Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Report: BEHIND THE SCENES of CAPTURED BY LOVE

I have a confession.
Jody Hedlund will probably be officially wierded out after I air this publicly. But I've long since treasured her friendship. See? Wierd? Maybe. I'm not just a rabid fan, although I really try not to stalk her on Facebook. But she was one of the FIRST writers who took me under her wing and mentored me through a few crisis she may not even remember doing. Encouraging me, reassuring me, and all that fun stuff writers don't have time to do--but great writers do when they care. And Jody. Cares.

So I'm THRILLED to feature her today on her blog tour with a behind-the-scenes look in her newest release!! And I'm thrilled to report that Jody's book is a SIZZLER in one of my most favorite places in the world. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A lighthouse, adventure, a love triangle and a war. If that doesn't sizzle your summer, then you're made of something much stronger than ice!!
Keep reading--you'll have a chance to win a copy!

WELCOME JODY!


Behind the Scenes of Captured By Love
A Sizzling Romance: Pass Me a Fan!


Reviews of my previous books say things like:
"Hot Historical Romance!"
"The romance! I'm amazed I don't have scalded fingertips from smoldering pages. Toe-curling doesn't begin to describe it!"
"The author has a knack for writing a great kissing scene without it being too much."
"The romance was swoon worthy in every part."
"Jody is a master at making the reader feel the attraction between the hero and heroine. I could feel the attraction warm my own heart. I love that the romance is innocent and clean, a true Christian Romance."

With all of my books so far, most readers have enjoyed reading a clean romance that still has a bit of a sizzle. Captured by Love is definitely one of my most sizzling romances so far. You'll probably want to keep a fan handy when you're reading! Or a glass of ice cubes!

This is my first time writing a love triangle, and I had a lot of fun pitting two brothers against each other as they vie for the love of the beautiful heroine, Angelique Mackenzie.
Jean Durrant is the fair-haired younger brother. He takes after his American-born mother, is quiet, tender-hearted, and sacrificial. He's always adored Angelique and to help protect her from her evil step-father, he proposes to her and she accepts. He's loyal to the core, and so when the British invade Mackinac Island, Jean remains loyal to the American cause and thus is forced to leave the island and Angelique behind.

Pierre Durrant is the older brother with the dark good looks of his French fur-trading Father. He's a reckless, wild son, who ran away from home to live his own life. After being gone for many years, the prodigal finally returns to ask his family for forgiveness only to find that the conditions on the island have grown unbearable under the British rule. He also finds that his sweet childhood friend, Angelique Mackenzie has grown up into a ravishing beauty.

Of course Angelique cares deeply for both of the brothers. Each of them offers her something she desires. Kind, sweet Jean pledges her his deepest devotion and the stability of a home on the island she loves. But with the wild, adventure-loving Pierre, she finds passion unlike anything she's ever experienced.

Angelique is forced to make an agonizing choice between the two: the man who gives her the security she desperately longs for or the man who captures her heart with his friendship and love.
Readers will struggle alongside Angelique in the tough choice she must make. Will she stay on Mackinac Island with Jean and become a farmer's wife? Or will she give up her precious island home and the security it offers to become a voyageur's wife, something she's vowed she'll never do?

You'll have to read the book to find out who she chooses! How's that for a teaser?!

How about YOU? How much sizzle do you like in the books you read? In your opinion, how far is too far to take the sizzle?


Where readers can find me:
I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: jodyhedlund.com
Or you're welcome to email me at: jodyhedlund@jodyhedlund.com

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling books, The Preacher's Bride, Unending Devotion, and A Noble Groom. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. 




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Winner of last week's give away: Diana Bogue!

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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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21 comments:

  1. Hi Ladies and Jaime! You are not weird!! Not in the least!! I absolutely love all of the friendships that I've made through blogging and social media. The relationships that we have are such a hug blessing! I thank the Lord for you too! :-) Thank you for hosting me today on your blog! :-)

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    1. Love love LOVE having you here!!!! :) *rabid fan smile

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  2. Wow, what an awesome giveaway!!!! I Love the name of your blog, because I Love drinking coffee oh and I love romance!!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway Jody!!!!
    North Carolina

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    1. SO GLAD to discover another coffee/romance lover :) We'd love to have you keep visiting here. (we're pretty interactive around this place). AND YES!!! Jody is AWESOME!

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  3. Bring on the clean sizzlin' romance! I loved TDL, and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for hosting, Jamie!

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    1. Anything Jody writes is sure to please :)

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  4. I'm not a huge historical reader, but I'm sold! Is it shameful to admit it was the phrase "love triangle"? Well, if admitting that is wrong, I don't want to be right :)

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    1. not at all shameful. That grabbed me too! :)

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  5. I do like some "sizzle" in books but not when it crosses the line into explicit. Give us the sizzle and then leave the rest to our imaginations! I've read several interviews with Jody and reviews of Captured by Love but somehow missed the love triangle involving brothers and Angelique. I'm looking forward to reading the book and discovering how this is resolved. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. I 100% agree. Sizzle with boundaries is definitely a good thing!

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  6. I have found a new blog. Love it! Thank you for sharing and a chance to win this wonderful book. I like a little sizzle but don't like for it to become to much sizzle. There are some things that are left to the imagination of the reader. ~ Blessings ~ lisastifler(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yeah!! And we're glad to have you here. We're a pretty interactive group, so keep coming! And thanks for entering to win. You'll love getting to know Jody's books! UH-MAZING!

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  7. Hi Jody,
    I love the cover of your book and I have too say that I also love sizzle too it too lol. I absolutely love Starbucks coffee that's that only kind I will drink.
    this is a wonderful giveaway for your readers. oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  8. Jody has a new big fan....ME!! I love her writing and have been devouring any of her books I can get ahold of. Read The Noble Groom this week on my beach vacation. Will post a review soon.

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    1. Gail, really!?!? A new fan! :) :) :) YEAH! you're such a faithful reader and reviewer! <3

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  9. Hi Everyone!! Thank you all for stopping by! I'm enjoying reading all of your thoughts on sizzle in romance! Hope that you'll all be satisfied with the romance in Captured by Love! :-)

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    1. So glad you've stopped by too, Jody! :) What a fun post!

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  10. I love emotional books and agree with Pam - lots of sizzle is fine as long as it isn't explicit. As with her - this is the first of several reviews on "Captured by Love" I've read that mentioned the love triangle. The book was already on my to- be- read list, even more so now!! Love romance and war in the books I read - and love the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "Captured by Love"!!

    Love your transparency, Jaime - akin to mine with the people I like/love/appreciate/or am inspired by - (LOL)!!

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    1. LOL Bonnie. You'll love this book!! It's another slam dunk for Jody!

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