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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Genesis of a Book - Rogue's Hostage by Linda McLaughlin

Genesis of Rogue's Hostage

When I joined Romance Writers of America, I knew very little about writing romance. One of the first Special Events I attended was a day long workshop at a local library taught by Ann Maxwell, aka Elizabeth Lowell. It was an amazing overview of writing romance fiction.

One of the things she said that stuck was how important it was to tap into the reader's romantic fantasies. She went on to list some of the more popular fantasies, like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Guardian fantasy, and the captive story.

The captive story is an old one, with roots in the Greek myth of Persephone in the Underworld, and in reality. Among tribal societies, marriage by capture was not uncommon, a pre-scientific method of enlarging the gene pool. In our own time, the Stockholm Syndrome has been observed, in which hostages begin to identify with their captors. Though "marriage by capture" is no longer widely practiced, it still sometimes happens, not always with a happy ending. 

I was intrigued by the notion of writing a historical captive story, but wasn’t sure where to set it. Later I picked up a nonfiction book about the founding of Pittsburgh, PA, my home town, and read about the French & Indian War where frontier settlers were taken hostage by war parties led by French officers. Aristocratic French officers who stripped down to loincloth and moccasins to accompany their native allies on raiding parties. This struck me as an intriguing starting point for a romance hero, and  Lieutenant Jacques Corbeau, aristocratic bastard, appeared in my mind.

His book became Rogue's Hostage, which was a finalist in a number of contests and was published by Amber Quill Press in 2003. Last year I reissued the book as an indie release.  

Rogue's Hostage  By Linda McLaughlin
Historical Romance

4 ½ stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times!
Romantic Times Nominee—Best Small Press Romance of 2003!
2nd Place - Lorie Awards - Best Historical Romance!


 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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Author bio:

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.


Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Wow, such an intriguing premise, Linda. Thank you for being here today.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Jane, my thanks to you and the entire Exquisite Quills group for having me on the blog today.

E. Ayers said...

I didn't realize that it was the setting. I've got to read it! Thanks for being here, Linda, and sharing with all of us!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks for visiting, E. Don't find too many romances set in the Pittsburgh area!