Happy Holidays! Today we are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for a visit with the lovely Lecia Cornwall, author of Once Upon A Highland Christmas.
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A CASTLE FAR AWAY…
It’s a pleasure to be here at Crystal Blogs Books today, to take time out of the hectic holiday rush to have a cup of tea and chat with readers. There’s still so much to do before the big day, but there’s always time for good friends.
I love Christmas. I always have. My childhood family Christmases were usually less than harmonious, but there was always my imagination, and the magic of Christmas itself to fall back on, with the decorations, the food, the music, and our annual New Year’s family reunion at my aunt’s house. I was a very dreamy child. I still believe in Santa (truly). I loved to read, and my favorite stories were fairy tales—my ultimate favorite was The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
The magic words Once Upon A Time still have the power to take my breath away and bring me to the edge of my seat in anticipation. The idea of an ordinary, average person finding a quest, gathering their wits and courage to slay the dragon and win treasure and true love is so satisfying. Fairy tales remind us that any one of us could do the same, and despite the harshness of reality, our own courage will help us win out over the bad guys.
When I write, I think of my favorite fairy tales. My first book, Secrets of A Proper Countess, is a Cinderella story. What A Lady Most Desires is written with elements of Beauty and the Beast.
In ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, not only is it the most magical time of year, it’s Christmas in the Highlands of Scotland—what better place or time is there for a fairy tale? Each of the books in my Highland series has a wee touch of the supernatural. Once Upon a Highland Summer features two meddlesome ghosts, and the lovers in Once Upon A Highland Autumn must conquer an ancient curse before they find their happily ever after.
ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS is about magic—Christmas magic. There’s a maiden lost in the snow, discovered by a handsome laird and restored to life. There are wisewomen, fey young lasses, and gossipy old men—and there’s the power of Christmas itself, the magic that always comes at this time of year, if only we believe our dearest wish really is right at our fingertips, ours if we just reach out for it.
Like any good fairly tale, Alanna and Iain face plenty of conflict, fire and ice, love and hate, duty and desire. Their own stubbornness stands in the way of true love (now there’s a dragon that needs slaying, if ever there was one!). They must conquer all that, and maybe, just maybe, by the time Christmas arrives, and the first star shines out in the darkening sky, they might just find that wishes really can come true, and magic, like true love, really does exist.
Sigh. And they lived happily ever after (eventually)… and those are six of the most satisfying words ever written.
I’ll be dropping by throughout the day to chat, so please leave a comment or ask me anything! For a chance to win an autographed print copy of Once Upon A Highland Summer, tell me—what’s your favorite fairy tale or holiday story?
If you’d like to see some of the inspiration behind ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS, check out my Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/leciacornwall/once-upon-a-highland-christmas/.
Or visit my website at www.leciacornwall.com to learn more about ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with the very best of Happily Ever Afters!
Once Upon a Highland Christmas
Once Upon a Highland Season # 3
December 9th, 2014
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Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it's much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.
Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn't his to love, yet she's everything he's ever wanted.
As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.
But it's Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.
Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.
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