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Guest post… Author Berengaria Brown

July 5, 2012

About my Robin Hood addiction….

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated by Medieval stories, particularly medieval romance. As I got older the attraction got stronger. What’s not to like about pretty ladies in flowing robes and long hair. Not to mention half-naked warriors waving swords around.

When I was looking for a new story idea I remembered my love of medieval history. I had no idea where to begin researching a medieval,so decided to get things as right as I could, but put a disclaimer in the books that the setting was simply my imagination. The weather needed to be just right for the plot,so instead of trying to find a part of Europe where that would happen,I went with a slightly “fantasized” medieval setting.

I began with the Lady Elinor,who is left alone to care for her family’s castle, people,and lands when her father and two brothers are killed in battle. But the story wouldn’t end. Her new husband’s cousin arrived needing protection. Lord Jeffrey refused to be defeated…

And then,when I thought I was done,I remembered all those stories about Robin Hood,and knew there was still one more hero needing his happy-ever-after.

All four books in the medieval romance series,“Elinor’s Stronghold” are now available!

Book1: “Pillaging Elinor’s Castle” blurb:

Lady Elinor’s father and two brothers are killed in battle, and Lord Rhys loses his demesne. To protect her people Elinor decides she will marry Lord Rhys, but only if he agrees the Captain of the Guard, Hammond, will share their bed and the decision making from now on. They agree and seal their contract in blood. Rhys and his people move into the stronghold.

After the wedding they begin to plan for how to survive the attack that will inevitably come. The stronghold is a wealthy one, and many will consider it an easy target with its lord and his sons dead. They also have to blend the two households together and prepare for the coming winter. At night Hammond and Rhys work hard in bed, learning to share Elinor, finding out what pleases her best, and arousing each other to new heights along the way.
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Book 2: “Defending Rhyannon’s Inheritance” blurb:

Hated and incompetent Lord Jeffrey wants to marry Rhyannon,and her bad-tempered cousin,Coll,wants to steal her jewels. She needs a good protector.

Alistair has loved her faithfully for years,but he has no assets and can’t support them both. Lord Devon is a suitable husband,but does he even like Rhyannon?It’s a big challenge,but maybe together Alistair and Lord Devon can protect her and her jewels from Lord Jeffrey and Cousin Coll.

Meanwhile,winter is settling on the stronghold and Lord Jeffrey is attacking the people once again. And Cousin Coll is determined to get her jewels any way he can. Surviving the winter is hard enough to do without all these other things happening as well. Everyone in the stronghold is living on a knife edge. Alistair and Lord Devon focus on Rhyannon. They’ll love her and protect her—and each other as well.

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Book 3: “Restoring Garnet’s Heart”: blurb

Tragically widowed, Garnet is loved by two men. If a noble lady can have two men, why can’t a mere sewing woman? Garnet decides she’ll marry them both! Then she adopts two orphaned, starving little girls.

Garnet, Byram, and Carlysle are sent to repair the demesne. Can they achieve this huge task before the harvest is gathered in? First a high stone wall needs to be built to protect them from attackers. The buildings must be cleaned and repaired, the crops sown, weeded, cared for, and hopefully reaped. Is it possible to complete such a huge undertaking before the next vicious winter arrives? Will the peasants help them?

Meanwhile Lady Elinor gives birth to the heir of the stronghold, and Lord Rhys and Lady Rhyannon, with Alistair and Lord Devon, go to court to sort out her inheritance.

And what about Garnet’s threesome relationship? Will that be successful?

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Book 4: “Bringing Claire Home” blurb:

A year ago,Paul took his sister Claire away to escape Lord Jeffrey’s attacks on the hamlets. Mitchell and Claire were in love,but Mitchell hadn’t asked her to marry him before she left. Now he aches for her,and goes in search of her to bring her back to his home as his bride. But no one has seen or heard of her,and the hamlet where she was to go is empty.

Finally Mitchell meets Ivan,who takes him into the forest where Claire and Paul,and Ivan himself,have been living for the past year. But Ivan loves Claire, too,and Claire owes him her life. Mitchell suggests he and Ivan share Claire. Can this possibly work—two men with no tie to each other and the one woman they both love?And can they survive a dangerous journey home?

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Claire’s story came from my Robin Hood addiction: STORYEXCERPT

Claire had adjusted to living in the forest, but she longed to be back at the stronghold, or even living in Paul’s little house in the hamlet. Winter was coming, and winter in the forest was horrible. Even though Paul and Ivan had dug down deep into the soil to keep the heat from the fire inside their shelter and covered their walls and roof with mud, and later, snow and ice, it was still much colder than inside a stone building with a huge fire. In the stronghold, they could always wrap themselves in a fur and sleep in the great hall when it was very cold. Here, the shelter was just big enough for them all to be inside. Her brother always hugged her to him to share his body heat, but the small fire, all they could afford to use as gathering fuel was a time-consuming task, never seemed warm enough to Claire.

From outside, the shelter was very low to the ground, easy to disguise,as the men had dug it a long pace deep, and she appreciated the enormous amount of work that had been, so the temperature inside would be more moderate, and the shelter itself much less obvious to anyone searching for them. But it was not, and never would be,home.

It was no use asking to go home. Paul was convinced that life with Lord Jeffrey on the rampage was much too dangerous. Even here, so far north in the valley, there were signs Lord Jeffrey had attacked people. Several hamlets were derelict, all the people gone. One had been burned to the ground.

Meeting Ivan had truly been a life-saving experience. He and Paul together had been able to kill some larger animals that provided them with plenty of meat and furs for warmth. When Paul was by himself,it was much too dangerous for him to tackle a larger animal because if he’d been hurt,Claire wouldn’t have been strong enough to carry him back to the campsite to care for him. But with the two of them,life had been easier, and the tiny shelter was built as well. Claire knew Paul wanted her to marry Ivan, and she was grateful to him, truly she was, but the man she loved was back at the stronghold. She loved Mitchell with all her heart, and gratitude to Ivan didn’t change her feelings for Mitchell at all.

“Before winter sets in, you really ought to visit some hamlets and find out what has been happening in the valley,” she said to Paul that evening as they at around a tiny fire.

“I don’t want people knowing where we are. It took a lot of effort to build that shelter, and it’s important no one learns where it is,” he said dismissively.

“You can go to a more distant hamlet, travel in a roundabout route. Your tracking skills are excellent. No one need know where you’ve come from,” she said coaxingly.

“It’s been almost a year. She’s right. It’s time for one of us to see what’s been happening. Only one of us need go. One person can hide their tracks much more easily than a group,” said Ivan.

“Do you think so? What can have changed? Lord Jeffrey is young and strong. He’s not a frail old man like Lord Ceadda.”

“In a year, anything may have happened. Possibly nothing’s changed, but I agree with Claire. It’d be good to know.”

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5 Comments
  1. berengariabrown permalink

    Thank you for having me here today, Cassidy.
    Berengaria

  2. Really enjoyed these books! The idea of fantasy medieval setting was great!

  3. AWESOME! Thank you, Cassidy.

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