Thursday, December 1, 2011

Guest Blog - Christine Young

This is such a treat for me! Christine Young is here today! She writes Historical Highland romances, one of my very favorite genres. 

And, Christine is giving away some fabulous prizes on her blog tour. She'll be awarding a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter from the entire tour, and one lucky person who comments on this blog will receive a Clan MacPherson bookmark! So make sure to leave a comment! To follow the tour, just click on the tour banner at the top of this post. The more times you comment along the tour, the more chances you have to win. And who couldn't use a $50 Amazon Gift Card this time of year?

 I do love a man in a kilt! So, without further ado, here's Christine to tell us about Colin MacPherson, the hero in Highland Honor.

Colin (Hawke) MacPherson is a hard-edged and jaded man who is driven by the need to see justice done. When Colin was a young boy he watched his father as he was brought to trial in an English court, convicted of a crime he did not commit then murdered in the name of the King's law. He spends his formative years hoping for a chance to give his father back his good name. 

Family, loyalty, and honesty are some of the traits that are most important to him. He dotes on his sister and even as head of the MacPherson clan, he gives her everything her heart desires. Yet there is an emptiness inside, a void that cannot be filled. His father's death haunts him and only the right woman can heal the wrongs dealt his family. 

Although he is pure alpha male, Colin's one mission in life is to protect and defend his lands, his family and his woman. When life takes a crazy turn and the daughter of his sworn enemy arrives on his doorstep, he is increasingly torn between his beliefs and his need for vengeance. He feelings change as each passing day he falls more in love with the impetuous beauty who seeks a way to prove her father's innocence. 

Oh, did I mention Colin is tall, dark and handsome? His eyes are a piercing steal gray. His hair is midnight black and he pulls it back with a leather thong. His muscles are hard, honed from backbreaking work and of course, caber tossing. With strong calloused hands, he prides himself in taking care of his clan as well as his people.

*swooning* Oh my! What's not to like about that description? LOL Now, let's find out a little more about the book itself. Here's the blurb, and an excerpt.

Blurb - 
Willfully stubborn, innocently courageous, Callie Whitcomb braves a journey through the treacherous highlands to the MacPherson castle. Callie flees from an unwanted marriage as well as her ruthless half brother. Naively she believes Colin MacPherson, the head of the clan, is loyal to her father and will give her sanctuary, protecting her from the vile plans that have been made for her.
As hard and as unyielding as the winter storms that sweep through the countryside, Colin is irresistibly drawn to the impetuous beauty who has magically appeared on his doorsteps. Despite his vows of revenge against her father, she stirs his passion as well as his sense of justice...but to love her would violate all his vows of revenge.

Excerpt - 

"You must learn not to shy away when I touch you." Once again, he spoke softly, his tone meant to seduce and conquer. Conquer. He wondered at that, openly marveled at the sweet possibility and the enduring promise.

"Lady Callie would not willingly surrender to anyone, least of all Colin MacPherson. No, now that she knew most of the story, she would fight him in her own way, subtly and artfully. She would flirt and dance attendance upon him when they were surrounded by people she needed to enchant, but when they were alone she would lift her chin and dismiss him silently.

He would never understand what motivated her.

All the loathing he felt for her - for her father and her family remained - still...

He picked up her hand in his and studied her long, delicate fingers. Hands that had never seen a day's hard work. Hands that had pursued the finer arts, stitchery perhaps. He knew so little about Callie Whitcomb and what he now planned would weld them together for eternity.

This could only result in heartache for both of them. And yet...

Her face now framed by his hands, he traced her jaw line, marveled at the softness.

"Hawke," she whispered his name and the sound was bittersweet.

"Nay, do not try to figure out why we have been thrust together. Do not try to understand what I am about to ask of you for you will not be able to make sense of that which I am about to  tell you."

"I - " she began.

"Hush," he lowered his lips to hers, and brushed them softly with his own. He lingered upon the lush ripeness beneath his mouth, he feathered kisses - light kisses - where he would have liked to delve deeper and taste all that  was Lady Callie Whitcomb.

Let's meet the author who wrote that fabulous excerpt.
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. She is the author of 10 published romance books and 2 novellas. Christine is a retired high school math teacher. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children.  Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

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Many thanks to Christine for stopping by today. Please leave a comment for Christine, and to put your name in the hat for that Amazon Gift Card, and the Clan MacPherson Bookmark!


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