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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.