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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mixing Genres with Adite Banerjie #Romance #Suspense #RB4U @adite

If you wish to avoid a hangover you are often advised not to mix your drinks. While intoxication is guaranteed, it is a sure-fire way of making you feel unwell while you are drinking and worse still the morning after.

When it comes to writing romance, though, you are chasing a different kind of high. One that will leave the readers intoxicated with the blossoming relationship between your characters but without the bad aftertaste. I have discovered that in romance, mixing genres actually works. The slow burn relationship build up combined with the fast paced story telling of a thriller can make for an exciting read.

Destiny’s Girl is about Maya, a feisty young woman who yearns to bring down the man who destroyed her family. When Krish, the son of her most hated enemy, proposes marriage to her, she grabs the opportunity. But destiny has something else in store for her…she falls in love with Krish. How does she reconcile her heart’s desire with her need for revenge?Do share your thoughts about mixing genres—does it give you a feel good buzz or a hangover?

Maya has only one thing on her mind: revenge. So, when she lands an invitation to the most exclusive high society party being hosted at Dev Residency, she grabs the opportunity. After all, the host of the party is none other than KD, the man who destroyed her family. 

Krish needs to find a bride and soon! A marriage arranged by his father, KD, seems imminent and that would mean throwing away the key to his freedom. One innocent tango with the enigmatic beauty, Maya, and he is hooked. Can she be the means to his freedom? Accepting his proposal of marriage will take her a step closer to her goal of revenge. Can Maya stop herself from falling in love with the enemy's son? But then, love and revenge don't mix!

*This book was previously published by Harlequin/Mills and Boon as "The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal". 

To read an excerpt or more, do check out Destiny’s Girl on Amazon. It’s also on Kindle Unlimited – if you are a subscriber, you can read it for free!

To find out more about Adite and her work, please visit her page: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON Carmen Cook and Coming In Hot

Please Welcome Contemporary Romance Author Carmen Cook to Romance Books for Us!

Tell us a little about the kinds of romance you write.  
I write small town romance, set in Montana (so, of course it’s small town!) with heroines who don’t need to be saved and heroes who will move mountains to win their hearts.

How did your writing career begin?
As a young mother I started reading romance and would make up stories for secondary characters. My wonderful husband encouraged me to join RWA and give writing my own characters a try.

Are you indie, traditional or hybrid?
Currently indie.

What advice would you give new writers?
Write. Read. Write some more. And keep writing. Don’t give up when things get hard, because they will. Writers write.

Favorite snack while writing?
It depends on the time of day. But, coffee. Wine. Those count as snacks, right?

What is your superpower?
Well, I’m a mom, so… 😉

What is your spirit animal?

What color is your aura?
I have no idea!

Tell us about your latest release!
Coming In Hot is the story of Regan Sinclair who couldn’t wait to get out of her small town. But now she’s unemployed, divorced and looking for new beginnings. And, along the way, she might just find a love she’d given up on.

Here's the Back Cover Copy:
She’s at a crossroads.

Regan Sinclair swore nothing would ever bring her back to Sapphire Creek. But a failed marriage and unemployment are strong motivators. It’s time to brave the demons she left in her past. Alone.

He thought she was through with him.

Gavin McCabe rarely thinks of Regan, or the one incredible night they spent together. Not since she walked out of his life without a backwards glance. But when she walks back into his life, he sees the opportunity for answers. And maybe a second chance for love.

Neither see love coming…and it’s coming in hot.

An overwhelming attraction flares to life every time the two of them are near each other, but their heat is quickly overshadowed. Their tight knit community is facing an unknown threat and Regan seems to be in the middle of it. Can she find solid ground with Gavin before this unknown menace crushes their burgeoning relationship?

Coming up next!

Author bio
Carmen Cook fell in love with reading when her parents told her she could stay up thirty minutes past bedtime if she was reading. From then on she’s been sleep deprived with a book nearby. When her imagination started warring with the words on the page, she joined her local RWA chapter and started writing her own books.

When not behind a keyboard, Carmen chases her sons and husband around the football and soccer fields while trying to avoid the Pacific Northwest rain. She loves connecting with other authors and readers. Visit her website, to sign up for her newsletter and keep up with everything that’s happening in Carmen’s world.   

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Carmen will be hosting a signing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. There will be coffee (of course) a brief reading and Q&A time, and a ton of fun. She'd love to see you there! April 23, 7pm

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mpre fun stuff

Can't resist posting the Guilty Secrets cover  as this hunk is doing quite well for me.  My Elusive Earl was more recently released, but I have hopes for that masterful Earl doing well too. I love the puzzled look on the heroine's face. He may be super sexy but he's definitely a mystery..

