Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Anna Durand and her story Dangerous in a Kilt!
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Anna Durand is an award-winning romance writer specializing in steamy romances populated with spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Her romances have to date won eight awards and her novel Intuition was a 2016 RONE Award nominee, while her short story Tempted by a Kiss was a finalist in The Romance Reviews 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Anna also maintains a blog, Spunk & Hunks, where she writes her own articles and reviews romance books, as well as hosting wonderful guest authors.
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I asked Anna Durand, “How did you get your start in writing and what fuels you to continue?” and here is the response.
I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my teen years that I started putting those ideas on paper. For almost a decade after that, I wrote and threw out a few bad novels, experimented with songwriting (wrote over a hundred), and eventually settled on books as my preferred medium for creative expression. I became a published author in 2003, under my real name, and my first romance written as Anna Durand was released in 2013. Since then, I’ve focused almost exclusively on romance writing.
What keeps me writing is that pesky part of my brain that just refuses to stop coming up with story ideas. I make notes on every idea, but most will probably never make it into print. I think I’d need ten lifetimes to write them all! Feedback from readers also encourages me, as do the awards I’ve won for my romance writing (fast approaching a dozen).
Most all, I keep writing for my dad, who passed away in February 2016. My dad was a writer himself and always encouraged me to keep writing. Whenever I won an award, he’d smile and say, “Hey-hey! All right.”
Writing is in my blood and in my heart.
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Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night of sizzling sex, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can’t resist his offer to enjoy one month of sex and companionship with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?
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“Let me buy you a drink.” He gestured to the bartender. “In the name of neighborliness and all.”
Neighborliness? A totally nutso part of me, “buckled” on hormones, urged me to forget any and all flaws this hot Scot might reveal. Take a risk. I’d already enacted that part of the mantra, by asking out a guy I met online. Next, I needed to engage in an adventure, aka one night of mind-blowing sex as a send-off before my freedom was snatched away from me. Part three urged me to be wild whenever the opportunity arose.
And arise it had. In the form of one tantalizing man in a kilt.
Danger, danger, a warning siren screamed in my brain. I smashed the blasted thing to shreds. It was a remnant of the old me, the boring, organized accountant who never had any real fun.
Cliff picked up my half-empty glass and swished the liquid inside. He scrunched his nose in mock disgust. “Brandy? That’s a bairn’s drink.” He deposited the glass on the bar. “You’re in a club. Have a real drink with me.”
Be wild. I leaned against the bar, shoulders rolled back, and flicked my hair. “Sure. What did you have in mind?”
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Anna Durand will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to Win! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Anna Durand, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