I’m pleased to welcome to my blog this week the heroine of Tora Williams‘ debut novel Bound to Her Blood Enemy. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed this book and my review is included further down the post.
Meanwhile, over to Matilda Comyn …
Holy Mother, tell me what to do. My guardian’s wife is dying. I’m safe while she lives, but once she dies, my guardian will force me to marry him so he can take my inheritance. But Coed Bedwen Castle is mine. It’s the only place I’ve known happiness, and I want it back.
I can’t escape my guardian alone, though. He keeps me under a close watch, and I’m not allowed through the castle gates. I met a man today—Huw. He said he’d help me escape, but how does he know who I am? And why would he want to help? He must have his own reasons. He’s a man, after all. They may say they’ll be there for you, but they really mean they’ll care for you only while it suits them. To make matters worse, Huw is Welsh and a spy for his king. How can I ever trust him?
Blessed Mary, please send me a sign, show me the path I should take. I can’t escape the castle without Huw’s help, but am I putting myself in even greater danger if I go with him? Maybe I could think more clearly if I didn’t get so flustered when I’m with him. I don’t know if it’s those dark brows and strong jaw or his height and obvious strength, but my stomach goes into knots whenever he’s near. I need to forget his handsome face and find out more about him. The trouble is, he always evades my questions. Before I know it, I’m telling him all about me instead.
Still, I don’t have to do everything his way. He says he’ll take me to the King of Gwynedd, but I have no intention of putting myself in another man’s power. I have knowledge of herbs and potions. Maybe I can use that to my advantage. Yes, I need to accept Huw’s help to escape but after that…well, let’s just say Huw won’t have everything his own way.
Wow! Thank you, Matilda. Your message gives the reader of this blog a real taste of the book! And, here is a large picture of the cover, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of the novel too.
About Bound to Her Blood Enemy:
Norman heiress, Matilda Comyn is desperate to escape her grasping guardian and reclaim her inheritance. After a lifetime of being let down by men, she wants to rule her lands on her own terms. She can’t escape without help and battles her mistrust when compelled to join forces with a Welsh spy.
Huw ap Goronwy has a rival claim to Matilda’s castle and has sworn a blood oath against the Comyns. When his king rules they must marry, he struggles to reconcile his attraction with his need for revenge. But they must form a truce if they are to seize their castle.
Risking capture and death, they will only succeed if Matilda learns to trust, and Huw allows his love for Matilda to overcome his need for revenge.
About Tora Williams:
Tora Williams writes historical romance with a dash of intrigue and adventure. When she was a child, family holidays usually involved visiting Welsh castles, where she would make up stories in her head about the women and men who once lived there. When she started writing she naturally set her stories in medieval Wales and the turbulent border between England and Wales. She lives in Shropshire, England in a house that doesn’t contain nearly enough bookshelves.
You can find out more about Tora at:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ToraWilliamsAuthor/
Thank you to Tora Williams for her contribution to the blog.
Morton Gray’s review of Bound to Her Blood Enemy
Ever since childhood, castles have always intrigued and captivated me. I really enjoyed escaping into the past with this novel and could easily imagine myself as the heroine in the book, sparring with the intriguing Huw. Tora Williams transports you out of modern day life and into the medieval world of Matilda Comyn. A super five star debut.
I’m looking forward to Tora‘s next book, A Gift of Time, a Christmas novella which will be published by Wild Rose Press later in 2018.
In Morton Gray news – I realise I missed a blog post last week!!!! Apologies, it’s the first week I’ve missed for ages, but I was deep in the structural edits for my first ever Christmas novella, which is published in November. I’ve almost dug myself out of the snow now – phew! More news about this book soon.