And now for some fun stuff, which your comments tell me you like. Once again, please vote for your favorite....

1. If con is the opposite of pro is Congress the opposite of progress?

2. If flying is safe, why do they call the airport the terminal? 

3. Only in this stupid world:
  --do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4. --do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

5. --do banks leave vault doors open and then chain pens to the counter. 

6. -- do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

7. --do we buy hotdogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight. 

8. -- do we have driveup ATM machines with Braille lettering.

9.  Ever wonder why the sun lightens our hair but darkens our skin? 

10.  Ever wonder that you never see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery?' 

11. Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

12. Why is it doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Do comment and tell me your favorite....I've already picked mine. 
I'll tell you if we match......Oh yes, and you can find my books at Amazon, MuseItUp, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and all the usual places.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

So what is this thing called "yoga," anyhow? by Suz deMello (#yoga #OM)

A five-thousand year-old practice, yoga has steadily been gaining practitioners in the West since the Beatles made a now-forgotten but then much-publicized trip to India in 1968. That visit, which was to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, kindled interest in transcendental meditation as well as all things Eastern, including yoga.

But what is yoga? Most people think that body-bending postures, called asana, are the be-all and end-all of yoga. They look at pics of people standing on their heads in the lotus position, and figure, I'll never be able to do that, and why would I want to? and don't look further into the practice. 

But as stated, yoga has been around for five thousand years, and anything that's been around so long probably has value. So why has yoga lingered? Simple answer: yoga works.

That begs the question: works at what? Why do people do yoga? What do they get out of it? What is the purpose of yoga?

Quite simply: People do yoga because it makes them happy. The result of the practice is a calm mind integrated with a healthy body...a great prescription for happiness. The word yoga means union, which refers to union of the disparate parts of ourselves--mind, body and spirit. It also refers to union with the universal all.

Yoga sees each of us as an energetic being in a universe likewise composed of energy. This view is in keeping with modern physics, which posits that everything is energy, but that which we perceive as solid and liquid isn't moving fast enough to appear as energy. Einstein told us in E=mc(squared) that anything with mass becomes energy when accelerated to the speed of light.

Thus, everything is energy. The only difference is due to a temporary condition, i.e., speed.

The sage Patanjali, who wrote the yoga sutras two thousand or so years ago, stated in the first sutra: "The purpose of yoga is to calm the disturbances of the mind."

We calm ourselves and integrate the disparate parts of ourselves--mind, body and spirit--by utilizing techniques embodied in the Eight Limbs, or Petals, of Yoga. These are not to be confused with the Eight-fold Path of Buddhism, which is also useful; these two great streams of thought complement each other and are not in conflict.

Asana, the postures, are one of the Eight Limbs. The others can be seen in the
drawing to the right, which I created for a workshop I recently gave to a writer's group on using yoga to improve creativity.

Two of the petals are prescriptions for living: the yamas and the niyamas. These embody the usual ethical precepts that most of the world's great religions and plilosophies espouse. If a person lives ethically, s/he lacks disturbances of the mind. Our consciences don't bother us if we live rightly.

Asana and pranayama embody the physical practice. Asana are the postures, and pranayama refers to breathing to push energy through our bodies.

The four petals high on the flower are the more difficult and subtle parts of yoga. Pratyahara--going inward, which enables dharana, mental focus, and diyana, meditation.  

And all of the above lead us to samadhi, oneness, a state of OM which unites us with ourselves and all else.

Remember: yoga sees everything as energy. Samadhi refers to that oneness with all.

Practicing all eight limbs of yoga with consistency, focus and determination will engender samadhi. 

I am a believer in the lifelong practice of yoga, so much so that I have spent thousands of dollars and a considerable amount of time not only to practice consistently, but to complete yoga teacher training. I look forward to spreading the word about this wonderful practice in any way I can.  Others I know who are more casual practitioners report weight loss and a generalized feeling of serenity and happiness. Many report that stretching has resulted in another inch of two of height. One man I know swears that his improvement in vision is due to yoga.

Please contact me if you want to know more. Can't hurt to try, right? 

And by the way--you don't need to stand on your head in the lotus or any other position. We do plenty of sitting and lying around, just...being.

Next month I'll blog about yoga to enhance creativity and mental function,
So stay tuned!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Has Reading Blogs Lost Its Appeal? by Marianne Stephen

Blogs. They're everywhere and everyone is trying to find a "new angle" to gain your attention.

But what if you have a blog and no one comes...or comments? Does that mean you should give up? Try a new approach? Do more promo to gain interest?

Here at RB4U, we try to post a different blog each day. Should we do more interviews? We already offer guest blog spots. Should we have more blog contests?

