Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Peace, Princess. Peace." An excerpt from Avalon Romance Held for Ransom



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I have an excerpt for you today from Held for Ransom, my new pre-Arthurian spanking romance. Crow, a half-Saxon mercenary knight has kidnapped Princess Ariana, a priestess of Avalon. When she attempts to escape by nearly stabbing his eye out with an eating knife, he whips her. Here's what happens afterward:

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The sound of a sniff stilled him. He turned to look at her, huddled on her side, her eyes squeezed closed, tears running down the bridge of her nose.

Curses.

He had not had the heart to whip her till she broke, but now, when it was all through, she cried. The sound of it pained him more than the deep gash on his face. He drew near and crouched beside her, reaching his hand for her shoulder, but stopping before he touched her. He had a feeling she knew of his presence and did not relish it. He doubted she would accept comfort from him.

A silent sob wracked her body. He had to try. He laid his hand over her small shoulder.

She opened her large green eyes. “Crow,” she croaked.

He was surprised to hear his nickname on her lips and he responded by scooping her into his arms, settling himself on the pallet, with his back against the wall and the princess curled in his lap. It was a breach of etiquette, but then so was whipping her.

He could think of no words, so he said nothing, just rubbed her back with one hand as he held the cloth to his face.

“Crow,” she repeated, sounding sorrowful.

“Peace, princess. Peace,” he said.

He breathed in the smell of her hair, relished the softness of her small body against his. In that moment, they were not princess and knight, nor priestess and initiate, not even prisoner and guard. They were simply a man and woman who had both hurt each other and were sorry for it.

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When Sir Gorran’s people disappear after a raid on a Saxon settlement, he kidnaps Princess Ariana, a priestess of Avalon, and demands their return. Though he knew he risked Ariana’s curse as well as a lifetime hiding from the king’s sword, he does not realize his greatest risk in holding the lovely princess for ransom is to his heart.

The intimacy shared with her kidnapper leaves Ariana wounded by the experience and his reappearance at the annual tournament only deepens her pain. When her brother foists him on her as a guardian and slave she must come to terms with her feelings for the dominant warrior. Will she send him away to his death, or will she realize her pain is only caused by living without him?

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8 comments:

  1. Loved it Renee! love the emotion and tenderness from him. "They were simply and man and a woman who had both hurt each other and were sorry for it ... wonderful! Congratulations on the release!

    Hugs,
    Roz

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  2. Congratulations on your new release, Renee!
    This was one of your best!
    I loved it!

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  3. More, I want more. I can't wait to read the rest. I love your stories of this genre

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  4. That made me teary. I started this last night - it's lovely Renee.

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  5. I just finished the book this morning. Excellent job Renee! I loved EVERY page of it. I did find time, yesterday, at work, to start it on my lunch break. Thank God for 60 min. lunch hours. I left you a Five Star on Amazon. Thanks for writing what I simply LOVE to read.

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    1. Aw, thank you-- you made my day!!! YAY!

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