It’s with pleasure that we welcome again Author Zoe Archer on Book Lovers Inc. Zoe’s new book, Rebel, was released last week. It is the 3rd book in The Blades of the Rose series. This is a fantastic series. Love, Adventure, Magic, Exotic locations…discover a new way to read historical romance, you won’t regret it! Let’s give a warm welcome to Zoe, who will tell us more about her unconventional heroine, Astrid. Stay tuned and you could win a copy of Rebel!
All alone, he sits in the corner of the saloon. Even as he drinks his whiskey, his eyes never leave the door. Watchful. Wary. Hard-won experience in his gaze. He talks to no one, and nobody approaches his table. When he finally puts his hat on and steps out into the night, the stories circulate. About the men he’s killed, the ice in his veins. He doesn’t wear his guns anymore, but only a fool would challenge him. No one challenges him.
But a day comes when he can no longer sit by himself. When he’s forced back into a life he thought he had left behind, and he has to strap on his guns, even though he swore to himself that never again would he hold a weapon. Yet he has no choice. His past has caught up with him, and there’s no more running.
The figure of the retired gunfighter is one that looms large in the popular imagination. Its most famous representation is the novel (and later, the film adaptation) Shane. But there’s also John Wayne in The Shootist, Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, and Gregory Peck in High Noon. Obi-Wan Kenobi is another retired gunfighter, though his weapon was the light saber, not the six-shooter. Despite the different settings, the theme that unites all these characters is that once, they were gunslingers, sometimes killers, but they’ve put away their guns in an attempt to reform or put that dark part of their lives behind them.
The retired gunfighter has always been a man. Until now.
In my newest Blades of the Rose novel, REBEL, the retired gunfighter is a woman. Astrid Bramfield. She wasn’t a killer for hire, but she was a member of the Blades of the Rose, a secret organization that seeks out and protects the world’s magic. Like many retired gunfighters, Astrid suffered a terrible loss in her past. Deeply scarred, she has turned her back on the Blades of the Rose and lives in total isolation in the depths of the Canadian wilderness. She wants nothing to do with magic, and she wants nothing to do with emotions. Just like a retired gunfighter, she gets drawn back into a world she tried to leave, involving not just her gun, but her heart.
Often, the retired gunfighter has to make a choice: walk away, or do the right thing. Despite the fact that he was once a killer, he does have a conscience, and he steps up to protect the innocent. Frequently, he is drawn in because of a woman, who somehow melts the ice around his heart and makes him realize that he isn’t dead inside.
In REBEL, Astrid must pick up her rifle again not because of a woman, but because of a man. Nathan Lesperance. A man with no family, no home, as much of an outsider as she. Nathan is a fighter, but he’s against a dangerous enemy and steep odds. If Astrid doesn’t help him, he won’t survive. She wants to protect herself, especially her heart, but her conscience won’t allow her to turn her back on Nathan, and the attraction between them is too hot and too real to be ignored.
Throughout the Blades of the Rose series, I’ve loved creating heroines who subvert the usual roles of women in action and adventure. The heroes are definitely heroic, the villains villainous, but the heroines can dish it out and take it just as well as any man. For the heroes, there’s nothing more alluring than a woman who can kick bad guy ass. Astrid is nobody’s fainting liability. In fact, she might be the toughest Blade of the Rose there is. She put her guns away, but when the time comes, not only does she pick her guns up again, she knows how to use them. Yet Nathan is there to remind her that she may be tough as nails, but she’s also a woman, with a woman’s desires. And he’s just the man to satisfy those desires.
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About the Book:
On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in…
A Lone Wolf, Nathan Lesperance, is used to being different. He’s the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he’s always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free.
Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed…
And The Woman Who Left The Pack, Astrid, has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world’s magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she’s loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan’s searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life–and perhaps even for love…
About the Author:
Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there’s nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master’s degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. Her BLADES OF THE ROSE series—featuring dashing men and fearless women—will be released Fall 2010. Zoe and her husband live in Los Angel
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