Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Highland Honor by Christine Young

Today we're welcoming author Christine Young to the blog on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the historical romance, "Highland Honor".

Christine is giving away the following:
* a $50.00 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter for the blog tour.
* a Clan MacPherson book mark awarded at each stop to one randomly drawn commenter.
* Antique Gold Double Thistle Broche for the blog host with the most comments (excluding Christine's and their own).

So make sure you comment and follow her tour -- click on the above banner for a list of stops.

And now, without further ado, please welcome Christine!

Christine, I'm always fascinated by historical romance and wonder how the authors get even the smallest details right. Tell us about how you did your research on this book to make sure your details were accurate.

Research is so important to historical books. I spend a lot of time at the library reading about the country as well as the time period I am writing about. I take notes on details I want to incorporate. Dialect, clothing, food, as well as the geography of the area are important.

The Highland Games can be attended in many parts of the country. The Games in Oregon are at Mt. Hood Community College. I bought books, ate authentic food, watched dancing and cabers tossed by men in kilts. The bagpipes—wow!

Some of the maps I obtained gave clan locations, other monasteries and old churches. They showed roads and towns situated along well-traveled roads. I have a book of castles and their layout among other things.

By using my name book I am able to give my characters names that suit them as well as the particular country they reside in.

And last but not least I will pull the family card. My great grandparents on my mother's side migrated to Canada in the early 1900's. Many stories of their lives were passed down to my mother who passed them on to me. Granted they were stories, perhaps a bit embellished but they sparked an interest in the Highlands and the Scottish way of life.

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.

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. 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.



  1. A well researched Historical Novel is always appreciated. The details enrich the story. It's amazing the snippets I have learned along the way.


  2. I love reading historical stories about Scotland. This is my heritage also, and it sounds like a good story line.

  3. Not only is a well researched Historical appreciated, but very important to me. I'm not nitpicky, but some details must be as acurate as possible to keep me in the story. A few years ago, I picked up a historical series written by an author who was more well-known for her contemporary novels. This series was her first attempt at writing historicals. But in the first book, she made some glaring errors that totally put me off the book (which I didn't finish) and the entire series (which I traded). In a nutshell, her heroine was the illiterate daughter of a dock-side tavern owner in Regency England. The language/syntax the author had the heroine use was more in keeping with a 21st century woman...not at all what you would expect of a 19th century uneducated woman.

    If I can't relate to the main characters, I can't enjoy the book. If I don't enjoy the book, I won't finish it...and I probably won't read anymore work by that author.

    OK, off my soapbox....back to your regularly scheduled program! LOL

  4. Karen in NC ... lol.. I feel the same way! I've seen anachronistic slang used, or wrong clothing. It's one of the things that terrify me about even attempting to write a historical romance. I have a great deal of admiration for those who do it (and do it well). Christine, it sounds like you're pretty careful about your details!

  5. Thank you It's Raining Books for hosting me today and for those who have been following my tour.

    Msti yes I am very careful and still my critique partners find things that don't seem quite right. I know i used a phrase "when pigs fly" in a War Between the States novella once that one partner thought was to new a phrase but I did substantiate it.

    Thank you everyone for such nice comments.

  6. Christine...As a former HS teacher and mother of 3, have you thought about writing for the YA audience? I'm sure you'd be great at engaging teens in literacy...especially with an historically accurate twist.

    Catherine Lee

  7. I always enjoy learning a bit of history along with a good read.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  8. I always love the historical research done by the Author for the books I read. I'm looking forward to reading Highland Honor.Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  9. I have randomly drawn for the Clan MacPherson bookmark.

    Mystiholiday is the winner. If you could contact me at achristay@aol.com I can send you the bookmark


So... inquiring minds want to know: what do you think?