Talented guest, Vonda Sinclair

Wee Darby and I are thrilled, and feel honored to have the very talented author and photographer,  Vonda Sinclair, as our special guest today! Vonda has been kind enough to share some of her gorgeous photographs she’s taken on a few of her visits to Scotland.

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Stonehaven Dunnottar

So grab a spot of tea (or coffee), and a scone or piece of shortbread, and get ready for a real treat! Please help me welcome her by leaving comments.  Vonda has also been gracious to offer one lucky commenter, one of her free audiobooks! (Calm down, Wee Darby, 🙂  No, I’m afraid this offer is for our “guest commenters” only 🙂      So make yourself comfortable and get ready to meet, Vonda Sinclair!

I wish to take a wee moment to thank you for being with us and doing this interview!  Since Vonda writes historical romance – I thought we might have a wee bit of fun by doing something different today . . .

1st –  If you had to pick “just one” of your books – which would you choose as your favorite and why?

First of all, thank you for having me as a guest on your wonderful blog! As for the question, it’s a difficult one. LOL I love different things about each of my books. My Fierce Highlander is the first book in the series and I love it for several reasons. The hero, Alasdair, is not only fierce in battle and in his passion for the heroine, he is also sincere and feels things deeply. He’s a serious, caring and compassionate leader for his clan. Gwyneth is an unusual heroine for the genre of historical romance. I enjoyed writing them both. Her son Rory is a cute lad, a wee warrior in training. The bond that develops between Rory and (his future stepfather) Alasdair is touching. The book is free right now for those who would like to read it.MyFierceHighlander_UPDATED 300 wide


The second book in the series, My Wild Highlander, was a lot of fun to write because of Lachlan (Alasdair’s younger brother.) He’s a charming rogue used to seducing all the lasses. What happens when the king convinces him to marry a prickly half-French lass? Lots of fun watching them clash. My last release, Highlander Unbroken, is a bit different in that both the hero and heroine have endured extremely difficult times in the past. The hero, Neacal MacDonald, was tortured by an enemy clan, and the heroine, Anna, endured the deaths of her first husband, her unborn child and watched her sister be abused and horribly injured. Both are survivors and have discovered a strength they never knew they had but both were still hurting. Together, can they better heal from their past traumas? It’s a story with a lot of darkness and emotion but also healing and hope.

2nd – Through all your travels, do you have a specific location (or castle), you enjoy visiting the most?

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Eilean Donan

It’s difficult to choose only one. Eilean Donan is a favorite I’ve visited a few times. The location, sitting in the middle of three lochs, is spectacular. I love photographing it from different vantage points and in different types of light. I also love Dunnottar near Stonehaven. The highlight of my most recent trip to Scotland in September was visiting Castle Tioram, in the Lochaber region on the west coast. This castle is the inspiration for the setting in two of my recent stories, Highlander Unbroken and My Captive Highlander. I fictionalized it and changed the castle’s name to Bearach. Visiting this castle was a dream come true. I had been looking at photos of it for many years, but it’s so remote I feared I wouldn’t get to visit it. I figured out if we could stay in Glenfinnan, which in itself is slightly remote, then we could visit Tioram, taking a whole day to do so. The drive out from Glenfinnan to the castle is about 25 miles on narrow, curvy roads, a lot of them single track. The scenery is so stunning multiple stops for photo ops were required. LOL The castle is in a derelict and ruined state. It’s dangerous to go inside because of falling masonry and stones. We walked all around it taking photos. It’s an inspiring and beautiful place.

Castle Tioram

Castle Tioram

3rd –  If  you found yourself transported back, centuries in time – what time period and location would you hope to find yourself in?       

The early 1600s Scotland so I could do first hand research for the time period I write about. 🙂

and –  Which one item from the present would you take back with you?

If I knew I wouldn’t be able to return to present day, I would take a photo album containing pictures of all my loved ones, pets, and places/ things I love.

and 🙂   Which 2 characters in your books would you enjoy meeting, live in person once you reached your destination?

I don’t think I could choose just two. 🙂 I would want to meet the whole gang from my Highland Adventure series. They are all linked by family or friendship and they all care about one another. They share a great bond and help each other when needed.

