Thursday, July 11, 2013

Showcase: The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Rebels of Cordovia

The Stories of Robin Hood is Inspiration for The Rebels of Cordovia

We celebrate Independence Day, remembering the freedom we fought for centuries ago. Many patriots had to pay for this freedom with their lives and we are grateful to those who fought for our liberty. In this new novel, you get a glimpse of what another country had to fight for, as well. The freedom of speech, the freedom of equality, and the freedom to worship as we please! No one could have a greater gift than this.

This tale will entertain those who enjoy bits of adventure, humor, mystery, and a tender love story. The stories of Robin Hood have enchanted readers for years. In our youth, we enjoyed hearing the escapades of Robin Hood and were spellbound by each story and how he cared for the people. How awesome would it be to live during that time period just because of Robin Hood! In The Rebels of Cordovia, a similar story is created but centuries after the legend of Robin Hood. But this time, there are two major groups of rebels fighting for the rights of the people. Daniel, a good-looking rogue, would be the leader of the Freemen. Robin Marie, a young woman, would be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Each leader is an expert archer and swordsman. With bits of adventure and delectable kisses, this tale will entertain anyone who enjoys a sweet romance.

In The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke, the time period is set in the late 1700s. Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Author Anna Del C. Dye wrote: “What a fun and interesting tale The Rebels of Cordovia is. A very good story to keep you glued all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the romance mingled with the fights. It is a well-paced tale to give you entertainment next to a warm fire in the rain. Linda writes a good, clean, and sweet romance, for young adults and adults alike. You will enjoy this story to the end.”



Q.  What inspires your writing?

A. Certain topics inspire my writing such as the topic of Robin Hood. I love those stories. As a teenager, I watched every movie that came out about Robin Hood and how he cared for the people. I thought about how awesome it would be to live during that time period just because of Robin Hood. As I thought about it, I decided to create something similar but centuries after the legend of Robin Hood. Instead of one group of rebels as in Robin Hood, I wanted two major groups fighting for the rights of the people. Daniel, a rogue, would be the leader of the Freemen. And Robin, a young woman, would be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Each leader would be an expert archer and swordsman. With bits of adventure, humor, mystery, and a tender love story, this tale was inspired because of a hero from my childhood.

What is The Rebels of Cordovia about? Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?


Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A.  One of my favorite things I enjoy is the research involved in writing my stories. I love it. It helps me to feel that era. While writing The Rebels of Cordovia, I needed to do some research about the clothes they wore. I found out that men wore tights as a rule but women were not allowed to show off their shapely legs in such a way. I also learned that many of the women’s corsets were absolutely beautiful and they came in a variety of styles and colors. Fun!

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A. Being away from home is the toughest part. I travel throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Writing Workshop” at libraries, encouraging people to write their family history, their parent’s and grandparent’s stories, and their own autobiography. I’m gone for one week each month except for the summer and Nov and Dec because that’s family time.
  
Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

A. My current book. I would love to visit the country of Cordovia. As I wrote about the scenery, the people, and the rebels, it sounded so much fun to visit. I truly wish I could step into the 1700s and meet the people in person. I could wear a long flowing dress with a couple petticoats and a very charming rosy-colored corset. Haha. Then I would go to one of the dances and dance all night long. Afterward, I would sit and watch the stars as I hold hands with my favorite hero…my sweet hubby, of course.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A. I love spring with all the new blossoms budding out, and planting my gardens and watching it grow.

Q.  What inspired your book cover? 

A. I told my cover designer that I wanted something that had an arrow in it because that would represent Robin’s Rebels. Robin is an excellent archer and that is how she earns the respect, not only of her followers, but of Daniel as well who is the leader of the Freemen.
  
Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  If you enjoy reading a “sweet” love story with delectable kisses, adventure, and sweet romance, you just might enjoy my new historical romance. You may follow me on Facebook, check out website, and even check out my Family Friendly Blog below. For those interested in The Rebels of Cordovia, you may purchase it online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or order it from any bookstore.
Price for hard copy: $13.95
Price for ebook: $2.99


Read a sample chapter here: http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/rebels.html




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