Pleasure Me With Monica McCarty

>I first met Monica online in 2005 when we were both finalists in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers. Since then she’s had fabulous success with her writing. A New York Times bestselling author, Monica’s sexy highlanders are a hit with romance readers. Please help me pipe in Monica and her wonderful Scottish heroes for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Dream DestinationsOne of the questions I’m most asked by people who don’t read romance is why Scotland. You mean aside from the rich history, the strong, resilient men (gotta love those sexy, strapping lads in plaid!), the beautiful countryside, and the dramatic seascapes?

LOL . . . kind of.

In Scottish romance, the setting can take on such a big role that it almost becomes another character. It’s the romance of the land itself—those rocky, windswept cliffs, the heathery moors, and the magnificent castles—that draws many readers. It’s also one of the things that draws me as a writer. Every day when I sit down at my desk to write, I get to be swept away—in my imagination at least—to a dream destination.

I’d already become interested in the history of Scotland when I had an opportunity to visit on my first trip to Europe in the early 90s. I fell in love. But it wasn’t until after I finished my first book (HIGHLANDER UNTAMED), and my parents took me on a trip to the Isle of Skye, that the Scottish travel bug bit.

One of the best perks about being a writer is now I have an excuse to visit the places that I write about. You can learn a lot from books, and the internet is an amazing tool for “seeing” places and terrain, but there’s just something about actually being there, seeing it for myself, and absorbing the place that really makes everything come alive.

I’ve tried to bring this experience to readers as well by having “picture book” versions of some of the places in my novels available in the “special features” section of my website [link:]. I haven’t been able to visit everywhere, but I’ve come pretty close. One of the biggest gaps in my book itineraries is the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland (featured in THE HAWK), but it’s definitely on my “to do” list. 

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Chosen to help Robert the Bruce in his quest to free Scotland from English rule and claim his crown, the legendary team of warriors known as the Highland Guard battles on.

Embedded deep behind enemy lines, Arthur “Ranger” Campbell is prized for his razor sharp senses and ability to blend into the shadows. But when Arthur infiltrates the clan of the chieftain who murdered his father, his heart is locked on revenge. Inside he faces unexpected resistance from the sweetest of obstacles—a honey-haired siren who is his enemy’s daughter.

Intrigued by this ruggedly handsome newcomer to her father’s forces, the vivacious, enchanting Anna MacDougall is a woman whose skill at uncovering deception rivals Arthur’s own. Though yearning for a quiet life with a good man to love, Anna is drawn to this mysterious knight whose eyes devour her but whose words push her away. But as danger, treachery, and the threat of looming war draw them closer into each other’s arms, a warrior made of steel must make a choice from the heart: love or revenge.

I’ve been to Scotland quite a few times now, and I never seem to get tired of it. For a small country (roughly the size of South Carolina), there’s an endless amount of things to do and see. My favorite places so far? I loved the Trossachs and Argyll, but the Western Isles are hard to beat. I’ve probably visited about fifteen of them, with St. Kilda, Iona, Skye, Islay and Arran being my favorites. Since there are over one hundred and sixty Scottish isles, I have quite a ways to go before I visit them all.

What I’ve fallen in love with the most are the dramatic seascapes: waves crashing against towering cliffs and castles poised on what seems to be the edge of the world. For pure drama of scenery, I’ve heard that Iceland, Norway and Sweden are magnificent, putting them high on my list of “places I’d like to see before I die.” But when I read about the Faroe Islands [link:], I knew I’d found my next dream destination.

Wish I could find an excuse to go. Vikings anyone?

How about you . . . what is your dream destination? If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? (It doesn’t have to be international. I’ve been fortunate to see quite a bit of the U.S., and there are some gorgeous places right in our own backyard!).

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About the Author

Monica McCarty is the bestselling author of the MacLeod trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained), the Campbell trilogy (Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw, Highland Scoundrel), and the new Highland Guard series (The Chief, The Hawk, The Ranger).  Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School.  After a short, but enjoyable, stint practicing law, she realized that mixing a legal career with her husband’s transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven.  So she “traded” in her legal briefs for Scottish Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes.  When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

56 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Monica McCarty

  1. >Hi Monica! Love your post, and as we all know, I love your books 🙂

    I'd love to go to Scotland and from going through all the photos on your blog, I can honestly say I'd like to go everywhere you went. beautiful country.

