Medieval Monday! A Knight Before Christmas

It’s time for Medieval Monday! Follow along every week to read the excerpt from A Knight Before Christmas at different author’s website and leave a comment at each site.

I am featuring an excerpt from my medieval holiday novella, A Knight Before Christmas. What’s the story about?

Will the Yuletide bring a miracle or spell doom for their love?

Blamed by her father for her twin sister’s death on Christmas Eve, Lady Eve Chandos agrees to marry a man she does not love to please him and appease his years of wrath. Betrayed by his brother at an early age, Sir Gabriel Bedford decides it is time to make amends and attends his brother’s marriage, but he is unprepared for the beauty Lady Eve has grown into and the attraction that quickly sparks between them.

As Christmas approaches, can Eve and Gabriel find the happiness they seek, or will the secrets of their past doom them to remain apart forever?

Here’s the beginning of the excerpt

“And a beautiful angel appeared to Mary,” Eve said to the circle of wide-eyed children sitting on the stone floor before her. “The angel said to her, ‘do not be afraid’.”

“Was she afraid?” a small girl with dark brown hair asked.

“No. It was an angel of God. There was nothing to be afraid of.”

“Where you afraid when you saw the angel?” another child with freckles asked.

Caught off guard, Eve glanced over the small group of children collected before her. The children were silent, staring raptly at her, waiting for an answer. “I never saw an angel and even if I did, I would not be afraid,” she admitted honestly.

The children exploded with questions and talking. “I would have been afraid.” “Was the angel flying?” “Did she have wings?”

“Eve.” The voice boomed through the small room.

Eve saw her father standing in the doorway. She quickly stood, apologizing to the groaning children, and made her way to her father. He was a tall, battle hardened man. His dark hair was graying at the sides and his mustache was completely gray. “I’m sorry, Father,” she said softly. “I promised them a tale and –”

“You should not speak of the incident.”

Eve stuttered for a moment, knowing how he disliked when she spoke of it. “They asked. I couldn’t –”

“You fill their heads with fancy and the next thing you know they will all be out looking for angels.”

Eve bowed her head. “I’m sorry, Father.”

“They should be preparing for their station in life. Many of them will not survive winter if we do not have enough food.”

“We were granted fields full of healthy crops this year. We have more than enough food.”

He stopped and faced her. “You misunderstand. They are children from lesser families. You should not be wasting your time with them.”


Continue reading this excerpt from A Knight Before Christmas next week on Barbara Bettis’s website and don’t forget to leave a comment! –


Here’s a list of where the excerpt will continue each week –

November 25 – Barbara Bettis –

December 2 – Ashley York –

December 9 – Lane McFarland –

December 16 – Mary Morgan –

December 23 – Bambi Lynn –

December 30 – Cathy MacRae –

January 6 – Ruth A Casie –

January 13 – Sherry Ewing –

January 20 – Judith Sterling –

And finally, I return here for the last of the excerpt and to announce the winner!



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