A Wandering Warrior is my eighth published book. It is an action-adventure, historical fiction novel set in 12th century England.
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In late twelfth-century England, a commoner and itinerant soldier, Thomas Beaumont, travels to avenge the cruel slaughter of his older brother while a captive after a battle lost. Along the way, he encounters a band of Travelers and falls in love with the dark beauty, Emalda, the leader's daughter. In his future wanderings, he finds many adventures involving battles, the rescue of two young ladies of nobility, the search for his lost love, trials of honor by combat, tragedy, new love, and encounters with knights and royalty. Readers form ages mid-teen to ninety will enjoy the read.
England — Northamptonshire late 12th Century
“Run! Keep running. The hounds are gaining on us,” the older teenage girl shouted to her three-years-younger sister.
“I am exhausted. I cannot keep up with your long strides. We must slow down,” her sister whined, just as she tripped over a tree root and sprawled face first into the foot-deep thickness of leaves covering the forest floor. Momentarily she lay there resting and trying to draw a breath.
Her sister ran back to her, grabbed her by the arm, and dragged her to her feet.
The baying of the hounds grew louder and louder as the two girls raced among the tall trees, trying to find a safe hiding place or a stream to throw the hounds off their scent. They topped a small rise and jumped into a small clearing at the bottom, running headlong into Thomas standing with arms crossed and holding a six-foot-long staff.
“Whoa there, my young ladies. What’s the hurry all about?” Thomas said as he eyed the two girls, who huddled together before him holding hands and assessed them from head to toe. “Why are there men pursuing you with hounds? What wrong have you done them?” he asked.