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"To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo" by Laura Strickland | Hearts of Caledonia Book Tour | Silver Dagger Tours Presents Scottish Historical Romance

Hearts of Caledonia by Laura Strickland is on virtual book tour. The Scottish historical romance stops at the blog with an author guest pos...

Hearts of Caledonia by Laura Strickland is on virtual book tour. The Scottish historical romance stops at the blog with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a Scottish Jewelry Necklace and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

To Tattoo or Not To Tattoo

Some women love a man with tattoos—I happen to be one of them. I also love a good, romantic Scottish historical tale. So when I can combine the two, I’m a pretty happy lassie.

Most Scottish Romances I’ve read, and written, focus on the “Mac” clans with whom we’re so familiar...those bold MacDonalds and MacLeods, for example.  But another race of people once populated the misty hills and glens, and they took body painting to a fine art.

The Picts, or as I like to call them, Caledonians, once owned all of Scotland, until those pesky Mac clans came and chased them eastward. The Romans called them Picts precisely because they wore so many pictures on their skin. Historians debate as to whether a natural substance called woad was pricked under the skin or a combination of copper and carbon was used. Some think the blue designs were painted on rather than placed under the skin.

So why did these men—and women— cover themselves from head to toe with body art? I like to think the spirals and intricate, interlocking designs denoted not only the tribe into which a child was born, but the status of his/her parents and other ancestors. It makes sense to me that following a battle, a brave Caledonian warrior might wish to commemorate his valor, or perhaps remember a fallen comrade, with a marking. A Caledonian’s tattoos were a sign of pride, loyalty…perhaps even magical ability. Why boast about yourself, when it can be written all over you?

Ah, the very idea makes this lassie swoon!

Valiant and Wise
Hearts of Caledonia Book 2
by Laura Strickland
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance

Enchantment binds them. Will duty part them?

Wick map Radoc has lost his direction. Following the death of his parents in a brutal raid, the Caledonian tribesman surrenders his place as chief and flees to the Scottish countryside. Tracked through snow by a band of enemy Gaels, he escapes by way of an unexpected transformation and stumbles upon a neighboring tribe, the Caerena. Is it chance, or has he been led there?

Verica, widow of the Caerena’s slain war chief, has lost her faith. Leading her tribe by raw grit and sheer determination, she awaits a miracle. When Wick arrives cloaked in enchantment, she hopes she’s found the help she so desperately needs. Yet Wick doubts his own courage, and Verica has sworn she will never love again.

Verica and Wick could restore one another’s belief… Together, will they discover the true strength of a Caledonian heart?

Loyal and True
Hearts of Caledonia Book 1

In defiance of her father, Caledonian tribeswoman Barta leads a daring raid against invading enemy warriors. But the fight goes badly, and her beloved war hound, Loyal, is killed. Unable to imagine existing without her dearest companion, she nevertheless must return home and accept blame for her terrible blunder. 

For the first time in his life, Loyal is unable to rise and follow his mistress. When he appeals to the Goddess for mercy, she grants him leave to return on one condition: it must be in the form of a man. And only if Barta recognizes him for who he truly is will he be permitted to stay. 

Loyal never suspects that, as a man, his connection with Barta will deepen, becoming passionate enough to transcend nearly any change. Will Barta recognize him before he’s lost to her forever?

Multi-published and multi-award winning author, Laura Strickland writes stories that span several Romance genres. Her Scottish Romances have been compared to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and her American Historicals echo the work of authors such as Susan Wiggs and Kristin Hannah. Her award-winning Buffalo Steampunk series has broken new ground both for its setting and its portrayal of automaton characters pursuing their rights. Currently, she is at home in Western New York and at work on her next book.

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    1. Thank you, Gwendolyn. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I appreciate it.

    1. It's my pleasure! Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Sept. 26, 2018 edition edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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