This is a great way to find new authors and books out there. My thanks to Lauren Smith for inviting me to join. Here’s my Next Big Thing!
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I saw a History Channel program on the Bubonic Plague (which had always fascinated me) and how no one, not even the nobility was spared. That gave me the germ for the story.
3: What genre does your book come under?
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When an arranged marriage lights the flame of passion in the wrong man, Alyse must choose whether to fight against her fate or learn to love another.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It is self-published through my own publishing company, Rising Phoenix Publications.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The very first draft took me six months. But then it was 187K words. LOL It’s a bit shorter now.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Probably to Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove and Everlasting, or Jo Beverley’s Lord of My Heart.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I took the inspiration of the program by the History Channel and my reading of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Everlasting, did some research about the period surrounding 1348 and just started writing.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The three novellas that make up the book, Time Enough to Love, don’t always follow the unwritten rules of romance, especially Books 2 & 3, Betrayal and Beleaguered. The characters make some very different choices than most romance heroes and heroines, so there is an additional edge to the novellas that may excite or offend readers. We’ll see when Book 2 comes out.
Betrothal is on sale at Amazon for .99 through the month of July! And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
He kissed her hand and wound her arm through the crook of his as he led her away from the chapel toward Princess Joanna’s apartments. Although she was loath to admit it, his words, as well as his attentions, had soothed her ruffled feelings. She smiled inwardly to think that his regard for her ran so deep. A quick peek at him from lowered lids showed her his countenance bore a smile also. They seemed to have come far in but two days’ time.
As they approached the door of the Princess’s chamber, he turned and took both her hands. “My lady, I have news that I would share with you.”
He seemed both solemn and excited by whatever message he had brought. It had to be news indeed, for she had heard nothing, either last night or this morning, that would touch upon them. This mystery so bemused her that she almost failed to see him lean down, bringing his mouth mere inches from hers. She gasped, snatched her hands from his and ducked around him before he could draw closer.
“Would you share something else besides news, Sir Geoffrey?”
“That I would, little maid.” He spun around before she could back away. He darted his hand out to secure hers again and raised it to his mouth. “It seems, however, that I must be content with this.” He grazed her skin with his lips, skimming over the surface of her flesh with a floating touch that made her shiver. “And with my news. You know the king called for a joust, a Round Table, at Windsor next week to celebrate the princess’s betrothal?”
Alyse nodded and frowned. The mere thought of jousting sent a quiver of dread down her spine. But his statement was hardly news; the court had been preparing for the tournaments for weeks.
“It has been decreed by His Majesty that on the first day the festivities will begin with a procession of ladies and knights of King Arthur’s court, starting at the Tower of London and winding through the town out to the lists. There are to be twenty-five knights on the king’s side who will joust and fight in a pas d’armes. So there needs be twenty-five ladies as well, to escort them to the field.”
She nodded again. “Princess Joanna rides in this procession.” Her part in the festivities had been determined last week. Did he have anything truly new to impart?
“You have been chosen to be one of the ladies.”
Alyse’s mouth dropped open and a thrill coursed through her. “But I am only Princess Joanna’s attendant, Sir Geoffrey. Usually such honors are reserved for the queen and Princess Isabella’s ladies, or the Duchesses and Countesses in the Royal Family. Why did they choose me?”
“Because I am to be one of the knights, and I begged a boon of the king to allow you to be my lady.”
She stared at him in shock, almost unbelieving, though she knew he would not lie about such a thing. To think she owed such an honor to the man she would soon call husband, that he had asked the king himself to grant the favor, made her heart beat an unsteady march in her chest. Alyse parted her lips to thank him when he swooped forward, secured her chin in his hand and kissed her.
And the last thing I need to do is tag several more writers for this blog hop. So I’m tagging some of my good friends from my local RWA chapter:
If there’s anyone else who’d like to be tagged, let me know!