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 Vengeance—originally published in paperback and now available in eBook—I 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!
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