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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Peggy Stanton & Melanie Robertson-King in Kennethmont, Scotland

Today, I am not sitting in the little cozy studio of Famous Five Plus, no today I am with the lovely Melanie Robertson-King in Kennethmont, Scotland. In the background you’ll probably hear the squeal of bagpipes, don’t be disturbed, they are rather soothing once you get used to them!

James Allan [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

MELANIE: (rushing to the hall’s entrance) I recognized you straight off. I’m so happy you could make it to my launch here in Kennethmont. (hugging Peggy tightly). Can I get you to sign my guest book that I brought along just for this occasion?  

PEGGY: Why yes, dear. I’d be happy to. I noticed you were talking to some reporters when I came in.

MELANIE:  How did you know?

PEGGY:  I’ve been in this business a long time. I recognize the tools of the trade.

MELANIE:  Have you been to Scotland before?

PEGGY:  I was in Aberdeen years ago, but never in this part of the country. I can certainly see why you set your book in this area. The scenery is breathtaking. You go on back to them and we’ll chat after your presentation.

When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

MELANIE:  (sliding into a chair beside Peggy) Well? What did you think?

PEGGY:  Excellent. You’re a natural. I got bit choked up when you talked about your father being born here and how he ended up in Canada, though.

MELANIE:  I’m glad you liked it.  I love talking about my father and my Scottish heritage and how his birthplace inspired my writing and my debut novel.

PEGGY:  It certainly shines through when you’re speaking. You light up like a Christmas tree when you talk about it. I watched the way you worked the press, too. You had them eating out of the palms of your hands, dear (patting Melanie’s leg).

MELANIE:  (blushing) I’m not so sure about that. The next few days will tell the tale. If any of the papers actually run the articles.

PEGGY:  I’m sure they will. So dear, for those of us who weren’t here today to listen to your wonderful presentation and reading from your novel, where can your book be purchased?

Where to buy:


A Shadow in the Past is now available at amazon for the Kindle (using the same links), Barnes & Noble for the nook, Kobobooks and Apple’s iBookstore. (insert e-book cover/reader picture)
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Author Website:
Author Blog: Celtic Connexions
Facebook Author Page:
Twitter Account: @RobertsoKing

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  1. I hope the Kennethmont launch went as well as the Aberdeen event. It was so nice to see you again, Melanie, and it's a pity you weren't staying in Scotland longer, or you might have made it all the way to Montrose.

  2. We'll be driving through Montrose tomorrow, Chris, as we wind our way south to Kelso. I've got a little over an hour before the big event here in Kennethmont. It was great to see you again, too.

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    1. We did drive through Montrose and waved hi as we went past the end of your street. It was great to see you in Aberdeen the other day.

      The plan is to come back to Scotland next year and as we won't be trying to cover as much territory, it will be a much more leisurely pace so Montrose will definitely be a stopping place for a cuppa and a visit.

  4. The event in Kennethmont was a huge success! I sold 17 books and signed 3 more that people had brought with them.

  5. Thanks for making the trek up to Kennethmont to support me on my big day, Peggy. It was a lot of fun.