Dance of Love, her book included in the Magnificent Medieval Men Anthology!
I have a keen interest in genealogy, and this hobby (aka obsession) has had a tremendous influence on my stories. My medieval romances are about family honor, ancestry, and roots. Why medieval? I chose the medieval period because, again going to my interest in genealogy, as an amateur genealogist, I cherished a dream (as do many) of tracing my own English roots back to the Norman Conquest—an impossibility since I am not descended from nobility! So I made up a family and my stories follow its members and offshoot branches through successive generations.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research necessary to provide readers with an authentic medieval experience. I based the plot of my first novel, Conquering Passion, on a documented incident that actually happened to a Norman noblewoman.
Dance of Love is a story I’ve contributed to a new 4-book anthology entitled Magnificent Medieval Men. The authors I’ve partnered with are Catherine Kean, Kathryn Le Veque and Laurel O’Donnell. We call ourselves the Medieval Mavens.
At first, one might think Izzy de Montbryce, the hero of Dance of Love, isn’t very magnificent. He suffers from crippling arthritis which has gnarled his hands. He’s aware that women find his touch repulsive, and shies away from them. He’s become moody and antisocial.
Izzy may not have the hands of a warrior, but he has the heart of one, and when the woman he finally falls in love with is placed in grave danger he travels hundreds of miles to pursue her.
His hands are useless yet his love is so great he manages to save her from falling from a bridge into a raging torrent.
Medieval men were magnificent in that they had to fight to win and hold what was theirs. Some, like Izzy, had to overcome tremendous adversity in order to do so.
Dance of Love is one of the books in what I call my Wounded Warriors series. It’s the love story of a sullen, antisocial Norman nobleman and a girl who turns out to be the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish king.
Captured by Moors and imprisoned with her mother in Jerusalem, she has grown up in the harem, protected from defilement by mystical powers her Moorish master believes she possesses after she performs a miracle that saves his life.
Freed by Crusaders, she journeys to Normandy with the dying Crusader who saved her, and meets Izzy. With her knowledge of the healing recipes of Islamic physicians, only she can help him overcome the pain of his arthritic affliction.
But Farah bears scars of her own that only a miracle can heal.
Izzy and Farah eventually follow the Way of Saint James, the medieval pilgrimage route to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in search of their miracle.
I enjoyed learning about the medieval kings of Spain while researching this book and discovering something of the incredibly beautiful geography and history of Aragon and the Pyrenees.
Magnificent Medieval Men is a great value for your money at 99 cents (normally $4.99). Here’s the Kindle link.