Works in Progress

Swords of the King (Battle Scars III)

Expected publication: 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. 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 may. The king and his brother may be allies, but can John be trusted when he once conspired with the French to overthrow Richard? John’s desire for revenge in that failed coup haunts Henry.

Stephan may not be able to convince Henry his worries are for naught, but from their journey on crusade to the Holy Land, to the battles against John’s unscrupulous cronies in England, to the war with France, he has been at Henry’s side. Henry and Stephan are more than comrades. They are lovers. Only a few close friends know their secret, but an old enemy and even the king threaten to tear them apart. Will they risk everything for each other knowing they can never have a normal life together, that their love could cost Henry everything but Stephan?

Does only heartache lay ahead?

With Swords of the King, Charlene Newcomb follows up her award-winning novel For King and Country (Battle Scars II), a finalist in the Chaucer Awards for pre-1750 Historical Fiction, 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 like a little romance—forbidden romance—with their history.

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A Knight’s Tale (Passages I)
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, sees his skills in battle.

This short story is a prequel to Men of the Cross. Sign up  for my newsletter and be the first to know about it.

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