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THE WRONG BRIDE
Highland Weddings #1
Releasing Oct 27th, 2015
The first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands, USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction.
Shaken from sleep during the night, bundled off to the Highlands by a burly Scot, Riona is at first terrified, then livid. Hugh McCallum insists they were promised to each other as children to ensure peace between their clans. The stubborn laird refuses to believe he’s kidnapped the wrong Catriona Duff. Instead, he embarks on a campaign of slow-burning seduction…
At first, Hugh cares only what their marriage can do for his people. Now he’s starting to crave Riona for her own sake. But her true identity jeopardizes his clan’s contract. And unless she chooses to risk all to be his bride, he’ll lose the only thing he prizes more than the lands he’s fought so hard to save-the passionate marriage they could have together.
After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, GAYLE CALLEN found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, and been translated into eleven different languages. The mother of three grown children, an avid crafter, singer, and outdoor enthusiast, Gayle lives in Central New York with her dog Uma and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero. She also writes contemporary romances as Emma Cane. Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com.
My Favorite Things About Highland Chiefs
By Gayle Callen, author of THE WRONG BRIDE
I’ve begun a new trilogy, “Highland Weddings,” set in Scotland, a new country for me as an author. (Let’s just say—lots of research involved!) The first book, THE WRONG BRIDE, starts off with an arranged marriage to bring peace between clans, but when the bride’s family tries to back out, my hero, Hugh McCallum, feels justified in kidnapping his bride. Problem is, he kidnaps the wrong woman. And hijinks ensue.
Of course I made my hero, Hugh McCallum, a Highland chief. And here are my reasons why we love to read about them!
1. The responsibility of a chief: A chief is the leader of his people, and is more closely associated with them than a duke or earl would be. In the early eighteenth century, a chief still often lived among his people, ate meals with them, and proved himself one of them. He helped them in times of hunger, he found husbands to marry widows, he provided cattle to newly married couples. He’s the guy to rely on.
2. The power of a Chief: In the Highlands, the chiefs pretty much were the law, and could sentence criminals to death. A good chief takes none of this lightly, and Hugh McCallum is striving to be a good chief, to win the respect of the people, to bring them a bride that will ensure peace. There’s just something about a man who wields all that power. And, of course, when such an independent man falls in love, we get to see how it shakes his very world. And that brings me to…
3. How love brings a Chief to his knees. A chief believes he’s in control of everything, and when he finds out his heart has a will of its own, of course a chief resists! But a powerful man can bring his own all-encompassing focus to romance and passion when he finally gives in.
So that’s why I like Highland chiefs. I hope you enjoy a particular Highland chief, Hugh McCallum of THE WRONG BRIDE.