Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Carolyn Miller & Misleading Miss Verity

Posted November 23, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Carolyn Miller, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 52 Comments


It’s always such a treat to welcome Carolyn Miller back to the blog! Today she’s here to share a travel diary of her on-site research in Scotland for her newest Regency romance, Misleading Miss Verity! I’m catching up on this trilogy so look for a series review in the next couple of days 🙂

MISLEADING MISS VERITY
SERIES:
Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3
GENRE:
Inspirational Historical/Regency Romance
PUBLISHER: Kregel

RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2019
PAGES: 352

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

 

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misleading miss verity – in Scotland!

A few years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to visit my sister who was living in London at the time (I’m a big believer in family members living in interesting places if at all possible). For the 2 ½ weeks I was there we saw lots of places: London, Bath, Brighton, Derbyshire (any Jane Austen fans sensing a theme here?) Ireland, and Scotland. As I live in Australia, and this is truly the opposite side of the world to me, I was making the most of this amazing opportunity 🙂

In Scotland I had the chance to visit Kirkcudbright, a little village on the Solway Firth just past Gretna Green on the Scottish border. Traditionally it’s been a fishing community, and now is known as a place where artists like to go. I’m sure the wonderful scenery gives some clues why!

Pastel-colored houses in Kirkcudbright, Scotland
The ruins of Dundrennan Abbey, Scotland
Kirkcudbright Harbour, Scotland

Scotland is a land of many castles, which means any tourist needs to visit as many as they possibly can!

Threave Castle
Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
Edinburgh Castle

Of course, for me the absolute pinnacle of my Scottish experience was to visit Dunrobin Castle. This was the inspiration for Dungally House, the laird’s house in Misleading Miss Verity, which is also included on the cover. Isn’t it beautiful?

Dunrobin Castle

Creative licence means I transplanted Dunrobin Castle over 300 miles to the south (so don’t expect to see it near Kirkcudbright!) but it’s such a special place I needed to include it. See, to visit Dunrobin Castle was a real answer to prayer. I still remember sitting in my little office in my little town in my little corner of Australia gobsmacked by this image I wanted, no, needed to visit. I remember praying and asking God for the opportunity to go – this, at a time with four smaller children, not much money, etc.

To then sit in Dunrobin Castle’s garden, within a year or so of that prayer, was a goosebump experience, as I thanked God for His provision and enabling. This was prior to being published – prior to any book contract ever – and I’m still amazed by God’s amazing grace.

Here are some more pics of both in and outside the castle, all of which are referenced in Misleading Miss Verity:

Looking out to the North Sea, at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland
Some misshapen yews, ala Verity
Falconry demonstrations at Dunrobin Castle
This gate just may be referenced in Misleading Miss Verity
Could this be the fountain a certain boy falls into?

Inside some of the state rooms at Dunrobin Castle:

 

Dunrobin Castle is actually the home of the Duke of Sutherland, and some of the ceremonial clothes can be seen.

I loved writing Misleading Miss Verity, it’s witty, romantic, and is set in some spectacular settings – and not just in Scotland! As with all my novels there is a solid God-thread woven through, so I hope readers enjoy this fun story, and enjoy visiting in fiction the places I’ve visited in real life.

Here’s a little more about Misleading Miss Verity:

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. After one scrape too many, she’s sent off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.

Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.

The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

 

Available to preorder now. And this week (until the 25th) the ebooks of the first two books in the series A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh and Underestimating Miss Cecilia are both on sale for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GooglePlay.


Thank you, Carolyn!! That has me wanting to book a trip in Scotland! Until then I’ll travel vicariously through you and Miss Verity 😉

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Christianbook, etc

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What about you? What interests you most about Misleading Miss Verity? Which of Carolyn Miller’s Scotland pics is your fave?

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52 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Carolyn Miller & Misleading Miss Verity

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Faith – Scotland is a fabulous place, with so many unique corners to explore, which means a return visit is very necessary! Glad you enjoyed the pics!

    • Lol – I didn’t actually read the summaries of the books above – I usually try not to read more than the first few lines of a blurb – I don’t want any of the story given away! I’ve already read some of Carolyn’s books, so I know I’ll definitely enjoy them, no matter who they’re about! Congrats Carolyn on the final book in the series ?

      • Carolyn Miller

        Thanks Sally! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the other books – I think you’ll love Verity’s fun adventures!

  1. Carolyn Miller

    Thanks for the opportunity to share about Scotland and the inspiration behind the scenes for Misleading Miss Verity – I love this story!

  2. Anne

    The photos are wonderful. My favorite photo is the one looking up at the castle with the fountain at the bottom. Simply extraordinary.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Anne – Dunrobin Castle is simply spectacular, inside and out. I’m so thankful I was able to visit!

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    One of my dreams is to visit Scotland! The pictures are soooo enticing. I finished a library copy of Miss Verity this morning but I would love a copy for my keeper shelf.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Woohoo! With my red hair you’d think I would, but no, my Celtic genes are Irish (& a bit of German too!)

  4. Perrianne Askew

    Scotland was an awesome place to visit and I would love to revisit it through a book. I love all of the pictures!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Perrianne – yes, it’s a fascinating place to visit, and any chance to see Scotland again via a book is worth it! I hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon!

  5. DeAnna Dodson

    Oh, those pictures are delicious! I’ve been to England several times. Scotland only once. And it’s been way too long. You’re making me want to go back. Right now. 😀

    I love it that Verity (as her name would indicate) thinks truth is paramount, and the hero is not being honest with her about his identity. Plus him being a former curate is very interesting.

    My favorite picture is the one with the maze. So cool.

    I love Carolyn Miller’s books. She really knows her Regency. I’d love to read this one.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi there Deanna – I think we need a ‘research trip’ to Scotland and England (and pretty much most of Europe) soon! What say you?

  6. Sherri G

    Scotland and castles- what’s not to love. I always enjoy Carolyn’s books and the covers, love, love, love them!

  7. MJSH

    I need to finish the series 😉
    Honestly, I really enjoyed getting to know Verity so would like to read her story.

  8. Winnie Thomas

    I love Scotland and have visited some of the castles there. It’s a fascinating place, and I love reading stories set there.

    Thanks for the fun post, Carrie and Carolyn!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Thanks so much Winnie! Yes, so many fascinating stories behind those castles there! I’m feeling the need for a return visit… strictly for research purposes of course! ?

  9. Melissa Andres

    Oh my goodness! Scotland…? I’ve read the first two books in this series and loved them! Been SO looking forward to Verity’s story!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Thanks Nancy – Kregel always do fabulous covers. I love how they give hints of the story to come!

  10. Mallori N.

    Scotland looks beautiful! It is on my list of places I want to visit. I can’t wait to read how the different sites of Dunrobin Castle feature in your book!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Mallori- oh there is always a long list of places to visit, isn’t there? And Dunrobin Castle should definitely be on this list! I hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Thanks so much Dianna – I hope you get the chance to visit Scotland – and enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon!

  11. Brenda Murphree

    I love the Regency period and I love to read about Scotland. I probably will never get to go but I can go in books that I read.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Brenda – that’s exactly it, isn’t it? Reading books takes us to places we’ll likely never see but can enjoy – without all the inconvenience and expense of travel (or time travel…) I hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon!

  12. Trixi

    I have the first two books in this series so I simply must have Misleading Miss Verity! 🙂

    Plus, I got to meet Carolyn and her husband in April when she did a USA book signing tour. She signed one of the books I already owned and “A Hero for Miss
    Hatherleigh” I bought from the bookstore where she was. She’s such a delightful person and her hubby is just as sweet!

    So these books are extra special because I got to meet the lovely lady behind the writing ? Thank you for a fun post learning more about Misleading Miss Verity and arm chair traveling to Scotland. I’m so jealous that Carolyn got to be there, lol!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Trixi – I so enjoyed meeting you earlier this year! I hope you enjoyed reading the first two books, and get the chance to read Verity’s story soon too xx

  13. Love Scotland. Been twice but the second time was only for about 4 days. Love the castle ruins on the edge of Loch’s. Would love to camp there and watch birds …

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Christine! I don’t think it matters how long the visit (my visit was only 5 days I think!) – any time in Scotland is a good time!

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Lori – Dunrobin Castle is pretty spectacular, isn’t it? Hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon 🙂

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Caryl! Oh yes, it’s very different to what I’m used to here in Australia – which makes a visit there (in real life or via a book) all the more special! Hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon!

  14. Connie Scruggs

    I have been wanting to go to Scotland for a long time. At least Carolyn is taking me there through her photos and book.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Oh, Connie, I know what it’s like to want to go places that seem impossible. I hope you get the chance to visit Scotland and can enjoy Misleading Miss Verity soon xx

    • Carolyn Miller

      Scotland is pretty special! I hope you can visit one day, and can enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon 🙂

  15. Debra Branigan

    I just visited Edinburgh, Scotland this summer. I would love to return and visit Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness and Dunrobin Castle among other places.

    • Carolyn Miller

      Hi Debra! Oh, I bet you enjoyed your time in Edinburgh! We didn’t stay nearly as long as I would’ve liked, and there’s always more places to see, isn’t there? I hope you enjoy reading Misleading Miss Verity soon 🙂

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