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The second volume of the Archers of Saint Sebastian series is almost ready for publication! Count down with us to publication day ...
An immersive coming-of-age romantic adventure set in medieval Belgium
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I'm thrilled to announce that the first book in my coming-of-age historical romance/ action-adventure series is now in release from Nepenthe Press.
What's it about?
Here's the blurb:
A barracks full of beautiful boys. A girl in disguise, living among them.
It’s the 14thcentury, and the longbow is king. But in the northern European principality of Ardennes, archery isn’t just the nation’s defense. It’s the national obsession.
MEET THE JOURNEYS
12 young Journeyman archers, the best in the country
2 years of public competitions, in which looks count almost as much as ability
6 will win a coveted membership in the Archers’ Guild of St. Sebastian
1 will become the prince’s new Guardsman
15-year-old Marieke is as obsessed with St. Sebastian’s as everyone else in Ardennes. Only it’s the middle ages, and girls just don’t become elite archers. Except Marieke's prospects as a girl aren't promising either, after a well-timed kick from a mule has left her with a face that’s badly scarred and ruined for marriage. But when circumstances force her to leave her old life behind and flee to the guild for refuge, there are only two things Marieke really knows about the place. One is that a mysterious accident ended her own father’s time as a Journey. The other?
There are no women allowed inside St. Sebastian’s.
Marieke knows disguising herself as a boy and infiltrating the guild means embarking on a dangerous deception. But it may be her only chance to find out the truth about her father’s past, and to stop a murderous plot from coming to fruition. When one of the dashing young Journeymen Tristan takes her under his wing as his squire, she’s got to stay – at least long enough to help him beat out his brutal arch-rival to win the competitions.
Keeping her identity a secret will be hard. Living in close quarters with a pack of gorgeous boys? That will be harder still. But the hardest thing of all will be keeping the vow she ma
kes for herself: to see Tristan become the next Guardsman, without ever letting him find out she’s a girl - a girl, who loves him.
Two parts Robin Hoodand one part Princess Bride, with a pinch of Mulan and a dash of Cyrano de Bergerac mixed in, The Archers of St. Sebastian I: Journeysis an atmospheric action-adventure inspired by late medieval Belgium and packed with romance, wit, and longbow archery.
Detail of the spectacular painting in the Montpellier museum, France. The painting is in the public domain; this image (cropped) is courtesy of Wikicommons, shared by Finoskov under the creative commons Attribution-Share alike 4.0 international license.
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