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Friday, 14 December 2012

Christine Young

A Warm Welcome to Christine
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children.  Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

A Marriage of Inconvenience     by Christine Young      
When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and telling her great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.

He'd bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn't want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn's plan of living in England and running her father's estate. Now, he'll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
And Here's A Taste of Christine

She inhaled deeply, a deep and furious anger surfacing. She could survive. She would. She would show him she was strong.

"I am tougher than you think, Aric," Ravyn said unhappily, her voice too low for anyone but Aric to hear. "I’ve done nothing but get in your way, ruin your life. I wish we could go back to that day when you rescued me from Richy. Perhaps I could think of a different way to keep from wedding him. But we can’t, can we? I’m sorry for that too."
"You are meant for balls and wasting away the hours--for idle gossip--for trips to dressmakers. You will have that all once more when you are back in London."
"They have no dressmakers in Baltimore? Whatever do the poor people wear?" she asked softly, hoping to make him laugh and perhaps forget he meant to send her back to London in disgrace.
He rubbed his chin as if in thought. "Many make do with what they have, others make their own clothes, and I suppose a few who have the means have a dressmaker," he told her in all seriousness, refusing to laugh.
Unable to bear Aric’s eyes any longer, Ravyn looked away. She had no more energy to fight him or the pain slicing through her temples with each dip of the vessel. She wanted to pretend he didn’t think her worthless. She needed to tell him she had made and mended her own clothes more times than she could count. "You know nothing about me." Her shoulders squared and she sensed she was fighting a battle she could not win. Pain tugged at her, an anguish she longed to forget. Yet it wasn’t the anguish that drained her, it was the need to stave off the terrifying blackness of her unremembered dreams.
"I know what I’ve seen, Ravyn."
"You cannot--" She whirled, facing the window of the tiny cabin, searching for the words that were not there. He had seen only the worst of her. He had not seen her tend the sick, or deliver the babies of the women who lived on her father’s land. Somewhere deep inside her a child screamed terror into the wind… and was met with a greater terror, memories forming where none had been before.
"This ship is returning as soon as we make port in Baltimore. You will return with it."
Christine will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn host.
Pleasure to host you, Christine!


  1. Great new excerpt. I would love to read this story. It really sounds awesome.

  2. I can't wait until I read the entire book. The excerpts are just teasing me.


  3. Thanks for the excerpt, I have a feeling that she will be convince him to let her stay. Sounds like a great story

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  4. Welcome, Christine. Your excerpt definitely makes me want to read more!

  5. Megan, thank you for hosting A Marriage of Inconvenience today. And again, thanks to Jane, Mary and Shannon for following this tour.

  6. I can't wait to read the book, it sounds great.


  7. This is a great excerpt today, Christine. Thanks for sharing. I'm assuming that she doesn't get sent back to London?!

  8. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com