Free Tropical Temptation

I’m delighted to welcome my friend Colleen Thompson to the blog. This extremely talented lady ordinarily writes riveting romantic suspense for Harlequin and is a past Rita Award nominee. (For the uninitiated, this is like the Oscars for romance writers.)  But today, she’ll be sharing about her historicals, which she writes under the pen name Gwyneth Atlee.  You’re in for such a treat!


from Colleen Thompson

Colleen's BeachI’ve just returned from beautiful Key West, Florida, with its endless tropical temptations. My husband and I fell in love with the fabulous kayaking and snorkeling, the delicious key lime pie, seafood, and Cuban fare, and the beautiful, blue-water beaches.

Several years back, I spent some time there getting to know a darker side of Key West—an era when brave wreckers risked their lives and often grew rich picking the bones of ships broken apart on the reefs, when white Bahamian “Conchs” spoke in strange, Cockney-like accents as they plied the waters, when fresh fruits and vegetables were so scarce, people dined on sea turtle eggs in season and fish the whole year round. As I visited old houses and pored through the library archives reading original letters and diaries from Key West’s early settlers, I fell into a lost world and its highly stratified society.

Dangerous Attractions

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And because I was a writer (as well as a reader with a soft spot for unusual historicals) I put it in a book. Dangerous Attractions is the story of Genna Whitworth, a Boston heiress fleeing from scandal in her hometown, when she is miraculously rescued from her sinking ship by a wrecker captain. She gets the surprise of her life when she recognizes him as a grown version of her forbidden childhood friend, Eli Blaylock, a Conch boy she was certain had been killed in the same Seminole Indian attack that had cost her so much. Although Eli is engaged to be married, both find it increasingly difficult to overlook their growing, and dangerous attraction that is blossoming in the intense, tropical heat.

While readers may know me as romantic suspense author Colleen Thompson, you may be less familiar with the American-set historicals I once wrote under the names Gwyneth Atlee and Colleen Easton for Kensington Publishing. That’s why I’m bringing back some of my favorites for the Kindle, including Dangerous Attractions, which will be a free download this weekend. I hope you’ll check it out, for a free tropical reading vacation of your own!


Thanks, Colleen! I love that your historicals are in such a unique setting. And thanks for sharing the link for a free read with my readers.

Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe

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How to Distract a Duchess

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And while you’re looking for a great read this weekend, don’t forget the special pricing on my Touch of a Thief ($3.99) will be ending soon.

And How to Distract a Duchess is still a free download for Amazon Prime members!


Colleen was inspired to write her story after visiting beautiful Key West. I bet you’ve been someplace and thought “This would be the perfect setting for a romance.” Where was it and why would it be the perfect backdrop for a love story?

15 thoughts on “Free Tropical Temptation

  1. website says:

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  2. Hi, Barbara. I’m honored that you chose Dangerous Attractions to be the first book on your new Kindle! Enjoy, and it’s very nice to meet you, too!

  3. Key West sounds wonderful. I have managed to visit other Florida beaches (I have friends and siblings who live in that state) and was fascinated with gazing out at the ocean curving into the horizon, imagining what it must have been like to see sails pop into view. Your story sounded so good,I got my brand new and very first Kindle and downloaded it immediately. What a feeling of accomplishment. That’s the first book I’ve downloaded.

    Good to meet you, and best of luck.

  4. Ashlyn Chase says:

    Thank you so much for your generosity. It sounds like a wonderful story.

    1. Thanks, Ashlyn! I had a wonderful time writing and researching it, for sure, and hope readers will enjoy just as much!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Speaking of critique partners, I feel particularly blessed in mine (Ashlyn Chase!)

  5. Thanks so much for the kind words, Ashley! I love the new cover, too. I have my talented critique partner to thank for the e edition.

    And thanks to you as well, Ingrid. The research was fascinating.

  6. ingridRicks says:

    I love the backstory of Dangerous Attractions, Colleen. Sounds like a great book. And I agree with Barbara…I want to go to Key West now too!

  7. Hi Colleen and Mia: just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today’s post and learning about DANGEROUS ATTRACTIONS. I cannot wait to read it, and must say it has a wonderful cover, too – Ashley

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      And how cool that you can read it FREE! (FYI, Gwyneth Atlee’s other titles are terrific too. I particularly liked INNOCENT DECEPTIONS)

  8. Thanks so much for the warm welcome to your blog, Mia! I love unusual settings, such as those you used in your Diana Groe books.
    So glad you stopped by, Barbara. Hawaii and Alaska sound delicious. Though it’s more Canadian, I’ve always wanted to write a Klondike gold rush historical.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Gwyneth! I love unusual settings too, so I’m tickled that I’ve been able to reissue those titles as Mia Marlowe books. Maidensong and Erinsong are available now and I have a previously unpublished third “song” book I hope to get out–as soon as I get a moment in my writing schedule. ;-)

  9. Barbara Britton says:

    Now I want to go to Key West!! My last two books I set in places I had visited–Hawaii and Alaska. I even set a future sequel in Puerto Rico as I thought it would be fun to visit there. You never know?

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Key West does have great literary bones, with Hemmingway spending so much time there. I was on a cruise once that was supposed to stop there, but the seas were too rough for the tenders. I need to visit the island sometime.

      1. You’d love Key West. There’s so much to do, see, eat (and drink!) and the history is incredible!

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