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An Uncertain Choice: Introducing Sir. Collin

 

In Jody Hedlund’s debut YA novel (with a new publisher, Zondervan), its heroine, Lady Rosemarie is faced with many life-altering decisions. The first of which is whom she should marry when it’s discovered that she can break an ancient vow if she marries by the eve of her 18th birthday. Lucky her, she has not one but three noble gentleman looking to win her heart. One of my favorites is the singing and always cheerful Sir. Collin, so let’s set about meeting him, shall we?
Physical Appearance: Though he’s not handsome in the striking way his companions are (his two best friends), Sir. Collin is good-looking with golden blonde hair that gleams “in the summer sun.” He has “sparkling” green eyes and a handsome, ready smile.

Personality Characteristics: Always ready with a joke or a dazzling smile, Sir. Collin is the epitome of a personality that doesn’t take much of anything seriously. He likes to have fun and make other’s life full of laughter, and he’s particularly kind to Lady Rosemarie which makes him easy for Rosemarie to talk with. He showers her with gifts and spares no expense when it comes to romancing her.
 
Strengths: He’s fiercely loyal to his benefactor, the Duke and his two friends willing to follow them anywhere. He uses the skills he’s learned as a knight to protect them all, whether that's in a fight to survive or merely in keeping everyone's spirits upbeat. Sir. Collin also relishes the chance to compete (affable) to win Rosemarie's heart and he never once shirks in his quest to do just that in what he believes is the way to her heart.
Weakness: Though he’s the jovial type who ensures everyone’s spirits are buoyed, it's also his strength that can be a weakness for Sir. Collin. He tends to use those same qualities as a means of hiding behind dealing with serious, in-the-moment issues. He doesn’t have the compassion for the poor as others do and grows bored with the idea of walking among them, handing out provisions. In their early courting days, he romances Rosemarie instead of getting to know her beyond her beauty. He dazzles her with the kind of gifts he associates her with: beauty.
THE BOOK:
Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, shortly before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice—if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the knights’ arrival results in a series of attacks within her land, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights—the one who appears the most guilty—had not already captured her heart. - Jody Hedlund

REVIEWS

THE VOW: I must applaud Jody for her crafting of this series. This novella wasn’t anything that I expected yet it was so much better. I liked the ease with which the story reads. A lot of medieval fiction or films can be boring, and this was anything but. Condensed into a few pages is the beginning of an epic, memorable adventure and Rosemarie has the promise to be the heroine the story needs. Continue Reading →

AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE: Aside from the atmosphere and breath-catching sword fights, this is a perfect easy read for anyone wanting a period read. It sets up what I am sure will be a rewarding series and of course ends with a new threat that might throw Rosemarie into more danger or at the very least mean she’ll have to rise to the occasion of becoming an even better ruler. Continue Reading →

THE AUTHOR

Visit Jody Hedlund's Website
Chat with Jody and Follow her On Twitter
Download the Discussion Guide
Read the Prequel Novella, The Vow
Buy the Book, An Uncertain Choice
Learn More about the Noble Knights Blog Tour, Visit the Tour Page

THE GIVEAWAY

Jody has generously offered up an autographed copy of her YA debut, An Uncertain Choice. If you want a chance to win it, just follow the rules (same as always, they're posted below) and input those entries into the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

The giveaway(s) is open to U.S. readers. I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not nearly as easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - believe it or not, there have been a couple people that I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification before another winner is randomly chosen.
 
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55 comments

  1. I am currently reading Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry and love it! I am so looking forward to Jody Hedlund's new book!

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it, Hope. It was really lovely. :)

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  2. Currently I'm reading Great Expectations from Charles Dickens and really want to see a good movie about it!
    Awesome book review Rissi!

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    1. Oh, I admire you, Kara. I've never tried reading a Dickens novels. His movies are confusing enough as it is. ;) I've seen two or three adaptations of Dickens Great Expectations and think I'd recommend the two most recent versions, which I believe are both on DVD now. :)

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    2. Yes, I agree - they can be confusing. =) Thanks for the recommendation!

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    3. Confusing (because of the characters! There are so many), but oh-so good. :)

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  3. Great spotlight friend!! It makes me want to re-read the book :)

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    1. I agree, Jamie! I had to page through the book while putting this together (just to refresh my memory) and felt like a re-read was in order too. Especially since I didn't have the print copy in the first place. :)

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  4. I love this time period & can't wait to read this book. Thank you for writing it!

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    1. ...I hope you enjoy it, Beckie! Jody did a great job with it. :)

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  5. Looks amazing! I can't wait to read. :)

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  6. Sounds really interesting... Would definitely love to read this book.

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    1. It is indeed interesting, Raquel! Best of luck. :)

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  7. I haven't read much YA lately but I am so excited to read this one- everything she writes is excellent!

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    1. I agree, Heidi... and I hope you enjoy when you do read this one. :)

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  8. I've heard such good things about this book that I can't wait to read it! Plus, the cover is gorgeous! ;)

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    1. I agree, Tammy; this cover is gorgeous! Hope you enjoy once you read it. SO good. :)

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  9. This book looks really great and I'd love to get my hands on a copy!!! <3

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    1. I hope you'd enjoy it, Jennifer! Definitely a keeper. :)

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  10. I love how he's not traditionally good looking! It makes it different!!

