This is Etti’s view when she looks outside her gypsy wagon. When the story begins, eleven-year-old Etti and her kumpania of fifty relatives and friends are traveling to the horse fair in France. The year is 1401. (Photo compliments of pixabay.com.)
I’ve started writing my new novel! The working title is Etti’s Love. I always find the title to be as much of an adventure as the story, and I know there will be many attempts until the perfect title finally comes to me.
Etti’s Love is a prequel novella in my Coin Forest series. It’s Etti’s story, and she is a fascinating character. She has chosen a most unusual pet, and it’s causing conflict and ill feelings among her family members.
- As we near the July 15 release of Crimson Secret, I’ve entered a Goodreads Giveaway! Ten lucky winners will get a signed print copy of Crimson Secret, 4th book in the #1 Amazon Bestselling series! To enter, go to CRIMSON SECRET GIVEAWAY
Tense with the treachery of medieval battle–colorful with the forgotten charms of a living bridge–and perilous when young lovers dare to pursue the forbidden.
Master bridge builder Luke Penry is a known traitor, committed to destroying Joya’s beloved Queen argaret so the Duke of York can rule. Like her noble family, Joya is deeply devoted to saving her and keeping King Henry VI on the throne. They’re both right, both wrong, both lost in the heat of unbridled passion and growing uncertainties. It’s a dance of imperiled love amid the War of the Roses, and time is running out to reveal their true loyalties.
“…political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride. Recommended for fans of star-crossed lovers. –Library Journal
“A freshly imagined setting filled with intrigue and passion–loved it!” –USA Today Bestselling Author Cassie Miles
The excitement mounts! I just received notice of The Library Journal’s review of Crimson Secret! “Political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride. Recommended for fans of star-crossed lovers.”
And from USA Today Bestselling Author Cassie Miles: “A freshly imagined setting filled with intrigue and passion — loved it!”
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author Peggy Waide says, “Romance, intrigue and lush historical details. Crimson Secret has it all.”
This is my first novel released as both an eBook and a paperback novel, which just adds to the fun. Finally, those who prefer a print copy will have that option.
It’s the fourth book in the international award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling Coin Forest series.
Master bridge builder Lord Penry is a known traitor, committed to destroying Joya’s beloved queen so the Duke of York can rule. Like her noble family, Joya is deeply devoted to saving her and keeping King Henry VI on the throne. They’re both right, both wrong, both lost in the heat of unbridled passion and growing uncertainties. It’s a dance of imperiled love amid the War of the Roses, and time is running out to reveal their true loyalties.
Also, I’m running a giveaway on Goodreads, so you can get it for free! As soon as they provide it, I’ll post the Goodreads icon so you can click on it to enter the giveaway. I’m providing ten free books, so the odds are in your favor!
If you’d like a guaranteed copy, Crimson Secret is available now for preorder on amazon.com
Jalena Penaligon has done it again! She far surpassed my hopes and created a stunning cover for EMERALD SILK, the second novel in my COIN FOREST series! Kadriya appeared in Book One of the series as a young girl, spirited, determined, and loyal to Sharai, the girl who took her in as an infant. They grew up together, becoming closer than sisters, and faced death-defying moments together. But Kadriya is half English, half Gypsy, searching her heart to learn on which ethnic shore she belongs. This cover captures her determination and spirit.
John Wynter is a tortured soul. He delivers Kadriya’s Gypsy fiancé to the gallows for theft of a ceremonial chalice. Long-ago fears have hardened to hatred and Sir John loathes foreigners. His bigotry blinds him, and if this fierce knight cannot overcome it, he may fail in his duty. In a single bell’s toll, their life and happiness rest on finding the power of love—and one elusive chalice. His inner struggle is laid bare in this cover.
EMERALD SILK releases in just four days!! You can read more and order at http://tinyurl.com/pm4lj5q
My kitchen Valentine display
In researching the history of Valentine’s Day, many theories surface of how this lover’s holiday came to be. According to my trusty Encylopaedia Britannica, the custom of sending a greeting card has no connection with the two St. Valentines or with any stories connected with their lives. It’s believed that the valentine was the first of all greeting cards. The paper valentine dates from some time in the sixteenth century. In the early 1800s hand-painted copperplates were made to meet large demands. The copperplates were followed by woodcuts and lithographs.
According to http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm, Chaucer had a significant role in creating this romantic tradition. This site says, “In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In medieval France and England it was believed that birds mated on February 14, and the image of birds as the symbol of lovers began to appear in poems dedicated to the day. In Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked:
“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”
Whatever the origins, it’s a special day for those who believe in the joy of romance. If you’d like to celebrate by reading one of my historical romances, or by presenting it as a gift to someone special in your life, I would be honored. My website features a chapter one excerpt of both Emerald Silk and Tabor’s Trinket, complete with reviews and where to order.
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!