01 March 2009

Book Release: Lisa Marie Wilkinson

This week we're helping one of our contributors, Lisa Marie Wilkinson, celebrate the release of her debut novel, FIRE AT MIDNIGHT, available now from Medallion Press. Congratulations, Lisa Marie!


It is 1703 and Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum in London after discovering her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor leads a gang of criminals and uses French privateer/smuggler Sebastién Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. When Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer's smuggling activities, Falconer vows revenge on the girl.

A dangerously ill Rachael escapes from Bedlam only to find shelter in Sebastién's carriage and ends up in his care. It is a twist of fate that will alter both their lives. With these two characters at cross-purposes, what ensues is a tangled web of deceit, suspense, derring-do, and a passionate love story as Sebastién gradually begins to believe in Rachael's innocence and Rachael gets to know the tortured soul beneath the gruff Frenchman’s exterior.

Welcome, Lisa Marie! Can you tell us about your early successes with FIRE AT MIDNIGHT?

Yes! FIRE AT MIDNIGHT won numerous awards on the Romance Writers of America chapter contest circuit, and was the Grand Prize winner of the Maryland Writers Association Novel Contest. It also won a Bronze award in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, and was a finalist for the Daphne duMaurier award.

What have advance reviewers and readers had to say about FIRE AT MIDNIGHT?

I've been really pleased with the responses so far! Here are a few:

A stunning historical debut by Lisa Marie Wilkinson, FIRE AT MIDNIGHT is a fast-paced read filled with mystery, intrigue and passionate characters who will captivate readers until the last page. The heart-wrenching opening made a lot of promises, and the story delivered every one!
--Stacey Kayne, author of GUNSLINGER'S UNTAMED BRIDE
Lisa Marie Wilkinson weaves deep emotion, tenderness and sensuality into a rich historical tapestry in this sweeping romance of adventure and intrigue.
--Christine Wells, author of THE DANGEROUS DUKE
4 Stars! Romance, action and suspense differentiate this tale of adventure and love. Wilkinson creates the right combination of believable characters, snappy dialogue and fast-paced storytelling. The protagonists are not only passionate about their separate causes, they're passionate about each other too.
--Romantic Times BOOKReviews
Anything else you'd like to share with us?

An excerpt from FIRE AT MIDNIGHT was posted earlier this week on Unusual Historicals. Leave a comment and be entered to win an autographed copy! A winner will be chosen next Sunday, so good luck!