Welcome, Barb! We're glad to have you in the round corral this weekend!
Thanks for having me here to help celebrate the re-release of SILVERHAWK and THE HEART OF THE PHOENIX. But today I’d love to talk about the first book, SILVERHAWK, Sir Giles and Emelin’s story.
I’m celebrating by offering a copy of either book to one commenter.
Tell us about a favorite character from your book.
Oh, my, that’s hard to do. Everyone in SILVERHAWK is a favorite of mine. I adore Sir Giles, of course. He’s a mercenary whose heart isn’t as hard as everyone thinks—even himself. But today, I think my favorite character is Emeline.
Up to the day she meets Giles, she’s had little control over her life. But when he kidnaps her, she discovers she’s capable of making decisions, taking action, even rebelling against the mercenary who threatens her dream of marriage and a family. Even if the marriage is to a man not of her choosing.
I love her subtle humor, her strong spirit, and the courage and determination she shows when she tries, again and again, to escape from her captor, in spite of the attraction between them. And when she’s faced with the ultimate choice—the man her brother has betrothed her to or the mercenary who has kidnapped her—she has the spunk to make her own decision.
Here’s the blurb, so you’ll see what I mean:
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.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I have a day job—I teach English—so I do a lot of essay grading at home. Otherwise, I love to read, catch movies or theatre with friends, and best of all, spend time with grandchildren. They’re growing up so fast, though, that time is slipping away.
Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she briefly considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math.
She now lives in Missouri, where by day she’s a mild-mannered English teacher, and by night she’s an intrepid plotter of tales featuring heroines to die for—and heroes to live for.
Find the book at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1WTz3KJ