Flame of Normandy
The Comet Series Book 1
by Miriam Newman
Genre: Historical Romance
Forced into a political marriage with a man she terms “a half mad half Viking,” Catherine Broussard is caught up in her father’s malice, her husband’s ambition and the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England.
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She rode up the shoreline with Hugo, past driftwood, with the water lapping at their horses’ hooves. It was the same rhythmic sound she had always heard, always on a good horse, always riding in the morning. Her heart lifted. She did enjoy a good ride. So, apparently, did her husband. They were still feeling their way around each other, but this—like their bedding—was something they could enjoy together.
At the end of the open beach, where it elevated to more rocky land, he helped her off her horse and into a little cove the sea had once carved into the rock. It was dry now, sufficiently above sea level to stay that way for the most part.
“Look inside,” he said, tethering the horses to bushes. “This is worth seeing.”
Someone had driven a torch holder into the wall of the cave. Once he lit the torch and her eyes adjusted, she could see the outline of paintings on the rocks. Paintings? How could that be? It was red and ochre and white paint of some sort, very old and faded, but recognizably of horses.
“Some ancient people made these,” he said, guiding her hand. She felt the stone beneath her hand, timeless, and the touch of his hand on hers. His arm curved around her shoulder while his chest braced her. She wasn’t entirely sorry in the uncertain footing of a cave, where sand and rocks rolled beneath the feet. She had tiny ankles that turned easily, but Hugo was a rock. “I don’t know who they were. Do you see the horses?”
“I do.” She was awed in spite of herself. “How old do you think they are?”
“I can’t even guess. But this…” He pressed her fingers on the surface. “This is very, very old. These people were here before us, perhaps they were even our ancestors. No one knows. But they lived, and we live. This is what I’ve been fighting for, not for my pride. This is what I want a child to inherit, so that it goes on. And you’re a part of it now. Do you understand?”
He was deeper than she had thought.
“Yes,” she said.
He turned her within the circle of his arms, raising her chin. He was not quite sauvage, after all. He pressed his lips to hers, and she opened to him. After long moments of exploring her, he lifted his face.
“This is what I fight for, Catherine,” he said
She understood. This was going to be the price of her marriage to him and if she wanted any sort of life, she would have to give it to him—no matter how hard it came. He would accept nothing less.
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a "motley crew" of rescue animals.
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3/14/2021 04:27:06 am
Thank you for hosting today!
3/14/2021 01:00:50 pm
I like the cover and thanks for sharing.
3/14/2021 01:10:21 pm
The cover looks good. Thanks for sharing.
3/14/2021 01:15:50 pm
Thanks for visiting.
3/14/2021 01:36:56 pm
The book details are interesting.
3/14/2021 01:40:50 pm
This is possibly my favorite time in history, which is why this is the first of three books in the series. Book II - The Comet - is available. Book III - Clothilde - will release in May.
3/14/2021 02:34:25 pm
sounds like a wonderful book
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3/14/2021 04:41:35 pm
I really enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading the book.
3/14/2021 06:44:15 pm
I hope you enjoy it!
Jae El Foster
3/17/2021 12:00:35 pm
Thank you for this fantastic tour for Ms. Newman! She's a fantastic author and anyone with a love for historical romances should fully enjoy this new release! Cheers!
3/17/2021 07:17:44 pm
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
3/17/2021 07:23:50 pm
Looks like a good read
3/17/2021 08:05:57 pm
The ivy on the cover really pulls everything together
3/17/2021 08:16:57 pm
Nice cover and excerpt!
3/17/2021 08:48:24 pm
Thank you for visiting. I also thought the ivy on the pillar on this cover was a sweet artistic touch. Lynn Hubbard designed this one and will be doing the cover for the sequel, Clothilde. I have seen part of that one--the model--and loved what she did. Now to look forward to the release in May. Book II, The Comet, was previously published; Flame of Normandy is the prequel. The Comet has a great cover by Annie Marshall and a great love story, too. If you didn't catch it the first time around, don't miss it!
3/17/2021 10:05:39 pm
This looks amazing!
