My father's Scots and I grew up near Loch Lomond, so Burns is a bit special to me. Most people know him for writing "Auld Lang Syne" but for me his two best poems are Tam o'Shanter, the story of a drunk who stumbles onto a witches coven one dark night, and Ode to a Wee Mousie, that starts:
Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murdering pattle.
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
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To celebrate our national poet, there's a Rafflecopter with prizes that includes my book, Blackmail Bride. The link's below.
If you don't win, or you don't like Rafflecopters, I'm offering a 50% discount on Blackmail Bride, a modern story set in the Loch Lomond area.
I'm afraid the men in my book don't wear kilts, nor do they go about saying things like, "Hoots mon" as my family and friends don't speak that way unless they're acting up for tourists.
However, there's a love story, as well as a mystery to solve and a properly evil bad man.
Here's the blurb:
Stalked by her abusive ex-husband, Lucy Grant is desperate for a protector. Lucy aims for the one man who is tough enough for the job, ex-convict Jack Welsh.
Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, Jack Welsh is convinced Lucy’s ex set him up. Jack will do anything to clear his name - even if it means marrying Lucy.A story of love and redemption with fully depicted love scenes.
To get the 50% discount, visit Blackmail Bride: An Erotic Romance In Scotland at Smashwords and use Coupon Code: HT47L at checkout to get the promotional price of $1.50. Coupon expires: February 14, 2014. The book is also available on Amazon US and Amazon UK but I can't offer a discount there.
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Enjoy your Burns Night! I'll be raising a glass soon and wishing you the traditional Glasgow toast: Here's tae us. Wha's like us. Damn few, And they're a' deid. Mair's the pity!