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Twenty-one year old Lea Raines has spent her short life trying to fill the deep void in her soul. She travels to her ancestral home in England, in search of the peace she had never known. One night, overwhelmed by loneliness and empty dreams, she makes a wish never realizing that sometimes they do come true...
Her knight was nothing like she had imagined.
In twelfth century England Lord Bayard serves as a knight during the realm of King Stephan. Lea sees through the harsh, indifferent attitude of Lord Bayard. Behind his sarcasm and tough demeanor lies the heart of a true knight-strong, loyal and honor bound to protect those who depend on him. She knew he was her destiny. But she never realized how difficult it was going to be convincing her knight-minus-chivalric-qualities that she was his destiny.
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Blurring the line between fantasy and reality
Is "happily-ever-after" possible between two highly desperate people? An ill-fated couple defies the odds when they come face to face with the pain and fear of losing each other in Only in My Dreams (now available through 1stBooks Library). Author Rhonda Empson blurs the line between fantasy and reality as she describes the complex love affair of a forlorn woman from contemporary times and a valiant knight from the 12th century.
Lea Raines has lived a lonely life. At 21 years of age, she has been through her share of broken promises and empty dreams. Notwithstanding a cynical attitude, Lea found herself making a wish she did not expect would come true. She didn’t contemplate on being suddenly stuck in a pond while a strange man garbed in magnificent attire watches.
Bayard, Lord of Castle Rainere, fishes her out of the water anyway, when all he wanted to do was go home to his new castle and resume his duties as master of a vast manor. However, meeting Lea turns his plans awry. Together, they are a mismatched pair. He sees Lea as irritating and opinionated. She sees Lord Bayard as harsh and indifferent. Even so, Bayard finds himself attracted to this foul-mouthed woman more than any other woman he had ever known. When Bayard and Lea finally come together in a night of passion, Bayard realizes that he will do whatever is necessary to protect this woman and keep her at his side. To Lea, their union brings fleeting images of a woman she does not recognize. She somehow manages to learn the circumstances of her past and vows to not let history repeat itself.
Only in My Dreams is a novel filled with romance and adventure. Empson has created a fantastic melodrama portraying the courage and effrontery of a woman determined to avoid all that has destroyed her once before. She hopes to fulfill a destiny together with the man she holds dear.About the Author:
Rhonda White Empson lives in Coudersport Pa. with her husband, Brian and two sons, Brian and Brandon.
She has won many awards for Only In My Dreams including Second and third place in the chapter’s contest of Space-coasT Authors of Romance. (STAR) Honorable mention in the Enchanted Quill contest. Second place in the Colorado Romance Writer’s "Heart of the Rockies 2000" Contest. And Second place in the Authorlink New Author’s Awards Competition.
Along with Only In My Dreams she has written a sequel entitled Knight Of My Dreams and a third novel, Burden Of Guilt, a historical romance.
Rhonda started writing after the death of her younger brother, Ted. The writing, she found worked as a type of therapy to help deal with her grief.
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