Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All Things Scottish Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the ALL THINGS SCOTTISH GIVEAWAY HOP hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth in honor of Burns Day/Night. So . . . . .

You may be thinking, "What the heck is Burns Night?" Well, Burns Night is Scotland's yearly celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. You know... Auld Lang Syne?!
Yea, that's this guy              >

Now you are probably thinking, "Why are we celebrating a Scottish event?" Well, you probably (read should)  know that Kim and I are HUGE fans of Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade series (read the 5 star review by Kim). Part of being a HUGE fan of Shade is absolutely adoring the fabulous Zachary, who happens to be, you guessed it, SCOTTISH! Now, you don't have to be a TeamKilter or even know what Shade is, although you are REALLY missing out if you haven't read it (and we TOTALLY recommend you add it to your TBR list). In the words of Jeri herself, " Everyone is invited! ... EV. REE. WUN." And we've decided to celebrate Burns Day Team Kilt style! of fun activities and giveaways!

So, wanna get in on all the fun?! Join Jeri Smith-Ready, along with participating blogs in a day long celebration over at Jeri's blog and the Kilt and Keeley Fansite. There are are Twitter chats, blog hops, and ... wait for it ... GIVEAWAYS! You could even win an ARC of Shine (which are an endangered species)!

So, that brings me back to what this post is all about. Yes, it's about the Burns Night celebration, but it's also about what we LOVE about Scotland! Besides the fact that Zachary is a Scottish product of course. (but lets face it, that is a GREAT BIG HUMONGOUS part of it!) ;) That being said, lets move on. And stay tuned, cause ya know, this is a GIVEAWAY hop!

So, one of my favorite things about Scotland is...

My family! Surprise, I'm Scottish! Well, technically I'm Scot-Irish, but we will address the "Irish" part when we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. My maiden name is "McEachern" pronounced MAC ATH RIN (at least that's how we American McEachern's pronounce it). I can't roll my Rs like a real Scotsman though. Anyway, I thought I'd share my family crest with you guys. I won't bore you with what it all means. I just think it's kinda pretty.
And here's a pic of my mom and dad when they visited Scotland with my grandparents a few (ahem 10, that's a *few* right) years ago.

Ok, moving on. Me and Kimberly's next favorite thing about Scotland is. . .
Come on, how can you NOT like that! Isn't it beautiful! And wait, is that Zachary in the window... oh wait, no ... that's just our overactive imaginations running away with us.

Next up, the dancing!

Which brings us to our FAVORITE thing from Scotland: THE MUSIC! And Zachary of course. But the two will come together shortly.

Who doesn't love some good bagpipes! My dad actually learned to play them too! He's not very good (don't tell him I said that), but they are REALLY difficult to play.

So finally, our absolute, without-a-doubt Scottish favorite is . . .

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is a Scottish Indie band from Glasgow. And Zach likes them too! So, we decided, why not giveaway a copy of their newest CD:

The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Truly, the perfect combination of our Scottish loves: Music & Zachary! What's not to love! If you haven't heard of them, check the band out at the Frightened Rabbit website and enter below for your chance to win. But that's not all! Our winner also gets an entry into Jeri's contest for the Shine ARC! So get entered, spread the word, and celebrate BURNS NIGHT!

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If you want to learn more about Robert Burns and his life and poetry check out Burns Country.


  1. Sadly...I should just take you two on a tour of my know my hubbie the Cajun Scotsman LOL..our house is full of his STUFF

  2. Awesome! This is so much fun! :) Thanks!!!

    Team Kilt! WOO HOO!