Guest Author & Giveaway: Christine Young featuring Highland Honor

Wednesday, December 14

You all know I have a thing for Highlanders :) But most especially historical romances with English heroines and Scottish heroes...I can't help but think guessed it Jamie and Claire, but also other beloved stories by Julie Garwood, Hannah Howell, and Bertrice Small to name just a few of my favorites.  So when I ran across Highland Honor my interest was peaked.  I can't wait to learn more, join me won't you?  Please welcome Christine Young!

Which is stronger for a Highlander...Honor or Revenge?

Honor is the stronger characteristic, at least for Colin "Hawke" MacPherson.  Revenge can take over a man's life and make him less than whole. So many decisions in life demand that integrity rules the choices we make. A man cannot reach conclusions and judgments without honor.
“Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.”
Boileau, Nicholas
In Highland Honor, Hawke is forced to choose between honor and revenge. As he falls in love with Callie, this becomes no choice at all. He easily chooses honor over revenge. One cannot seek vengeance from an innocent. Although Hawke believes it was Callie's father who wronged his family, he cannot blame Callie.  Yet Callie is convinced her father was also betrayed that eventful day when the MacPherson was convicted of treason against the English King and sentence to death. Together Callie and Hawke seek the truth and discover more than they ever bargained for.

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.

Here's a special excerpt for your reading enjoyment:

Scotland November 1512

A heavy frost sat on the frozen earth, and a full moon shone clearly between the heavy clouds dotting the sky. Lady Callie Whitcomb looked over her shoulder as she raced through the deepening gloom toward the lighted tavern ahead. Every shadow, every mournful sigh of the wind sweeping through the trees, every chilling animal sound filled her with terror. Fear for her life drove her to put all thoughts of danger aside. He would follow her, find her, and drag her home.


"Don't think of that now," she reminded herself fiercely, even while tears stung in the back of her throat and fear made her limbs tremble. "Don't ye dare think of home. It no longer exists." Nothing and no on could coax her back or make her believe there was naught but terror in the home where she'd been born.

"I will never marry Lord Huntington. Never!" she whispered fiercely, the chill night air solemnly echoing her words.

Her stepbrother, Archibald Covington III, made sure she could never return.

"There ye be, lass! I've been waiting for ye."

The voice rose from nowhere and surprised her. Her heart froze, lurched, then began an erratic beat, while raw nerves snapped, sending a myriad of sensations racing down her spine.

"Archibald--" she whispered, panic sweeping through her. "He's found me." All she could hear was the pounding of her own blood in her ears.

Thank you Christine for sharing Highland Honor with us today!  If you'd like to learn more about author Christine Young and the books she writes you can find her at her Author blog, & at Rogues Angels.

In honor of the Highland Honor blog tour, Christine is going to giveaway a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so the more you comment the better your chances of winning, and she is also giving away a Clan MacPherson book mark to one Musings commenter.

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Anonymous,  December 14, 2011 at 1:20 AM  

Highland Honor sounds like it will be a very good read. I love anything about the Highlands and the Scottish Lairds!

Carol L. December 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM  

Hi Christine,
I'm loving this tour with all the knowledge and the excerpts you've given us in regards to Highland Honor. I am looking forward to reading it. Happy Holiday ladies.GFC name is lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

marybelle December 14, 2011 at 3:44 AM  

I must say I equate Highlander with honor. Of course, to balance that you need villains or conflict, or both.


Karen H in NC December 14, 2011 at 7:24 AM  

Have you thought about writing a story of a Highland woman and an English gentleman? Stephanie Laurens wrote a couple of her Cysnter stories, one where the heroine was a 'Lady of the Vale' probably having a strong sense of ESP who finally married one of the Cynter men. Very good stories.

Oh, and when you're done with the Highlanders...what about the Vikings? Good stuff there too!

Goddess Fish Promotions December 14, 2011 at 7:25 AM  

Thank you for hosting Christine today.

Tamsyn December 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

This book sounds like a good read. I love Highlander stories and the strong and courageous heroine Christine has drawn in Callie. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barb December 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

Colin sounds like he definitely is a man of honor! And clansmen are usually men of honor!

Tore December 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me in contest.

Christine Young December 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Patsy, marybelle, Barb, Tasmyn and Carol L thank you so much for your comments. You gals are always so nice.

Karen I love your questions. Yes I do have a story with a Scottish gal and an English gentleman in the works. Highland Song would be that book. It is not available yet but will be sometime in the next couple of months.

Anonymous,  December 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM  

Julie Garwood's Highlanders were the very first romances I ever read. To this day Highland romances are still my favorite. It was a rugged, difficult way of life, but clan, honor, and one's own abilities made life what it was.

Christine, you are a new author to me, but you won't be for long. I will be checking out your Highland books. Good luck with your tour and the release of HIGHLAND HONOR.

The_Book_Queen December 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

Ah, Highlanders... is there any better choice for a romance novel hero? Nope! Or a real life hero, at that... Guess I'll have to jet off to Scotland to find myself one though, they don't seem to be very prevelant in Utah!

The_Book_Queen at yahoo dot com

Artemis December 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

What an excerpt. Just when she thinks it's all behind her - surprise! Love those Highlanders!

Catherine Lee December 14, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

Do you find it difficult to write dialects/accents without them sounding fake or cheesy? I think that's really a challenge!


Chelsea B.,  December 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Highland Honor sounds like a wonderful book filled with wonderful characters!


Di December 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM  

Honor is very important, but it should be tempered by reality, compassion & common sense. It's important to be aware of the shades of gray.

Christine Young December 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

The winner of the randomly drawn bookmark is Barb. Please contact me at so I can send you the bookmark.

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