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?
We are still in Chapter 7, where Alyse is trying to make Geoffrey understand her concerns about the banns. Enjoy!
Only the tight, thin line of his lips betrayed his anger. Hurt, however, lurked deep in his eyes, summoned by his assumption of her continued rejection. He stood stoically ready to face her ire.
But it no longer existed.
Alyse sighed, her resentment draining away. “Nay, good my lord, never say that I have no regard for you, for ’tis false.” She spoke softly and avoided his eyes. Shame at her thoughtless words ate at her. “I believe you an honorable man and I have accepted our coming marriage.” She risked a glance at him.
And a little more for good measure…
His gaze flicked over her face doubtfully. “Then why, sweet lady, did you look like a heavy storm was brewing in your face? Tell me what is wrong, sweetheart, if ’tis not the banns?”
“But it is the banns!”
He stepped back, his mouth pursing with impatience. “Alyse, we have but little time. I must attend the king yet I have news that will not wait.”
She breathed deeply and shook her head. “’Tis not the reading of the banns that distresses me, my lord. But rather standing in front of the whole church, on display for everyone to gawk at that frets me. Everyone seems to stare only at me, looking for faults that can later be bandied about in conversation. And not just today,” she mourned, “but twice more we shall have to stand there, for all the world to see.”
His lips twitched.
If he laughs, I will curse him.
That is all for Time Enough to Love. Next week I’ll begin with snippets from my current WIP, Until I’m Safe in Your Arms releasing from Dragonblade Publishing in April 2023.
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!
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This story … ❤
Reading this snippet reminded me how bittersweet this story is, all over again. You've created the most exceptional conflict I've ever read! It wasn't just the characters' conflict. It was mine, too. I didn't know who to root for. I liked Geoffrey and I liked Thomas (even when I thought I wouldn't). And I liked Alyse.
One of my favorite book series.
I understand how she feels. I’m glad she told him.
She is over sensitive to the attention. It’s good she feels free to explain to him.
As an introvert – I totally understand and what a horrible thing to have to go through. 3 times!!!
Uh oh, he’d better choose any words carefully! I thought this book was excellent and enjoyed the snippet today.
I can totally sympathize with that concern. Being the centre of attention isn’t a fun experience for many people.