On the Emperor’s Secret Service
The face of war is about to change forever.
The Kingdom of Navarre is developing a new weapon that threatens to upend the balance of power with its neighbors, and has sparked a mad scramble within the Boehman Empire to discover the nature of this new threat.
Drawn by the promise of a windfall she cannot possibly decline, Elsabeth Soesten makes her way to the City of Carcassonne on an assignment for His Imperial Majesty. Her mission: To find a way into one of the most heavily-guarded sites in Navarre and secure this new weapon.
But more than just her life is on the line, as Elsabeth races against time for the opportunity to correct the greatest mistake she ever made.
She’s done the deed, can she escape the punishment?
Elsabeth Soesten is always in trouble.
Her comrade-in-arms has dragged her into a deal with the Abbot of Friuli to recover stolen church property, but what began as a simple good deed (with a bit of church coin as incentive) soon finds the pair swept up into a conspiracy against the Prince-Bishop of Bremen. Trapped between an agent of the Bishop on one hand and the Abbot on the other, the only way out is to unravel the plot, and determine just what they have to do with the reclusive Baron of Leyen.
And just maybe they can work their way out of the whole mess with heads still attached and purses a little fatter.
The Adventures of Elsabeth Soesten begin again with the novel-length Second Edition of No Good Deed…, available now!
The prize she wins may be his heart
A glorious contest of arms awaits in the City of Ain.
Seeing an opportunity long denied her to demonstrate her mettle, Elsabeth has been drawn to Ain by a gathering of the most celebrated masters of arms from across Navarre and Boehm, summoned to a conference on their art by Sir Stemham Crosseby, Master of the Longsword. The foremost attraction of the event is the Playings — A testing of his students before the eyes of the Count of Ain himself.
Elsabeth seeks the unthinkable: To find a way onto the platform and face the flower of Navarrese and Boehman swordsmanship. With all of Ain sensationalized — and the gathering of masters scandalized — by the audacity that a woman might dare to fight, Elsabeth is unprepared when the prize she could claim upon the scaffold is no less than the heart of Crosseby himself.
But when Elsabeth finds herself in a chance reunion with an old enemy from her days under Paulus von Soest’s tutelage, it threatens to bring the new life she hopes to build in Ain crashing down around her. Will she be able to see the challenge through to win her prize? Or will this twist of fate conspire to take away everything she has been fighting for?
Don’t believe everything you hear in minstrel’s tales…
There are some things in the world that are real, and others found only in minstrels’ fancies.
Elsabeth and Hieronymus find these lines blurring after accepting a simple escort job to the isolated village of Checy. Local folklore tells of a wizard dwelling in the wilderness nearby, and their client, an orphaned youth named Maerten, hopes that his magic can reveal the truth about his past. Despite their skepticism, Elsabeth and Hieronymus are soon drawn kicking and screaming into the unlikely tale of a destroyed kingdom and a long-lost heir.
Now, Elsabeth finds herself struggling to balance her growing affection for the boy in her charge with the knowledge that they must part ways when they reach their destination. And hanging over all is the reality of the heartbreak Maerten must face when he learns that rumors and tall tales are seldom what they seem.
The Adventures of Elsabeth Soesten continue with the second edition of Bait And Switch, available now!