Catherine Kean, A KNIGHT’S PERSUASION and a giveaway

 

Have you ever met a fictional character who is so deliciously wicked, you can’t stand the thought of him or her being killed off?  That’s how I felt about Veronique Desjardin, a beautiful and ambitious courtesan I introduced to readers in my medieval romance A Knight’s Vengeance.  She was so ruthless, so determined to have her way, that I decided she deserved a place in more than one book.

A good thing, too.

When I wrote A Knight’s Vengeanceoriginally published in paperback and now available in eBookI didn’t intend for it to be the first novel in a series.  However, the more I thought about follow-on stories, the more my creative muse bombarded me with ideas.  These weren’t little suggestions of ideas, either, but exciting, rich-in-meaty-plot ways to expand upon the medieval world I’d invented.

There’s nothing more inspiring for an author than, well, inspiration.  Why not spend more time with the characters I’d grown to love when writing Vengeance?  I had a fabulous cast of secondary male characters, all gorgeous, ambitious knights who deserved to be heroes of their own books and to find their lady loves.  My award-winning Knight’s Series was born.

 

A Knight’s Persuasion, released days ago in eBook, is the latest installment and takes place in the fictional county of Moydenshire, England, in the early 13th century.  While it’s the fourth title in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  So can all of the other novels.

Twenty-year-old Edouard de Lanceau is the hero of A Knight’s Persuasion.  A trained knight who lives his life by the code of chivalry, he’s familiar to my readers as the son and heir of Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau from Vengeance.  Also returning are the ravishing but bloodthirsty Veronique (one of my favorite characters, because she’s SO evil!), and her illegitimate son, Tye.  He last appeared as a fussy toddler in A Knight’s Temptation (Book 3), but he’s now a grown warrior.  He was raised by his mother to one day kill the man she claims is Tye’s father but who refuses to accept him as his child: Geoffrey.

What binds these bitter enemies together is the heroine, Lady Juliana de Greyne.  Edouard was almost betrothed to her.  Their blossoming romance ended badly because of a foolish bet between Edouard and a friend.  Edouard soon found himself tricked into a betrothal to Juliana’s sister, even though he desired only Juliana.  Months later, while on an important mission on behalf of his father, he’s shocked to find Juliana lying in a river, unconscious from a bad head wound.

Still harboring strong feelings for her, Edouard takes her to the nearest castle where she was said to be living, so she can be tended by the healer.  Not expecting an ambush, he is overpowered and taken prisoner by Veronique and Tye.  They plan to use him to lure Geoffrey into a murderous trap.  Once his lordship is dead, they will kill Edouard and lay claim to Moydenshire.

Edouard is chained in a cold tower, with the lovely Juliana as his cellmate.  Convinced she knows something important,  which is why she was left for dead in the river, he asks Juliana to tell him what happened to her, but she can’t remember.  She can’t even recall her own name, or ever meeting him, and that terrifies her.  Fighting his love for her, Edouard tries to win her trust and help him escape—before Veronique and Tye fulfill their ambitions.

The unraveling story is packed with danger, adventure, simmering passion, and excitement—hallmarks, I am told, of my previous Knight’s Series books.  As with my other novels, I leave enough threads to weave into a fifth and final novel.  After all, bad-boy Tye does deserve his own book.  While I don’t want to reveal exactly how things end up between Edouard and Juliana, I will say that when it comes to true love, there’s no denying the seductive power of A Knight’s Persuasion.

 

Catherine is generously giving away 2 (two) kindle copies of A KNIGHT’S PERSUASION  to 2 (two) lucky commenters!

Giveaway ends @12 a.m. est  9-18-12 with winners announced shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

 

For more information on Catherine’s medieval historical romances, and to read an excerpt from A Knight’s Persuasion,

please visit her website.

You can also find Catherine on FB.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Love the excerpt and the cover!
    Yvette

  2. Beautiful cover art!! I love this time period!! Thanks for writing about it!

  3. Hi, Yvette! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt! 🙂 I really like the cover, too. 🙂 There’s something so deliciously sexy about that breathless moment before the hero and heroine kiss, and this cover captures that perfectly.

  4. Hello, CateS! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment on my cover. I adore the Middle Ages, too–although I’m glad I wasn’t born back in that time. I don’t think I could survive without a fridge, stove, and hot water (and yes, I’m a wimp).

  5. Oh, Catherine! I’m so excited to hear about this series. You’re lush Historicals never disappoint, and I loved Vengeance. I can’t wait to read Persuasion and Temptation now. Congrats and best of luck!!

  6. Congratulations on the new release! I love your books and am excited about this book. Thank you for the giveaway…..

  7. Loved a Knight’s Vengence. Can’t wait to read this one too!

  8. Hi, JoMarie! 🙂 It’s lovely to “see” you here, my talented author friend! 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words about my books. So glad to hear you loved VENGEANCE, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  9. Hi, KimberleyC! Thanks so much for your congratulations; releasing a new eBook is definitely a reason to celebrate. 🙂 I think there’s some champagne in my fridge somewhere… I’m delighted to hear you love my books–Hooray!!! Thank you!!–and I hope you enjoy A KNIGHT’S PERSUASION. By the way, I love that cute kitty pic! I adore cats and have two myself. And yes, they have me totally wrapped around their little fuzzy paws.

  10. Hello, LilMissMolly! 🙂 It’s every author’s dream to hear a reader say “I loved your book!” I’m so pleased you enjoyed VENGEANCE. That was one of my favorite books to write, and I still think very fondly of Geoffrey and Elizabeth. I hope you like PERSUASION. 🙂

  11. Oh my! When I saw this in my e-mail, I ran right in here! 🙂

    The medieval era is my favorite! I’ve used the screen name leahluvsmedieval for years now. It’s like I cannot read enough about the history or read enough historical romance and historical fiction books set in this time. The Plantagenet reign is my favorite.

    Your books sound wonderful and are on my wishlist. I look forward to entering your character’s world! Thank you for the chance in the giveaway.

  12. Hello, Leah! 🙂 It’s a pleasure to “meet” you, fellow fan of the Middle Ages! 🙂 Thanks so much for putting my books on your wishlist.

  13. Congrats on the book! They all sound good.

  14. Catherine’s lucky giveaway recipients are, JoMarie DeGioia and Leah Weller.

    Check your emails, including your spam.

    Thanks to everyone who visited Catherine. Hope to see y’all often.

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