Dec 03

Joan of Arc… and the Beast that Befriended Her by Kathryn Le Veque

katagain vegas 1It’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.beast new cover 2014 a

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.

Serpent new 2014BEAST 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.Questing paperback cover perfect specs Use THIS FILE new 2014

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.

With much love, Kathryn
Website: http://www.kathrynleveque.com/
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Netherworld new 2014 use thisKATHRYN 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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  1. Jacquie Biggar

    Really enjoyed this post Kathryn. I had never heard that about Joan before, interesting. That’s part of what makes historicals so great. You learn about historical facts and as a bonus get to immerse yourself in a great romance!

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      Thanks, Jacquie! Yes, the historical information on Joan of Arc was really tragic and quite fascinating. Thanks again for your comment!

  2. Suzan Tisdale

    Kathryn, you are beautiful! 😀 I can’t wait to dig into this book! xoxoox

  3. Kathryn Le Veque

    Suz, I’m humble with your praise! Thank you for your lovely comment!! Much love to you, my friend!

  4. Nicole Laverdure

    Beautiful interview! I am a huge fan of Kathryn’s medieval stories, love yours too Anna! I guess I’m addicted to that period of time!

  5. Lori Tolley

    Patiently (lol) waiting for The Beast.

  6. Margaret

    Kathryn, I discovered all your historicals earlier this year. Read them all and started reading them again. Waiting, waiting, impatiently waiting for this one. Thank you so much for many hours of wonderful reading. LOVE these boxed sets ladies!!!… more great reading, extending my list of favorite authors.

  7. Melissa Keir

    I knew that Joan was railroaded but not how she ended up being convicted on something so simple. After all, they could have condemned so many people on that conviction. The cover is wonderful and your books sound amazing!

  8. Kathryn Le Veque

    Ladies, thank you so much for your kind words. BEAST was actually an emotionally draining book to write given the subject matter, but it has an amazing ending. In my book not only did Bastian have a HEA, but Joan of Arc kind of did, too 🙂

  9. Monica

    I have enjoyed so many of your books I believe I have read them all. I love how they link families…you are such an amazing author…Thank you have already pre order your next book….

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      Monica, thank you! So happy to hear that! I’m so glad you like all of the linked books because I’ve reached the point in my writing career where I have soooo many families that I’ve just stopped introducing new names. LOL! No new blood, at least for awhile, I think.

      Thank you for your very kind note!

  10. marie

    Kathryn love your books and Anna s so much . I alway s reread them while waiting for the next . Same with Anna s . I have already pre booked any i can for the future . I am so looking forward to2015 to recieve them as they are released . Thank you to Anna and you both for such a wonderful retreat from the real world at times . Marie xx

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      I agree – Anna is amazing. I really admire the longevity she’s had in this industry. Plus, she’s a great gal! Thank you so much for your kind words – Anna and I appreciate your support!

  11. Lana Williams

    Wonderful interview, Kathryn! Fascinating premise for Beast! Can’t wait to read it! Your success is well deserved with all the amazing hard work you put in! Congrats, and may 2015 be even brighter for you!

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      Thank you, Lana!! Your kind words are much appreciated!! Best wishes to you for 2015, as well! 🙂

  12. Judy Baker

    Gorgeous picture of your Kathryn. Love the black and white book cover with the flaming fire below, very classy. I enjoyed your post.

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      Thank you so much, Judy. I’m so glad you like the cover – I do my own, so I’m so happy to hear nice things about them! 🙂

  13. Linda Andrews

    Great post. I didn’t know she was convicted on a technicality but being burned at the stakes for cross dressing is a little extreme

    1. Kathryn Le Veque

      Yep, that’s exactly what they got her on, ultimately. It gets very complicated, but that’s the gist of it.

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