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Thursday, August 6, 2020

New Release -- Knight of the Red Rose: The Rose and the Sword by Cynthia Breeding

French emissary Stephen Picard arrives a day early in London to attend King Edward’s masquerade ball in order to get a feel for how much support there would be to restore the Lancasterian King Henry to the throne.  Although he is on an official mission from King Louis to work on a treaty with England, secretly he’s on a double mission for his aunt, Margaret of Anjou, wife of the imprisoned King Henry.  He just doesn’t expect to meet a warrior maiden dressed as Boudicca—a Celtic queen even more formidable than his aunt— at the ball.

Luciana Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk and one of the Queen’s personal attendants, spots the handsome, mysterious man dressed as a pirate immediately, and wonders who he is.  She recognizes him instantly the next morning when he is introduced to the English Court, and when asked, she is more than happy to act as the official scribe to the treaty talks.

Only, she isn’t just a scribe.  She’s also been asked to spy on the emissary to make sure he does not secretly support Queen Margaret, who is in exile in France.

But spying becomes more difficult as she and Stephen are more and more attracted to each other, and she is torn between her duty to her York king and her love of a Lancaster knight.  Can there be a future for Luciana and her KNIGHT OF THE RED ROSE


 Her eyes scanned the hall once again and then flicked back to the entrance to the man who’d just entered. Even at this distance, she could feel the power he exuded. He was dressed as a pirate with a cocked hat and a wicked-looking, curved scimitar at his side, although he wore a black mask instead of an eye patch. Tight-fitting breeches clung to muscular thighs and a white linen shirt whose laces were loose exposed a broad, masculine chest. Rolled-up sleeves revealed equally impressive forearms. Everywhere she looked, his skin was sun-bronzed, and she wondered if he really was a pirate. Certainly, the raven-black hair that flowed to his shoulders added to the look. A rather dangerous look. She was sure she’d never seen him at Court.

Who was he?

As if he’d somehow fathomed her thoughts, the pirate turned his head and met her gaze. An odd tingle slid down her spine. She couldn’t tell what color his eyes were with the mask in place, but she had the feeling that the stare was both penetrating and bold before he turned abruptly and was lost in the crowd coming in.

Luciana blinked. Time had seemed suspended, but of course, it wasn’t. The harpist was still strumming the same melody. Where had her—the—pirate gone?



  1. Congratulations on your new release, Cynthia! This one sounds really exciting and with a mysterious pirate hero!

  2. Congratulations on your new release, Cynthia! I see there is plenty of international intrigue in this story. I love the Medieval time period.
    I wish you every success...

  3. Cynthia, I loved this story soooo much! Really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to see how you'd resolve it, but as always, it had a wonderfully exciting ending and kept me turning the pages all through the story! Congratulations on your wonderful new release!

  4. Congrats, Cynthia. I always love your Medievals!! Great Cover, too.

  5. Cynthia,

    Ooh... another medieval story. Can't wait to read it. Congratulations.

  6. This looks amazing. So many twists and turns! Congratulations on the release, Cynthia!!!

  7. Congratulatiosn, Cynthia. All the best on this intriguing story. Doris

  8. Congratulations on your new release. It sounds very exciting!

  9. I love the cover, awesome. And the story sounds like a great read, and I know it will be. Congratulations on this release and wishing you the best. Looking forward to another terrific read. Thanks

  10. Thanks to all of you for your comments. I had replied to each one and hit “publish” but I guess they didn’t go through. Not surprising since I am usually at war with technology. Hope this works!!!