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Knights and castles hold an interesting appeal, don’t they? I am excited to have Olivia Rae visiting today! Her newest novel, Adoration, takes us back to a time when honor was esteemed and men fought for truth. Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at the story.
Sir Darrin de Longue is desperate to get his lands back from Lady Faith de Sainte-Marie, the woman who betrayed him and may have had a hand in his father’s murder. But when King Richard discloses a secret on his deathbed—that Lady Faith is the king’s daughter—and then issues an ultimatum, Darrin has no choice but to obey. In order to reclaim his lands, he must marry Lady Faith and get her with child in a year’s time.
Without Love, She’ll Remain a Wife In Name Only
Left on a doorstep as a babe, Lady Faith has always been grateful for the home she was provided. Since childhood, she has loved the rowdy and bold Sir Darrin, but cannot be a true wife to the bitter, angry man whom she has wed. In order to gain his trust and love, she vows to find the truth about his father’s murder. But when she stumbles upon some dark and deadly secrets, will she be able to prove her innocence—and his—to erase the past and win Darrin’s heart?
Welcome back, Olivia! What inspired you to write this series?
The Sword and the Cross Chronicles actually started with my second book in the series, Revelation. Many years ago when I was doing a little medieval research (because everybody does that, right?) I came across a story about a golden knight who saved the cross of Solemn before Muslims took control of Jerusalem. I don’t know if the story was true or not, but it was told during the time of the Crusades. From that tiny kernel of information I created Julian’s story. Adoration is the fifth book in the series.
It sounds like a great series! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
Adoration is a story of revenge and forgiveness. We should forgive everyone even our enemies. I think this is what prevents many people from seeking God or staying in the faith. Anger and bitterness has a way of weighing us down. It is easier to blame others than to let go of our past hurts. God’s love for us was so great that he let his son, Jesus die for our sins. There is nothing God won’t forgive if we ask. Therefore we should also forgive others.
That is a tough one, especially when we’ve been deeply hurt. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of the writing process is starting a novel. The story is fresh and I have completed my character outlines and plot points. I am excited to tell and share my story. Of course, the most challenging part is always the middle. I have plotted out my story and every time one of my characters says to me, “No, that is not what happened.” There is never a dull moment in writing. Never.
I love that! 😉 If you could travel back in time to the general time period of your novel, which one person (besides Jesus) would you most like to meet?
Wow. Hard question. If not Jesus then Apostle Paul. I guess I wonder how he convinced the early Christians that he could be trusted after he had spent a long time persecuting them. I also wonder how he maintained such a strong faith through all his trials. Non-Biblical it would have to be Queen Elizabeth I. I would love to talk to her about her childhood. It must have been tough with Henry VIII as your father. I know she said she would never marry because she didn’t want a man controlling her life. I’m just wondering when she came to that conclusion.
I’m sure there’s more to each of their stories than we know. Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
Oh boy. I’m not a good time juggler. It’s gotten better since I retired, though I still work one to two days a week. I try to write in the mornings and do all the other stuff (marketing, etc.) in the afternoon. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If I get two chapters written in a week, I consider that a success.
Having a plan does seem to help. Can you give us a peek in your window? What does your writing space look like?
I am very fortunate. I have a writing desk up in a loft that overlooks a large nature area. Often I will see deer and turkeys running through the field. I can open the windows, and in the spring and summer months, I hear all sorts of birds. It is very inspirational.
That sounds so peaceful! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Olivia!
Your turn! Describe your peaceful or inspirational place, either in real life or one you wish you could visit.
More about Olivia:
Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town on the edge of a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.
Olivia is the winner of the New England Readers’ Choice Award, Illumination Award Bronze medalist, Buyer Best Book Award Finalist, a Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalist, I Heart Indie Award Finalist, and Grab Me Award Finalist. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.
Olivia has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Adoration. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.