4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times!
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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Reviews for Rogue's Hostage
4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times
"Reminiscent of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS but with an even more personal touch, ROGUE'S HOSTAGE is a must read book for lovers of adventure and romance." - Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today
"4 1/2 Stars! "A wonderful story. It was obviously well researched as well. I fell in love with the characters and struggled along with them as they sought to understand their feelings for each other. I would highly recommend picking this book up. You won't regret it." - Melissa M. Curran, Scribes World
4 Roses from A Romance Review " ...rich in plot and character development"
"...a potent and magnificent read... This author has painstakingly done her research and manages to convey it in a fascinating and descriptive style that one can envision and remember for a long time to come! Great read!" - Viviane Crystal, Crystal Reviews
"Terrific -- very compelling and dramatic. I really got wrapped up in the story and characters." -- Suzanne Forster, Best-selling Author
"A wonderfully romantic tale, rich in love, intricately woven with historical detail. A story definitely on a par with The Last of The Mohicans!" -- Catherine Snodgrass, Award-Winning Author
About Linda McLaughlin
Linda McLaughlin 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. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in Southern California with her husband.
Her first book was Worth The Risk by Lyn O'Farrell. Now Linda writes historical and Regency romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward.
She also writes sexy to erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont.
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Linda, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Rogue’s Hostage and it has earned a lot of good buzz. How did this story first come about?
LM: It started with my family genealogy, where I have deep roots in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. As part of my research, I picked up a nonfiction book about the founding of Pittsburgh by the French, who built Fort Duquesne in the 1750s. I was surprised to learn that the French officers, who were mostly from the aristocracy and upper middle class, would strip down to moccasins and loincloth to lead their Native American allies on frontier raiding parties. I thought, wow, what a great hero that would make! And the idea for Jacques Corbeau of Rogue's Hostage was born.
HH: What do you like best about Mara and why will readers be cheering for her?
LM: Mara is a survivor, the willow that bends but doesn’t break. She’s had a tough life before the story opens, when her husband is killed and she’s taken captive. She’s an innocent victim in a brutal war between France and Great Britain, and now she’s being held hostage by this dangerously sexy man who makes no secret of the fact that he wants her.
HH: What do you like best about Jacques and why will readers love him?
LM: I have a weakness for the tortured hero. Jacques’s life hasn’t been easy either. He’s the bastard son of a French nobleman whose honor has been questioned at every turn. At times he seems to almost relish his lack of reputation, but knowing Mara makes him want to be a better man.
HH: What sort of research did you do for this work?
LM: I read everything I could find on the French and Indian War and the time period, including some primary sources. I also had a chance to travel to Quebec when I was writing the book, which helped me to better visualize the area, and learn some things I hadn’t been able to find in California. I bought books and pamphlets there, at least one of which was in French. Luckily, it had pictures, so I was able to figure out what I needed to know.
HH: Why will fans of historical romance love this one?
LM: It’s a glimpse into an unusual time period and setting--one reviewer called it “richly historic”--and fans of The Last of the Mohicans should enjoy the adventure and romance. Jacques and Mara have a lot of obstacles to overcome, not least of which is that they are, or should be, enemies. The book is an emotional roller coaster for the characters, with danger at every turn.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
LM: Next up is a reissue of my sweet Regency romance, Lady Elinor's Escape, in which an earl’s daughter masquerades as a London seamstress to escape her abusive aunt. Her actions complicate the life of a tortured barrister who specializes in rescuing females in distress. Can he save her from a disaster of her own making or will the past repeat itself?After that I plan to work on finishing a Western historical set in Texas after the Civil War, and write a sequel to my December release, How To Woo... A Reluctant Bride, sexy Victorian romance written under my Lyndi Lamont pseudonym. It is going to be a busy year!
HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?
LM: I love the initial creative process where I’m learning about my characters and where they will take me.
HH: How has your writing career changed since you started out?
LM: When I started writing, everything was in print and there were lots of publishers, though the list kept shrinking through mergers and bankruptcies. Then e-books came along, and I jumped on the bandwagon, figuring that was going to be the future of publishing. I still believe that. Now the New York houses are down to five or six, and self-publishing is a viable option. So much change in such a short period of time.
HH: What do you think has been the most positive change?
LM: The e-book revolution has been an exciting and democratizing change, allowing small publishers to be more competitive. And now authors can self-publish and retain control over their own work. It’s a lot of work for the author, but can be very rewarding, since we no longer have to write to publisher requirements. No more shoving the book of the heart under the bed because it’s not commercial by NY standards.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
LM: Websites: http://www.lindamclaughlin.com/ and http://www.lyndilamont.com
HH: Thank you!
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