Friday, December 16, 2011

Fast Five with Historical Athor, BJ Scott!

Happy Friday, everyone!
As we fly closer to the holidays, there is still plenty of time for last minute gift buying. And what better gift then a book!

This week, I'm proud to introduce you to my friend BJ. Highland Legacy is her debut Historical Romance. Here's a little about BJ:

With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.

C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.

1. What did you do to celebrate when Highland Legacy came out?

Highland Legacy was released came on a Wed. Since it was a work day, I had to keep the celebration to a minimum, at least until I got home. My hubby had put a bottle of our favorite wine on chill and after toasting the book, it was back to the computer to answer emails, blogging and promoting. I think that part is harder and more work than the writing ;)

2. Do you have an idea for characters and build your plot around them or vice versa?

It varies with each story, but I usually develop a plot idea first and the characters evolve as the story is written.

3. What was the best advice you were given leading you to getting published?
Never give up your dream. Write where you can and when you can. Write about things you know and are passionate about. Rejection notices are a part of the road to publication. Use them as a learning tool to improve your work.

4. If you were going to cast your hero, Connor Fraser, what actor would get the

Since I don’t have much time for movies or TV as far as that goes, picking an Actor would be difficult. The cover model, Jimmy Thomas is exactly how I pictured Connor. Maybe Jimmy could use the roll to make his acting debut. I could picture Adrian Paul, the actor who played the highlander on TV in the role too.

5. Tell us a little about your WIP.

Faced with an abhorrent betrothal, Cailin Macmillan flees her father’s castle and quickly learns that a woman traveling alone in Medieval Scotland is an easy target for ruthless English soldiers. When Highland patriot Connor Fraser comes to her aid, his steadfast dedication to king and country is challenged by his overwhelming desire to protect Cailin—even if he must marry her to do so.

Accused of murdering one of her attackers and determined to rely on her own resourcefulness, Cailin dresses as a lad, intent on seeking refuge at the camp of Robert the Bruce. Can she elude an enemy from her past—a vindictive English lord bent on her utter demise—or will she fall prey to his carnal intent and be executed for a crime she did not commit?

Here's a taste of what you'll experience in Highland Legacy:

You can pick up your own copy of Highland Legacy at:

Please visit BJ at her website:


  1. Hi Angela,

    Thanks for having me on your blog. I look forward to hearing from your followers and answering any questions they might have.

  2. I love the idea of Jimmy moving into film. Longer stretches of time where we can see him in (or under) his kilt. ;)

    I love your book, BJ Scott, and I applaud the success of your first awesome novel!

    xo, Ann

  3. Thanks Ann
    You are too kind. It is supporters like you who make what we do worth while.

  4. Hey Doll, I can't believe you had to keep your release under wraps! I think I would have just about died. At my job, all the women know that I am a writer. They celebrated with me when I placed third recently in Celtic Hearts Novella contest.

    Kudos to you for having patience but then again, sometimes we have no other choice. ;-)

    BTW, does Jimmy know you want him to play Connor? LOL Has done a few commercials you know. I can always drool over his speaking voice. It is quite nice indeed!

    PS, LOVE the trailer! ;-)

  5. Hey Barb, loved, loved, loved Highland Legacy. Y'all can check out my review on Soulmate and Amazon. Great read. Best of luck with it, and your future books.

  6. Thanks for stopping in Lizzie.
    Keeping it low key was tough. I think the realization that the book was finally releases took a bit to sink in though. When I got home, we made up for it ;)

    Can't you just imagine Jimmy in the role. He would be perfect. I've seen a couple of his commercials and would love to see more of him ;)

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Callie,

    As always, your support is very much appreciated!

  8. Hey ladies, thanks for stopping by today. I love seeing new faces :-) Barb has sooo earned the following she's getting for HL. I look forward to getting to know each of you.

  9. Has everyone seen BJ's trailer? It's worth a look, or two, or three.

  10. Highland Legacy is a great book. And I love the question, "Who do you see playing this role?" It's always fun to see if the author's vision matches mine!

