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Christina Courtenay - Author

About the Author

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.


Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

 

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

 

Below is a Q & A with this author.


Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!).  I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them.  I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).

Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

Featured books by Christina Courtenay

The Soft Whisper of Dreams

The Soft Whisper of Dreams

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Some dreams shouldn't come true - Maddie Browne thought she'd grown out of the recurring nightmare that plagued her as a child, but after a shocking family secret is revealed, it comes back to haunt her - the same swing in the same garden, the kind red-haired giant and the swarthy arms which grab her from behind and try to take her away - In an attempt to forget her troubles, Maddie travels to Devon to spend time with her friends, Kayla and Wes. However, it becomes clear that relaxation will not be on the agenda after a disturbing encounter with a gypsy fortune teller. Not to mention the presence of Wes's dangerously handsome brother, Alex. And then there's the fact that Maddie's dream seems to be coming true - The Soft Whisper of Dreams is a sequel to Christina Courtenay's novel The Secret Kiss of Darkness.

Monsoon Mists

Monsoon Mists

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought...It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor's family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them and embarks on a dangerous mission to the city of Surat, carrying the stolen talisman of an Indian Rajah There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but her infamous haughtiness has earned her a nickname: The Ice Widow. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents. But when it becomes clear that Zarmina's step-son is involved in the plot, He begins to see another side to her - a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late? The final in the Kinross series - Trade Winds, Highland Storms and Monsoon Mists. PAPERBACK INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL COPY - DETAILS WITHIN THE PAPERBACK.

Other books by Christina Courtenay

The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight

The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

As the velvet cloak of moonlight settled over the ruined towers of Raglan Castle, the shadows beneath them stirred ... When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege. Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband's home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives - New Zealander Josh Owens - the parallels become even more obvious. But perhaps the visions aren't just trying to tell their own story, maybe they're also giving a warning ...

The Jade Lioness

The Jade Lioness

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2016

Nagasaki, 1648: Temperance Marston longs to escape England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on an expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. On a foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete: Kazuo must restore his family's honour. But when Temperance is kidnapped, he has to make a decision - can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?

The Jade Lioness

The Jade Lioness

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Can an impossible love become possible? Nagasaki, 1648 Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity. However, she soon finds the country's strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom. On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn't commit - stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun - and Kazuo must restore his family's honour. But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision - can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?

The Soft Whisper of Dreams

The Soft Whisper of Dreams

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Some dreams shouldn't come true - Maddie Browne thought she'd grown out of the recurring nightmare that plagued her as a child, but after a shocking family secret is revealed, it comes back to haunt her - the same swing in the same garden, the kind red-haired giant and the swarthy arms which grab her from behind and try to take her away - In an attempt to forget her troubles, Maddie travels to Devon to spend time with her friends, Kayla and Wes. However, it becomes clear that relaxation will not be on the agenda after a disturbing encounter with a gypsy fortune teller. Not to mention the presence of Wes's dangerously handsome brother, Alex. And then there's the fact that Maddie's dream seems to be coming true - The Soft Whisper of Dreams is a sequel to Christina Courtenay's novel The Secret Kiss of Darkness.

Monsoon Mists

Monsoon Mists

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought...It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor's family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them and embarks on a dangerous mission to the city of Surat, carrying the stolen talisman of an Indian Rajah There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but her infamous haughtiness has earned her a nickname: The Ice Widow. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents. But when it becomes clear that Zarmina's step-son is involved in the plot, He begins to see another side to her - a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late? The final in the Kinross series - Trade Winds, Highland Storms and Monsoon Mists. PAPERBACK INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL COPY - DETAILS WITHIN THE PAPERBACK.

Marry in Haste

Marry in Haste

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2013

Amelia Ravenscroft is desperate to escape her aunt's home where she endures life of drudgery, whilst fighting off her lecherous cousin. When she overhears Viscount Demarr confiding in a friend that he needs to marry at once , she boldly proposes a marriage of convenience. Amelia soon proves herself a perfect fit for the role of Lady Demarr. But their blossoming relationship is blighted by suspicions regarding Amelia's past. Will they find, all too painfully, that if you marry in haste you repent at leisure?

Gilded Fan

Gilded Fan

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: eBook Release Date: 07/02/2013

How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love? It's 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee to England. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help her survive a journey, with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she doesn't trust? Having come to Nagasaki to trade, the last thing Captain Nico Noordholt wants is a female passenger, especially a beautiful one. How can he protect her from his crew when he can't keep his own eyes off her? During their journey, Nico and Midori form a tentative bond, but they both have secrets that can change everything. When they arrive in England, a civil war is brewing, and only by standing together can they hope to survive...

Silent Touch of Shadows

Silent Touch of Shadows

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2012

What will it take to put the past to rest?Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family's ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery.Jack Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it's not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense. He hires her to research his family's history, unaware their lives are already entwined. Is the mutual attraction real or the result of ghostly influence?Melissa slowly uncovers the tale of her ancestor Sibell's love for handsome knight, Sir Roger. Promised to another man, Sibell defies her domineering father to be with Roger. But does Roger keep his vow to be with Sibell for eternity? Melissa desperately needs to find out...

Highland Storms

Highland Storms

Author: Christina Courtenay Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

Who can you trust? Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start. So he welcomes the opportunity to leave Sweden for the Scottish Highlands to take over the family estate. But there's trouble afoot at Rosyth in 1754 and Brice finds himself unwelcome. The estate's in ruin and money is disappearing. He discovers an ally in Marsaili Buchanan, the beautiful redheaded housekeeper, but can he trust her? Marsaili is determined to build a good life. She works hard at being a housekeeper and harder still at avoiding men who want to take advantage of her. But she's irresistibly drawn to the new clan chief, even though he's made it plain he doesn't want to be shackled to anyone. And the young laird has more than romance on his mind. His investigations are stirring up an enemy. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what he wants - including Marsaili - even if that means destroying Brice's life forever ... Winner of the 2012 Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNAs). Sequel to Trade Winds.