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Thank you to everyone who came by to visit last week!
This week I’m changing gears for the New Year, with a snippet from Time Enough to Love, my medieval romance. This scene is from Book 2, Betrayal. After the devastating news that Geoffrey, her betrothed, has married another, Aylse has just been astounded by a proposal from his best friend, Thomas.
“Thomas!” She tried to wrest her hand from his, but he would not loose her fingers. “I had thought your attentions these many days were out of respect for your friend and the love you bear him. I see now ’twas for your own benefit alone.”
“Nay, my lady,” Thomas said as he rose to his feet, still not relinquishing her hand. His voice matched hers, cool and removed. “Not solely for my benefit; indeed, not for my benefit at all.”
Those words jolted her, and she stilled.
He took advantage and pressed her down onto the bench again, asking, “Are you with child?”
An interesting question for an unmarried woman in 1348, don’t you think?
Blurb for Time Enough to Love:
When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend.
From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.
As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?
That’s all for this week. Hope you enjoyed it!
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