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.
The king ignored his suggestion and shifted the topic with an abruptness that left Will feeling as though he had missed something. “I would you not address me by my title, Will.”
“What would you have me call you, Your—?” He bit the inside of his lip in indecision. Fools were given a great deal of latitude, but he did not want to take liberties the king did not intend.
“Call me Henry,” the king said, and his eyes grew a little wistful. “No one has called me that in—” He straightened in his saddle and cleared his throat. “Well, a long time. It would be good to hear it once more.”
Even the king’s wife did not address him with such familiarity. That sort of intimacy and informality was reserved for family alone, and while Will knew fools were often considered as such, it still came as a shock. “Aye . . . Henry,” he said, his mouth as dry as parchment.