Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lady Rowena's Ruin

The fourth book in the Knights of Champagne mini-series set in Twelfth century France will be published in December 2015. 

Here is the cover blurb:

Stolen from the convent!

Kidnapped by a masked horseman, Lady Rowena despairs. Her cloistered convent life is in tatters, her reputation surely ruined. Until she discovers her abductor is her father's favoured knight…

Loyal, honourable Sir Eric of Monfort has done as Rowena's father commanded. And though his body might crave her, he will not bed an innocent maiden. But as danger circles, there is only one way for Eric to protect Rowena—by making her his lady in every sense!

Some of the scenes in Lady Rowena's Ruin  take place at Christmas time. Below are some examples of what medieval Christmas decorations might have looked like. I took the photos at Cotehele in Cornwall. The wonderful swag below is made from thousands of dried flowers. Holly and ivy were more traditional materials. Usually the foliage would not be brought into the hall until Christmas Eve, along with the Yule Log. 

 (My Almanack of Folklore tells me that traditionally, the Yule Log shouldn't be bought, it should be found or given and it would be lit at dusk on Christmas Eve and kept burning throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. It shouldn't go out! And a piece of the burnt log should be saved at the end of the season to help light next year's Yule Log.)

Garland of Dried Flowers

Shield decorated with beech leaves

When Rowena visits Paris she stays near Notre Dame

Text copyright © 2015 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2015 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RoNA Rose Shortlist 2015!

The Romantic Novelists' Association have just announced the 2015 shortlist for category or series and shorter romance - novels that focus on the developing love affair between the hero and heroine.
Here it is: 

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Caroline Anderson, Risk of a Lifetime, Mills & Boon Medical Romance
Fiona Harper, Taming Her Italian Boss, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish
Margaret McPhee, The Gentleman Rogue, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Carol Townend, Unveiling Lady Clare, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Scarlet Wilson, The Heir of the Castle, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish

Congratulations to everyone on the list. It's fabulous to see Unveiling Lady Clare there too!

Here's a link to the page on the RNA website where you can see all the shortlisted books and their covers: Full RNA Shortlist

Mills & Boon have brought out an eBook containing all the shortlisted titles. Here's the cover pic:

Here we are posing for our picture before the awards ceremony...

And the winner is:

Louise Allen, for Scandal's Virgin.

Congratulations, Louise!