Tuesday Travels: Rogue’s Hostage & Quebec City #HistoricalRomance #99cents

Tuesday Travels

Quebec is one of the settings used in my French & Indian War-set historical romance, Rogue’s Hostage. When I was writing the book, my husband and I took a vacation to Quebec Province so I could do some research. We started in Montreal, where I managed to find my way around the Metro using my college French. (Note: I took this trip back in the pre-digital photography days so the photos are from my Art Explosion CD collection.)

Quebec panorama

Chareau Frontenac

Hotel Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, Canada

After a couple of days we took the train to Quebec, and I fell in love with the charming old city, though I had to keep reminding myself that the city in my book was the previous city, the one that was destroyed by the British shelling.

Since I wanted to stay in the old part of the city, I booked us a room at Chateau Frontenac, the venerable Canadian Railway hotel. Picturesque setting, but we were pretty sure they gave us the smallest room in the place! Instead of a view looking out toward the river, our window looked down onto an alley. Oh, well, we didn’t spend much time in the room anyway.

We were far more interested in wandering the streets, taking pictures of the old houses and the fort and battlefield, which plays a part in my book, as does the lovely church pictured below.

battlefied

On the last day we took a boat ride on the St. Lawrence for the spectacular views of the city and countryside. What a beautiful area! I’d love to go back some day.

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church

Quebec, Canada -]the old church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in Place Royale of Quebec city downtown

Rogue’s Hostage is currently on a 99 cent Kindle Countdown Deal at Amazon.com and Amazon.uk through the end of the day, Friday, Jan. 28th. My apologies to my Canadian readers. Amazon doesn’t have Kindle Countdown Deals in Canada yet. Some day, I hope.

Rogue's Hostage Kindle Countdown Deal

Where are you going this year? I’m scheduled for a trip to upstate New York in June, and I’m hoping to finally make it to Australia and New Zealand in September. I’ll get back to Canada one of these days.

Linda

A Question of Honor: Rogue’s Hostage #99cents #SnipSun #snippetsu

Today’s Sunday Snippet is from my “Eastern” Western, Rogue’s Hostage, set during the French and Indian War. At the time, the frontier ran through western Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh area where I grew up, former site of the French Fort Duquesne, which plays a prominent part in the story. Swiss immigrant, Mara Dupre, has been taken captive by a French and Indian War Party after her husband’s death.

Rogues Hostage coverThe Frenchman turned her toward him, holding her by the shoulders, and spoke in an insistent voice. “Listen to me and be sensible. You must be strong now. We have a long journey ahead of us.”

Dazed, she stared at him. “A journey? To where?”

“Fort Duquesne.”

Mara gasped. The dreaded enemy stronghold deep in the wilderness. She struggled to get free, clawing at his powerful arms.

He gripped her tighter, grimacing as he did. “Stop it! What chance do you think you have against three men? Do as I say and you will live. Refuse and…” He let the implication hang in the air between them.

Live. Yes, that was what she must do. She must bide her time and stay alive. Her brother would find her and exact revenge. But for now, she was on her own.

She straightened her spine and stared into the Frenchman’s eyes. “How do I know I can trust you, monsieur?”

He met her gaze, but a shadow darkened his eyes. “You have my word of honor.”

Bitterness filled her. “The word of a Frenchman? What is that worth?”

“For the moment, madame, your life.”

Rogue's Hostage Kindle Countdown Deal

Rogue’s Hostage is the book of my heart, the one that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go until I published it. And this week, the book is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for 99 cents at Amazon.com and Amazon.uk.

You can find more great snippets at the Sunday Snippet Facebook Group.

Linda