Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My guest today is Miriam Newman. I meet Miriam on the chat loops and we share the same passion for historic romance. Miriam is an Irish lass and a very sweet and supportive author. She started her writing career as a poet and later crossed into the fantasy genre and now medieval romance. Her latest book 
“The Comet” is already # 1 at DCL Publications. So if you love conquering knights and gothic heraldry please check out “The Comet”.

An ambitious young Norman knight, Neel, is seriously wounded at the Battle of Hastings and nursed back to health by a Saxon girl, Rowena.  For her, it is only a matter of Christian duty and she is shocked to receive his proposal of marriage in return.  Her land has been conquered, her birthright stolen.  How can she love the enemy—her husband?

 (Here’s a little glint of “The Comet” to whet your appetite)

Fumbling at the gaudy tie, she drew out a necklace of stones like the eyes of a cat.  Carefully drilled and strung on a fine wire, they slid through her fingers smoothly.
“They are called topaz,” Neel explained.  Stunned, Rowena had neither moved nor spoken.  “They are the color of your eyes.  I have given Bryna a gown for you, too.  And a head covering.”  He smiled at her.  “I think you will like ours better.  All I ask is that you wear them for Christ’s Mass.” 
She remained obdurately silent, but she could not…dared not…refuse.  No doubt the gown was Norman.  He called her “little Saxon,” yet did not wish her to appear to be one.  And perhaps, if Ralf had spoken truly, he was correct and she wasn’t one at all.
“Here,” Neel said as if her acceptance was a given.  “Sit beside me and I will put it on you.”
Still mute, she perched rigidly on the edge of the mattress she had shared with him in perfect comfort when he was unconscious.  This time he was awake and aware and so was she-- jolted by every nuance as he touched her for the first time.
He was efficient, raising her wild hair with a hand holding its weight, parting it and dropping it forward over both shoulders so that he could fix the clasp of the necklace.  She felt the cold, rich stones against her collarbones and heard the tiny snick of the clasp as he put his claim on her.
He lifted her hair back carefully, not catching it in the necklace.  But he did not take his hands from her shoulders after he had done it.
She fell back upon manners, drilled into her by Bryna.  “I have nothing for you,” she said faintly.
“Then give me a kiss.”
There it was--the trap she had sensed.  She could wrest her body from beneath his hands and bolt for the door and he couldn’t stop her, but that was only postponing the inevitable.  Slowly, she turned her head to the side, not moving towards him but not moving away.
“Come,” he said softly, inching closer.  How was he doing that…hurt as he was? 
“Be careful,” she said, ambiguously.
“It’s just a kiss.”
It would be capitulation…unspoken acknowledgement of his ownership.  But just as the needs of the body had drawn her to offered food, other needs tempted her, too.  Trapped not by his hands but by her own indecision, she made no move to resist as he turned her within their circle, now at her waist.  It was an awkward position, though, leaving her in imminent danger of falling off the side of the bed.
“Better hold on,” he said, the devil incarnate.  She did, twining her hands in his fine tunic as he spread his palm against her back to support her.  The other hand cupped the back of her head.  Infinitely gentle, he lowered his face to hers, teasing at her lips.
“Very sweet,” he murmured.  It was nothing like she had thought a kiss would be.  She had imagined Ralf plunging his tongue into her as Leofric had done…pictured him groping her breast, hurting her, gross and fetid.
It was not like that at all.  Neel’s tongue traced the outline of hers lips, slow and enticing, not a bit revolting.  When his lips nudged hers gently she opened her mouth, sighing.  He kissed her slowly and deeply, a silken invasion that set her heart pounding.  Her hold on him increased, involuntarily, and she felt his response in the strength of his hand on her back, fingers splayed, supporting her.  Guiding her.  He drew her against his chest until she could feel her breasts taut and aching against his warm flesh and started to resist.  Immediately, his grip slackened and he lifted his face from hers.
“I’m only playing, little Saxon,” he whispered. 

(Wowwee, Neel can play with me any day! lol)

Thank you for dropping today, please leave Miriam a comment!

Miriam Newman, “The Comet” available now through DCL Publications and Fictionwise.
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  1. Thank you so much for the lovely post, Kat! Yes, I grew rather fond of Neel myself! He is one of my favorites.

  2. Thank you Miriam for visiting today and sharing a tease of
    "The Comet". I wish you many new readers and much success!
    XXOO Kat

  3. Miriam I think Neel is going to attract a lot of female fans... lol

  4. Thanks for introducing us to Miriam. I always enjoy finding new to me authors. Loved the excerpt.

  5. Congrats, Miriam, on the success of The Comet!This is a wonderful excerpt!

  6. Love the excerpt, Miriam. Your book sounds wonderful, can't wait to read. :)

  7. Thank you, ladies! You're very kind. Well, a couple of my beta readders called Neel a "to-die-for hero," and it seems he's living up to their expectations! Thanks again for your comments. (P.S.--It should be available on Kindle in a matter of days, so if this is your preference watch the loops or where I will post the link.)

  8. Hello Amber, Tina and Tessie! Thank you ladies for dropping by!
    XXOO Kat
    PS I love Miriam's book cover!

  9. Got THE COMET and loaded it on my Kindle. Looking forward to reading your book, Miriam.
    I wish you much success!


  10. Hi Adele! A visit from you always "Revs" up Seven Sexy Scribes!
    XXOO Kat

  11. Hi, Adele. I'm so glad that worked out for you. Fortunately our PDF's are easy to convert and we're going to put it in regular Kindle format, too.

  12. Lovely! Wonderful excerpt - looks like a great story, and I do love Anglo-Saxon history. Great cover too!

  13. Thank you, Julia. I LOVE that time period. It was an absolute joy to write the book. I had the best time!

  14. Thank you Miriam for streaking past Seven Sexy Scribes today and sharing a little of The Comet!
    XXOO Kat


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