Today’s Teaser comes from Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold. I’m waiting for a print copy of this book, but in the meantime, Eliza has written me a guest post and sent me an extract. I thought I’d use a few lines from the extract for a teaser.
Rushing into my bower I threw myself down by the fire. Heaves wracked my body. Too many emotions. Anger. Shock. Exhaustion. Passion.
… Aine came in and hurried to my side. “Lady Godiva! What is it?”
“Oh, Aine!” I gulped mouthfuls of air.
She smoothed my hair. “Tell me.”
Here’s the blurb:
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.
We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.
Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!