Joanna Bourne to The Romance Dish. Her newest release, The Forbidden Rose, (Check out Gannon's 5-Star review here) is the much anticipated prequel to her RITA-nominated, The Spymaster's Lady and RITA-winning, My Lord and Spymaster. Joanna's books are wonderfully rich, historical adventures set in France and England, with writing so exquisite that I find myself catching my breath at the beauty of her words. As Gannon said in her review of The Forbidden Rose, "I couldn't decide if I should devour it in one sitting, like a decadent chocolate truffle or savor each word like a rich, luscious creme brulee." Anyone who picks up a Jo Bourne book will know exactly how she feels. Please join me in welcoming the supremely talented and delightful, Joanna Bourne.
I've been puzzled for a couple of years now about what to say I'm writing. Can I call it Historical Romance Adventure? Historical, because we're set anywhere between the French Revolution and Waterloo -- and isn't that an exciting piece of history? Romance, because every book is, at its heart, the story of a man and a woman finding each other.
But I also want to write an adventure. We talk about strong heroines -- did I say I'm a big fan of strong heroines? -- I want my strong heroine to get out there and do great deeds.
In The Forbidden Rose my Regency spies return to France. It's 1794. Marguerite de Fleurignac, French aristocrat, and William Doyle, British spy, are caught up in the terror of the French Revolution. The fabric of the world has unraveled. The compacts of civilization are broken. The highest ideals spawn the most terrible realities. Treachery makes itself comfy in the salons of Paris.
History is poised on a knife edge. A knife edge is an uncomfortable place to be. What happens when the leader of a secret organization smuggling émigrés out of France is betrayed by those she trusted. When she must walk into Paris, into the very shadow of the guillotine, to protect her followers and her family. When she has no one to turn to but big, brutal-looking, William Doyle . . . and he has an agenda of his own that seems, somehow, to involve her.
It takes a determined woman to match a rough-edged man like Doyle. They find love in the middle of betrayal and chaos. They have to fight tooth and nail to keep it.
And there's the matter of staying alive. They have to do that too.
To celebrate the release of The Forbidden Rose, I'm giving away a signed copy to one lucky commenter.
So tell me . . . what kind of adventure would you send a heroine on?