Today we welcome Linda McLaughlin, another of the Romance Super Bundle authors. Linda grew up with a love of history fostered by her paternal grandmother and an incurable case of wanderlust inherited from her father. She has traveled extensively within the United States and has visited Mexico, Canada, & Australia. A lifelong dream came true with a trip to England where she was able to combine sightseeing and theater with research for her novels. She published her first book under the name Lyn O'Farrell. Now Linda writes historical and Regency romance under her own name and sexy to erotic romance under the pen name Lyndi Lamont. Learn more about Linda and her books at her website and blog.
Remember, for a limited time you can get Linda’s historical romance, along with nine other full-length contemporary romances and romantic suspense novels for the incredibly low price of just .99 cents. That’s less than .10 cents a book!
The first half of Rogue’s Hostage takes place in my home state of Pennsylvania, more specifically Pittsburgh, back when it was Fort Duquesne of the Blessed Virgin at the Beautiful River. Yes, that was the name the French gave to the crude fort they built where the Allegheny and Monongahela meet to form the Beautiful River, i.e. the Ohio. This is how I describe it in the book:
The four travelers stood on a ridge overlooking the place where two rivers met to form a third. On either side of the sparkling waterways, heavily forested hills stood against the blue sky. A green meadow stretched below to the point of land where the fort was situated.
"It is spectacular," Mara whispered, her voice filled with awe.
People who’ve never been to the area have no idea how pretty the surrounding countryside can be, especially in the autumn when the leaves change color. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and a year never went by that my family didn’t pile into the car on a Sunday afternoon to drive out along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to ooh and aah at the beauty of the fall colors as the trees turned to shades of gold, orange and red. It is indeed spectacular.
As I was writing the book, out here in fall-colorless Southern California--we’re lucky to have a few colored leaves by December--I had to rely on my memories and pictures in books. I could only imagine how beautiful the forested slopes were back in 1758 when my characters had to hike over the mountains to get to Fort Duquesne, my heroine dragged along unwillingly. What an adventure Mara has in the book!
In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré's life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn't count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau's desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.
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