Fanning the Flames

Award-winning author, Lisa Marie Wilkinson began her writing career as a lyricist, working in collaboration with composer Marti Schwartz. But now she has turned her talent in a new direction–historical romance. Her debut novel Fire at Midnight is already garnering rave reviews from the romance community and is set to be released March 1st. To learn more about it or its very talented author, please visit Lisa Marie at   and be sure to stop by tomorrow as she guest blogs for the Romance Roundtable.

The review: 

Passion, intrigue, murder . . . love.

Just from the description of this debut novel by Lisa Marie Wilkinson, I knew I would love it. A heroine who finds herself drugged and trapped in Bedlam; a hero intent on finding the woman who has betrayed him; a villain who will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants. These are the ingredients for a phenomenal book, ingredients Wilkinson has blended together beautifully.

Picture a dark, dank cell. Rats scurry in the corner. A young woman, drifting in and out of a drug-induced delirium, hovers against a stone wall. A soft voice whispers a mantra of truth that loses its reality with each passing day.

“I am sane.”
“I am eight and ten.”
“I am Rachel Penrose.”

She is Rachel Penrose, a young woman wrongfully committed to Bedlam by her uncle, the man who plans to kill her infant brother if she cannot find a way to escape this hell. But her energy is waning, her mind is consumed with the laudanum forced upon her, and she is only vaguely aware when a young man pulls her from her prison and she ends up in the arms of the one man who has sworn to seek retribution for her betrayal.

Sebastién Falconer.

Sebastién is as proud of his French heritage as he is of his ability to smuggle much needed goods between France and England. But now an English Customs official is breathing down his neck. A man who knows his identity; a man who knows his face. His brother. His twin. Despite the long years of enmity between the two men, Jacques has found a new reason to hate Sebastién. Rachel Penrose has given witness to his supposed crimes.

But has she?

Thrown together as enemies, Sebastién and Rachel must search for the truth, even as their bodies and their hearts rage against the mutual distrust they cannot fully overcome. The web of deceit in which these two find themselves has a complex design. Years of mistrust and misunderstanding and lies must be unraveled before the truth can be revealed, before these two young lovers can discover the trust they will need to secure their salvation, before they can succumb to the passions sparked in a

Fire at Midnight.

A masterful storyteller, Wilkinson has created a fast-paced tale with superbly drawn characters who will keep the reader’s fire burning long into the darkest night. Securing its place in the world of historical romance, Lisa Marie Wilkinson’s Fire at Midnight is a must read.

13 Comment(s)

  1. Wow! Great review, Madison. This one’s definitely going on my TBR list!

    Sasha Allgood | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. My TBR list just grew another sheet! Goodbye computer games, hello reading glasses. Hey, who has the chocolates? Time to pass the box.

    terri | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. Ooooh! This sounds really good! Gotta see if I can get my hands on it.

    Tks Madison!

    Anastasia St. James | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wnjoyed reading the comments. I am always looking for new authors to read that I have not yet read. So, I have added Lisa’s name to my TBR list

    JOYE | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Beautiful review. Thanks.

    Julie Robinson | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. Wonderful review, Madison! I love how different the premise of this book is. I mean it has it all: love, passion, danger, and intrigue. I’ve got it on my list for my visit to Borders next week!

    Laria Lee | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. Madison, I’m so excited by this book. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Thanks for a great review.


    Renee | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  8. All I can say is WOW! What a great review. I am drooling to read “Fire at Midnight”. Madison, you ROCK! And of course, Lisa Marie rocks too :)

    Arianna :)

    Arianna | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  9. Madison, you obviously have the discerning taste to be able to recognize real talent when you read it! Please accept my compliments for your well-written review of Lisa’s hot new historical romance, “Fire at Midnight.” I like to think I’m one of her greatest fans; however, am willing to share the sisterhood with others like you who appreciate the beauty, cadence and grace of her writing (as well as the steamy heat factor in her written love scenes between Rachel and Sebastien!) I agree with Arianna that You BOTH Rock!

    Felicia | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  10. P.S. Yes, pass around the WICKED-good chocolates with champagne and strawberries too!

    Felicia | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  11. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. I think you will all absolutely adore this book. I have a strong feeling that Lisa Marie Wilkinson will fast become another of my auto-buy authors.

    And remember, she’ll be blogging with us tomorrow so stop back by.


    Madison | Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

  12. Madison,
    Thank you for the lovely review! I am honored. This one is going to go into my scrapbook! You did a fabulous job of capturing what “Fire at Midnight” is about and I am thrilled you enjoyed my debut novel.

    Lisa Marie Wilkinson | Feb 27, 2009 | Reply

  13. What a great review, Mad! I’ve been looking forward to Lisa’s first release since our Avon Fanlit days – if ever there was someone going places in the writing world, it’s her. I can’t wait to read Fire at Midnight!

    Kelly | Feb 28, 2009 | Reply

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