Reviews for Lady's Minstrel
"Although a short story, this is a wonderfully moving and erotic read. The characters are surprisingly well developed for the length of the story...Besides being emotional, this is also a very sensual and sexy read. It's the perfect story for rainy Sunday afternoon."
4.5 and a Reviewers Top Pick—Emma, Night Owl Romance Book Reviews
"Lady's Minstrel is a very sensual, tender love story...You cannot help but smile and get a warm feeling in your soul after reading this lovely story. It was a delightful and quick read."
4 Hearts—Wendy Mitchell, The Romance Studio
"LADY’S MINSTREL is one of those books that you can’t help but fall in love with. N.J. Walters does an exceptional job in creating two emotionally challenged characters. How she weaves each other back into one another’s lives is the tragedy triumph this reader craves. I highly recommend this book to any beauty and the beast fans!"
4 Blue Ribbons—Suzie Housley, Romance Junkies
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About N.J. Walters
Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel, Annabelle Lee, and life would never be the same.
Also by N.J. Walters
Ellora’s Cave Publishing:
Katie’s Art of Seduction-Awakening Desires, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Erin’s Fancy-Awakening Desires, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Capturing Carly-Awakening Desires, Book 3 (E-book)
Craving Candy-Awakening Desires, Book 4 (E-book)
Enticements-(Print—Contains Capturing Carly and Craving Candy)
Jackson’s Jewel-Awakening Desires, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
MacNamara’s Lady-Awakening Desires, Book 6 (E-book)
Harker’s Journey-Dalakis Passion, Book 1 (E-book)
Lucian’s Delight-Dalakis Passion, Book 2 (E-book)
Dalakis Embrace- (Print—Contains Harker’s Journey and Lucian’s Delight)
Stefan’s Salvation-Dalakis Passion, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Eternal Brothers-Dalakis Passion, Book 4 (E-book)
Endless Chase-Dalakis Passion, Book 5 (E-book)
Annabelle Lee-Summerville Secrets, Book 1 (E-book)
Heat Wave-Summersville Secrets, Book 2 (E-book)
Summersville Heat- (Print—Contains Annabelle Lee and Heat Wave)
Lily Blossoms-Summersville Secrets, Book 3 (E-book)
Christina’s Tapestry-Tapestries, Book 1 (E-book)
Bakra Bride-Tapestries, Book 2 (E-book)
Tapestry Dreams- (Print—Contains Christina’s Tapestry and Bakra Bride)
Woven Dreams-Tapestries, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Threads of Destiny-Tapestries, Book 4 (E-book)
Embroidered Fantasies, Book 5 (E-book)
Embracing Silence-Project Alpha, Book 1 (E-book)
Have Mercy-Project Alpha, Book 2 (E-book)
Sweet Charity-Project Alpha, Book 3 (E-book)
Out of Shadows-(E-book)
Seeking Charlotte-Hearts of Fire, Book 3 (E-book)
Entwined Hearts-Hearts of Fire, Book 5 (E-book)
Amethyst Dreams-Companion book to Amethyst Moon (E-book)
Amethyst Moon-Birthstone Series (E-book)
Three Swords, One Heart-Torrid Tarot Series (E-book) & (Print)
Anastasia’s Style-Valentine Vixens Quickie (E-book)
Candy Caresses-(Print Anthology containing the Valentine Vixens Quickie, Anastasia’s Style)
Drakon’s Treasure-Autumn Animalia Quickie (E-book)
Feral Fixation-(Print Anthology containing the Autumn Animalia Quickie, Drakon’s Treasure)
Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift-White Hot Holidays Quickie (E-book)
White Hot Holidays 3-(Print Anthology containing my White Hot Holiday Quickie, Jessamyn’s Christmas Gift)
Tempting Tori (E-book) (Audio Book)
Lassoing Lara (E-book)
Tracking Talia (E-book)
Lady’s Minstrel (E-book)
Unmasking Kelly (E-book)
Over Time, Under Him-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Trick or Treat-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Legendary Tails IV (featuring “A Love Eternal”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Dreams of the Oasis IV (featuring “Shadows Stir”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III (featuring “Sunshine for a Vampire”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora’s Cavemen: Jewels of the Nile IV (featuring “Moon Magic”) (E-book) & (Print)
Discovering Dani-Jamesville, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
The Way Home-Jamesville, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
The Return of Patrick O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
The Seduction of Shamus O’Rourke-Jamesville, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
A Legal Affair-Jamesville, Book 5 (E-book)
By The Book-Jamesville, Book 6 (E-book) & (Print)
Past Promises-Jamesville, Book 7 (E-book)
Jamesville Affairs-(Print—Contains A Legal Affair and Past Promises)
Alexandra’s Legacy-Legacy, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Isaiah’s Haven-Legacy, Book 2 (E-book) &(Print)
Legacy Found-Legacy, Book 3 (E-book)
Quinn’s Quest-Legacy, Book 4 (E-book)
A Touch of Magick-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Dreams of Seduction-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 2 (E-book)
Love in Flames-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 3 (E-book)
The Gift of Shayla (E-book)
The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (Print)
An Interview with N.J. Walters
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: N.J., thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is In Lady's Minstrel. Where did the idea for this sizzling tale come from to start with?
