Trapped in a marriage she did not want Van’s mother sought to exact revenge against Van’s father. Stealing Van away she forced her to pretend to be a boy to escape detection. Van excelled. Disguised as a young man, she saves the life of the King’s Champion and is bestowed the honor of knighthood and enters a life she loves.
Three years of being a knight comes to a crashing halt with one dying wish. Van reluctantly agrees to marry. To keep those she cares for safe from her enemies, Van hides her past.
Expecting a docile bride Peter is unsure of how to handle the strong willed and stubborn woman who has become his wife.
Van and Peter struggle for control and Van’s secret past creates a rift between them. She struggles to give up her identity as the Knight and become the woman that society and Peter expect her to be.
Can Peter and Van find a happy life, or will lies and secrets rip apart their future and put their very lives in danger.A
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love to do research on history and England is my favorite place to research. I love the romance and the pageantry of the knights and their ladies. I have always felt drawn toward England. The story itself spoke to me as I sat waiting for my muse to get in touch with me.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
This is one of the hardest questions I usually have to answer. I am not sure. I suppose that is the best answer I can give. When I write I do not sit down with any plot, scene or scenario in mind. I sit in front of my blank page and wait. When the first sentence comes to me I write it down and it takes me from there. The characters introduce themselves to me along the way. I have always said my stories are not my own, they belong to my characters and I am just lucky enough to get to tell their tales.
Excerpt from The Dark Lady
Peter watched her walk away, head high and determined. He was about to go after her, despite her objections when she placed two fingers into her mouth. The deafening whistle that issued forth stopped him in his tracks.
He registered the answering scream of a horse from the stables and the crash of wood that could only have been the stall gate. Not looking back at the screams of the stable hands, he kept his eyes glued to the tall woman as she grasped the hole where he now knew her dagger was kept.
Vanessa grasped the material and pulled. Peter heard the long tear as the skirt fell open completely on the side, baring her leg from thigh to ankle. During it all, she never broke her stride.
Peter called out as her huge destrier thundered past him, screamed for her to watch out. Beast began to slow until Vanessa whistled again. He regained his speed, tearing straight for her. Peter’s breath caught in his throat as he knew he would not be able to save her.
She reached out a long arm, gripping the coarse waving mane as the animal thundered past, and smoothly swung herself onto his massive back.
Peter felt a jolt of fear as she wobbled slightly on the racing stallion, one creamy white leg glistening in the dim sunlight. Shadows played off the thick muscles as they rippled in her effort to stay on the unsaddled mount.
The men all stood with their mouths agape as their Lady rode toward the wall. For once Peter did not feel a twinge of jealousy. He fully understood their awe.
Vanessa leaned forward and ducked her head as if to avoid the wind. Her stallion rode straight for the wall. He did not slow or turn and then, to Peter’s horror, he was too close to change course.
“She would not.” Peter did not even realize he had spoken aloud until he felt a small hand on his. He looked down to see Amy’s smile.
“Milord, she would, but she will be all right.” She spoke with confidence.
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