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Friday, May 29, 2015

LION HEART by A.C. Gaughen | Blog Tour: Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to today's LION HEART blog tour. I am so thrilled to have author A.C.Gaughen on the blog today to talk about her ending her series. This is one of my favorite series, and if you haven't yet, I highly recommend adding LION HEART to your TBR lists. 

The end of an era – Saying goodbye to the Scarlet series.
So there’s this girl I know.  I met her in 2007 during my MLitt (a Scottish MFA) in St Andrews.  I met her when I was frustrated, and angry, and needed someone to vent to.  She was there for me, and then we just didn’t really talk for a while.  To be honest, I forgot about her.  I moved back to the States; I moved back to Scotland.  I moved back to the States, for good this time.  
It wasn’t until I was working in this god-awful retail job where my 19 year old boss was alternating between regaling me with the merits of breast implants and forcibly reminding me of the correct way to hang clothes on a hanger that I heard from this friend again.   She just walked into the store one day while I was working, and it was like no time had passed.  
I had no idea how much I needed her;  I was at the end of my rope.  I was tired and frustrated and nothing felt like it was working.  I was broke and living with my mom and I just felt like I was sitting by and watching as other people got the things I wanted, and I didn’t understand how to change.  
But then she came, and we would go to Panera together, and we’d talk for hours.  Hours and hours.  She told me her story, and I started to write it down; I wrote so much and so long and so fast that when I would leave, I found myself talking like her.  She had wrapped herself around my bones, and my heart.  
Forgive the extended metaphor, but that friend was Scarlet.  She was there for me, waiting with nervous glee as I got the call from my agent.  She was there through my first edits, my first copy edits, my first pass pages.  She was there for my first launch party, and when I needed to talk again, she was there to help me write Lady Thief, and then Lion Heart.  
I felt like SCARLET had been a book that I discovered—I wasn’t sure how I wrote it, and usually it just felt like it appeared from thin air.  My launch party and the time leading up to it kind of felt like a lie—I’m such a fake and I don’t deserve this—and then the real work started.  Lady Thief and Lion Heart—they were work.  With each book I had to learn how to write again.  I had to learn that I am a writer, not just someone who got smacked with the story stick.  
By the time I was halfway through Lion Heart, I missed my friend; I felt like we weren’t talking, I felt like she wasn’t telling me what I needed to know about her story.  And then, this one day, we finally connected again, and she sat me down with this sweet smile and told me that the problem here was that the story wasn’t about her any more.  I was confused—this sounded like a bad thing, and she said it like it was good.  And then she said that the story wasn’t Scarlet’s because somewhere along the line, I found my story, my voice, my something.  
And in the end, I knew that something had to be called Lion Heart.  

Scarlet has carried me for many of my days, but she also showed me how to walk on my own.  And now I carry her with me, and I always will.  I don’t know if that counts as goodbye.  


Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

About A.C. Gaughen

I am shamelessly addicted to staying up far too late (it feels like stealing time), diet coke (it burns so good), Scotland (stupid country stole my heart and won't give it back. Interpol has been ineffective for prosecution) and thieves (so I guess I'm not that mad at Scotland). 


3 complete sets of the SCARLET series. US Only. Copies will be sent out from the publisher at the end of the tour.

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