Believe In Me Cover Reveal by Lana Williams

Cindy, thanks so much for having me today! I’m so excited to reveal my latest cover and introduce everyone to Nicholas and Cristiana! Believe In Me will be released on Friday, August 9th, and tells the story of a knight determined to honor his vow and a lady set on vengeance. Needless to say, you can expect some fireworks! This is the third book in The Vengeance Trilogy. Here’s a sneak peek at the story:

LanaWilliams_BelieveInMe_200px_2Lady Cristiana’s plan to seek revenge against her mother’s murderer is cut short when a world-weary knight arrives to escort her to her new guardian, a powerful bishop. Cristiana refuses to become a ward of the bishop whom she suspects was involved in her mother’s death, but the knight leaves her no choice.

Sir William de Bremont hopes to earn a second chance at the life he was given but believes he doesn’t deserve. Serving the bishop seems the perfect solution, except Lady Cristiana thwarts him at every turn, captivating him body and soul.

Cristiana has the unique ability to heal the sick through her touch. Accustomed to hiding her gift, the wall she’s built to protect herself crumbles under William’s passionate regard. Honor-bound to deliver her despite her protests and his own doubts, William reluctantly fulfills his vow only to realize the depth of his mistake.

As William and Cristiana’s love grows, they realize the bishop plans to use her ability to fulfill his own destiny with little concern for the life of others, including Cristiana’s. The bishop’s treachery comes to light, forcing Cristiana to choose between revenge or the love of a lifetime.

Writing this trilogy has been a blast, and I’m sad to see it come to an end. However, I must confess that I have ideas for a new medieval series. I’ll keep you posted as to how it works out after I run it by my critique partners. They are invaluable at helping me keep my plot and character arcs solid. While I don’t plot extensively, I do put together a road map I follow to make sure that I have all bases covered and know my characters inside and out. That is important as I dislike conflict and have a hard time writing it! By understanding my characters, it’s much easier to figure out what pushes their buttons and then brainstorm some scenes that make conflict natural.

Currently I’m working on a series set in Victorian London that I’ll be rolling out later this year. I enjoy writing historical romances with a sense of mystery and adventure and a pinch of paranormal to keep things interesting and the next series will reflect that as well.

One of my favorite parts of any story is the first kiss, so I’d like to share that part of Nicholas and Cristiana’s story with you today:

Cristiana dared a look back. No one yet looked for her. Bolder now, she worked her way farther into the woods. Once she escaped, she planned to walk parallel to the road they followed. With luck, William would assume she’d return to the convent when in actuality she planned to continue northeast–far enough away from Longsbury to be safe, yet close enough to begin her search.

She hurried now, her heart thundering as she walked as fast as she dared. The underbrush caught her skirts, slowing her progress. Again, she glanced over her shoulder but saw nothing nor could she hear voices.

Though too soon to declare victory, she couldn’t help but smile at her success. Her dark cloak would help hide her and protect her from the branches she passed. The setting sun cast long shadows through the woods and would help conceal her as well. They wouldn’t be able to search for her for long, not with darkness falling.

A pounding echoed in her head, then in her chest. She put a hand to her heart, but realized the sensation came not from within her, but from without.

She looked back to see Sir William’s horse bearing down on her. Panicked, she ran. She couldn’t be caught already. Crashing through bushes, past branches that clawed at her cloak, her feet found no purchase on the uneven ground. Still she flew, her muscles protesting with the effort.

The hammering hooves drew closer. Though she knew she was no match for the horse, she tore through the forest as fast as her legs could carry her. She would not give up.


But she couldn’t stop.

“Lady Cristiana, hold.”

“Nay!” she cried out. “Leave me be!”

“Halt! Or I’ll do it for you.”

She glimpsed the horse out of the corner of her eye and at last slowed her pace, her breath coming in gasps from her frantic flight.

The knight slid off his steed and caught her in his arms. “Are you daft?” He gave her a shake and didn’t let go. “I feared you crazed before, but this proves it true.”

“If you’d let me–”

“Have you no idea of the dangers that await you in the woods? Both man and beast would do you harm. You’d never make it through the night unscathed.”

Her chin went up a notch. “I’m not ignorant of the dangers that lurk here, but I’m willing to take my chances.”

His gaze burned into hers. “Then you’ll soon follow your mother to the grave.”

Pain stole what little breath she had. Tears threatened. Her throat burned with the effort to hold them back. “Do not speak of my mother again,” she whispered.

The quiet words with all their pent-up emotion struck William. Cristiana’s large brown eyes glistened with tears and remorse filled him. He hadn’t meant to hurt her, only to frighten her into cooperating for her safety and his sanity.

“My lady, it is my duty to see you safely to Bishop Duval.”

“I’ve told you I have no desire to go. What I want should matter.”

