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…
I’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.
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.
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?