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Castle Tioram

4th – Your photographs are gorgeous!  (I have learned in the past – cameras are definitely not my friends when I “really” want/need them to be 🙂   Are there any other hobbies you enjoy?

Thank you! Yes, I enjoy gardening, especially growing flowers. I also love hiking or walking in nature, on trails through the woods, up mountains, and visiting waterfalls or other beautiful or interesting sites. I also love traveling.


(Patty chiming in here for a wee minute)   Thanks for sharing with us, Vonda, and Fantastic answers 🙂   I’m like you, I would want the opportunity to meet all my characters too! I’m sure our guests might have questions they would like to ask you as well 🙂


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Torture has driven Neacal MacDonald to the brink of madness.  As the new chief of the MacDonald clan, Neacal will do whatever it takes to honor his late father and to help his clan thrive. But whispers of his madness abound and many in his clan turn traitor, wanting MacDonald of Sleat to lead them instead. Conflict ignites between the bitter rivals when Sleat garners the help of the man who tortured Neacal in the past.

Can one woman’s song pull him back and begin to heal his soul?  Everything has been ripped from Anna Douglas except her angelic voice and the will to survive. When she meets Neacal, she recognizes something familiar in him—stark loneliness and pain. His past could be even more tragic and tarnished than hers. No one must learn her true identity or about the brutish man declaring she is his wife, for he will stop at nothing to reclaim her. Though Neacal vowed to never trust a woman again, he cannot resist the secrets in Anna’s eyes or her spellbinding song, which threatens to break down the icy walls surrounding his tormented heart.


Here’s a list of Vonda’s links:

Website: www.vondasinclair.com

Newsletter: http://vondasinclair.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=69e8f3a9a34508af8b38108b4&id=d026f8a85b

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Vonda-Sinclair/e/B005GXBR1C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1423612683&sr=1-2-ent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VondaSinclair

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VondaSinclair

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5083448.Vonda_Sinclair

Group Blog: http://fierceromance.blogspot.com/


Don’t forget to leave a comment for this “fabulous opportunity” to win one of Vonda’s free audiobooks! The lucky winner will be selected and announced on Thursday, May 26th, at 6pm Eastern Standard time – here on the blog!

Wee Darby and I send our special thanks to all our guests for stopping by, and especially to my friend, Vonda, for being here with us and sharing her gorgeous photos~  I’m sure our guests will enjoy reading your interview answers as much as Wee Darby and I have!  I sincerely hope you’ll come back and join us again, Vonda!  ((Hugs))canstockphoto34709975

48 Responses to Talented guest, Vonda Sinclair

    • Patty says:

      Good Morning Kathy! I’m delighted you could stop by 🙂 Yes, the photographs are breathtaking!

  • Celia Palmer says:

    Good Morning all! Beautiful pictures Vonda. By reading your blog, I will have to get your books to read.
    I have been to Ireland 2 times, but did not get a chance to visit Scotland. Wish you continued luck with your writing adventures.

    • Patty says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Celia! Vonda has a fantastic collection of books 🙂 Both Ireland and Scotland are gorgeous – I love visiting both countries 🙂 I hope you get the opportunity to visit! Have a wonderful day and please stop back again soon!

  • Beth Trissel says:

    Wonderful images and interview, Vonda. Patty and Wee Darby are doing a great job over here. Highlander Unbroken sounds fabulous too. Wonderful cover. I”m having a spot of tea and some pumpkin bread I made so am feeling completely at home.

    • Patty says:

      Good Morning Beth! Wee Darby and I are delighted you stopped by, and that pumpkin bread sounds delicious 🙂 Don’t be surprised if Darby doesn’t “pop in” for a wee slice 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post! ((Hugs))

  • Thank you, Celia! I hope you enjoy my books! I haven’t visited Ireland yet but I want to.

    Beth, thanks so much! Pumpkin bread sounds great. That reminds me, I need to make some banana bread muffins.

