Title – Borderland Bride & Borderland Beauty
Series – The Borderland Legacy
Author – Samantha Holt
Genre – Historical Romance
Length (Pages/# Words) – Approximately 150 pages
Publisher – Jupiter Gardens Press
Cover Artist – Valerie Tibbs
BOOK SYNOPSIS –
In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the Borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the Borderlands.
Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?
Lord Dominic is in need of a wife. With the reivers, the wild and dangerous criminals that haunt the borderlands, breathing down his neck and his brother now married, he needs a strong woman by his side. So when he finds out about an old marriage contract between him and his neighbour’s daughter, he vows to give the mysterious woman a chance. Upon meeting the beautiful, feisty maiden, he vows to make her his wife.
Lucy Montgomery wants nothing to do with the arrogant lord. She doesn’t understand his interest in her. Surely a man like Dominic could never fall for a woman like her? Hurt by the past, she refuses to believe that she is anything more than a game to him. If only she didn’t find him quite so charming.
Can Dominic persuade Lucy that she is more than just another woman to him? And with the reivers growing bolder, are there worse dangers than Lucy saying ‘Nay’?
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BORDERLAND BRIDE EXCERPT
“Isabel, what in God’s name are you doing?”
“I am returning to my father,” she told him breathlessly.
“You would see yourself in that monster’s hands? Why?”
“I cannot see Thornewall suffer for my sakes. And I cannot see you or Dominic harmed. Not for me.”
“We are grown men; will you not let us make these decisions ourselves? Thornewall is strong, we have endured worse.”
Isabel shook her head. “Nay, I will not see war brought to your door. If my father fails here, then he will turn his attention to your lands. They have not the strength of Thornewall, you have said as much yourself.”
Jake squeezed her arm until he saw her wince. Damn his brutish manners. He could not let her throw herself into the arms of a murderer for their sakes. “I can defend my lands, lass. I’ve done it before and I’ll gladly do it again.”
But she was right, Greycroft was ill prepared for a full-scale war and his own castle would not hold out long against a siege. It was likely he would die defending it.
“That is what I fear,” she said softly and Jake wondered if he had spoken aloud.
Her voice took on a desperate quality and she pulled against his grip. “Let me go, Jake, for I cannot allow you to place yourself in danger for me. Not for a woman that hurt you so.”
He considered her and saw the fear in her eyes – a fear that was not for herself, but for him, his brother, and all their people. How he could ever have thought her as wicked as his wife, he knew not. There was nothing in this lass but kindness. He gulped, fighting the words he would have to say. There was no other way.
“Isabel, you do not have to return.”
“I do, Jake!” She struggled again.
“Listen…” He grabbed at her other arm and pinned her still. “Listen, there is another way. Marry…”
She ceased her struggles and stared at him.
Isabel blinked at him. “What?” she whispered.
“Marry Dominic. Your father would be a fool to say nay to such an allegiance. He is one of the richest men in England. There will be no war and you will be safe.”
Safe. He clung to the word, trying to ignore the ache in his heart. It didn’t matter, as long as she was safe. In spite of himself, he urged her to say nay, to confess her love for him, but he knew it could come to nothing. He had nothing to offer Lord Henry in return for her hand.
Isabel gaped at him. “Marry Dominic? But…did he decide this?”
“Nay.” He sighed. “‘Twas my idea.”
She gulped and her eyes misted with tears as she took a deep breath. Her composure regained, she shook her head in disbelief. “Why would you suggest such an idea?”
BORDERLAND BEAUTY EXCERPT
Holding out his hand, his dipped his head and eyed her from under his brow. “Will you dance with me, Lucy?”
She hesitated, glancing around as the couples took their positions. “I know not this dance.” In truth, she knew few dances, having avoided them for most of her life.
“I will teach you.”
Dominic snatched her hand and led her to the centre of the floor. Her heart slammed into her chest at the touch of his fingers. Why did his touch always incite such a reaction? Glancing around, she realised she could hardly tear herself away from him. Many were watching them. Especially the women.
“Stand there,” he ordered as he stepped back.
Her eyes darted from Dominic to the other dancers who moved confidently around them. He motioned for her to step forward and she did so, bringing herself closer to him. The dancers circled one another and Lucy mimicked them. His sapphire eyes remained on her, bright and alert and her skin tingled under his scrutiny. Why watch her so closely?
