"Magnificent" - Lachlann's Legacy by Ashley York - Interview
Hidden secrets could tear them apart as fast as their passion drove them together.
On the Moray coast in Scotland…
Ethne’s genuine and caring nature makes her invaluable to her brother as his son’s caretaker, but he and his wife treat her as little more than their servant. When she learns their tribal leader would use her chaste status for his own purposes, Ethne plans to escape and reluctantly accepts the help of Lachlann—a handsome pilgrim she only just met at the local faire.
Despite her independent spirit, Ethne feels drawn to Lachlann. Her instincts say his intentions are honorable, but can she trust him with her heart?
Raised by his godfather with few clues to his family’s past, Lachlann values his freedom and the brotherhood of his highlander kin. Disguised as a pilgrim on a mission for the priory, he encounters Ethne, a warm, intelligent maiden whose courage in the face of a loveless marriage awakens an intense need to protect her.
Unfortunately, Ethne is one of the very people he must deceive to explore the cave system containing clues to the lost treasure he seeks. But he cannot abandon her to an uncertain fate—or deny the simmering tension between them.
With religious prejudice running high and both of them facing tests of loyalty, Lachlann and Ethne may realize the only way to fight for their futures is to surrender... to each other.
In the author's words . . .
What I loved the absolute most about writing this book was the research. I got to stroll along the beach of the northern coast of Scotland on a gorgeous summer day, seeking out the caves and hill that created Ethne's home. Priceless!
An Interview with Ashley York
What inspired you to write this book?
I really enjoy hearing from my readers all the time, and this one particular reader is the reason Lachlann's story came to be. These three Highlanders first appear in The Gentle Knight, book 2 of the Norman Conquest Series. Lachlann is particular is an important part since he's the one who aids the hero (Peter) in his quest to bring the heroine (Brighit) safely to the Prior where she'll be taking her vows as a nun.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Lachlann's Legacy is about three friends, Lachlann, Aldred, and Niall’s, who have accepted a mission for the church to find silver that had been hidden hundreds of years earlier. It had been hidden to protect it from the raiding "Vikings" but ends up never being returned. Clues are found in this story that propel us to the next story about Aldred. One reviewer mentioned that it's going to be a hard story to write. I think because he's a difficult character to like. I will remind you, however, that Sean who first appears as a rival to Peter in The Gentle Knight ends up a great overking and ends up with his own series, The Warrior Kings. There are few characters that cannot be redeemed by the right circumstances...although I may have finally created one in Lachlann's Legacy who hails from the Orkney Islands. You'll have to let me know if you agree after you read it :)
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
In a way this question sort of overlaps with another question, What did you edit out of this book? Side stories are often background about the characters that the author knows but they won't necessarily make it into the book. I have a lot of side stories and cutting them out is sometimes the hardest part! I'm getting better at it though...I think. And my amazing editor, Cindy Vallar, shows no mercy which keeps the pace moving along and makes the story that much better. Besides, certain side stories may still come to light in another book.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think the favorite part(s) of this book are the interaction between my hero, Lachlann, and the heroine's nephew, Finn. He's a precocious little boy who has very strong opinions about everything especially Lachlann. They build a close friendship that comes easy to both of them which is the opposite of how it goes for Ethne. Children can be more open and just be themselves whereas adults sometimes have roles they need to keep up that make it more difficult to trust people. Trust is definitely an important part of the whole story.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Lachlann, Niall, and Aldred were characters first introduced in The Gentle Knight where they were much younger and carefree. Niall's story about his father being banished from the clan and falling on hard times came to light in The Irish Warrior. He was willing to marry his daughter, Thomasina, off to pay his debts. I thought this was a pretty compelling story and wanted to explore it more. Niall must eventually be accepted back into the clan but at what price? With this "trilogy" I can explore that more.
I also needed a storyline that could carry through all three stories so I could concentrate on each of their HEA's but have this one journey be the thing that connects them all. be such a big challenge that it would last over the three books I'd envisioned for my "three Highlanders" and this was the perfect journey
Who designed your book covers?
My beautiful cover was designed by Wicked Smart Designs and what a pleasure it was to work with them. Nothing was a hassle. Everything went smoothly. She was a true professional. I've even had her put a face lift on the covers for my first series, Norman Conquest and I absolutely adore them. They'll be revealed soon so stay tuned.
"If you love Scottish adventures, then you'll love this one." —Goodreads review
Award-winning author Ashley York writes historical romance full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England where life was wild and survival was never guaranteed.
Whether it's in the mysterious ring forts of Ireland, the romantic Scottish Highlands, or the battle fields of Hastings, her characters fight hard and play hard. Good or evil, primary or secondary, they'll yank at your emotions and make it hard to put her books down.
Passionate about history and research, York may tweak some historical facts (like the location of the Baron's Rebellion) but the flavor of the time is undeniable. With heroes and heroines you'll want to read about again and again, her stories are fresh and unpredictable but still finish with a satisfying HEA.
Learn more at ashleyyorkauthor.com
Title: Lachlann's Legacy
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2020
Content Note: 4 Hearts
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