Sunday, February 3, 2019

Medieval Monday: Welcome Back With First Encounters

 Welcome to the first Medieval Monday blog tour of the new year. To kick off 2019, the theme is a reader favorite, the hero and heroine's First Encounter. The first post features a book of choice from the blog host. This round, I've chosen one of my favorites from THE LADY OF THE FOREST, Henry and Katherine's story.

As usual, comment for a chance to win an ebook of your choice at the end of the three-month blog tour. And now--

Nottinghamshire, England
October 1197     

           He was a fine specimen of a knight. Pity he had to die.
Lady Katherine, late of Stonehill Castle, straddled a low-slung branch and watched the
intruder work toward her. Closer he came, guiding his black gelding in a careful walk as he searched the October leaves mounding the forest floor.
Late-afternoon sun reflected off his arm, and she bit back a curse. The traitor wore chain mail beneath his deep green surcoat. Of course. Why would her task be easy? At least his coif lay folded back to expose his head. She could strike there.

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He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate's past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.



  1. I love this book!! Such a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love this, "He was a fine specimen of a knight. Pity he had to die." Great excerpt and story, Barbara!

  3. I appreciate it, Mary. Glad we're on our way again :)

  4. Great opening line! The Lady of the Forest deserves a re-read :)

  5. Wonderful excerpt, Barb. I really have to read this book!

    1. Oh, Judith, I hope you get the chance soon :) Thanks!

  6. I agree with Mary. That line is awesome!

    1. Sometimes the words just come...and sometimes they have to be wrung out, right? This line was one of the first kind, thank goodness. thanks, Ruth.