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Sabrina York: It Ain’t Easy Writing Hot Highlanders
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

I’ve spent the last year living in a Highland romance, writing the Untamed Highlander series for St. Martin’s Press, creating my wounded Waterloo warrior in Tarnished Honor and entertaining myself with the Dundragon Time Travel Trilogy. I fell in love with the characters, the settings and the mood of the work.

But I’ll be honest. It ain’t easy writing scorching Highland romances with big, brawny, savage heroes. Here are some of the challenges I faced in the past year.

But no worries, my darling reader. I am more than happy to take the bullet and suffer these trials. Just remember, I do it all for you!

The Top Ten Challenges of Writing Hot Highlanders

#10  Incessantly flipping through pictures of thousands of gorgeous, hunky men in kilts looking for exactly the right inspiration
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#9 Taste tasting Scottish shortbread. You know. You make sure I “get it.”
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#8 Watching an endless loop of The Highlander to make sure I get the accent (and the swordplay) right
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#7 Picking a time period in the Scottish history where my beloved characters have a chance of living happily ever after post-story
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#6 Deciding how much dialog to “Scotify” so people get the flavor but don’t have trouble understanding what the characters are saying.
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#5 Trying to find a location that is more than desolate sea coast and moors
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#4  Keep getting stalled on the sex scenes. (Needs more editing, or at least to be read again!)
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#3 My heroes declare their undying love for me, causing an awkward situation with my heroines…
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#2 Plotline inexplicably veers off into a Gothic Novel with Ghosts and dour Lairds
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#1 I keep getting distracted by my hero’s hotness
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I’ve loved writing these books so much, I am even planning a visit to Scotland this fall. I’d love to hear your suggestions on things I should see and do (but be gentle. It’s my first time!)

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LOVE HIGHLAND ROMANCE?

Pre order your copy of Hannah and the Highlander (releasing September 1st) FINALLY!

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First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees…

Scotland 1813:

Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her-body and soul…in Hannah and the Highlander.

PREORDER NOW: http://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Highlander-Untamed-Highlanders-Sabrina/dp/1250069696/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Susana and the Scot is coming in December!

A SCANDALOUS TEMPTATION
Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he’s ever met…

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION
With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farm girl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option…

PREORDER NOW:  http://www.amazon.com/Susana-Scot-Untamed-Highlanders-Sabrina-ebook/dp/B00Z65S84O/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Check out the Dundragon Time Travel Trilogy!

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LAIRD OF HER HEART
Book 1 in the Dundragon Time Travel Trilogy
By Sabrina York

When Maggie Spencer is mysteriously transported to the Scotland of her ancestors, she is stunned to come face to face with him. Dominic Dundragon, the man she’s been half in love with her whole life. A man who’s been dead for 700 years.

They both have enemies aplenty. Will she have a chance to win his love, or will this adventure end in disaster?

GET IT NOW! http://www.amazon.com/Laird-Heart-Dundragon-Travel-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B012EP0NT6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Happy reading my darling!
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About Sabrina York

sySabrina_head_logoHer Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance.  Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/free-teaser-books/ Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up: http://eepurl.com/bj8tKb.

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7 comments to “Sabrina York: It Ain’t Easy Writing Hot Highlanders”

  1. Pansy Petal
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      · September 2nd, 2015 at 10:52 am · Link

    Sabrina, thank you for taking this bullet for us. But, please know, I would be more than happy to share some of the burden for you. 😀



  2. Sabrina York
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      · September 2nd, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Delilah! Thank you so much for sharing! This was a blast to write!! 😉



  3. Sabrina York
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      · September 2nd, 2015 at 1:46 pm · Link

    😀 Pansy!!!!



  4. Crystal
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      · September 2nd, 2015 at 5:45 pm · Link

    LOL it’s a tough job but someone needed to do it 🙂 Speaking personally I’m sure glad you did! Hannah and the Highlander is AWESOME!



  5. Sabrina York
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      · September 2nd, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    <3 thank you Crystal!!!!



  6. Debbie Watson
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      · September 3rd, 2015 at 8:16 am · Link

    Loved Hannah and the Highlander and Laird of Her Heart! Can’t wait for Susana and the Scot!!



  7. Sabrina York
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      · September 3rd, 2015 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Thank you Debbie my darling!

    😆