  2. >Once again, a wonderful blog by a talented woman. If i could choose anywhere in the world to visit, live, or study, it would be Ireland. There is so much history and culture in that part of the world. My 2nd novel (unpublished) takes place on a tiny farm in the North. I fell in love with every detail, every aspect of the island. From the green covered hills, to the mist, even to the rainy days that plague the people.
    Everyone is drawn to that one place they call home. Unfortunately, mine is a whole ocean away!
    South Carolina

  3. >Hi Monica M.,

    It's very ironic that I was just at Wal-Mart and I picked up The Ranger. I held it for a long time debating if I wanted to buy it since it is book 3 in an ongoing series. Ultimately, I put it back but once home I began to research your site. Then, low and behold, you are the guest author on Monica Burns' website today! It must be fate that I read you! 🙂 Between you and me, I already have every intention of reading your Highland Guard series but after having reviewed the other two on your website, and through my Nook, I definitely have more downloading to do!!! So, here's looking forward to what I am sure is going to be several new fabulous series in my life.

    Oh, and to answer your question, if I could go anywhere in the world it would be Ireland followed closely by Scotland. Asides from great reading material, it is my family heritage and I would like to experience it for myself.

    All my best to you in your future endeavors!

    ~ Elisha M.
    FL, USA

  4. >Hi Monica's,
    The covers o both books are awesome, as usual.I have to tell you Monica M.that I have read everyone of your books and I'm waiting now for the Ranger to come. Your Highlanders are such Alpha males and the descriptions of Scotland in your stories is like being there in person. But my first destination is definitely a trip to Scotland. Just to bethere and feel the history. Then Italy where I have relatives.
    Great post.
    Carol L

  5. >I would travel to Japan since I've always wanted to experience their culture and landscapes in person.

    lilazncutie1215 at yahoo dot com

  6. >I would love to go to Australia and back to England and Scotland. Went over 20 years ago and would love to go back. Also want to see Italy and France. If I won the lottery I think i would spend a year just traveling around the world.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  7. >Hi Louisa,
    Thank you! Hope they resonated with your memories. 🙂 I know exactly what you mean–there is something wonderful that comes over you when you look out over the water and countryside. Amazing feeling. Makes me realize how small I am, and how unimportant all that "white noise" of modern living is.

    Hi JoAnna,
    The Great Wall of China is one of the top things on my bucket list of things I must see. I agree, it must be amazing.

    Hi Heather,
    It was the same for me. I think my love affair with the UK was spawned in romance novels. 🙂

    Believe me, Diane, it's even more amazing in person. I hope you get a chance to visit in person some day.

    Hi Di, I hope you get back to be able to wander around some day. I've done bus trips too, and they are sometimes limiting. There are so many wonderful "off the beaten path" places to visit.

    Hi Nancy,
    I'm with you, one day! I'd tried grappa, but I'd love to break some plates. 🙂 An old boyfriend told me the Greek Isles were the most beautiful place he'd ever been.

    I'm signing off for the night, but hope you guys will continue to comment. Thank you so much for the wonderful welcome, and thanks again to the other Monica for having me. I've had a great time!

  8. >Hi Monica! Thanks for sharing your experience of Scotland with us. I've always wanted to visit Scotland and Ireland. My dream vacation, though, would be to the Greek Isles. One day…

    everitnm at hotmail dot com
    Wisconsin, USA

  9. >I was in Scotland many years ago, but on a bus tour so couldn't wander far. I'd love to get back someday.

  10. >I would love to visit Scotland and/or England. And I have no doubt it is because of all of the historical romance novels I have read. They paint such a beautiful place that makes me crave to o there.

    heather.scarboro [at]gmail[dot]com

  11. >I have always dreamed of going to the orient. To see the Great Wall of China, the architecture, the tradition clothing, it would just be amazing.



  12. >Monica, I LOVE your descriptions of Scotland! I was fortunate enough to visit that ruggedly beautiful land when I was and undergrad in college. It is such a wildly romantic place. Many of the places we visited had the advantage of being completely away from "civilization" – I stood on hills and rocks and saw nothing of the "modern" world for miles. I remember such a sense of peace and awe.

