By: Patricia Preston
Genre: Historical Romance
A move from Paris to New Orleans brings disaster to Elise Plaisance’s predictable life as a lady’s maid. The son of her grief-stricken mistress disappears, and Elise is drawn into web of espionage and deceit when she turns to a devious gentleman for help.
A CAPTAIN BEWITCHED
Captain Jesse Cross doesn’t fancy himself as a lovelorn soldier desperate for a woman until a mysterious French spy captivates his imagination. Their romance is a frail illusion, born in the darkness of a moonlit courtyard and never meant to last forever.
A FUTURE IMPERILED
The enemy strikes. Both on the battlefield and in the Quarter. Torn between loyalty and love, Elise must risk everything to rescue her mistress’s son before all is lost. Jesse knows he has to stop her even if it means sacrificing his honor and his life to save a lady.
About the Author
Patricia Preston is a Southern author who writes historical and contemporary romance as well as humorous Southern fiction. Her publishers include New Love Stories, True Romance, Affaire de Coeur, Cloverdale Press, The Blue and Gray Magazine, Sea Oats Review, and Carina Press. She won William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, the Lone Star Writing Competition for Historical Romance, and Harlequin’s World’s Best Romances Short Story Competition.
Her current titles include a historical romance, To Save a Lady, two humorous short stories, “The Yard Sale” and “Laid to Rest” available on Amazon, and a historical novella, Almost an Outlaw.
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Q&A With Patricia
I think I would pick Liv Tyler to play Elise. She would need to look like she did in Lord of the Rings. I loved her elegance. Except she’d need brown eyes. The hero, Jesse, is harder, but I would probably go with someone like Charlie Hunnam because he’s got great abs.
How important are the names to you in your books? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Yes, I think names are important. For me, they have to suit the character. In the beginning of a book, I may change the character’s name until I find the one that works. After that, I find it impossible to change the name.
How much time do you spend researching for your historical novel?
I spent a couple of years doing research for the New Orleans series. I did on-site research, and I have a library of books on the time period. Of course, then I only used a fraction of my research in the actual story.
Who is your favorite literary character and why?
Lestat from Anne Rice’s vampire novels. He’s probably not a literary character, but he is uber-cool. I loved all his angst and emotions. He was good and bad.
Do you have any character crushes?
I love Joe Pike from Robert Crais’s novels. He’s quiet, lethal, and sexy.
What literary character is most like you?
I don’t know. Someone who never gave up. Frodo? Scarlett O’Hara?
What can readers expect to see from you in the future?
The next book in the French Quarter Brides series and the first contemporary romance in my Lafayette Falls series.