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Today I’m switching to the first of my medieval romances, Betrothal, Book 1 of my Time Enough to Love series. Betrothal is currently on sale this week for .99 on Amazon and Smashwords. It will be .99 on B & N as soon as the price change goes through.
Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.
When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…
Will he have time enough to win her love?
I’m starting a goodish way into the story. Lady Alyse de Courcy has been betrothed to a knight she has never met, a hulking warrior who she must wed in a matter of weeks before they accompany the Princess Joanna on her journey to Spain. Sir Geoffrey Longford has taken a liking to his little bride; Alyse, however, is slower to give her affection. This scene takes place just after the first banns have been read (banns–public announcement of the intention to wed– had to be read three times on successive Sundays before a wedding could take place) and Alyse’s shyness has become an issue.
We are in Alyse’s POV.
Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.
“Good morrow, Lady Alyse,” Geoffrey stopped short, “but what is amiss, my
lady? You look very unkindly for such a lovely morning.”
“What is amiss?” Alyse bristled, even more outraged that he did not immediately understand her fears, “You even need to ask what is amiss? Were you asleep when you stood before the altar that you did not see all the courtiers’ eyes on us–on me!” Her stomach clenched at the thought.
“You mean when the banns were read?”
Alyse gave him a withering look and stalked silently from the chapel.
“You did not wish to have the banns for our marriage read? Have you still no regard or trust for me then, Lady Alyse?” he said, an undertone of pique in his voice.
Betrothal is available for .99 on Amazon.
Time Enough to Love series by Jenna Jaxon
Check them out on my Amazon Author Page!