Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Meet Madelyn Hill and her Scottish Historical Romance Highland Hope # Giveaway

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:00:00 AM with 5 comments
Please welcome Madelyn Hill whose new historical romance is now available. Highland Hope is the first book in her Wild Thistle Trilogy and Madelyn is doing a giveaway. Read on, my friends.
“Remember, lasses. Through Hope, Faith, and Honor, ye can rule,” were the last words Lady Hope MacAlister’s father spoke before dying. Those very words direct her every action and thought. Sword fighting and leading the men of her clan was second nature to Hope and she has little time for herself or any thoughts of love. Until Aidan MacKerry is captured spying on the clan. 

She is beautiful, strong, and quick to pull a sword. But when he kisses her, all thoughts of the lairdship Aidan MacKerry seeks flee his mind. When the enemy continues to undermine Hope, Aidan is determined to aid her—only he didn’t think he’d lose his heart to the Laird of Wild Thistle Keep. When the enemy reveals Aidan’s secret, he must fight for his right to be laird and prove, despite their differences, he loves Hope. 

The enemy refuses to back down and continues to threaten not only Hope, but the security of the entire clan. Only together will they be able to save the clan and save their love.


Madelyn, please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an outgoing person who loves to talk and laugh. My husband and I like to cook, workout, and go to the movie theater. I have three children who are nearing adulthood and it is making me crazy as more gray hair pops out!

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
I had hesitated to submit my first novel Wolf’s Castle. I’m not sure why, but when my critique partner, author Misty Simon gently urged me (as in-just do it!) I submitted to Soul Mate Publishing. I was very excited and my family took me out to Hibachi, which is one of my favorite restaurants.

If it isn’t too nosy. How about the first time you kissed your true love?
Hmmm, it was love at first sight and the kiss sealed the deal! Once we kissed, we saw each other everyday.

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?
I love anything Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I’d say Jane Erye is my all-time favorite characters. One of my favorite YA historical authors is Elizabeth George Speare and her novel The Witch of Blackbird Pond with the heroine Kit.

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
When my novel Wolf’s Castle made it to #1 in the Historical Romance category on Amazon. That is an awesome moment!

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I love to cook. My husband and I watch a lot of Food Network and then run to the grocery store to make the recipe we just watched. I cook everything and love, love, love to bake.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
I write every day. Even if it is just a few sentences, I write. But, there are times when I struggle to get the words out. At these times, I do research and hope something inspires me. IF that doesn’t work, I re-read my characters GMC and that usually gets me going.

Got a recipe you want to share?
There are too many recipes, but this is one that I make often and my family loves it.

Chicken Pot Pie

Crust
1  box of already made pie crust such as Pillsbury®  pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup Frozen peas thawed
1 cup sliced fresh carrots
½ cup of sliced celery
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie, using 9-inch glass pie plate. I poke holes all over the bottom crust with a fork to ensure even cooking and a nice crisp crust.
  2. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened. 
  3. I take the carrots and celery and put them in the microwave with water to pre-cook a bit. Otherwise, they are too al dente.
  4. Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables. Remove from heat. Spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust. Be creative or as rustic as you wish with the crust design.
  5. For a lovely brown crust, mix the egg and 1/2 cup of milk and brush over crust before baking.
  6. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover edge of crust with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Sounds delicious. Chicken Pot Pie is on of my favorite comfort foods. Brings back childhood with a bang. Speaking ofThanksgivingg, I bet this is good with turkey too.
 Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Read everything, even non-fiction. Sometimes I even read the newspaper because there may be a story that inspires.

What genre or genres do you write?
I am working on a YA series and I’ve dabbled in Contemporary similar to Harlequin Presents

Tell us about Highland Hope, Book 1 Wild Thistle Trilogy (buy link: 
Highland Hope is book 1 in a series about three sisters who are strong, independent, yet tied to each other after the death of their father. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1700s, Highland Hope features Hope the eldest of the MacAlister sisters. She’s the laird of the clan and sometimes forgets she needs to let others help her, especially the hero Aidan who has come to take away her lairdship.  

What’s your current WIP?
I am currently working on Highland Honor, Book 3 of the Wild Thistle Trilogy. Honor is the youngest sister, a healer, who at first seems to be shy, but there is an undeniable strength to her character.

And finally, where can we find  you? 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMaddyHill
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madelyn.hill.94
Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/bPejTD

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2919194.Madelyn_Hill
Madelyn, Thank you for being here. Madelyn is giving away one copy of Highland Hope. Enter below. Happy reading. And Happy Thanksgiving holidays to you. I am so grateful to you for reading my blog.
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5 comments :

  1. Lovely post ladies! I love the premise of three sisters and adore their names. Best wishes.

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  2. Excellent post! Your chicken pot pie recipe sounds delicious. Best of luck with sales :)

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! It is a family favorite recipe!

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  3. Congrats on a great interview! Your recipe and your book both sound delicious.

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