Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Barbara Bettis Talks Mercenaries and Silverhawk on Amazon #FREE! #TWRP

Today is a special day! The Wild Rose Press author Barbara Bettis is here, chatting about her medieval romance, Silverhawk. We also get a little background on mercenaries and life in that era. I'm so excited since this is a favorite historical era for me. She's also got a little contest for comment leavers! 




Hello, Mia. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. It’s a Special Day. Today marks the first free day for my book. Yep, SILVERHAWK is FREE for download from Amazon. 

Here’s the link: Amazon Link for Silverhawk

And to celebrate, I’m offering a $10 Amazon Gift Card for one commenter.

Giles and Emelin are very special to me. The story grew out of research I’d done for another project. I was fascinated by mercenaries, and the wide range in backgrounds of the men who made up those soldiers for hire. The majority of them had no land, no money except for what they earned fighting or, when the years allowed, tournaments. Sources report that mercenaries were generally regarded with suspicion by many people. Not all mercenaries were violent renegades, by far. Richard I (the Lionheart) put a great deal of trust in his mercenary captain Mercadier. 

Sir Giles, an orphan whose father abandoned his mother, was destined to become a leader in Mercadier’s troop. Giles’ eventual fame as a fighter gave him a notoriety that transcended countries (even without paparazzi and tabloids. LOL)

Equally fascinating—sad, actually—was the limited opportunities for ladies in that era. Most were at the mercy of the men in the lives, from fathers to brothers to husbands. Any one of those men could consign them to a convent (or other such religious place for women), there to finish their lives. Unless a rescue occurred, as happened with Lady Emelin, who was offered an unexpected marriage. She had been consigned to a convent by her brother after her first betrothed died in the crusade. Only the desire by an old—and rich—lord for a male heir prompted her brother to recall her existence.

It seemed inevitable these two unlikely people, Giles and Emelin, be thrown together. 

I grew to like them so much, I was actually sorry to see their story end. LOL. 

Here’s the blurb for Silverhawk:

He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.

Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.

Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape

Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them. For he’s everything a proper lady should never want, and she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.


Of course, the story has an HEA. It’s a romance, after all. But it’s a pretty close race, all the same. J

What about you? Do you have favorite characters? Do you have trouble letting them go?

Don’t forget the drawing—please leave your email address when you comment.


Please visit Barbara Bettis on the web


Cheryl M said...

Oh, I do so love anything medieval. Cut my teeth, so to speak, on medieval romance reading novels by Bertrice Small. Look forward to reading this one.


Mia Downing said...

I just LOVE the concept of this book. She has a lot of great reviews, too! I'm really excited to pick it up. :)

Lee said...

OH mercanaries! I like that! This sounds like a wonderful story!!!

Barbara said...

Mia, Thanks so much for the wonderful post here. I'm sorry I couldn't get over sooner because of work. I so appreciate you hospitality.

Barbara said...

Hi Cheryl M., and thanks for stopping by. I've love tales of knights and ladies sine King Arthur and his Round Table

Barbara said...

Lee, Thanks so much. Mercenaries have fascinated me, too, the poor, lonely guys. (Well, in my mind LOL) Glad you came by.

Laura Strickland said...

Wow, this sounds like my kind of book! I find the whole Medieval era romantic and the idea of a mercenary's life fascinating. I'm downloading the book tonight, and have a feeling not much is going to get done around my house till I finish it! Best of luck with the book.

Beth Trissel said...

I love this time period and really enjoyed this informative post. the story and characters sound fascinating.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

This book is waiting on my Kindle for me. I can't wait!! Good luck, and I wish you many sales. ella@ellaquinn.net

Barbara said...

Oh, Laura, you've made my day :) Thanks for stopping by.

Barbara said...

Thanks, Beth. Glad to find another Medieval fan:) Glad you came by.

Barbara said...

Hi Ella. And yours is going to be waiting on mine, as well. Good Luck to you.

Melissa Snark said...

I downloaded Silverhawke and posted to FB about it. This looks like a wonderful book. Good luck with your promotion.

Regina Paul said...

I totally know what you mean! Ending a book is the hardest part for me because I grow to know and love the characters so well. Silver Hawk looks great, I'll definitely be downloading my copy. LOL

Lyn Horner said...

I'm drooling over Silverhawk, Barb. Can't wait to read it!

Like you, I hate saying goodbye to my characters. They become part of my family.


Kim Muhl said...

Great sneak peak of Silverhawk. I'll be downloading it right away.

I do have a book "boyfriend" who I can't let go. Jake, from Mia's Spy Games series. I am so in love with him and his naughty ways. ::Sigh:: LOL


Lynne St. James said...

Silverhawk sounds great! I've always loved all the tales of the knights of King Arthur's time and I'll be heading over to Amazon to pick up my copy. I can't wait to read it!


Armenia said...

Silverhawk sounds wonderful, and I got my free download at Amazon tonight. Thank you.

I cut my teeth on medieval stories from Catherine Coulter's Earth Song, Fire Song, and Secret Song. I did love bad boy, Graelam de Moreton.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

valclarizio said...

Silverhawk sounds like a great read. I read mostly contemporary romantic suspense but just recently I've expanded my horizon to include medieval, and am finding them quite pleasing.

Rayne Golay said...

Medieval is rather unknown to me, but your writing shines and sparkles. The excerpt held my interest, and I want to know more. Sir Giles is the knight in shining armor if you'll excuse a cliche :).

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