Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Book and a Chat with Laura Vosika

Think Highlander, Trading Places and a dozen other great movies and books thrown together with a gentle touch of music and a story that makes you want to keep turning the pages and you’ll get the first book in my today’s guest Laura Vosika, and her first book in the fiction trilogy "Blue Bells of Scotland".

Laura and her love for music in a way lead to this book as “Blue Bells of Scotland” is a much loved piece of music for trombone, the instrument Laura started with, which by the way has now spread across woodwind, strings and percussion.

Mother of nine children who by the way is also writing a non-fiction book about bringing up a large family, shared with us how she’d started of writing a single novel. However this when early readers questioned the ending and came up with so many other options, that she went back to the drawing board, or is it in Laura’s case the “rough score” and it spread into a trilogy.

As one of the many 5 star reviews on Amazon states…

A man, a trombone and his claymore

From modern day Inverness to medieval Scotland this book takes you on an adventure across the mountains and valleys of the Highlands. The two main characters are polar opposites in everything but looks. The plot twists and turns pulling you towards its climax at Bannockburn. Well written and entertaining this book has something for the musician and highland warrior in you.

And this is only Book One!!!

I myself found the whole idea of the story and the flow of the characters something that has me longing to read the second book, even more so with the snippet Laura shared about a character turning up at the battle of Bannockburn offering coffee (think when coffee was discovered)

About Blue Bells of Scotland:

Shawn Kleiner has it all: money, fame, a skyrocketing career as an international musical phenomenon, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants-- until the night Amy has enough and leaves him stranded in a Scottish castle tower.
He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior. Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall's tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee. They are pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor who want Niall dead.

Thrown forward in time, Niall learns history’s horrifying account of his own death, and of the Scots’ slaughter at Bannockburn. Undaunted, he navigates the roiled waters of Shawn’s life-- pregnant girlfriend, amorous fans, enemies, and gambling debts--- seeking a way to leap back across time to save his people, especially his beloved Allene. His growing fondness for Shawn’s life brings him face to face with his own weakness and teaches him the true meaning of faith.

Blue Bells of Scotland is both a historical adventure and a tale of redemption that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned.”

I Totally Agree!

So sit back and enjoy today’s “A Book and a Chat with Laura Vosika


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