Monday, July 29, 2019

Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis - Excerpt #6

Welcome to week six of Medieval Monday. Today I'm hosting Barbara Bettis.
Paxton, brave night is reporting on a battle to Prince John, who he seems to have interrupted at a particularly personal time. I really don't like this prince.

Excerpt # 6
Prince John’s pacing ended in front of Paxton, who wove slightly in pain and exhaustion. 
The prince pointed to a bench near the hearth. “Sit before you fall.” 

His mouth pursed, John stared at him. “And what does the king say of the matter?”

“In the confusion of fighting, he couldn’t see the attackers clearly. I suggested someone may have followed from Mainz, people unhappy with the terms of his ransom. The dead carried no identification, just as instructed. Richard is convinced they were outlaws on the prowl for rich travelers.”

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For This Knight Only
He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him.  If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.   

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.


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3 comments:

Rue Allyn said...

Love this story, Barbara.

Mary Morgan said...

Great snippet, Barbara! Happy Medieval Monday!

Judith Sterling said...

Intriguing, Barb! :)