Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Chat: Five Fun Facts About Loch Ness with Aubrie Dionne

 

Today we have Aubrie Dionne here. Her newest book, Love on Loch Ness, is now available, and she's here to talk about some fun facts about Loch Ness.

Five Fun Facts About Loch Ness

One of the reasons why I decided to write a contemporary romance centered around Scotland’s Loch Ness was the mystery and the hushed atmosphere surrounding the lake. Quoting from the cab driver in the book, I thought it would “bring out the best in people and the worst.” If you read Love on Loch Ness, you’ll see what I mean…
  1. Loch Ness is 755 ft (230 m) deep--three times as deep as the lake by my house and the deepest loch in Scotland. It contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. (That’s a very big space to hide if you’re a Loch Ness monster!)
  2. The first sighting of the Loch Ness monster was in 665 AD by the Abbot of Iona, describing how a saint triumphed over a “water beast” in the River Ness.
  3. Scientists have used a number of devices to sweep the lake, including echo scanners, searchlight sonar and sidescan sonar. In 1954, a boat using an echo-sounder obtained an image of a beast under the waters by Urquhart Castle.
  4. Urquhart Castle, the ruins beside the lake, is one of Scotland’s biggest castles with a bloody history in the 13th-17th centuries. It fell in English hands and was reclaimed and lost again and again.
  5. The movie “Loch Ness” with Ted Danson was filmed on location. It’s a great movie with a lot of the same sentiments in my book.
Dr. Gail Phillips steps onto the shores of Loch Ness to disprove the Loch Ness monster theory for good so everyone can stop wasting their time. As a marine biologist with a background in archeology, she's convinced all of the world's myths such as Big Foot, the Tasmanian devil, and even Nessie are lies. Her father disappeared while following Yettie tracks in the Alps, and she doesn't want to lose another mislead soul.

Flynn Maloney comes from a family of fanatic cryptozoologists. As a native of Scotland, he believes in Nessie as strong as Gail believes in science. Despite his initial attraction for her, he's joined her research team to prove her wrong. He wants to find Nessie for a special girl in his life, to show her dreams really can come true.

As they conduct sonar studies and sweeps of the lake, their differing opinions are at odds with their budding attraction. Gail doesn't believe in anything unscientific, such as romance, thinking the charming Flynn Maloney is full of baloney. Flynn can't believe he's falling for someone with no imagination or faith. To make matters worse, their videographer is covering his true identity. Together they must unravel his plan before he destroys everything they are working for. Will Gail force Flynn to question his faith, or will she discover more than she bargained for in the Scottish highlands?


To Purchase: Amazon / Nook

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20707979-love-on-loch-ness
 

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Harper Impulse, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

Author Links: Website / Blog / Twitter

23 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've seen that movie with Ted Danson!
I've also been to Loch Ness and the area has such a magical quality about it. Most of the locals have seen something in the loch.

Julie Flanders said...

I've always been so intrigued by Loch Ness. I've never been to Scotland but would love to make it there someday. The whole country seems magical.

Congratulations, Aubrie!

Christine Rains said...

Loch Ness has always fascinated me too. Can't wait to read Aubrie's book!

Aubrie said...

Thanks for having me here today, Cherie! I'm so glad other people have seen that Ted Danson movie!

Carol Riggs said...

Hey, nice to "meet" Aubrie! Fascinating facts about the Loch Ness. I didn't realize it was so big! Sounds like an intriguing story premise! (LOL, not believing anything unscientific--such as romance.)

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! It's definitely a special place, Nessie or no Nessie. Got special memories of Loch Ness as I went there when I was a kid and we also took my daughter when she was 9 months.

M Pax said...

Cool story, Aubrie. Congrats! My niece used to want to move to Scotland and find Nessie. Wonder if she still does.

SA Larsenッ said...

They did get an image of the beast from under water... How cool! Love the premise of this book. Best of luck to Aubrie!

Rusty Carl said...

I did not know Ted Danson was in a movie about Lock Ness. Go figure.

Cathy Keaton said...

Well, this has an interesting premise and is quite different. Sounds really interesting!

Nicole said...

Fun facts! I've always liked the Nessie myth. :)

Tracy Terry said...

Fascinating facts. You might also be interested in reading this .....

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/458567/Where-is-she-Fears-for-the-Loch-Ness-monster-after-she-disappears

Crystal Collier said...

I've always been in love with the idea of Nessy. Part of me thinks it's a staged, and part of me hopes it's not.

Heather Holden said...

Love on Loch Ness sounds like such a fun book! Loving all the neat facts, too... :)

cleemckenzie said...

You can't help but believe there's a Loch Ness monster when you stand looking over those waters. Good luck with the book. It sounds quite interesting.

Sherry Ellis said...

I enjoyed reading the facts about Lock Ness. I take it, you've never seen the monster! Your book sounds great!

Medeia Sharif said...

That's a great setting. Loch Ness and Scotland fascinate me. This books looks like a wonderful read.

Lexa Cain said...

I'd love to go to Scotland, but as I don't see that in my future, reading about is the next best thing! Wishing Aubrie much success! :)

DMS said...

I don't recall hearing of the movie with Ted Danson. I have always been curious about The Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. This book sounds like a lot of fun. Best of luck to Aubrie. :)
~Jess

Milo James Fowler said...

I'd like to see Loch Ness someday. Nessie's probably rotting at the bottom, but I'm a believer. She was there at some point.

Jay Noel said...

One of my dreams is to visit Loch Ness. I've always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding it. Doubt I'd see Nessie, but it would still be fun.

Dawn Simon said...

Sounds fun, and I love the cover!

Tammy Theriault said...

what a very interesting concept for a book! :)