Saturday, April 24, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Reclaiming Ryda (Once Upon a Duchy #2) by Rachel Rossano

Title: Reclaiming Ryda
Series: Once Upon a Duchy #2
Author: Rachel Rossano
Publication Date: April 20th 2021
Print Length: 344 pages
Genre: Fairy Tale Fantasy Romance

Rydaria lives as a prisoner in a tower library. Captured as a child, her past is a mystery. Maintaining the literary treasures within her care, she studies the world through books that give her a glimpse of the freedom she craves.

A scribe by trade, Crispin has devoted the last three years of his life seeking the lost heir of Avalene. He travels to Worthenave’s famed library in hopes of finding the key. Instead, he discovers a new mystery, a beautiful librarian who is locked in with her books every night.

As the days pass, Crispin must choose. Rydaria’s precarious situation is deteriorating. Meanwhile, his duty demands he leave before the Duke of Worthenave uncovers his quest. Still, the scribe can’t bring himself to abandon the captive in the library tower, even if it costs him his mission.

Inspired by Rapunzel and East of the Sun West of the Moon.

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After another swift trip up the stairs, this time to the third floor for my lute, I returned. Settling with the translation and the original before me, I began plucking out a simple melody, an ancient one I had once heard played by a traveling minstrel. After a few tries, I had fit verse and tune together.

So, I tried it out.

At the end of the first translated stanza, the stranger stood.

I stopped singing and playing. A hot blush flooded my face as I realized I had forgotten the man was still there.

“Please continue.” He came around the table to stand behind my right shoulder, leaning over to read my notes. A waft of mint and honey filled my nose.

He hummed a few bars of the song I had been playing. “It is a pretty tune. Where did it come from?”

“I heard it once.” I found my throat suddenly dry.

“I like your choice of word here.” He reached around me to tap the word gilt in my notes. “I would have chosen gold, but your choice fits the rhyme pattern better.”

“It also seemed to better fit the intent of the song.”

“To lull children to sleep?”

“To accompany their play. At least that is what I always suspected these songs were meant for.”

I turned my head to look up at him and found myself looking deep into the warmest pair of brown eyes I had ever encountered. Not that I had gazed into any man’s eyes for any length of time before that moment. I immediately dropped my attention to my instrument.
Rachel Rossano specializes in clean romantic fiction set in historical-feeling fantasy worlds. She also dabbles in straightforward historical romance and not-so-strict speculative fiction. A happily married mother of three children, she divides her time between mothering, teaching, and writing. She endeavors to enchant, thrill, entertain, and amuse through her work. A constant student, she seeks to improve her skills and loves to hear from readers.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful romance story! Congrats on the books release.

  2. sounds like a beautiful story, love the cover

  3. This sounds like an interesting book and the cover has nice artwork.

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  4. Don't leave her behind Crispin. Wish there was a little more of the excerpt

  5. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

  6. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Really well done book, good to learn about it.

  8. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  9. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  10. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  11. did you know how this book would end before you started writing?

  12. sounds like a fun one

  13. David HollingsworthApril 27, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    very nice cover and story

  14. I love to read romance books. This book looks like a good read for me!

  15. My daughter would enjoy this song