Giveaway & Top Ten Fun Facts about Scotland! By Jen McConnel

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Giveaway & Top Ten Fun Facts about Scotland! By Jen McConnel

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Top Ten Fun Facts About Scotland

I’ve only been there once, but Scotland is a country that’s always intrigued me.  It was so much fun to set THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY in this beautiful land, and I continue to come across neat tidbits about Scotland that are just too good not to share.  Here, in no particular order, are my current favorite top ten facts about Scotland.

1. The national animal is a unicorn.  Seriously.  Look it up.  How fabulous is that?

2. The University of St. Andrews was the first college in the Great Britain to break gender barriers, admitting its first female in 1862.

3. Nessie, the famous Loch Ness monster, isn’t just a modern myth; the first sighting of the beast happened fifteen hundred years ago.

4. The country is comprised of hundreds of islands; there are over 700!

5. The Scottish national symbol is the thistle.  It’s prickly and pretty, and goes nicely with the national motto, which is basically translated “If you mess with me, I’ll fight back.”

6. Scots have been responsible for some major inventions throughout time, including both the television and the telephone.  Who knew??

7. Scotland has three primary languages: English, Scots, and Scots Gaelic.

8. Golf was supposedly invented in Scotland, and the Old Course at St. Andrews is said to be the oldest in the world.

9. Scotland is famous for interesting food, including haggis, a concoction involving a sheep’s stomach…yes. I know. Just think about that for a minute, would you?

10. Caledonia, the oft-romanticized name for Scotland, was actually given by the Roman invaders in Britain.  They probably got the word from an older source, but no one seems to know for sure.

Thanks for having me today! This was fun! 🙂

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Book & Author details:
  • The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel
  • Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
  • Publication date: December 19th 2013
  • Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, New Adult

Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past. Flashing between the seventeenth century and modern day Scotland, The Secret of Isobel Key is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.

the author
Jen-McConnel-0034Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.  She is the author of The Secret of Isobel Key (NA 2013) and Daughter of Chaos (YA 2014).  Visit to learn more.
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