Squire brings a fresh voice to historical romance in this tale of intrigue and
Napoleonic France after receiving a plea for help from her French cousin. She
learns she is the key to fulfilling her grandfather’s legacy, but to do so she
must masquerade as a spy and courier secrets on behalf of the British
last hope. Napoleon’s Grande Armée is poised to invade Britain, an English spy
is missing and a traitor has infiltrated the Admiralty’s intelligence network.
Liliane and Sinclair cannot reveal their true identities until they unlock the
secrets of the legacy—and only then can they unlock the secrets in their
Navigating Through Past Eras, by Elizabeth Squire – Guest Post
One of the most challenging aspects of writing a historical romance set in 1805 is imagining what everything used to look like. My historical novel, Closer To Sin, is partially set in France’s Boulogne-Sur-Mer region where Napoleon’s Grande Armée was amassed in preparation of an invasion of England. As is the case with most conflicts, there is no shortage of books and websites to provide detailed and accurate accounts of the conflict and the political machinations, but there is very little to also tells us what those cities looked like, and what role various monuments played in the conflict.
It was at this point, while writing Closer To Sin that I discovered the power of Google Earth—by dropping my little yellow man onto the map I was able to roam the towns and streets of France and identify buildings that would fit nicely into various scenes of the story.
In one scene, Liliane and Sin, in search of an informant, find themselves in the village of Ambleteuse. Sin explains that the ancient structure, Fort Ambleteuse, was once an English stronghold, but was now used by Napoleon as a garrison to defend France.
In another scene, Liliane and Sin share a kiss while looking out upon the ancient walled town of Boulogne-Sur-Mer from the clock tower that stands in the middle of the town square.
Now, I’m not particularly know for my navigation skills, so you can imagine the surprise of my husband, when during a visit to France last September, I was able to navigate us to these landmarks as though I was a local! What delighted me the most was how each of the monuments lived up to my expectations and were as fascinating in 2015 as they were in 1805.
Squire’s love of writing romance couldn’t be further from the life she had
carved out for herself. Raised in outback and rural Australia, Elizabeth was
determined to live a life vibrant with passion, travel, adventure and
discovery—other than the one she had already lived through the pages of the
innumerable she read and loved. And so, turning her back on a life in the bush,
she invested a lot of years chasing her dreams—she enjoyed a career as a
commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy, and counts white-water rafting the
Zambezi River, travelling by safari truck through Africa, and back-packing
through Eastern Europe with her young family as just a few of her many adventures.
amongst the adventure, the urge to write intensified as story lines and
dialogue continued to materialize from the recesses of her mind. She finally
accepted that the voices in her head were really characters enmeshed in the
tumultuous Georgian and Regency periods, vying for life on paper.After a nomadic lifestyle, Elizabeth has now settled into her own home and
loves nothing better than bringing her passionate heroines and daring rakes to
life. She lives with her own hero and one true love, two beautiful daughters
and two delinquent miniature long-haired dachshunds. Closer to Sin is
Elizabeth’s debut novel.
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“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl