Linda McLaughlin will read from her novel Rogue’s 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.
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.
Linda McLaughlin spent most of her childhood with her head in the proverbial clouds while dreaming of worlds long past or never created. An only child, she played in the attic with her imaginary friend Ricardo and his horse. (She’s still not quite sure how Ricardo got the horse into the attic.) Needless to say, most of her childhood is a haze, and she has very few memories of actual events. She still does not know why her second grade teacher didn’t like her, unless it was for asking too many precocious questions.
Her fifth grade teacher said, “Linda has a mind of her own.” That pronoucement caused momentary panic in the maternal bosom, but all turned out well. Despite her inattention in class–often because she was focused on the novel hidden in her lap instead of her textbook–Linda managed to graduate from high school, college and earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She enjoys library work as it fits her compulsively helpful nature.
A late bloomer, Linda beat the odds and married at the age of forty. She and her husband live in Orange County, California.
A book junkie and history buff from an early age, she enjoyed listening to her grandmother’s stories of life in the past, including how her ancestors lived in a log cabin and fought in the Civil War. So it’s only natural she prefers writing historical romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. www.lindalyndi.com