Sweet Saturday: 03/30/13 Betrothal ~ “Wounded”

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample!  All excerpts here are rated PG-13 or milder.

I’m continuing with a sample from my medieval WIP, Time Enough to Love:  Book 1 ~ Betrothal. Waiting for the edits. But the good news?  I’m almost finished with the revision to Book 2 ~ Betrayal!  Yeah!

Disclaimer:  This work is still going through the editing process, so please forgive any flaws.  

Betrothal with Logo

This series is set in England and France in 1348.  Part 1, Betrothal, takes place at the court of King Edward III.

This excerpt comes just after last Sunday’s 8 sentences (If you’d like to read them, they are here.)  Alyse and Geoffrey are in the middle of their first fight.  Alyse is so angry that he did not trust her, she has relinquished the choice of the Knight of the Round Table back to him.

Robert_Anning_Bell_-_La_belle_dame_sans_merciIf he could have sunk through the stones of the castle floor he would have done so gratefully. He could feel the tremendous hurt he had caused her, even though she tried to keep it tightly wound within her. But her face! She did not scowl or frown, but the set of her mouth—lips drawn into a tight, straight line—spoke eloquently of the pain he had inflicted. He could scarce meet the wounded look in her eyes.

And there was no way to make it right. He knew nothing he could say now to reassure her of his trust or to induce her to tell him her choice. Silently, he cursed Thomas, though the fault lay not solely with him. His friend had only planted the seed; Geoffrey had reaped what he had sown.

“May I go now, my lord? The princess awaits me.” The clipped words stabbed like a knife in his heart, and he knew all the patient, clever work he had done to win her trust these last days lay in ruins. He nodded, too miserable to speak, and watched as she turned on her small, slippered heel and stalked down the corridor. The door slammed with a hollow boom as she left the castle. He clenched his fist and with a muttered curse strode away in the opposite direction, back to the king’s chamber.

I hope you enjoyed this latest sample from  Betrothal.   And be sure to click here to visit more Sweet Samples.

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8 Responses to Sweet Saturday: 03/30/13 Betrothal ~ “Wounded”

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    He got what was coming to him. I hope he seriously grovels for forgiveness after this.


  2. A slap on his face couldn’t have been more effective. Her reaction is very well written. Good job and thanks for sharing so freely.


  3. Really great excerpt, Jenna. I can’t feel sorry for him, as he brought it on himself. I do feel sorry for her.


  4. I do feel sorry for him even though he brought it on himself. Maybe next time he’ll be a little more careful of her feelings.


  5. Very nicely written. Can’t wait for the book to be released!


  6. Karen Lopp says:

    Excellent excerpt, Jenna. Leaves me wondering how they will get over this and move on.


  7. Carolyn says:

    As always, you leave me wanting more! So cleverly written in the vernacular of the day, I eagerly await this book’s release.


  8. Sue says:

    Good. He knows her well enough to know how much he hurt her and he realises not to listen to his “friend” Thomas.
    Happy Easter Happy Passover and how the hell does one write a screen play anyway?


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