Friday, August 9, 2013

Ch-ch-changes YA Hop with Nicole Zoltack

Welcome to the Ch-ch-changes blog hop!

WOMAN OF HONOR, the first book in my Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy, deals with a lot of changes in the main character's life. Aislinn grows up from a young girl at seven, with a big dream of becoming a lady knight, to becoming a squire and falling in love, to even more. To say she goes through changes is an understatement!

Here's an excerpt for you to enjoy:

"Is there anyone else that you have feelings for, Aislinn? Is that why you don't want to be with Geoffrey?"

Aislinn blinked, thinking about his question. "I haven't thought about such things. I'm too focused on becoming a knight. That's all I'm worried about."

Caelan pushed back his chair and stood. With him on his feet, Aislinn had to tip back her chin to look him in the face, he had grown so much in the years since they'd first met. "There is no one else?"

She shook her head.

Caelan took a step closer to her, stepping so close he only had to whisper for her to hear him. "What if I told you that Geoffrey isn't the only one who favors your company?"

His closeness overwhelmed Aislinn and she tried to take a step back. Her shoulders bumped the bookshelf behind her and several books shifted, but none made enough noise to draw the attention of anyone else in the library. Caelan lay a hand against her cheek, his thumb beneath her chin, and with a gentle touched, forced her to look at him.

Her heart pounded hard in her chest like a caged bird and Aislinn caught her breath.

"Caelan," she whispered softly, but before she could say more, his lips covered hers.

Aislinn froze for a second as he held his mouth against hers, then heard herself sigh when he pressed closer and moved his lips. Aislinn's eyes fluttered closed and she raised her hands to lay them on his chest, feeling his heart pound as hard as her own. Then reality snapped at her and she shoved him away.

"Stop it!"

She pushed past the prince and rushed from the library, with several squires and younger pages turning at her escape. Aislinn ran to her room and slammed the door shut. She leaned against it and slid to the floor, her head in her hands.

How dare he kiss me!

But the worst realization was that she'd kissed him back. Even the memory now made her insides tremble and her hands shake.

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful many great books

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book. :)

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Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

Cherie Marks said...

Great excerpt. I love hopping around and getting books for TBR pile.

Lindsey R. Loucks said...

Nice tension between these two! :)

Kayelle Allen said...

That was so cute! I like these two. :)