So here it is, the concluding extract for Medieval Mondays, from my own 2017 book Besieged and Betrothed –
‘Next you need to lower the drawbridge and surrender to Sir Guian.’
‘Sir Guian!’ Juliana felt as though he’d just pressed the dagger to her throat, not hurled it into the moat.
Lothar nodded stiffly. ‘He was the one sent to capture Haword. The Empress wants him to hold it.’
‘But he was never going to attack!’
‘None the less, those are the Empress’s orders.’
‘But… Sir Guian!’
She spat the name in disgust. Of all the men in the world, how could Lothar expect her to surrender to him? The very thought of his smug, gloating face was repellent. The same face that she’d slapped and scratched at in her haste to escape four months before. If she surrendered now then he’d think that he’d won, that she was yielding more than just a castle, that she was surrendering herself, too. She felt as if her blood was turning to ice.
‘You tricked me!’
If you’re interested, here’s the blurb –
Ruthless warrior Lothar the Frank has laid siege to Castle Haword, but there’s a fiery redhead in his way—and she’s not backing down!
More tomboy than trembling maiden, Lady Juliana Danville would rather die than lose the castle. When she’s caught on opposite sides of a war, a marriage bargain is brokered to bring peace. But is blissful married life possible when Juliana has a dangerous secret hidden within the castle walls?
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