#TBT: A Spy to the Highest Bidder

July 16, 2015

This month on the #TBT portion of the blog we’re taking a look at scenes from the Spy Series that practice the creative license every writer is awarded upon putting the first word on the page.

For Love of the Earl: Book Two of the Spy Series

For Love of the Earl“I’m not losing you to the damn Channel.”
Despite everything, she shivered. Shivered from his nearness, shivered from his words. Just shivered because it was him. And they were there. Surrounded by French sailors on their way to a ship that was going to take them to France, to the Comte de Montmartre, where they would be prisoners until someone came to rescue them. Although, if the comte’s plan succeeded as the French wanted, then the comte would only be adding prisoners to his dungeon, not releasing any.
But right now her husband’s arms were around her, and he didn’t have to know how much she enjoyed that, wanted that. She could hide her response. After all, the Channel was attacking them. She doubted he would be paying much attention to how she reacted to his nearness. So for now, even though she was on a dinghy that could very well be swamped and she could very well be dragged to the bottom of the Channel, she was going to enjoy sitting in her husband’s embrace, because it was very unlikely that she would ever be able to enjoy it again.

The History

I love the entire point on which the plot for this book hangs: the idea that Napoleon kidnapped titled English gentlemen to ransom them for cash to fund his war efforts.  Historians, I apologize now for this did not happen.  I’m not saying that it absolutely did not happen, that someone wasn’t kidnapped and ransomed.  I’m saying there was no huge network set up to systematically capture and ransom off English gentlemen.  But how cool if there had been, right?

There are historical reasons for this plot.  At this point in history (spring 1815), Napoleon had just escaped Elba and was planning a resurgence.  The war was not going in his favor though (Waterloo, anyone?), and funds were needed to keep his takeover efforts alive.  So it is historically plausible that titled Englishmen were kidnapped and ransomed.

Read On

To go along with this month’s theme, I’m featuring historical romances that really know how to work the creative license.

Here’s a favorite-

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