Thursday, April 09, 2009
Taken And Seduced by Julia Latham
Hi to Terra and everyone at Yankee Romance Reviewers! Thanks so much for inviting me to spend the day with you. I’m Julia Latham (and I’m also Gayle Callen, but that’s another blog!) and I write medieval romances for Avon Books. My newest release is TAKEN AND SEDUCED. Sexy title, huh? I cannot tell you how difficult the title process can be, what with brainstorming with my husband, my critique group, my agent, my editor…between us all, we finally manage a title. And this one really reflects the plot, which can be tough to do in a couple words. But I strive for that.
TAKEN AND SEDUCED is the first in a new trilogy, “Raised to be Bladesmen.” If you haven’t read my books before, I’ve created a mysterious group of knights called the League of the Blade, who fight for justice. Either the hero—and/or heroine!—is a member or about to be member. Lots of swashbuckling and intrigue, and of course, most importantly, Romance with a capital R. The League serves as a backdrop as two people come together and overcome their pasts and danger and all their misconceptions about the other. And isn’t that what makes a good romance?
The trilogy is about three brothers whose parents were murdered when they were children. To keep them safe, the League took them in to raise them. They decided on an experiment—to train Bladesmen from childhood, to create a superior group of warriors. The experiment has unintended consequences that are confronted in each book. Adam Hilliard, earl of Keswick, the hero of TAKEN AND SEDUCED, is the eldest brother, and he feels it is his responsibility to bring his parents’ murderer to justice. But the only way he can get to his enemy is by kidnapping the man’s daughter, Florrie. Adam tries very hard to intimidate her into behaving as they travel the length of England to confront her father, but she sees right through him. Florrie is destined for the convent, and she is thrilled to have her very own adventure.
Every so often, I write an on-the-road book. I’ve done them in the Victorian era (in which I write as Gayle Callen) where there are fine carriages and decent inns. Travel was totally different in 15th century England, especially when one wants to remain hidden. Ah, but that’s the challenge, isn’t it? Two people alone in the close quarters of a room at an inn, sharing a bedroll by a fire at night (okay, one person is tied to the other so they can’t escape…), forced to bathe in streams…there are so many fun and romantic situations when characters are on the run!
Hope you get a chance to read TAKEN AND SEDUCED. The “taken” part is pretty obvious, but who is seducing whom?
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