Today I had the great pleasure to interview Lord Henry of Chauvere, who is visiting today to celebrate the 99 cent sale of his book, The Lady of the Forest. The novella is by author Barbara Bettis.
How did you and your writer meet?
I met Lady Barbara a few years ago, when she wrote my sister’s story. We hit it off right away, but I was recovering from a near-fatal battle, so we couldn’t get together for my story until I recovered. Then, she was involved with Sir Giles and after that, Sir Stephen. Finally I got her attention. But it was worth the wait.
Have you had any major disagreements so far?
Not major ones, no. We’re both a little stubborn, so I had to insist on my way once or twice. But when she and Lady Katherine got together, I was outnumbered. Good thing I admire independence in a lady.
What was your first impression of your hero/heroine?
Years ago, I met her as a childhood friend of my sister’s. But my first impression of Katherine as an adult? She felled me. Literally! Knocked me right off my horse and tied me up. I knew I’d found my match the moment I opened my eyes and saw her. A strong, determined lady, just what I needed as my wife. I know most lords expect their wives to run the castle and see to the servants. Not me. I wanted a partner, an equal. I knew Kate was up to my weight. Who else would have thought to fake her death to escape an unwanted match? She was the one for me.
What was she doing when you first saw her?
I have to laugh when I remember that. She was trying to tend the injuries I got when she attacked me. I surprised her so, she upended a basin of water all over me. Thank St. Jude I wasn’t wearing my mail, or the chain links would have rusted into a mass and I couldn’t have gotten it off with a visit to the blacksmith’s.
What was the most memorable part of your story for you?
I’ll tell if you won’t mention it to Lady Barbara or Lady Katherine. It was my fight with Sir Paxton. My friends and I had been after the murdering traitor for years. Finally I was able to bring him down. He was a worthy opponent. His sword skills were a real challenge. But I’d been waiting too long to allow him to triumph.
Don’t look so incredulous. What knight wouldn’t remember such an important battle?
Oh, all right. I admit it. The most memorable was finally freeing Katherine, knowing she would be at my side for the rest of our lives. But I’d just as soon you don’t mention that to Sir Stephen or Sir Giles. And certainly not to Lord Roark. They’d not let me forget it.
Would you like for your writer to create a sequel for you? Why or why not?
After telling the stories of my two sisters and now me, Lady Barbara might have a challenge finding a follow up. Unless she took on some of my friends’ stories. I like that idea. Then, of course, I have a son and daughter who might challenge her when they grow up. I’d like to see her deal with them. Those two are wearing me out.
What do you fear most?
That’s simple. I fear something happening to my children or my darling Kate. Without them, life wouldn’t be worth living.
What would be your favorite place to vacation?
When I was on crusade, I crossed a beautiful island of Cyprus. The sun is brighter there, the waters bluer. I’d like to take Kate to visit one day, once King Richard has settled all the unrest in that part of the world.
What are you proudest of?
My children and my lovely lady. I’m proud of both my sisters and their families, certainly. I’m glad I could be of service to the king both on crusade and now here at home. But if all the honors I’ve won were taken away, I’d be happy with my Kate, little Eleanor and baby Hal. And with all of you who read our story. Thank you. I’m honored with your friendship.
Thank you so much for coming and speaking to me today, Lord Henry. You are quite the swoon-worthy hero!
He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.
With such a hero as Lord Henry of Chauvere, you need to grab this book NOW!