  • Nicole Laverdure says:

    Beautiful interview with Vonda! She is truly, one of my favorites authors of Scottish romances. I’ve had the privilege to be her beta reader for some of marvelous books! Vonda is a talented storyteller, her stories sweep me off my feet and grab my interest, as soon as I turn the first page.

  • What a great interview! Vonda, I love your books and would find it hard to chose a favorite as they are all wonderful.

    I’m heading to Scotland in October and really enjoyed hearing about your favorite places to visit. I will definitely take in Eilean Donan and Dunnottar. Your pictures are gorgeous and have me anxiously counting the days until my trip.

    Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Patty says:

      Good Morning Lane! and thank you for joining us this morning! I’m thrilled about your upcoming trip 🙂 In fact, I wish Wee Darby and I could fit in your suitcase and go along 🙂 Hoping you will share some of your photos with all of us when you get back ((Hugs))

    • You will have a fantastic time in Scotland, Lane! I visited once in early October and the weather was amazing for the most part. Only one day of rain. I hope you have great weather so you can do everything you want to. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip and see the pics! 🙂 Thank you for reading my books!! <3

  • Vonda’s books are fabulous , when you read them you are so transported to Scotland ,you never want to come back, and photos are stunning, great interview

  • I love your books Vonda, and am so tickled to visit this morning! I can’t possibly pick a favorite, I think I find my favorite is always the one I’m reading at the moment. Love the photo’s and I would so love to go to Scotland! Maybe someday! Keep the books coming!

  • I enjoyed hearing about your travels, wishes and thoughts. I love audiobooks and would like to start with the first one and listen to all of them.

  • Robin Roberts says:

    I may not be much of a writer, but I love to read.I will probably never get to visit Scotland or Ireland, or see a beautiful castle, I can visit them through all the wonderful books.

    • Patty says:

      Hi Robin! I hope you get the opportunity to visit Scotland one day. It took me over 50 years to make it, so don’t ever give up hope 🙂

  • Pamela Edwards says:

    Hello Ladies , love the fabulous pics especially the Eileen Donan castle which is my favorite. Enjoyed stopping by the blog .

    • Patty says:

      Welcome, Pamela 🙂 Yes, all the photos are lovely 🙂 I didn’t get the opportunity to see Eileen Donan Castle, but yes, it looks stunning!

    • Patty says:

      Hi Maeve! ((hugs)) I’m so pleased you could stop by and join us!!! The sun is “finally” shining here in Maryland for 2 days now – along with a wee bit of “hot” weather. So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Lisa Brennan says:

    Vonda Sinclair is one of my favorite authors. Thank you both for this wonderful opportunity. Living in the Virginia side of DC metro, audiobooks keep my sanity during my 1 to 2 hour commute to and from work!

    • Patty says:

      Hi Lisa! Glad you enjoyed the post, and I know exactly how you feel about those long commutes to work and back! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll visit again soon 🙂

  • Enjoyed the post, Vonda (as always). I’d love to travel back in time with you to do research, but we’d have to keep going back after we left the 16th century to get to the 12th and 9th centuries, lol. Congrats on the release of Highlander Unbroken!

  • Patty says:

    OK, time to announce the winner of one of Vonda’s fantastic audio books!!!! Wee Darby is pleased to announce that “Pamela Edwards” is the winner!!!! Congratulations, Pamela!!!

    Please contact me through my Patty Taylor Facebook page 🙂 or send me an email by leaving me a message on my contact page, so I can get you in touch with Vonda for your gift!

    And “thank you” again to EVERYONE for joining us!!!! Wee Darby and I hope to see all of you again soon 🙂

  • Terry Robertson says:

    Sorry for the late response but computer issues (Ugh!) But what a great blog. Can’t wait to get my hands on this series especially The Wild Highlander, sounds very intriguing!! What beautiful pictures, not only are your an accomplished writer but also that of a photographer. The whole series is on my wish list for sure!!!!!

    • Patty says:

      Thanks for posting, Terry! So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Yes, you will definitely enjoy reading Vonda’s collection,
      she’d a very talented author and photographer 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Terry! I hope you enjoy my book if you decide to read it. The first in the series, My Fierce Highlander, is free right now. I’m so happy that you enjoyed my photos too! Thank you!!