I’m thrilled to welcome Louise Lyndon to the Power of 10 series. Today, Louise shares the best moments of her life and her latest release, Of Love and Betrayal.
1. The first time I became an aunt. I was only fourteen, but it was still great!
2. Moving to England. I was 23/24 when I packed up and left my family and moved to the other side of the world. It was terrifying – I had only booked my first night accommodation, I had no job, and very little money. Yet, at the same time – it was exhilarating. I had no idea what was going to happen. Back then, I had no fear.
3. Holding my twin niece and nephew for the first time. They had spent a month in special care and we weren’t allowed to hold them – but when we were, it was brilliant. They were so small I thought I was going to hurt them.
4. Getting my first publishing contract. Even to this day I still can’t believe it! Being published had been a dream of mine for so long, it’s hard to believe it’s actually happened.
5. Know people – aside from family and friends – are actually buying my books. I mean, they’re actually spending their hard earned money on something I’ve written. That’s mind blowing.
6. The day my sister came out of an induced coma. On the day she had her twins, due to complications with eclampsia, her lungs fill with fluid and her heart stopped beating. She had to have heart bypass surgery, and was put into an induced coma for a week. We were told there would only be a 10% chance of her survival and if she did survive she’d have severe brain damage. Well, not only did she survive but there is nothing wrong with her brain!
7. Getting my ‘first sale ribbon’ at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference. When my name was called and I walked up on stage to be presented my ribbon by Graeme Simsion (the guy who wrote The Rosie Effect, and The Rosie Project) was a very special moment for me.
8. Starting and finishing my first Spartan Race. It was an accomplishment – one I never thought I’d be able to do.
9. When, after living in the UK for 16 years, I returned to Australia to live. Don’t get me wrong, I loved living in the UK – but I’m Australian through and through and it was great to return home.
10. Telling someone I loved them – and having them say it back.
Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?
Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?
Aveline’s scream burned her throat; she tasted blood. Eudes staggered forward, his eyes wide. He looked at her as he fell to his knees and then slumped forward. Bright red blood rushed from his wound and pooled on the ground. She looked at Raimbaut.
“This time you shall not escape.”
She picked up her skirts and ran headlong into the forest and did not slow her speed as branches slapped her in the face and tore at her arms. The ground beneath her feet was icy and uneven. She risked a glance over her shoulder and did not stop even though Raimbaut was nowhere to be seen. He may not have been behind her, but it did not mean he was not stalking her.
Sweat trickled down her face and burned her eyes. Her heart pumped, her lungs gasped for air. She came to a skidding stop and looked wildly around. Should she keep running straight, go left or right, or make her way back to Gysborne? She turned in a circle and shoved her hair from her eyes.
A twig snapped behind her. She stilled and held her breath. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a blur rush by. Was it an animal? Was it Raimbaut?
She ignored the pain in her chest and her sudden need to loosen her bladder. But she could not ignore her trembling. She clutched her arms to her chest. A sour taste flooded her mouth as she did not see how she would be lucky enough a second time to escape from Raimbaut.
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance.
When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!