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 kara23She is the heroine I’ve talked about least. She’s not England’s greatest jewel thief and she’s not Lady Fury. But I have had a few authors along talking about heroines on…..dare I mention–

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so today I’m going to kick Incy Black for kicking me to do some shameless self promotion, the hamstahs back into the cages, tartan bows and all–   imagesY0HRYHU7

 

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Oh, all right then provided you behave. His Judas Bride was the first romance book I completed. I subbed it second because I thought it would be a hard sell. The stripped to the bone blurb looks like this.

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What it doesn’t tell you is that the past haunting Kara McGurkie, the one she can’t escape from, that has forged her in granite, is five years in her father’s dungeon. That was the penalty for getting pregnant at the age of sixteen and ruining his plans to  marry her to Callm McDunnagh, the then rightful heir to Lochalpin Glen. Plans which included murdering Callm’s wife.

imagesWYC5OWFYKara has not only been imprisoned and lost her son, she’s been used as a sex slave.

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What kind of heroines do I therefore write? Well, I write difficult ones. Heroines who are the product of their pasts, who will connive their way out of any given situation  and hold to their goals regardless of the cost. In fact I  write bad girls.

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Of course I try to give them that grain of vulnerability.

“So much of her life had revolved around fear and shock, little paths of darkness she had managed to find her way along, to places where she’d managed to survive.

It had not broken her. Because the thing she had to care about was always there for her to see. No matter how dark the night.

To tell herself it was all gone, lost at Maisie’s croft door, that would be an act of unparalleled folly. She wasn’t going to, was she?” (copywrite Shehanne Moore. Etopia press.)

I also try to add the odd human flaw. Kara’s is her happy knack of messing things up, making her the kind of handful that piques a man like Callm’s interest from the start.

What kind of hero did I match Kara up to?

 What? Apart from being drop dead gorgeous and sex on legs? nolllllllll

Ruthless as hell, the kind of man who won’t ‘let the rain into Lochalpin even on a wet day.’ A man who doesn’t hesitate to kill three people during the course of the story.  A man who went to pieces when he lost the love of his life, who likes to think he won’t think twice about slitting Kara’s throat to save his clan. kara 2

But the thing is he’s also a man who does think twice where she’s concerned.

Yes, underneath it all the Black Wolf is really a pussy cat.  That’s his best kept secret.HisJudasBride_ByShehanneMoore-453x680

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To love, honor, and betray…
To get back her son, she will stop at nothing…
For five years Kara McGurkie has preferred to forget she’s a woman. So it’s no problem for her to swear to love and honor, to help destroy a clan, when it means getting back the son she lost. But when dire circumstances force her to seduce her fiancé’s brother on the eve of the wedding, will the dark secrets she holds and her greatest desire be enough to save her from his powerful allure?
To save his people, neither will he…
Callm McDunnagh, the Black Wolf of Lochalpin, ruthlessly guards heart and glen from dangerous intruders. But from the moment he first sees Kara he knows he must possess her, even though surrendering to his passion may prove the most dangerous risk of all.
She has nothing left to fear except love itself…
Now only Kara can decide what passion can save or destroy, and who will finally learn the truth of the words… Till death do us part.