Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Lion's Embrace by Marie Laval

Historical Romance
Date Published: 2/2013

Algiers, 1845
Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the Barbary States, the only man who can rescue her archaeologist father from the gang of Tuareg fighters that has kidnapped him. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Algeria with Saintclair and Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are these men intent on stealing her father’s ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg queen Tin Hinan’s tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims—or is he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? Dangerous passions engulf Harriet’s heart in the heat of the Sahara. Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood threaten her life and the life of the man she loves.
Does forever lie in the lion’s embrace?



Thank you very much for hosting me today. I am delighted to be able to talk about my historical romance The Lion's Embrace, which is published as an ebook by MuseitUp Publishing.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I always enjoy the whole writing process, from the research to the editing. It is so exciting to see an idea and a plot develop and characters become alive and take over. If I'm honest, I will say that the editing is the hardest. I find it quite difficult to cut and slash the text.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I don't have an Ipod but I am always listening to music either on my laptop or my cd player. I change my music with ever project I work on. For The Lion's Embrace I researched Tuareg music and discovered the guitarist and singer Bombino who is absolutely brillant.
I also played a cd by Steve Shehan and Nabil Othmani and thanks to the Internet I found other North-African bands. There was nothing better to put me in the mood and I often forgot I was in grey and rainy Lancashire and not traveling to the Sahara.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
No, unfortunately, I do not have a critique partner. I do however have two good friends who always read my stories first and offer advice and encouragement. I am always very grateful to them both.

What book are you reading now?
I usually have several books on the go at the same time. I have just finished reading 'The Dark Witch' by Nora Roberts - one of my favourite authors. I am also reading through a travel guide for Corsica, where my next historical romance is set, and a biography of Catherine de Medici.

How did you start your writing career?
A few years ago I wrote a few short stories, some of which were published and won prizes and it encouraged me to try writing a novel. I always loved romance, historical romance in particular, so it seemed the perfect genre for me to start with. I got hooked and never looked back.

Tell us about your next release.
I am still working on two projects, a contemporary romantic suspense set in Provence, in the South of  France, and a historical romance set in Scotland

Marie Laval


  1. Your stories are all set in interesting places and sound to be full of atmosphere and adventure. The cover of The Lion's Embrace is beautiful.

  2. Thank you so much Beth for visiting again! I must say that I do love the cover of the The Lion's Embrace. Charlotte Volnek at MuseitUp Publishing designed it. She listened to my comments and got the atmosphere of the story exactly right! Thank you for taking the time to drop by.