Sweet Saturday: 04/06/13 Betrothal ~ “A Flicker of Fear”

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.




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 includes last Sunday’s 8 sentences.  Geoffrey is confronting Thomas about the trouble he has caused between him and Lady Alyse.  He is NOT pussyfooting around. LOL

By the time Geoffrey returned to the reception room, Thomas had moved closer to the door in anticipation of the king’s customary afternoon ride. His entrance drew no one’s attention as the courtiers were milling about, waiting for the king to rise. He took the opportunity of the unguarded moment to seize his friend’s tunic and shove him out the chamber door.

“Geoffrey! Have you lost your senses? What are you doing?” Thomas grasped his arms, tried to break his hold, but to no avail.

Geoffrey bore him into the corridor and threw him unceremoniously into the far wall. Thomas whirled, and reached for his knife. Geoffrey darted forward, struck the blade from his hand and grabbed his clothing again.

“You had to interfere, Thomas. Had to plant doubt in my mind.” Geoffrey’s voice lowered in deathly calm, though he seethed with anger. He adjusted his hold on the dull red fabric, screwing it into a tight knot against Thomas’s chest.

“What are you talking about, Geoffrey? You are not making sense.” Thomas glared at him, though Geoffrey caught a flicker of fear in his friend’s eyes. Good.

“I went to Alyse to learn her choice because you thought it would be ill-advised.” Geoffrey leaned his full weight into Thomas, trapping him against the wall with no hope of escape. “Now, in trying to prevent one disaster, I have created another. She thinks I do not trust her judgment and has withdrawn from me. Christ, she may not even speak to me again. Everything I have worked for the past two days, the trust, the companionship, the regard, has vanished.” He shook Thomas roughly, like a terrier with a rat, and turned a cold eye on his friend. “And you are going to help me get them back.”

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29 Responses to Sweet Saturday: 04/06/13 Betrothal ~ “A Flicker of Fear”

  1. Pingback: Sweet Saturday: 04/13/13 Betrothal ~ “A Tale From the Round Table” | jennajaxon – jenna's journal

  2. Had to go read Saturday’s to get the big picture. So glad I did! Love the dynamics between these two. Looking forward to reading more next Sunday!


  3. Oh, my. I am really going to have to get this book now. So glad the release is almost here! Congrats!


  4. Love the excerpt, Jenna. And CONGRATS on that release date!


  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    Congratulations on your release date! I love a good fight scene.


  6. I love where this is going, and I’m looking forward to its release. Terrific action scene.


  7. Sherry Gloag says:

    My word his fury fairly jumps off the page. Great scene.


  8. Thomas can certainly be rat-like; he deserves a good shake. Congratulations on having a release date! I will be the first in line to buy my copy. Very exciting!


  9. Woohoo! Congrats on your release!

    Love the excerpt!


  10. Finally! Thomas deserves that and more. Congrats on the release.


  11. Congratulations on your release date!! Loved the excerpt!


  12. karyrader says:

    Congratulations, Jenna! So excited for this story!


  13. Lisa Orchard says:

    Great excerpt! It certainly sounds like an intriguing story! Good luck with your new release!


  14. Lisa Orchard says:

    Great Excerpt! Certainly sounds like an intriguing story!


  15. Carolyn says:

    Woo hoo! Can’t wait for the release! Love to see passion in a man. I don’t know exactly what he looks like, but he’s definitely hot!


  16. Congratulations on having a release date!!! Loved the action.


  17. Sue says:

    Good action scene and he should have hurt thomas more than he did. April 19…very soon …
    Hoho Thomas is going to help him – excellent scene I have to do a similar scene – ugh


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