on September 7th 2017
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1196 A.D. –
Eyes as black as night….
A decorated knight for Richard the Lionheart and an ally of the House of de Lohr, Sir Garret de Moray was a man described as cold… intimidating… foreboding. A man with eyes as black as night.
Receiving a royal appointment as Captain of the Household Guard, there was no man more qualified or prepared for the role because on the sands of the Holy Land where Garret went on Richard’s great quest, the Christian armies whispered of a knight whose wisdom was ancient. Some wondered if he was the walking dead, an immortal soul who had lived many lifetimes over, because his skill and power exceeded earthly restraints. Kronos, they called him. The father of the gods.
Then came a lady without hope….
Beautiful Lyssia du Bose has lost everything – her father, her home, her family. Taken in by an aunt who was a lady-in-waiting for the Duchess of Wendover, Lyssia finds a quiet existence in the shadows of a great home. A chance meeting with a warrior with eyes as black as night and, suddenly, her perspective on life begins to change. The quiet, sometimes-frightening knight took an interest in her, and she in him. Is it possible that someone should actually want her?
More than she knows. When Lyssia catches the Duke of Wendover’s attention as well, the gentle romance between her and Garret quickly becomes something they must fight to hold on to. When Garret, one of the most powerful knights in King Richard’s stable, is challenged by a married duke who wishes to make Lyssia his mistress, it is a battle that all of London will witness.
It was something that he liked about her, this wide-open fascination with the world and the trusting look in her eye. He had watched her in the tavern, her joy in life and her humor, and he knew this wouldn’t be the last time he saw her. He wanted to see her again and again, and in time, perhaps something even more than that. Perhaps this was the woman he would finally take unto himself and call her wife. But before that could happen, in the infancy of whatever he was feeling for her, they had to get a few things straight. With that in mind, he reached out and grasped her arm.
“Look at me,” he said quietly.
Lyssa kept her red-cheeked face down. “I-I-I do not….”
He cut her off, though it was gently done. “Lyssa, look at me.”
Her head shot up, astonished that he had used her name so boldly. When he saw her surprise, he lifted his eyebrows. “So you do not like it when I call you by your name?”
Lyssa’s expression was uncertain. “I-I-It is forward of you.”
Her stammering was growing worse, perhaps because she was upset. Perhaps it was even because she was afraid. Whatever the case, he didn’t like it when she was nervous. He wanted to see that happy young woman, always, and especially when it pertained to him.
“Aye, it is,” he said quietly. “But in case you have not realized it, I have been rather bold towards you all evening. May I call you by your name in private, when it is just the two of us?”
She nodded unsteadily. “I-If you wish.”
“I do. And I wish that you should call me Garret.”
Her puzzled expression grew. “I-If that is your wish, I shall.”
“Excellent. Now, Lyssa, I wish to ask you a question.”
She eyed him. “I-I will answer if I can.”
“Do I make you nervous?”
Lyssa looked at him for a moment. “S-Sometimes,” she said honestly.
A smile played on his lips. “Thank you for being truthful,” he said quietly. “If I have made you nervous, that has never been my intention. I am sorry if you have felt that way. To be completely honest… you make me a little nervous, too.”
Now, she was surprised. “I-I do?”
He nodded. “There is something I wish to ask you and I am afraid I will not like your answer.”
“W-What is the question?”
His smile grew, but it was forced. Garret realized that he really was nervous as he looked at her. “Would you be agreeable if I were to call upon you at The Wix?”
She stared at him, dumbly. “C-Call upon me for what?”
He snorted. “Because I would like to see you again.”
“W-What do you wish to see?”
“God’s Bones, woman, do I have to make myself plain? I wish to call upon you. To bask in your beauty, to bring you gifts. Now do you understand?”
She did. He could tell when her eyes widened as if she could hardly believe what she’d just heard. “M-Me?” she gasped.
Question: Garret and Lyssa are the parents of one of Kathryn’s favorite characters, the hero of THE GORGON. What is the hero’s name? It’s easy to find the answer by looking on the book description on Amazon – or even on Kathryn’s Website ! Kathryn will randomly select the winner from the comments with the right answer and the winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!