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Release day: The Cavalier

16 July 2012

Today is the official release of The Cavalier by Beverley Oakley (ebook, Total-E-Bound).  Here’s the blurb:

Drummond Castle, home of staunch Puritan Silas Drummond and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, has been besieged by Royalist forces. In a bargain to spare her husband’s life, Lady Elizabeth has agreed to spend the night with the commander of the hated King’s Men.

Second-in-command, Charles Trethveyan, has other ideas. He’s planned this moment since Elizabeth chose to marry Silas eight years before.

When Elizabeth discovers that her former Cavalier lover has taken the place of his superior, she must decide whether Charles is motivated by love or revenge.

Either way, her response will have devastating consequences.

*Note: The Cavalier is one of a collection of four historical novellas in Total-E-Bound’s Bodices & Boudoirs anthology.

Beverley dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I usually write Regency romances – either traditional under my Beverley Eikli name, or sensual or erotic under my pseudonym, Beverley Oakley. However this gritty, sometimes brutal story had been begging to be written for a long time. I love historical author Pamela Belle’s work. Her brilliant English Civil War Wintercombe series has resonated over decades with me. I’ve also devoured everything I can find relating to seventeenth century diarist Samuel Pepys and his life and times. I feel comfortable with the mid to late seventeenth century period. Honour and loyalty are two of my favourite themes and integral to a romance set against civil conflict when families and friends could be fighting on opposing sides. This short novella begins on the eve of battle and ends twenty-four hours later with the occupation of Drummond Castle. In the interim a lot of lives are lost or irrevocably altered but at least someone gets their happy ending. Writing it made me feel that the pen really is mightier than the sword.

You can read more by visiting Beverley’s website or you can buy the book at Total-E-Bound.

All ARRA members who comment on this article will go in the draw to win a copy of The Cavalier.  The giveaway closes on 13 August 2012. (The winner of the giveaway was Aimee)

9 Comments
  1. aimskye permalink
    16 July 2012 11:25 am

    Congrats on your release day Beverley!!

    Aimee

  2. 16 July 2012 1:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Aimskye! It was a very different type of book from the ones I usually write and a great challenge to combine the grit and violence of battle with the passion and conflicted loyalties of my hero and heroine.

  3. Barbara permalink
    16 July 2012 4:40 pm

    Congratulations on your book Beverley…. just the sort of book I read … I love historicals

  4. 16 July 2012 6:18 pm

    Thanks, Barbara,

    I’ve always adored historicals in all time periods. For a while I’d been wanting to write this story: that of a virtuous, loyal wife confronted with the greatest conflict she could ever face – the return the one man she truly loved. I then thought, what would be the *only* way she might be disloyal to her husband? That’s when the setting came into play – a civil war and a scenario where she’s blackmailed into it in order to save her husband’s life.

  5. 16 July 2012 7:00 pm

    Now I’m curious about how you cleverly make it so there’s a HEA Beverley. :) Was it a challenge?

  6. 16 July 2012 7:25 pm

    Welcome to my world, Beverley. Always delighted to meet another 17th century passionista. I came so close to naming my April 2012 release, SECRETS IN TIME, The Cavalier! Good thing I didn’t :-)

  7. 16 July 2012 7:52 pm

    It was a challenge to get the balance right and not tarnish the integrity of my hero or heroine, Kaetrin. I tried to make the story as much about honour as it was about desire.

    I think this story might only have worked in the midst of war. Death was hanging over all my characters and I tried to juxtapose the brutality and revenge elements with a real and passionate love that the reader truly had to believe in if the story was to work.

  8. 16 July 2012 7:55 pm

    Hi Alison,

    I’m really looking forward to reading Gather the Bones when it comes out. I didn’t know you’d had an April release. I must look out for it. And as you say, just as well you didn’t call it The Cavalier although if you had, it would have come out first and I’d just look like I was copying you:)

    • Anonymous permalink
      16 July 2012 8:02 pm

      Thanks Beverley…I would have been copying you – its coming out in April 13. SECRETS IN TIME is a time travel short novel with a gorgeous 17th century cavalier. Back in my happy place.

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