Sweet Saturday: 04/20/13 Betrothal ~ “Undeterred”

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

Okay, I can’t stop myself.  Since Betrothal just released, I’m continuing with a sample from my medieval, Time Enough to Love:  Book 1 ~ Betrothal.





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.

You can read April 14’s post here.

This excerpt takes place later that night, after Alyse and Geoffrey’s quarrel and Geoffrey and Thomas’s violent disagreement. Alyse is in the Great Hall, thinking about her options.

She could not decide who had angered her most. Geoffrey’s betrayal stung mightily, but she believed him led astray by his friend. She was more than willing to heap blame on that conceited lord, whose earlier disregard incensed her anew. Bitter memories of Lord Braeton blatantly ignoring her at court functions flooded her mind, and she winced to think how she had tried to dally with him the few times they had conversed.

Well, she had gotten the better of him last night. She smiled for the first time that day at the thought of her banter with him. He had seemed more 552px-Renaud_de_montauban_banquetrespectful of her after she had taken him down a peg. And appreciative. She recalled his appraising look after their exchange.

As if he saw me for the first time.

Alyse sat straight up on her bench. Had her spirited wordplay drawn his attention at last? Perhaps he had sown seeds of discord between her and Geoffrey out of jealousy. Perchance he was angry that she had to marry another.

Too late.

She slouched again. She was betrothed to Geoffrey. Nothing could change that. Could it? Had she ever heard of a betrothal being broken?

She glanced around the room, recalling as much gossip as possible from the past months. Had there not been talk about Lady Mary Percy and Sir Roger Delaney? One person surely knew.


llustration of an ''entremet'', a type of medieval meal entertainment, staged at a banquet given by Charles V of France

llustration of an ”entremet”, a type of medieval meal entertainment, staged at a banquet given by Charles V of France

Her companion turned to her and shook her head. “’Tis too early to retire yet, Alyse. Wait a bit and I shall get John to escort you.”

“Nay, ’tis not that.” Alyse glanced at Patrick on her left and lowered her voice. “Tell me about Sir Roger’s betrothal. ’Tis no longer contracted, is it?”

Maurya met her eyes with a hard stare. “Do not think of it, Alyse. Your spat with Sir Geoffrey will blow away like a March wind. He is an honorable and chivalrous man. If you give him a chance, I believe he will make amends for his behavior.”

Alyse gazed back at her, undeterred. “They were betrothed, were they not? And now she is to wed another.”

I hope you enjoyed this latest sample from  Betrothal.   Join me tomorrow on Weekend Writing Warriors for the REAL conclusion to my excerpts from Book I of Time Enough to Love.  

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If you’d like to read more, Betrothal is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

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17 Responses to Sweet Saturday: 04/20/13 Betrothal ~ “Undeterred”

  1. Pingback: Weekend Writing Warriors: 04/21/13 Betrothal | jennajaxon – jenna's journal

  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m also curious about this other couple. I’d guess that breaking an engagement was a pretty big deal back then.

    Congratulations on your release!


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      It was a big deal, but the king had absolute say. Check out my WWW post for some answers about the fate of Lady Mary and Sir Roger. Thanks for coming by, Carrie Anne. 🙂


  3. lizaoconnor says:

    For some reason I burst out into the song “Yesterday” and Jess ran from the room. Book sounds great. Love the cover. (I would tell you its nice, but turns out people don’t like that.)


  4. Lindsay says:

    Again congrats on your release. She’d better grow up and understand she’s not going to get the man she wants.


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Alyse does have some growing up to do. She’s been rather pampered until now. She needs to put on her big girl panties and…oh, that’s right. There were no panties in 1348. LOL I guess she’ll figure it out. 🙂 Thanks for coming by, Lindsay!


  5. Not good! She needs to get over her snit!


  6. Sue says:

    Yes am curious about the other couple too but Alyse is just weighing her options me thinks. Glad to see it’s up on Amazon and doing well


  7. Sarah Cass says:

    Intriguing snippet. I’m curious as to what will happen…I like how her companion sees through her 🙂


  8. Congrats on the release. It’s a great story.


  9. Great snippet, Jenna. I wonder what happened to the other couple.


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