Published on… 1 September 2014
Published as… Historical/Medieval Romance
A Chat with…Sharai
Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sharai: Good Morrow, Lady Bella! ‘Tis a grand day for a visit, and I am honored to be here. My adventures are recorded in Tabor’s Trinket. It’s written by Janet Lane, the first story in her Coin Forest series set in fifteenth century England. It’s set during the Gypsy Honeymoon period–though when you learn my story, you would be hard-pressed to believe it was a pleasant time.
Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sharai: I am Sharai. It rhymes with, “Dare I.” For survival, I keep my background secret. I only say that I am a princess, from Little Egypt, on a pilgrimage.
Bella: So, who are you, really? You can trust me. I care deeply for literary characters!
Sharai: I see kindness in your eyes, yes. I–I’m only a peasant, born of peasants in Wallachia. My uncle betrayed our family, and we were sold as slaves. At just 12 years old, I was dragged, naked and bleeding, to the auction block. My mother and I were hauled to Marseilles, and she died on the slave ship.
Bella: What do you think of the author, giving you such a dreadful childhood? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sharai: Fie! I’d put a flea in her ear, or simmer an evil spell for her, but how can I? She gave me Etti, who saved my life, and gave me work at the big Winchester Fair! My author gave me the beautiful orphan baby, Kadriya. She gave me good health and provided me with beautiful costumes, so I could learn to dance and support myself. She introduced me to Tabor.
Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sharai: Very uncomfortable. Count Aydin’s eyes are hungry, but there’s a darkness about him, and a vague, uncomfortable odor when he comes close and speaks to me. It makes my throat tighten. I must be respectful–he is our Gypsy King and he can make critical decisions about my future, as well as Kadriya’s and Etti’s. But I am strong, stronger than my author ever dreamed I could be. She isn’t sure of my courage, and I’m going to surprise her.
Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sharai: Very much, but ‘twould be a blessing if there were less evil men about.
Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sharai: Tabor’s eyes stir spells in my heart, but I am a peasant, unworthy. I do not fit in his world, but my heart doesn’t listen. I must accept this reality! I must seek safety and dignity for Kadriya and me. I’m thinking we may find it in a convent.
Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sharai: I hope to exceed her expectations. I have exquisite spells to share!
Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Whom do you want to play you, and why?
Sharai: Ah, I would pick a Gypsy girl, like me. Maria Shashkova! Search for her on your magic cubes, and she will take your breath away. She’s a dancer like me, and she leads the Gypsy band, “Tarna Romen,” and plays bright, brilliant music!
Thank you so much for having me, Bella. Godspeed!
About the Book
Love proves perilous in this “Pretty Woman/Pride and Prejudice” historical romance tale set in 15th century England.
Sold as a slave in Romania for seven pounds and three solidi, the Gypsy girl, Sharai, escapes a slave ship infected with the plague. As an adult, she performs her silky, exotic dances to earn enough to sustain herself and the toddling orphan girl she adopted. She yearns for relief from the grinding poverty, and a secure home. Having been violated by a nobleman posing as her hero, she wants naught of any other man of title, and also scorns the dubious Gypsy king who pursues her. In a tent at the bustling autumn fair in Winchester, she meets the dashing Lord Tabor, and her resolve to avoid all noblemen softens.
Though possessed of a stately castle with prosperous lands, the English knight,Tabor, teeters on the brink of losing all his holdings. A powerful noble has attacked Tabor’s castle, determined to seize his lands. Tabor seeks revenge for his older brother’s murder, but England’s throne is held by an infant king and his feuding uncles. The realm is paralyzed with uncertainty and lawlessness, and the crown has abandoned him.
Then a stroke of good fortune helps Tabor, a sizeable dowry that can save his holdings. He need only wed an earl’s daughter, the regal Lady Emilyne. But he has already fallen in love with Sharai, and they are locked in a powerful dance of desire. His refusal to abandon Sharai plunges them into life-and-death struggles–and a painful choice between duty and love.
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About the Author
Janet Lane writes best-selling historical romance novels set in fifteenth century England during the so-called “Gypsy Honeymoon” decades. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, completing their Creative Writing program.
Her debut novel, Tabor’s Trinket, is an Amazon Bestselling novel and has received several awards. Emerald Silk, part two in the Coin Forest series, was reviewed by the Historical Novels Review, which noted that it “goes beyond simple romantic suspense by including serious issues such as racism, homophobia, and clerical greed. However, the love story and the quest for the stolen chalice take center stage throughout.” A Rocky Mountain News review stated, “This fast-moving, smoothly constructed historical novel (features) well-drawn characters and … strong sense of time and place.” #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Lara Adrian called it “..an enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”
The Amazon Kindle release of her third novel in the Coin Forest series, Traitor’s Moon, is scheduled for November 25, 2014.
Janet was a featured author in RMFW Press’s Tales from Mistwillow anthology, and co-chaired the editorial board for that press’s anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for the Colorado Book Award.
Janet lives with her husband in Colorado, surrounded by a forest of conifers, herds of deer, an occasional black bear and a snorting Chihuahua.