Sympathy for her and her predicament pulled at him. “I fear it doesn’t. Not at this moment.”

“I am a woman grown, not a child.”

Those simple words turned his awareness to the shapely form in his arms. A woman indeed and a beautiful one at that. His mouth went dry as he looked at her anew. His hands gentled on her arms. A strand of her hair escaped her braid, and he tucked it behind her ear. “A woman for certain, but I cannot grant you what you wish.”

Those eyes of hers looked up at him, full of emotions and secrets he couldn’t begin to fathom. Her lips parted, her breath still coming fast from her flight through the woods. He hoped his overwhelming desire for her was only because it had been so long since he’d last been with a woman. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have twisted him up like this.

“William, if you’d please listen to me.” Her husky voice resonated deep within him. Her hands rose to his shoulders as though to force him to heed her words.

He watched the movement of her lips as she spoke and felt the heat of her hands near his neck.

And was lost.

With slow, halting movements, he bent his head, her mouth drawing him closer. He put his hand along her cheek, her skin soft and warm. Her flowery scent filled his head. His lips touched hers, his heart thundering in his ears even while his mind told him this was a mistake.

She stilled as though shocked at his forward behavior. Then she responded tentatively before growing more fervent. Her lips tasted sweet, hot, beneath his, and any remaining thoughts he had took flight.

“William?” Henry’s voice from the edge of the trees brought reality crashing back.

He lifted his head and his gaze caught hers. Her expression registered the same surprise he felt. “My lady–”

“William!” Henry’s voice came closer.

“Here,” William called out. He dropped his hand and stepped back from Cristiana, hoping the space between them would cool his ardor. “Once you meet the bishop, you can tell him what you want. Perhaps he can arrange it.”

Disappointment crossed her face before her expression hardened. “By then, it will be far too late.”

One lucky commenter will receive an ebook gift of Believe In Me for Kindle or Nook! Simply share what your favorite part of a romance story is:
1) When the hero and heroine first meet,
2) When they first kiss,
3) When they first fight and make up,
4) When they first make love, or ? I’ll leave that up to you.

Believe In Me will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on Friday, August 9th.
Lana Williams writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Her medieval romances begin with A Vow To Keep, the first in The Vengeance Trilogy, followed by Trust In Me and this week, Believe In Me.

LW_New_FB_Pic_2Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created. She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two dogs.

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50 thoughts on “Believe In Me Cover Reveal by Lana Williams

  1. Delicious! I read the first two and can’t wait for this one. My favorite part? The make up–duh! Isn’t it always best when it seems hopeless just before?

  2. My favorite part is when the hero and heroine first meet. I’m on the edge of my seat – is this going to be the one? is this the one? I love it. Usually sparks fly right away but in The Outlander there was nothing. I remember going back to read if there was any indication that I missed – there was nothing. It’s interesting how authors create those scenes. Another favorite is Gentle Rogue when James sees the heroine and she’s dressed like a boy – but James sees he has quite a nice ass. Funny. That part just sucks me right in.

    • Ashley – love that first meet! I’ll have to go back and look at The Outlander. That’s an interesting observation. I love it when Claire comes back and Jamie about passes out when she walks in! Love that scene!

  3. Hi, Lana, oh what a great cover and excerpt. No three without a doubt. I love the fight and make up scenes. Waving hi to Cindy as well. What a phenomenal trilogy!

  4. Yes, wonderful cover! I have a thing for purple lately, so I REALLY like the cover. And I recognize one of your models! Ha! Great excerpt!

  5. Well, for me, it depends on the book. In some stories the first kiss is very dramatic and sets the stage for the relationship. In others, it’s that first time they meet. Then in others, when they make love reveals so much emotion it’s very memorable. In my second novel, Against the Wind, I tried to do all three in one scene. Now that was a challenge!

    Hope I win your book. I’m going to update my Best Medieval Romances list on my blog this fall.

    • Good points, Regan! It does depend on the book! I can’t wait to read how you managed to do all three in one scene! I must get that book! I’d be honored if you featured Believe In Me on your blog list!

  6. My favorite part has to be the first kiss. Always.
    Beautiful cover and brilliant story, Lana. Can’t wait to read your new victorian series!

  7. Wow! That was well written! Great excerpt and a book that I’d be willing to read.

    For me, first kisses are so important to the whole story. As a reader and as a writer.

  8. Great post, loved the excerpt of the first kiss. I, too, love the first kiss. It’s the most romantic and usually kind of innocent, at least at the beginning of it. It can certainly heat up. 😉 I’m off to buy the book because I’m probably too late for the drawing. No problem.

  9. Purple is my favorite color and I love the use it in your cover, which is beautiful, Lana.
    I’ve added The Vengeance Trilogy to my ‘to buy’ list, too. Knights and fair maidens are very much my thing.
    Congrats on the release of your third book of the trilogy today.

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