This week’s extract is from the wonderful Lane McFarland’s A King’s Enemies (www.lanemcfarland.com)
Katherine followed the matron through the majestic dining room. How she hated taking advantage of the sweet woman. She would never do anything to harm Hildred but the deception was necessary. In her lowly maid’s position, Katherine brought no attention to herself. She raised little suspicion when someone discovered her in others’ bedchambers, putting away linens, straightening the quarters, or running errands for the queen’s companion. She’d even taken on an English accent. No one realized she was a Scot.
Her servile position in the queen’s court was the ideal cover, a role where Katherine could keep track of her enemies without provoking unwanted questions. Now with the king’s appointment, her plan grew more difficult to execute. But without a doubt, she would give de Seabrooke his just due.
Follow along next week on Ceci Giltenan’s blog at https://cecigiltenan.com/
And if you want to know more…
Tormented by King Edward’s brutality against Scottish sympathisers, Drake Fletcher vows revenge, but only a madman single-handedly attacks the Crown. Instead, he enters the royal court as a spy to aid Robert the Bruce’s rise to power and place a formidable leader on Scotland’s throne.
Scottish lass Katherine Mackenzie Armstrong targets three of King Edward’s officers who brutally raped and murdered her mother. Disguised as one of Queen Margaret’s attendants, she sets a course to destroy the men.
The acts of treason both Drake and Katherine commit are punishable by death in The Tower of London but their determination pushes dangerous limits. Considered enemies, they use each other to gain vital information. Neither expect their overwhelming attraction to one another, the staggering emotions stirred. But the closer they become, the more they jeopardize their pledges of vengeance.
Will the weight of retaliation crush them, see them beheaded? Or will Katherine and Drake form an alliance and learn to live and love again?