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Can one woman save a country? TWICE?
Can she do it as a lady musketeer and fencer in 17th-century France, AND can she and the musketeers grant a hero's final wish?

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For Love of a Queen

by Kat Jaske

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Queen Anne of 17th-century France has been kidnapped. Can Laurel and the musketeers find and rescue her without telling King Louis XIII? And what happens to the musketeers and France if they fail?

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The marquise de Langeac cursed in what could best be described as a most unladylike fashion as she dabbed the nib of the quill in the inkwell. Rapidly, she finished penning the letter to Milord Compton, complaining tactfully—she really had tried to use more tact this time—about the lack of trust he was placing in her ability as an agent of the crown.

He quite simply refused to send her on any but the most mundane of missions, which left her in a most restless state, stuck at the palace in Paris after numerous little innocuous missions. Hard to believe she’d only returned to Paris a fortnight earlier. Still, despite Anne and Constance’s efforts, she was, quite frankly, lousy at playing the political-courtier game and hated being hunted as a marital mark, whether it be for her title, her lands, her wealth, or some combination of the aforementioned attributes.

Granted, she had been fortunate enough to avoid the fate of being gossiped into a bad reputation, or the undignified solecism of social ostracism. Polite society had, ironically enough, begun to accept her as a delightful eccentric. No doubt, that could be attributed in large part to her great inheritance, extensive estates, title, and her own father’s widespread influence. And yet, all she was expected to do was marry well.

Zut. The blessed state of marriage. What tomfoolery. She had little genuine desire to marry, and she had long been resigned to being a spinster only to find herself thwarted when she became an heiress. Drat the conventions of society. Those very conventions and unwritten codes that sent Laurel chomping at the bit to do something more satisfying than looking pretty and breeding heirs.

Not to mention, she’d be uncommonly lucky if Compton responded to her letter with any semblance of swiftness.

Still, she supposed she had been very lucky in many respects. Truly lucky that she could keep up her fencing and could read and write and had more freedom than any other single woman or most married women. Come to think of it, more freedom than even most widows.

Then again, she was also very fortunate no one had figured out that it was she who had dressed up as a lad and kissed the duc de Rouen with a touch of abandonment in plain sight of half the King’s Musketeers. Otherwise, she might truly have been condemned or forced to marry Aramis whether she wanted to or not. That had not been one of her wisest decisions. . . .

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    Mark Myers - storyteller - Ohio
  • "Kat's really good at creating characters you care about almost instantly." - Hillary Campbell
  • "Absolutely loved it! Your books are some of the most well-written that I have read. Your ability to maintain complex plots and provide a true flavor of Europe is amazing. Your character development is outstanding." - Linda Lipsitt
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  • "The stories are movie-material in my opinion, and that is a compliment.' - Michiel Brongers
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Righting Time
Book Three of BY HONOR BOUND
by Kat Jaske

What if Jala really is from the future and the fate of her future does depend on convincing Laurel and the 17th-century musketeers of that truth? Read Excerpts ->>>