Highland Storms – publication day!

Tomorrow is the offhighlandstorms_coversmallericial publication day of Highland Storms, the sequel to Trade Winds, and I’m absolutely thrilled! In some ways it feels like I’ve been waiting ages for this, but in others, the day has come around very quickly indeed.

It’s only just over a year since Trade Winds was published and I was very pleased to be able to continue the story. I hadn’t originally planned on writing a sequel, they just seem to happen with me. I was going to leave Killian and his wife to live their Happy Ever After life, but somehow I couldn’t quite let go. And their baby boy, born all the way over in China, seemed to me to be a fighter – well, he had to be in order to survive a journey like that! Then I began to imagine him as a grown man and what he’d be like, combined with the fact that at some stage, he’d have to take over his father’s Highland estates, and the story took off from there …

I’ve been on a blog tour in honour of Highland Storms and this was meant to be the final stop, but we’ve added a few extra dates as follows, so please stop by if you have a moment:-

7th November – Eliza Knight’s blog www.historyundressed.blogspot.com

10th November – Helen Hollick’s blog http://helen-myguests.blogspot.com/

27th November – Cathie Dunn’s blog http://cathiedunn.blogspot.com/

12th December – The Word Wenches blog http://wordwenches.typepad.com/

In the meantime, to celebrate publiction day, here’s a chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher – just answer the following question – Do you prefer blond men or dark-haired ones and why? (I’d like to know because I had a hard time deciding which of my heroes I liked best – Killian or his son Brice).  Competition ends at midnight on Friday 4th November.

Highland Storms blurb:-

Who can you trust?

Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start. So he welcomes the opportunity to leave Sweden for the Scottish Highlands to take over the family estate.

But there’s trouble afoot at Rosyth in 1754 and Brice finds himself unwelcome.  The estate is in ruin and money is disappearing.  He discovers an ally in Marsaili Buchanan, the beautiful redheaded housekeeper, but can he trust her?

Marsaili is determined to build a good life.  She works hard at being housekeeper and harder still at avoiding men who want to take advantage of her.  But she’s irresistibly drawn to the new clan chief, even though he’s made it plain he doesn’t want to be shackled to anyone.

And the young laird has more than romance on his mind.  His investigations are stirring up an enemy.  Someone who will stop at nothing to get what he wants – including Marsaili – even if that means destroying Brice’s life forever …

Highland Storms, ISBN: 978-1-906931-71-1, published by Choc Lit 1st November 2011, available to buy from Amazon or The Book Depository or please click here for further retailers

To read an excerpt, please click here

19 thoughts on “Highland Storms – publication day!

  1. When I was younger I always went for the brooding dark-haired guys, preferably those with long hair! And if they had blue eyes, even better! I don’t know why, I guess I was just really attracted to that particular look (perhaps it was Johnny Depp that started it all off?!)
    However, I married a blond haired man with hazel eyes… he’s the exact opposite of what I used to go for!
    Best wishes, and best of luck with Highland Storms!
    Suzy Turner

  2. Thank you, Suzy! I still like the long-haired ones, Suzy, but don’t really mind the colour 😀

  3. I don’t know exactly why, but I prefer blonds (but I don’t mind a dark haired guy either…) but if you look at my celebrity ‘favourites’ list, they’re all blond. Daniel Craig, Josh Holloway, Dirk Benedict, Bradley Cooper (more a light brown). But I think sometimes it can do with the eyes, too. I love blue eyes, but stunning ones, that make you go wobbly, like Bradley Cooper’s. Some hazel/green eyes are great too.

    My husband is blond (with blue eyes) too.

    Also, an ex-boyfriend, who broke my heart, had dark hair… so maybe I trust blonds more.

    Good luck with the book launch, Christina. I’ve yet to read Trade Winds, but I did buy it from you at the RNA Conference in the summer, and can’t wait to read it as I LOVED the Scarlet Kimono! Good to know there is a sequel to it 😀

  4. When I was in my teens, I had a thing about blonds, but I’ve graduated to dark. Preferably almost black, and enough there to grab hold of. And blue eyes, with long dark lashes. You know … eyes that will compel you to do anything. Eyes that can, unless you have a high level of resistance, have you disrobing in public. Smoky, smouldering blue eyes that mesmerise you from behind the kind of eyelashes that you see in commercials when it says that the model is wearing extensions.

    Can’t wait to read Highland Storms, Christina – and to meet Killian’s boys. Lord knows, I nagged for long enough!

  5. Thanks, Teresa! Oh, yes, stunning eyes, definitely a must – my favourites are green, but I like blue or grey as well 🙂

  6. Livbet – I think you just described Killian there 😀 and I totally agree about the hair having to be at least long enough to grab hold of!

  7. I love dark haired men, just love the dark and handsome stranger, got to say that because my hubby dark haired 🙂 Just think dark haired men are more mysterious and exciting! Thankyou for the chance to win!

  8. I have to second what Livbet said! A young David Essex, Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn in LOTR, David Gandy in the D&G advert – dark hair long enough to tangle your fingers in, piercing blue eyes…mmmm.
    Good luck with the rest of the blog tour 🙂

  9. Definitely dark hair for me and not too short. Although when I was younger I did prefer blonds!

  10. I guess I should have asked about eye-colour instead – looks like the piercing blue ones are the favourites 🙂

  11. There are certain sorts of men who always look good with long hair, and Christina’s heroes are definitely among them!

  12. Whilst I am married to what I would call a fair-haired man, my fantasy heroes are always, ALWAYS dark, but I can go either way with eye colour- 70% cocoa solids brown or intense, chilling blue. It’s the Celtic in me.
    Kind regards
    Laura James.

  13. Thanks, Margaret, I’m glad you like them! The long hair is the best thing about writing historical romance 🙂

    Laura – love the 70% cocoa solids description, but never really go for brown eyes except in my Japanese heroes, no idea why! Chilling blue though, absolutely – I think I have a lot of Celtic blood too (or maybe that’s the Viking coming through?)

  14. Hi Christina, I am now back from travelling and really looking forward to reading Highland Storms as soon as it climbs to the top of Mt TBR. Congratulations on Publication Day. I have always preferred dark haired men, I wonder if that is why I am living in Italy. 🙂

  15. I think Dark Haired men offer more mystery. My hero would be dark haired with blue eyes . Well done on publication day . I look forward to reading it

  16. I always liked blonde hair blue eyes, then a phase of dark hair, now back to where I started with my OH, blonde and blue eyes! 🙂 Really enjoying this novel.

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