Next week, I’ll be publishing a new medieval romance, called One Knight’s Return. It’s a revision of a story that was published under the title My Lady’s Champion by Harlequin Historicals in 1996. I know that some of you have been reading my books since those days, and suspect others are wondering why I changed the title.
Well, the book is quite different. The hero is still Quinn de Sayerne and the heroine is still Melissande d’Annossy. They still have an arranged marriage and are compelled to wed against their respective wills in order to keep (or obtain) their family holding. Sparks still fly between this pair. The story is still set in the fictional realm of Tulley, which is loosely based on the Valais canton in modern Switzerland, which is around the city of Sion. Berthe (Melissande’s maid) and Bayard (Quinn’s companion knight) are still interested in each other. 🙂
There are many differences, even so. First off, the book is now part of the Rogues & Angels series, featuring eight knights who served together in Palestine. Both Quinn and Bayard were in that company, which agreed to gather again at Sayerne. Those other knights make appearances in this book now – plus Bayard now has a gift from the tavern keeper in the Holy Land, which influences his story. The second half of the book is new and I like the development of Quinn and Melissande’s relationship better. Lord de Tulley has a niece now, Heloise von Idelstein, who has come to live with her uncle after the demise of her parents. There are quite a few differences, so if you read My Lady’s Champion, you’ll still find a lot that’s new—as well as some parts that are familiar. I still love Quinn so he didn’t change very much. 🙂
If you intend to continue reading the series, you’ll want to meet Niall and Heloise, too, and witness their first meeting. They’ll star in the next book in the series, One Knight’s Desire. I’m already wondering how that charming rogue Niall MacGillivray will convince the stern Lord de Tulley to consider him a suitable spouse for Heloise—and what Heloise might do to encourage Niall.
One Knight’s Return will be available at GooglePlay on the publication day. The print editions might be available a little earlier, depending on the processing time at the various portals.