Blurb: Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the
, the only man who can rescue
her archaeologist father from the gang of Tuareg fighters that has kidnapped
him. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Barbary States with Saintclair and
Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching
but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are these men intent on
stealing her father’s ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg
queen Tin Hinan’s tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims—or is
he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? Dangerous passions engulf
Harriet’s heart in the heat of the Algeria Sahara.
Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood
threaten her life and the life of the man she loves.
Does forever lie in the lion’s embrace?
Me: What inspired you to write THE LION'S EMBRACE?
Marie: I was always very interested in the history, the music and culture of
North Africa where my mother grew up. One day I stumbled upon
magical photographs of the Hoggar mountains and of rock art which showed that
the Sahara wasn't always a desert. As I
researched the history of the region further I read about the discovery of a tomb filled with gems and precious objects
in which the first Tuareg queen Tin Hinan was rumoured to have been buried. My
imagination did the rest...
Me: What does your writing process look like?
Marie: I am a total pantser! I write my novels on the computer but I am a complete fan of notebooks. I always carry one or two around to scribble notes and ideas, bits of dialogues and anything that comes into my mind. The only thing is that these notebooks must be from the French make 'Clairefontaine'! My sister very kindly sends a pack over to
every so often. I was very lucky with THE LION'S EMBRACE. It only took me a few
months to write and hardly needed any edits. My current project seems a lot
Me: If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Marie: There are so many authors I would love to meet. Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, for a start. Not to mention Isabelle Eberhardt and Colette - two great female writers who were very much ahead of their time and led very unconventional lives. I would also love to have a chat with Nora Roberts, one of my favourite romance authors ever, and ask her how she manages to come up with so many great plots and characters time after time.
Me: Are you working on another book right now? If so, care to share a little about it?
Marie: I have just completed a contemporary romantic suspense set in
Provence, in the South of France, and I am currently
finishing yet another historical romance set in . I have a few other
projects I can't wait to start, one of them being a Corsican adventure! I find
the start of a new story so exciting. Scotland
Me: Any advice for kids/teens/adults wanting to write and get published?
Marie: Just one: keep writing. Never mind how many rejections you get from publishers or agents, or how many people tell you that you should concentrate on 'real' work, writing is magical. It's yours. It's who you are. And nothing can change that.
Thanks, Marie! Here's some more about the author, along with links to her book:
Originally from Lyon in
, Marie Laval studied French
History and Law at university there. Marie now lives in Lancashire, in France Northern England, where she tries to balance a busy
family life with her passion for writing and her occupation as a modern foreign
languages teacher in a large secondary school.
THE LION'S EMBRACE is Marie Laval’s second novel.
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