Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
July brings me finally to the release of my final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love. So this week I’m spotlighting Beleaguered, the novel-length conclusion and third book in the series.
The Princess’s entourage has fled the plague in Bordeaux and taken refuge in the little town of Loremo. They have been safe there for some weeks. Reminder: Lady Mary is married to Geoffrey who was originally betrothed to Lady Alyse.
Princess Joanna sat in her accustomed seat in the middle of the room, her eyes wide and staring. Lady Anne stood to her right, wringing her hands, her face contorted in fear—the same look Alyse had seen the day they left Bordeaux. But most terrifying, Lady Mary sat at the princess’s feet, her head in Joanna’s lap, a low moan issuing from her open mouth.
Shocked by this unheard of breach of protocol, Alyse stood, confounded for some moments, before the import of the women’s grief sank in. She swept forward, demanding, “Highness, what has happened?”
Alyse glanced from Anne’s staring eyes to Princess Joanna’s tear-stained cheeks, her gaze finally coming to rest on Mary’s contorted face.
An icy hand clutched her heart.
“Geoffrey?” The only word she could summon from a throat suddenly gone dry as dust.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet from Beleaguered, which releases in the next week or so. More on that next Sunday. 🙂
When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?
Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna. Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.
During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves her love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.
Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?
In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.