In August we begin a series of 10 Author Spotlights with a brief Q&A introducing each of the amazing authors attending Romance, Wine & Chocolate ’18 on August 31st in Orlando, FL. Registration is FULL, but check for cancellations at rwc2018.eventbrite.com
Author #8: Get to know a little more about today’s featured author, the charming Madeline Martin!
|Books by Madeline Martin|
Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.
She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her
two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. All shenanigans are detailed regularly on Twitter and on Facebook.
Enjoy this Q&A with Madeline Martin:
My inspiration for Highland Ruse was Delilah’s character. When I first created her, I wanted her to be something of a dreamer, someone who saw all the beauty of the world and was desperate to savor it all. Except that while her head is stuck up in the clouds, the rest of her is relegated to a world of disappointment. She’s a child of many, a poor relation to a scraping courtier and a woman whose means could never life up to expectation. Even when she becomes a spy, she is never given a mission on her own. Until now.
I saw Delilah as a woman who is so easily dismissed by others to the point she discounts herself. And yet she can’t stop dreaming. I wanted to give Delilah a happy ever after, and put reality to all those lovely dreams.
“A solid thread of teamwork and family, provided by the strong supporting cast of Ariana’s fellow spies underlies the romance…creating a community that will surely thrive as the series continues.” —Publishers Weekly on Highland Spy
Kaid MacLeod couldn’t protect his clan from an unimaginable slaughter that killed his father and took the lives of many of his people. Wracked with guilt, he knows retaliation will only bring more death, but his clan thirsts for revenge and all seems lost…until Kaid discovers his nemesis’s betrothed will be traveling through Scotland. Abducting this innocent woman will give him the leverage he desperately needs to end the continuing massacres and bring peace to his clan. Though he is loath to do so, it’s the least bloody solution he can see.
Delilah Canterbury has been striving to make her own way for a long time. One of many children, with no money or noble blood to fall back on, Delilah dreamt of joining the court of King James. After her beauty earned her one tender night with the king, he spurned her on a whim, causing her to lose not just her chance at a better life, but her reputation. In dire straits, her life was saved when she was taken in by a group of female spies and taught their deadly skills. Now, testing her prowess, she is disguised as Lady Elizabeth, daughter of a well-known noble, betrothed of a Scottish laird, and a target in the war between clans.
Kidnapped by Kaid, Delilah’s mission as a decoy is near completion, but when she finds herself attracted to the very man she’s supposed to deceive, will Delilah lose control and risk her very life in the process? Will finding out who Delilah really is be Kaid’s undoing, and that of his entire clan?