Saturday, January 25, 2014

Burns' Night Hop: The Mystique of the Scottish Male

Scottish Legends abound of the mythological creatures that inhabit the lochs, shores, and Highlands.  There is danger and beauty intertwined.  And always the brave warrior hero who fights for Land and Lady, for Honor and Love.

While thousands of years old, these ideas are still alive and well in modern Scottish tales.  A.B. McKinley and Rosanna Leo write contemporary heroes in traditional Scottish roles: Warriors and Selkies.

Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend is apparently most common in Orkney and Shetland. Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form, and having great seductive powers over human women. If a man steals a female selkie's skin she is in his power and is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives.

As iconic as the castles nestled into the jagged countryside are the images of Celt and Norse forces fighting.  From William Wallace to Rob Roy, movies have ingrained the image of hordes of men in their kilts fighting to save their homes, land, and family.  Their internal strength, selflessness and patience as seen in Robert the Bruce create the ultimate protector image, enrapturing us in the Warrior mystique. 

The Selkies

Author Rosanna Leo brings the selkies to modern times with her series The Orkney Selkies. 
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The Selkie, book 1:  

After losing her job and discovering her fiancé cheating, Maggie Collins travels to her deceased grandmother’s home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran’s things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.

To add to her frustration, Maggie’s dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney inspired with a lust she’s never known before.

Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.

As a thief ransacks Maggie’s grandmother’s house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever.

Selkie's Revenge, Book 2

On the beaches of Orkney, Scotland, an evil entity stalks mortal women. Machar “Mack” Kirk is a selkie man with a haunted past, who prowls the beaches at night, his arrows aiming for the finman who took his first love.

Beth Pedersen also watches the sea, a haunted widow who has suffered losses of her own. Until the day Mack Kirk saves her from a mysterious foe, flooding her world with brightness and foreign temptation.

As Mack and Beth fight their inundating passion, the finman escalates his attacks. Can Mack protect his new mate from a monster with no soul?

The Warrior

 A.B.McKinley aka Scott McKinley Author / Cover Model is a Scottish, former Special Forces soldier now living in the United States. He was injured twice; once in Afghanistan and once in Iran.  Now living in the United States, he writes the Kilted Desire series, weaving his own kilted warrior experiences into the plot.
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Sands of Betrayal
Kilted Desire 1

 Hot passionate sex! That was the last thing on Scott Maclaren's mind as he traveled across the Atlantic to visit family. The tough Scotsman had been a Special Forces soldier until he had been terribly injured on duty in Afghanistan. Shortly after that his wife had left him for another man while he was in the hospital. But things were starting to look up, after a freak online connection he'd met beautiful Ohio schoolteacher Katie Johnson and that's when the fireworks really started. Intense passion flared between them, a love and electricity that neither of them had ever experienced before. Scott would do anything for Katie and her children including returning to the Middle East to work a six month security contract. The money was too good to ignore, this could set them up financially for life. Their enforced separation is made harder by news that his job entails him being a personal bodyguard for the devious Britney Parnell, a young attractive businesswoman who's used to getting everything she wants. She wants Scott and wastes no time sharpening her claws on Katie. This emotional erotic romance is full of action, adventure, conflict, steamy sex scenes and ultimately betrayal.

Russian Roulette
Kilted Desire 2

Book Two continues the action/adventure/romance of Scott Maclaren.. aka AB McKinley - a real life military man who's life has inspired both books! After his recent adventures in the Middle East, all Scott Maclaren wanted to do was relax. He looked forward to his new life as a family man.

But, things never seem to ‘go-as-planned’ for the tough Scotsman.

Soon, after his return to the U.S., Scott finds himself catapulted back in to the thick of action. Once again, he is called upon and will need ‘all’ of his Special Forces skills, as he battles new foes.

New Blood
Kilted Desire 3

Mentally and physically exhausted from his Russian adventure, once again all Scott Maclaren longed for was peace and quiet. However, a frightening health issue and a devastating personal loss soon put paid to that. It's not long before his Special Forces skills are put to the test again, as he battles new and familiar foes. Conflict, suspense and sizzling action in the bedroom are abundant as the rugged Scot does his best to keep his lady safe and satisfied.

Selkie or Warrior, the sexual lure of the Scottish Male is legendary.  

 The 12 Subs of MacMas - Part 1 -
 A '69 Styles of Tartan' E-book by A.B. McKINLEY

This fly-on-the-wall book-u-mentary follows a year in the life of New York City based Playboy/Dom Craig MacMasters, and the women that use his services. Born in Scotland and a former member of the British military, MacMasters, or 'MacMas' as he's known to his friends is an intimidating man. Standing 6ft. 5in. tall and weighing around 240 lbs, the ruggedly handsome dark-haired, blue-eyed Scot is extremely popular with the lonely and submissive ladies of the 'Big Apple'.

