Men in Kilts with KC Burn – Post + Giveaway

February 26, 2016

Men in Kilts

Hello! I’m KC Burn, and I’m here to talk about Tartan Candy, my new novel featuring a kilted ex-porn star and a blue collar worker, set in Orlando.

Once upon a time… or six years ago… I attended my first Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando. It was supposed to have been in Nashville that year, but they had terrible, terrible flooding that necessitated a change in venue. While I felt awful for the residents of Nashville, the move to my (then) home turf meant I was finally able to attend after years of waiting. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few RWA national conferences since, along with a number of other incredibly awesome romance conferences.

If you’ve never been to a convention dedicated to romance (either as a writer or a reader), let me tell you, they’re primarily women attendees. Each year, I see more and more men, but that year in Orlando, it was probably around 99% women. The convention hotel even changed the men’s restrooms to women’s for the duration of the conference on the main floors to accommodate – which appears to be common practice from what I’ve seen.

The weird thing about the Orlando conference was that I only saw about 3 men, and they were all wearing kilts (and no… I don’t believe any of them were Damon Suede).  My friend Chudney Thomas and I were having a drink on a patio and discussing the odds of having three men in kilts appearing independently at one event. I hung on to that little writing prompt for years. I’d sort of assumed I’d end up writing a ménage featuring three kilted men, but that many hot men in kilts would probably fry my computer. Or my brain. Either way, it was safer to revise the storyline. But I made sure to give a little nod to that conference in Tartan Candy.

I’ve long been a fan of men in kilts. One of my favourite images is an old Vanity Fair cover of Ewan McGregor from 1998. I must admit, I don’t often read magazines nor do I often use visual prompts, but I picked that magazine up and kept the cover. I still have it in my “inspiration” files to this day. And the chicken just adds a certain flair. So hot. Er… Ewan, not the chicken.

Although I’m hoping Raven will make it into your top ten list of kilted men, have you got any favourites, fictional or otherwise?

One random commenter will win an e-copy of one of my backlist titles from Dreamspinner Press.



Tartan Candy Blurb:

Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with reduced sex appeal, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at twenty-eight. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven attends a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.

Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven—who no closet could hold—he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.


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About KC

KC Burn has been writing for as long as she can remember and is a sucker for happy endings (of all kinds). After moving from Toronto to Florida for her husband to take a dream job, she discovered a love of gay romance and fulfilled a dream of her own—getting published. After a few years of editing web content by day, and neglecting her supportive, understanding hubby and needy cat at night to write stories about men loving men, she was uprooted yet again and now resides in California. Writing is always fun and rewarding, but writing about her guys is the most fun she’s had in a long time, and she hopes you’ll enjoy them as much as she does.

11 Responses to “Men in Kilts with KC Burn – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Laura Bailo says:

    I love men in kilts, and I do have a favourite:

    Congratulations on the release!

  2. Laura Bailo says:

    Sorry! Here’s the link to the picture:

  3. Susan says:

    Although I’m a long-time reader of mm, I’ve been slow to jump on the kilt bandwagon. I assume this is because I always hated the Harlequins about the virgin and the Scottish laird. So sorry, no favorite kilt pix, although Ewan is pretty hot.

  4. Jen CW says:

    I love men in kilts. I don’t really have a favorite, but I did meet Dirk Caber once and he had a kilt. It was pretty hot to see. :-)

  5. Trix says:

    I adore Ewan McGregor, and I remember that cover (as well as one for some British magazine around the time of A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, where he wore this gray utility kilt some British designer had made for him). I also love Griff from Damon Suede’s HOT HEAD, who wears kilts a lot (though I always wondered why he wore one to his bouncer’s job–seems like it would be asking for trouble. In retrospect, though, it seems like a logical passive-aggressive thing he was going through).

  6. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Tartan Candy and a happy release day, i have it on my ereader and look forward in reading it.

    What’s not to like about men in Kilts? I don’t have a favorite but i really liked the movie “Braveheart” (1995) with Mel Gibson, there were a lot of men in kilts in that movie ;)

  7. ELF says:

    I love the knee socks and kilt combination! Congrats on the new release, sounds yummy!

  8. Lisa says:

    I had to go back & do a second take of the Vanity Fair cover because I was like “Chicken? There was a chicken?” LOL. Some friends & I go to a Renaissance festival every year in Michigan; every year there are some fine kilted specimens to feast our eyes upon. My all-time favorite kilted love is Jamie from Outlander.

  9. KC Burn says:

    @Laura – that is an awesome pic! What a cutie!

    @Susan – ah, the Scottish laird… I have a soft spot, but I understand not everyone does!

    @Jen – I can only imagine how hot that was! I’m jealous!

    @Trix – Grif is really awesome, isn’t he?

    @Angela – thank you! Braveheart was visually quite nice. Right around the same time, Rob Roy came out, too. Lots of kilts there, too!

    @ELF – thank you so much :)

    @Lisa – I love a Ren faire! And Jamie is so, so awesome.

  10. Ree Dee says:

    Congratulations on the release of Tartan Candy. I am looking forward to reading it.

  11. KC Burn says:

    Thanks, @Ree!

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