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Update:  The winner of a copy of Donna Grant’s DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER is CatsMeow! Congrats!!  And thanks for all the comments!

Today, I’m thrilled to have awesome author Donna Grant as my guest blogger.  Donna, welcome!



Maybe it’s because I write historical novels, but one of the most asked questions I get is “would you travel back in time and to where?”

It’s an easy answer for me.  Yes, I would travel back in time, and I’d go to Medieval Scotland.  It would take some getting used to, especially the lack of plumbing, toothbrushes, caffeine, and pasta.

I have no doubt life would be more than difficult.  After all, we’re used to remote control TV, information easily – and quickly – accessible through computers, not to mention cell phones and iPods. We’re the information age with instant gratification.

Our world is so drastically different than Medieval Scotland.  In a few short hundred years, lives went from basic living off the land and seeing people daily to hectic days, buying food from grocery stores, and going months, if not years, without seeing or speaking to your neighbor, much less speaking to people you pass on the street or the mall.

Could we survive in medieval times?  Putting aside the leap in physical hygiene over the ages, life was much simpler back then.  If you had a problem with someone, you faced them instead of texting or emailing them.  If you wanted to call off an affair, there was no hiding behind technology.  You stood before them and said your piece.

There’s a debate in whether medieval life was more violent.  At least in medieval times, you saw your opponent attack and you had time to retaliate or hide.  Now, with bombs that can cross oceans, that silent, almost constant worry hangs over our head.

Still, knowing all of this, I would love to see Medieval Scotland.  I’ve always been drawn to Scotland.  Maybe that’s why I centered my Dark Sword series there.  The second book in the series, FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER, released yesterday, and I hope you pick up the book to be transported back to another time and place.


So, I want to know – Would you time travel if given the option?

I’ll be giving away a signed copy DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER to a commenter.  Happy Reading!


To find out more about me please visit my website at www.donnagrant.com.  To read more about the Dark Sword series, see pics of the Warriors, take the quiz, download wallpaper, or search characters, please visit www.donnagrant.com/darksword.


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50 responses to “Dangerous Guest: Donna Grant”

  1. S Powell says:

    Huge fan Donna!

    So happy I stumbled upon your fabulous work :)

  2. Valere says:

    Hi Donna,

    you don’t have to enter me for the contest :)))

    But I would love to time travel to Elizabethan times…but I would also like to come back again.

  3. Donna Grant says:

    S Powell – thank you! What a wonderful compliment. :)

    Valere – lol. Yeah, returning to your own time would have to be something I could do as well.

  4. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Donna. I think I would like to time travel as long as my visits to the past were short in duration. I like my modern conveniences. :)

  5. Jeanette Juan says:

    I would time travel to see how things were in the past but I wouldn’t attempt to change anything or stay for a long time.

  6. Quilt Lady says:

    I would love to go to Scotland! If I could time travel that is where I would go also during medival times. I am not sure weather I could survive for very long but would love to visit! Right now I just visit in books.

  7. Teresa W. says:

    Yes I would but wouldn’t want to stay in that place for to long!

  8. Casey says:

    I would LOVE to go back to the past. Medieval Scottland, Roman Era, the French Rev. I would want to see it all.

  9. Lucy says:

    I would like to go back, just as long as I could bring just a few neccessities with me (like a toliet and soap and a tooth brush!)

  10. Colleen says:

    Yes there are some places and times I would like to visit as long as I could return home! Would not want to be stuck in the past! 😉

  11. Donna Grant says:

    Crystal – lol. I also like modern convienences!

    Jeanette – I wouldn’t change anything either. Or atleast, I wouldn’t

    Quilt Lady – I agree! :)

    Teresa – I wouldn’t think I’d like to be stuck either

    Casey – I’m with you. I’d see as much as I possibly could!

    Lucy – lol.

    Colleen – So true!

  12. Cynthia Eden says:

    Oh, Donna, I’d be all about time travel! I’d like to head back to ancient Egypt.

    Thanks so much for guest blogging with me!

  13. Judy Cox says:

    I have always been interested in time travel books and I would like to be able to time travel to several places and see the history myself!! Of course, I want to come back after a short stay to my modern world:)

  14. Stephanie says:

    I would most definitely time travel! Yes, there’s the drawbacks but to see how life differed back then to what we have now, to see how people depended on the land and themselves rather than technology so much would be a treasured experience. Truly a scary thought but it would be an interesting visit!

  15. Michele says:

    Oooo, great question. I would definitely love to time travel. To be able to visit some of these places we read about, yeah I would do it :)

  16. Ina says:

    Hi Donna!
    congrats on the release :)
    and yes, I would definitively want to time travel but like CrystalGB I want to do it at my conditions so I could come back whenever I want.
    wish you all the best,

  17. Donna Grant says:

    Cynthia – thanks so much for having me, doll! I think I’ll go with you to ancient Egypt. How fun would that be?!

    Judy – I think most everyone wants to be able to get home. :)

    Stephanie – it sure would!

    Michele – oh, I know! So many interesting places I’ve read about that I’d like to see.

    Ina – thanks! :)

  18. Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Donna. I would definitely time travel if I had a chance. Ancient Rome sounded like a fun place with all the political intrigue and orgies.

  19. Larena Wirum says:

    Congrats on the newest release Donna. :-)
    I wouldn’t mind traveling back in time especially to Medieval Scotland – I would love that one. I could live without the tv and computer (probably the computer) :-) the problems I would have going back would be the cooking on the open fires and NO books – that would absolutely drive me nuts. LOL

    I have Dangerous Highlander and am planning on picking up Forbidden Highlander (dying to read that one) for the heroines name alone. :-)

  20. Andrea I says:

    I’m not sure about time travel, but the colonial days of America might be interesting.
    Congratulations on the new release. Your series is on my list to buy.

