The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Please Welcome Ceci Giltenan and Highland Courage

Good morning, Ceci. I understand you're going to tell us about Highland Courage, the second in your Highland Bride series.

Highland Courage is the second book in my Highland Bride series. Like my debut novel, Highland Solution, one of the central themes is arranged marriage. In Highland Solution, the heroine is essentially forced to marry a stranger. In Highland Courage that isn’t the case. True, the heroine, Mairead, doesn’t want to get married for her own reasons, but as is consistent with the era, she must marry the man her father chooses. However her betrothed, Tadhg, isn’t a complete stranger to her. Her little brother, Flan, is his squire and two of her older brothers know him well, respect him and consider him to be a good friend.
The arranged marriage isn’t the source of the conflict in Highland Courage. Tadhg and Mairead like each other immediately and their love grows as their relationship deepens. The central conflict is actually within Mairead herself. For a variety of reasons, including a very traumatic event in her past, Mairead is shy, fearful and lacks self-esteem. This is very much a story about Mairead developing into a strong, confident young woman and how the man she loves, supports her personal growth.

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows.
Plain in comparison to her siblings and extremely reserved, Mairead has been called “MacKenzie’s Mouse” since she was a child. No one knows the reason for her timidity and she would just as soon keep it that way. When her parents arrange a betrothal to Laird Tadhg Matheson she is horrified. She only sees one way to prevent an old secret from becoming a new scandal.
Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies. While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway.
Secrets always have a way of revealing themselves. With Tadhg’s unconditional love, can Mairead find the strength and courage she needs to handle the consequences when they do?

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Tell us a little more about you.
Ceci started her career as an oncology nurse at a leading research hospital, and eventually became a successful medical writer. In 1991 she married a young Irish carpenter whom she met at a friend’s wedding. They raised their family in central New Jersey but have recently moved to southwest Florida. Now with their youngest off to college, Ceci is breaking away from “primary efficacy endpoints” and writing a few “happily ever afters.”

Thanks so much for being here, Ceci. Your book sounds both heart-wrenching and wonderful.


Melissa Keir said...

The book sounds very interesting. I love the Highlands and reading about the people of the area. :)

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Looking in to say how much I enjoyed Highland Courage. Ceci wowed me with her debut title, Highland Solution, and she outdid herself with this one. It's a beautiful story, written with heart, and peopled with characters who will stay with the reader long after the tale ends.

Ceci Giltenan said...

Thanks Melissa! I hope you give my books a try!

Sue-Ellen, thank you for your lovely words!
<3 Ceci