Medieval Monday ~ Conflict: Silverhawk by Barbara Bettis


Welcome to Medieval Monday and a brand new theme! With any romance novel, there has to be some form of conflict between the characters and not all need to be battles. For the next eight weeks, you will get a glimpse into Medieval romances with various conflicts.

My guest today is my wonderful friend, Barbara Bettis. She’s sharing a conflict excerpt from her book, Silverhawk. It’s currently on sale for only .99! Enjoy!

Here is Lady Emelin’s first meeting with her brother since he confined her to a convent five years earlier. Now he’s betrothed her to someone without her knowledge.

EXCERPT: Ortha had just finished braiding Emelin’s hair when the door burst open. Sir Garley strode in, his bulk filling the space. He jerked his head, and Ortha slipped into the passageway. Emelin shot to her feet, chin raised. The long forgotten fear nibbled at her heart, but she refused to show it.

He loomed closer, looked over the borrowed gown she wore, and picked up a braid. Lips curled in a snarl, he gave it a hard yank before he dropped it. “Too bad we can’t do something about that color.”

Blood-shot eyes narrowed. He grabbed her chin between his forefinger and thumb and forced up her head. She tried to pull away from the stench of his breath, but he pinched harder. “Don’t do anything else to spoil this arrangement.” His voice grated like rusty steel. “I need the payment Langley made for you. I will not return it.”

Garley gave her head a final shake. “Do not interfere in my plans,” he repeated.

Emelin jerked back. Rebellion overpowered the hurt, and she spoke without thought. Again.  “Or what? You’ll immure me in a convent? I believe we’ve done that already.”

Garley’s slap caught the side of the face, sent her staggering onto the bed. “Keep your mouth shut.” His voice held no trace of emotion as he strode to the door. “At least until after the wedding. Then you’re his problem. Just remember, there’ll never be a place for you at Compton. Give the old man a son, and you’ll want for nothing. Fight him and you may find yourself back at the convent—if you’re lucky.”


He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.

Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.

Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape

Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate.  But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them.

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  1. Barb, I think Medieval Historicals lend themselves to conflict so very well. The world was a perilous place–women could be traded away like land and the heart was supposed to come second. Throw in political and religious turmoil and how could there fail to be conflict? And your excerpt is such a perfect example! Inspiring!

    • Barbara Bettis

      Thanks to a fellow medieval-era writer, Laura. You’re so right about the period. I’m always stunned by the control others had over women at that time. True, there were occasional exceptions, but in general, they had little control especially in whom they married–if they were of gentle birth. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks for visiting, Laura! 🙂

  2. New to Medieval Historicals I discovered their world has incredible opportunities for conflict. Written at a time when the perils to women were great. I love the different innuendos I’ve discovered in reading a few authors such as our own Mary Morgan and one I’ve newly discovered, Vonda Sinclair. Not to exclude Barbara Bettis. The excerpt is exactly what I mean. Great information.

    • Barbara Bettis

      Welcome to the medieval world, Tena. Glad you’re enjoying the visits through our writing. You’re very right about the general attitude toward women–especially of a certain class–in that era. Thanks so much for visiting. And keep discovering Medievals LOL.

    • Wow! Thanks for your kind words about my book, Tena! The Medieval world is fascinating. Enjoy!

      And thanks for visiting. 🙂

  3. Barbara Bettis

    Thanks for being such a great host, Mary. I always love hanging out with you and your fabulous guests!

  4. What a thrilling excerpt, Barb! My favorite thing to write is conflict, but I’m not brave enough to try a historical. You make it come to life so well I wanted to kick the guy! Great post!

  5. I think Garley needs his comeuppance. 🙂 Great excerpt!

  6. Great excerpt! You have a winner, Barbara!

  7. Hi Barbara, Hi Mary: Good luck with your title. Your post and this topic got me thinking about ways to explore both internal and external conflict. Happy Writing!

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