Monday, 2 March 2015

OF LOVE AND VENGEANCE‏ by Louise Lyndon #giveaway #historical romance

Happy Monday!

Guess what I have for you???

Another Historical Romance! Woo hoo!


I know, I know such shocking 
behavior coming from a lover of Historical Romance...but what can I say, I love me those dark menacing Lords and feisty damsels 
in distress and Of Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon promises to give me just what I need to satisfy that craving I have for a good romance.

But first let's hear from Louise on the ten things she didn't know about being an Author but now does.

10 Things I didn't know about being an Author but now do…

1) Being an author isn’t just about writing. I know that may sound bizarre to some people, but the writing element is only one part of it (an important part, to be sure)!

2) You have to be prepared to sell yourself. I’m not talking about selling yourself when you’re pitching to an agent or publisher – I’m talking about what you need to do after you’ve signed on the dotted line and you have a product (a book) and you need to let the world know about it. It takes a lot of time and work – but it’s a fun side to being an author. I really enjoy it.

3) That people are actually prepared to part with their hard earned dollars to buy a story I’ve written. Maybe it’s the insecure side of me coming out, but each time I learn someone has purchased my book I still have a moment, ‘someone is actually wanting to read something I’ve written?’ I still can’t believe it.

4) I didn’t realize how frightening it would be to let my baby loose into the big, wide world. It is nerve wracking to know it’s out there and I cannot control who reads it – my editor was the only other person to have read the complete version of, Of Love and Vengeance – now it’s available for all. I never realized how scared that would make me.

5) Being an author is a business.

6) How limited my free time would become – I miss reading! Don’t get me wrong, I still read, but not as often as I used to.

7) I always had this fear that once I signed a contract the pressure to write the next book would be too great – but NOPE – it’s as pressure free and BRILLIANT to create a fictional world and characters as it has always been.

8) You not only have to be creative, but you have to learn to be a business person/marketing person/anything else to create a successful ‘product’.

9) I can have a friend read my book and not hyperventilate at the thought.

10) I always thought I controlled what my characters did – but the more I write I realize my characters are the ones who control me and they use me to tell their story. Not the other way around!

Thanks Louise!
Now on to the good stuff.

Louise will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

Of Love

by  Louise Lyndon

Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephew’s survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves.  But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?

A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?


Laila heard them long before she saw them. Their angry, frenzied shouts and thunderous roars filled her ears. With her hands tied securely behind her, she was dragged up the lane toward Tyburn Gallows, where she was to be hanged for a crime she did not commit. The mob sounded blood thirsty. Large. Frightening.

There was no sign of Aymon. Or Hugh. Had they left her alone to die?

Her chin trembled and her nails dug into her palms.

She suddenly fell to her knees and screamed until she tasted blood at the back of her throat. She kicked out and tried to crawl free as her hair was almost torn from the roots as she was pulled up and shoved along the lane.

Her eyes burned with her tears.

“I am innocent!” Laila screamed.

They came around a corner, and that’s when she saw them. There must have been a least two thousand men, women, and children, hungry for her blood. And when they saw her, they erupted into a wild fever of roars and cries for a slow and painful death. Their thirst had been piqued, and now it must be sated.

Laila was shoved into the center of the clearing.

She glanced wildly around in a desperate search for Aymon’s towering, bulky frame. She could not see him.

But what she could see was the Tyburn Tree. The gallows she was to be hanged from. The executioner, hooded, stood beside the tree as he waited patiently for her. Laila’s mouth suddenly went dry.

Author Bio 

Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

She has been writing the moment she picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon's first Outlander novel twenty something years ago. She thought to herself, 'this is what I want to do' - not travel back in time, but become a novelist! She has always had snippets of dialogue and scenes floating around in her head with characters screaming at her to bring them to life.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing contest – Historical category for her story, The Promise, which is now called, Of Love and Vengeance.

When not writing, she can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls - under the guise of competing in Spartan races all over Australia.

Where can you find Louise???

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Thanks for stopping by today Louise and the best of luck with Of Love and Vengeance.



  1. Nancy, thanks so much for hosting me today! It's so great to be here! Now, as I'm in Australia it means due to the time difference I'll be unable to respond to comments straight away. But I will be checking in ASAP.

    1. You are very welcome Louise.
      And no worries, answer when you can.

  2. Nancy, thanks so much for hosting me today! It's so great to be here! Now, as I'm in Australia it means due to the time difference I'll be unable to respond to comments straight away. But I will be checking in ASAP.

  3. Really tense and exciting excerpt.

  4. I like your list of 10 things about being an author. I wonder, do you have that list printed up so you can hand it to people who say 'oh, I could write a book too'? Kind of gives them an idea of what they are really in for and unless they know what they are doing, they might as well hang it up now.

    1. I like your way of thinking! I should have added a number 11 - trying to write, do the business side of writing, AND having a full time job - damn near impossible! I have huge respect for those who do all that AND have kids as well.

      When people say to me - oh, I could write a book I always say, so what's stopping you. And when they say, oh I could write a romance how hard could it be? Then picture clenched fists and knuckles turning white!

  5. Great list things you've learned.... Kinda makes me happier to be a reader not a writer. :-)

    1. I love being a reader but I absolutely love being a writer - admittedly I like the creative side a little more than the business side - but all in all - I love it!


  6. I really enjoyed the article 10 Things I didn't know about being an Author but now do…!