Monday, July 22, 2013

Highlander's Hope by Collette Cameron Blog Tour






HIGHLANDER'S HOPE
By
Collette Cameron

BLURB:  

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick's passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, "I do." Will Ewan's manipulation cost him her newfound love?   

EXCERPT:

Highlander's Hope Excerpt-London Inn Scene

Ewan jolted awake. “Merde.”

He had fallen asleep with Yvette in his arms. Shooting a worried glance at the window, he recognized the first golden blush of daybreak sweeping across the hazy sky.

Sucking in a strangled breath, he grasped the inexperienced hand fondling him. Blast it. The towel had come loose while he slept, of course.

“Yvette,” he whispered as she showered kisses across his bare chest and neck. Grasping her roaming hands, he ensnared her in his embrace, and raised his voice. “Yvette, wake up.”

He gave her a gentle shake. Dark lashes trembled, rising to reveal drowsy eyes. A smile lit her face when her gaze met his. She lifted her hand, caressing his face, her fingers lingering on his scar before she raised herself up and kissed the mark. Caught up in the powerful spell, he almost forgot himself. He fought the urge to throw reason to the wind and kiss her with all the desire he was holding in check. “Yvette. . .”

Ewan knew the moment she awoke. He felt her stiffen in his arms and heard her small cry of shocked dismay. She pressed at his chest with both hands. He released her and watched her scramble across the bed. She stopped in the middle, facing him. Her hair swirled around her, settling in shimmering waves about her hips.
Dawn’s glow lit the room. He could see her expressions. Shock—followed by confusion, then complete horror as she realized the full scope of her situation.

Review

Yvette Stapleton escaped her step brother not once but twice, she knows the next time she may not be as lucky.  Fleeing overseas she immediately comes into contact with Ewan McTavish, the Viscount of Sethwick.  Ethan remembers Yvette well, he has not forgotten the one dance they shared years ago.  Yvette has haunted him and now that he has her in his grasp he finds himself torn between duty and following what feels right.

I am always a sucker for highlander stories.  I liked that there was a deception element to this story.  Ewan tries to be honest with Yvette, but you have to take caution when dealing with an innocent.  Wonderful read.

Author Spotlight



The Best Vacation I’ve Ever Had

Thank you so much for having me here today.

I’ve actually been privileged to enjoy two vacations that I would call the very best ones. They were both to Europe, specifically England and France. Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but there is something spectacular about seeing the same buildings my Regency characters might see, or walking down the same cobbled lanes they might stroll along. When I’m doing research for my books and I come across the name of a street that I was on in England or France, it makes my story more realistic.
Though I adored France’s Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier (opera house), and the Louvre, as well as England’s Trafalgar Square, Westminter Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the National Gallery  (All those amazing pieces of artwork!) it’s the castles that entranced me.

Castles stir up images of beautiful princesses and dashing princes, of the Beau Monde at their finest, of falling in love, and happily ever after. The opulence of the castles I visited was staggering, yet during the Regency era, the Prince Regent was known for his extravagance. I write Regency romance, and I can picture the lords and ladies in full formal dress being presented at court.  I toured The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle in England. To say a gawked would be polite. I may have actually drooled at France’s Chambrod,  Versailles, and Vaux Le Vicomte palaces.
If I could choose any vacation in the world, it would be to tour all the castles and palaces of Europe.  For a start that is. Then on to the castles around the world. Now that would be a magnificent vacation!



AUTHOR INFORMATION:


A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.

A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.

Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and going on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc.

Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading.


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Collette will be awarding a gift basket that includes a 20.00 Amazon gift card, Cadbury Chocolates, Vintage-looking cameo pendant, Highlander's Hope bookmark, blue rose china teacup and demi-spoon, blue rose soaps, notepad--all assembled in an attractive vintage decor box to a randomly drawn commenter during the tours. 


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8 comments:

  1. Lovely Guest Post Collette! I love the old world charm of Europe as well. I'm more of a sunny climes of southern France and Spain than England, but there sure is a lot of beauty there! Thanks so much for sharing!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  2. Thanks so much for having me here today! I do love Europe!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your post and the giveaway. I love Highlanders!

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  4. I have not been to Europe...yet. I hope that I will be able to go in the future. I can imagine that would be a dream vacation.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  5. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  6. I'm going to Germany and France next year with the whole family and we are planning on touring a lot of castles. There is one castle in Germany that has a family connection that I will have to tell you about sometime. I do love it when a book talks about places that you have seen it just makes it more real to me.

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  7. Sorry I missed posting on the day of your visit. Enjoyed reading the interview and excerpt.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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