    Needless to say, my dream trips are largely reserved for a return to England, Scotland and Wales with the time, leisure and money to research to my heart's content.

    One other place I would love to visit is Pompeii. I want to see that instant memorial before it crumbles away.

    L A – Lower Alabama !

  13. >Hi Lisa,
    I think we were posting at the same time! Scotland is almost like a dream. I'm supposed to go to Rome for the first time this summer, I can't wait. Although I've heard it's very hot and crowded, I'm dying to see the coliseum and the sistine chapel. Hope you enjoy THE RANGER!

  14. >Hi Estella,
    Maui is my favorite tropical destination. I've been to the islands a number of times, and it's SO relaxing.

    Hi gamistress,
    Ah, isn't that one of the best perks of historical romance? It is to me. I love "visiting" all my favorite places. 🙂

    Hi Marleen,
    I think you beat me on the states. I want to say I've been to around 30. At one point I counted them up, but haven't done so in a while. Some were only "drive throughs" though, and I'd love to go back. I know what you mean about the smells and actually being there. It's the same for me. When I stand on one of those cliffsides and look out over the ocean . . . there's nothing like it.

  15. >Hey Monica(s)!!!! lol

    I had the great pleasure of taking a trip to Scotland in 2004. I have yet to see a more beautiful country! It was so beautiful, it was almost like a dream!

    I would LOVE to go to Rome…I am such a lover a history but America is such a 'new' country! 😀 So all my 'want to go' destinations are overseas!

    Can't wait to read The Ranger & Pleasure Me! So excited! lol

    All the best,


  16. >Jeanne,
    Rhode Island is such a beautiful state. I remember going through it years ago on a trip with a um [cough cough] old boyfriend, and my Aunt lives in CT! That's cool that you know so much about your genealogy. I know a little, but would love to know more. Hope you get to go back, too (gotta love a good whisky :)).

    Thank you so much, Buffie! That is so nice to hear. So glad you've enjoyed the books. Haven't seen you around cyberspace lately, hope all has been well. I'm sensing certain themes around here, how about you guys? LOL

    Hi Sheree,
    I love Hawaii–the Kona area is wonderful. I also love Waylay and the north side of Oahu.

    Hey Julie,
    Of course he deserves thanks–as do you. 🙂 I can't imagine what you guys go through, but I definitely appreciate it. You just mentioned one of the things I have a bee in my bonnet about. I've been on an Alaska kick for a while–seems crazy that I haven't been living on the west coast. So many of the cruises are so expensive though. If only money grew on those proverbial trees. This is fun! Thanks to Monica again for having me.

    Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed The MacLeods, hope you like the Campbells as well. I must admit I'm partial to the last three of the new series :). It's a bigger overall story and mixes my two favorite subgenres: special forces books and scottish historicals. The goal is to get better with every book–that's the hope at least. 🙂

    Hi Susan, love that list–many of my favorites and dream destinations as well. Thanks for commenting!

  17. >Scotland would be nice. France and England and Canada would be nice, but I'd like to see more of the United States. I've been traveling since I was 15 and I've been through 36 states. In my writing I draw from the places I've been and people I've met. Maps, books and the internet are all good for reference to locations, but to see the Rockies or Smokey Mountains or the Statue of Liberty, no book can give the that emotional feeling. No book can let you smell the sweet grass around a stream that runs through Nevada.

  18. >sorry — forgot email addy & state. that's what happens when the dog demands attention 😉

    gamistress66 (at)
    aol (dot) com

  19. >I've always wanted to visit Ireland. I love being able to "visit" the scottish highlands via romance novels 😉

  20. >There are so many places I would love to visit, I wouldn't know which one to pick. I would love to be able to visit all of the settings of my favorite romance novels including Scotland, Ireland and England. I would also like to visit Italy and Greece as well. They are all truly beautiful.

  21. >Monica,

    Thank you for writing wonderful books about Scottish Highlanders. I enjoyed reading "The MacLeods of Skye Trilogy" so much I've added all your books to my collection. "The Campbell's Trilogy" is now in my TBR stack. For some reason the titles and the covers on your latest series lead me to believe they will far outshine your previous books. Can't wait to collect the entire series so I can start reading.