“Now step back,” he murmured.
She did as he bid, stepping back a little later than the other dancers. Her cheeks filled with heat but she could not tell it if was because of his examination of her or her lack of dancing ability. His eyes continued to follow her avidly and she dropped her gaze. Nay, it was Dominic who was the cause of her blush.
The dancers lined up and Lucy stumbled back, her eyes narrowing as Dominic’s crinkled in amusement. A lord and lady wove between them, working their way up the line. The lady’s hand brushed across Dominic’s chest as she passed, a flirtatious smile on her lips, and Lucy clenched her teeth together. He flicked a disinterested look at the woman before securing his gaze back onto hers.
Lucy and Dominic did the same, weaving through the other dancers until they reached the end of the line. Keeping her spine stiff, she resisted the urge to peek at him as she did so, but as they faced each other one more, his blue eyes caught hers and she could do little else but stare back.
Lord, she was getting lost in those penetrating eyes.
Stepping forward hastily, her eyes widened as his hands came about her waist. He lifted her easily and her heart came into her throat. The ladies around her squealed in delight as they too were lifted and then placed down, but surprise had struck her dumb.
“Move back,” he commanded quietly, his eyes darkening.
She faltered as she retreated, her pulse beating erratically. His look of desire confused her and she pulled her chin up. She would not be toyed with like this. It was time to wrest back some control.
They repeated the first movements and Lucy stepped confidently now. “I hear tell that you are searching for a wife,” she stated archly.
Dominic barely blinked. “Aye, ‘tis true. Why? Are you interested?”
“Hardly.” She released an unsteady laugh. “I thought you were to be married to Lady Isabel of…of Greycroft.”
“I was.” He circled her, appraising her openly as he did so.
She followed him with her gaze, hoping he could not see through her bold look. “But it seems she married your brother.”
“That she did.”
“Are you not angry? Did she not wound your ego?”
He shook his head with a shrug. “Nay. Jake loves his wife very much, why would I begrudge him that?”
“You did not love her?”
“I love Isabel as a sister. She is a fine woman but she is better suited to my brother. I do not regret that she is not my wife.”
“She probably does not regret it either,” she said with the raise of an eyebrow.
They wove their way in and out of the line and they waited as the other dancers took their place.
“Isabel did not suit me, but a woman like you…you would suit me very much.”
“Ha, you think me foolish enough to fall for such talk? I have heard much of your reputation, Dominic of Thornewall. You would promise marriage just for the chance of a tumble. I would not give up my virtue to such a man.”
His hands came upon her waist. “That sounds like a challenge,” he said before lifting her effortlessly.
He placed her down and Lucy gaped at him, speechless. The people around them clapped as the music ceased but Lucy paid little attention. Raw desire glinted in his expression and her stomach twisted. Surely that look was not for her? He was teasing her, playing with her, luring her in so he could strike her down.
She curled her fists and clamped her mouth shut as she swivelled on her heel. She would not let him make a fool of her again.
REVIEW BY SUE ELLEN ON BORDERLAND BRIDE
I would have to say the author has brought another exceptional well written novel to her readers with The Borderland Legacy. Borderland Bride is the first in a two book series, but each can stand alone. While riding out, Jake find Lady Isabel and takes her to his brothers keep. They find out she does not have the capable to hear or talk due to an accident that happened. He believes that he kept all his feelings blocked away since his ex wife, while Lady Isabel seems to be hiding a secret too. Can these two recover over their trust issues and learn that their is possibly something more there or will they throw everything away?
The author manages to show that when you lose your sense of hearing and talk other senses will start to cover those. I love the strong characters that she has written in this book. She shows that Lady Isabel has a sense of independence and her love for those around her and self sacrifice, especially during this one part in the novel she was willing to sacrifice everything just to save the friends she made and love. Jake’s love for his brother is strong and he is willing to do anything for Dominic’s keep even if its give up the love of his life, but you also see a caring side of him besides the temper that he likes to portrays. With all of these different characteristics to me the plot still flowed perfectly, and lets not forget the mixture of suspense! I say that this is another well worthy reading novel to pick up, this author always seems to amaze me with what she brings next!
