by Miriam Newman
GENRE: Historical Fantasy Romance
Given to a famous old warlord to seal a treaty between two tribes, Ganina is a young girl with love to give. But Atulfa is old enough to be her grandfather. Then Atulfa and his oldest son die under mysterious circumstances and it is rumored that a younger son, Senec, has arranged their deaths.
Left without the old man’s protection, Ganina is fodder for the vicious torment of his other wives. She has no choice but to cast her lot with Senec.
Whatever he is, he is the new warlord and she is now at his mercy.
They had shrouded him in blankets against the falling snow and for a moment she thought possibly he was dead, but no one stopped her as she lifted back a corner of one blanket. Not dead, then. Senec squinted up at her through flakes drifting down, said her name, and then closed his eyes again.
Men were swarming around her then—Ifelsten’s men. He had known when he saw her run to the litter where Senec was and responded at once. The Westenians had long experience dealing with the wounded and traded off expertly with the Covetian riders, working poles through the sides of the blanket to lift her husband free.
“Take him to my quarters,” she instructed, asserting privilege. But it was the logical spot and no one argued. She noted in passing that Ifelsten was standing beside her father’s horse, both of them heavily engaged in conversation with the aid of someone who understood them. But she was busy directing the men carrying Senec to her rooms, with Pytor hurrying beside her. He had attended their wounded many times.
“Roll him on his side,” he told the men. “Carefully. Now roll the blankets up to his back. Good. Roll him back the other way. Now pull.”
They extricated Senec like a caterpillar out of its cocoon, but he had not stirred. Behind her, Ganina heard heavy booted footsteps and look up from her husband only long enough to see her father with Ifelsten.
“What happened?” she demanded.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at www.miriamnewman.com.
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