Please welcome the lovely Christina to our blog! She writes fantastically hot historical romances and is dishing the dirt on her upcoming release! Can anyone say sqweeee?!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
I’m Christina Phillips and I’m originally from the UK. But in December 1998 we moved to sunny Western Australia and now live five minutes from the beach.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Her Savage Scot is the first book in my Highland Warrior Chronicles set in the ninth century in… the Highlands The books are about gorgeous Scots warriors and the brave Pictish princesses they fall in love with. Set during the turbulent times when both Scots and Vikings coveted Pictland for their own, Her Savage Scot is the story of Connor and Aila and their forbidden love.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The inspiration for my Highland Warrior Chronicles came to me a few years ago. My agent was shopping Forbidden (my first mystical Roman/Druid book set in first century Britain) and editors were asking her whether I had any books featuring Scots warriors set in the Highlands.
So I hauled out the history books and looked through the timeline of Scotland. When I got to AD 843 and Kenneth MacAlpin, my Muse got very excited. And when I then discovered that by the turn of that century the Picts as an individual people had vanished from the face of the Highlands, I knew I’d found the hook I’d been looking for!
What’s your greatest weakness?
Drinking too much coffee, eating too much chocolate and procrastinating on the Internet!
Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
I was going to answer this question by saying I can’t see myself ever writing ménages. Not because I don’t like them, but because I don’t think I could keep up with how many limbs were in the scene or whose body part was doing what to whom. However, I’ve learned over the years that as soon as I say I will never do “whatever”, I invariably turn around and immediately do it!
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
If only it was from experience!!! I wouldn’t say no to a hot warrior sweeping me off my feet and… all the rest… *ahem* But alas, it’s all imagination. Although I do a lot of research so that my historical facts are straight, and if I find facts that contradict themselves then I just pick the ones that suit my nefarious purposes!
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
I find writing the love scenes extremely hard. As I’m a linear writer I can’t skip over them and come back to them later so I have to write them when they come up (let’s see how many more puns I can squeeze into this answer!) I approach love scenes in the same way as any other scene – they are like action scenes, but also deeply emotional. Writing love scenes exhaust me and I generally end up having to lie down in a darkened room with cucumber slices on my eyes!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I sleep. LOL! Seriously, I spend so much time on the laptop it’s a complete luxury when I manage to tear myself away Although now I have an iPad even when I’m reading I can too easily pop online to check emails and Google myself (a terrible habit. What can I say?)
Christina loves writing dark tales of tough, sexy warriors who are brought to their knees by their heroines. A mystical touch of fantasy or paranormal usually weaves its way through her stories, although strangely enough this wasn’t her intention when she first starting writing her historical romances. But when ancient gods and goddesses get involved, it’s best just to go with the flow
She is published by Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat and has dipped her toe in the indie pub waters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, the DarkSide Down Under Group Blog and Historical Hearts Group Blog. She helped establish the inaugural Professional Development for Authors program and has been a member of the editorial team for the RWA’s monthly newsletter, Hearts Talk.
Christina is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her family. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.
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Her Savage Scot Blurb
When tough Scot warrior Connor Mackenzie rides into the barbaric lands of the Picts on a mission for his king, he never expects to be captivated by a beautiful Pictish widow. Drawn under her spell, yet unaware of her true identity, he risks everything for one passionate night in her arms.
Aila, princess of Pictland, swore long ago she would do anything within her power to help defeat the Vikings who invaded her land and murdered her husband. But after meeting Connor, her frozen heart thaws and once again she imagines a future filled with love and passion.
When Connor delivers the message from his king, Aila becomes a pawn in a deadly game of politics. Her heart belongs to Connor, but she must marry the prince of Dal Riada – Connor’s half-brother. But the fates have other plans for the star-crossed lovers as they fight their enemies and themselves to find true love.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave