Ceci Giltenan’s much-anticipated second novel, HIGHLAND COURAGE, releases today and it’s a tremendous honor to be launching the book in the Tartan Ink tea room!
She has another stunning cover, too! Isn’t it beautiful?
Here’s the blurb:
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?
I’ve had the pleasure of reading the book and can promise you it’s another wonderful story. Ceci outdid herself and has written a tale even more compelling than her debut hit, HIGHLAND SOLUTION. (and that one was pretty hard to beat!)
So readers are in for a real Highland treat when they slip into the pages of HIGHLAND COURAGE.
Ceci celebrated her HIGHLAND SOLUTION Release Day in the tea room, so it’s a real thrill and honor to have her here again to mark the big day for HIGHLAND COURAGE.
To set the mood for this great story, please enjoy the beautiful trailer..
Isn’t that a gorgeous video?
Bet you’re now ready for HIGHLAND COURAGE? I hope so (Buy Links at the bottom of the post), but first, to make the Launch Party even more fun, I’ve asked Ceci some questions..
1) Highland Courage follows your smash-hit debut, Highland Solution. Was it easier or more difficult to write a second book?
Ceci: Great question! The answer is yes.
Certain aspects were easier and others were harder. I had “imagined” different plots and stories for years. Highland Solution was one of those so when I finally decided to write, it simply spilled out onto the page over a few weeks. As you can imagine, the editing process was a bear. On the other hand, Highland Courage took longer. It wasn’t one of the other books in my head. It grew out of Highland Solution when I created the character of Tadhg Matheson so it took a bit longer to build. However, after going through the editing process once, I knew what to avoid as I went along. The editing process for Highland Courage was fast, and nearly painless.
2) What do you know now that you didn’t when Highland Solution released?
Ceci: That list could go on and on so I’ll just hit the highlights. I know you now. That single fact has been one of the greatest blessings of my life! I also have had the pleasure of meeting a number of other wonderful supportive authors who have made this maiden voyage into publishing a great journey.
Before, I knew that my publisher expected authors to promote themselves and their books. I really had no idea how to do that so the last six months has been an education in that regard. I certainly am not an expert, but I am no longer the village idiot either.
Finally, while I wanted people to read and enjoy my book, I never really thought about what that meant. It has been incredibly uplifting and absolutely humbling to meet and hear from people who loved Highland Solution. I hesitate to call them “fans” because I feel a bit egotistical doing so. However, the feedback from these readers, many of whom I have since met on social media platforms, has been sustaining.
**SE notes: Ceci, I must say the same to you. I’m so delighted we’re friends and now can’t imagine not having you in my world. I am so looking forward to our Girls Night Out adventure in April! Everyone, Ceci, myself, and our friend & fellow Scottish author, Kate Robbins, will be meeting up on a tropical island near Ceci & I (Kate will be here on holiday). We’re going to enjoy a super-fun time! Yes, we will share pictures!! (we know readers love seeing authors out and about together, not to mention current pix.) SE
3) Readers are always interested: how to you juggle it all?
Ceci: Sometimes I wonder myself. I do work a lot of hours, often late into the night, but I am self-employed and can work whenever I choose to. If I have a novel insight in the middle of the day, I can set other work aside to write for a while and vice versa. Frankly, I do little else. My kids are at college, my husband is on autopilot. I cook meals, I dust and vacuum occasionally, I work and I write. That said, I love my life!
4) Your husband is Irish and we both know that Ireland is just as beautiful, as steeped in myth and legend, and home to really delicious lilts, not to mention great pubs and storytellers. Why do you think we rarely see “Irish romances?”
Ceci: I have often wondered that same thing and I’m not sure I know the answer. I think the reason is two-fold. First I think the history of Scotland is so closely linked to the history of England that more people in English speaking countries are familiar with it—it is part of their history. Basically, I think the average person who reads has a rough idea of Scottish history, even if it is littered with a few misconceptions. However, fewer people are familiar with ancient or medieval Irish history.
I think the second reason has to do with a period of painful history in Ireland. Just as there are few romances set during the time of the Highland Clearances, from the time of Cromwell through to the twentieth century, Irish history is often tragic. The native Irish, who were Catholic, were bitterly oppressed during that time. There exists no such person as an Irish Catholic, was a matter of law. It is difficult to write the fairytale romance when the lord of the castle, and all of the people in power were the oppressors.
That said, I am researching medieval Irish history and have a few novels planned.
5) What’s next?
Ceci: I mentioned how very fortunate I feel to have heard from fans of Highland Solution and one message that I heard clearly was that they want to hear more about Fingal. Although I have several other books, much closer to completion, I am focusing my effort now on his story, Highland Intrigue, because so many readers have asked for it. I am hoping to complete it for a Fall release, but I am not promising anything at the moment. Let me just say, Fingal has his hands full.
Super answers, Ceci! I know readers will enjoy your responses. Love the hubby on ‘autopilot!’
Of course, every Launch Party needs a Giveaway, so I’m celebrating by offering a digital copy of HIGHLAND COURAGE to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment to be entered.
Here is Ceci’s bio so you can get to know her better. (if you do not already ~ she is a rising star in the Scottish romance scene!)
Meet Ceci Giltenan
Frank, the creator of Ceci’s sixth grade class prophecy, decided that she was going to be an author. “But I want to be a nurse!” she said, in her typically bossy style.
“You can’t be a nurse because Jennifer is going to be a nurse and she asked first. Be a writer, you’re good at that.”
As it turns out, she became both. She started her career as an oncology nurse at a world-renowned research hospital, and eventually utilized her writing skills to become a successful medical writer.
At a friend’s wedding in 1989 she met her soul mate, a young Irish carpenter who just happened to be the brother of the groom. He returned to the United States a year later and they were married in 1991.
Although not raised in New Jersey, when she heard that “Jersey girls don’t pump gas,” Ceci decided that she wanted to be a “Jersey Girl” so they relocated there. The move might have also had something to do with the pharmaceutical industry but those details are a bit fuzzy now. Now sunny southwest Florida is calling and she and her husband are moving to North Fort Myers.
With their youngest off to college, Ceci is breaking away from “primary efficacy endpoints” and writing a few “happily ever after’s.”
Here are the promised Buy Links for HIGHLAND COURAGE:
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Ceci, thank you so much for the honor of hosting your Launch Day for HIGHLAND COURAGE! The book is fantastic and readers are going to love every word, guaranteed!
Have fun in here, everyone! Please give Ceci a warm and hearty Tartan Ink welcome and a grand send-off for her book!
Go HIGHLAND COURAGE!
**Please note that I am currently not online (or only rarely, and with difficulty), so if I do not personally make an appearance, I am here in heart and spirit!