Burns Night Blog Hop

There are prizes connected with this blog hop. The rafflecopter grand prizes are 1 x $50 Amazon GC and 5 x $10 Amazon GCs. Now, how exciting is that. Here’s the link for you to try your luck:

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And if that isn’t enough of an incentive Novels Now is offering an e-copy of my Scottish set book, Bella’s Betrothal, to one lucky commenter on this Novels Now post. Winner will be chosen at random. To be in with a chance, please leave your comment by Midnight, UK time on Monday 27th January. I think several of the other blogs you might be hopping to by clicking on the writer’s name, below, are also offering individual prizes. You could be a click or two away from a huge haul of goodies. Good Luck with that.

Greyfriars Bobby - a capital landmark

Greyfriars Bobby – a capital landmark

This blog hop is organised in honour of Scotland’s National bard, Robert Burns. Burns was a tragic figure in some ways. He struggled financially and with the hardships of the life of his times. He died young and perhaps too soon. My novel, Bella’s Betrothal is set in Edinburgh after Burns’ death.

It is known he visited the capital and several places in the city bear plaques or names acknowledging that. The Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s House off the Lawn Market contains standing exhibitions to Burns, Scott and Stevenson. It’s a great place to visit. The restored house gives an idea of what an early and rich city dwelling was like. The houses were much altered and divided over time, but what has been created here is delightful. The courtyard outside is paved with flags paying tribute to other great Scottish writers.

Most people will recognise something from Burns’ pen. Ae fond Kiss, perhaps, that gorgeous love song of despair. Tae a Mouse, the comic, but sympathetic poem from harvest time and the towering Tam O’ Shanter. With its witches and after hours goings on, who can fail to find something in that rich tapestry of Ayrshire life. It often comes to mind when I wander into an old graveyard with an abandoned church reduced to half walls and covered in strangling ivy.

Let’s raise a glass tonight to one of Scotland’s most gifted writers and social observers. Thank you for dropping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment. Tell us which poem or song of the Bard’s is your favourite, perhaps. and then Hop along to one of the other participating blogs to see what’s doing there.

The Other Awsome blogs:

1. Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains 9. Inner Goddess 17. Nina Mason
2. Samantha Holt 10. Hunter S. Jones 18. Kate Robbins
3. A Dirty Book Affair 11. Christina Phillips 19. Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4. Anne Conley 12. Andrea Bellmont 20. Sarah Bella
5. Em Taylor 13. Isobelle Cate 21. Joanne Wadsworth
6. Kirsten S. Blacketer 14. Storm Chase 22. Anne Stenhouse
7. Willa Blair 15. Ceci Giltenan 23. BJ Scott
8. Nicole Hurley- Moore 16. Tarah Scott

http://goo.gl/pASdjp Mariah’s Marriage US
http://goo.gl/NxYxj5 Mariah’s Marriage UK
http://goo.gl/PKptQg Bella’s Betrothal US
http://goo.gl/5RBzIm Bella’s Betrothal UK


22 thoughts on “Burns Night Blog Hop

  1. I like too many of Burns’ poems to mention one. Fascinating man – I’ve had a few articles published about different aspects of him in The Highlander over the years and he has a part in one of my books to be published. Enjoy the hop, Anne!


  2. This is the first I’ve heard of Burns. I just started reading historical reads and I’m finding I like them a lot . I need to read some of his poems before I can say I have a favorite but at least now you have peaked my interest about them.


    • Hi Ronda, thanks for dropping in. Robert Burns, as you’ll pick up through my post and some of the others, is very famous here in Scotland. I hope you can find some of his work online. Best wishes, Anne


      • Wow, just finished going through each stop and have learned quite abit about Burns and his naughty inpirational poems – Love them. Burns was probably a hoot to party with and I am sure all the Lasses swooned over his attentions regardless of their marital status.


  3. Sadly, Anne, I am every embarrassed to confess that I don’t really know any of Burns’ work, except for a poem or two which have been turned into songs (I blame this huge gap in my knowledge on being French!). I am very much hoping to visit Edinburgh next summer and I can’t wait to see all those beautiful places you mention. I would also like to visit the Highlands…The landscapes look breathtaking.


  4. Love Scotland’s scenery, brogue and brawny men in kilts. 🙂 My fave lines from Burn’s poetry are two: 1) “My love is like a red, red rose…” and 2) “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” More often, I’ve heard the second one paraphrased in more modern terms. Thanks for participating in the tour and for this post.


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