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Fresh Pick | TEMPTED BY A WARRIOR by Amanda Scott
Fresh Pick / December 6, 2010

Scots #3 July 2010 On Sale: July 1, 2010 Featuring: Sir Richard Seyton; Lady Fiona Jardine 384 pages ISBN: 0446561320 EAN: 9780446561327 Mass Market Paperback $6.99 Add to Wish List Romance Historical Buy at Tempted By A Warrior by Amanda Scott Lady Fiona, wed in haste, has never known marital peace. When last she’d seen her cruel husband Will, he’d struck her – and she has no memory of what she did next – only that she woke later alone in her bedchamber. Will has gone missing, and Fiona fears that in her rage and terror she might somehow have killed him. When her husband’s cousin Sir Richard comes to search for Will, Fiona is touched by his warm nature. A knight and warrior, Richard is drawn to Fiona’s brave manner, quickly seeing in her an equal measure of inner courage. Confessing that she fears having killed Will, Fiona accepts Richard’s offer to help her. Pursuing together the mystery of Will’s disappearance, they fall in love. Meanwhile the English are reinforcing their garrison in the Scottish Borderlands, putting Fiona, Richard, and Scotland in peril…. Lady Fiona is accused of murdering her husband…did she? Excerpt Annandale, Scotland, 5 June 1377…

D. B. Reynolds | Writing a Dark Hero
Author Guest / December 6, 2010

I liked complicated men. They tend to be a bit (okay, a lot) more high maintenance, but they’re also a lot more intense, which means life with them is more passionate. And I like that. When it comes to writing my heroes, of course, I tend to go with what I like in real life. Not always. But usually. One of the first full-length manuscripts I ever wrote was an epic fantasy. This story had its origins in the idea that even a villain can have someone who loves him. My evil sorcerer started out life as a truly good guy who was corrupted by magic and turned evil almost against his will. I hoped to build empathy for him as a young man, so that when the magic twisted him, the reader would see the tragedy of his transformation and continue to view him sympathetically. While writing this story, I had the great good fortune to have the input of a very experienced Science Fiction/Fantasy editor who had spent twenty years at some of the biggest houses in the genre. She read the first draft of the manuscript and said of my villain’s trauma… I don’t care. Which meant…