Emily Klein has just released a new historical romance book, A Good Knight’s Kiss. Today she is taking time to give us some more insights into her book. There’s also an excerpt here for you to enjoy. Be sure to follow the tour and check out more insights and reviews. And of course, there is a great giveaway to enter!
Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.
A romantic coming of age story about a precocious, ginger baron’s bastard, who becomes a knight and learns when to control his passions, and when to follow them
What was the inspiration behind this book?
I was inspired by my love for history, my interest in the Wars of the roses, balladry, medieval romances. I was also inspired by my experience as a young mother to wee children and my experience as a young girl as the precocious, bookish “weird” kid
What kind of research did you have to do for it?
I had to research the process of becoming a knight, horses, medieval hunting, some history of the 15th century
Which character was your favorite to write?
I would have to say John, my protagonist. I think he’s a fairly rounded character, and I liked delving into his childhood, and writing him as a wee lad growing up .
To which character did you relate the most?
I would have to say John, again. I was also the precocious, weird, lonely kid, with high sensibilities to what others felt and thought.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
The scene where Catherine realises she’s in love with John, the scene where John realises he’s in love with Catherine, the seduction scene… I’m a romantic what can I say .
Will we see these characters again?
No, this is a standalone novel. I have a book series which includes The Draughtsman Damsel, the yet unpublished Greenwood side, and the WIP Reynardine Redeemed.
A Good Knight’s Kiss is a romantic coming-of-age story.
John’s uncanny cleverness and insight, and his red hair, cause his stepmother to fear him, thinking him a devilish daemon.
He sets off, much to his chagrin, to start his new life as page, squire, and then knight to his uncle-by-marriage. As often happens, he falls in love. But it is with his lord’s daughter, no less.
John is sensitive, astute and fiery, and his conflicting loyalties and desires are what drive him onwards.
When he’s faced with a choice between heeding his father’s decree for a simple life, and his oath to his brother on one hand, and the love of his life on the other, how will he choose? Simplicity or love, honour or happiness?
Read an excerpt:
Matilda was shivering. She was feeling cold one moment, and hot the next. Her covers were tightened and loosened about her. Her maid and housekeeper were desperate. She was lapsing in and out of consciousness. Salves were rubbed on her temple; hot and cold compresses laid on her brow, even doused in vinegar, or smeared with mustard. But the lady would not come to. She lapsed in and out of delirium, crying for John, one moment meaning to call on her babe, and the next-her beloved Baron. Her young babe was taken away, unbeknownst to her, to a wet nurse. Had the lady been sentient, it would have sent her into a fuming rage. She was a veritable zealot when it came to her wee darling. He was her one solace, and, she thought, her insurance against starvation and doom. Her John would not turn her out, and when her son was cared for as the bastard son of a baron, she too would be cared for. She was, in her ailment, beginning to doubt ever being married to Lord John, his promises to her notwithstanding. Or perhaps they would be wed and her son legitimised? She hardly deigned to hope.
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Emily Klein is an author of historical romance novels set in medieval times. She is a staunch anglophile, with a keen interest in anything and everything British, and a fierce love for the English language and all its dialects. She also has an interest in history, including, but not limited, to medieval history. Emily also enjoys antiques and vintage clothing. In short, if it’s part of history, Emily Klein will find it interesting.
In her novels, Emily Klein strives to delve into her characters’ thoughts, feelings, and true psychological motives, based on their personalities, pasts, and the societies in which they operate. Finding motives and helping people as they strive to solve their life issues is no strange matter to Emily, who is also a trained social worker.
Emily Klein lives in Israel, with her husband, two young daughters, and her little dog named Tofu.
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