I don’t play music while I write. I have a tendency to get too swept up in music. But I do create a playlist for the car with tunes that help inspire mood and emotion for the various scenes story I’m working on. This is my list from Betting the Scot. In the novel, the main character Caya Pendarvis has a beautiful singing voice, so most of the songs are by female artists
This is actually a Robert Burns love song!
The Briar and the Rose
Gorgeous love duet
Puirt a Beul
Roughly translated, Puirt à beul means mouth music. It’s a traditional form of song native to Scotland in which meaningless words are repeated because of the pleasing sound and the joy of it.
Declan is a bonnie laddie. I love him so.
Dimming of the Day
Richard & Linda Thompson
As testament to the beauty of this song, it’s been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, and Mary Black, to name a few.
Over the Hills and Far Away
Most recognizable as the theme song for the Sharpe TV Series with Sean Bean, you can find this traditional British Folk song with a few different sets of lyrics including children’s nursery rhyme, love song, and war theme. Toward the end of Betting the Scot, Caya sings the love song version to Declan.
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Declan Sinclair is a Highlander who believes his dreams never lie. When he spots Caya at a public house, he knows instantly she is the woman in his dreams—his future wife. Though her brother had promised never to gamble again, he engages Declan in a card game—and the prize is the lovely Caya.
Caya Pendarvis has no time for childish things like dreams or fairy-‐‑tales or love. She’s the sacrificial lamb on her way to the far north of Scotland to wed a wealthy merchant in exchange for settling her brother’s gambling debts.
Winning at cards is one of the many things Declan Sinclair does well. Unfortunately, the ability to court a woman—a talent he lacks—is the only skill he desperately needs to win Caya’s heart.
Jennifer Trethewey is an actor-turned-writer who has moved her performances from the stage to the page. In 2013, she traveled to Scotland for the first time, where she instantly fell for the language, humor, intense sense of pride, and breathtaking landscape. Her love for Scotland is translated into her series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The first three books in this sexy, adventurous series, Tying the Scot, and Betting the Scot, are available on amazon.com. Forgetting the Scotwill be released on October 22nd, 2018. Visit her web pageand sign up for her Scot Curiousnewsletter.