Saturday, June 22, 2019

Frisky mare wins a Curious gaze - Snippet from Medieval #Romance for #WeWriWa

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

I am continuing snippets from my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
My heroine Audrey and her cousin Margaret are traveling home from their pilgrimage to Glastonbury Abbey. They are on the last day of their journey when four horsemen gallop from behind. Everyone is nervous because outlaws have attacked travelers on this road recently.

This snippet continues from last week, with a gap of a few sentences. Note – Audrey has a grey mare called Daisy and a wolfhound, Rufus.
You can read last week’s snippet here –
The last line was: A man shouted, “Make way for the sheriff’s men.”

     We urged our horses onto the grass of the verge to let the riders pass. They slowed their rapid pace to a brisk trot as they approached our party. The leader raised his hand to acknowledge our compliance. His stern face unsmiling, he stared straight ahead, seemingly intent on urgent business.
     My Rufus was accustomed to the bustle in the town’s streets. Even so, I bade him lie down by Daisy’s legs. Excited by the hoof beats, my mare snorted and pranced as the horsemen drew closer; like me, Daisy was weary of our sedate pace and longed to race alongside the fast riders.
     Wary of my frisky mare, the lead horseman glanced at me as he rode past. The glance lengthened into a curious gaze. A sudden smile warmed his severe face and lit green streaks in his hazel eyes.

Can you guess this man’s name?

Draft Blurb
A young widow in possession of a good business must be in want of a husband.
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey enjoys her independence as the widow of a cloth merchant. She has no desire to remarry and submit to a husband’s will, but the town elders covet her prosperous business. Her kindness to a stranger earns Bridda’s blessing and a brooch with a green dragon offers glimpses into the hidden world of the supernatural. The faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome bailiff, Selwyn Drake. Can she evade the schemes to force her into wedlock and retain her independence?

I have published a short story set in the Secret Supers series 

 Lost Girl

Estelle and her flying mare join Toby and the Secret Supers to search for a missing girl, seven-year old Juliana.

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  1. You have a way of telling an exception tale.

  2. Drake, maybe? Enjoyed this excerpt!

  3. Ooh, I LOVE this scene and it definitely makes me want to turn the page and keep reading. Very promising enocunter! Terrific excerpt...

    1. Thank you. Of course, you are seeing the best scenes.

  4. Could this be Selwyn Drake? He's definitely intrigued by her.

    1. Yes indeed. He'll be even more intrigued by their next meeting.

  5. Like others, I'll guess the handsome bailiff, Selwyn Drake. Your question had its intended effect -- I read through your synopsis till I found the answer.

  6. I would love to know more about these characters and this world!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. The story has a lot of characters and I'm trying to keep the setting authentic.

  7. I want to know more. His look! Oh, my.

  8. I'm curious about the encounter. I can't wait to read more.

  9. Replies
    1. He smiled, but she doesn't know his business or where he's riding.

  10. Nice encounter ... and yes like others i read the blurb to find out the name :-) Selwyn Drake.