  21. Tracey D says:

    I would love to time travel. I would love to see the Egyptian pyramids being built.

    I can’t wait to read about these Highlander Hunks!

  22. Sue Brandes says:

    Hi Donna. I feel like I am following you around the internet. LOL. I think it would be fun to time travel to see differant places. I love your books! I have these on my to read list.

  23. Fedora says:

    Ooh, well, yes to the time travel as long as it isn’t a permanent thing 😉 I’m a little too fond of modern conveniences to manage to even survive in another time! I’ve got Dangerous Highlander on the TBR already, and am looking forward to Forbidden Highlander!

  24. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Oh I would so time travel back to when the Druids were big.

  25. Donna Grant says:

    Jane – Thanks!

    Larena – :) I hope you enjoy the books, especially Forbidden!

    Andrea I – Thank you! and I hope you do pick up the books.

    Tracey – Whoohoo!

    Sue – Hey! Well, I’m glad you’re following me. :)

    Fedora – Awesome. Hope you enjoy the books.

    Raonaid – Wouldn’t that be neat?!

  26. Joder says:

    I would enjoy time traveling as long as I can come back to modern times to stock up on things like toilet paper, razors for shaving, toothpaste, and other creature comforts. I’d treat time travel like a vacation–getting to go to a real life amusement park.

  27. chey says:

    I’d time travel if I could! It’d be amazing to visit different times.

  28. Stephanie G says:

    Yes I would absolutely travel back in time if I could. I love history and there would be so many places I’d want to go. I’ll admit though I wouldn’t want to stay. I love my computer, Kindle, iPod, air conditioning and indoor plumbing too much 😀

  29. Donna Grant says:

    Joder – I so agree!

    Chey – I know! I think of all the times and places and cultures I could visit.

    Stephanie – I’m quite addicted to my AC and indoor plumbing as well. 😀

  30. Julie says:

    A million times, yes. If only ancient China weren’t so single-mindedly, fiercely patriarchal; otherwise I’d definitely check it out.

    But eventually I’d have to come back. 😀 And I’d love to see what the future holds…

  31. SiNn says:

    yes id time travle even if it was just to see things others have missed or discover the truth about historical events

  32. CatsMeow says:

    That’s a toughy. I’ll be honest, I am so spoiled with todays conveniences, namely the toilet, shower and my car, I’d be worthless back then. but a BIG YES to going to Scotland. My parents were born there and I still have not visited. I will though someday.
    Congrats on your release. I picked up my copy yesterday

  33. Sue A. says:

    I think it would be amazing to time travel and visit every past generation of my family. And to make it interesting I’d pick an age like 25 and check out what life was like for them all at that age.

  34. Z1 guy says:

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  35. Donna Grant says:

    Julie – oh, you’d be brave and see the future, huh? Not me. :)

    SiNn – very good reason

    CatsMeow – thank and I hope you enjoy Fallon and Larena!

    Sue – what a neat idea!

  36. Book Junkie says:

    Hi Donna!!

    I have to tell you I would time travel in a second. Back centuries, months and years. I would be all over the place!

  37. Cybercliper says:

    Hi Donna – I loved Dangerous Highlander and can’t wait to get my hands on Forbidden Highlander…congrats!!

  38. Edie says:

    Donna, I’d love to see Scotland NOW! If I time traveled, I think I’d like to go to the future. I’m looking for that Jetson’s lifestyle. :) That said, historicals are one of my favorite genres to read.

  39. Donna Grant says:

    Book Junkie – I think I would as well! :)

    Cybercliper – I’m so glad you enjoyed DH. I hope you like Fallon and Larena just as much – or more. lol

    Edie – lol. Let me know if you ever find that Jetson’s lifestye. :)

  40. Donna Fisk says:

    I seem to be odd man out here, but I really wouldn’t wish to travel back in time. I never do those past life regression things, either. I figure there were a lot more chamber maids than royalty. LOL

    If I could go forward in time and travel through the stars…I would go in a heartbeat. Backward, not so much.

  41. LSUReader says:

    I love reading historicals, but I enjoy them with all the comforts of this century–including air conditioning and readily available chocolate and coffee. A very quick trip into the past might be nice, but I’d want to come back to my comfy recliner and my TBR stack!

  42. Donna Grant says:

    Donna – nothing wrong with not wanting to travel back in time. :)

    LSUReader – Modern comforts are great, that’s for sure! 😉

  43. As much as I LOVE the Highlander goodness I think I’m content letting you write it so I can visualize it in my head. I don’t think I would want to time travel and miss any time with my kids and my husband:)

  44. Diane Sadler says:

    I wouldn’t mind time travelling but only for a short period of time.

  45. Pam P says:

    Hi Donna. I wouldn’t mind a short time travel, probably medieval era to the past (have to be sure to take a care package with me though).

  46. Host says:

    I would love to time travel and see how things were done in the past. But I wouldn’t change anything or stay for a long time (especially in the past when there were no toilets or running water :) )

  47. The lack of a working bathroom would stop me from time traveling every time.

  48. Spav says:

    Probably not. I like it too much here.

  49. Nancy Gilliland says:

    There are several time periods I would love to visit-especially Victorian England to slove the Jack the Ripper case.

  50. Virginia C says:

    Thanks for the awesome Highlanders!!! I have often said that I could set my birthdate back 100 years and never lose my stride. I’d love to go back and see if that time period is really all that I think it was!