Under These Restless Skies will be released on February 20, and every day until then, I'll be posting a small excerpt. You can check out the book's blog here, including more excerpts and information on the Tudor historical characters in the story, and the legend of the selkies on which the story is based.
Will nodded. “I hear Jane Seymour was once betrothed, but naught came of it. There have been no other suits for her hand, at least, not ones her father would accept. They are not of great wealth or lineage, but her father wants to marry her to a lord. But . . . well . . . you have seen her. She has not the charms to make a man forget a small dowry or an undistinguished line, and now she is twenty and seven, with no prospects. Nor has she close friends at court to bring valuable connections to the man who marries her.”
“But what now that she has the king’s eye?” Emma watched him closely, waiting to see if there was more to it than he wanted to say.
Will shrugged, and then looked a little guilty, as though he worried Emma might take offense at his glib gesture. “He will, likely, do as he did for Mary Boleyn when she was his mistress. He found her an obliging husband. One that pleased her family’s ambitions and left him free to enjoy her favors.”
Emma took a deep breath. “Will, what if Jane Seymour does not give in to the king’s desires?”
“She will give him what he wants.” But his voice held no conviction.