Saturday, April 20, 2019
Masquerade Ball Blog Hop, Day #3:
It’s my turn to host one of my fellow authors. My guest will remain anonymous as this is the “masked” part of our masquerade ball. Each author will “unmask” his or her own character on April 30th. What a fun way to celebrate the release of MASQUERADE: ODDLY SUITED!
Welcome to the Masquerade Ball Blog Hop!
While I did the research for my story, the most interesting thing that I discovered was that people of different religions (Muslim, Jew, and Christian) intermingled and coexisted throughout the Emirate of Granada prior to the Reconquista. Because the Reconquista ended Muslim rule on the Iberian Peninsula, I had originally thought that their societies prior to the war had been divided along religious lines. I was surprised to find out that they lived together peacefully within their towns and villages. While I’m sure there were examples of injustice practiced by individuals toward each other, their society can be held up as a pattern of tolerance. Getting along with those who do not look the same or believe the same thing is not something we invented in the modern day (and I’m not sure we’re all that great at it, anyway).
A teaser from the AUTHOR:
NEXT up is a teaser that you will not find in the actual story. Think of it as a little bonus scene to acquaint you with the characters. Enjoy!
That evening, Zahra arrived at the hut with two maravedi in her hand, but no food in her stomach. After placing the coins in a small pouch concealed under her bedroll, she foraged in the orchard but found little to eat. When she returned, Antonio stood outside the hut holding two small loaves of bread.
“Would you like to share in my spoils?” he asked.
With more haste than courtesy, she snatched the morsel of food. “Where did you get the bread?” She stopped. “Did you steal it?”
Antonio scowled. “Absolutely not! It was part of my wages.”
The bread felt dry in her mouth. “I should not be eating your earnings,” she said with some embarrassment.
“I cannot buy new clothes with bread,” he said frankly.
Zahra smiled her appreciation, gazing into the kind brown eyes of her benefactor. After a few moments, he colored and looked away.
As they ate, Zahra told him about her day trying to find work. He told her about the crops that he tended for Benaroya.
The ensuing days followed the same routine. They rose before the sun and worked through the day. This type of labor was a new experience for Zahra, but she enjoyed working for her future life.
In the evenings they spoke of their distinctive lands and cultures. Zahra thrilled at the stories Antonio would tell of knights and ladies, of brave campaigns and royal courts. In turn, he listened with rapt attention when she described the small village of her nativity and her memories of verdant gardens and flowing rivulets.
Antonio seemed attentive to her every need. They fell into an easy camaraderie and occasionally an awkward closeness. At times they did seem like a young peasant couple, working hard for their daily bread, passing the evenings in comfortable conversation.
Zahra loved watching his face—lit by the evening fire—as he spoke. Her favorite part was when he caught her staring and would look away. To have that effect on a man thrilled her. More so knowing that she was safe in his care.
NOW, I’m hooked! I have to read this story! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did! Which Masquerade author do you think this wrote this? No peeking! “Don your mask and join the party!”
BLOG HOP Schedule: Please join us!
Thur. April 18th: L.G. Keltner https://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/
Fri. April 19th: Jennifer Lane http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com
Sat. April 20th: Deborah Solice https://thefabulistdotblog.wordpress.com/
Mon. April 22nd: CD Gallant-King http://www.cdgallantking.ca/
Tues. April 23rd: Elizabeth Mueller https://elizabethmueller.blogspot.com/
Wed. April 24th: Chelsea Marie Ballard https://www.facebook.com/masqueradeoddlysuited
Thurs. April 25th: Carrie-Ann Brownian http://carrieannebrownian.wordpress.com
Fri. April 26th: Myles Christensen www.myleschristensen.com
Sat. April 27th: Anstice Brown https://dustingthesoul.com
Mon. April 29th: Angela Brown http://publishness.blogspot.com/
Tues. Apr 30th: Book Release and The Unmasking (Just follow links above)!