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.
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