Giveaway and Guest Post: "Torch in the Forest"

 As part of the blog tour for Torch in the Forest, I am happy to have the author stop by for a guest post, and a giveaway of the ebook!


"Torch in the Forest"
by Marcie Kremer
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Summary from goodreads.com:
Eighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries.
As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage — feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge — and who trusts no woman.
When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, how will she find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh?

Guest Post
Now, I'd like to welcome Marcie Kremer to In the Hammock for a guest post!

Here's Marcie!


MY MEDIEVAL WRITING SPACES by Marcie Kremer


    The torchlight flickers on the stone walls, and I dismiss my ladies-in-waiting. Picking up my quill pen, I sit at the small, leather-topped table in my solar, ponder for a moment, and begin to write...Oh, wait! No, that writing space scene is only in my head, I fear!  
    Actually, from the time I was a tiny girl, being driven by castles and palazzos on a daily basis, my thoughts and imaginings about the people who had lived there occupied many of my waking hours.  I still remember the shivers tingling down my spine when, at age seven, I climbed the infamous staircase in the Tower of London, under which Richard III purportedly stashed the bodies of the two little princes, his rivals for the English throne.  Walking through the vast halls at Hampton Court, I could almost see Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, heads bent together, as they schemed to keep their power.  Little did she know…..To me, real people inhabited those tapestry-hung Great Halls and strolled through the intricately-laid out gardens, and slept in the ornate bedchambers, so it was only natural that those spaces would become my writing spaces.
    These days, when we travel to Europe, castles are always at the top of the "must-see" list, and I thought I'd gone to author heaven the first time we stayed overnight at a castle in Spain, in one of their famous paradors.  Because I have an understanding husband, he acquiesces willingly to support my obsession with all things medieval, and I love to lose myself in those writing spaces, imagining the conversations that echoed through the vast rooms, the intrigue, the passions…
    In "real life," if any writer can be said to have a real life, since we spend so much time in our heads, sadly, my writing space is much different! My office has book shelves, but no leather-topped table.  My laptop is flanked by my favorite childhood books, pictures of my family, and a ceramic figurine of a wizard, reading a book, seated on a reluctant dragon. That's where I get serious about my writing, but, honestly, I'm never without a college-ruled notepad of paper and freshly-sharpened pencils, because I never know when an idea will strike me, and I always write the outlines and first chapters in longhand.  So, I guess that is pretty medieval, isn't it?
    Torchlight? No, not in my real writing space, but, when you're an author, especially a romance author – the line between "real" writing space and "imaginary" writing space is always blurred – and for that, I'm grateful!




Bio:
Growing up in Europe and seeing castles on a daily basis made me sure I wanted to live back in the Middle Ages. Since that wasn’t likely to happen, being a child of the 20th century, the next best thing I could try to do was to write about this enthralling period in history. Having studied medieval history in college, I loved doing the research about how people really lived and spoke and dreamed and loved, and so TORCH IN THE FOREST came to be, thanks to my dear husband, who encouraged me to write about Eleanor and Hugh. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, or traveling. I love hearing from readers and am happy to do book club conference calls! You can find me at www.marciekremerromance.wordpress.com, @MarcieKremer1, and Facebook.com/MarcieKremer, and I can be contacted at marciekremer (at) gmail.com
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15 comments

  1. I love medieval romances. Thanks for the chance to win!

    jenalang(at)live(dot)com

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Jena, and I hope you'll enjoy TORCH IN THE FOREST!

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  3. The book sounds good!! I like the medieval setting, are you reviewing it, Carrie?

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  4. My thanks for stopping by, Blodeuedd and Alex! :)

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  5. I haven't read a medieval romance in a while, and this one sounds like a great one, so I'm definitely interested in reading it.

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  6. I don't know, I think you could probably find wallpaper that looked like stones for castle walls and then you could use candles, you could probably fashion a solar like place to write in. That would be so much fun! That was a really fun guest post and I am extremely jealous of all the traveling.

    The novel sounds great. I feel for the heroine, Hugh does not sound like an easy man to deal with!

    Heather

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  7. The characters sound interesting. I love medieval romances!

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  8. sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Thanks, Barbara E! Buried in Books, I loved your ideas for a writing space and thank you for your kind words! Lord Hugh is a piece of work, but worth the work. ;) mamabunny, medieval romances are fun to write, and thanks for stopping by, erin!

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  10. Marcie, thank you for the guest post, and thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  11. Carrie, thank you so much for inviting me. It's always a pleasure to connect with book lovers and readers, too. :)

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  12. Wow - that sounds like a really complicated relationship lol I wonder how they get to their HEA

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  13. You're so right, Karen, and I had lots of fun letting them go as characters to find their own way to their HEA! I knew they would, eventually, but the foreshadowing had to be subtle...let me know if it worked! :)

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  14. I'm just now getting into romance novels and this sounds like a great one to read :)

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Thanks so much for your lovely comments!