Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/27/19 Betrayal: “Let the Bedding be Done”

My 10 year celebration continues with the reveal of the new cover for Betrayal. 🙂

 

 

Betrayal is the second book of Time Enough to Love. 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.

In this book, Alyse has been given the devastating news that Geoffrey has been forced to marry another woman. Her grief is monumental, however, she is forced by circumstances to marry Thomas. In this snippet, they are undergoing one of the more embarrassing marriage customs of the Middle Ages: bedding the bride.

(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)

“The wedding is done,” Thomas nodded to his attendants, who stepped forward, “let the bedding be done as well.” Stretching forth his arms, he waited as the men stripped the robe from him, revealing his perfectly nude body beneath.

A brisk hum echoed around the room as the whispered comments of the ladies merged with the bawdy japes of the gentlemen. Thomas stood unflinching, a slight smile still on his lips.

Alyse’s mouth dropped open, and her gaze raced over his form as she tried to look everywhere and nowhere at once: his shoulders, smooth and broad, showed strength from wielding his sword these many years; the arms that had held her were now bare and sculpted like a statue’s. Her gaze slipped lower, to his chest matted thickly with pale hair over well-defined muscles. She tried to stop there, to force her eyes back to his face. But she had seen his shaft, jutting boldly from a golden bush. Heat rushed to her cheeks; she could no longer deny that their bedding tonight would completely consummate their marriage–whether she agreed or not. How else would the witnesses be satisfied?

If you’d like to learn more about this unusual custom, click here for my blog post on the subject.

BLURB:  

The worst betrayals come from within.

After a night of passion with her betrothed, Sir Geoffrey Longford, Lady Alyse de Courcy is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love.

A reputed connoisseur of women, Thomas, Lord Braeton, has dallied with many ladies of King Edward’s court, although he has favored none. However, as Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, and Thomas discovers Alyse’s sweet but spirited nature, he comes to desire a marriage in truth. Can he overcome her memory of Geoffrey or is Thomas doomed to burn with passion for a woman he can never possess?

Betrayal is available on sale for .99 on Amazon for two more days!

Time Enough to Love is available on sale until January 31 for $2.99 on Amazon.

And now for the Rafflecopter giveaway. To celebrate my 10th year as a writer, I’m giving away a $25.00 gift card to Amazon. Just click here and you can enter to win by random drawing in several different ways. The drawing will be held on January 31.

Next week I’ll be moving on to Beleaguered, the final  cover of the series I’m revealing this Wednesday on my blog.

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

 

 

 

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19 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/27/19 Betrayal: “Let the Bedding be Done”

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    That couldn’t have been easy for anyone except exhibitionists! That’s even more invasive than hanging up bloody linens as “proof” of the bride’s virginity.

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  2. I don’t know about the witnesses, but I have a feeling the bride will definitely be satisfied!

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  3. It was a most embarrassing custom, wasn’t it?

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  4. Diane Burton says:

    How embarrassing for her. Not for him. He seems to be preening. If she’s already had her intimate relations, she’s going to have be to a good actress.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, Alyse has always hated to be the center of attention, so this is kind of hell on earth. And Thomas knows she slept with Geoffrey (he actually saw them in bed). He actually married her to save her reputation. Quite the hero of this book. 🙂

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  5. Shame that her special night is marred by a bunch of weirdos watching. Medieval bedding ceremonies were always super creepy to me. :S

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      They would not be most brides’ favorite thing, I’m sure. But the night isn’t quite that special for Alyse, as currently her heart belongs to another–and they did have their special night without an audience. 🙂

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  6. Ed Hoornaert says:

    In some other book — maybe by Jo Beverley? Jane Feather? — I read about this custom. Talk about pressure to perform, though.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      You’re right, Ed. There’s a scene in Jo Beverley’s Lord of Midnight where it’s made mention of and the King is the one who presides over this. Great book! And indeed, I think performance anxiety would have been a problem. LOL

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  7. Oh my, that cover is downright gorgeous! I think I do like this one better than the first. 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks so much, Teresa! As it’s more “realistic” than the first one, I think the pose fits so much better with the story and the idea of betrayal. I absolutely love it! 🙂

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  8. Glad some traditions no longer apply! But he certainly didn’t seem to mind being the center of attention. Poor Alyse! Quite an excellent excerpt…

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Veronica! Thomas is characterized in the first book as sort of a medieval “playboy” who is very sensual and cocky. In this scene I wanted him to seem very nonchalant about the event and his own nudity, then when he’s in bed with Alyse, behind curtains, we see he’s trying to allay her fears.

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  9. nancygideon says:

    Thank goodness we have cable TV now to satisfy voyeurs. What a horrible spot for an innocent but apparently he has no problem rising to the occasion. Such a realistic scene.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy! I did try to make it as realistic as possible, so readers could experience the embarrassment and discomfort Alyse felt, even though it would not have been an unusual situation.

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  10. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Witnesses? Glad times have changed! I can’t imagine.

    Your new covers are so beautiful!! 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, they did, in some cases (usually with royalty and nobility). They wanted to make sure the succession was being perpetuated by the real husband, apparently. 🙂 Yeah, I’m really glad that custom was discontinued. LOL

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  11. Always serious combined with charm. I so enjoy your stories, so clever and delightful.

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