Springtime Book and Block Party

This blog post is coming to you from beautiful East Texas.

A lucky commenter will receive

An e-book copy of A Highland Pearl


An e-book copy of A Highland Ruby

This stop will have two winners. (2)


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Scottish Highland Historical Romances by Brenda B. Taylor


Plotting a book is a necessary, but difficult task for many writers. I ran across a simple plotting method several years ago, and will share it.

The Classic Plot Structure:

.  Plunge your main character (lead/hero/heroine) into terrible trouble as soon as possible.

   The definition of “terrible trouble” differs depending on your genre. For a thriller it may mean your hero is hanging from his fingernails from a railroad trestle. For a cozy romance, it may mean your heroine must choose between two seemingly perfect suitors, each of whom harbors a dark secret.

.  Everything your character does to get out of the trouble makes it only worse.

The complications must be logical and grow increasingly bad until..

.  The lead’s predicament appears entirely hopeless.

.  Finally, because of what the conflict has taught the character from the beginning, your lead rises to the occasion and battles out of the trouble, meets the challenge, accomplishes the quest, or completes the journey.


If you like romance, you will love romance and adventure in the Scottish Highlands.



A sweet romance blossoms amidst feuding and war. With her reputation at stake after being accused of practicing witchcraft and hated as a member of a rival clan, Maidie considers leaving Clan Munro and returning to the home of her birth in Clan Cameron. Fierce battles, a tragic encounter, and a handsome clan chief compel her to make crucial decisions in this haunting romance set in the16th century Highlands of Scotland.

Buy Links:

Historical Heartbeats


Apple iTunes

Barnes and Noble




Review of A Highland Ruby:

Flora Vass has lost her love to the New World. He preferred fighting savages than having a life back in Scotland with her. She has lost one man before on the fight, another one now to adventurous l…

Source: “A Highland Ruby” by Brenda B. Taylor – A Review!


She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass forced Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin leaves no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intends to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, have other plans. Andrew needs her to marry the MacKay and bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay desires an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to make crucial decisions.

Buy Links:

Historical Heartbeats


Apple iTunes

Barnes and Noble



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66 Responses to Springtime Book and Block Party

  1. Soooz says:

    Hello, Brenda! How lovely to meet you, and learn more about you and your work. I enjoy Historical Romance and this time frame and setting appeals to the romantic in me. The blurbs are both intriguing, and your book covers are evocative. I do hope you have a marvelous day!

  2. Thanks for sharing your books with us. 🙂 That plot structure sums it up pretty nicely. I’ve been fortunate that the plots to my story have come to me somewhat easily. 🙂

  3. Have a great party day.

  4. Great tips on plot, Brenda. Have a lovely day at the party!

  5. I liked your plot tips, Brenda. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes today.

  6. Good Morning Brenda. I love the sound of your books. Actually that is one of my favorite genres. They both sound excellent and your synopsis are wonderful.

  7. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Hi Brenda, its a pleasure to meet you. I definitely know about those plots. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Gwen Plano says:

    So happy to meet you, Brenda. Your plot tips are helpful ones, thank you so much! All the best on your blog party!

  9. Hi Brenda. It’s great to visit your blog today and learn more about you and how you plot your stories. Have a fabulous party!

  10. Wonderful post, Brenda! It’s lovely to learn more about you and your work. Wishing you a fabulous day on the tour. I’m following your blog now as well. I’ll be back for sure. Cheers! 🙂

  11. Good morning, Brenda, from south Texas all the way over to east Texas. Thank you for sharing your books today. I’ve read a couple romance novels, probably not a lot of men who do, and I have enjoyed the romance genre maybe as much if not more than many typical “male” groups. I hope you are enjoying the Book and Block Party as much as I am. I’m having a blast! Make it a wonderful day as I know you will, glued to your computer basking in the deserving attention and praise from your peers. Party on!

  12. jinlobify says:

    I love romance stories, Brenda, especially those with the happy ending. :). I just checked out your books, and “A Highland Ruby” is on sale, so I snagged me a copy. 😀 Enjoy your party.

  13. Jan Hawke says:

    Oh we do put our characters through it, don’t we! LOL 😉 Great post Brenda – I hope you’re having an equally time at your party today 😀

  14. harmonykentonline says:

    Hi Brenda! It’s wonderful to meet you and learn more about you and your books, which sound like good reads. We certainly do put our characters through the mill, don’t we?! Best wishes with everything 🙂

  15. Lynn Miclea says:

    Hi – great post! I love the insights into a classic plot structure – excellent! Your books look really intriguing – I will have to get one! Glad I stopped by! 🙂

  16. Really nice Blog tour stop. Anytime I can learn about building plot I’m better for it.

  17. Linda Mims says:

    Hi Brenda! It’s good to finally meet you. I love your kind of fiction and grew up with Jude Deveraux, Barbara Cartland and the like. I will be adding you to my TBR. Have a great party!

  18. D.L. Finn says:

    Hi Brenda! I like your post on jumping right Into the action… I do enjoy that as a reader:) Your book “A Highland Pearl” awaits me on my kindle! Have a great party.

  19. mhembroff says:

    HI Brenda
    Thanks for sharing the helpful tips. I have always enjoyed reading historical romance. Your books sound good.

  20. I like the plot tips, good idea when good ole writer’s block hits; cause everyone problems until they fight it out. 🙂

  21. ~Mar says:

    Thanks so much for sharing about your books, Brenda! Looks like you’re already having a fabulous party day! I hope it continues. 🙂

  22. Micki Peluso says:

    Hi Brenda, you are really tempting me lol I just can’t pass up Scottish romantic historicals!! Must be because I am Scotttish. Enjoyed your day, I hope. I had an emergency and could not get here yesterday.

  23. jhawker1969 says:

    Hi Brenda. Enjoyed your advice on classic plot structure. Your books remind me of Outlander. I’ve watched the first three seasons and find it fascinating. Sorry I am a bit late to the party.

  24. Nice to meet you, Brenda. Enjoyed learning about your books, which do sound most interesting.

  25. Interesting post about plot structure – great reminder for the veterans and helpful tip for those starting out! Have a great day at the Block Party, Brenda!

  26. mikelynes says:

    Hi Brenda – very nice blog – thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great RRBC blog day!


  27. Hi Brenda. Great blog, great advice on writing. Thanks

  28. anniecollie says:

    Hi Brenda,
    Enjoyed your blog. Love your piece on creating a plot line. That’s pretty much how i try to do it, too. (sometimes it works, sometimes I have to hit that delete button.) Very nice blurb. Hope you’re enjoying the blog tour.


  29. kimwrtr says:

    Good advice on plot structure. I have HIGHLAND RUBY on my TBR. Love historical romances. Have a great party.

  30. Rhani D'Chae says:

    Hi Brenda. I enjoyed reading about your books. I hope you had a great day on the tour.

  31. beemweeks says:

    Great post, Brenda! Plotting is such an important part to telling an entertaining story. These things don’t plot themselves! Thanks for sharing these tips.

  32. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Brenda, Sorry I’m late I was away. Thanks for the plotting tips.

  33. Oh my gosh, a Highland book can’t be beat. Another for my tbr. Thank you for the post!

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