    The reason I love books about "Highlanders" and "Scots" is because I feel a connection to them. Very little is known about my dad's father — with one exception: he migrated to America from Scotland. Therefore, my dream trip could be no other place but Scotland. Thank you so much for sharing so eloquently it's rich heritage with readers.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  22. >Hello again!

    Yes, my husband is in the military and it has been our main motivator for traveling around the US and parts of the world. No need to thank him, but I appreciate it anyway. 🙂 Canada is beautiful. My Mom's family is from Ontario so we have traveled there quite a bit, including Toronto. Niagra Falls is a must see. 🙂 When we were stationed near Seattle, we used every opportunity to travel to British Columbia. Vancouver is a great place to start an Alaskan cruise. 🙂

    This is so much fun!

    already posted once as
    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  23. >Although there are places I love to read about (including your Scotland), places I want to go to are on a much shorter list. I would love to visit Kailua-Kona in Hawaii again, provided there's no vog.


  24. >Hey Monica! First off I have to say that love your books!! Each one is just fabulous and I am always looking forward to the next one.

    Scotland and Ireland are on the top of my must visit list. Both are places I dream of visiting and both are part of my heritage.

    Another place I would love to visit is Australia. There is so much beauty there!

    buffiebooks AT yahoo DOT com

  25. >I live in Rhode Island but my heart is in Scotland. My ancestors were from the highlands but left from Glascow and originally settled in Connecticut. My husband and I were able to make a short side trip to Scotland on a trip to England and we fell in love with Lithinglow Caslte outside of Edinbourgh. We were the only ones there and it was magical. We hope to get back to visit the Highlands and get another taste of that fantastic single malt scotch!

  26. >Hi Chelsea, You got it! I love all these Scotland dream destinations.

    Hi Barbara, I LOVE the Trossachs. One of my favorite places in Scotland. One dream is to spend a summer there on Loch Lomond (you take the high road . . . sorry, couldn't resist ::). oooh someplace for me to look up. I'll have to check out Angor Wat.

    Hi Cindy,
    What a wonderful place to honeymoon! I would love to stay at a haunted castle, I'll have to check Dornach out.

    Hi Stephanie,
    I was a huge mythology buff when I was growing up. When I first went to college I was a Classics major! I've never been and Greece (and the islands) are definitely on my list.

    Hi Maureen,
    I've never been to the Grand Canyon either! Crazy, with all the traveling around the US that I've done. I'd love to visit it, too.

    Hey Scorpio,
    I'll have to agree with you there. I had the chance to live in both Portland and Seattle for a while. Gorgeous. I'd love to see Australia, too.

  27. >I love the Pacific NE…Seattle, Portland. Just a beautiful part of America. I would love to travel to Australia one day also. 🙂

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  28. >I do like Scottish romances with the rugged land and people that are in the stories. There are many places I would love to visit and one of them is the Grand Canyon. It looks like an amazing sight.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  29. >I want to see Greece. I love Greek mythology and would love to see the art and architecture that still remains.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  30. >My dream destination was Scotland, so my husband and I went there for our Honeymoon. We absolutely loved it! You can feel the history there. We stayed in a Haunted Castle in Dornach (my husband did not like that it was haunted) and received a special "behind the scenes" tour. I can't wait to go back!


    New York

  31. >Well damn, hit post not preview…!

    Oh, that is a hard one — my husband and I love Scotland (the Trossachs especially!) but I think I would like to see Angor Wat in person. My mother was lucky enough to make the trip and to this day, years later, will rave about it if it comes up!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com

  32. >Oh, that is a hard one — my husband and I love Scotland (the Trossachs especially!) but I think I would like to see Angor Wat in person. My mother was lucky enough to make the trip and to this day, years later, will rave about it if it comes up!

  33. >Hi Mary,
    Good morning to you, too. You must be a west coaster, too. 🙂 Thank you so much! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the stories. LOL, about the descriptions, I swear I haven't even begun to do Scotland justice.

    I have Scottish and Irish blood, too, which probably has made me a little biased. 🙂 But I swear I feel something in my bones when I get there–maybe a little genetic memory? 🙂 Thank you so much for the nice words about the books, so glad you've enjoyed them. 🙂

    Thank you so much, Karen! Scotland makes it easy. 🙂 All three of those places are on my bucket list, too. I need to branch out in Europe a little bit, LOL, can't seem to get off the islands.

