HIGHLAND COURAGE and giveaway with Ceci Giltenan

To be adored…
Sigh. Is there any woman who doesn’t wish to feel adored at least by that one special person? I think every woman deserves to feel adored and if men could just figure out how to do this, everyone would be happier.
So far the positive reviews for Highland Courage have nearly all commented on how wonderful the hero Tadhg is. I think the reason for this is simple. Tadhg adores Mairead and it shows. He wants her to be safe and happy. He listens to her, pays attention to her moods and figures out what works and what doesn’t when interacting with her. Mairead, who had grown up in a large loving family certainly understood what it meant to be loved. Being adored was an entirely new sensation.
“Swept up in the flow of events, Mairead was a little overwhelmed and didn’t quite know what to make of Laird Matheson. The attention he paid her caught her completely off guard. In the flurry of activity usually surrounding her large family, she could always slip into the background, but he seemed to focus only on her. It left her blushing persistently but, oddly, didn’t make her uncomfortable.”
Is adoration simply being in tune with the rhythms of someone else’s life and lovingly responding to them? Perhaps it isn’t for everyone, but this defines adoration for me. What makes you feel adored?

Ceci is giving away one (1) ecopy of HIGHLAND COURAGE to a randomly drawn commenter who answers her question.  Giveaway ends @12am est 3-15-14. Good Luck!

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows. Plain in comparison to her siblings and extremely reserved, Mairead has been called “MacKenzie’s Mouse” since she was a child. No one knows the reason for her timidity and she would just as soon keep it that way. When her parents arrange a betrothal to Laird Tadhg Matheson she is horrified. She only sees one way to prevent an old secret from becoming a new scandal. 

Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies. While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway. 

Secrets always have a way of revealing themselves. With Tadhg’s unconditional love, can Mairead find the strength and courage she needs to handle the consequences when they do?

Ceci’s sixth grade class predicted that she would be an author. “But I want to be a nurse!” she said, in her typically bossy style. As it turns out, she became both. She started her career as an oncology nurse at a leading research hospital, and eventually became a successful medical writer. In 1991 she married a young Irish carpenter who she met at a friend’s wedding. They raised their family in central New Jersey and now with their youngest off to college, Ceci is breaking away from “primary efficacy endpoints” and writing a few “happily ever after’s.”
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  1. I love the little things in life…being adored…waking up Saturday morning with the coffee brewed and a hot cup waiting for me.

  2. Yvette, that is a lovely simple sign of adoration.

    <3 Ceci

  3. Adoration means to me that my mate pays attention to everything about me and doesn’t look at other women when he is talking to me. He also does big and little things to please me. Sometimes it’s helping me clean house, cook, do laundry, bring flowers or candy, or as Yvette said, waking up in the morning to brewed coffee and a hot cup either brought to me in bed or waiting for me if I am getting up. Of course, the same things go for me to adore him.

  4. Hi Ceci as you are already aware I loved both Highland Solution and Highlan Courage. For me adoration when my husband was alive was little things he would do for me. Like sending me a text every day just saying I love you no matter how busy he was with work. Ringing me at work when I was late of work especially at night he would make sure I would ask security to escort me to my car. We only spent one night apart in the 14 years we were together and married for 12 of those until he was emergency rushed in to hospital from that point we only had 2 months but even in hospital when he could not speak he would still text me every day. We loved each other very much. Our friends always said how my hubby changed when we got together and how much he adored me. I just wish we had longer. But I know that for the time I was blessed to have him in my life I new I was adored.

  5. Adoration is showing respect, strong admiration of my food I cook for the family.

  6. Cathy P, you make an excellent point. Adoration flows both directions. Being in-tune to each other as a couple allows that to happen.

  7. Paula,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Those things you describe are the things that make a woman feel adored and cherished and those are the things you miss the most. You were indeed blessed.

    Sending you a hug,

  8. Virginia,
    Don’t get me started on cooking. That is the one area where my husband has simply never quite understood why he needs to offer admiration. “You like to cook. You are good at it. I like everything you make. Why do I have to keep telling you that?” LOL You have just given me an idea. Check my blog on St. Patrick’s day!
    <3 Ceci

  9. I think it is in all the little things: bringing you coffee in the morning (even though it is his fault you are addicted 😉 ); helping get the kids ready for school after you go back to work; and helping out with the cleaning, cooking, and shopping. As well as the bigger things like telling you he thinks you did a great job raising the kids since you were a stay at home mom for years and asking for your opinion before making big decisions.

    I’m very lucky with my husband and I am well aware of that. 🙂 I have many friends who are not so happy.

  10. paula, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband of 39-1/2 years on August 1st of last year from lymphoma cancer, so I know how you feel. Have you tried any support groups? I joined a widows friendship support group last year, and it has helped me. God Bless!

  11. I know I would enjoy reading this book after reading the words describing it. Glad I have the opportunity to win a copy.

  12. Can’t wait to read this book. It’s on my “to read” list. 🙂
    I would love to be adored by someone. Heck, I’d love to be at least on the top 10 list of my husbands!!!
    No wait, I am adored. My beautiful yellow lab Cody adores me, and is everywhere I am. He’s beside me when I’m on the computer, he’s at the foot of my bed when I’m sleeping, and he’s at the door waiting for me to come home. That’s adoration. Hugs.

  13. I feel adored when I notice the little things people do for me. Anyone can see big events and grand gestures. ..but its the little things people do that mean the most.

  14. Cathy P thank you for your comment I lost my gorgeous man to rapidly progressive throat cancer. Ceci thanks for the hugs.Jackie W and Wendy McInnis you will love Ceci’s books I was lucky enough to be one of the winners when this book was launched. I was unable to but both books down when I started them. I highly recommend both Highland Courage and Ceci’s first book Highland Solution. Happy reading .

  15. Glenda and Tammy I agree. Adoration is the sum of the little things.

    Wendy, in my opinion there is no finer example of unconditional love and adoration than that which I receive from my dogs. I have a little plaque that says, “Someday I hope to be the person my dog thinks I am.”

    <3 Ceci

  16. My family 🙂

  17. Paula, thank you for the kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed reading my books.

    Lori, being part of a loving family is truly a gift and hopefully it is the first place we feel adored and learn those loving acts that make others feel that way too.

    <3 Ceci

  18. Ceci’s books are great!

  19. Thanks Dawn! Sending you a big cyber hug!
    <3 Ceci

  20. It’s the little things. They all add up & make one feel adored.

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  22. Being adored is when my husband spends a week or more by my bedside when I experienced complications from childbirth, or when I had back surgery, etc. Being adored is when my husband cleans house on his day off, when I’m working late each day, it’s when he lets me sleep in on Saturday or Sunday morning even if when I am not sick. Thanks for having the contest!

  23. Mary Preston, bn100, and lisagk, I agree on all counts!

    Here’s to feeling adored!

    <3 Ceci

  24. Congrats CathyP & JakieW, you’re Ceci’s randomly chosen winners. Please keep an eye on your email & spam.

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