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Autumn's Flame (The Seasons Series Book 4) Kindle Edition

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A writer of immense power and intense emotion whose star shines brighter and brighter. --Romantic Times

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Autumn's Flame is the fourth book of the Graistan Chronicles, the stories of the FitzHenry brothers.  In this book I not only got to explore both the position of the sheriff and the idea of wardenship, but to share the amazing fact that sheriffs had to witness the birthing process of all pregnant widows. Now that was something I didn't expect, yet it made perfect sense against the mindset of the time..

As far as the content of the story, the book was written while I was grieving for my son Adam, who was murdered in 1994 just after Winter's Heat was published. Although the story of his life and death is as dramatic and tragic as any I could conceive of writing, it isn't one I want to write. Suffice it to say that I am now at peace with his passing and part of that peace came out of the issues I allowed Geoffrey and Elyssa to explore in Autumn's Flame.

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  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493711598
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (April 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W9C5XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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What can I say? I write and I farm. Five years ago my then-husband and I bought eight acres of compacted red earth (it looked like Mars had exploded!) on Oak Creek in northern Arizona. I started with three chickens. Three became twelve, twelve became forty. Then there were coyotes (down fifteen birds) and bald eagles (another couple of birds), black hawks (another chicken) and racoons. Dang those nasty creatures! They kill just because they can; think dogs with opposable thumbs.

And that was just the first year. By year five, there are three Jersey cows--Brighty, Dixie and Elsie, one hundred and forty odd turkeys (one Eastern Wild Turkey Tom, some Royal Palms, some Narragansetts and some a beautiful hybrid of my sweet Tom and the other two breeds), who knows how many chickens, two dogs (Moosie and Bear) and eight cats who were all supposed to live in the barn but far prefer the house, thank you very much.

Then catastrophe struck--twice. My precious Brighty and her sibling Dixie both died from milk fever just after calving on my birthday. In the meantime the man to whom I was married, the man I thought to be honorable, respectable and honest lost his mind. Yep, he had a mid-life crisis along with the de rigueur affair with a trashy ... well, you know. With his crazy time came all the lies and disrespect that could be expected. The kicker was he wanted to stay married to me while he went off and had his fun. Kicker indeed, because that's what I became--I punted that ball as far as I could. Now I'm sixty and single, running the farm single-handed and loving it. So far.

As for the writing, it happens when I'm not out herding turkeys, collecting eggs, chastising a recalcitrant Elsie or keeping Moosie from eating something he shouldn't. I'm just getting ready to start my third book in my new Servant of the Crown Medieval mystery series. Set in 1194, the sleuth in the series is Sir Faucon de Ramis, who just happens to be the maternal cousin of Gilliam and Geoffrey FitzHenry, heroes from the Seasons Series.

I've also decided to satisfy the many fans who've begged me to write stories about the children of the heroes in the Season Series. The first one, a novella, is already finished. Perfect Poison features Jocelyn of Freyne, the squire of Gilliam FitzHenry of Spring's Fury and his betrothed Avice of Lavendon. Although it is available by itself, come Christmas 2015 it will be part of Medieval Mistletoe, a Christmas anthology along with novellas by authors Catherine Kean, Eliza Knight and Laurel O'Donnell.

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Lady Elyssa is a widow with a 12 year old son and another one on the way. She loves her son with a passion and ,after an unhappy marraige, she now wants to be left alone in peace. So, she does not take too well the news that ,until her baby is born, Geoffrey Fitzhenry, the sherriff of the shire, has to keep her under his protection. To make matters worse, Geoffrey does not agree with the way she is raising her son, treating him as a if he was a weak boy, and thus decides to give him a new foster family.
Elyssa does not appreaciate this treamtent and she is not at all pleased to be forced to live under his roof until her baby is born. Besides, she finds herself unexplainably attracted to this handsome man who has such a disfiguring scar on his face. She is able to see beyond his scar.
Geoffrey feels himself attracted to this beautiful widow, even though he does not agree at all with her treatment of her son. He also likes the fact that she is the only woman who does not flinch when she looks at him and his scar does not seem to bother her. She is also very good with his daughter and manages to make her speak after a long time.
This is a thouroughly enjoyable romance where we see love slowly emerge between two persons who have been deeply hurt in their lifes and are still wary of love. They both try to deny their attraction towards each other at first but soon they will realize its impossible.
Beautiful romance and i also liked the characterization of the two main characters in the romance. This book is part of afour book series. the otehrs three are :
Spring's fury, Winter heat and Summer Storm.
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Overall Rating: 3.75 // Action: 3.25 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2.75 / Intrigue: 3.75 / Medieval Flavor: 5 / Humor: 8 / Tears: 6

