Blackwood Crossing by MK McClintock

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 20, 2015.

The second stand-alone installment of the British Agent novels takes you from England to the wild Highlands of Scotland and back again.

If you had to make a choice, would it be loyalty or love?

Torn between loyalty to her family and refusal to marry a laird she despises, Rhona Davidson accepts a dangerous proposal from a man she knows only as Blackwood.

Leaving behind a life of leisure, Charles Blackwood bravely serves his country with honor and the skill of a trained British agent. When his newest case returns him to the wild Highlands of Scotland, he is faced with a choice between killing a man and saving the only woman he has ever loved.

Charles and Rhona join their lives, only to discover that their choices will result in bloodshed, unless they can uncover a truth long buried, deep in the Highland soil.

Author MK McClintock returns with swashbuckling heroes and courageous heroines in Blackwood Crossing, a story of buried secrets and second chances.

The British Agent Historical Romantic Mystery Series (stand-alone titles):
Book One – Alaina Claiborne
Book Two – Blackwood Crossing
Book Three – Clayton’s Honor (Coming 2015)

Setting: Victorian England and Scotland
Sensuality Rating: G

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) When you set out to write a book, are you usually sparked by a story idea or a character?

It depends on the book. Oftentimes it’s the story idea that comes first, but once in a while I’ll come up with a character name that didn’t fit the current story, but I love the name so I set it aside. From that single name, a personality can emerge, then a story, then a series. That’s what happened with the British Agent books. The first book was originally going to be a single-title, but I loved the other two heroes so much that I felt they needed their own stories.

2) Your characters seem so alive and real…what’s your secret?

Their personalities are each uniquely their own. Sometimes I draw on the personalities of friends and family, giving one character traits from three or four different people. Once I get to know a little about them, they take on a life of their own, become individuals. I write them as though I was there in the room with them, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel. Without that connection, I couldn’t write their stories.

3) What kind of research did you have to do to bring this story to life on the page?

Quite a bit of research. Although I’ve been to Scotland, I haven’t visited England, so I had to rely 100% on research and stories from family who have been there in order to capture the region. I love Scotland, but there’s so much to the history I didn’t know before writing “Blackwood Crossing.” Most of the research doesn’t make an appearance on the page, but it all plays a part in bringing authenticity to the characters and time period. Research has become one of my favorite steps in writing a book.

4) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?

Time-travel, which is strange for me because it’s not a genre I often enjoy reading, but I have this idea for a time-travel trilogy, and I expect that one day I’ll get them written.

5) If you weren’t a writer, what job would you love to try out?

I actually wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up, but once I hit college, I found myself most interested in Cultural Anthropology. However, I’d have to return to school for that degree, so I’d probably be a landscape designer. Let me say how happy I am that writing has worked out!

About the author:

MK McClintock spins tales of romance, mystery, and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.

Learn more about MK by visiting her website at MKMcClintock.com.

Giveaway info:

Title: Blackwood Crossing
Author: MK McClintock
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing
Author website: BooksAndBenches.com

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, Mar 20, 2015.

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5 Responses to Blackwood Crossing by MK McClintock

  1. Wilma Frana March 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    Sounds like a good book.

  2. virginia j March 17, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Love to read; sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the contest.

  3. AutumnEtoile March 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Enjoy this genre of writing. Thanks for the opportunity to win same.

  4. MK McClintock March 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you for hosting me at Free Book Friday. Good luck everyone, and thank you for visiting! -MK

  5. Sheetal March 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Your book seems very interesting. I would love to read and review it.

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