“When life hands you lemons. . .”
Susana, thank you very much for inviting me back to share with your readers. I recently suffered a serious setback (sorry, the details involve others, and I respect their privacy) and am still trying to regain my balance. I know all that stuff about making lemonade and closing doors that cause windows to open. However, in the moment of receiving a life blow, I can’t say that I feel like doing much of anything, let alone writing a blog. Nonetheless, I made a commitment, so here I am, typing madly away to make my deadline. And luckily enough, I have a readymade use for even the worst experience. I give it, or some part of it, to my characters.
The concept for A True and Perfect Knight—a widow suspected of pushing her spouse (now dead by hanging) into treason falls for his best friend and a knight ordered to marry the woman he believes caused his best friend’s death—required that I show immediately how difficult my heroine’s life had become. She’d been bombarded with setbacks and tragedy, and there was more to come before she would see her HEA. As a sample take a look at the opening of A True and Perfect Knight.
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“Rumor says that the bottom of a privy is more attractive than Roger’s widow.” Privately, Sir Haven De Sessions wished the widow to the devil along with the incessant rain.
“No noble woman could be that ugly, especially one from the court in Paris,” protested Soames, Haven’s second in command.
Haven thought of the execution he’d witnessed and felt his jaw clench. “If God is just, Genvieve Dreyford’s face will expose every coil and stain in her black soul. ’Tis only right that the true nature of the woman who led my best friend to treason show on her face.”
Soames shook his head at his commander’s remarks. “Do you suppose that is her?” He slanted his head in the direction of six sodden figures huddled some distance from the by-way.
Haven followed Soames’ glance. “Possibly. We have come almost a league from the castle. That is the distance the bailiff claimed he had taken the widow and her entourage when the new lord threw her out. But, I doubt…” His words trailed off as he peered through the downpour at the figure that stepped to the front of the pitiful group.
The woman stood tall and straight. Shoulders back, legs braced. She anchored herself, as if by sheer will alone she could defend the others. A young boy clung to her skirts.
Could this be the suspected traitoress who caused the downfall of his best friend, Roger Dreyford? Haven wanted to see her face, to see if she appeared as evil as he believed her to be. Distance and the obscuring rain defeated him.
“But what, Sir?”
Soames question shook Haven from his musings. “But I doubt a woman like Roger’s widow would stand out in the rain or tolerate such a humble abode.”
About Rue Allyn
Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue at http://RueAllyn.com.
Hey, so sorry to hear I thought everything was getting brighter. I have had some really hard knocks in the last 3 months, but am now realizing how I never really trusted the LORD like I thought I did. My secret is so simple turn totally and completely to HIM, know HE rules and it will be alright no matter what comes. I now at a young 59 can picture myself free falling into my daddy’s arms even when I can’t see HIM, or even understand at all, knowing HE will catch me and take me home to be with HIM. I will finally when we get around to it, go see my grandson Samson James Sierer, March 24, 2012 and all those who loved and trusted HIM. I plan to breath my last breath on earth and my next in HIS presence, fully and completely at last. So simple, just give up my planning and scheming trying to control and give HIM the best of me. Hope that helps! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts Karen. I’ll say prayers for you and your family.
OOOh, Rue, this looks complicated, but GOOD! Can’t wait to read it! Awesome blog post!
I’m sorry you’re going through a tough time, Rue. When bad things happen to me I have a tendency to bury myself in work. Tweeted.
Thank you Heather. I’m not given to simple plots. I do love this book, so please let me know what you think once you’ve read it.
Thanks Ella, things could be much worse. I can’t imagine a better place to go to lick my metaphorical wounds than writing.(or reading).
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