THE DREAM CATCHER…How it all started
by Marie Laval
All my novels are very special to me, but THE DREAM CATCHER, my historical romance shortly to be published by Áccent, is extra special, not only because I loved the characters and the beautiful and wild setting of the Scottish Highlands, but also because it is the last of the series featuring a member of the Saintclair family. I say it’s the last, but I have had so much joy writing about the Saintclairs and their adventures that I might find another member of the family to write about one day!
THE DREAM CATCHER is the story of feisty and endearing Rose Saintclair who travels to the far north of Scotland to be reunited with the man she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers. Rose brings with her a very special object that once belonged to her father, Hugo Saintclair, a cuirassier captain in Napoleon’s army and the hero of my debut historical romance ANGEL HEART. Brave, proud and eager to carve his own place in the world and make his own destiny, Hugo was involved in the French defeat at Quatre-Bras two days before Waterloo. This is where he met a Scottish officer from the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, and where the plot for THE DREAM CATCHER was born… but I can’t reveal any
more here or I will spoil the surprise!
ANGEL HEART however is much more than a sizzling love story between a dashing, but hardened, cuirassier captain and Marie-Ange Norton, the young widow from England he escorts on a perilous journey across France. Marie-Ange must indeed recover a relic hidden by the Knights Templar which is rumored to give eternal life. With Hugo’s help, she unravels an old family mystery linked to the legendary Count Saint Germain, a man reputed immortal, and returns the cross to its original hiding place in the crypt of the chateau of Arginy in Saône-et-Loire, which is to the North of my home town, Lyon.
Hugo Saintclair eventually finds his fortune in the North African oasis of Bou Saada. Rose, and her brother Lucas are later born and brought up there. After ANGEL HEART I realised I wasn’t finished with the Saintclairs, so I wrote THE LION’S EMBRACE and loved every minute of it. The novel features Hugo’s son Lucas, a cynical, tormented and rebellious army scout who helps a young English woman rescue her father and discovers ancient treasures in the Sahara. And when I finished writing it, I still wasn’t ready to forget about the Saintclairs and I set out to tell Rose’s story! I wasn’t however sure about the setting until I came across pictures of the far North of Scotland, and Cape Wrath in particular. I knew straight away that the Scottish Highlands would be the location of Rose’s story and everything clicked into place.
DANCING FOR THE DEVIL is a trilogy mostly set in Scotland, and THE DREAM CATCHER is the first book in the series.
Blurb for THE DREAM CATCHER
Can her love heal his haunted heart? – Cape Wrath, Scotland, November 1847.
Bruce McGunn is a man as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, he is
haunted by the spectres of his fallen comrades and convinced he is going mad. And he is running out of time to save his estate from the machinations of Cameron McRae, heir to the McGunn’s ancestral enemies. When the clipper carrying McRae’s new bride is caught in a violent storm and docks at Wrath harbour, Bruce decides to revert to the old ways and hold the clipper and the woman to ransom. However, far from the spoilt heiress he expected, Rose is genuine, funny and vulnerable – a ray of sunshine in the long, harsh winter that has become his life.
Rose is determined to escape Wrath and its proud master – the man she calls McGlum.
Will she be reunited with Cameron McRae, the dazzlingly handsome aristocrat she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers, or will she risk her heart and her honour to help Bruce discover the truth about his past and solve the brutal murders committed on his land?
The Dancing for the Devil trilogy also includes BLUE BONNETS and SWORD DANCE which will be released in January and March 2016.
THE DREAM CATCHER – mybook.to/TheDreamCatcher
ANGEL HEART – mybook.to/AngelHeart
5 Star Amazon Reviews
‘Angel Heart by Marie Laval is a stunning piece of historical romantic suspense, exquisitely written and lovingly told, against the backdrop of the close of the Napoleonic era in France. Although a few scenes take place in England, the story unfolds mostly in France.’
‘I found the book absorbing, with a nice blend of fast-moving thriller and passionate romance and with more than enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end. The politics of the time are nicely explained, and the inherent danger which confronts Marie-Ange is told in an imaginative mix of suspense and mystical superstition. The story thrives on danger and political intrigue, but, it is in the burgeoning romance between Marie-Ange and Hugo where the story starts to tug away at the heartstrings. I so wanted everything to work out for them, and with this forefront in my mind, I raced through the story with great enjoyment.’
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the beautiful Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England, for the past few years. ANGEL HEART, her debut historical romance, has just been re-released by Áccent Press, together with award-winning THE LION’S EMBRACE. She also writes contemporary romance with A SPELL IN PROVENCE, which was published earlier in 2015. And watch out for THE DREAM CATCHER, another historical romance, coming soon at Áccent Press…