Feature Friday with Kathryn Le Veque
I’d like to welcome Kathryn Le Veque to the blog today! Thank you for joining us and sharing about your current release, Vestiges of Valor.
Please scroll down to find Kathryn’s Giveaway.
What inspired your current release?
One of the things I like to do when I plot a book is research – I love to read Medieval history because there are so many events that happened during that era that are stranger than life. The historical event that figures prominently in my coming release is the assassination of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas de Becket. It was really a comedy of misunderstandings that ended up getting that man killed, not the least of which was the Archbishop of York – Roger Pont l’Eveque (now, you just know I had to use this event if a potential ancestor of mine was involved in it!) crowned Henry II’s son, Young Henry, the King of England (even though Henry the King was still alive, it was a French tradition to crown the heirs as king before they were really king). Well, Roger and Henry really pissed Thomas off, and the events were sent in motion that would eventually lead to Thomas’ demise. What I did was imagine a knight being caught up in that mess and not really having a choice, thinking he was doing the king’s work when he had really been coerced into it. Makes for a complex and interesting tale.
How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
Ha! That’s easy – I start another novel. No kidding. I have no life!
What are you working on next?
After Vestiges of Valor, I will be working on a novel that my readers have waited a very long time for – a book called WARWOLFE, all about a crack squad of knights that headed up the Invasion of England in 1066.
VESTIGES OF VALOR
1170 A.D. – His name is Valor.
Sir Valor “Val” de Nerra is one of Henry II’s most trusted knights. As the Itinerant Justice of East Hampshire, Val’s word is law. A fair and just man, and a very handsome one, he enjoys a good deal of attention and respect. His life is a prestigious and wealthy one until he faces a decision one day that will change the course of his life.
Val must order the execution of his love’s brother.
Val has adored Lady Vesper since the moment they met. As he strives to win her back, the king orders Val to participate in an event that will shock the country for years to come – the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket.
Will he obey? Or will he refuse?
From a man who had enjoyed the wealth, love, and admiration of all to a man who falls swiftly from grace, be part of Val and Vesper’s journey as Val struggles to regain what he lost and comes to understand what is truly important in life in this novel of astonishing emotion, passion, and pain.
A knock on the door roused her from her thoughts. The chamber was so small that the door was literally right next to her. Rising from her stool, she cautiously opened the panel to find a handsome man standing there. Their eyes met and he smiled timidly.
“My lady,” he greeted. “I have come to escort you to sup. Are you ready?”
Although Vesper really didn’t recognize the man, she recognized the voice as that of her father’s friend, the very man who had invited them to feast. She opened the door wider, rather surprised by the vision in front of her; the man she’d seen back at Whitehill had been a big man with piercing green eyes and a bright smile of straight white teeth, but she’d been unable to see much more than that because he’d had a helm on that had obscured much of his face. Truthfully, she hadn’t paid any attention. But the man standing in front of her…
Now, she wished she’d paid more attention.
As she’d noticed at the first meeting, Val de Nerra was a very big man, broad-shouldered, but now that he wasn’t wearing his mail protection, she could see that he had a head of curly, dark hair and a square jaw. His skin was darker, too, as if he spent a lot of his time out in the sun, which made his bright eyes even brighter.
And that smile… Vesper wasn’t one to find attraction with men. In fact, they rather frightened her. But Val was the most attractive man she’d ever seen and that smile was a large part of it. Something about those big teeth made her heart flutter strangely.
“I am ready, my lord,” she said quickly, realizing that her mind had been wandering at the sight of him. “I am extremely grateful for your hospitality.”
Val’s gaze lingered on her, perhaps as appraisingly as hers had lingered on him. “It is my pleasure for my old friend and his daughter,” he said. “I only returned home a short while ago so I’ve not seen your father yet. Was your trip from Whitehill uneventful?”
Vesper nodded. “Uneventful, my lord,” she replied. “The weather was excellent and we suffered no difficulty.”
Val stepped away from the door, extending his hand to the stairs as if to invite her to follow him. “I am glad to hear that,” he said. “My mother said you were traveling on foot. What happened to your horses?”
Vesper faltered a bit, trying to appear as if she wasn’t. But she couldn’t think up a reasonable answer swiftly enough because she never thought this question would be asked. It was too close to the reason for their journey altogether.
My brother kept the horse….
“My… my father does not have any,” she lied. “I am sure he will tell you more about his situation this evening. Since it has been such a long time since you have seen him, I am sure there will be much to speak of.”
Val could see that he’d unbalanced her with a simple question. But her answer made him curious. “What situation?” he asked, but then it began to occur to him – his mother had mentioned how slovenly McCloud had appeared. Poverty, she’d said. Was it possible his old friend had fallen on hard times? “Forgive me, my lady – I do not mean to pry, but I am genuinely concerned for your father. He was a great friend to me in France. Is… is he in need of money? Of work?”
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She was also a quadruple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2015.
Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.
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