Join Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle (Amber Quill Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in December on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!About the Author
A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar is the Associate Editor of Industry for Solander, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society, and writes the “Red Pencil” column where she profiles authors and compares a selection from their published historical novels with an early draft of that work. She also reviews for their journal, Historical Novels Review. She is the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a freelance editor, and a content editor for Pyrates Way magazine. She belongs to the Historical Novel Society, the Red River Branch of Clan Cameron, the Scottish Clans of North Texas, the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, and the National Maritime Historical Society.
Cindy’s love of Scotland has taken her to that country several times to do research and attend an international gathering of Clan Cameron on the chief’s estate in 2001. She also covered that gathering for the Scottish journal, Dalriada. In 2005 the Commissioner of Clan Cameron in North America invited her to the clan’s North American Rally, where he presented Cindy with the first Friend of Clan Cameron Award. She’s also served as the Co-membership Director and Secretary of the Red River Branch of the Clan Cameron Association North America.
Her two passions, pirates and Scotland, have led Cindy to share her knowledge with others through the workshops she conducts online and in-person. She is an instructor for several Romance Writers of America’s chapters. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com/), to learn more.The Interview
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
The Scottish Thistle weaves the history of the actual events that took place during the Rising of 1745 with the people of two specific Highland clans – the Camerons and the MacGregors – and the culture and folklore of the Scottish Highlands. The tale unfolds through the points of view of ordinary folk, rather than people of power and influence, and shows how important and how ingrained loyalty and honor were regardless of whether a person was a man or a woman.
You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?
I’d bring Trinity by Leon Uris. He’s one of my favorite authors and he’s brings to life the problems and complexities of Ireland’s Great Potato Famine and the Easter Rebellion of 1916. My ancestors came to America from Counties Mayo and Sligo in Ireland, so I love reading stories set in the Emerald Isle.
If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?
I may not always make the best choices, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I’ve tried to think of a day I would change, but can’t.
Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?
I’m older and probably a bit wiser, but the essence of who I am hasn’t changed. What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far? No matter how difficult a situation can be, God has a purpose for having me deal with it. And I believe He never gives me more than I can handle.
Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?
While I enjoyed twenty years as a school librarian, sometimes I wish I had chosen history or another career path. But back then, I wasn’t aware of all the choices I might have had. I just thought I’d be an educator.
What is your favorite past-time?
I love to read and do jigsaw puzzles.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I’d like to invite everyone to visit my website, Thistle and Pirates (http://www.cindyvallar.com), where you can see pictures of Thistle’s Scotland.
Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love.