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I’m starting a new project, one that needs to be completed by the late fall. I’ve joined a group of very talented authors who are writing about the Knights of the Black Order, a paranormal action/suspense/MM romance medieval-inspired series created by Thianna D. Durstan, which will be published by Dreamspinner Press. Each knight of the Order has a story to tell, and this is the start of William’s story, a young serf in Normandy….
William’s stomach hurt. The roar of the melee in his ears, his limbs grew weak as he ran from the men and the thunder of horses’ hooves through the field, destroying the harvest he and his family had been working so hard to bring in. One of the knights had knocked down his father, and he had not risen again. The knight did not look back, intent on his enemies. Perhaps none of them had seen the small family at all—they didn’t care about the broken flesh and bones of serfs, lost as they were in the joy of battle, the bastards.
The knights weren’t chasing him—he was simply in their path. No matter where he turned, a horse and a knight and his opponent blocked his escape. The pound of hooves, the rattle of chainmail, and the clash of weapons filled him with fear—their murderous shouts trapped him in the tall wheat.
Even through the outrageous amount of noise, the sickening crunch of bone just before his father fell stayed with him. He could not have survived such a blow to his head or the horse’s hooves as they trampled over him, unheeding.
(photo credit: The Baldwin Project http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=tappan&book=bold&story=page)