Saturday, January 9, 2010

Win Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena

In twelfth century France, King Henry II of England has just finished quashing a rebellion by his power-hungry sons and now seeks to tame the lawless barons who supported them in this corner of his "Angevin empire." To this end, the king has sent the Earl of Gunthar as his royal representative to ensure that Prince Richard and his former cohorts faithfully adhere to the terms of the peace treaty.
Far from being welcomed with open arms, Gunthar no sooner steps foot in the county of Poitou than he is greeted by a series of assassination attempts. All appear to be linked to the former rebellious prince through the agents of the family and friends of young Heléne de Laurant. A clever, intrepid young woman, she realizes that the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. Heléne races against time—and dark secrets of the past—to unmask the killer before the kingdom plunges back into war.
Fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction as Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor. But their blinding magnetism almost causes them to overlook an even deadlier threat from an entirely unexpected direction.
It was not a request, and he caught her hand as she tried to snatch the bit from his fingers. An angry blush stole up into her cheeks.
“I don’t want--”
“I did not ask you if you wanted it. I told you to eat it.”
She closed her lips and glared at him.
“There has been enough of this nonsense, my lady. Everyone is staring, and above all things I abominate a scene. The meat is your own selection. Now open your mouth and eat.”
Perhaps it was his commanding stare. Perhaps it was her mother’s warning gaze, brimming with a promise of punishment for her daughter’s intractable attitude all evening. Or perhaps it was merely embarrassment at all the shocked eyes viewing her defiance of Gunthar. In any event, she opened her mouth and he popped the morsel inside. Glorying in his first victory of the night, he followed it with another and another, until the slice of venison was gone, and so was his currant tart. Her silvery eyes glared daggers at him, but she obediently swallowed each mouthful and he finally judged her ready for some wine to wash it down.
The cup was almost empty. He signaled Julian to refill it. This time he succeeded in doing no more than pressing it under her nose, for she refused to obey him further and obstinately kept her mouth shut.
Gunthar let her go and sat back in his chair, satisfied just the same. She would not dare to ignore him again. He would allow her to sulk a little, and when the meal was ended he would have the tables cleared away for dancing. She would be required to accept his hand. He would request something quick and complicated, involving lifts, that he might have license to span her waist with his hands. And perhaps while he held her in the air, he would grow clumsy and allow his grasp on her to slip. She would then slide down into his arms, and he would feel her slender body close to his...
His blood coursed at the thought and he reached again for the cup, this time to slake his own thirst.
A sharp slap dashed it out of his hand. The wine splashed across the table, staining the tablecloth and drenching a platter of food. Gunthar turned his startled gaze in the direction of the blow and saw Heléne on her feet, staring after the tumbled cup with wide, frightened eyes. Her hand still hovered in the air and she was shaking like a leaf.
“My lady--?”
“Cowbane,” she whispered. “Poison.”
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This summer I reviewed the sequel to Loyalty's Web, Illuminations of the Heart. I loved that book and can't wait to read this one. If you enjoy a fast-paced romance, you will adore Joyce's books.
Win your free copy of Loyalty's Web by Joyce DiPastena
Must be a follower of my blog to enter.
1 entry for sharing your favorite genre of books (historical, romance, suspense, fantasy, etc.)
2 entries for sharing the current giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (please provide a link)
4 entries for posting about the current giveaway or the month-long contest on your personal blog or putting it on your sidebar. If you post about the overall contest, please let me know which book you'd like your extra entries put towards. (please provide a link)
Please include an e-mail address or other contact info.
Contest closes January 25th.
Contest open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
This contest is now closed.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. On Monday, I will be spotlighting and giving away Altered Plans by Rebecca Talley. You're all just going to love me when you read these books. I really wish I could enter the contest!


  1. I enjoy reading most genres ~ mystery/suspense are my favorite at the moment. I'm reading Margaret Coel's Wind Rivers series right now.

    Thanks for the great contests Cami!

  2. Romance all the way, followed closely by romantic suspense. :)

  3. I posted on twitter:
    My email address is rachael(at)rachaelreneeanderson(dot)com

    Thanks for all the great giveaways, Cami!

  4. I posted an announcement on my blog:
    I love a lot of favorite genres, but the top three are 1) Inspirational/Self-Help 2) Fantasy Romance 3) Historical Romance.
    I, uh, also posted on FB. ( )
    I've heard a lot about this book, what an accomplishment for Joyce, huh?
    Anyway, thanks for the opportunity, Cami!
    My e-mail address is

  5. *Contented Sigh* Historical romance is my favorite genre. :)

  6. I love historical books, mystery and a bit of romance only add to the historical story for me.

    Thank you :)

  7. My Favorite is a historical romance or a novel set in today's world with romance. That is what I like the most though I read lots of other stuff.

  8. I love so many, but mostly it's probably historical romance. There is something magical about horse-drawn carriages and propriety.

  9. So happy that you all love a bit of romance! Where would we be without that happily ever after?
    Thanks for all the entries and for sharing the contests.
    Happy Monday,

  10. I love historical romance and fiction.

  11. my fav is contemporary romance. love the HEA.


  12. I became a follower of your blog so I could enter your contest, but I promise to be a true follower. Historical fiction is my most favorite type of book to read. While I'm being entertained I'm also learning.

  13. Do I have to only pick one genre??? I love romance--Highland Historical is probably my fave, but love time travel and fantasy, too. Hmmm--I very rarely meet a genre I don't like. LOL!!!
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  16. Thanks, Connie! That is a great point about historical fiction. I wish I was patient enough to write it!
    I love that, Robyn! My son and I are the same way. We love so many books, if only there was more money to buy them all and more time to read them all!

  17. My favourite genre is mysteries but I'll read almost anything.
    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  18. I like reading several genres - fantasy, Highland romance, historical fiction, mystery.... The list goes on & on!
    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

  19. Thanks, Wanda and Cheryl. So many fun books!


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