3/18/2021 11:56:43 am
Attractive cover. Sounds like a good book.
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3/18/2021 02:35:29 pm
A beautiful cover, looks great.
3/18/2021 02:59:59 pm
The excerpt is nice and the cover is wonderful. Sounds like a great story.
3/18/2021 03:05:54 pm
I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!
3/18/2021 03:27:07 pm
I see that Amazon has put up the Look Inside the Book feature today, so if you would like to see the first chapters of the book without having to download a sample, it is available!
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3/18/2021 04:45:45 pm
Thank you for all the cover love. I just received the mockup of the cover for the sequel, Clothilde, due out in May. I can hardly restrain myself!
3/19/2021 11:28:26 pm
Beautiful cover. I love her dress. Thank you for the giveaway, and best of luck with the book.
3/20/2021 06:31:52 am
Thank you. As I mentioned, I just got the mockup of the cover to the sequel and that's a gorgeous dress, too!
3/21/2021 10:12:14 am
Sounds like a good book.
3/22/2021 01:57:38 pm
This looks like a great read
3/26/2021 01:54:22 pm
This sounds great
4/1/2021 12:39:02 pm
Amazingly beautiful cover
4/1/2021 02:38:04 pm
Thank you. The third book in this series, Clothilde, will release May 5. The same artist did that cover and I'm really pleased with the way she carried out the theme of the trilogy. Look for it! Book II, The Comet, is available now. Striking cover as well.
4/5/2021 03:39:35 pm
Exciting! Love the cover art
4/5/2021 07:03:05 pm
Thank you. I've been equally pleased with my cover for Book III of this series, Clothilde, which releases May 5. See it on my Facebook page, Miriam Newman Author. There is definitely a theme! Feel free to like the page and sign up for my newsletter.
4/8/2021 05:03:03 pm
I love the look of the book!
4/8/2021 06:40:39 pm
like the cover
4/8/2021 06:49:37 pm
Thank you, Jessica and Daniel. I like it, too, especially now that I've seen the next one. It's an adage in some romance circles that you have to have a hunky guy on the cover to sell the book. What do you readers think? Do you prefer guys, girls, couples? Is occasionally striking scenery good? What draws your attention?
4/10/2021 05:30:15 pm
I think that the cover of your book is quite charming.
4/10/2021 10:43:16 pm
Thank you, Nancy. I do like to know what readers think and I listen to them.
4/12/2021 11:33:47 pm
4/13/2021 02:10:13 am
Looks like an interesting book.
4/13/2021 06:50:30 am
Thanks for your comments. There is one day to go on the tour, so good luck to everyone in the drawing, and I hope you will take a look at the book. Its sequel, The Comet, also got great reviews and was ranked very high in its category on Amazon when it released, so that one has a lot to offer, too. And the third part of the series releases in only a few more days!
4/14/2021 01:21:19 pm
Thank you so much for sharing!
4/14/2021 01:44:19 pm
Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and the excerpt/
4/14/2021 04:03:18 pm
Thanks to everyone who commented. This tour is going into its last hours, so good luck in the drawing if you have entered. I hope some of you might read and enjoy this book. I enjoyed writing it!
4/14/2021 07:49:11 pm
From the book blurb, this sounds really interesting and would love to read this!
4/14/2021 09:05:01 pm
I hope you get the chance!
4/14/2021 10:02:30 pm
Sounds like a good book!
4/14/2021 10:19:16 pm
I would like to honor your great and outstanding reviews on Flame of Narmandy, Keep up the great work in the future and thanks for the chance to win.
4/14/2021 10:25:07 pm
I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It sounds so interesting.
4/15/2021 05:41:09 am
I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments and hope you get the chance to read this book and the successive two volumes in the series. Flame of Normandy began with the Battle of Varaville, little remembered by history. But it was essentially a civil war between the King of France and then-Duke William of Normandy and set the stage for the Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England. It had profound implications for the future of England, our legal system and countless other aspects of our modern life. But it was the historical life that interested me, as portrayed through the marriage of my characters. What a trip.
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