This week I’ve re-released The Regent’s Knight, a novella previously published by Amber Allure Press.
This is one of my favorite shorter pieces. I love fantasy, and the characters in this just came alive for me. Purists of the genre might argue the guys in this story speak in a much more contemporary way than, say, those in anything ever written by Tolkein, but this is exactly the type of fantasy I like to read. Tart, sassy characters, internal conflict, a drafty castle, men in clanking armor, and lots of hot sex.
As an aside, the first novel I ever wrote was a fantasy epic entitled The Magical Stones of Pharr. No, it’s not available for readers, so don’t ask. It was basically my “on-the-job” training as a writer and is really pretty dreadful. I spent most of my high school years crafting the world of Pharr, and finished the novel my freshman year of college. After graduation, I re-read it and thought, simply, ugh. It was a culmination of everything I’d read up to that point in my life, rearranged and regurgitated and reprocessed through my own life experiences. I knew it wasn’t publishable, and I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to write any longer.
But when The Regent’s Knight came along, the land of Pharr was just waiting to be populated with another, better story. Not to mention sexy knights in shining armor who fell ~ and fell hard ~ for the king’s son.
Prince Amery Llewellen is the only son of King Adin of Pharr and heir to the throne. When his father is lost in battle with the barbaric tribes invading the northern Pharrisian border, Amery becomes regent in his father’s stead. The royal advisers pressure him to take the crown and assume the throne, but doing so will force him to take a wife as well. Amery is loathe to do that, because he’s deeply in love with one of his knights, Sir Tovin Raimus, from the southland.
Such a relationship is forbidden — both because Tovin is another man and because he is a knight, much below the station of a prince. After King Adin forbid their union, Tovin and Amery masked their love with fights and arguments designed to make the servants believe they loathe each other. The whole castle dreads the news that the northern border has been breached, because when Tovin is assigned the position of castellan, that makes him head of castle security. His being stationed so near the regent has the servants believing the two will fight to the death.
That’s just a farce to keep their love a secret. But Pharr needs a crowned ruler, and Amery must decide whether to take his rightful place on the throne or forsake his kingdom for the love of one man.
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