Today I welcome a new guest on the blog. I must say I love the premise of Kirsten S. Blacketer's book An Irresistible Shadow and I am sure you will too! Over to Kirsten.
Hello everyone! Thank you, Michaela, for hosting me on your blog today. My novel has several themes that run through it. The one that stands out the most to me is trust.
The story itself is set in a time when trust was a hard thing to come by. Trust between the classes, the government and her people, even between neighbors was often a very thin string. It was about survival, so there was always an element of distrust between people when times got tough.
Trust is a complex and often emotional thing. It takes time to develop it and keep it healthy. The heroine of my story, Lady Evelyn, is no stranger to the internal struggle of trusting and being trusted. A woman in medieval times was often considered property of her father, then property of her husband. They rarely ever tasted the freedoms that men did.
Lady Evelyn wants her father to trust her to make her own decisions when it comes to her fate. She dislikes the thought of marriage because she knows there will never be that element of trust and balance between her and a man.
When she meets Gabriel, a man who has chosen to hide his identity from her and the rest of the world, she makes a conscious decision to trust him. Although that decision is hard for her to make, she will come to understand the value of the trust she places in him as the story continues.
Trust is the lifeblood of this story. It is cultivated, nourished, broken, and betrayed. I hope you enjoy reading An Irresistible Shadow and Evelyn and Gabriel's journey of trust. Thank you.
(MR: That is an amazing cover! I LOVE IT!)
Ready for the Blurb?
Lady Evelyn Montgomery, only daughter of the Baron of Rayne, detests the thought of marriage. She will never allow a man to control her. Crushed by the constraints of propriety, she steals away from the safety of the keep and stumbles onto a plot designed to stir up trouble between England and Scotland. When a mysterious hooded man saves her, she fights her attraction to him as they join forces to hunt down a traitor and save her father. But can she save her heart?
Gabriel is a Shadow Guardian. Hiding beneath his black cowl and blending into the night, he is sworn to protect the Baron's daughter. The spirited Lady Evelyn is far from the delicate flower he anticipated. She makes herself crystal clear, no man will possess her. Can he prove to her that love can be more than just possession? Or will the traitor they seek tear them apart forever?
Here is a little Excerpt:
The forest thinned into small, flat clearing. Gabriel dismounted and drew his sword, motioning for her to join him. Evelyn slipped from her saddle and unsheathed her own. Facing him on the field, she nodded.
Gabriel attacked, bringing his blade across to hit her left shoulder. She parried to the left to block him. He switched sides and swiped down toward her right shoulder. Evelyn countered with a parry to the right.
"Is this going to be challenging at some point?" Evelyn smirked.
Gabriel brought his blade across aiming for her left leg, which she blocked, then down to her right. She blocked again.
"Truly? You think me simple?" she asked.
He hesitated, then lunged. When she tilted her sword to parry to the right, he retracted, spinning around her to tap her bottom with the blunt of his blade. She shifted her heated gaze to him. His face was still darkened by the deep hood, but she could sense his amusement.
"That is trickery, a dirty move," she exclaimed, tracking his movements.
"There is no such thing as a fair fight, so fight dirty," he said. "Do you concede?"
"Nay." Evelyn lifted her blade and charged him. He blocked her thrust, parrying to the right, pushing the momentum of the blade around to wrench it from her grasp. Throwing her weight into it, she stomped down on his foot with her heel and twisted it with all her strength.
He dropped back, slipping from her grasp and shaking his foot.
"You learn quickly, Princess."
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Here is more about Kirsten:
Kirsten S. Blacketer is a stay at home mother of two energetic children and a Brittany Spaniel. A proud U.S. Air Force Wife, she spends a majority of her time with her family, going where the military sends them. She is an avid romance reader. The countless stories floating around her head fill notebooks stashed in her bookcase next to books of her handwritten poetry. Drawn to male beauty, nothing entices or entrances her like horses and handsome men in cravats (or a uniform). When she’s not lost in a universe of words, Kirsten enjoys photography, horseback riding, gardening, and rollercoasters. Her husband is her daily inspiration and constant support.
Her passion for writing sparked in eighth grade English, thanks to Mr. Mushrush. Then it caught fire in high school, in Mr. West’s sophomore English class. But it was her father’s encouragement that made her push to become the writer she is today. Surrounding herself with likeminded writers, they fostered her love for writing and helped her reach this monumental goal in her life.
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