When I wrote "Happily Ever After", my latest historical romance, I truly let myself be "swept away" by the story. As George Mather, the story's leading man, came alive on the page, he became a true knight -- although his armor wasn't exactly bright and shining. I won't divulge what his physical armor was made from, but I will share a few of his thoughts about another sort of armor he wore: an emotional armor.
George is a lonely man. Two years earlier, his wife passed away. Before she died, he swore to Margaret that he would never marry again. Now, Anne Hopkins has come into his life. He's drawn to her, but bound by the vow he made.
He and Anne have spent a bit of time planning a very special birthday celebration for his daughter's tenth birthday. The party will have a fairy-tale theme, and Sir George will ride his valiant white steed.
Here's a quick excerpt:
He made a courtly bow. “Good day, fair lady.”
The sound of Anne's laughter lingered in his mind and heart as he hurried toward the stable.
Ah, to be a true knight, to rescue damsels in distress. He had his horse, and, in truth, he had his armor too. No one could see it, but he felt its weight upon him. His unseen armor had protected his heart since Margaret's death. It had kept him true and faithful.
Only now, Anne had found a chink in it, had gotten through it.
Sometimes when he thought about her—and even though he'd managed to avoid seeing her all week, he hadn't found a way to keep her from his thoughts—he wished he could throw off his armor.
But promises were sacred, love was forever, and marriage vows could not be broken.
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I'll be giving away four copies of "Happily Ever After" during this Valentine's celebration.
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I will contact all winners immediately after the drawing.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
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