Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Author’s Choice”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the 12th excerpt which is from Barbara Bettisbook, The Lady of the Forest.

At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.


(Fire was chancy.) No other method for distraction presented such an opportunity, however. Fire would claim the attention of every person at Stonehill, including the villagers. Even the guards would rally to fight the flames. Leaving all prisoners unattended.

The recent rains might have dampened the wood, but perhaps most remained dry enough to burn, at least enough to seem a threat. She counted on it.

Plenty of smoke to attract attention but slow-moving flames that could be extinguished before they spread to the castle or to the whole forest.

She’d start the fire herself and not endanger anyone else. Once the blaze caught, she’d slip through the gate to free Oscar and Henry. A tiny sigh escaped as she pressed her forehead against the door frame. The whole plan reeked of hastiness. Yet time and circumstance demanded quick action. She had no choice.

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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.


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