Today’s hero is Captain Luke Collyer from Claiming the Rebel’s Heart!
Thank you, Katherine. It is July 1643 and it my great pleasure to interview Captain Luke Collyer who is currently engaged in defending a castle held in the name of Parliament against a vastly superior force of Royalists. Fortunately like most sieges, it has its quiet moments and I have come across Luke polishing his sword and he is happy to speak with us…
Katherine: How would you describe yourself?
Luke: Charming, debonair, soldier of fortune.
Katherine: What is your most important goal in life?
Luke: Right now? Survival! There are 300 angry royalists outside that really want to kill me.
Katherine: Who is the one person you respect and trust?
Luke: My companion in arms, Ned Barrett. He falls for any pretty face that comes his way but when it comes to giving me good advice, he is rarely wrong…curse him!
Katherine: What is your greatest fear?
Luke: That I am not going to get out of this castle alive!
Katherine: What is your greatest hope?
Luke: That I do get out of this castle in one piece.
Katherine: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
Luke: Deliverance Felton…
Katherine: Who is the love of your life?
Luke: Deliverance Felton
Katherine: Do you remember when you first met (heroine’s name here)?
Luke: Vividly… she tried to kill me. See the hole in my hat?
Katherine: What was the one thing you had to overcome to win her?
Luke: I had to get her to trust me. She was so hell bent on defending this castle come what may that she thought she was the only person who could do it. I have had to show her that it will take the two of us working together.
Katherine: What was the sweetest romantic gesture you ever did for her?
Luke: It’s hard to find an appropriate moment for romantic gestures in a besieged castle, Katherine but before we closed the gates on Farrington’s forces, we found time for a walk by the river, a chance to talk, to get to know each other.
Katherine: If Deliverance could describe you in one word what would it be?
As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.
With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book…but no book can prepare her for what is to come.
Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?
Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart?
ABOUT ALISON STUART
Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of cross genre historicals with heart. Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.