Friday, May 4, 2018

TWO Giveaways: The Perfect Bride by Debbie Lynne Costello

The Perfect Bride

Avice Touchet has always dreamed of marrying for love and that love would be her best friend, Philip Greslet. She’s waited five years for him to see her as the woman she’s become but when a visiting lord arrives with secrets that could put her father in prison, Avice must consider a sacrificial marriage.

Philip Greslet has worked his whole life for one thing—to be a castellan—and now it is finally in his grasp. But when Avice rebuffs his new lord’s attentions, Philip must convince his best friend to marry the lord against his heart’s inclination to have her as his own.


Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Character Interview: 

Did you attend regular lessons in fighting dragons, or did you go to knight school?
(Chortle) Do ye believe in dragons? ʼTis a myth ye ken. And knight school is learning hands on. One is brought up with manners and taught at home what is proper and respectable. When he turns 7 he becomes a page and is sent to another castle for the beginning of his formal training. He learns many skills while serving as a page and does tasks for the knight, bringing him drink, and other things the knight requests. He also learns about courtly behavior while serving as a page. At age 14 he becomes a squire serving the knight, carrying his shield, and proving himself in battle. At age 21 he is knighted.

How do you get in and out of that armour?
I have a squire who helps me dress into my armour and if a knight does no’ have a squire he will use an assistant to dress into his armour.

How hot is it and just how many clothes are under that armor?
A knight from my time wears a quilted gambesone beneath his chain mail and armour, which actually helpa to draw the heat away from his body.

How heavy is your armour?
The armour truly is no heavier than your military people wear with all their equipment and gear. Armour weighs around 100 pounds. ʼTis not that heavy of a load to bear for a strong man like myself.

And how do you get up if you fall?
And armour is no’ stiff. It allows one to move quickly and easily or would be of little use in battle. I can even do a forward roll in one. That being said, if I fall down, I pick myself up.

What is your greatest fear?
I think secretly my greatest fear was failing at fulfilling the dream of becoming a castellan. Avice always believed I could do anything since we were children. The thought of no’ reaching that goal of which she ken that I strove for and I would let her down was indeed my greatest fear.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
I find it annoying if a man canno’ laugh at himself. There is nothing worse than a man who sulks or becomes angry if he makes a mistake that causes others to laugh. I am one who will laugh along with you if I do something stupid—as long as I have no’ broke a rib and nearly died in the process.

What took you so long to see that Avice was the woman for you?
Now that you could write a book on. Or did you? I believe I was so busy reaching for that dream of castellan that I did no’ want to admit my feelings for her for fear I would disappoint her should I no’ fulfill that desire. I would no’ only disappoint her but I would no’ be able to give her the things that she truly deserves. For Avice is worth a king’s ransom.

Do you have any advice for the readers?
Aye, I do. Dinna be so block headed that you dinna see what is right in front of you. I nearly lost that person which was the whole purpose of me reaching my dream of castellan. Listen to your heart instead of your head sometimes.

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May 15th- Heroes, Heroines, and History- Mid Month Madness
May 17th Jodie Wolfe Blog
May 21st  Sunnie Reviews

My Review: 

The Perfect Bride is another Medieval Era story by Debbie Lynne Costello. I have read just about everything she has written and she has never disappointed. This one is no exception. I was captivated with Avice and Philip’s story from the start. I had no problem reading the whole novella in just a couple of hours.

I give The Perfect Bride a well deserved 5 plus stars. I highly recommend it! It is definitely money well spent.

TWO Giveaways: 


I'm excited to announce that Debbie Lynne Costello is graciously offering a giveaway of choice of book and choice of format to all Continental US and ebook or audio book outside of the US. (Audio is Sword of Forgiveness) for one of my readers!!

To enter, please leave a comment and a way for me to contact you if you win. Share this post on social media to earn extra entries in the giveaway. Leave a link to your share in a separate comment.

A winner will be drawn after May 24 when the tour is over.


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  1. Hey Amy, Thanks for having Philip and I on here today! Excited to meet your peeps!

  2. Hey Kate, Thanks for coming by. Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. I love the interview! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ha ha I like the quip about dragons. There is a theory that dragons in Medieval art represented evil or Satan, rather than literal animals which they actually believed existed.

    1. That is interesting! Thank you for sharing that!

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  5. Thanks for the fun interview with Philip! Congratulations, Debbie, on the new release of The Perfect Bride!! It sounds like a delightful read! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!
    ~Alison Boss


  6. GIVEAWAY for this stop is now CLOSED. Congratulations to English Lady! Debbie will be in touch.