I am very excited to host Emily Hayse with a guest post on Books, Tea, Healthy Me. Today, she will introduce us to the characters of her new book, These War-Torn Hands. I am a sucker for a good Arthurian legend and I hope you are too. Before we meet the characters, let’s take a look at the book!
These War-Torn Hands
by Emily Hayse
Publisher: Blue Maverick Press
Release Date: June 22nd 2021
Genre: Western fantasy/legend retelling (Arthurian)
Age group: Upper YA (16-21)
“They say this land is bound, cursed since the beginning of the world. And it’ll be freed one day by a man with war-torn hands.”
Rosamund Lacey has crossed a continent to marry Archer Scott because she believes he is a man set apart—a man with a destiny. But Alexander Mortimer, Outlaw King of the western territory, believes in only one kind of destiny: winner takes all.
Determined to reign supreme, Mortimer kidnaps the governor’s bride and wreaks havoc on the land around Glory Mesa. But when Archer refuses to choose between the woman he loves and the land he has sworn to protect, he is forced into a showdown that may cost more than his life.
Meet the Characters of These War-Torn Hands
One of the things I loved the most about writing These War-Torn Hands was all of the characters. Being that it is a King Arthur retelling, there are obviously a lot of them and many of them arriving with unique stories to be told. Finding the perfect character to fit their legend counterpart was so much fun. I made sure in the crafting of them to make them their own people, fitting entirely into this western world, but I also dropped hints as to their identities. Some of them will be obvious, others less so until the second or third books, but I hope very much either way, that you will enjoy them as their own characters, and if you like, enjoy trying to find out who their legend counterparts are.
Archer Scott: Black haired, blue eyed, has an stony face but boy’s smile. Newly appointed governor of the Western Territory. Duty-driven, but would rather be on his ranch.
Rosamund Lacey: Brown-haired with a smile like sunshine. She’s ambitious, madly in love with her fiance, Archer, and determined that nothing is going to stop her.
Alexander Mortimer: Flame-red hair, proud eyes, narrow-faced. He’s a man on a mission and sees his own ambition mirrored in Rosamund Lacey. He’s full of himself and his own sense of destiny.
Doctor Sikes: Old as the hills, no one knows exactly where he came from. The town of Glory Mesa’s doctor, he’s thin, and gray, with iron hands.
Raymond Lacey: Tall, gray-eyed with a heavy mustache. Looks at home in the saddle. Rosamund’s older brother, he’s coming west to his sister safely out there and settle near her.
Jesse Thatcher: He co-owns a ranch with his cousin, Archer Scott, but does all the running of it. Has a good sense of humor and a deep loyal streak. Red-blond hair, blue eyes that sparkle, deep dimples.
Kate Carnegie: No one knows where she came from and she won’t tell, but she works at the one saloon in town, washing dishes and serving drinks. Has hopes and dreams for the future, loves the Western Territory with a passion. Small, trim, brown hair that curls when it’s damp.
Jack Selby: Quiet, brown-haired, gentle blue eyes, keeps to himself. Works as a rifleman for some shepherds, shooting the dragons that are drawn in by the herds. Dead shot.
The Swift Brothers: Three brothers, all blond, blue eyed, laughing. They own a ranch together that they inherited from their father, one of the first men in the territory, and they’re all crack shots, veteran cowboys, and upstanding citizens.
EMILY HAYSE is the award-winning author of four books, a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, NASCAR, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.