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Setting of In the Enemy's Camp

All he could do was run, to try to escape the truth, to escape the fury and accusation he saw in the faces all around him. The fury and accusation - the disgust - he felt for himself.

How could he ever forgive himself?


His cries echoed off the jagged peaks that surrounded the clearing.

“Why? Why!”

But the mountains stayed silent, mocked him with stony faces.

Condemned him for his crimes.

This is an excerpt from my debut novel, In the Enemy's Camp. This book is set in Western Canada, on the edge of the majestic Rocky Mountains, in stunning and awe-inspiring surroundings.

The images below are photos I took myself, of the area in which the novel is set. If you read the book, you may recognise some of these places within the pages.

The first image is Crowsnest Mountain, which the Blackfoot people used as a marker. The second image is Lundbreck Falls, a bit East of the Crowsnest Pass, where the people in my book spent their winter. The third image is the Burmis Tree, a Limber Pine that managed to live as long as 700 years before finally dying in 1970s. Local legend says it died after some well-meaning soul decided to fertilise it. The Burmis Tree still stands today, albeit propped up so it doesn't topple over in the high winds that blow through the Pass. This stunning and unique-looking tree has always been seen as a cultural symbol of resilience and was of great significance to the Blackfoot people of Southern Alberta, and is mentioned in my book. The final three pictures are of a place in Southern Alberta called Writing-On-Stone (Áísínai´pi), a World Heritage Site, and a traditional historical meeting place for the Blackfoot people. The Blackfoot called this place "Where the Drawings Are", and it was considered sacred to them (it still is). The area is dense with naturally occurring sandstone formations called "hoodoos". Many of these hoodoos are covered in petroglyphs and pictographs, carved into the stone over the centuries by native people. This is also a prominent location in my book. Setting is hugely important in historical romances. The first historical romance I ever read was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I still remember it vividly, especially the setting. It opened up worlds I had not, before then, been able to experience or even imagine. Although there were parts in this book that are totally unacceptable in a book today, it was considered a ground-breaking romance novel for the time. It was set in London, Charleston and on a ship crossing the ocean. So, what was the first historical romance book you ever read? Share below and tell me why you loved it.

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