REVIEW BY SUE ELLEN ON BORDERLAND BEAUTY
I would have to say the author has brought another exceptional well written novel to her readers with The Borderland Legacy. I loved this book and you are able to tell that a lot of effort and passion was brought into both of the novels in the series. You receive a little bit of story about Borderland Bride but not enough to ruin the book in case you have not read it, I do recommend reading both of these novels. In this one you meet one of the brothers Dominic who has been followed by a reputation of being what you consider a ladies man, but never how he truly is except for a good lord of the keep. Also you meet the stubborn (love her character) Lucy that due to a comment made to her by a handsome young man has truly believed herself unable to be loved even though she has grown into her figure by now. Dominic has never had to prove himself worthy to anyone, least of all a women, so this book has definitely gives you a laugh in the way he tries to make her esteem go up and also make her open her eyes and see how he feels. Or is he only doing it for a certain reason? Then you definitely get a twist to this book that normally happens to the women in these sort of novels, but the author weaves it perfectly. LOL this was definitely a great read and the way the author keeps you attached to her books is what makes an amazing author. My recommendation for this book is to go grab your copy and begin to be enchanted trust me you will love it!
Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Please answer the following questions; if there are a couple you want to reword or don’t answer because too much for general public just delete it.. 😀
1. Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I originally trained to be a nurse and also studied archaelogoy with the intention of going into that, but neither happened. I’ve done various jobs since but never considered writing until I penned my first book. I caught the bug and never looked back.
2. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?.
When I could actually pay my bills! At that point, I took it seriously and I treat it like a full time job now.
3. How long did it take to get your first book published?
I self-published my first book but my fourth was traditionally published. I took about four months for me to get that contract. It was a nerve-wracking wait!
4. Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
No I don’t. I’m very lucky that writing pays enough so I don’t have to supplement it with another job. I worked in retail for a while before I started writing and hated it. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that anymore!
5. As a self-publisher, do you have any plans to submit to a publish company? It is my understanding some authors prefer to stay as a self publish author because of flexibility.
I’m a hybrid author, so I do both. There are real benefits to both sides and I plan to do both. Traditional publishing means you have to follow their timeline which can take a long time. For example, one of my books I signed last year was given a release date a year ahead. So if I want to continue to bring stories to my readers in the meantime, I need to self-publish. I enjoy the control but it is much more expensive and also I’m very aware I rely on the self-publishing platforms. As many people know, last year some books were pulled from stores because of an overreaction from Kobo in the UK. That could happen again.
6. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It varies. My most recent book took about a month and a half and a few have only taken a month. The Borderland books took me about three months.
7. What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a
I’m releasing my first full-length contemporary this month and I’d never say never, but for the moment that will be it in that sub-genre. I’ve got the third Borderland book releasing this year and a short fantasy novella AND my next highland book. Historical romance will always be my first love.
8. What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love history and I had been devouring medieval romance. I also live in an area with a very strong medieval history. There’s lots of amazing old buildings and castles around me so it felt very natural for me to write medieval romances.
9. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? (ex. write better at nights, with music, etc)
I like to have music playing but other than that, I just sit down and get on with is. I try to do a normal 9-5 type day but I’m usually better at writing in the morning, weirdly even when I’m half asleep!
10. Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?
Not really. I hope to create strong, intelligent heroines who people can admire but mostly I write to entertain. If I can leave people with a warm fuzzy feeling, then I’ve done my job.
11. Your favorite food is?
Pastries of any kind. Though I don’t get on very well with gluten so I can’t eat them very often 😦
12. Your favorite singer/group is?
Poets of the Fall at the moment, an alternate rock band. Their lyrics and mesmerizing.
13. Your favorite Author is?
Sue Grafton. Her female PI character, Kinsey Millhone influenced me majorly when I was growing up. I wanted to be strong and resilient like her.
14. When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun?
Relax? No, I’m not sure I know what that word is… I am a workaholic but I force myself to take Sundays off. I usually spend it with my husband and twin girls. We often go out for breakfast or lunch and then take the dog for a long walk or play games. Last weekend we were doing Just Dance Disney. Husband kicked my butt which was very annoying!
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!
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