Beyond Temptation: The Templar Knights

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From the wonderfully evocative and talented Mary Reed McCall comes the first novel of an exciting new trilogy based on the mysterious and fascinating Knights of Templar.

Sir Richard de Cantor, a highly-skilled warrior, is hampered by guilt over the ambitious, materialistic way he'd lived before he joined the Templar Brotherhood -- a lifestyle he believes led to the death of his young daughter. Lady Margaret Newcomb is a disgraced daughter of a powerful English earl and has led a quiet life of penance and atonement. Though of different backgrounds, in truth they are both lonely, battered by the world, and in desperate need of each other's love and acceptance. Their fragile relationship is soon threatened when the French Inquisition makes its way to England, and Richard is faced with charges for his position as a Templar Knight, only to have their love further tested when someone from Meg's past reappears with the power to tear the two apart.

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From the Author:

I sometimes hear authors lamenting the fact that their books of the heart too seldom see daylight in these fast-paced, market-driven times. I am thrilled to have the opportunity, therefore, to share with you a story - the initial offering in what will be my first connected series of stories, in fact - that from the moment I conceived it fulfilled the description of a true work of the heart for me.

BEYOND TEMPTATION: The Templar Knights, tells the tale of two honorable people living in troubled times: Sir Richard de Cantor, the younger brother of Braedan, from THE CRIMSON LADY - all grown up now, a Templar Knight, and a tormented, powerful, and sinfully handsome force to be reckoned with - and Lady Margaret Newcomb, a beautiful yet fallen noblewoman whose heart has been deeply wounded in the past. When the two meet, passions spark and the chance for love beckons, forbidden though it might be...but first they must find the courage to face and conquer all the darkness, pain, and betrayal that has haunted them both for so long.

I invite you, gentle reader, to venture with me into a world of great beauty and great evil, of life-and-death choices, intrigues, and desperate affairs of the heart...into a realm of honorable warriors, valiant ladies, kings, and champions - all set against the backdrop of the mysterious, secret brotherhood known as the Knights Templar. I can only promise that I have done my best to detail on paper all the romance and adventure of Richard and Meg's story as it unfolded in my imagination - and offer my sincere hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. As always, to those of you who do decide to do so, thanks for coming along on the journey.

Best Wishes, Mary Reed McCall

About the Author:

Award-winning author Mary Reed McCall was a finalist for Romance Writer's of America's Best First Book RITA Award and has won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Medieval Romance. She grew up in a rural area of Upstate New York as part of a large and loving family.  Before becoming a writer, she first considered a career in national security, studying for a brief time at the University of Leningrad before completing undergraduate degrees in Russian and English back in the United States, followed by a Master's degree in English Literature. The sixth of seven girls in her family, Mary now makes her permanent home in New York State, with her husband and children.  When she is not writing or involved with family activities, she teaches high school and college level English.

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