

By Otter (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maiden Stone is one of the many Pictish standing stones here in Aberdeenshire. The local legend is that the daughter of a local laird was turned to stone when she bet a stranger she could bake a large amount of bread before he could build a road up to the top of Bennachie.

Well, the stranger turned out to be the Devil, and he won the bet. When she tried to escape, the Devil caught her right here on this spot and turned her to stone. The notch in the side of the stone is where he touched her shoulder.

Okay, being turned to stone by the Devil is scary but not nearly as bad as being eaten by Sawney Bean.

But if those stories aren’t quite to your liking, how about sticking with some of the Scottish myths and legends – stone circles, ley lines, sprinkled with a little romance and intrigue? If that’s more to your liking, then how about a great debut novel by Melanie Robertson-KingA Shadow in the Past featuring moi? A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-King Here’s what it’s about…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s novel from her publisher, 4RV Publishing through their online bookstore, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in Chapters and Cole’s in Canada.

What’s your favourite fairy tale?

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Romance and Intrigue for your Valentine…

Do you know what you’re getting for Valentine’s Day from your sweetheart yet?

heart chocolatesheart chocolates If you’re up for dropping hints to your boyfriend, then let me suggest Melanie Robertson-King’s novel, A Shadow in the Past.

 
It’s got romance, intrigue, suspense, and more! a shadow in the past cover 500x773

And just look at that fab cover! What isn’t there to love about it?

So what’s all the buzz about the book? Here’s the back cover blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Now if that isn’t enough to get you hooked… then read what people are saying about A Shadow in the Past:

I loved this Scottish time-slip novel. A great story expertly told.

Ms. Robertson-King has a gift for capturing dialogue that is familiar to today’s audience while remaining true to historical details that enrich her stories.

Great book and a very pro-active publisher!

A Shadow in the Past is a period drama/time travel combined with romance. The author’s research into life in Victorian Scotland, alongside her study of the horrors of being incarcerated in an asylum, is exceptional. The book is a must-read for me.

A Shadow of the Past brought a unique new voice to time travel.

A Shadow in the Past is an amazing story and the way author has described it, it’s really fantastic. When you read the book, you feel as if all this is happening right in front of you!

Fabulous book! A lovely adventure full of surprises!

Awesome book can’t wait for the sequel.

Awesome Book!

Fantastic book set in my home country. Well written and easy to follow and read.

Outlander for Young Adults.

And what a great story developed.

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!

A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

You can order A Shadow in the Past from the following:

4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/robertson-king.php

Amazon.ca, ChaptersIndigo, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.co.uk.

BOOK SIGNING AND GUEST BLOGGING

This is an exciting day for my creator, Melanie. In about an hour, she’ll be guest blogging at Savvy Authors talking about research. It should be good. When it comes to researching for her book(s), Melanie is fab. I’m not sure I would be so diligent.

Then this afternoon at 1:00 pm, she’ll be signing copies of A Shadow in the Past at her local independent book shop – Leeds County Books, 73 King Street West, Brockville, ON.

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingHere’s what folks are saying about Melanie’s debut novel…

I loved this Scottish time-slip novel. A great story expertly told.

Ms. Robertson-King has a gift for capturing dialogue that is familiar to today’s audience while remaining true to historical details that enrich her stories.

Great book and a very pro-active publisher!

A Shadow in the Past is a period drama/time travel combined with romance. The author’s research into life in Victorian Scotland, alongside her study of the horrors of being incarcerated in an asylum, is exceptional. The book is a must-read for me.

A Shadow of the Past brought a unique new voice to time travel.

A Shadow in the Past is an amazing story and the way author has described it, it’s really fantastic. When you read the book, you feel as if all this is happening right in front of you!

Fabulous book! A lovely adventure full of surprises!

Awesome book can’t wait for the sequel.

Awesome Book!

Fantastic book set in my home country. Well written and easy to follow and read.

And what a great story developed.

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!

A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

Doesn’t this make you just want to read it? And sequel? Wow! Even better. I have inside information on book 2 in the series but have been sworn to secrecy.

If you live close to Brockville, the sun is shining (yesterday’s horrendous snowstorm has passed), why not head down to the high street and get a copy of A Shadow in the Past.

And if you can’t get to Brockville, you can buy it from…

4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/robertson-king.php

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346607916&sr=1-1

ChaptersIndigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/A-Shadow-In-The-Past-Melanie-Robertson-king/9780983801887-item.html?ikwid=a+shadow+in+the+past&ikwsec=Home

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434406&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shadow-in-the-past-melanie-robertson-king/1112348992?ean=9780983801887

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Past-Melanie-Robertson-King/dp/0983801886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344434484&sr=1-1

I can tell you the title of book 2 but that’s it. You’ll have to let your imagination conjure up what’s going to happen. Are you ready? Book 2 is going to be… drum roll, please… Shadows from her Past! Isn’t that a fab title?