Release Day Party!
Time Enough to Love
After four years and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, my medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, Book One–Betrothal, has released!
The original book was so long–187,000 words!–that I was advised to cut it into three novellas. After about a year of stewing over it, I finally agreed that it might be possible. Then began the long trek to publication.
The story is set in 1348 at the court of King Edward III of England. Edward’s favorite daughter, fourteen year-old Joanna, is about to embark on a journey to Spain to marry Prince Pedro and ally England with Spain. This is the backdrop to the main story of Time Enough to Love.
The main romance of the book is the love story of Lady Alyse de Courcy, a lady-in-waiting to Princess Joanna, and Sir Geoffrey Longford, a knight in the service of King Edward.
In Book One, Betrothal, these two are betrothed by their parents, never having met one another. Upon their first encounter, before the whole company of Edward’s court, Alyse finds little to like about Sir Geoffrey. She is enamored of another courtier, Thomas Knowlton, Earl of Braeton–Geoffrey’s best friend.
Geoffrey, on the other hand, is immediately smitten with his betrothed’s beauty, charm and feisty nature. His Herculean task is to change Alyse’s heart before their wedding, two weeks hence. Without killing his friend into the bargain.
Ideally, the other two books, Betrayal and Beleaguered, will release mid-summer and early fall.
My one-line pitch for Time Enough to Love is “Romeo & Juliet, with the Bubonic Plague, and a happy ending.” LOL I hope that piques your interest enough to want to read my little romance. I really do hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂
To celebrate Betrothal’s release this coming week, I’m giving away a $25.00 gift card to one commenter who comments on my blog, follows my blog, and follows me on Twitter. The winner will be announced on this blog next week. I’m doing a mini-blog tour next week, and the more you follow me and comment, the more you’ll have to be registered for the gift card. The tour is listed under the TOUR tab if you want to follow along.
Currently, Betrothal is available only at Smashwords. But it should be on Amazon shortly as well.
Please come back to the Journal at noon for an interview with my hero, Sir Geoffrey Longford, and an absolutely yummy picture of him! 🙂 He’s not the shy type, so be prepared for some interesting answers to my questions. Hope to see you there!
Woohoo!! Congratulations, Jenna!
Congratulations… I can’t wait to read it!!!
I know you’re kinda busy now (understatement) I’ll get back to you – wow 4 years in the making!
Sounds like a great book, Jenna. I just finished reading World Without End, which was set during the time period too. I look forward to this!
I loved that book! Yes, it’s exactly the same period, although mine covers a much shorter period of time. Did you read (or see) Pillars of the Earth? Loved that too. The mini-series was fantastic! Hope you get a chance to read mine too. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!