CAPTIVE HEART is definitely a book of my heart. When I pitched the story to Leslie Gelbman, my editor at Kensington, she explained they’d found stories set out of the United States and medieval timeframes didn’t sell well. I believed in the book anyway. She finally advised, “Go ahead and write the book if that’s truly what’s in your heart, and if I don’t like it, I won’t buy it.” She loved it and Kensington promoted the book with such enthusiasm it was their first New York Times bestseller.
I bought the spectacular Pino cover painting and redecorated my bedroom in a delicious mauve to give it a romantic setting. Pino, who passed away in 2010, did some of the most beautiful covers ever. You’ll see his work on many of my books on my website: www.PhoebeConn.com.
To gather background for the book, I traveled through Scandinavia and visited museums displaying thousand-year-old artifacts. There is a Viking ship museum in Roskilde, Denmark, with five ships excavated from the harbor in 1962. They were purposely sunk in 1070 to protect the town from invasion. Preserved by the frigid sea, they are in superb condition and displayed in a building adjacent to the water. Standing beside them, I felt an eerie sensation, as though the ships were haunted by the spirits of the brave men who’d sailed them. When I returned home, I had a wealth of material to use in my writing.
I write adventure stories filled with romance. If you love heroes with heart as well as muscles, and heroines strong enough to tame them, then you’re sure to find CAPTIVE HEART a delight to read. I love to hear from fans. Please send me an email with your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Author:
A native Californian, Phoebe attended the University of Arizona and California State University at Los Angeles where she earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Education. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards and a nomination for Storyteller of the Year. Her futuristic, STARFIRE, won a RomCom award as best Futuristic Romance of the year. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., PEN, AWritersWork.com and Backlistebooks.com.
She is the proud mother of two grown sons and one adorable grandson, who loves to have her read to him.
When her mistress refuses to wed a man rumored to be horribly disfigured, Celiese seizes her one chance for freedom. Maybe even love. No one needs to know the face behind the veil is an imposter.
Mylan has no need of a wife who’d pity him. But the enchanting and perplexing young woman presented to him boldly ignores his scars even as her eyes betray a nameless fear. Rousing within him a need to soothe her with a gentleness she didn’t expect…and seduce her with tender persuasion.
When treachery parts them at dawn, Celiese finds herself in a fight for her life, for her dream of home and family…and to regain Mylan’s shattered trust and love.