I had so much fun this winter meeting fellow medieval historical romance authors through our Medieval Monday exchange. When I asked was asked to participate again, I leapt at the opportunity!
So on this first day of Round 2 of Medieval Monday, I get to spotlight my very own book. Music For My Soul was my debut novel released in May 2013, and stories have poured from me ever since. Besides Music For My Soul, I’ve released another medieval, A Bit of Heaven on Earth, which was featured in Round 1 of Medieval Monday. I’ve also had four western historical romances come out, the latest last week when Ballad Beauty was released.
While I’ll always write historical romances set in the medieval or frontier eras, I’m also branching out into romantic suspense. I’m excited that my first in this genre is Leave Yesterday Behind, which will be on sale in June. My goal is to alternate historicals with suspense titles, so this fall another medieval, A Knight for Kallen, will be published. Then in early 2016 another suspense, Illusions of Death, will follow.
Thanks for following me on this writing journey. I love sharing my “people” with readers and hope to entertain you for many years to come. So without further adieu, let me get Medieval Monday rolling with Madeleine & Garrett’s love story—Music For My Soul.
As the third wife of an abusive French vineyard owner, Madeleine Bouchard hasn’t produced the expected heir after three years of marriage. Fearing he plans to kill her, she flees during a trip to England. Unable to make her way home, she joins a troupe of traveling mummers and reinvents herself as the only woman troubadour in the land, captivating audiences with both song and story.
Nobleman Garrett Montayne’s fascination with Madeleine causes him to pay the troupe to bypass their next stop in order to journey to his estate. Though he suspects Madeleine of being a thief with dark secrets, love blossoms between them under the magical moon of summer solstice.
But Madeleine’s past is about to catch up with her, as her husband is set to arrive to conduct business with Garrett. Madeleine determines to free herself from her loveless marriage and make a new life with Garrett, no matter what the cost.
Garrett peered into the angry face of the woman who haunted his dreams by night and left him absent-minded by day. Their encounter had been brief, but he doubted he had ever met a more remarkable woman. Not even his petite Lynnette had brought such a sweet longing to his loins as did the bewitching creature before him.
Her honeyed hair, loosened from its intricate braid, curled around her shoulders. Tiny beads of sweat had formed just above her upper lip. Without thinking, Garrett reached his thumb towards her and wiped it away. She flinched slightly, her dark, amethyst eyes glowering at him.
Garrett smiled in spite of himself, offering her a hand to pull her to her feet. He had forgotten how very tall she was as she stared at him, her cheeks flushed with anger.
“Perhaps we could arrange a trade?” he suggested.
She eyed him suspiciously. “I’m not sure if I could trust you, my lord,” she countered.
“Trust me?” he sputtered. “This, from the woman who traipsed about the countryside claiming to be my wife?”
She shrugged nonchalantly, an almost Gallic air about her. She didn’t sound French, but there was an unmistakable manner to her movement. Garrett spent enough time in France to recognize the behavior. However, when she spoke, he quickly put it from his mind.
“I chose a bloody awful name to scare away anyone who accosted me on the road! How was I to know I’d run into you?” She snorted in an unladylike fashion. “I had heard tales of the wicked Lord Montayne, how he frightened old and young alike and gobbled up babes for his dinner. Why, the very mention of his name would cause grown men to plead for their lives and their loved ones. Oh, no, my lord, I was an honest liar. You were the one who resorted to trickery and hid your true identity from me.”
Her accusation so startled Garrett his jaw flew open. No sound came out for a moment. The woman lifted her chin high and turned on her heel. That brought Garrett into motion.
He grabbed her elbow and pulled her around to face him. “Not so fast, my lady.” He studied her a second. Her eyes narrowed at him, but she remained silent. Finally faced with her visage square in front of him, Garrett was at a loss of what to do. His emotions swirled out of control as he spoke.
“’Tis curiosity,” he sputtered.
She looked puzzled. “Curiosity?” she echoed.
He nodded, his words spilling forth rapidly. “I know not who you are, nor where you come from. I’ve dreamed of you since that night only to awaken to an emptiness.” His voice became low and tinged with sadness. “I don’t even know your name.”
(Each week as you’re introduced to new authors and medieval historical romances, the buy links will be available after the blurb and excerpt. Hope you find you’re exposed to some wonderful books through this blog exchange!)
Barnes & Noble print copy: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/music-for-my-soul-lauren-linwood/1119639140?ean=9781619354418