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Like the other Royal Wedding stories, RUMORS AT COURT, out in May, features a solo heroine on the cover. Valerie of Florham is a widow, so at the beginning of the book, she is dressed in mourning, not with head uncovered and bare neck you see on the cover! But this image is symbolic of the moment in the book in which she kisses the hero for the first time and he asks that she put her mourning aside. I love the rich fabric and the castle courtyard looks much the way I pictured the hero’s home.
As with the two other Royal Wedding Stories, this one incorporates real historical figures as characters, in this case two of King Edward III’s younger sons, John, Duke of Lancaster, and Edmund, later Duke of York. The brothers married sisters, heirs to the throne of Castile (Spain).
Valerie, the heroine of the book, is a widow, serving the Castilian queen in exile. Gilbert, the hero, is in the service of John of Gaunt, who styles himself the king of Castile. Here’s a peek at their story, as teased in the book’s back cover copy:
I also want to give a shout out of thanks to Deborah Kinnard, a long time writer friend who was kind enough, and qualified enough, to save me from the errors of Google translate for the few phrases of Castilian (Spanish) I used in the book. Deb writes Christian fiction, both contemporary and time travel, and she’s a fellow lover of the medieval time period. “Their mindset was very different than ours,” she says. “The differences make for compelling fiction. For one thing, our medieval characters live and walk and work with their faith as an ever-present part of their lives. It informs the choices they make and the way they see the world.”
Finally, more news from me on RUMORS AT COURT as we get closer, but I’ve written a blog on the book, along with an excerpt, at Unusual Historicals. Enjoy!
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