The King’s Favorite by Tanya Anne Crosby – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Bartering a deal with their “witchy” mother, Stephen the Usurper intends to wed all five sisters to his “new men.” Fearing her “gifts” will be used to defeat her sister Matilda, Elspeth escapes the Black Mountain priory that has sheltered them since their father’s death, only to find herself indebted to, of all men, a Scotsman, whose loyalties are in question…

Left to face the wrath of a new sovereign, Malcom Scott is forced to swear fealty to Stephen of Blois in order to keep the demesne he won by slaying his own grandsire. But having done so, he’s pitted himself against Scotia, and even his own sire. Yet even as he realizes there is no turning back, the late King’s favorite illegitimate daughter may offer him more than he ever anticipated.


Enjoy an Excerpt:

“What’s wrong, Malcom?”

Peering back at the donjon, Malcom pulled Elspeth toward Merry Bells, rueful that he would be putting his faithful horse back on the run. “I’ll explain when we’re away.”

“Malcom! You are frightening me!”

“I’ll explain everything when we’re gone,” he said again.

She tried to free her hand from his. “My dress!” she protested. “It was a gift.”

“There’s a coffer full of rich gowns at home that belonged to my grandmother. You may do with them what you will, and if they do not please you, I will buy you a hundred more.”

Still, she struggled to free herself. “But your silver, your hauberk, your blade?”

“I have plenty of silver,” Malcom reassured, refusing to release her. “My armorer will fashion me another. And it was an old dirk; I’ll get myself another.”

“It was not an old dirk,” she argued. “Tis shiny and new and bears the sigil of your house!”

“Our house,” he reminded her. “What is mine is also yours.”

“Wait!” She gasped, sounding alarmed. “My Llanthony tunic, Malcom! We cannot leave it here, or he’ll know.”

They reached Merry Bells and even before he lifted her up to put her on the horse, he untied Merry Bells from the post. Then he grasped Elspeth about the waist and set her atop his saddle, praying Merry Bells was up to the challenge.

“’Tis like he already knows,” he told her. “You must trust me,” he demanded. “As I trusted you.”

About the Author:

Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as “one of Avon’s fastest rising stars.” Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company’s Avon Romantic Treasure imprint.

Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.

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  5. Rita Wray says

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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