Saturday, 8 November 2014

Christy Nicholas: A Guide to Hidden Scotland

A great big welcome back to Christy Nicholas.

We met Christy back in June 2013 when she released her first travel guide, Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland. This book was, and is, a fabulous collection of photos, history, and travel tips for anyone wanting to see Ireland.

Christy isn't your average writer. By day, she's a mild mannered accountant. On her off time, she's an incredibly accomplished beader who sells her designs in craft fairs; she's a talented artist who uses her own photographs and combines them with digital wizardry to create stunning images; and she's a talented writer on top of everything else (I've read some of her fiction too).

Today, Christy releases the second book in her Hidden Guides series, Scotland: Stunning, Strange, and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland.

Like the Ireland guide, readers will find the Scotland guide chock full of wonderful information to help plan a trip to Scotland. This guide has sections for all sorts of Scottish details, from basic travel tips (airfare, car hire, room rentals, etc), to more traditional things like media (books, music, movies/tv inspired by or set in Scotland), bagpipes and traditional dancing, traditional food (yes, there's haggis!), and of course, listings by county (shires) for must see attractions.

This book is a must have for anyone traveling to Scotland, whether you're visiting for traditional attractions or wish to be swept back in time to a land fueled by bigger than life heroes and kilted warriors. And as an ebook, this makes the perfect addition to any smartphone or tablet.

Please join us in the comments where Christy and I will be chatting this afternoon. Feel free to leave your own questions or comments. And as always, there's a free book on offer today. All you need to do is comment with your email address to put your name into the draw for an ebook copy of this book. If you can't wait, just click here to grab your copy.

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Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of Scotland? Would you like to see places beyond the typical tourist traps? Come, join me on a journey through the mists of legend, into the hidden places of mystery. Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions. Along with the tales and history, there is practical information on planning your trip, budgeting your costs, and finding the best places to while away the magical hours of your holiday.

History and Myth
Superstitions and Beliefs
Gods and Saints
Highland Hospitality
Ceilidhs and Flings
Stunning Shots
Haggis and Cullenskink
Plans and Mechanics
Discounts and Deals
Hidden Gems
Maps and Resources

Scotland – the name conjures visions of tartan covering every surface, hairy Highland cows, the deep glowing gold of a dram of whisky, perhaps even Mel Gibson in blue war paint and a kilt.  But beyond the tourist tat and the tacky gift shops, what is the real Scotland?  What is the soul of the country, the hidden spirit that draws people back?

In this book, I will explore many aspects of Scotland.  I will delve into the history and myths that shaped the culture, as well as the superstitions and beliefs that still hold sway today. Parts of that are, of course, the ecclesiastic traditions, the Highland culture, and the various invasions from Ireland, Scandinavia, and England.  I shall talk about the food, the music, the people, and, of course, the drinks.  Some practical aspects to planning your trip, and your photography, are next, as well as some discounts and tricks to save some money.  And, of course, a nice big section on hidden gems, places off the beaten track, to get away from the busloads of tourists and find your own special places.

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Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She loves to draw and to create things. She says it's more of an obsession than a hobby. She likes looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or seeing a fragrant blossom or a dramatic seaside. She takes a picture or creates a piece of jewelry as her way of sharing this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus she writes. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.

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  1. Welcome back Christy, and congratulations on the release of your new Scotland travel guide. There is some great information her for travelers to Scotland.

    What made you decide to write travel guides? Last year you published an Ireland guide, and now Scotland.

  2. Thank you so much! I've been writing trip reports for almost 20 years. Every time I went, I'd write extensive, detailed accounts of who I met, what I drank, what ancient stones I tripped over, etc. I thought it would be great to help others do the same!

    1. Do you have a favorite part of Scotland? If so, where/what is it, and why?

    2. That's a hard question - like asking what your favorite book is! However, if pressed I'd have to say the Isle of Skye, with the North Coast of Scotland as a close second. Skye just has so many diverse and beautiful places in a small area, and the north coast is so full of hidden gems!

  3. Congratulations on your new release, Christy! I'm excited as I definitely want to grab a copy of the Ireland guide and looking forward to reading the one on Scotland as I'm hoping to travel to both countries next spring. Thanks for sharing and posting. Patty Koontz

  4. Congratulations, Christy! I'll definitely purchase this next week. Would love it if it were available in epub format

    1. Chip, You can get it ePub on Smashwords at :-)

  5. Thanks, all! I hope it does not disappoint !

  6. Congrats on your newest release, Christy. I've always thought Edinborough would be a beautiful place for a few days' escape, late summer or autumn, perhaps. If you had to pick a favourite place in Scotland, though, where would it be?

  7. I would be careful of Edinburgh in August - the place is incredibly crowded for the Edinburgh Tattoo and Festival season. If you are looking for a quiet escape, that is not the time! It is, however, the most beautiful city I've ever been to.

    My favorite place is the Isle of Skye, but it's a close race between that and the north coast of Scotland. The advantage of the latter is that most people don't realize how beautiful it is!

  8. Can't wait to read this!