Readers who really enjoy medieval romances should read "Autumn's Flame," the fourth book in Denise Domning's "The Graistan Chronicles." Domning has done an incredible job of giving the reader a true flavor of medieval life in this book (as with the entire series) -- the conversations, the action, the feelings -- all have the tone of twelfth century England.

The hero, Geoffrey FitzHenry, Lord Coudray, is the third son of Henry of Graistan. Even though the widower hates living at Crosswell (shire's seat), Geoffrey has purchased the duties of sheriff in the shire that oversees the lands that house his father-by-marriage, Baldwin de Gradinton in an effort to keep his now mute and fearful daughter out of Gradinton's grasp. The death of Gradinton's three sons have caused him to go to great lengths to gain custody of Cecilia, his only living heir.

"Autumn's Flame" is the story of how Geoffrey becomes the ward over Lord Freyne's newly widowed wife and her son, Jocelyn, a weak, monastery-bound, momma's-boy. Geoffrey is not happy to have to take the sharp-tongued, "won't stay in her subservient place" widow. Geoffrey is afraid that the strong-willed Elyssa of Freyne will unearth secrets that would ruin Cecilia's future. That conflict will arise between Geoffrey and Elyssa is guaranteed, because Elyssa is determined to find out why Geoff would let himself be perceived as evil, so she can extort her freedom and gain custody of her son, Jocelyn.
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By Yotafura on January 3, 2014
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Not much that can be said about this story. In fact, i found it to be a little longer than what would have been advisable. While I liked some little things that were unusual in other stories (her being older than him, his scars*SPOILER* the mad wife, the villain being in love with another woman whom he genuinely cared for*SPOILER*) ultimately nothing of this gets truly explored and ends up being more of the same. The climax was chaotic, and since we suddenly have a crossover with the other part of the series, I would have liked much more to see what was everyone else doing. Being blind in one side at no point seems to cause our hero problems (unless it's to ask the heroine to sit on his other side) and I found her to pretty annoying with her wild mood swings. I also found unfair that you need to have read a previous tome to understand chronologically what is happening at certain times (particularly concerning the early middle). One would think something as important as that would Make the hero nearly kill Lyssa, but no, it's just brushed away.

I found the bedding scene to be extremely uncomfortable for me to read, with pages and more pages dedicated to telling us in detail how his new, naked wife really makes our hero 'stand for occasion' and his brothers providing repetitive comment.

I think what i liked the most was the birth scene, and this is the only part where I could actually see all kind of goodness in the character's chemistry- no, wait, I'm lying. There's another scene where he tells her his story and they are just sitting together cuddling and it's really quite sweet. It's a pity it didn't follow that line more closely.
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By true on September 4, 2012
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The pregnant widow, Lady Freyne, sees her newly acquired freedom threatened by the power her ward, Lord Coudray, hold on her and her son. Even more frightening is the growing attraction and respect she develops for him. Lady Freyne is irresistibly drown into the sad, mysterious life Lord Coudray has doomed himself and his daughter. In the meantime, her strength and loving soul breach the stony walls the Lord has raised across his heart. She also overcomes the defenses of his traumatized daughter to win her soul back. The love growing between the two main characters is endangered by their numerous enemies, not the last being Lady Freyne's reluctance to surrender yet to another man.
The plot is captivating and the historical atmosphere well described. The novel offers an enjoyable read, saved the descriptions of the town, or the houses, that I found boring and too detailed.
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