One of the things I love most about the new year is all the new books coming out! Today, Lauren Linwood is here to tell us about her new historical romance, complete with knights in shining armor! Welcome Lauren!
The medieval era has fascinated me for many years, and I found the perfect twist to use when I was ironing one day. Yes, ironing! I don’t do it often, and I usually wait till I have a movie on my DVR to watch to help pass the time as I attack the mound of shirts that need to be ironed.
Unfortunately, no movies were awaiting me, so I dialed around and found a talk show to iron to. Did I ever hit it lucky! The host was interviewing a woman who claimed to see auras around people. She said these auras surrounded a person’s body and varied in shade.
That got the writer in me to thinking . . . what if a medieval woman could see auras?
Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.
Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.
Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?
She turned and smiled pleasantly as Griffith approached her. Suddenly, she caught a glimpse over his shoulder of another man, one she hadn’t spotted in the group before. She always casually studied a crowd, picking up on its differing colors, but this man had remained hidden to her. Until now.
Whoever he was, he wasn’t to be trusted. Of that, Kallen was certain.
Deep red surrounded his entire body, the band fairly glowing with immense anger. A solid band of black totally encircled his head. Kallen sensed a great evil within him. This man was strong and intelligent. And very dangerous.
“Are you ready to mount again and continue upon our journey?”
Kallen’s mouth went dry, and she nervously licked her lips before biting down upon them. She couldn’t guard her words, for she had none to give him.
Griffith laughed. “Surely the ride hasn’t been that painful? We are but a few hours into our travels, my lady.”
She turned and gazed into his eyes, eyes that were the deepest of blues. That tingling started again, and this time he hadn’t even touched her!
“No, my lord. I am ready to proceed. I just have a few more questions, ‘tis all.”
Griffith placed her upon Satan’s back and swung up behind her. She adjusted her skirts but tried to remain perched just away from his body.
“Please, my lady, lean into me some. We shall ride again even longer than before. I would think I could cushion you somewhat rather than see you jostled about.”
“Of course,” she murmured, easing back into his hard, muscled chest. His arms came about her as he took the reins and nudged Satan. As they rode, the man she’d spotted passed them. He nodded to Griffith before riding at a quick pace and was soon out of sight.
“Where goes that man, my lord?”
“That man is Rodger, my second-in-command. He rides ahead to check the roads, ‘tis all. Nothing for you to worry about, my lady.”
Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.