NJ: It’s my pleasure. Thank you so much for having me.
Lady’s Minstrel actually began as a short story many years ago. It was actually accepted by a magazine, but the magazine went under before the story was published. Then my first book was published and I put the story away. But I loved the premise for the story and, about a year or so ago, decided to brush it off and rewrite it. That gave me the opportunity to expand the story and pump up the heat level.
BLURB: Lady’s Minstrel
Alicia was barely a bride before her husband Reys left on Crusade, and she has waited six years for any word on his whereabouts. Without a strong lord, the castle is in a precarious position and it is only a matter of time until the king orders her to remarry or tries to take the keep by force.
When a mysterious hooded minstrel shows up at the castle, the man’s furtive actions lead Alicia to believe he is a spy. She confronts him—and discovers he is no stranger. Reys is scarred emotionally and physically by his years in a foreign prison. Now both are left wondering if there is a future for them or if the love they once shared is gone forever.
HH: What do you like about Alicia and why will readers relate to her?
NJ: Alicia started her married life as a very young, insecure woman. Over the long years her husband has been away on crusade, she’s learned to rely on herself and has become quite an independent woman who understands her own strengths and weaknesses. She’s also a woman who loves her husband, who has been missing for years. I think every woman can relate to that.
HH: What do you like best about Reys and why will readers love him?
NJ: Reys has been to hell and back. He’s a survivor who is trying to rediscover his place in the world now that he is free. He’s loyal and brave, but a wounded hero who will need a strong woman to help him find his feet again. He may be permanently scarred, but he isn’t broken and is still able to love.
HH: Why did you choose the Crusades as your setting for this work?
NJ: I admit that I love medieval romances. I never thought I’d write a historical piece, but decided if I was ever going to than this would be the right time period. The castles, the monarchy, the swords, and the quest of the crusades all appeals to me as a writer.
HH: What sort of research did you do for this story and what did you learn that you previously didn't know?
NJ: Over the years, I’ve read my fair share of fiction and non-fiction books about the time period. (Told you I was a fan of the time period.) The class divisions, the dependence of the monarchy on the rest of the aristocracy for money and armed support, the political intrigue and the way religion was a huge part of their daily lives is fascinating. A castle is really a small town. It’s actually quite interesting how everyone’s task is set according to their skills or the class they were born into.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
NJ: I just had a new book released in my Legacy series—Quinn’s Quest, and have two more Legacy books scheduled for release later this year—Finding Chrissten and Damek’s Redemption. I also just submitted a new Awakening Desires book to my editor at Ellora’s Cave. I have my fingers crossed that she likes it.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
NJ: My goal is to keep writing and, hopefully, get better with each book. I love writing full time and hope to continue to be able to make a living doing just that. =)
HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?
NJ: Inspiration is everywhere. Honestly, I think my mind gathers ideas from magazines, television, movies, books and from life, shakes them all up and spits out something new. lol My ideas always start with a character, who they are, what they do and what they want out of life, and expands from there.
HH: What's your favorite book so far in 2012?
NJ: That’s a tough one. I’m currently reading the latest J.D. Robb book—Celebrity in Death. I don’t think that woman is capable of writing a bad book. She just keeps getting better and better. Brawn, book five in Laurann Dohner’s New Species series, is fantastic. I can’t wait for the next one! Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz is another great read. So many books, so little time.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
NJ: Now that’s an interesting question. I’m looking forward to summer (we didn’t have much of one last year and it’s been a long winter). I’m looking forward to celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in August. And I’m really looking forward to working on a new paranormal quartet I have planned. I have the rough drafts of the first two done and am starting work on book three. Life is good!
HH: Thank you!
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