Borderland Bride (The Borderland Legacy)
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.
Carefully, he pulled aside her tresses. His heart gave jolt at the sight. She had taken a beating, one side of her face swollen and puffy. Great purpling welts circled her neck, fingerprints clearly visible. He cursed again. Had he just come across some murderous outlaws rather than the harmless peasants he had thought them to be? Anger boiled inside of him. If he had but given chase, he could have brought at least one of them to justice.
God’s blood, he dare not imagine what her last moments must have been like.
His throat tightened. What to do with her? He could not just leave her to rot in the woods. Jake studied her face once more with a sigh. A shame so fine a beauty should meet such an end. Even with the swelling in her face, it was clear she had been blessed with striking looks. Her unmarred cheek offered up smooth and creamy skin, and her dark lashes stood out in stark contrast. A slight scattering of freckles marched across her nose, just visible under the dried blood. Jake smiled sadly. He never understood why most women hated freckles. He thought them wonderfully enticing.
Brushing a finger across her cheek, Jake was surprised at the warmth of it. God’s teeth, if he had only come across her moments before he could have stopped such an atrocity. He pictured the men’s faces and swore he would avenge her. He would bring the outlaws to justice.
As he drew his hand away, an eyelid fluttered open. His heart leapt. Her other eye couldn’t open – it was too swollen to do so – but he could see the immediate panic in her expression. She struggled to turn onto her side to escape him, her injuries hampering her movements.
Fearing she would do herself further damage, he spoke soothingly to her. “Have no fear, lass. I’ll not harm you.”
Either her fear had consumed her or she didn’t understand him, because she continued to try to scrabble her way across the leaf-strewn ground, the dried foliage crunching as her hands clawed desperately at the soil.
Hastily, he wrapped his large hand around one arm, attempting to keep her still. She continued to struggle, in spite of her obvious pain, but her movements were limited and had little effect on his strong grip. Unsure of how to reassure her of his intentions, he grabbed at her other arm, trying to get her attention.
“Calm down, lass. I wish to help. You’ll do yourself an injury.”
She fell limp in his arms, not relaxing under his assurances, but seeming to tire of her exertions. The fear remained visibly etched on her face, but Jake took the opportunity to tuck an arm under her legs and the other under her neck so he could pull her into him. Jake thought she would scream, her mouth worked as if she meant to, but no sound came out.
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.
Connect with Samantha Holt
Welcome to my blog Samantha. I’m excited to have you here. So can you tell us about yourself?
Well, I won’t say too much as my bio will probably be attached, but mostly I’m a hard-working, tea-drinking, fun-loving mum of twins. I’m a little bit of a clean freak, ridiculously organized and I rarely take a day off from writing, but when I let my hair down I do it with relish!
Wish I was organized, unless you count organized chaos of slight ADD issues of adulthood, but enough the ignoring of laundry. Let’s dream. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be, and why?
This comes up a lot and I’m supposed to say somewhere exotic I think, but ideally I’d stay in England. I’d live in my own castle in the middle of nowhere, with a moat and definitely a trebuchet or two to ward of unwanted visitors. (I’m a hermit in the making, I think!)
London is cool, unless you get locked in the Tower. They tend to put Americans there for rebellion, but the castle with the moat in the middle of no where… sounds cool. Do you have other talents? Or is there a talent you don’t have that you wish you did?
No I’m terribly untalented! I get itchy feet easily which means I never stick to anything long enough to learn it. I tried learning to play various instruments as a child but never stuck to it. I’d like to be able to play something.
Me too. At least you had the options though. My parents believed in hard word, not creativity or expression. Anyhow let’s talk books. What is your next project and when will it be released?
I just contracted the second in the Borderland Legacy series, Borderland Beauty. Dominic from Borderland Bride gets his thoroughly deserved happy ending. I don’t have a release date as yet *gnaws nails*
Awesome. That’s so exciting. Yeah. Writers tend to support each other. How does your family feel about your writing career?
They’re very supportive. Funnily enough, one of my biggest supporters is my cousin who I only saw very recently after probably about a decade or more. We connected via the wonders of Facebook and she’s always bugging people to buy my books. My grandma also reads my books which tickles me as they’re certainly not as squeaky clean as she’s used to, but she commented that she quite liked my ‘rough and ready’ heroes!
Really? I’m excited for you. How awesome. I have a sister whose read my stuff in the immediate family, and that’s it. Do you have critique partners?
I have a few but there is one in particular that I rely on most. Jayn also writes and we swap work a lot. She is also my biggest distraction as we love to have a good chat online! But I love her for it.
Jayn sounds awesome. Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?
Currently I’m staring at a magnolia wall. I am working on sorting out my girls’ playroom so I can share it with them but for the moment, I sit on the sofa in ‘my spot.’ It’s funny because my entire married life I lived in army quarters and they all have magnolia walls. I swore when we got our own house we would never have that colour again. And what do I have…? Yep. I suppose at least it’s not distracting!
That’s hysterical. Sitting on the couch is my place too. Let’s talk reading. Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?
I still love medieval romance but I don’t read as much of it as I’d like to. Mostly because we’re a fairly rare breed and I’ve devoured most of what is out there. I also really enjoy modern romantic suspense though I find it a bit hit and miss sometimes. I used to read a lot of sci-fi, crime and action but it doesn’t fan my romantic muse and with little time to spare, I prefer to read romance.
Former lawyer in me can’t read suspense. I should try to write it, but I knew too many sad stories. Just doesn’t excite me. Anyhow What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I went through various different career ideas. Um…a lawyer, a journalist, a P.I. (heavily into reading crime at the time!), an actress, a singer (can’t sing – minor problem) and finally an archaeologist or a nurse. I studied both but took up neither. Writing was a bit of an accident but I know that I want to do this forever. I just wish I’d discovered it sooner.
At least you don’t have the student loan bills for choosing different careers. It’s a killer. Anyhow what’s next for you?
Lots and lots of stuff in the works! I intend to start book 3 of The Borderland Legacy this year and I am just finishing up my first ever fantasy romance. I also have various other ideas steadily burning their way into my brain!
Sounds awesome. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you much success. Your book sounds awesome.