I love this time of year. Not only is everything green (my favorite color) but all around me starts Renaissance Festival season. I love the medieval flavor of a good fest, historical accuracy notwithstanding. Just the atmosphere takes me back. And so does a good Medieval Romance. Few people do those better than my guest for today’s Medieval Hop, Laurel O’Donnell. Laurel lives in Illinois with her four cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing. Here is an excerpt from her award-winning book, Angel’s Assassin.
EXCERPT: “You knew she wasn’t dead because you brought her back to her father.” Roke stood before the flaming hearth, the firelight making him glow like some evil demon. “I will ask you one more time. Why did you come back to Castle Roke?”
He knew! Damn him to hell, he already knew! This was another game he was playing. “To kill you,” he said quietly. In the next moment, Damien had his sword out.
He heard the pounding footsteps of Cyclops before he could swing at Roke. He whirled, assessing the charging giant’s position in barely the time it took to blink, and let fly the dagger in his hand. It hit the one eyed man square in his remaining good eye and the big man dropped.
Damien spun back to finish Roke, but he was gone.
BLURB: Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…
Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.
When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.
Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.
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