Monday, June 1, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis. 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 to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: For This Knight Only
Author: Barbara Bettis
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: March 18th 2019
Print Length: 235 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.

Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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EXCERPT:
She refused to cooperate. How did a man handle a woman so independent? If only he’d been more observant when his father spoke to his mother. If only he hadn’t been so young. Before the tragedy.

Alyss stood her ground and lifted her chin. “You didn’t summon me, you said you awaited me. Perhaps your knightly training did not include language. ‘I await you,’ is a statement. ‘Come to the hall,’ is a summons.”

Again, the lady had found a weakness in his armor. He had no language training at all, no reading, no writing but for his name. Most knights did not, but his inability rankled him.

“If my speech doesn’t move you, then I won’t bother with it.” He leaned down, grabbed her around the knees, and upended her onto his shoulder. A thought raced through his mind: This wasn’t, perhaps, the ideal way to scoop her into his arms.

The unexpectedness of the action brought a squeal from Alyss, and the sound of running feet from hall below.

“Put me down.” She smacked him on the back and squirmed, kicking out at any part of his body she could connect with. He clenched her legs with his right arm before she managed to unman him with a lucky blow.

“Hold still.” A smack to her bottom punctuated his words. “And that was a command.” God’s elbow. Another act guaranteed to increase her ire. Would he ever learn?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Barbara Bettis has always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she considered becoming an archeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math. Through careers as a newspaper reporter and editor, then a college journalism and English professor, she’s retained her fascination with history. Give her a research book and a pot of tea, and she’s happy for hours. But what really makes her smile is working on a new story. Now retired, she lives in Missouri where she edits for others and spins her own tales of heroines to die for—and heroes to live for.

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GUEST POST:
- What is the craziest thing you've done for love?

The topic suggestion What is the craziest thing you’ve done for love? sent me off on long memory jaunts and when I stopped laughing I thought—umm, maybe not. Then I realized the topic doesn’t stipulate what kind of love. So I’d like to share just one of the craziest things I did for love—of my job.

Before going into teaching, I had a wonderful career as a daily newspaper journalist. A nearby town in our circulation area hosted an annual hot air balloon gathering. That get-together in late summer also acted as a regional championship, which mean it drew dozens of balloonists from all over the country.

Fact: I have a serious fear of heights. Even today, when I’m old enough to have outgrown all irrational fears, I don’t advance beyond the second step on a ladder without one hand anchored to a solid object.

Okay, back to the balloon rally. On the second morning of the three-day event, I showed up, prepared to do interviews with pilots and ride along with a ground chase crew for an up-close story. I was editing a special edition of the paper devoted to the championship and had a day filled with photo opportunities, etc. I had dressed professionally in a denim skirt, a roomy top, and my favorite leather wedges.

And then the pilot I was interviewing invited me to ride along in the balloon as it participated in the morning event—a Hare and Hound race. The Hare balloon sets off first, lands in a spot, and puts down a large X as bullseye. The balloonist Hound to come closest to the X is the winner.

Perfect chance for a photo and up-close story, he insisted. Hang in a tiny basket way-far-above the earth? I. Could. Not. Do. It. But then I realized that was part of my job, to report on stories so that readers could feel they were a part of the action in the community.

Eventually, I found myself literally suspended in mid-air, in the midst of a dense early-morning fog (which had not been predicted). The balloon pilot couldn’t see where he was going. I couldn’t see to take pictures. Which was a good thing, because I was holding on Very Tightly with both hands. I didn’t have a third hand to operate the camera.

Suffice it to say, after flying blind for a bit, worrying about the sound of a small plane’s engine somewhere in the fog (the airport had been advised not to let aircraft up because of the dangers it threatened to balloons) and being caught up in an unexpected wind gusts, we landed.

That is, we crash landed. As we prepared to descend for landing not far from the Hare’s X, that unexpected wind grabbed the balloon and tossed it against a hillside. The first time the basket bounced, the camera I had around my neck swung around to my back while I held on with both hands to the basket lines. The second time we bounced, the camera strap tightened on my neck and I seriously wondered … We bounced a few more times before we dragged several feet to a halt, the basket on its side.

I crawled out and stood, to find myself barefoot on the ground, my favorite shoes dangling from the ankle straps. The balloonist had a few scratches. I was dizzy but otherwise unhurt, except for some red marks on my neck from the camera strap and sore arms and shoulders from holding tight. The camera had not one scratch and in spite of all the banging against the ground as we bounced, it still worked! It was a wonder!

So yes, the craziest thing I ever did for love—hot air ballooning. Please don’t ask if I’d do it all over again.
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GIVEAWAY:
Barbara Bettis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

71 comments:

  1. I like the use of red on the cover.

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  2. Thank you for having me here today! Such a lovely spread for Roark, Alyss, and me! Hope your week is wonderful.

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  3. Hi Bernie. Thank you. Yes, I agree, the cover designer, Debbie Taylor at The Wild Rose Press, did a great job. Happy Monday :)

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  4. OMG! What a harrowing experience, Barbara! I've always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon, too. Ha! I think I'll pass. All the best with your book tour! This is a wonderful story. :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you made it out of that experience unscathed! Best of luck with this book and the tour!

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  6. Wow...great excerpt Barbara!
    Good luck and God's blessings
    PamT

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  7. Sounds like another great read! Best of luck with sales.

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  8. I enjoyed learning about a new-to-me author. Thank you for hosting.

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  9. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Sounds like a terrific read, Thanks for your great generosity.

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  11. Thanks for introducing a new (to me) author. This blog is always a great source of info :)

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  12. In this post, I most enjoyed reading the section About the Author!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. i really liked reading about the author, i love knowing background

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  14. Excellent, quite a well done book release.

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  15. Who is your favorite character from your book?

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  16. Thanks for sharing! What are you wokring on today?

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  17. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. I like the excerpt and the book cover.

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  19. Sounds great. Thanks for being an author and sharing your stories with the world

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  20. Sounds great, I like the cover.

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  21. I like the cover! The colors are beautiful.

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  22. I liked being able to read an excerpt from the book.

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  23. I like thinking about the craziest thing I'VE done for love

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  24. For This Knight Only sounds so amazing!

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  25. David HollingsworthJune 7, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    The cover is pretty and intriguing.

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  26. I loved the story about the craziest thing you did for love. I love stuff like that.

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  27. I loved reading this review and the great cover.
    Thank you for sharing it.

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  28. Thanks for the great review! I've put this on my reading list!

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  29. love the cover design and its story

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  30. Sounds like an exciting book to read, Looking forward to reading this and amazing cover you chose for this.
    @tisonlyme143

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  31. I just wanted to say ' that I hope everyone is well and safe.
    @tisonlyme143

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  32. writer61@yahoo.comJuly 1, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Oh this plot is just too spicy to resist. Is the book sold on Amazon?

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  33. This sounds like a great book!

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  34. This book sounds interesting. I love historical romances.
    Flyergal82 (at /yahoo !dot ?com

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  35. I loved the guest post. Not sure how I feel about hot air ballooning!

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  36. Looks like an interesting book. (I like hot air ballooning)
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  37. I'm sorry that your hot air balloon experience was no fun.

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  38. As a math teacher this comment ....And math.... made me LOL

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  39. i woud be so scared in a hot air balloon to be honest

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  40. I like the Blurb. Thanks for the chance.

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  41. I like reading the blurb and reviews.

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