    Hi Julie,
    I'd love to go to Japan and China as well. My hubby went to Japan many years ago and loved it (except for the showers, LOL–he's 6'5 and the showers are about a foot shorter). Hawaii is one of my favorite places as well. I live on the west coast, which makes it a little easier.

    Hi Margay,
    Another UK gal. 🙂 That's been where my travel concentration has been–I love all of them.

    Hi Lin,
    Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I fell in love with European history at school as well. A paper on the scottish clan system versus feudalism in law school spawned my interest in the Scots. 🙂 My anglophile tendencies were probably because of Jean Plaidy's Plantagenet series. I devoured that.

    Hi Monica! Thanks again for having me. LOL on the dialogue box.

    Hi Terra,
    Thanks for the comments about the covers! I've been SO lucky. 🙂

    What another great list. We have many that overlap. I wish there was more time (and money!), so I could hit them all.:)

    Hope I haven't missed anyone. Doing this on my laptop, which can be hard to see. I'll pop back in later!

  34. >Sorry, got pulled away for a moment. Mornings after a holiday always seem to be crazy, don't they?

    Anyway . . .

    Hi Andrea,
    Sounds like you and I probably have similar reading habits. London is probably my second favorite destination behind Scotland. But if I were to live out of the US, it would probably be London.

    Hi Julie,
    LOL, how did I forget to mention the accent! I couldn't agree more. One of the biggest "holes" in my North America travels is Canada–I've only been to Toronto. My hubby has been all over and said it was wonderful. Sounds like your hubby is in the service? If yes, please thank him for his service.

    Hi Alice,
    How fun that you had the opportunity to live overseas. That's one of my biggest regrets. Wish I'd done it before kids. 🙂 Ireland is gorgeous. The antrim coast is on my bucket list. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm about the books! Hope you enjoy. 🙂

    Thank you so much Artemis, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the books! I hear you about going for weeks on ends–there's just so much to see in these fabulous places. Hope you get to knock a couple of the list at some point. 🙂

  35. >I just can't choose one place to go. I want to visit so many. I would love to visit England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Scotland, and Japan. I would just love to see the history of these countries that have been around for so long. I find it fascinating. Also, I would love to see where my family came from.

  36. >ok see what happens when you let the dialogue box sit open for an hour!! LOL Glad Monica was able to get here so fast that she beat me!

  37. >Hi Everyone! I've notified Monica that her post is live. I believe she's working on a new book, so I'm hoping she'll get to pop in a little later.

    I hope everyone is enjoying the event. I'm going a little crazy on the backend here trying to keep everyone and their entries straight, while trying to make my own deadline! LOL

    Monica Burns <–So you don't confuse me with the other Monica LOL

  38. >Good morning everyone, thanks for the nice welcome–and thanks to Monica for having me. It's so fun to hear so many of you have Scotland as your dream destination. 🙂

    Hey PJ, hope all is well with you! Thanks so much for the lovely comments about the books. I wouldn't mind waking up in one of those castles with a strapping HIghlander by my side either. 🙂 Hope you are going to RWA this year?

    Hi Lindalou,
    I'm not sure I know what a border terrier is, I'll have to go look them up. We've had a terrier before, and he was a great dog. Right now we have a Shih Tsu, We are big Disney fans in casa McCarty and have APs to Disneyland. We did WDW a couple of years ago for Christmas and might do it again this year. So jealous. 🙂

    HI Virginia,
    I know, isn't it funny about the two Monica's. 🙂 I think I'll go along with you in your suitcase. I hope to go to Italy for the first time this summer. It's my mom's favorite place in the world. And you about captured it all with the comments about Scotland. I love all those, too. 🙂

  39. >Lin. W.

    I loved the excerpt, and the rich detail on peroid in history,

    I fell in with love european history from school, it was so much richer on who, what, and where then here in USA. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, had the greatest warroirs, kings and battles. Always find meself buying the stories, that takes place in the old time.

  40. >I'd really like to visit the lands of my ancestors, which includes England, Ireland and Scotland.


