It has been a while since I last featured an interview, which is why I feel inclined to remedy that. For those of you who love and appreciate historical romance (such as myself), I have a great post for you today.
by Samantha Holt
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 50,000
Jupiter Gardens Press: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/borderlands-bride-the-borderland-legacy-book-1/
These are the borderlands, lass. We make our own rules here.
In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the borderlands.
Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
“Isabel, what in God’s name are you doing?”
“I am returning to my father,” she told him breathlessly.
“You would see yourself in that monster’s hands? Why?”
“I cannot see Thornewall suffer for my sakes. And I cannot see you or Dominic harmed. Not for me.”
“We are grown men; will you not let us make these decisions ourselves? Thornewall is strong, we have endured worse.”
Isabel shook her head. “Nay, I will not see war brought to your door. If my father fails here, then he will turn his attention to your lands. They have not the strength of Thornewall, you have said as much yourself.”
Jake squeezed her arm until he saw her wince. Damn his brutish manners. He could not let her throw herself into the arms of a murderer for their sakes. “I can defend my lands, lass. I’ve done it before and I’ll gladly do it again.”
But she was right, Greycroft was ill prepared for a full-scale war and his own castle would not hold out long against a siege. It was likely he would die defending it.
“That is what I fear,” she said softly and Jake wondered if he had spoken aloud.
Her voice took on a desperate quality and she pulled against his grip. “Let me go, Jake, for I cannot allow you to place yourself in danger for me. Not for a woman that hurt you so.”
He considered her and saw the fear in her eyes – a fear that was not for herself, but for him, his brother, and all their people. How he could ever have thought her as wicked as his wife, he knew not. There was nothing in this lass but kindness. He gulped, fighting the words he would have to say. There was no other way.
“Isabel, you do not have to return.”
“I do, Jake!” She struggled again.
“Listen…” He grabbed at her other arm and pinned her still. “Listen, there is another way. Marry…”
She ceased her struggles and stared at him.
Isabel blinked at him. “What?” she whispered.
“Marry Dominic. Your father would be a fool to say nay to such an allegiance. He is one of the richest men in England. There will be no war and you will be safe.”
Safe. He clung to the word, trying to ignore the ache in his heart. It didn’t matter, as long as she was safe. In spite of himself, he urged her to say nay, to confess her love for him, but he knew it could come to nothing. He had nothing to offer Lord Henry in return for her hand.
Isabel gaped at him. “Marry Dominic? But…did he decide this?”
“Nay.” He sighed. “‘Twas my idea.”
She gulped and her eyes misted with tears as she took a deep breath. Her composure regained, she shook her head in disbelief. “Why would you suggest such an idea?”
Samantha was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for us. Here’s what she had to say…
1) Can you tell us what the book is about?
Borderland Bride is set in Northumbria in the 14th Century. It features two sexy brothers and a damsel in distress…who doesn’t do distress very well. A bond quickly forms between Jake and Isabel but she has a secret and things do not run smoothly.
2) How did you come up with the title for this book?
I didn’t! Well I chucked some ideas at one of my beta readers and she came up with it. She’s far better at them than I am. I’m pretty sure I owe her a kidney by now…
3) Did you have the main character’s names already picked out before you began to write?
I’ve always loved Jake and I knew it was in use in the medieval period so that one was there already and I’d been planning to use Isabel at some point as I liked it. I was wary as I’ve seen it in use a lot (it was a popular name in medieval times) but it seemed to fit her so well and I loved their names together. Normally I have to research to find names so this was unusual for me.
4) What can you tell us about your main characters?
Jake is a gentle giant. He has a quick temper but is honorable and kind. Unfortunately he still carries the scars from being hurt in the past. Isabel is fiery but dutiful and has a great sense of humour as well as a kind heart. She’s a little stubborn at times but Jake can normally get around that.
5) Did you have to do any research in order to help you with the writing of this book?
Borderland Bride is set two decades after the plague so I did a lot of research into the after-effects. It was at this time that the lands on both sides of the Scottish border fell victim to the border reivers, who pillaged on either side of the border. Also this was slightly later than I normally write so I needed to refresh my knowledge of weapons and clothing in the 14th Century.
6) Have you ever had second doubts about a story you’ve written? If so, have you wanted to rewrite some parts of it?
I don’t think I’ve ever had second doubts but I do get apprehensive when a story first comes out. You never know how a book is going to be received , no matter how much you loved writing it.
7) Have you written any series? If not, are you planning to write any in the future?
The Borderland Legacy series is the first I’ve ever done. The next book, Borderland Beauty, is coming out in May and I plan to add a third to it later on in the year. I’ve really enjoyed it – it’s nice revisiting the characters, almost like seeing old friends – so I’d definitely so it again one day.
8) Where do you see yourself in five years?
As long as I’m still writing (and people are still buying!), I’ll be happy. Though I wouldn’t complain if I’d made my millions and was living in my own castle. Hey, a girl can dream!
About the author:
Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and occasionally her husband, who works abroad. She admits that his long absences often help get the creative juices flowing. She’s a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.
A huge history buff, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her love of romance and create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there’s nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other.
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