Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
Beleaguered, the novel-length final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love, released this past week! Hooray! So of course this week I’m spotlighting it again. 🙂
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. This snippet takes up where last week’s left off. (I have been somewhat creative again to get this whole bit in eight sentences.) 🙂
“Why does the land move so?” she asked fearfully, trying to remain standing while her feet seemed to wander to and fro.
He laughed and held her steady. “We have been moving constantly for the past ten days. ’Tis the ground that stays still while your body thinks it continues to move. ’Twill pass in a few moments.” Then, to her surprise, he scooped her up in his arms and started for the last waiting carriage saying, “I believe this is a better solution to your predicament, madam.”
Laughing, she wrapped her arms around his neck, pleased with his public attentions to her.
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.