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Tule Author Q&A: Gerri Russell discusses historical romance vs contemporary!

Gerri Russell stopped by to talk about the fourth book in her All the King’s Men series, A Laird and a Gentleman!


What kind of research did you have to do for A Laird and a Gentleman?

The entire All the King’s Men series was very research-intensive. There wasn’t a lot of information readily available about the witch hunts in Scotland outside of academic papers. Fortunately for me, there was a lot of interest in academia about that very subject and the time period involving King James VI. In addition to the history of witches and King James, I also had to research the Isle of May, shipping routes in the 16th century, the Firth of Forth, Celtic mythology, volcanic eruptions in Iceland, sheep, auras, influenza outbreaks in history, Ravenscraig Castle, and Clan Sinclair.


Bricked Building Near Body of WaterCan you describe the land of Ravenscraig?

One of the best parts of writing historical fiction set in Scotland is that I don’t really need to make things up because Scottish history is so vibrant all on its own! Ravenscraig Castle plays a leading role in A Laird and A Gentleman but I didn’t have to alter its location or history to make it fit into my story. Ravenscraig Castle is located beside Ravenscraig Park on the eastern outskirts of Kilcaldy. Ravenscraig was originally built as a residence for James II in 1460. When James died, his widow, Queen Mary of Gueldres, resided in the west tower. But Ravenscraig’s time as a royal residence was short-lived. When Queen Mary died, the castle was granted to the Sinclair family.

The castle itself is a spectacular two-tower structure. It sits on a bluff overlooking the Firth of Forth. The area around the castle used to be miles of rolling green landscape broken up by fields of heather. The parklands below the bluff are still protected to this day and are part of the Fife Coastal Path (part of the North Sea trail.) Views from the castle to the south and east, over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and as far as Bass Rock, are breathtaking.


You write both historical and contemporary romances. Do you have a favorite? What is the biggest difference when writing?

I love writing romantic stories of any kind, and asking what I like to write best is like asking which of my children I love more. 😊 I will admit that I have a special place in my heart for historical romances set in Scotland. I am more in tune with the language and the way the characters think and act in history than with those of the modern age. You would think that contemporary romance would be easier to write, but for me they aren’t. I really have to work at them!


Woman in White Shirt Sitting on Green ChairIf you could spend the day with Cameron or Mariam, who would you choose and what would you do?

I would love to spend the day with Mariam! And if I could bring her into my world, I would want to be a good friend to her and take her to the dentist to get her teeth cleaned, and then to the doctor to get a few immunizations. That is the one regret I always have for my characters is that they really didn’t have access to dental hygiene like we do today, and while there were some very notable medical advances in the 16th century, people still died from many of the things we take for granted. Then, when Mariam and I were done with all of that, I would show her some very “magical” things like running water, lights, cars, the internet, and ice cream!


What are you currently reading?

The books I’m reading right now are Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Boyfriend Project, by Farrah Rochon.


About the Author

Gerri Russell is the award-winning author of historical and contemporary novels including the Brotherhood of the Scottish Templars series and Flirting with Felicity. A two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and winner of the American Title II competition sponsored by RT Book Reviews magazine, she is best known for her adventurous and emotionally intense novels set in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Scottish Highlands. Before Gerri followed her passion for writing romance novels, she worked as a broadcast journalist, a newspaper reporter, a magazine columnist, a technical writer and editor, and an instructional designer. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four mischievous black cats.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide – Tule Publishing

Welcome to Tule’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

Whether you’re looking to get the book lover in your life the perfect gift or you’re shopping for yourself (you deserve it!), you are guaranteed to find your next favorite read in this gift guide!

