Music & Inspiration with Jennifer Trethewey


Dear Entangled Romance Readers, especially those of you who are Scot Curious like me!

I’m delighted that Saving the Scot, Highlanders of Balforss Book 4, is on sale during the month of December. To celebrate, I thought I’d share something special.

I know many authors use music for inspiration. I love discovering their playlists, listening to the music, and imagining how the characters in their books evolved. Music influences my imagination and my writing, as well. Much to my surprise, however, the reverse happened to me. Two dear friends, John and Susan Nicholson of the award-winning Frogwater band, were inspired by my books to write some wonderful original music which they play regularly at their gigs! I’ve used Frogwater music to fuel my love for all things Celtic and Gaelic for years. I want to share a taste of these treasures with you.

First, let me introduce you to John and Susan Nicholson of Frogwater. I think this tune, Gullfaxi’s Ride (inspired by Betting the Scot), is a perfect example of the Celtic enthusiasm that is the trademark of their music and the reason they are a favorite in Wisconsin. They have played nearly every Irish, Highland, or Bluegrass Festival in the country, weddings, ceilidh dances, outdoor concerts, even a glorious gig at a castle in England! 


This next tune is called “Taking the Tigress.” In Betting the Scot (Highlanders of Balforss Book 2), the Sinclairs raid a pirate ship to save Declan’s beloved Caya and this is what inspired the tune. I, in turn, used the tune to write Saving the Scot (Book 4), in which Captain Ian Sinclair escorts Louisa Robertson to America aboard Gael Forss. To me, it seems to bound and crash like waves on the sea and feels like adventure. Turn up the volume and take a listen.



In Saving the Scot, Louisa Robertson has a dream. She wants to be an actress on the stage. The book begins in Edinburgh with her debut breeches performance in Twelfth Night. It does not go well. We all have dreams. We all have notions of what will make us happy “if only…” but sometimes what we want is not always what we need. 



This next Frogwater tune, “Love and Honor”, is all about just that. It’s slow, sweet, and oh so romantic. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this tune playing in the background. The tune was originally inspired by Lucy in Tying the Scot (Book 1) and has been my go-to when writing love scenes in the following books.



Now, for something completely different, I have a link to the traditional song Louisa sings in Saving the Scot. On Louisa’s trans-Atlantic voyage to America, she entertains the crew with a song. Unfortunately, the only songs she knows are bawdy drinking songs her brothers taught her. The crew loves her rendition of Maiden of Bashful Fifteen. To get an idea of what this tune sounds like, here’s a link (not a Frogwater tune):

For more Frogwater, you can hear them live every Friday evening on the Frogwater Facebook page:

Here’s wishing you love and happiness throughout this holiday season and for years to come.


Cheery Bye!

Jennifer Trethewey





















Louisa Robertson’s father is furious when he finds her acting on stage. Now, she’s being shipped off to America to marry some stranger her father thinks will bring out the “lady” in her. Luckily, Louisa’s maid agrees to switch places with her! Her maid will marry the American and get the wealthy lifestyle she’s always wanted, and Louisa can do whatever she damn well pleases––for the first time in her life.

Highlander Ian Sinclair needs an army commission, and the only way he can get one is to safely deliver the general’s Daughter-from-Hell to her intended in America. Easy, right? It would be if the lady’s companion Louisa didn’t wear breeches and do everything the exact opposite of what he orders. It’ll be a miracle if the sparks flying between Ian and Louisa don’t set the bloody ship afire before they arrive in America.

But just when Louisa thinks her plan is going to give her the acting career she wants and a Highlander to boot…Ian discovers her secret.

Each book in The Highlanders of Balforss series is STANDALONE:
* Tying the Scot
* Betting the Scot
* Forgetting the Scot
* Saving the Scot








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 was translated into her first series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The sexy, adventurous first book of the series, TYING THE SCOT, is set to be released in November 2017. Trethewey’s primary experience in bringing the imaginary to life was working for one of the oldest women’s theaters in the nation, where she was the co-founder and co-artistic director. Today she continues to act, but writes contemporary and historical fiction full-time. Her other loves include dogs, movies, music and good wine. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband.


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