May 18, 2014

Interview: Willa Blair Author of The Healer's Gift @willablair #RLFblog #paranormalromance

The Healer's Gift 
Title The Healer's Gift
Genre Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance (Novella)
Author Willa Blair
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The Healer's Gift resolves the story of one of the most tormented characters in Highland Healer. Coira MacDugall deserves the harshest punishment for her actions in the Highlands. But her clan's new laird, Logan, defies her expectations. And the Healer's gift changes everything she thought she knew — about herself and the people around her.

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Publisher The Wild Rose Press
The Healer's Gift is available exclusively on Amazon in print and for Kindle until 2 July, when it will be available at all the usual outlets, including iBooks, B&N, KOBO, AllRomanceEBooks.

Interview with Willa Blair

Why did you write this book?
When I finished Highland Healer, the first book in my Highland Talents series, I wondered what might have happened to Coira after Toran sent her home, and I knew if I wondered about her, then my readers did, too. The Healer's Gift is my first novella-length book.
I had to write The Healer's Gift to see how Aileana's healing had changed her life. Could Coira be redeemed? Had she been? It was satisfying to write Coira's happy-ever-after, and I'm thrilled with the way her story turned out and with Logen's, as well. I hope my readers are, too.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love reading historical romance, especially Scottish historicals. I grew up reading science fiction, so science fiction romance is a lot of fun, too. I also enjoy romantic suspense and mysteries and contemporaries - wow, it's hard to pick just one.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
From books I've read in the past few years, Gabriel Ross Sullivan, "alpha mercenary and scoundrel" in Linnea Sinclair's Gabriel's Ghost (SFR), is my favorite wounded hero. If I looked back over all the books I've read, I'd have more of a list than you have room to include.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I do like both, but my husband and I rarely go to a movie theater unless it's for something we especially want to see on a big screen. We watch way too much TV and keep our Netflix subscription active, which is how we watch most movies.
Again, I have too many favorites to list, but two by Aaron Sorkin stand out: West Wing and Sports Night, for their brilliant writing. And I loved the twists that made the 2009 Star Trek movie into something fresh and new. And of course, I'm eager to see Outlander, the upcoming STARZ series, when it comes out this August.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I just sent Highland Troth, the third full-length book in my Highland Talents series, to my Beta reader. Once I get comments back from her, I'll do a final revision before sending it to my editor at The Wild Rose Press, perhaps even by the end of this month. Highland Troth is Jamie Lathan's story. Here's the info about it.
Jamie Lathan and Lathan fosterling Caitrin Fletcher were close as children, but after she was called home, he never expected to see her again. He certainly never imagined he'd be called upon to escort her to be betrothed to another man. When their attraction reignites, Caitrin must choose between Jamie and her father's plans for her marriage-of-alliance. Jamie must find an honorable way to ensure Caitrin's future, even if it means sacrificing his own.
Once my editor has Highland Troth, I can focus on writing my next novella. It will be a prequel to the Highland Talents series and will be included in an anthology called Kissing the Highlander that will release on Valentine's Day 2015. I'm thrilled to join Eliza Knight, Victoria Roberts, Terry Spear and Vonda Sinclair in this venture. Keep an eye on our websites for more news. Kissing the Highlander is going to be fabulous!
And of course, I'm working up ideas for at least two more novellas in the Highland Talents series. I'm sure one will be Angus MacAnalen's story. So there's more to come!
Please tell us about your latest book, Healer's Gift.
Coira MacDugall paid with her life for her attack on the Highland Healer. But her victim did more than heal Coira's fatal wound that awful night. Now drowning in the unwelcome emotions of others, Coira wonders if her new empathic ability was meant as a gift or a curse. Logen MacDugall must discover who killed three previous lairds if he hopes to survive for long in the position. He believes Coira's new sense can help him root out the conspirators, but after her disastrous time in the Highlands, the last thing she wants is to get involved with another laird. Logen must help Coira gain control of her talent in time to save him and their clan from those intent on destroying MacDugall. Can Coira believe this laird truly loves her? Or will her memories lead her to madness again?


Logen's mouth on Coira's palm had set her whole body to tingling. His kiss melted her bones. She held on to him, certain that she could no longer stand on her own. The fire that raged in him burned in her as well, making her weak. Making her forget who he was. What he was. She could feel nothing but the desire sweeping through him. It heated her blood, overwhelmed her senses, and made her bold.
"Dinna release me," she warned. "I will fall."
"Have I harmed ye then?" The concern in his voice was mirrored in the sudden cold fear that lapped at her senses.
"Nay, nay. Dinna fash." The chill receded. Coira lifted a hand and cupped Logen's face yet again. His gaze burned into her as if he was trying to read her mind. She knew he could not do that, but the idea that he wished to know her so well pleased her. "The opposite. Ye make me feel…things I've never felt before."
Logen stayed silent, his gaze moving over her face. The feelings flooding through him seemed to well up from his soul. His unspoken longing brought tears to her eyes and threatened to consume her. Coira's throat tightened as her own impossible longings escaped her control to blend with his.
He finally spoke. "Ye bring me peace. Did ye ken that? I desire ye, I canna hide it. But ye bring me peace."
"Ach, Logen." She kissed him softly while her heart broke in two. "Ye make me wish to weep." He was completely open to her, strong and confident, yet all she sensed was his vulnerability. "No one has ever said anything like that to me. Has the Healer's gift changed me so much, then?"
Willa Blair 

Author Bio

Willa Blair is the award-wining author of Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling Scottish historical paranormal romance and a contributor to USAToday's Happy Ever After romance blog. Her popular Highland Talents series, set in a pivotal point in Scottish history, is filled with men in kilts, psi talents, and plenty of spice. Available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, the first three titles will soon be joined by more novels of adventure and romance.

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  1. Willa, all your stories sound so good are on my wishlist. I've heard a lot of readers speaking really good things about your work. :)

  2. Thanks, Leah. That’s really nice to hear!


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