In this book, you'll see how his 'service' works, along with some of the information from the questionnaires that his potential 'subs' fill in before they meet him. The detailed descriptions of the actual meetings come mainly from MacMasters himself, although some of the women involved, did willingly share information with us about their experiences.


...“Sorry is not good enough lass. It was a simple instruction and you disobeyed me. You have to be punished,” he growled, as he let go of her hair and gripped her waist, pushing her upper body forward with his other hand so her forearms were resting on the mattress. She was still standing but was now bent over the bed, her naked shapely ass exposed...

...“There’s no point struggling lass, you’re mine now. I’m going to play with your body and there’s nothing you can do about it,” he whispered as he stroked her cheek.
Again she was silent, but he could tell she was really turned on. She was at his mercy, naked and tied to the bed, in a vulnerable position...

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So what is Burns' Night?

January is a cold dreich month in Scotland. The strains of Auld Lang Syne have long since drifted over the heather. We need to keep ourselves cheerful somehow. So on the 25th of January we celebrate the poetry of our bard, Robert Burns. 
We pipe in the haggis, toast it with a dram (whisky), eat it and then we consider the life of the man behind the poems. He was a bit of a ladies man for sure and so that is why the speech, known as “The Immortal Memory” is followed with a toast to the lassies and a reply from the lassies. There is poetry and singing and dancing to follow and we all stagger home with our bellies full, our hearts renewed and the knowledge that we only have another 11 months of rain to go this year.

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What does a Scot wear under his kilt?  

Burns' Night Blog Hop Stops

1.Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains9.Inner Goddess17.Nina Mason
2.Samantha Holt10.Hunter S. Jones18.Kate Robbins
3.A Dirty Book Affair11.Christina Phillips19.Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4.Anne Conley12.Andrea Bellmont20.Sarah Bella
5.Em Taylor13.Isobelle Cate21.Joanne Wadsworth
6.Kirsten S. Blacketer14.Storm Chase22.Anne Stenhouse
7.Willa Blair15.Ceci Giltenan23. BJ Scott
8.Nicole Hurley- Moore16.Tarah Scott

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  1. They don't wear anything underneath. ;)

  2. Thanks for taking part in the hop. I've yet to find out what they wear but it's not for want of trying... ;)

  3. A true Scottish male wears nothing under his Kilt, otherwise it's called a skirt. Lol!

  4. They were nothing underneath :)


  5. Lets hope Scottish males wear nothing under their kilts - LOL I love Selkie lores and have read The Selkies by Rosanna Leo and loved it. I didn't know there was a book 2. The other books look awesome too. Lifting my Dram up to toast Burns and his naughty poems - LOL

    1. Thank you Ronda! I hope you get to enjoy book 2 as well! Cross fingers for more in the series. :)

    2. Hi Rosanne Leo, I put it to the top of my list to buy next month. I'd love to have you as a guest on my site too after I read it. Email me if you want. Hugs


    3. Thank you Ronda! Am emailing. :)

  6. Well I love a man with a Scottish accent and I hope they were nothing under their kilts! Easy access for sure! LOL . Thanks for the chance and now I must go daydream about a sexy Scot being commando under his kilt!

  7. I love my Highlanders. They wear nothing u series their kilts.

  8. Are there many selkie stories? I've never heard of them.
    I think a true Scotsman wears the glory of God under his kilt!
    capefearlibn at gmail dot com

    1. Catherine, Scotland and Ireland abound with selkie mythology. There are many YA selkie stories out there, but I've concentrated on the erotic aspects of the legends. I hope you enjoy my selkie brothers!

  9. Gosh, selkie heroes sound fun! Awesome idea! Happy Burns Night, Pearls and see you on FB!

    1. Thanks Storm Chase! Selkies ARE fun. ;) Hope you like the books.

  10. I've heard they wear nothing under the kilt. But I have yet to find out for myself!

  11. I have heard they have bare arse under their kilt ;)

  12. OH you ladies are sooooo naughty ;)

    Lifting a dram as we think of warm wool tartans on these wintry nights. Happy Burns Night tae ye all.

  13. nothing

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  14. The Selkie books sound great! This was a fun way to learn about new authors!! Thanks!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I worked very hard to create a unique paranormal world with the selkie books and I appreciate your interest. Enjoy!

  15. Nothing is wore beneath the kilt!

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