Sunday, July 25, 2010

Woman of Honor, Nicole Zoltack

Romance/Medieval Fantasy
Aislinn of Bairdhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother's horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn's wish and she begins her long years of training.

Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery. Through the years, Aislinn and Caelan grow from sparing classmates to good friends. They both know that someday Caelan will marry for the sake of the kingdom, but even that cannot keep them from falling in love.

The threat of war with the Speicans is a constant threat, and one that grows more frightening as she and Caelan train toward their eventual knighthood. Aislinn has committed herself to serving Arnhem, and has promised herself as King's Champion when Caelan claims the throne. She is willing to give up everything... her childhood, her life, even her heart for Arnhem. No matter the pain it brings.

"Is there anyone else that you have feelings for, Aislinn? Is that why you don't want to be with Geoffrey?"

Aislinn blinked, thinking about his question. "I haven't thought about such things. I'm too focused on becoming a knight. That's all I'm worried about."

Caelan pushed back his chair and stood. With him on his feet, Aislinn had to tip back her chin to look him in the face, he had grown so much in the years since they'd first met. "There is no one else?"

She shook her head.

Caelan took a step closer to her, stepping so close he only had to whisper for her to hear him. "What if I told you that Geoffrey isn't the only one who favors your company?"

His closeness overwhelmed Aislinn and she tried to take a step back. Her shoulders bumped the bookshelf behind her and several books shifted, but none made enough noise to draw the attention of anyone else in the library. Caelan lay a hand against her cheek, his thumb beneath her chin, and with a gentle touched, forced her to look at him.

Her heart pounded hard in her chest like a caged bird and Aislinn caught her breath.

"Caelan," she whispered softly, but before she could say more, his lips covered hers.

Aislinn froze for a second as he held his mouth against hers, then heard herself sigh when he pressed closer and moved his lips. Aislinn's eyes fluttered closed and she raised her hands to lay them on his chest, feeling his heart pound as hard as her own. Then reality snapped at her and she shoved him away.

"Stop it!"

She pushed past the prince and rushed from the library, with several squires and younger pages turning at her escape. Aislinn ran to her room and slammed the door shut. She leaned against it and slid to the floor, her head in her hands.

How dare he kiss me!

But the worst realization was that she'd kissed him back. Even the memory now made her insides tremble and her hands shake.

Aislinn stared into the empty space of her chamber for several minutes, trying to push aside the memory that refused to leave before she finally stood. Completing her work would occupy her mind. She collapsed onto her bed and promptly fell asleep instead.

"Nicole Zoltack provides a well crafted story that focuses on emotion and anticipation. Not only a book that a young adult would enjoy, but a woman of any age who wants to enjoy romance and a strong heroine and how she gained her strength. In the future, we will see Nicole Zoltack ranking with many of the top authors we have come to love over the years. We will have a section of our bookcases or hard drives waiting for her newest release. I will certainly read the second installment in this series, Knight of Glory, due out in April 2010 because I enjoyed Ms. Zoltack’s writing and Woman of Honor that much." -- 5 stars, Em Epe - Dark Diva Reviews

With sword fights, passionate love, mythical creatures, and courtly games, Woman of Honor is my kind of book... Blending history with fiction, her writing is full of plot and adventure and her characters are strong and believable. Most of all, I grew to love all of them and cared about their hardships and successes...Ms. Zoltack has a few twists in store that will shock and startle as well as please...In conclusion, I thoroughly recommend this book for everyone that enjoys fantasy, romance and adventure! I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel, Knight of Glory. -- Book Reviews by Aubrie

Why Nicole Wrote the Book:
I'm obsessed with the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The notions of chivalry and knighthood and honor call to me. One day while researching this time period, I decided to look up whether or not there really were female knights. And there were! In fact, there was an entire order of female knights - the Order of the Hatchet. When Aislinn petitions the king for her chance to train as a knight, she mentions these brave women who defended their town from Moor attack. Those female knights inspired this story.
Sequel - Night of Glory

Author Bio:
Nicole Zoltack loves to write and is willing to tackle many different genres - from fantasy to historical to romance to YA to horror to paranormal to combinations of those. Her first full length novel, Woman of Honor, tied for fourth in the Preditors and Editors 2009 Poll for Fantasy. To learn more about her and her writing, visit her website at:

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  1. Great interview! I loved this book. :)

  2. Aubrie, this is a wonderful book. My daughter has read this twice, and she's contemplating a third. We were at a homeschool event and she was asked what her favorite book was for a group discussion on reading, and she told everyone it was Woman of Honor.

  3. c My congratulations on a great post & book! Good luck Nicole!

  4. I've read a lot of good things about this book.

    Thank you for the chance to be entered to win it.



  5. This one doesn't disappoint, Beverly.

  6. sounds like a great read.


  7. HI Nicole and Shawna,
    I loved the excerpt and am looking forward to reading this one and the sequel.
    Congrats, Nicole, and hope you are doing well.

  8. Thanks, everyone! And good luck in the drawing.

  9. Great excerpt, Nicole. I didn't know there was an order of women knights. Very interesting!

  10. This sounds so wonderful and inspiring, Nicole - Congratulations on rave reviews and what is clearly an exceptional and romantic story with heart and soul... Many, many sales and much success to you with this and everything else you do!!

    Warmest wishes and Hugs to you,

  11. NICOLE--I'm impressed with your talent and creativity. The novel sounds excellent, and is according to those reviews! I loved the excerpt--I always read excerpts--and I especially love your cover. I know you didn't make it, but you had a hand in it--it's perfect for your book. Lovely--Celia

  12. I was shocked when I discovered the order, Donna, but so intrigued.

    Thank you so much, Denysé! I really appreciate your kind words.

    Thanks for stopping by, Celia. Jenifer did a wonderful job on the cover, I absolutely love it! :)

  13. Nicole, thanks for writing such a great book!

  14. Hi,

    Sounds like an amazing read.

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