Friday, October 4, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: A Good Knight's Kiss by Emily Klein

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for A Good Knight's Kiss by Emily Klein. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway! Be sure you visit the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: A Good Knight's Kiss
Author: Emily Klein
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
A Good Knight's Kiss is a romantic coming-of-age story.

John's uncanny cleverness and insight, and his red hair, cause his stepmother to fear him, thinking him a devilish daemon.

He sets off, much to his chagrin, to start his new life as page, squire, and then knight to his uncle-by-marriage. As often happens, he falls in love. But it is with his lord's daughter, no less.

John is sensitive, astute and fiery, and his conflicting loyalties and desires are what drive him onwards.

When he's faced with a choice between heeding his father’s decree for a simple life, and his oath to his brother on one hand, and the love of his life on the other, how will he choose? Simplicity or love, honour or happiness?

Young John refused to look back as his carriage pulled away. Whether it was because he did not wish to cry, or because he was afraid he could not, in truth, lament over the loss of his life at home, he could not tell.

Before boarding the cart, he was handed a parcel with coins and provisions to sustain him for the first leg of the journey. He would have to sleep in the carriage during the first night, and on the next day, they would arrive at an inn. He remembered stories of inns, where men of all classes spent nights on the road. Willie had been somewhat secretive as to all that happened in them, but nonetheless, his eyes had smiled with mirth at the recollection. He said he became a man in one, and John, though not yet approaching adolescence, could well guess what he meant, and that it had to do with the company of women or girls. In his precociousness, he understood Willie's innuendos as well as his awkward yet successful attempts with Marjorie, the kitchen girl.

John was determined to not despair. "It is an adventure," he thought. "I am to grow up and make my own fortune as a knight, as a man. Such trifling things must not hinder me, or fear me." Resolved, John set his gaze towards the changing scenery.
Emily Klein is an author of historical romance novels set in medieval times. She is a staunch anglophile, with a keen interest in anything and everything British, and a fierce love for the English language and all its dialects. She also has an interest in history, including, but not limited, to medieval history. Emily also enjoys antiques and vintage clothing. In short, if it's part of history, Emily Klein will find it interesting.

In her novels, Emily Klein strives to delve into her characters' thoughts, feelings, and true psychological motives, based on their personalities, pasts, and the societies in which they operate. Finding motives and helping people as they strive to solve their life issues is no strange matter to Emily, who is also a trained social worker.

Emily Klein lives in Israel, with her husband, two young daughters, and her little dog named Tofu.

What is your all-time favorite love story (whether in real life or fictitious)?
My all-time favourite love story, and my favourite book of all time, is Jane Eyre. I think it inspired me, in many ways, to become a romance novelist.

I first read it in Hebrew when I was about thirteen years old. I wasn't much into romance and love yet, I thought, by reading the blurb, that it was a ghost story. I was struck with awe at how the romance and love sparked between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. To my thirteen-year-old self, it seemed almost a surprise that they were in love. I went back and looked for clues. I was awestruck by that book's power to spark romance in my heart. When I was fifteen, my English was strong enough to read it in its original language, and, if possible, I fell even more deeply in love with the book. I understood love and romance a wee bit better now, but the gothic elements still held their sway over my Anglophile spirit. I've since read it over twenty times, including in Scots dialect, and seen every film and television version of it multiple times.

I love how in old time romances, the constraints of society come between the lovers' ability to be with each other, either because of their status in life or because it's just forbidden or inappropriate, I love how love needs to be hushed and tucked away but simply cannot. I try to recreate that in my novels. I also love the character of Rochester, and some of my protagonists are influenced by him.
Emily Klein will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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