  41. >I've never been to Scotland, but I can't seem to stop reading about it! It's definitely on my to-visit list, as well as Japan, parts of China, and the rest of Hawai'i.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  42. >Hi Monica,

    Great post today. Love the pictures you have painted with your words! So vivid…I can close my eyes and see the waves crashing over the rocky coast.

    Never thought I'd like to visit Scotland, but after reading your words today, I've changed my mind. I would like to visit Scotland…but first I must visit Australia, and then Sweden, and then Germany! Oh well, Scotland is on my wishlist of places to visit!

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  43. >Good morning everyone! Great post Monica. I would love to visit Scotland and Ireland one day. I have Scottish and Irish blood so would be so great to visit,but so far I have to settle for going through my love of anything Scottish or Irish.I enjoy your books,the characters are strong,tough,oh and yes sexy.Love those Highlanders. Congrats on your new release.I live in not so sunny,right now Eastern North Carolina. This is such a great blog tour.Thank you to all the authors who have taken time out of their busy lives to do this wonderful blog tour.

  44. >Good Morning to both Monica's this morning.

    Thank you so much for writing such wonderful books and having them set in Scotland. Scotland is the one place that I would want to travel to.

    I've never been but after reading descriptions like in this blog post, who needs to do any real traveling to get there?

    Reading about the castles, the landscape because it is beautiful and let's not forget those men, that accent..omg that accent! lol That just does it for me, ya know..

    Thanks for being a part of this great blog event!
    Nevada, USA

  45. >Monica, I do so love your sexy Highlanders. Congratulations on the release of THE RANGER.

    Honestly, I haven't given it much thought of my ultimate dream destination; as there are so many places that I would like to visit. And when I go, I want to stay for weeks on end because I want to see and do it all! The Smithsonian in DC, the Hawaiian Islands, Montana, Texas, Ireland, England, Scotland, Italy, Australia, etc., etc. You get the picture. I can find beauty no matter where I go.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  46. >I used to live in Germany, and I would LOVE to go back. I also married an Irish bagpiper, and we've talked about a trip to Ireland in the future. That would be pretty amazing.

    Also..whether or not I win this book (and OMG I hope I do)…this series is in my TBR.

    …I'm a huge sucker for Highlander books. Wooooo!


  47. >I love Scotland. I was fortunate enough to go once to vist my husband when he was on a port vist there. We both loved it and hope to go back. We've been lucky and have been able to travel quite a bit through the US and overseas. Victoria, British Columbia is another favorite, but Scotland will always be the place we want to go back. I love the history, the people, and the landscape. And, honestly, how can you resist the accent! 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  48. >Hi, Monica!

    Well, I'll go big and say that I would love to visit the UK. I want to visit all the places I love to read about in my historical romances–from the castles in Scotland to the streets of London. One of these days, I'll go, though it might be after my kids are grown. LOL!


  49. >Hello, ladies! I feel doubly honored to be in the company of two terrific and talented ladies named Monica : ) I would go to Tuscany, Italy and Paris, France for food, culture, history, art, wine and song, and scenery. I would go to Scotland for heritage, history, heather, highlanders, shortbread, and scenery. Any of my friends who wanted to go would be welcome, and I hope I would meet many new friends along the way!

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  50. >I've not been to Scotland… but would love to go some day. Thank you for your lovely description of Scotland. My favorite breed of dogs, border terriers, originated there… so the area holds a place in my heart.
    I've visited some beautiful places in the US, Canada, Mexico, the Carribean and Europe… and think about my experiences in those places often. Right now we enjoy getting away multiple times a month to the theme parks in Orlando, FL… We have passes to both the Disney & Universal parks and we live just over an hour's drive from them.
    Thank you for appearing here today and for the intro to your books. I've added your books to my list of must-reads and please enter me in your contest!
    Linda T.

  51. >Hi Monica! (waving)

    I feel like I've been on a tour of Scotland just from reading your post, which is how I often feel after reading your wonderful books. You do such a magnificent job of creating a sense of time and place that I almost expect to open my eyes and be standing in the middle of an ancient castle with one of those strapping Highlanders at my side. 😉 One of these days I hope to visit Scotland in person. It's my dream destination.

    South Carolina