Drinking and Meeting the Parents #8sunday

How much is too much Scotch?

This week I give you a snippet from the forthcoming To Growl or to Groan. Chloe and Jorge are flying to Scotland to meet his parents.

“Are you going to tell me what’s wrong or will I just have to cut you off so you don’t meet my parents completely drunk?” Jorge reaches across the table between us and tweaks my nose so I look at him.

I gaze into his dreamy green eyes. Two and a half months and I’m still not tired of them. They aren’t quite enough to calm me down at the moment, though.  He nods toward the bottle of scotch between us. I’m on my fourth serving—or is it five? We’ve been flying for four hours, so it’s not so much given the time lapse.

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Isle of Skye

A view of the Isle of Skye from Kyle of Lockalsh

The Isle of Skye is one of my favorite places in Scotland. It’s a beautiful island full of magic, fairies, and inspiration for Tolkien. It’s the first place I ever had scotch whisky.

Quiraing was an inspiration for Tolkien. Definitely Misty Mountains on the day we were there.

My guide was eminently polite when I said the Tallisker tasted somewhat like Chloraseptic. In all fairness, he did ask me to be completely honest and he agreed that Talisker is considered to have a medicinal quality. Later he bought me a glass of Dalwhinnie, which was much more to my taste.

A view from Fairie Glen

Scotch plays a prominent role in my forthcoming novel, as does my hero and heroine’s love of the country. The sequel is largely set in Scotland.

So far, I’ve inspired beta readers and my editor to either try scotch or sincerely consider trying it. 🙂