Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
Tomorrow is Release Day for Beleaguered, the novel-length final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love! So of course this week I’m spotlighting it. 🙂
I thought I’d find a happier snippet to tempt you with this week. This is from the first chapter, where Alyse and Thomas are finally allowed to disembark from the Phillipa, where they’ve been waiting all day for their turn to go ashore. Thomas speaks first. (I have been somewhat creative with my punctuation to get this whole bit in sight sentences.) 🙂
“But we are nearly there.” She strained forward, pulling him like a horse in harness, unable to contain her eagerness.
“Go with God then, sweet,” he said, laughing, and released her hand.
Suddenly freed, she raced down the planks and onto the dock several steps ahead of her husband. When she reached the pier, she raised her arms and twirled around, her silver and blue gown spinning out around her like a quicksilver fan. She stopped spinning abruptly as the ground moved below her feet as if of its own accord.
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.