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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Tour: Honor by Rachel Rossano


The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him. 

Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother's massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process. 

As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction.


Snippet #1

“Elsa.” Lander tugged on my skirts with grubby fingers, leaving smudges behind.

“Yes, sweet.” I lowered myself to his level. Meeting his serious blue eyes, my heart ached at how his world would change in a matter of days.

“I can’t find Darnay. Marmay said to find him, but he’s hiding. You’re so good at finding things. Can you help me?”

I smiled. “I will try.” Standing up to my full height, I scanned the growing crowd for Darnay’s dark mop of hair. Finally I spotted him just as he darted under the table closest the fireplace. “He is under the table there.” I pointed. Before I could say anything else, Lander took off at a run. “Walk!” I called after him.

He obediently slowed his pace for about three steps before resuming a headlong charge between the clustered skirts of my younger sister and two of her friends. They scattered like geese, scolding him as he ran deafly on seeking his best friend.

“Elsa Maude.”

I shied away from my mother’s voice in my ear, but her sudden grip on my upper arm stopped me from going far.

About the Author:

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong love of reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

Let’s get to know you a little more. Tell us a about yourself.
I am a happily married mother of three young children. When I am not working on being a good wife, mother, and household manager, I am writing or cover designing. I love reading, movies, and spending time with family.

What inspired you to write?
I was a veracious reader from a young age. But, like every reader, I didn’t like the endings of all the books I read. When I was a teenager, I started writing stories that I wanted to read. They were childish and simplistic tales, but they started me off on the path of becoming a writer.

Tell me a little about your book Honor: Second Novel of Rhynan
Honor: Second Novel of Rhynan opens with the Earl of Dentin, current Securer of the Realm, traveling to the northern region of Rhynan on the orders of the King. His task is to take custody of an orphan boy who is under the care of the only man the earl calls friend. Dentin (as just about everyone calls him) tends to evoke fear or anger, not friendship, in the people he meets. Part of problem is his directness and blunt speech, which is something that the ladies especially find unattractive. The other complication is his job. It is hard to maintain friends when one is sworn to seek out corruption, treason, and wrongdoing wherever one goes.

Then Dentin encounters Lady Elsa Reeve. She displays all the usual manners of a young woman of breeding, but when he crosses her, he discovers she is far more than a pleasant face. She questions his honor in taking the orphan and refuses to answer his questions about her dealings with a known scoundrel. He suspects she is innocently ensnared in her brother’s schemes, but he can’t figure it all out unless she lets him help. To make matters worse, she doesn’t seem to fear him one bit.

Intrigue, mystery, murder, and adventure fill the story with excitement. Set in the same rich medieval world as the first novel of the series, Honor features some return characters from the first novel. But it stands alone for a reader unfamiliar with the series.

Who has been your greatest writing inspiration?
My husband proves to me that heroes still exist. His isn’t perfect, but he works his hardest to maintain our relationship, provide for our family, and be a wonderful father. His support has meant a great deal to me. He is my toughest editor, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now a little more about you: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring (excluding family, laptop, or writing utensils)?
Sunscreen, water, and a fully loaded, solar-powered ereader.

We find out the world is going to end tomorrow. How do you live your last day?
I would probably be spending time with family and making sure I was right with God.

If we were to make a movie of your life. Who would play the part of you?
Oh, that is a tough one. She is a bit older than I am, but I would hope that Emma Thompson would play that role.

Tell us 5 random things about yourself.
1)      I am a partial vegetarian

2)      I was homeschooled for most of my childhood

3)      My youngest two children are fraternal twins (girl and boy)

4)      I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and enjoy math.

5)      I wrote Honor because a fan fell in love with Dentin in Duty.

What are the three places you have always wanted to visit but have not yet?
Most of Europe is on my bucket list, but Italy, England, and Wales are close to the top.

Okay, crystal ball time. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In five years, I hope to be well settled into writing/publishing one to two books a year, homeschooling my kids, and running a design business on the side. A decade from now, I hope to be helping my oldest child look at colleges and helping my twins through high school. I will also hopefully be enjoying more one-on-one time with my husband.

Do you have any questions for me?
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I have a love for all genres but typically stay more towards the thriller/suspense/mystery novels.

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