Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/15/2023 ~ Time Enough to Love ~ “God Have Mercy on Me”


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

I’m starting a new set of snippets this week, from the very first book I ever wrote. Time Enough to Love is the book of my heart and this month I put it up on Kindle Unlimited for the very first time. So to celebrate, I thought I’d take snippets from it for January before going on to one of my currebt WIPs. Some of you may remember these characters, but I hope everyone will enjoy their story.



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?

I’m starting at the beginning of Chapter 2, as Lady Alyse de Courcey is being introduced to the man she must marry. The king has just announced he will name the man now. Enjoy!


The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side.

“What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”

Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.

Not Lord Braeton.

Her numbed brain repeated the phrase, trying to comprehend that instead he would be her husband–Geoffrey Longford.

God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.

And a little more for good measure…

Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.

Geoffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.

Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.

Time Enough to Love, Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered are now all available on KU. Click each title to grab your copies!

Time Enough to Love Novels and Novellas 


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12 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 01/15/2023 ~ Time Enough to Love ~ “God Have Mercy on Me”

  1. Daryl Devore says:

    This is where linky sent me on Jan 22.


  2. And it just gets mnore complicated from here. I remember! Enjoyed the excerpt, sorry to be so late commenting.


  3. Diane Burton says:

    Wow. What a situation to be in. You show her nervousness and dismay well.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Daryl Devore says:

    What a horrible position to be in. Fingers crossed for her.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Poor nervous Alyse. I don’t think she needs to be afraid of him.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kate Warren says:

    He’s not going to denounce her. He’s going to say he won’t have to “act” at all, or something similar. It would be unchivalrous to do otherwise, and he’s not a bad guy. I do feel bad for Alyce, though.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Nancy Gideon says:

    A rock and a hard place. She doesn’t want to accept him but can’t stand the shame of him not accepting her. What a tangled web we weave . . .

    Liked by 1 person

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