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VBTC YA Historical Romance Author Fun Facts & Recipe - On A Foreign Field by Hazel West

Today we are honored to share with you a favorite recipe & fun facts with author, Hazel West. Hazel wrote On A Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood and has been getting awesome reviews while on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe'. On A Foreign Field is a Historical Young Adult read, and if you love historical, you're going to love this! Hazel is also offering giveaways, so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Welcome Hazel!

Scottish Shortbread

Very easy and very delicious.

2 cups butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well.
3. Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 3x1 inch strips. Prick with fork and place on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

Fun Fact Interview:

1.  Why did you start writing?

Because I loved it! I have always loved to come up with stories, but eventually I started putting them down on paper and found it a habit I couldn't break. Since then, I have found it a great outlet for emotions, (seriously the best therapy is letting a nasty villain have it ;-) but it's truthfully just my love of being able to write the kind of things I love to read, and to be able to craft characters who I always hate to part with when a book is over.

2.  What's your favorite book of all time?

Such a hard question! The book I have read the most times is "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman and I will always really love that book. I think my favorite book I read this year is somewhere between Rosemary Sutcliff's "Outcast" and "Frontier Wolf". Both are totally amazing books.

3.  Favorite Movie and why?

Can we call the Horatio Hornblower series one movie? Okay :-) Yes, I love Horatio Hornblower, I can't tell you how many times I have watched those movies and am still not tired of them. The reason I love them so much is that they are just simply good adventure stories, the characters are amazing, the actors are amazing (Who can't love Robert Lindsey and Ioan Gruffudd?). I'm not even going to lie when I say that probably at least a part or a character in every book I write is somehow influenced by Hornblower. But I'm not the only one, because it seems the same way with all authors I've ever read who were fans of Hornblower as well ;-) It's the kind of thing only the British can pull off. My hat is always off to them when it comes to their TV series and movies. BBC and A&E are great!

4.  If your book was made into a movie, who do you seeing being cast for your characters?

*Laughs* truthfully, this is the only book that I have not had a lot of luck coming up with actors for, so if you have read it, let me know if you think of anyone. I do think that Gavin could be played by Jamie Dornan (From ABC's Once Upon a Time) and Cedraig the harper was always kind of based off Matthew MacFadyen (from Three Musketeers and Pride& Prejudice) at least his voice was. Apart from that I'm rather stuck.

5.  What is your favorite scene from your book, or the scene you most enjoyed writing?

Well, there was a lot of hard scenes to write emotionally in this book, but some of the funner ones were probably the scene where Gavin and Reeve have a huge knock-down-drag-out, and I also really enjoyed writing the scene where Reeve dances with Maggie. My favorite scene altogether was when Robert the Bruce in introduced at Wallace's knighting. I enjoyed having him as a character for the few times we get to see him in the novel, and I felt that I was able to portray his character the way I pictured him being. There were other scenes I liked as well, but they contain spoilers, so, can't say anything about that!

6.  Where can readers connect with you online?

You can find me on my blog:

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Also feel free to email me at anytime or join my groups on Goodreads. I always love to hear from fans and other writer!

And please always feel free to email me or join in some of my groups on Goodreads. I love to hear from fans and other writers!

I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them. My favorite things to do are writing, obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, drinking GOOD COFFEE, and reading good books. I currently live in Florida.

Sir Reeve Montgomery is an Englishman born and bred, proud of his heritage and the right to serve his country fighting against the Scottish rebels. But when the tide is turned unexpectedly during the Battle of Stirling Bridge, he is wounded by an English arrow, left for dead by his comrades, and taken captive by Wallace's army. Wounded, and alone on a foreign field, he knows he should expect nothing but torture and death at the hands of the Scottish rebels who are known to be complete savages. But as he comes to know this tight brotherhood better, and sees Wallace's utter devotion to his men and the cause of freedom, Reeve begins to wonder whether the English are right to oppress them. Faced with these troubling thoughts, Reeve must decide whether he will stay true to his king, or join this brotherhood of freedom fighters, thus turning his back on everything he has ever known or believed in. This new novel by Hazel West is a thought-provoking, heartfelt read about the true meaning of loyalty and brotherhood.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

On a Foreign Field by Hazel B. West

On a Foreign Field

by Hazel B. West

Giveaway ends October 03, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Follow The Tour:

September 12 - Guest Blogging at Cafe Creations
September 14 - Interviewed at Black Hippie Chick's Take On Books & The World
September 18 - Book Feature & Ebook Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
September 18 - Guest Blogging at Cindy Vine's Blog 
September 20 - Guest Blogging at The Bunny's Review

September 22 - Book Feature & Excerpt at YA Reads
September 24 - Review & Guest Blogging at Turning The Pages
September 26 - Interviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
September 28 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Whoopeeyoo
October 2 - Interviewed at A Word Fitly Spoken
October 4 - Review & Interview at Flipping The Pages

5 Responses to "VBTC YA Historical Romance Author Fun Facts & Recipe - On A Foreign Field by Hazel West"

Hazel West said...

Thanks for hosting today! Everyone do try the shortbread, that's seriously the best recipe out there (and no it's not my own, but it's still really good ;)

Hazel West said...

Oh, and I'm not really a 'romance' writer, haha ;) I'm more for the battlefield, though there is a bit of romance in most of my books :)

Bk Walker said...

I am so going to try this recipe Hazel. Thank you for sharing :)

Hazel West said...

I recently made it with pecans too, and that turned out awesome as well =)

robin said...

thanks for sharing.