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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Excerpt: A Knight with Grace by Laurel O'Donnell / @indiesagepromo @laurelodonnel

Series & Title: Assassin Knights, Book 1: A Knight with Grace
Author: Laurel O'Donnell
Release Date: July 21, 2016
Genre: Historical (Medieval), Romance

Lady Grace Willoughby defies her father’s orders to marry Sir William de Tracy and escapes with a friend. She has no intention of wedding a cursed man, a man ostracized from the church, a man who would only doom any future children they might have to the fires of Hell. She prays for a knight to rescue her.

Excommunicated and outcast for a horrible crime in his past, Sir William de Tracy searches for forgiveness. Marriage has never crossed his mind until Lord Willoughby commissions him to retrieve his fleeing daughter and honor the dying wish of his father by marrying Grace.

But things are not as they seem. And when an assassin tries to kill Grace, William must choose between his soul and the woman he has come to love. Can William and Grace overcome their past and find the redemption and love both are so desperately seeking?

“Are we in danger?”

He paused. He didn’t want to alarm her, but he didn’t want to lie. “Yes,” he answered. He left the cottage and picked up the bags, slinging them casually over his shoulder. He whistled softly as he led Hellfire in, secretly scanning the forest. William didn’t see him, but he knew Peter was out there. Watching. Waiting. The questions Peter had asked about Grace made it obvious he was tracking her. He knew the man, had worked with him before. And he didn’t like him. Peter was unscrupulous and untrustworthy.

Once William entered the cottage, he began to load Hellfire. Grace helped, handing him another bag. William put the saddle on his horse, murmuring softly to Hellfire. When the task was complete, he straightened and looked at Grace. She stared at him, concern furrowing her forehead. He put the saddle on the other horse. He would use Curtis’s horse to confuse Peter by sending the animal down another road. When he was finished, he turned to Grace and stretched out a hand to her.

She looked down at it. “Perhaps you should go without me.”

He lowered his hand.

“You are a good knight. Much different than I expected. I don’t want you hurt because of me.”

He lifted his hand to her again. “I will not leave without you.”

She looked at him and he could have swore there was admiration in her eyes. But that couldn’t be. Admiration was not a look people bestowed on him, especially not beautiful noble women. She placed her hand into his. The touch of her warm skin sent a rush through his body. He pulled her gently forward and caught her by the waist. For a moment, he looked down at her. Lord, how he wanted to kiss her lips. They stood that way for a long moment. His gaze moved over her face, caressing every curve. She was beautiful. He had been unprepared for these feelings. And for Grace.


Laurel O’Donnell has won numerous awards for her works, including the Holt Medallion for A Knight of Honor, the Happily Ever After contest for Angel’s Assassin, and the Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest for Immortal Death. The Angel and the Prince was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for their prestigious Golden Heart award. O’Donnell lives in Illinois with her cherished children, her beloved husband and her five cats. She finds precious time every day to escape into the medieval world and bring her characters to life in her writing.

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