Winter 2017   

Happy New Year!

Friends:

I hope the holiday season and the dawn of 2017 have left you ready for a wonderful new year.

For me, I’m looking forward to the publication of RUMORS AT COURT in May, 2017. As with the two other Royal Wedding Stories, this one incorporates real historical figures as characters, in this case two of King Edward III’s younger sons, John, Duke of Lancaster, and Edmund, later Duke of York. The brothers married sisters, heirs to the throne of Castile (Spain).

Valerie, the heroine of the book, is a widow, serving the Castilian queen in exile. Gilbert, the hero, is in the service of John of Gaunt, who styles himself the king of Castile. Here’s a peek at their story, as teased in the book’s back cover copy:
 
Wed by royal command!

Widow Valerie of Florham wants nothing more than to forget her abusive marriage and live peacefully at the mercy of no man. She'd never have dreamed of a liaison with handsome Sir Gil Wolford, but then comes a royal decree—they must wed!

Gil craves military conquest in Castile, far from his haunted past. Marriage to Lady Valerie is the last thing he should want, yet both have truths to hide from the rumormongers at court. They have no choice…and, once wed, the marriage bed changes everything!
 
If you want a bit more about the story, I’ll be writing about them on the Unusual Historicals blog January 18.

While all three Royal Weddings stories stand alone, Sir Gilbert was a secondary character in WHISPERS AT COURT, so if you want to catch up, that book and SECRETS AT COURT, the first, are still available.

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Here’s to all the best for 2017,