    Meggan Connors

  11. Thanks for stopping by Susan.

    Making the trailer was fun and I keep looking at it too, but mainly because Jimmy makes such a great Highland Hero

    Meggan, And who did you envision???Hmmm Gerard Buttler is my guess.

  12. I can't wait to read Highland Legacy, it's on the top of my TBR list :)

  13. Great interview, Barb! I thought Highland Legacy was very well-done. I haven't had a chance to post any reviews but I plan on doing that next week. I agree, Jimmy would make a wonderful Connor. Congrats on your release's success and I love the trailer!

    Your Soul Mate pal,

  14. Hi Barb
    The trailer for Highland Legacy was great.
    Hope you finish your next book soon. Your fans are waiting.

  15. Thanks Mandi

    Your book is on my TBR as well.

  16. Thanks for stopping by Char. I think votes are in Jimmy's favor LOL

    Glad you liked the trailer!

    All the best with your writing too!

  17. Kendra, you are sweet for stopping by. I am working on another Scottish historical right now and hope to have it finished early in the new year.

  18. Great interview B.J. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca ;)

  20. Hey BJ!! I'm loving your book :) I love my Scottish men.

  21. Hi BJ! I'm excited to hear your next book has more hot Scottish men! Great trailer. I love the photos! Fanning face now!

  22. Thanks Donna,
    Gotta love a man in a kilt!

  23. Mmmmmmmm, Jimmy! You have that right Cheryl.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Thanks for stopping in Casey. I love my photos too ;) drool bib needed for some.
    Working on my next book and hope to have it finished in Jan!

  25. Hey Barb,

    Okay, so you've only known me for a short time, but you know me so well, Barb... Of course Gerard Butler is in the running for Connor!

    Also, and you might think is bizarre, but Sean Connery from Darby O'Gill and the Little People would be a good Connor. Jimmy looks a little bit like him, I think (Only Sean never looked so good in leather pants, and I do have a thing for leather pants). ;)

  26. Wow! I am so happy to see Barb's fans dropping by this weekend. Yeah, I could see Sean Connery in Connor's role. Hmmm. HL is my reward for getting my end of year paper work finished up. So looking forward to it!

  27. you are too funny Meggan. Mind you leather pants are huge drawing card.
    Funny you should mention Sean Connery. The other night when I was going over Angela's questions my hubby mentioned Sean Connery. Mind you Connor is young(30ish) has dark hair. Mind you in his youth Sean would have been a good choice and a little hair dye goes a long way

  28. Hope you enjoy the book Angela.
    Thanks again for having me on your blog this weekend!

  29. I vote for Bradley Cooper as Connor! Would LOVE to see him in a kilt!

    Congrats on your successes! I am sure you will have many more in the future!

  30. Hi Barb,

    I think any of the actors from the Highlander TV series would be good. I do love shows where fantasy and reality merge.
    I'm sure your book will be a hit!

  31. I'm a new Soul Mate author, just got my cover Dec. 7th. Hummmm, I'd nominate my husband for the role, as he was when we first met. Tall, broad-shouldered, long brown hair with every other color mixed in, naturally, Scottish by descent and by actions. He's a bit older now but still handsome! Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter

  32. Hi Rose

    Good suggestion. Any good looking guy in a kilt is great!
    Thanks for stopping in

  33. Hi Dawn,

    While mine is not a combo of fantasy and reality, I agree those type of stories are great.

    Thanks for stopping in to say hello.

  34. Hi Sandy,
    You sound like you have quite a hunk on your hands...lucky girl. Does he wear a kilt for you??? mmmmmmm again, any good looking guy in a kilt gets my vote ;)

  35. Barb,

    You have no idea how proud I am of you and your novel.

    Highland Legacy is one of my favorite SMP novels for so many reasons. Cailin and Connor are destine lovers and I love how protective he is of her. And Connor's brothers will make me look for your next installment.

    I'm also glad to know you've also found your knight in shinning armor. All of us can us one of those. :-)

    Keep writing, Doll. I promise I'll be here waiting to read every last word.

  36. Awe, thanks Angeline. You made me cry. I am so glad you stopped by and good luck with the sequel to your book too.

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