My Favorite Book? 2018 #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge

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The #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge is back for 2018, and this week’s question is what is the “Favorite thing I’ve written, and why”. Yikes, asking an author this question is like asking a parent which is your favorite child.

Tova #bookqw graphicThat isn’t to say that we authors don’t have favorites among our book babies. For instance, Tova’s Dragon really is my favorite of all the novellas I’ve written. That story was a gift from the muse that came to me in the middle of the night. Luckily, I had the good sense to crawl out of bed, go into the living room, grab a pencil and yellow pad, and write it down. There’s no trusting middle-of-the-night memory!

As for my three historical novels, each one is special in one way or the other.

Rogue's Hostage thumbnailRogue’s Hostage starts in Western Pennsylvania where I grew up, and ends in old Quebec, a favorite destination I traveled to with my DH. It’s also my first historical romance novel, the one that wouldn’t leave me until I’d finally sold it. It took me three years to research and write the book, and nine years to sell it. But Jacques and Mara just would not let me rest until their book saw the light of day!

Lady Elinor thumbnailLady Elinor’s Escape, my sweet Regency romance, is special because I fell in love with the Regency subgenre, but hadn’t thought I could summon the voice. When I discovered that I could do so, I happily wrote a reverse Cinderella story set in one of my favorite cities in the whole world: London. In 2003, and again in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit London and see some of the places where Lady Elinor and her hero Stephen Chaplin lived and loved. I’m hoping to add some sequels to Elinor and Stephen’s story, though when I’ll find the time, I do not know!

Lily and the Gambler coverMy Western romance, Lily and the Gambler, also holds a special place in my heart because the idea came to me when my husband and I traveled to California’s Gold Country. I fell in love with the area around Grass Valley, which has a large Cornish population. Back in the 1850’s, Cornish miners were brought in to work the gold mines, which were deep vein mining, meaning they had to tunnel under ground. The Cornish had lots of experience tunneling down to mine tin, and the mines were played out. My Cornish heroine was born, as was the carefree gambler who tries to steal her heart.

I participated in the blog challenge sporadically last year, and I make no promises that I will manage 52 weekly Friday blogs this year. If things go as planned, there will be weeks I’m off traveling, and I know there will be weeks when I’m simply to busy to squeeze in another blog. All I can say is I’ll do my best in the challenge as I make the jump from 2017 to 2018.

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Happy New Year to all!

Linda McLaughlin / Lyndi Lamont

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She’s So Sexy: Rogue’s Hostage #MySexySaturday #MFRWauthor

My Sexy Saturday bannerThis week’s theme for My Sexy Saturday is “I’m So Sexy and there’s nothing more interesting that someone who exudes sexiness but doesn’t flaunt it.” I had to think about this theme for a bit, then it occurred to me that it fit Mara, the heroine of Rogue’s Hostage. Mara is a minister’s daughter who has no idea how sexy she seems to the French officer who took her captive. Here’s a snippet from a scene in which she gets dressed up to meet an emissary from the English army, leaving Jacques fuming.

She looked gorgeous in the damn gown.

Jacques glared at Mara, who sat across the room, flirting with the English emissary, an impossibly young-looking ensign. They spoke quietly in English, and Jacques wondered what secrets she was imparting to him. Not that the young man in the scarlet uniform was paying attention to what she said. He was obviously too dazzled by her beauty.

The deep blue of the silk brought out the color of her eyes, and the low-cut bodice made her bosom look as white as cream and as soft as down.

Jacques swore under his breath. It was inevitable that one day they would be separated. But not yet, he swore, not while he still hungered for her so.

“Stop scowling,” Alain’s voice murmured in his ear. “It’s not wise to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

“What makes you think my heart is the interested part?” Jacques quipped.

Alain roared with laughter. “Is your petit soldat at attention again? Ah, my friend, you must try not to be so obvious.”

Rogue's Hostage coverBlurb:

His hostage…

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.

Her destiny…

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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