Interview and Contest: Anita Clenney – Awaken the Highland warrior

Please help me welcome Anita Clenney to my blog today. And at the bottom of the interview is a contest where you can win her newest book Awaken The Highland Warrior.

Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!

Tell us something about yourself, so that we can get to know you better…

AC: I live in Virginia with my husband and two kids, as well as a white boxer who thinks she owns us. I’ve always loved to read, which lead to wanting to write, but the notion didn’t occur to me until rather late in life. I’m admittedly obsessive about things I love. I have two speeds. Off and full blast. I’m working on happy mediums but it’s not working out well so far.

Your newest book is called Awaken the Highland Warrior; can you tell us what it is about?

AC: This story was so much fun to write. It’s loaded with big brawny warriors, castles, demons, and swords. The foundation for the story is Michael the Archangel has a secret clan of warriors. Faelan is the mightiest warrior of his time, but he gets trapped in a time vault while trying to save the world from a vile demon. Bree is a historian who feels more like Indiana Jones. When she finds a treasure map in the old house she’s inherited, she’s expecting anything but the Scottish warrior who comes leaping out of his tomb at her.

The attraction between Faelan and Bree is instantaneous, and for a good reason, but so is the frustration, because they’re from vastly different cultures. Faelan can’t fathom a female being so bold and rash. The woman attracts danger like a bloody magnet. And she won’t let him protect her; he, a renowned warrior since before she was born. If he could drive that bloody thing she called a car, he’d toss her over his shoulder and get her away from her house before the demon who locked him up comes looking for him.

Bree feels something for Faelan that goes way beyond attraction, frighteningly so, but on the other hand she’s ready to stick him back in the time vault if he doesn’t stop with this over protective nonsense. It’s not the 19th century, for God’s sake, and he’s treating her like a child. Women are tough and independent. But after she finds out what has this big, bad warrior so worried, she’s glad to have all that muscle close by. And she’d give her pinkie toe to get her hands on that talisman hanging around his neck.

Where did the idea for this book come from?

AC: It started with a dream. A very scary dream, but the story isn’t really dark, just lots of suspense to go with the sizzling romance, adventure, and humor.
If this book became a movie, who would you see in the lead roles?
AC: I think Bridget Regan of Legend of the Seeker resembles Bree in looks, but the personality is probably more Rachel Weisz of The Mummy. Faelan could probably be played by Gerard Butler, especially in his Attila role.

 What’s coming next in this series?
AC: Embrace the Highland Warrior comes out in November. There is a lot of history and betrayal between the hero and heroine. It’s very poignant. And we’ll see all of the characters from the first book as secondary characters. Including Ronan. Everyone seems to be in love with Ronan. But his story won’t come for a while. Unleash the Highland Warrior comes out Fall 2012. It will have a unique twist. Again, all the characters will return in secondary roles. Here are blurbs for books two and three.

EMBRACE THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR. When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can’t fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse.

UNLEASH THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR. A talisman belonging to Tavis Connor’s brother is the only weapon powerful enough to kill the demon hell-bent on stealing the clan’s Book of Battles so he can destroy the world. But the talisman has been locked in a time vault with Tavis’s brother and won’t open for 150 years. In desperation, the Scottish warrior breaks the clan’s sacred rules and uses another time vault to travel forward so he can protect the book and rescue his brother, or if he’s dead, finish his quest. But when Tavis finally wakes in modern-day New York, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. Anna MacKinley has been searching for her clan’s Book of Battles which has been missing for 150 years, but instead she finds a warrior with no memories who claims he’s come to save the world.   
Answer me this, what is so sexy about a man in a kilt? 😉
AC: I wish I knew, but it’s just about the sexiest thing there is. I’m trying to get my husband in one. He already has the tattoos.
And last, do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
AC: Don’t give up. Learn all you can from other writers, but don’t judge your journey by theirs. Writing isn’t one size fits all. Then write a book that would knock your socks off as a reader. Think big and write deep.

Thank you!

Two winners /Awaken the Highland warrior
1. US and Canada
2.Edited: It will end on May 29th instead
3. Just enter or
Ask Anita a question, comment on the interview or tell me this: Why do you like highlanders or why are men in kilts so hot?
Winners: barbara and Mckenzie


A Man From Another Time…
Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect…

Could Be the Treasure She’s Been Seeking All her Life…
When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn’t dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.

With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems…

Anita Clenney writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Before giving herself over to the writing bug, she worked in a pickle factory, at a preschool, booked shows for Aztec Fire Dancers, and was a secretary, executive assistant, and a realtor. She lives with her husband and two children in suburban Virginia where she is working on her next book, Embrace the Highland Warrior, which will be in stores in November 2011. For more information, please visit and


63 thoughts on “Interview and Contest: Anita Clenney – Awaken the Highland warrior

  1. mmbourassa says:

    Men in kilts – they're strong confident men, there's the legs ;), and there's always the naughty thought of running the hand up that leg and finding out what they DO wear under one. Highlanders – are strong alpha men who follow their own code of honor and loyalty.

  2. says:

    I have yet to do an author interview but yours are always so fun!So the reason I think guys in kilts are so hot…well men in uniform are hot in general. That is why women are attracted to Firemen, Police officers, Soliders, etc…so I think kilts resemble a uniform for us and that's why they are so hot. Plus, kind of like guys enjoy girls in skirts for "easy access", doesn't that kind of go for women too??!! LOL. Fantastic giveaway again and sounds like a great series!

  3. Erika says:

    I don't usually read these types of books but wow this one sounds really good!Why they are sexy? Because kilts show off more skin than pants but in a sophisticated way…unlike shorts!erikadlugoATyahooDOTcom

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    @NaidaHihi, good choice of leading man ;)@LeanneThanks for stopping by!@StacieAlphas sure do not needed to be explained more than that :)@ShanonLol, they can sure make you drool@TinaYou found the place in the end@MargaretOhhhhh sounds absolutely fantastic, even if he had no kilt@YvonneIt was fun @FlorenceAwww thanks :D@MelissaLOL! Easy access@ladyvampI am glad your stalking made you come here 🙂 She sure wrote an intersting book.And true, it takes a real man to show of his legs like that@MckenzieAye, those accents are sexy@KristiI am glad we sold it to you :D@BarbaraIt does seem that all women just love them@StaciDon't let that dog take over now ;)@Winnie3 great things indeed@NicoleThey sure have, and now I melt again@MMNot much more than that needs to be said :)@MissieAye, good movie lass@VivienneOh those dogs@PaperTrue, I do like a man in a uniform 😀 And easy access…I could sure see how that comes in handy@ErikaI never thought about that but yes so much more sophisticated

  5. Diana (Book of Secrets) says:

    Can you believe my husband offered to wear a kilt for me? (In private, of course!) A kilt isn't something you can find at Target, so I'll have to do some internet shopping…Awaken the Highland Warrior sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!Dianabookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. hamna says:

    Men in kilts…all i can say is that they're totally "interesting"Great interview!Looking forward to reading this, sounds like a great read.hamnamirza(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    DianaHold on *asks bf if he would wear a kilt*Hm the answer came out yeano, some sort of yes and no in will work on that ;)And thanks everyone for stopping by!!!


    What is not to love about a Highlander, espically in a kilt, the wondering what is under that kilt, that Scottish accent and the eye that look at you with that Scottish accent. I have read alot of Highlander books and love them all, cant read enough of them. This one sound fantastic, I would love to read it. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. Natalie

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