Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Next Big Thing!

The Next Big Thing! ‘Dancing for the Devil’

I have been tagged by Addison James to do the Next Big Thing Blog Tour. Check out Addison James’ blog here and her own answers to the questions:

Here are her ten questions about my current WIP.

1. What is the working title of your book?
Dancing for the Devil

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to continue writing about some of the characters of my historical romance, ‘The Lion’s Embrace’, which will be published in February 2013 by MuseitUp Publishing. I particularly wanted to explore the character of Rose Saintclair but wasn’t too sure of the storyline until I saw pictures of the far North of Scotland, and Cape Wrath in particular. I just knew then the Northern Highlands had to be the location of the story. What a great name Cape Wrath is, don’t you think?

3. What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a historical romance with a hint of paranormal.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I was actually stuck on that question for a while. I had a very clear picture of my hero, Bruce Hunter, in my head but couldn’t think of any actor for him…until I saw a picture of Anson Mount in the western series ‘Hell on Wheels’. I almost cried aloud ‘That’s him!’  I can't resist posting a photo of him here.

As for Rose Saintclair, I think Scarlett Johansson would be perfect.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A new bride travelling to McRae country in the far North of Scotland, Rose is taken hostage by Bruce Hunter, the dark laird of Wrath Lodge and her husband’s mortal enemy. Will she risk her marriage, her honour and her heart to help Bruce discover the truth about his past, solve the brutal murders committed on his land and mend his broken soul?   (Sorry, that’s two sentences!)

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am hoping that it will be published by my current publisher but I haven’t submitted yet.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am still writing it! I hope to complete the first draft for the New Year. What I really long for are a couple of weeks at home, with no work, no distractions and plenty of quiet, to immerse myself in the story. 

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I find it impossible to answer this kind of question, so I won’t even try!

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Pictures and music of the Scottish Highlands, and a very insistent voice in my head that keeps telling me to get the story written. 

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
At random: ‘Dancing for the Devil’ is a tale about love, passion and forgiveness; about ancestral clan feuds and the lost French gold of the Jacobites; about treason, revenge and bloodlines, about the magic of the Northern Lights and love that lives on throughout time. 

Thank you very much Addison for your questions about ‘Dancing for the Devil’.


  1. The lights were beautiful and the info on your story was intriguing, Marie. It's a book I am adding to my Christmas wish list.

  2. Thank you very much for visiting Mary, and for your comment. Well, I must finish writing the book first!