We all like a reward, don’t we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That’s the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano’s Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway!
About the Book
She couldn’t hide forever.
A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?
His reward isn’t what it seems.
King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.
Liam stood against the outer wall of the Great Hall and observed the mingling crowd of men-at-arms. Many faces were familiar from the days he served in King Ireic’s personal guard, but time and rank now set him apart from them. He was pleased to see his recent recruits from the village welcoming the new arrivals with warmth, inviting them to sit and converse as they waited for the king and queen to arrive.
Warm, delectable scents emanated from the kitchen door to his right, reminding his stomach he hadn’t eaten in twenty-four hours. It growled as the door swung open slightly and Patti leaned out to check something.
“They are still not here,” he informed her.
Patti frowned. “Don’t they know that the meal is ready?”
“The king went off to fetch the queen a moment ago. They should arrive any moment. Jayne hasn’t appeared though. I am about ready to go searching for her.”
“You needn’t bother,” Patti told him as she stuck her chin out toward the far entrance. Liam turned and spotted Jayne slipping into the hall without fully opening the door.
“Good. I was growing concerned.”
“She knows her duty,” Patti commented and withdrew.
Jayne scanned the room. Her body language was demure and unremarkable as though she wished to fade into the wall. Liam waited until her eyes met his before he smiled. The light of recognition lit her face, and she began making her way toward him.
The soft sway of her skirt caught his attention. For the first time he noticed her gown. Despite the faded material, the simple elegance of the cut spoke of a former time, before the strife and trouble of her years of trial. Wondering where she had found it, he instantly decided that he would inquire about cloth for dresses as soon as possible. If his memory served him correctly, she owned two outfits, both of which needed mending, or better yet, retirement to the rag bag. She kept the children in better clothing than herself.
Jayne avoided getting even remotely close to a group of three men and hesitated when a duo in deep conversation blocked her path. While she deliberated on what to do, one of them turned and noticed her. Liam did not hear what was spoken, but he recognized the restrained fear on her face.
Liam glanced at the man. His manner appeared courteous, but that didn’t mean his words were the same. Just as Liam pushed himself off the wall to go to her rescue, the men stepped back to allow her passage. She inclined her head in thanks and passed between them as regally as a queen.
About the Author
Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.
Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway. https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Guys/dp/B009EAO38C/
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