For the person who dreams of marrying a cowboy…

The Cowboy’s Daughter by Jamie K. Schmidt

“This one grabs you by the heartstrings and does not let go.” – Bonnie G, Goodreads
“A captivating read from beginning to end…Emotionally heartfelt, enjoyable and fun!” – Kathleen B, Goodreads
“A fast paced, thrilling, sexy romance that was filled with drama and misunderstandings…This romantic second chance love story that should not be missed.” E.L, Goodreads


For the friend who loves dogs more than people…

A Dog Called Valentine by Roxanne Snopek

“A sweet, slow burn romance with all the feels, two souls in need of love, and a dog who brought them together.” – Denise S, Goodreads
“It’s been ages since I laughed so much while reading. A Dog Called Valentine is pure fun — romantic comedy at its best.” – Shelagh, Goodreads
“Loved, loved, loved this heartwarming romance.” – Shari, Goodreads


For the person who is obsessed with Christmas…

Oh, Christmas Night by Jane Porter

“A heart-warming, charming and sigh-worthy holiday romance that feels like a Hallmark movie with words.” – Dianne, Goodreads
“This is the perfect book to read to get yourself into the mood for the holiday season. Wonderful characters, wonderful setting and a wonderful storyline all add up to another winner from Jane Porter.” – Mia, Goodreads
“A sweet, charming holiday story with all the magic of Christmas.” – Debra S, Goodreads


For the armchair detective in your life…

Bittersweet by C.J. Carmichael

“A great addition to the Bitter Root Mysteries series. The perfect mix of both mystery and romance that keeps you going back for more.” – Donnajo, Goodreads
“I was intrigued and held in suspense…A tale rich with suspense, growing love, and interesting interactions between the endearing characters.” – Eileen, Goodreads
“Full of suspense, mystery and a splash of romance that kept me turning the pages.” – Shari, Goodreads


For the one who swears they were born in the wrong century…

Romancing the Laird by Gerri Russell

“If you enjoy historical tales filled with strong heroines and sizzling romance, this book will pull you in and warm your heart.” – Ann C, Goodreads
“I was captured by the first page and this exciting adventure did not slow down…Gerri Russell successfully immersed me into this time and place with her wonderful descriptions and strong characters.” – Lori D, Goodreads
“A riveting, fast paced, action packed, nail-biting, romantic adventure.” – Barbee, Goodreads


For the friend who likes sports mixed with their romance…

The Perfect Catch by Joanne Rock

“A sweet story of two people who had been beat down in the past and given a second chance at happiness.” – Carol, Goodreads
“A hunky ballplayer, family drama galore and lots of sassy banter! Joanne Rock brings a baseball dynasty to life with the backdrop of a good-hearted Texas family.” – Lynn B, Goodreads
“A heartwarming and enjoyable baseball themed country romance.” – Maria R, Goodreads


For the person who wishes their life was a Hallmark movie…

Holiday Hearts by Barbara Ankrum

“Two best friends team up to make a little girl’s first Christmas without her mother special and discover they can make each other’s Christmas special too.” – Janine, Goodreads
“The perfect book to curl up with this holiday season!” – Michelle, Goodreads
“A truly beautiful Christmas story…I totally loved this spell binding romance.” – Elaine, Goodreads


For the friend who dreams of having a paranormal boyfriend…

Junkyard Dog by Katja Desjarlais

“Filled with humor, intrigue, danger and lots of love, this is a book that will definitely keep you interested to the end.” – Peta, Goodreads
“I really enjoyed this mix of fun, action, romance with a little mythology thrown in for good measure.” – Carolyn, Goodreads
“The chemistry between Charlotte and Alex sizzles with lots of heat.” – Eva M, Goodreads


For the person who has a case of wanderlust…

What Happens in the Highlands by Kelsey McKnight

“The descriptions of the beauty and uniqueness of Scotland drew me in and made a lovely backdrop for Lachlan and Rose to fall in love against all odds.” – Marsha, Goodreads
“I enjoyed this light romance and it DEFINITELY made me want to visit Scotland more than ever.” – Kat, Goodreads
“A love story rivaled only by the magnificent back drop of the Scottish Highlands and one that deserves every star I can give it.” – Erin R, Goodreads


For the one who is a sucker for a second chance romance…

A Son for the Texas Cowboy by Sinclair Jayne

“A fabulous Cowboy story with all the angst, drama and passion needed to capture the true romantic’s heart.” – Karen R, Goodreads
“Second chance romances are my favorite ones and this is right up there with the best of them.” – Bonnie G, Goodreads
“This is one story that stays with you long after it has been finished.” – Becky, Goodreads