Battle Scars series


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They embarked on the Crusades as strangers.

They battled through as more than brothers-in-arms.

Men of the Cross (Battle Scars I)

Two young knights’  journey to war at Richard the Lionheart’s side sweeps them from England to the Holy Land in this historical adventure set against the backdrop of the Third Crusade.

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March 1190. Brimming with the spirit of youth, the idealistic Henry de Grey joins King Richard’s army ready to fight for God’s glory on the battlefield. But after he bloodies his sword and witnesses the slaughter of innocents, he struggles to justify the violent acts he’s committed. Through months of brutal marches and political bickering, Henry finds comfort in the fearless resolve of a brash veteran. But when his feelings of friendship grow into something more, he must put his old convictions through the gauntlet.

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Stephan I’Aigle would follow the king anywhere, even into the heart of enemy territory. He takes Henry under his wing, but fears his growing attachment and burning passion could make him lose his fighting edge. Will opening up his heart destroy the knights’ friendship, or leave them both completely defenseless in the heat of battle?

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For King and Country (Battle Scars II)

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Civil war threatens as battle-scarred knight Henry de Grey returns from the Crusades. King Richard languishes in captivity, a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor. Traitors to the crown pit Henry and his friends against dangerous and unknown enemies.

Loyalties will be tested, families torn apart. Friend or foe? It is hard to tell one from the other.

The king’s brother John and his allies plot to usurp Richard’s throne. With the knights Sir Stephan and Sir Robin, Henry fights for king and country. But he must keep his feelings for Sir Stephan l’Aigle secret. Sure as arrow or sword, their forbidden love could destroy him.

War, political intrigue and passion… heroes… friends and lovers… and the seeds for a new Robin Hood legend await you…



Finalist –  Chaucer Award for pre-1750 Historical FictionEditor’s Choice – the Historical Novel Society (HNS) Honorable Mention – Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards A 2016 indieB.R.A.G. Medallion honoree Chill With A Book Award | Black Lilac Kitty Book of the Year | Readers Favorite 5 star reviews

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Swords of the King (Battle Scars III)

Published 1 May 2018

Normandy, March 1196

King Richard has their loyalty.
The French would have their lives.
And John, the king’s brother, will never forget how they betrayed him.

The kidnapping of the king’s former sister-in-law sets off a chain of events that entangle the knights Henry de Grey and Stephan l’Aigle in politics and intrigue, treason . . . and murder.

What begins as escort duty for the knights becomes a chase through the Norman countryside on the trail of her son, the young duke Arthur. Assassins want him—and the knights—dead.

If assassins’ blades don’t kill them, King Richard’s war to recover his continental domains from France just might. Former enemies, like the king’s brother, are now allies. Can they be trusted?

Warriors. Heroes. Traitors. Spies . . . Lovers. 

Henry and Stephan will risk their honor and the trust of the king to protect Duke Arthur. They will fight treachery and brave bloody battles, see war in all its horror, and fight their fears of losing each other, all the while keeping their forbidden love secret.

With Swords of the King, Charlene Newcomb follows up her award-winning novel For King and Country (Battle Scars II) amidst the turbulent final years of the reign of Richard I of England, the Lionheart. This epic adventure furthers an original Robin Hood origins story and will captivate fans of historical fiction and anyone who likes a little romance—forbidden romance—with their history.

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Discovered Diamond – shortlisted for book of the month June 2018 | Chaucer Award for pre-1750 Historical Fiction – 2018 shortlist | Chill with A Book – Readers Award and Cover of the Month – October 2018  | indieBRAG Medallion Honoree

Sharon Bennett Connolly reviews on The Review | a Discovered Diamond review | Historical Novel Society review