Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blog Tour: The Legend of Lady MacLaoch Givaway and Author Interview

Hello everyone… I would like to take a few minutes and welcome an amazing writer, Becky Banks.  She is the author of a book that I fell in love with called The Legend of Lady MacLoach.  Thanks so much Becky  for agreeing to doing this interview and for letting me review your book.  

1.) How did you come up with the idea for The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and are there any special lessons you want your readers to learn from this amazing book?

The idea more or less began during the infamous trip to Scotland in 2009. It was an amazing trip and while I had started the manuscript prior to going, the story evolved while there and solidified on my return. The overarching lessons to be taken away from the novel are unique to each reader, much like other forms of art I’ve discovered that each person has a different take on the novel. While I’d love to say that I want women to see the strength in Cole and impart some of that sass into their lives, I know that the book will resonate differently with every reader. What each reader (and a handful of them are men) take away will be unique, and as long as there is enjoyment and happiness with it? I’m content.

2.) What traits in each of your characters do you love in this book?

Ah, great question! And how do I keep this short? :0) With Rowan, it’s his quiet observance, Cole, it’s her ferocity of spirit and tenacity to stick to her guns. The MacDunnah brothers though, they by far - and Peabody - are my favorite for their humor and keenness. 

3.) How long did it take you to write The Legend of lady MacLaoch 

The first (rough, rough, rough) draft took me just three weeks to complete. When stories come to me, they come fast and intense. It then took me roughly a year to edit and revise to the final version. Quite a quick processes overall.

4.)  What are you currently reading or writing right now?

Well, I’m currently reading a few random things, the best of which is a book called, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. On my off time I love to garden so this book is a little like a mini dreamscape where I’m immersed into a world of growing things then eating them.  

On what I’m writing now, I’m currently working on the next novel, its working title is The Mechanic. The Mechanic, is very very different from The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, as it is set here in the US and is much more of a gritty love story. The main character is a woman named Eva Rodgers. She’s a businesswoman and a chief editing officer for a large magazine, the man in the story is named Nathaniel Vellanova. Nate is a street-wise European auto mechanic with a brutal past. The grit comes out in strong language, even stronger characters and a storyline that is about fast cars, smart yet tragic youths and intense life changes. Oh, and the bond of it all? Love.

5.) Is there anything you would like to say to the readers out there?

Yes! I love you! :0)
That, and if they’re interested in learning more about the book or me or whisky or anything else, stop by and visit me online at, I’m also on Twitter (beckybanks) and on Facebook at The Legend of Lady MacLaoch.

Thanks again for having me Ali!

You are so welcome Becky, I was so happy to have you here! Alright time for the giveaway, you all ready to try to win this amazing book? Alright this is what you have to do.  There are a few different ways to sign up to win, but you must do the following to be in the running:

*You have to follow Ali's Bookshelf by GFC
*You must comment on this post
*You must follow Becky Banks blog as well
*You must be a resident of The United States.

The rest of the options are for extra entries.  So if you do all of them even the extra two questions then you can have up to eight chances to win Becky's wonderful book The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. 

Make sure you check out my review for this book that was already posted this morning! I have so many amazing things to say about this book! 



Breath of Life said...

Wow I can't wait to read this book!

Charla85 said...

Awesome interview! I can't wait to read this book, it sounds like it's going to be a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

I am a US resident and my GFC name is Charla85. I am following both blogs!

lisa :) said...

Love learning more about Becky and this book at all the stops on the tour! Can't believe the first draft only took three weeks!

Becky Banks said...

Charla85 & Breath of Life - Yay! Thanks for the follow! And I hope you enjoy reading it, it was supremely fun to write. Not to mention the extensive research I HAD to conduct in Scotland for 10 days. More castles please!

Howdy Lisa!! Yes, three weeks, and I had a full time job at the time! I'd write in the morning before work, at my lunch break, and after work until bed. I was possessed!

Michele Richard said...

Ali is my go to girl for rec's on books. So if she loves you so will I. I've done my required follows. Good luck with the book!

Michele Richard

Anonymous said...

WOW! This book looks great! Thanks so much, Ali for inviting Becky to the blog, and thanks so much Becky for accepting! I'm following both blogs, my GFC is MnkyLuvinLady

Becky Banks said...

Michele & busymommy - thank you and it was my honor to be invited. Happy reading!

PS - what is GFC?

Ali said...

Becky hehe...GFC is Google Friend Connect its the way people follow the blogs!

Becky Banks said...

Ooooooooh! thanks Ali. :0)

Ali said...

YW babe :)

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