My dear friend and critique partner Kathleen Bittner Roth invited me to become a part of this blog hop. Kathleen is a wonderful writer of evocative historical romance; her most recent release is A DUKE’S WICKED KISS, a Golden Heart finalist that treats the reader to a sweeping adventure that spans two continents during the era of Queen Victoria’s Empire. Here’s a little about A Duke’s Wicked Kiss:
Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.
The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it’s too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.
With Suri’s vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?
Kathleen’s debut novel took its bow in June. The Seduction of Sarah Marks is a passionate and touching Victorian romance with a hint of mystery, and I’m so looking forward to the debut of her When Hearts Dare series. Celine, a delicious American-set historical romance and the first installment of the series. Celine is already receiving rave reviews. Publisher’s Weekly had this to say: “The complex characters and rich sensuality make this a story to be savored.” You can find out more about Kathleen on her website and Facebook.
Like Celine, my historical romance series Secrets & Spies is set in America. The stories of daring Civil War spies and the loves that make an indelible mark on their hearts are interwoven with danger, adventure, and intrigue. And of course, heroes and heroines who deserve their hard-won happily ever afters. Here’s a little about the heroine of the first book in the series, Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies.
About the character:
Union Major Cole Travis is a dedicated military man, a no-nonsense agent with a reputation for efficiency, courage, and honor. It’s this sterling reputation that leads his superiors to select him for a mission he regards as little more than bodyguard duty—retrieving a Senator’s daughter turned runway bride, a beauty who just might be a traitor to the Union. Capturing Emma Davenport is the easy part. Protecting her from the dangers pursuing them and his own desire is another story entirely.
The backdrop for the story:
During the American Civil War, Senator’s daughter Emma Davenport has impetuously run away to a rendezvous with a charming businessman who’s also a traitor to the Union. Cole is tasked with taking her from the train carrying her to her destination and returning her home to Washington.
What drives Cole?
Cole is a man fiercely dedicated to protecting the Union and to carrying out his duties. He’s a man with a strong sense of personal responsibility, as well as a deep-seated and well-deserved hatred for the scoundrel Emma Davenport has set her cap to marry. At first, duty drives Cole to protect Emma, but as his heart is drawn to Emma, he’ll risk everything to save her from the danger that surrounds them.
What draws Cole to Emma?
Cole discovers the woman he’s abducted is a tender-hearted, spirited woman who’s been smothered by her cloistered existence under her father’s roof. Their hearts are drawn to one another…and it certainly has nothing to do with her culinary skills! You’ll read more about those in the story J
I’m supposed to tag a few authors to follow next week, but I’m going to follow my friend Ashlyn Macnamara’s example and tell you if you’d like to participate, consider yourself tagged. Drop me a message on Facebook if you’re interested in the details.