Saturday, December 3, 2011

Guest Blog - Christine Young

Me Want Food welcomes Christine Young! Christine is giving away the following prizes to readers who comment on her blog tour:

* 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).

Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Highland Honor is the first in a three part series about the McPherson clan. The first book is all about Collin "Hawke" McPherson. Hawke falls in love with the daughter of his hated enemy, Lord James Whitcomb. He has sought revenge against this man for years and now he has the chance, but…Well, a man can really find vengeance with the woman he is falling in love with. So he vows to protect her from all harm, including her evil stepbrother. He discovers along the way this is a bigger challenge than he could have ever imagined.This book will be followed by: Highland Magic and Highland Song.

What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule?

I have no set schedule. I am a morning person and if I'm going to get anything accomplished it has to happen before noon.

Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?

I used to consider myself a panster but now I'm a bit of both. I do extensive characterization and I plot every scene meticulously. However sometimes the characters take over and write their own version as they are doing now in my April Fools anthology.

Do you prefer to write one specific genre, or are you a bit all over the map? What is your favorite genre to write and why?

I am definitely all over the map. My first published books were Western Historical Romances but since then I embarked on my Highland series as well as starting a Regency series. My favorite genre is whatever I'm working on at the moment.

Of your backlist/WIPs, which would you say was the easiest to write? The most challenging? Why?

Safari Moon was definitely the easiest to write. It is my only contemporary romance. I didn't have to worry about idioms that weren't used at the time and I didn't have to do as much research.
The Regency books are the most challenging. There are so many rules of etiquette, places where only certain people could go and the evil trenches below the streets of London where all sorts of things went on. An interesting time period and one with so many possibilities.

Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?

I have had a kindle for almost a year now. I love it. I can stick it in my purse and I have as many books to read as I want. The e-reader is great for traveling.

What do you have planned writing wise for the rest of the year?

I have to finish my April Fools Anthology. I have a chapter and a half left so should finish by the end of November. After that I plan on finishing my Regency series.

Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works?

I actually have 3 blogs, 2 of which I keep updated. The third blog was started to promote my regency series but I haven't been writing on that one. I keep getting sidetracked.

They are:

My personal blog: http://christineyoung-romancewriter.blogspot.com

One I share with three other writers: http://www.roguesangels.blogspot.com

The blog for my regency series: http://aidansmisadventures.blogspot.com

What was the last book that you read? What did you think?

At the moment I am reading A Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. The book is different from what I usually read but very interesting. The writing style is unique and I have learned how POV cannot only create intensity of a story but can sway a readers mind to differing opinions about characters.

Who are your favorite authors in your primary genre?

The first historical romance I ever read was given to me by my-mother-in-law. It was written by Heather Graham. I will always be a fan of hers.

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Author Bio: 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.

About the Book

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 Whitchomb.


8 comments:

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Christine,

I was interested to see you are writing a Regency series. Along with the Victorian Era, the Regency is my favorite time period to read. With PBS revisiting their old TV series 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and the newer 'Downton Abbey', there is a lot of interest in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Have you ever considered writing something in that time frame either set in England or America?

Thanks again for the bookmark!

Christine Young said...

Karen, how very interesting. I was in Atlantic City just after hurricane Irene swept through. I did some research and had a great idea about a story set in Atlantic City and the first Miss America Pageant.

The roaring twenties has always intrigued me and a story with rumble seats, mafia and moonshine just couldn't be all bad.

Di said...

I do love a Highlander story!
I don't think I've ever read an April Fool's story - what a fun idea - I assume it will be humorous.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

C.L. Kraemer said...

So glad to see the clan kilts coming out of the trunk. Love the idea of a story about the first Miss America pageant.

Look forward to many tales with a Scottish brogue woven throughout.

C. L. Kraemer

Diana Leigh said...

The Regency Period does seem like a complicated time. So many rules. Nice interview!
Diana
bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hooray for kilts! :)

And I agree that a book about the first Miss America pageant sounds intriguing. So many ways you could go with that story!

Christine Young said...

Hi everyone, randomly drawn, ( drew for the $5.00 gc at Rogue Phoenix Press first) Karen H you are the winner. I will send info on the gc tomorrow when I send your book mark.

The winner of the bookmark is Diana Leigh. If you would email me at achristay@aol.com with your address I will send you the clan MacPherson bookmark tomorrow.

Carol L. said...

I'll say it again, I love Historical Scottish Romance. I really like this excerpt. It's a new series on my wish list.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com