Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Book Blitz Day Two: A Candlight Courting by Joyce DiPastena

Day 2
12 Days of Christmas Book Blitz Event!

"On the Second Day of Christmas, Loving The Book gave to me..."

Book Blurb:

When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.

Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.

Would you like to read a small snippet of what's inside? Here you go!

Burthred watched the candle’s flame with steady eyes that she could not read. But after a moment, a little smile played on his lips. “I remember that day when we were betrothed. You spit on me.”

Meg gasped. “I what?”

You spit on me.”

She stiffened with such indignation that the candle wobbled in her grasp. “How dare you! I have never spit on anyone.”

Oh, you were only a baby. After the betrothal ceremony, which I scarcely understood myself, your mother took you out of the cradle and put you into my arms. I had to sit down, because I almost dropped you. I remember how she said, ‘Hold her like this, against your shoulder, and pat her gently on the back so she doesn’t cry.’ And then you spit all over my new surcote of crimson velvet. It was embroidered with my mother’s perfect stitches, too.”

And now for a bit about the author:

Author Bio

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel...set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Did you know that Lucianna (the heroine of “Loving Lucianna”) has her very own Pinterest board?

Links to where book is sold

Don't forget to show some love to our fellow bloggers who are joining us for today's Book Blitz!
 Each one features either a snippet or a fun fact about Author  Joyce DiPastena so they are definitely worth the look-see!

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