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An Adventure of What Might Have Been
Book One of BY HONOR BOUND by Kat Jaske
Kat Jaske fencing with instructor frank Van Dyke
a few will be found worthy. Will you?
Could you do the honorable thing?
Could you be stong enough? Brave enough?
Would the musketeers call you, "friend?"
Read their adventures and find out.
Come with me to France, to the time of the musketeers, when honor is everything.
Meet the musketeers. Laugh with them; ride with them, fight for your life
with them. Weep with them. It's 1638. You are there. France does not suspect
the evil forces working within to shatter the tranquility, to split the
spoils for evil's own gain.
But this is no ordinary story, as circumstances conspire
to plunge the young lady, master fencer into the fateful position of saving
France from the traitor. She cannot do it alone, but she will be a part
of the battle.
Feel the emotions of the musketeers as they are swept up
in this battle. Can they accept a woman as an equal? Can they protect
her. Should they protect her. Be careful, as you cannot stop once you
begin. Fate has spoken.
Selected Excerpts From
For Honor Are Below
The spy looked Laurel up and down. Dressed in a court gown
and her hair done up, she was far from presenting a threatening picture,
and the sword in her hand looked distinctly out of place. Not to mention
that her shoulder was wounded.
“You don’t really think you can stop me, mademoiselle,”
he informed her in his most condescending tones and moved to pass her.
She raised her weapon, barring his way. “You don’t
seriously think that I’m going to let you walk away after the crimes
you’ve committed against me and mine.” They stood staring
at each other.
Neither gave and Laurel moved to disarm the man. Automatically,
Georges parried. . . .
Her soft leather boots, very similar to those musketeers wore, echoed
off the cobblestones and blended in with the sounds of the busy port city.
She darted around the corner and searched for her horse.
Stopping short she pressed herself to the wall, flat. How had they found
her so soon? . . . She took a fortifying breath and dashed back in the
direction from which she had come.
At least she still had a hefty sum of money and one of her father’s
basket hilts. Hopefully she wasn’t too out of practice with the
sword, for she had a sinking feeling that she would have to be using
it all too soon.
Moments dragged by as Aramis urged his friend to keep drinking until
the bottle was drained, every last drop. He set the empty bottle aside
and both uninjured musketeers prepared to hold Athos motionless.
Laurel lifted the cognac-soaked blade to the wound and made a deft, deep
slice in the flesh of Athos’ shoulder. Athos thrashed weakly, and
the men held him down until finally he passed into merciful unconsciousness.
With her arm, Laurel wiped sweat from her brow and made another careful
incision next to the wound. Suddenly the bleeding started again, and Porthos
grabbed a fresh cloth and stanched the flow of blood while Laurel looked
around for a forceps of some sort and laid them on the blood-stained bed-cloth.
She paused right in the middle of making a third cut, and Aramis and Porthos
both looked her straight in the eye. Long, palpably tense moments ticked
by. “You can do it,” they both encouraged her, and she bent
her head and returned to the task at hand. There was no other option.
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Dieu! Can this young lady write! An unforgettable adventure fiction
so exuberant, so unexpected that it leaves even the most jaded reader
breathless for more. . . . fast-paced, swashbuckling book replete with
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“A musketeer fears nothing,” D’Artagnan insisted.
“Really, is that so? I thought only fools feared nothing,”
Laurel riposted, as she made her exit from the room.
Laurel’s immediate response was a groan. She cocked her neck back
to look at him while she was speaking. “We kind of got separated
after I jumped out a window this morning.” Aramis didn’t even
bother to comment on her multiple jumping episodes of the day. His eyes
said it all.
How long the odd pair trudged along in that wasteland neither had a clue.
They simply walked in a rough quick shamble, though there was probably
nothing simple about it.
The stiff and proper butler raised his eyebrow in disapproval at the
ragtag bunch that was standing in the open doorway. Four men and one lad,
and all carrying swords. One tall and darkly handsome man, alluring, dangerous
even. Another, a blond with a refined but rugged air and broad shoulders.
Another yet who appeared to have just entered manhood, and a handsome
young devil as well. Finally, there stood the frowning heir apparent to
“Please inform my mother that I am here,” Porthos spoke.
- "Best stories and best written books I
have read in several years."
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
- "I enjoyed it so much I read it
twice." - Joe Sinnapan
- "What a compelling story."
- "The stories are movie-material
in my opinion, and that is a compliment.' - Michiel Brongers
- Selected by Las Vegas Green Valley High School for 2006 Reading Incentive
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