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Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Tour: "Captured Heart" by Heather McCollum


Today we'd like to Welcome Heather McCollum to the blog. She's here to tell us about Captured Heart! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!


Description
Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother’s medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she’s captured, she will die like her mother—atop a blazing witch’s pyre. 

Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He’s not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn’t who Caden thinks she is, and when she kills a man to save the clan, he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg's strength and courage have captured Caden's heart.

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Thank you so much for having me today on Book Lovin’ Mamas! I’m thrilled to talk about CAPTURED HEART, my newly released16th century, Scottish romance with paranormal elements! CH is Entangled Publishing’s debut Scottish historical and is in their Entangled Select line.
The idea for CAPTURED HEART started over thirteen years ago. In fact, this was my “first born” book. Although when I wrote it the first time it had 40,000 extra words, different character names, and every strange scene I’d ever imagined all stuck into one hefty tome. After completing four other books, I came back to CAPTURED HEART, having developed my voice and writing technique. I shaved off the extra words and rewrote it into the romantic adventure it was always meant to be.
Meg is a healer fleeing the man who killed her mother by accusing her of practicing witchcraft. The art or “magic” of healing has always fascinated me as well as the sociology behind fear of the occult in times past. So much of what we know today about medicine would have been magic back in the 16th century. Meg possesses a supernatural power to heal, but she doesn’t know how to use the glowing blue light she can conjure. The power is more of a curse than a gift until she meets her aunt who teaches her to wield and appreciate it.
There is also a fine line, which I’ve learned first-hand this year as I fought cancer, between healing someone to life and healing someone to death. A lot of our miracle medicines are poisons. Doctors need to know how much and when to dose a patient or the cure becomes lethal. Meg experiences this as she fights for the people she loves. She is a bit like Florence Nightingale mixed with the goddess Diana and a healthy dose of blue healing magic.
Caden Macbain, the hero of CAPTUED HEART, is the perfect Highland clan chief. He’s been raised as a rugged warrior but has an intellect that makes him question the reasons behind war. I love this about him! He’s built a system of accountability for himself by visiting ten cottages in his village every day to talk with his people. So when he is enraged and wants to react foolishly out of revenge or some other selfish emotion, he recalls the faces of the men, women and children who depend on him to act with honor and in their interests, not his own. It chains him to the right path in a time when many leaders acted recklessly to further their own pursuits.
As a chief to a large clan, Caden is definitely alpha-male, doesn’t talk much and doesn’t reveal his plans except when he must. He is just as capable of surviving as a lone wolf as he is leading a clan away from the brink of starvation. He can slice an Englishman from stem to stern yet pluck a leaf from Meg’s wild curls. He could have many women but decides that he wants only one. Ah, and there is the conflict. What if the one he wants is the one whose sacrifice will save his clan?
The villain of CAPTURED HEART is Meg’s father, Rowland Boswell. Meg learned to fear the man when he had her mother burned at the stake for witchcraft when Meg was only five years old. When he comes to marry Meg off and she runs, he believes she must know his secret, the secret he killed his first wife for in order to keep it. Just like a cornered animal will strike out of fear, Rowland Boswell chases Meg into the Highlands, determined to stop her from exposing his darkest desires and lust for royal power.
CAPTURED HEART is the first novel in a trilogy that blends magic and history in the time of Henry VIII. TANGLED HEARTS is the second book and follows Caden’s best friend to the English court where he must battle through the web of royal intrigue to help the most complicated lass he’s ever met. He finds that a battle of wits at the Tudor court can be just as deadly as a battle of steel on the moors.
HIGHLAND HEART, the prequel to CAPTURED HEART, is a novella which introduces the Macbain/Munro legend. It follows Rachel and Alec Munro on their mad adventure as Rachel’s annoyance and Alec’s curiosity clash and turn into passion. HH will be released in Entangled’s Flirt line later this year.
Thank you so much for having me today! I hope these characters will capture your heart as much as they have captured mine.








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3 comments:

Sorry I'm late - just got back from M&M and still digging out. This one is on top of the TBR pile! Good luck!

So happy for you, Heather! Good luck with book sales! :)
--Tracy Mullins

So happy for you, Heather! Good luck with book sales! :)
--Tracy Mullins

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