Once part of a powerful border clan, John has not set sight on the Brunson stone tower in years. With failure never an option, he must persuade his family to honour the King’s call for peace.
To succeed, John knows winning over the daughter of an allied family, Cate Gilnock, holds the key. But this intriguing beauty is beyond the powers of flattery and seduction. Instead, the painful vulnerability hidden behind her spirited eyes calls out to John as he is inexorably drawn back into the warrior Brunson clan…
Thanks for having me today. I just got back from my annual writers retreat, so I’m a little fuzzy in the brain. For a week each November, I escape to a beach house with a bunch of other writers and I can pretend I live Diane Keaton’s life in “Something’s Gotta Give” – that of a wildly wealthy, full-time writer.
Well, I can dream.
Reading can give you that kind of escape, though, for those minutes you are lost in a story. Historical romance in particular whisks you far from the reality of cell phones and gas prices to a very different time and place.
Such is my hope for my readers as I launch my new trilogy. RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, a current release from the Harlequin Historical line, is the first of three about the Brunson Clan, a family of Reivers on the Scottish Borders during the early Tudor era.
CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD follows in January 2013, and TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL in March 2013.
The term “Borders,” refers to an area encompassing both sides of the formal demarcation line between England and Scotland. It operated in many ways like a third country and even had its own laws. Reiving, or raiding, was a way of life, and not one that respected national boundaries.
Whether there was a formal war or an uneasy peace, this area was, in effect, a war zone for 300 years. And among the “wars” was one between the king and families like my Brunsons, a family that will kneel to no one.
The first book is the story of John, the youngest Brunson, who returns home after years of serving as a “big brother” to the young Scottish king. John is a man with something to prove, both to himself and to his family. As the only blue-eyed Brunson, he’s always felt as if he didn’t belong. Now, he no longer wants to. As soon as he enforces the king’s command for peace, he plans to return to his life at court and leave the valley of his birth for the last time.
But first, he must persuade Cate Gilnock to release his family from their promise to avenge her father’s death. Cate is a woman fierce as a warrior, but behind her eyes John senses vulnerability and secrets she refuses to share. Bit by bit, he falls in love with her, and with each step, he is drawn back into the life he thought he had left behind forever. Because of Cate, he discovers he is more like the rest of his family than he thought until, finally, he must decide: Is he truly a Brunson? Or is he the King’s man after all?
I hope the story will whisk you away to the world of the strong and stubborn Brunsons.
So, what time periods are your favorite escape? And why? A lucky reader who comments on today’s blog will be randomly selected to win a signed copy of RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR.
Blythe Gifford has been known for medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket. Now, she’s launching a trilogy set on the turbulent Scottish Borders of the early Tudor era, starting with RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR, November 2012, Harlequin Historical. CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD will follow in January 2013, and TAKEN BY THE BORDER REBEL in March 2013. The Chicago Tribune has called her work “the perfect balance between history and romance.” Visit her at www.blythegifford.com, www.facebook.com/BlytheGifford, or www.twitter.com/BlytheGifford.
Photo credits. Cover used with permission. Author photo by Jennifer Girard.