    I have a US address but rafflecopter might show my location outside US because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much :)

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    1. Me too, Christina! Collin is one of my favorites! Hopefully he'll get more page time in a future book. :)

      No problem! I will totally make note of that should your name be the randomly picked winner. :)

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  11. Right now I am reading Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl! Great book :)
    Very excited for an Uncertain Choice!

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    1. Ooo, fun! I've heard lovely things about Anne's books. Glad to know you like them, Sierra. :)

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  12. I am currently reading Prague Counterpoint (book 2) in the Zion Covenant by Bodie Thoene. I can't wait to read AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE. :)

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy this novel, Caryl. So good. :)

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  13. This is one book that I cannot wait to read & the cover for it is stunning!! I am currently reading some books on music and various classics, most notably Bleak House by Charles Dickens and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.. ~ Blessings, Juli emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. Ooh, good for you reading, Dickens. I stick with the film adaptations. :D

      Best of luck, Julianna - and I hope you enjoy An Uncertain Choice.

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  14. I just started Dauntless by Dina Sleiman. So far it's great.

    I'll have to add An Uncertain Choice to my TBR pile.

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    1. Yay! I am *dying* to read Dauntless and I do believe my Amazon pre-order is on its way, so... soon! :)

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  15. Rissi,
    Your post has made me officially intrigued about An Uncertain Choice! Now I'm super excited to read it! :)

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    1. I'm glad! Thank you for saying so, Irene. That was my intent, but sometimes when you stare at something for too long and rework it, things get sketchy in the writing/blogging process. :)

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  16. I am looking forward to reading An Uncertain Choice. Right now I am reading A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes. It is really good! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. Fun! I think I remember reading that book... or one in that series. Wishing you all the best, Loraine. :)

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  17. he sounds interesting

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  18. Blonde, funny...Sir Collin sounds like my kind of guy. :) Can't wait to read Jody's YA Medieval!

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    1. He is great, Gwendolyn! Hope you enjoy... and great to "see" you again, friend. :)

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  19. Dauntless by Dina Sleiman is next on my "to read" list (after midterms)! I love that we're getting so much more Medieval YA in Christian fiction now! Thanks for the chance to win. =)

    --Zekkaina

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy Dina's BH debut, Zekkaina! I'm super anxious to read that one but haven't gotten my pro-ordered copy yet. :)

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  20. Sounds like Collin is a pretty awesome hero! Can't wait to meet him!
    I am currently about halfway through From the Start by Melissa Tagg and it is amazing!

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    1. Ooo, I cannot wait to read Melissa's, Abbi! I'm sure it's spectacular. Happy reading, friend. :)

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  21. Ohhh, adding it to the list. I'm a sucker for all things YA. :)

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    1. Me too, Megan - and I love that Christian authors are taking an interest in the genre. :)

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    2. Definitely! YA is benefitting greatly from these talented authors. :)

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  22. What a fantastic post, Rissi - you always put an amazing effort into your posts and they look great. Thanks for introducing Collin - I enjoyed creating his character a lot.

    I'm in the middle of edits at the moment so haven't had time for much reading but I'm loving seeing all the books everyone is enjoying.

    Have a lovely day, friends.

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    1. Hi, Jody! Thank you so very much for stopping by. It's always lovely to chat with authors about their characters and/or books. I really liked Collin. He was such an awesome character. Hope we get to see more of him...? :)

      Best of luck with those edits! Cannot wait to see what else you have planned. :)

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  23. Ah! This one is such a lovely story! I thoroughly devoured it the night I first read it. (Why yes. I might have reread it a time or two since then. ;) All the knights are delightful. I do admit that I had certain feelings for Derrick, just like Rosemarie. But Collin is awesome too! How fun to know a bit more about him now. (Also, did that end mean that we're getting more books set in this timeline? I sure hope so!!)

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    1. It was indeed, Kara! I really loved this book and in fact, was more delighted by it than I dreamed I would be. Good for you! I'd like to reread it as well; me e-ARC was way too messy (the format), so I'm really glad to have a paperback now. I know what you mean, Derrick is awesome. :)

      ...I haven't seen yet if there's more to this story, but with an ending like that, there HAS to be, right!? (It's listed as a series on GR, which is promising!)

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  24. I do think Sir Collin IS handsome, and like his personality. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  25. I liked the introduction of Rosemarie on Overweight Bookshelf. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I do too, Maxie! He is VERY handsome - and his personality is always fun.

      Yay! I did too, but then, Lydia always does a spectacular job with her blog. :)

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  26. Such a fun character introduction, Rissi! Makes me all the more excited to "meet" him. I really, really want to get my hands on this book, but I promised myself no more requesting review copies/buying books until I finished the ones I already have on my shelf. I really don't know how long I will last, though...:( Haha, thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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    1. You made yourself an excellent promise, Bekah! I have been doing better with requesting right now as well. It's a good policy to have and one that teaches us some restraint with bookish things! I still buy them though... that "preorder" button allure gets me every time. ;)

      Good luck with your book-buying/requesting ban. Stay strong. :)

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