In Love with Scotland: Book Week Scotland 2016

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In Love with Scotland: Book Week Scotland 2016

Is it possible to have a genetic connection to a place? To know when you’re not yet 10 years old that you HAVE to go somewhere, that you belong in a place far from where you were born? I want to honor my Scottish ancestors and show my respect for the history and perseverance of the Scottish people by offering a Kindle copy of my debut novel, Land of My Dreams, to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2016.


Book Week Scotland 2016

Land of My Dreams Book Giveaway

I think I was born with a love for Scotland. Growing up in the American Southwest, I was fascinated when and old family tree revealed a great grandmother from Scotland. I fell in love with bagpipes, tartans, castles, and heather-covered hills, but was never able to visit until I was 50 years old.

Though my ancestry search in not yet complete, I have Fraser blood running through my veins. However, I was unable to use that name because another American author, Diana Gabaldon, used it first.



The second I stepped off the plane in Edinburgh, I felt I belonged. The mist, the cloud-shrouded mountains, lochs, and glacier-carved landscape made want to stay and never go home. The planning of that trip and being married to a first generation Dutch-American set me to wondering. What would it be like to leave behind everything I had ever known and move to another country?

Dirk & I getting into the spirit at the Old Towne Weaving Company in Edinburgh

Dirk & I getting into the spirit at the Old Towne Weaving Company in Edinburgh

A recurring dream during the preparation for our 2006 trip to Scotland began to grow into the idea for a story—a story I had to write. Land of My Dreams is the story of my heart, the story of loss, grief, betrayal, anger, and love discovered anew while searching for escape—for hope.

Out of my great love for Scotland and its people, who were so kind and outgoing during our stay there, I am offering a chance to win a Kindle copy of my debut novel. Land of My Dreams is a contemporary Christian romance, written by an American and edited by a fellow American who attended the University of Glasgow.

Look around my website, particularly the section where you have the opportunity to read the first chapter of my book. As I often tell readers, this book was written because once upon a time, I fell in love with an accent and a kilt! Please sign in on the Rafflecopter below this article for a chance to win my book. I would also love your comments!

Book Blurb:

Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated.

Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancé reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student.

How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart? 

Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

Norma 2015About the author:

Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children. Since discovering a great grandmother named Bryant, who supposedly immigrated to the United States in the 1800’s, she has been a Scotophile. More recent research has led to Fraser ancestors who immigrated to North Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War, changing the spelling to Frazier, and Poulson ancestors, a sept of Clan MacKay.

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  1. I would like to win this because the book seems to speak to me! Ihave some similar history of ancestory. Also, the book has received such high praise that I have noticed it must be of high quality! Thank you for this offer!

    • Thank you for stopping by! I love to introduce people to the story God placed on my heart.

  2. I have not read any of your books. I saw this on Books For Faith-Filled Living on FB. I may have found another favorite author. I would love to win the Kindle we travel a lot in mission work and I have coveted one so many times. Thank you for writing stories that are worth reading.

    • I hope you will get a chance to read it! Land of My Dreams is a precious story to me. God bless your mission work.

  3. Thank you for sharing some backstory with us Norma. Janice, and Oma, I have read Land of My Dreams. It’s GREAT! I can’t wait for the sequel.

    • Thank you for your endorsement, Nan!

  4. Love historical novels and would love to read your first novel Land of Ny Dreams. It’s interesting to see how your love for Scotland and your desire to know the land and people of your ancestors, evolved into this novel. Would love to win the Kindle copy.

    • Thanks for your interest, Cathy. It is contemporary, but history plays into it at different points. I am working on a sequel, it includes some history also. Scotland is its history, even today.

  5. I also feel a very deep connection to Scotland. Your book sounds great. Just might have to check it out!

    • I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by!

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