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charMen of the Cross (Battle Scars I)

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

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.

Henry de Grey leaves Southampton in high spirits, strong in his faith and passionate about the mireaders favorite awardssion to take Jerusalem back from Saladin’s army. Stephan l’Aigle’s prowess on the battlefield is well known, as are his exploits in the arms of other men. He prizes duty, honour and loyalty to his king above all else. But God and the Church? Stephan has little use for either.

Henry’s convictions are challenged by loss and the harsh realities of bloody battles, registered- 800unforgiving marches, and the politics of the day. Man against man. Man against the elements. Man against his own heart. Survival will depend on more than a strong sword arm.

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king and country_smallFor King and Country (Battle Scars II)

England 1193

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

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Historical Novel Society review



passages300A Knight’s Tale (Passages)

Stephan l’Aigle is the third son of a Yorkshire baron with no hopes of inheriting land or titles, probably a good thing as he has no interest in women, nor any desire to marry or produce heirs. Stephan finds pleasure in the arms of other men. Eighteen years old and recently knighted, he must make his living on the tournament circuit or become a soldier for hire. His life will be forever changed when Richard, Duke of Aquitaine & son of King Henry II, sees his skills in battle.

NOTE: this is not an HEA. I’d say it’s bittersweet.

This short story is a prequel to Men of the Cross and will be an exclusive for subscribers to my Newsletter in late 2018.  So sign up  for my newsletter to receive the ebook, A Knight’s Tale. The story won’t be published on retailers’ sites until summer 2019.