Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose. With her great love of history and research, Louise loves to visit museums and travel to her stories’ settings to ensure accuracy. She has been married to David Gouge for 46 years. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Louise is also an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida.
Hi, Debbie Lynne. Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I’d like to share with your readers the inspiration for my Revolutionary War series: Love Thine Enemy (2009), The Captain’s Lady (2010), and At the Captain’s Command (April 5, 2011), all published in Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line.
As a proud American whose ancestors helped to establish this nation, I love to look back at the struggles the colonists had in deciding whether to join the Revolution or remain loyal to the English Crown. While this decision may seem obvious for us today, it required careful consideration on the part of those living in that momentous period of history. After all, attempting to break away from the world’s most powerful nation would not be easy AND it had never been done. In fact, many European nations scoffed at the idea. Clearly, such a move would require a war, which in turn would result in severe losses, even death, for the ragtag army of volunteers who fought against the well-armed, well-disciplined, red-coated regiments of the Crown.
So what reasons could be so compelling as to drive the colonists, as a group and as individuals, to sever ties with England? I didn’t have to look far to find the answer. Every semester, I have my freshman English students read the Declaration of Independence. Without fail, as I read it to refresh my own mind, I get goose bumps thinking about all that my ancestors stood ready to sacrifice so that they might be free. Rather than recite here what it says, let me give you a challenge. If you haven’t read this historic, world-changing document, why not find it online and take a look at why the signers (and countless Patriots) were willing to risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to create a new nation. It’s a five minute read, and I guarantee you’ll feel shivers of awe and appreciation.
Beyond my real-life appreciation for the Declaration, I also found in it inspiration for my fictional Revolutionary War stories, each of which features this document as a motivation for the various decisions my characters make. In the first two books, my hero and heroine are on opposite sides in the War, which always makes for great conflict in a romance novel. For the third book, just to be different, I have a hero and heroine on the same side. Not only that, but both are on the British side! That was certainly a case of writing from a different point of view for this author, but it was also great fun. Let me tell you a little bit about the story.
In At the Captain’s Command, a heroic British naval captain, son of an influential British earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret. Loyal to the British Crown, orphaned Dinah Templeton has vowed never to marry a seafaring man, for her father died at sea and her merchant captain brother is always away. But when Captain Thomas Moberly sails into St. Augustine to defend the East Florida shores from American pirates, Dinah finds that her heart may overrule her head regarding this seafarer. Captain Thomas Moberly, captain of HMS Dauntless, has been assigned to capture the notorious American pirate Nighthawk, who plagues the Atlantic coast of East Florida. War-weary and hoping for a refreshing visit with his brother and sister, who live near St. Augustine, Thomas never expects to find love. But how can he resist the lovely Miss Templeton, even though she is what his father, Lord Bennington, would call a common American?
Come along with me on this adventure! You’ll be glad you did. Then let me know what you think. My website and contact information are http://blog.Louisemgouge.com. Come on over and visit me! You can purchase all the books in this series at amazon.com, cbd.com, and barnesandnoble.com, and in person at Walmart.
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