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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.
RELEASED ON APRIL 19!
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 respectful 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.
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.
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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