In a recent interview I was asked what character I would like as a close friend. It was an easy answer. Rebeka from my story, Knight of Runes.
Knight of Runes is a time travel romance about Lord Arik and Rebeka Tyler. I had a hard time letting these characters go when I finished writing their story. It’s not an unusual situation with authors or with readers. I did write a second story about them, Knight of Rapture. I was still enthralled with them. There are scenes in both books where I cried as I wrote them and cried as much when I read them, maybe even more.
Not willing to let them rest quite yet, I had a colleague interview them. Here is my belated Valentine to you. I hope you enjoy it.
Knight of Runes
Lord Arik and Lady Rebeka
Ah, there you are and just in time. Thank you for coming I knew you wouldn’t want to miss this. We’ve pulled a real coup. Let me give you a little background before they begin. Our investigative reporter is about to hold an interview the hero, Lord Arik, and heroine, Dr. Rebeka Tyler, of Ruth A. Casie’s book, Knight of Runes, book one of The Druid Knight series.
And I have it on very good authority that book two of the series, Knight of Rapture, is scheduled for release March, 2015. You can check Ms. Casie’s website (www.RuthACasie.com) for more information.
I see they are about to begin. I’ll fill you in on their story when the interview is over.
Reporter: (Facing the audience) Welcome and good afternoon. Today’s quests are Lord Arik, the exceptional knight who put his life on the line for the woman he loves. Also here is the extraordinary, Dr. Rebeka Tyler. She too was willing to risk it all–to save the man she loves.
It’s the 21st century, time travel is still a Wellsian fantasy but not for Dr. Rebeka Tyler. The renowned renaissance scholar finds herself tossed into the 17th century. While she tries to decode the ancient runes and unearth a family secret in order to return to her time she physically fights for her life against the dark druid, Bran, and struggles emotionally with the druid knight, Lord Arik, and the truth about their past. Neither Rebeka nor Arik can succeed by themselves, they must partner in order to win. But it will cost her dearly, her heart, and, if she’s lucky, her future. (Turning to his guests) Thank you both for taking time to talk to us today. The first question I have is for Lord Arik.
Arik: Please, call me Arik.
Reporter: Certainly. Arik, what was your first impression of Rebeka?
Arik: I thought—
Rebeka: He thought I was a pain-in-the-ass.
Arik: Actually, that’s quite correct. (Smirks looking at Rebeka) You had this compulsion to interject yourself and opinions everywhere. You didn’t know your place. And you madam? What did you think of me? An actor. (Exasperated) An actor. (Turning to the Reporter) Can you believe it? The Druid Grand Master and Lord of Fayne Manor and she thinks I’m some sort of carnival performer.
Rebeka: Well, what did you expect? I had no idea I had traveled four hundred years into the past. (Turning toward the Reporter) When I arrived I met Doward, the old tinker. It was Beltane and with the way he was dressed and riding in a horse-drawn wagon I naturally assumed he was an actor going to some reenactment. They’re popular during Beltane. Then when I met Arik and the others, all on horseback and dressed like Doward, well what should I have thought. Arik was marching through the woods all proud and self-important, play acting.
Arik: (Raising an eyebrow to his wife) I was patrolling my domain. We were under attack, as you well found out.
Reporter: Oh no. (Turning towards Rebeka) And you thought it was all a charade. What happened?
Rebeka: We were traveling and came to the river at the crossing. The bridge was damaged, and Arik and men had to repair it so we could get the wagon across. There was no room for the wagon at the shore so Doward, me and Logan, Arik’s brother made camp up the road. The thieves attacked the wagon. They must’ve thought with only one soldier, a woman and an old man, we would be easy to subdue.
Arik: Subdue? You mean kill. They had every intention of killing all three of you.
Reporter: (The reporter crushed his script in his hands) What happened?
Arik: They were as shocked as I was. You see, both camps were attacked at the same time. We quickly took care of the marauders who attacked us and went to help the others. I didn’t know what to expect. (Shaking his head chuckling, he looked at Rebeka) You dispatched three before I got there. (Turning to the Reporter) She did well. No, she was excellent. She used her walking staff as a weapon in a way I’d never seen. I would have her at my side in any fight.
Reporter: (Looking through his crumpled papers) That supports what I have here. (The reporter looks at Rebeka) You’re a warrior.
Rebeka: Not at all. In college I took karate for gym credit. I enjoyed the mind body connection so much that I continued it as daily exercise. At the river was the first time I had ever fought for my life.
Arik: (He took her hand and squeezed it) You did well. That’s when I knew there was more to you than met the eye. (Turns towards Reporter) Doward led me to believe the King had sent her to do research in my library.
Rebeka: That’s not exactly what Doward told you. (Turning to the Reporter) You see, by the time we reached Fayne Manor Doward and I had discovered that I was in the wrong time. We also figured out that the information I needed to get back was in the books in Arik’s library.
Reporter: I see.
Rebeka: I’m not certain you do. It was a dangerous game we both played. He was certain I was sent by his enemy, Bran. I was certain he’d kill me if he knew I traveled through time. I looked into family journals and diaries. I had no idea where to look or even what I was looking for. But everything I did made Arik more suspicious of me. And, well, I came from a time when women speak their mind. I didn’t endear myself to Arik.
Arik: But the emotions were stewing underneath. (In a hushed whisper) We wanted each other but didn’t trust each other.
Reporter: Wait a minute, why didn’t you tell Arik what you were looking for.
Rebeka: I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I’m a renowned history professor. It was 1605. Do you think for one moment anyone would believe me? What they would do to me? And before you say anything, yes, Arik is the Druid Grand Master but I didn’t know it then and I didn’t believe in magic. (She looks at Arik) At least not at that time.
Reporter: I find that a bit incongruous. How would you explain your time travel if not with magic?
Rebeka: (She looked down and laughed) I know. Stupid isn’t it. It’s amazing how we hold on to our prejudices. (Her voice was husky) But Arik taught me about magic—on so many levels.
Arik: (He looks at her and tries not to smile.) She needs the lesson repeated…often.
Reporter: Well, thank you both very much. (Pulling on his shirt collar.) Is it warm in here? (The reporter turns to the audience) You can find out more about Lord Arik and Lady Rebeka in Knight of Runes, Book I of the Druid Knight Series by Ruth A. Casie now available at Amazon. And look for Knight of Rapture, Book II of the series. I have BREAKING NEWS… Book III Knight of Remorse will be available later this year.
I hope you enjoyed the interview. Here’s a brief overview for Knight of Runes.
Knight of Runes
She was his witch, his warrior, and his wife.
He was her greatest love.
Four centuries couldn’t keep them apart.
When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.
Rebeka is no ordinary seventeenth-century woman—she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.
As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.
Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2C73zRV
Coming this summer… Knight of Remorse