OF Love and Vengeance
by Louise Lyndon
Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephew’s survival, English Lady Laila vows
undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents.
Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance
he deserves. But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?
A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With
the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and
obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when
she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?
Laila heard them long before she saw them. Their angry, frenzied shouts and thunderous roars
filled her ears. With her hands tied securely behind her, she was dragged up the lane toward
Tyburn Gallows, where she was to be hanged for a crime she did not commit. The mob
sounded blood thirsty. Large. Frightening.
There was no sign of Aymon. Or Hugh. Had they left her alone to die?
Her chin trembled and her nails dug into her palms.
She suddenly fell to her knees and screamed until she tasted blood at the back of her throat.
She kicked out and tried to crawl free as her hair was almost torn from the roots as she was
pulled up and shoved along the lane.
Her eyes burned with her tears.
“I am innocent!” Laila screamed.
They came around a corner, and that’s when she saw them. There must have been a least two thousand men, women, and children, hungry for her blood. And when they saw her, they
erupted into a wild fever of roars and cries for a slow and painful death. Their thirst had been
piqued, and now it must be sated.
Laila was shoved into the center of the clearing.
She glanced wildly around in a desperate search for Aymon’s towering, bulky frame. She could
not see him.
But what she could see was the Tyburn Tree. The gallows she was to be hanged from. The
executioner, hooded, stood beside the tree as he waited patiently for her. Laila’s mouth
suddenly went dry.
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years
she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since
returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.
She has been writing the moment she picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon's first Outlander
novel twenty something years ago. She thought to herself, 'this is what I want to do' - not travel
back in time, but become a novelist! She has always had snippets of dialogue and scenes
floating around in her head with characters screaming at her to bring them to life.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing contest – Historical category
for her story, The Promise, which is now called, Of Love and Vengeance.
When not writing, she can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting
herself over twelve foot walls - under the guise of competing in Spartan races all over Australia.
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