Please Welcome: Guest blogger Nancy Lee Badger, author of DRAGON’S CURSE

Behind Every Great Woman Writer is a Man (in a kilt!)

My debut Scottish historical paranormal romance novel is out and I am doing the Highland Fling. Not really, but I would if I had the sturdy calves and tiny waist to look good on a stage. DRAGON’s CURSE came to me after I decided to use the vast array of knowledge, which lay readily at my fingertips…and in my bed.

My husband is a giant of a man with Nordic coloring and an ancestry reaching back to the Scottish Highlands. I fell in love with a six-foot four, blonde haired, blue-eyed God while in college in Plymouth, New Hampshire. I knew he was a European history major vying for a liberal arts degree, but I enjoyed watching him play lacrosse and he enjoyed driving me around in his ’65 Mustang. 

The Scottish research actually began with his grandfather, Lester Bean Badger, who was in his nineties when we met. Lester, a Vermonter through and through, owned an original copy of ‘The Life & Family of John Bean of Exeter & His Cousins’ and had actually helped author Bernie Bean with some information. Retracing the family’s path from Scotland to America consumed Richard and me for many years to come.

Once we had two sons of our own, finding out about where this Scottish side originated turned more important. We started attending the New Hampshire Highland games with Richard’s family from their inception in 1975. Richard started volunteering his time in the early 1980’s. After the boys got older, I joined in. I recently was awarded a 10-year service pin and Richard received a 25-year pin!

Time spent at the games—along with people we have met, research books we picked up, photos we took, and notes I jotted—morphed into several story lines. I used clan maps and encyclopedias on Scottish history to choose a time, corresponding historical events, and locations. Richard helped me decide which story thread made sense, and our mutual enjoyment of the games keeps us interested and working toward a common goal—publishing my completed novels!

Besides DRAGON’S CURSE, released June 25, 2010 by Whispers Publishing, I completed a larger Scottish historical using other important events along with a time travel twist. I am currently searching for an agent who has the same passion for witches, dragons, and all things Scottish—someone like me!

Buy the time you read this, Rich and I will have returned from a 4-day trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina where we again attended the Grandfather Mountain Highland games Other games we have enjoyed in years past are…

The Vermont Highland Games

The Main Highland Games

And the New Hampshire Highland Games In fact, you’ll find Rich and me under the Information tent, next to the parade grounds, in September, again volunteering our time and expertise to bring the Scottish life to other Americans curious of their origins. Feel free to stop by and say hi!

For a little more on the historical aspect of the games, read my article  HIGHLAND GAMES: THEN AND NOW:


Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington Long Island, eldest daughter of Robert and Audrey Beegle. She raised a family in the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. She now lives with her husband in Raleigh, NC and writes fulltime. She loves everything Scottish. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense as Nancy Lennea, She is celebrating the release of her Scottish historical DRAGON’S CURSE, available now from Whispers Publishing, For excerpts and information  visit…

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Sometimes a special gift and an unwanted curse cannot keep destined lovers apart.

Brianna Macleod has accompanied a shipload of her guardian’s friends to a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She eludes these Highland hunters to keep her innocence…and her gift of sight. Her attitude against falling for womanly desires changes when she nearly drowns. Saved by the talons of a terrifying winged beast, she awakens—naked—in a cave, beside an unusual man.

Cursed by a vengeful witch to transform into a dragon at inopportune times, Draco MacDonald hides on this deserted island to live alone: until he plucks a servant girl from certain death. Fueled by jealousy, and tempered by fear for her safety, he succumbs to an unfamiliar desire to mate. Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.

Set in 1592 Scotland on the Scottish island of Staffa, the cursed hero battles a ghostly witch, a hunter set on rape, and his own growing desire for a young woman with premonitions of his death.

Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.

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14 thoughts on “Please Welcome: Guest blogger Nancy Lee Badger, author of DRAGON’S CURSE”

  1. Rebecca Zanetti says:

    Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for guest blogging today! I have to say…for me it’s the Scottish Brogue. There’s nothing quite like it and I love a hero who rolls his consonants. 🙂

    Great Blog! Rebecca

  2. Debbie Smith says:

    Sounds fascinating!!! I love highlander stories..

  3. Becca Bennett says:

    The excerpt is very intriguing – as is the book blurb. I love how meeting your husband has inspired your writing career!

  4. saydegrace says:

    This is going on my TBR list. I love that time period and adore highlander tales. I want to attend one of the games! Yes ma’amm I do believe that is a girls weekend trip that I need to plan!

  5. The book sounds so interesting, and I’m impressed with your dedication to the Scottish games. I would love to attend one. Perhaps I’ll get to soon.

  6. Brandi Hall says:

    Your book sounds juicy, Nancy! Can’t wait to pick one up.


  7. Completing your research seemed as fun as writing the novel. What a wonderful tribute your book now is to the memorable experiences you and your family enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us.

  8. Gabriella James says:

    Great info here – I so want to attend one of those games. Also, I love your book cover!

  9. Leana Ann says:

    I hope you had fun on your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains! I’ve never been there but have read that it’s beautiful. Your book looks very interesting – I can’t wait to get it!

  10. Joan K. Maze says:

    OMG. I have to read this book. A Highland hero, dragons–I didn’t know dragons were part of the mythology of Scotland–it’s all in there. I loved your excerpt, it tantalized me.


  11. Your dedication to all-things-Scottish and your knowledge leaves me in awe, Nancy. And your cover is yummy!


  12. A Scottish tale mixed with witchery and a curse. What a great combination. This is going on my TBB list for certain.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. marquita says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I just loved reading about how you met your husband in college. Blond God indeed, lol! Lucky lady!!!!

    I’m so excited for you and wish you lots of success.


  14. john hurlburt says:

    I not to long ago found out that my greatgrandad last name IRVIN. Was from scottland and had a catsle there , I am 43 now but grew up in arkansas my mom told me stores of witches and all but I though it was just fun. Now my mom who was born in 1932 is on her teath bed with only month or so. She says all the stories are true . I look forward to your book . I was told that some of my family were highlanders I don’t know I hope some day to go to the castle of irvin my family says its cool . Good luck with your book.