Guest Blog & Giveaway with Anna Larner: Highland Fling – We need to talk about love!

24 Mar

A warm welcome to Anna Larner, whose debut novel, Highland Fling, will be released next month by Bold Strokes Books. Anna is today’s guest blogger and generous giver-away-er of a lovely signed paperback…

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Set in the majesty of the Highlands of Scotland, Highland Fling tells the story of holiday maker Eve Eddison who falls for enigmatic local Moira Burns. The unfolding twists and turns of their emotional journey to love remind us that when we fall for someone, we don’t really know what we’re getting into.

This brief description offers just an outline and I’ve been thinking about how I can introduce Highland Fling to you properly, how to explain to you what lies at its heart, what drives its characters and shapes their story. To do this we need to talk about love – because ‘love’ in all its complexities defines Highland Fling.

As we all know, love can hurt us as much as it can bring us joy. Love is contradictory. Love can begin big, burn bright and fizzle out, or it can start small, grow tall and magnificent. It can mean nothing or it can define you. It can be forgotten or forever remembered.

Love can humiliate you or make you proud. It can thoughtlessly hurt you or tenderly heal you. It can be certainty or it can be risk. It can be the impulse to leave or the reason to stay.

It is the stuff of humour and the heart of tragedy.

And that is Highland Fling – love in all its states, real and true.

I can’t protect my characters from the effects of love, and it is not my place to. This is their story not mine. If I stepped in to prevent Eve from falling for Moira because I know that loving Moira will risk her heart, then I diminish Eve by not allowing her to grow and find her ‘one’.  And if I refined Moira, somehow made her simpler, then she would not reflect her true self and I would have fictionalised her when the real Moira is so much more vivid and whole.

Highland Fling not only embodies love, it has been written with love, from my heart, unguarded, unconfined by expectation. If I followed a rule at all, then it is this – to be true to my characters, to be their faithful writer and yours.

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To celebrate the publication of Highland Fling, Anna is giving away a signed paperback copy. Just leave a comment on this post or send an e-mail to: uk lesfic @ gmail .com (take out the spaces before you use the address!) to be entered into the draw. Closing date: 31st March, 2017. Good luck!

Highland Fling will be available 1st April 2017 from the Bold Strokes Books website, and 18th April 2017 from all other retailers.

To keep in touch with Anna, check out her blog or find her here on Facebook.

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12 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway with Anna Larner: Highland Fling – We need to talk about love!”

  1. Debs March 24, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    After reading your blurb on this book, I can’t wait until its release. It is now on my Must Read List. Looks like a great story. 🙂

  2. Elma Young March 24, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Sounds wonderful, would love a copy

  3. kittykatwriter March 24, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Sounds like a really great story.

  4. Lynn Nowak March 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to receive a copy.

  5. Svetla March 25, 2017 at 5:13 am #

    I like meeting new authors and this book sounds interesting.

  6. Barbara G. March 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    Sounds GREAT and SCARY! Would LOVE to win LOVE! 🙂

  7. Lisa T. March 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    Highland Fling sounds great. I’ve added it to my to-read list. 🙂

  8. Shannon March 27, 2017 at 12:35 am #

    Sounds interesting!

  9. Michelle Armstrong March 27, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    This sounds like a fabulous love story that will get me hooked. I can’t wait to read it!!!

  10. Angela March 27, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Would love to win and great to see a new author- especially a Scottish one 😉

  11. Karen Alderson March 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    This book review has come just at the right time as I am going on a solo walking trip to Mallaig in the Highlands next week, a journey to help me heal after the end of a turbulent seven year relationship. Love. Maybe it is a portent to a chance meeting in a walkers hostel? I look forward to reading it at night tucked up in my bunk after a days hiking.

  12. anna larner April 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Thank you to all those who took part. Congratulations Lynn, I hope the book arrived safe and sound!

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