HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME!
This coming Wednesday, January 9, I will be celebrating my 10-year anniversary as a writer! To celebrate I’ll be having a big anniversary party on my blog that day, with games and giveaways and revealing my new set of covers for the first books I wrote, the Time Enough to Love series. So I thought I’d begin January with the beginning of the book (the series was originally intended to be one book). This is the cover of the print edition. You’ll have to wait for next week for the brand new version. 🙂
I’m beginning at the beginning. It is 1348 in England, at the court of King Edward III. Edward’s daughter, Princess Joanna, is about to journey to Spain to marry Prince Pedro. This is the story of some of the princess’s courtiers.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
Where is he? Furtive looks up and down the Hall proved futile.
Despite her distraction, she managed to maintain the proper distance behind Princess Joanna as they headed toward the royal dais at the end of the Hall. As they neared his usual table, Alyse craned her neck, searching the various groups of nobles–he was not there. Her heart gave a strange little skip, and her lips quivered as disappointment washed over her; she had waited all day for this one chance and now he had not appeared.
The princess continued to her accustomed place with the royal family while Alyse turned toward the trestle tables set up on the left side of the Hall for the attendants; she joined Lady Maurya Wakefield and her husband Sir John at the table closest to the dais, all the while busily searching the courtiers.
“Your father has still not sent word?”
A sharp poke in her arm made Alyse jump. “Oh, I beg pardon, Maurya, but no, he has not given me the merest hint,” she replied absently as she scrutinized a new courtier entering the Hall.
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?
Time Enough to Love is available on Amazon .
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Time Enough to Love series by Jenna Jaxon