It’s my great pleasure to welcome multi-published author, Kathryn Le Veque. I’ve collaborated with Kathryn on several boxed sets and her enthusiasm and drive always contribute greatly to the success of these projects. Not to mention the wonderful stories she writes!
Great to be here, Anna. My title sounds weird, right? Kind of a ‘let’s eat hot dogs and caviar’ kind of idea. Actually, this ‘opposites attract’ is what fuels my coming release, BEAST, due December 16 on Amazon.
Let’s back track a little – I have 53 novels on Amazon and I’ve come to the point now where every novel I write has main characters from one of the 20 great family groups that I have established. The family trees look like spider’s webs – everyone interconnecting with everyone else, families with children intermarrying, or a cousin who marries into one of the many secondary family groups I have. I find that my readers love that – seeing familiar family names – because they already feel like they ‘know’ the hero or heroine, and I always make sure old friends show up in cameos or as secondary characters. That’s why I say that most of my books are related but they are not series.
Such is the case with BEAST, my December release. The BEAST is a very special hero named Sir Bastian de Russe. He is called ‘beast’ because he’s a hybrid of sorts – a beast of a warrior, if you will – because he has the bloodlines of six powerful Le Veque knights that flow through his veins, making him a kind of ‘super knight’. Some of my best heroes are his ancestors, which made his lineage pretty complicated because some of these men go back two hundred years. Still, Bastian is a hybrid of the best sort – powerful, cunning, smart, and with military DNA that any soldier would envy.
The year is 1431 and Bastian serves the Duke of Bedford, who was, at this point in time, instrumental in the capture and conviction of Joan of Arc. She was put to death in May of that year. Bastian served as her primary jailor because he was the knight with the best character and the fairest manner to deal with her. But here’s where the issues happen – Bastian comes to see how the English, with their supporters, literally railroaded Joan straight to the stake. Did you know that she wasn’t actually convicted of heresy? She was actually convicted of cross-dressing (it gets very complicated here, but trust me on this one). This uneducated, illiterate maid from Domremy stood up to the most intelligent men the ecclesiastical community had to offer and they could not break her. So they got her on a technicality. Up in flames she goes.
Bastian sees this happening and rather than support his English overlords, he ends up sympathizing with the Maid. She’s a truly tragic character. Before she dies, she asks a favor of him – a favor he grants – and it is this favor that carries through most of the novel. It causes him trouble, heartbreak, and nearly ends up costing him his wife, but like a man true to his words, he sees it through. We should all have someone as honorable as Bastian de Russe in our lives.
So Joan and the Beast had a special bond – not a romantic one – but one of understanding and, eventually, friendship. Bastian took a big chance doing that but it works out in the end. When BEAST is released on December 16, you’ll see how I resolved it.
BEAST will be my last release for 2014 and it’s been a year of great novels – Serpent, The Questing, and Netherworld among them. 2015 is looking even brighter with 8 releases scheduled. I’m very excited for what’s to come. But back to 2014 – it’s been a particularly good year for me as far as teaming up with other authors for bundles – I was privileged to join forces with Anna Markland, Laurel O’Donnell, and Catherine Kean for the two blockbuster bundles Magnificent Medieval Men and Magnificent Medieval Champions. What a thrill to be included with those great authors! We also formed a group of sorts with other great Medieval authors, including Highlander authors, to form the Queens of Medieval Romance and our first bundle is already up for pre-sale. Therefore, 2014 had been a pivotal year for me – but I’m very excited to see what 2015 brings.
A big thanks to the readers and lovers of Medieval Romance; without you, authors like me wouldn’t be here. You make it possible for us and we are very grateful for your support and enthusiasm. Here’s wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and blessings for the coming year.
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured on USA TODAY’s HEA blog along with numerous other publications and blogs.
In October 2014, she was the 31st MOST READ author on Amazon. She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012.
It’s been wonderful having Kathryn as my guest. As you know, my books follow the generations of a family and its offshoot branches, so I can readily identify with Kathryn’s passion for her families and bloodlines.
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