Weekend Reads with Dawn Ireland!

I've something new this weekend! Dawn Ireland has created a Scottish Food Quiz!

Just imagine. This is your first trip to Great Britain, and on the plane you meet the Highlander of your dreams. Tall and broad chested, with twinkling, sherry-colored eyes. He makes you laugh. No small feat because flying usually terrifies you. When you land, he insists you to join him for dinner on your first night in London.
His restaurant choice oozes charm; stunning landscape pictures line the stucco walls, the woodwork is gleaming, but worn, and the tables are solid with little vases of heather. With his hand on your back, he guides you to a private corner. The perfect gentleman, he suggests he order for you when the waiter arrives.
At your nod, he turns to the jovial man. “The lassie and I will be having Devils on Horseback, then Toad in the Hole with Clapshot, and I’d not want you to forget the Spotted Dick.”
At that comment, you spray your handsome Highlander with the ill-timed mouthful of wine you’d taken to fortify yourself for what lay ahead. With a quick glance at your dripping companion, you slouch down in your chair and hug your arms to your middle, wishing you were back in the States.
Now, the embarrassing situation above wouldn’t have happened if you’d learned about the food in Great Britain. Would you know what Clapshot or Spotted Dick are?  If not, I’ve devised a little test. Let’s see how you do.

Now you won’t be taken by surprise when you’re invited to dinner. I’m sure you’ll come to enjoy British cuisine. I highly recommend the tablet.
Oh, and better luck with your next handsome Highlander.

And since Dawn is visiting, I've asked her to share her latest work.

About the Book:

­­Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?

About Dawn:

“Once Upon a Time” are four of Dawn’s favorite words, because she never knows
where they will lead. She writes stories to remind herself that even though things may seem bleak, there is always the possibility of a “Happily Ever After.” If along the way she makes readers smile, cry or see the magic in their everyday lives, then she’s done her job.

Dawn’s written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England and the Highlands – an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy “Society” as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away – well, you get the idea.  
Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin’s Male Model search, and take notes, or just sigh?

When she’s not writing, Dawn may be found singing, gardening, learning to play the harp or wood carving. She lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats.

Dawn hopes you’ll read her books, and together you’ll bring to life characters that aren’t perfect, but have a story to tell.

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  1. Fun quiz! I actually have a recipe for cloutie dumpling given to me by a Scottish friend. I made a mess of it but intend to try again, because yum!

    1. Barbara, you're the first person I've heard of who has attempted to make any of these dishes. You'll have to let me know how your second attempt turns out:) I'm glad you liked the quiz. I wanted to do something a little different.

  2. Maddy, thanks for inviting me to visit! I hope everyone does well with the quiz. I know I would not have passed before I started my research. I'm often amazed at how people can speak the same language but have different words for common items: truck/lorry, french fries/chips, etc. It can be confusing when you visit other English speaking countries. Of course, I'm only dealing with language, imagine if you went back in time the way my heroine did in Highland Yearning:)


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