Have blogs become too numerous? We try to stick to romance/writing material, and sometimes some personal thoughts. What makes you decide to read this blog as opposed to thousands of other ones? How can we entice you to keep coming back and reading new blogs here?

I try to catch a reader's attention by making the title "catchy".
So...what else can be done to gain readers? Suggestions?

Photos: Flickr: alamodestuff, Kristina B., Sean MacEntee's photostreams.

Friday, April 13, 2018

#GuestBLog w/ Love and Turmoil by @Luanna_Stewart @WildRosePress #recipe #historicalromance

Now that we’re into April and the days are turning balmy (the temperature will be +4 degrees Celsius today so I know I’m pushing the whole balmy thing but it’s been a heck of a winter) my menu planning is changing. I’ll put away recipes for all the hearty comfort foods that sustained us through the seemingly never-ending Nor’easter storms and start dreaming of fresh salads, tender juicy things on the grill, and fruity desserts. And since dessert is the most important part of any meal I want to share a delicious, simple cake recipe with you so you’ll feel better about the end of winter, too. Or maybe you live in one of the southern US states and your winter has been gone for weeks and you’re already scampering around in shorts and halter tops. In which case I might have to hate you just a little bit.  Or maybe you’re in the southern hemisphere and are looking forward to cosy evenings filled with hot toddies and bread pudding. (Ooh, maybe it’s not too late for more comfort foods.)

Here in Nova Scotia, we’re many months away from enjoying local berries. And, I’m sorry, but the things called strawberries available in the supermarket this time of year should be ashamed to call themselves strawberries. Having been raised on wild blueberries (my mum’s childhood home has a blueberry field in the backyard) I’m not a fan of cultivated blueberries. Now, we do have an abundance of locally grown apples, but in my head, apple desserts are more of an autumn/winter thing. Call me silly if you like.

So where does that leave us for fruity desserts in April? Citrus. Not locally grown (though with climate change that could happen) but abundant and relatively inexpensive. Also prevents scurvy. I came across this recipe a month ago and have baked this cake three times. So far. I took it to a family supper and it received rave reviews. And did I mention it’s dang simple to mix together and bake? The easy tart-sweet glaze finishes it off beautifully.

Does your eating change with the seasons? What are you looking forward to cooking in the coming months?

Lemon Cake with Lemon Glaze
Recipe by Nagi at

2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 eggs
1 ½ tbsp grated lemon rind (1 large or 2 medium lemons)
¼ cup / 65 ml fresh lemon juice
1 cup/250g plain yoghurt
1 1/4 cups / 275g caster sugar (superfine sugar, granulated ok too)

2 cups/300g plain flour (all purpose flour)
4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

1 3/4 cup / 210 g icing sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp plain yoghurt

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F (standard) or 160C/320F (fan/convection). Grease a 20 cm / 8” springform pan with butter.

2. Place Wet ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until combined.

3. Sprinkle over flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until smooth few small lumps is ok.

4. Pour into pan it should be fairly thick but pourable. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

5. Remove metal ring and cool on rack then glaze.

1. Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Test down the side of the bowl to get the right thickness, using 1 tsp of yoghurt at a time to thin it out if required. Glaze should drip (slowly, because it's thick) but not be see through.

2. Place rack on a tray or baking paper.

3. Pour glaze over the middle of the cake, gently push towards the edges so it drips down the sides.

4. Let it set for 1 hour before transferring to a serving plate.

Here’s the link to the recipe on Nagi’s website so you can see a picture and read additional notes about preparation and presentation. Enjoy!


Title:  Love and Turmoil
Author:  Luanna Stewart
Genre:  historical romance
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb:

Six months after burying her wastrel husband, Lady Arabella Woodbridge has resigned herself to a lonely life in the countryside with only her two adopted nieces for company. Being a young, respectable widow is – frustrating. Then the charming and wickedly handsome Samuel Payn takes up residence in the neighboring manor house.
Retired explorer and occasional pirate Samuel Payn is on a two-fold mission – retrieve buried loot, and locate the father who abandoned his mother to a life of poverty. But a gang of murderous villains is also after the buried treasure. And someone is threatening to tear apart the lovely widow’s family.
Will Sam’s single-minded determination to uncover his true identity threaten Arabella’s happiness - and his life?
“I hope my girls haven’t been bothersome, Mr. Payn.”
“Not at all. Edwards had the brilliant idea to search out the nets. I’d not noticed the wide variety of butterflies in the garden, not until we tried to catch them.” He chuckled. “I’m afraid the insects have outwitted us.”
She laughed, gazing up into his gorgeous blue eyes, almost silver in the bright light. She breathed in his spicy scent and every part of her came alive. She fought the urge to lean into him, wrap her arms around his slender waist, and bury her face in his chest.
Glancing away to gain time to recover from the onslaught of desire, she watched her daughters play. “They appear to be losing interest in a game they can’t win.”
Mr. Payn took her hand in his. She met his gaze, his eyes darkened. “Some of us don’t give up after the first attempt or two.”
       He was not speaking of catching butterflies. He was speaking of catching her.
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Author Biography:

Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
Luanna writes full time, concentrating on sexy romantic suspense, steamy paranormal romance, and spicy historical romance.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna has recently returned to the land of her birth with her dear husband and two spoiled cats. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.
Under her previous pen name of Grace Hood she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Today's #Interview #Guest Christine Donovan @cmdonovan #mysticrealms #RB4U

Welcome to Romance Books 4 Us, a place for all romance and all genres. We’re very happy to have you here with us today. First, tell us a little bit about yourself…

I grew up in Massachusetts in a small suburb south of Boston with my parents and four siblings. I always wanted to be a fashion buyer and envisioned my life travelling back and forth between New York, Milan and Paris. Somehow that didn’t happen. Although I did work for several years at a dance boutique and was the buyer and manager. I loved it.  My husband and I raised four sons ranging in age from 20 to 31. Busy, chaotic times in our house when they were growing up. If you have a question about any male dominated sport, I’m your gal. I began writing fifteen years ago and have never looked back.

What kind of research do you do for a novel and how extensive do you get? When it comes to research, it depends on the genre of the book about how extensive I get. When I write an historical, I have several binders with information ready on hand. Maps of London, England and street maps from the Regency Era. I have a binder on fashion alone and one on the aristocracy of England, and frequently used language, etc. For a contemporary it’s easier as it is current day. The research narrows down to location, someone’s occupation, etc. For a paranormal, I’m world building and creating some of my own research. One of my series incorporates fairies who receive their powers from crystals. I spent and still spend countless hours studying different types of crystals and learning their healing properties.

Do real life events find their way into your stories? Always. But I’m not telling where.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters? Once again, always. Whenever there is a kid in my books, they always seem to do some of the funny or crazy things my boys did. My brother was talking about a recent hiking trip at the table on Easter, and we were in tears laughing. You can be sure I’m using it at some point.

Do you have a special place you like to do your writing? Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch? When my oldest son moved out I turned his room into my office. I thought, finally my own space to create. Well, I still do most of my writing at the kitchen table or out on the deck during the nice weather.

What is your favorite method of in laptop, desktop, iPad or the old-fashioned pencil and paper?  And do you plot out your story or go with the flow of your muse? I like to write on an Alphasmart. Old school, I know, but it works for me. Very light, no internet, so no distractions because I’m a pantser and it doesn’t take much to get me off task.

When you need a break or some time off from the trials of being a writer, what can you be found doing? I work two days a week at an optometrist’s office. I do that so I leave the house once in a while. Otherwise I read, paint and love DIY projects. I spend as much time as I can at our family beach house on Cape Cod.

Share your favorites:
Favorite color – Blue
Favorite dessert/snack – Ice cream
Favorite Season – Autumn
Favorite Romantic movie – Dirty Dancing
Favorite way to relax – Walk on the beach

What is your ideal romantic vacation? I’ve never been, but I believe Hawaii would be romantic. (hint to hubby)

Where can our readers find you?  


Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Part of the MYSTIC REALMS boxed set

Troy, one of the first werewolves ever created, amassed many enemies during his time on earth. Although he’s dead, his adversaries still seek their revenge by hunting his surviving descendants. 
Unbeknownst to her, Kate Stewart is a direct descendent of Troy’s. She is attacked one night by a wolf who converses mind-to-mind with her. Another wolf comes to her rescue. This encounter throws her into a world where ordinary people mix with preternatural beings.
Ethan Brown, leader of the Saviors of the Night Clan is visited by Troy during sleep and given the task of keeping Kate safe and initiating her into his world. He’s also shocked to learn Kate is his mate. The assignment given him won’t be easy as Kate lives in a world where only humans exist. Or at least she thinks only humans exist.
Can the physical and emotional connection between Ethan and Kate be enough for her to accept her future and allow Ethan to change her and turn her into one of the creatures she fears most.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

THE QUEEN WHO WAS CROWNED POSTHUMOUSLY: Greatest Love Stories Ever Told Series

Posted by Author #R. Ann Siracusa

Peter I and Ines by Ernesto Condeixa

“It’s too late; Inés is dead.”
This saying is still commonly used in Portugal, a testimony to the love story of King Peter I of Portugal and Inés de Castro.

Their tale took place in the 14th century, during the early years of the Renaissance, but unlike Romeo and Juliette, it is a true and documented love story rooted in Portuguese history, language, and legend. [Please note that in researching this, I found discrepancies in the dates. What a surprise!]

Inés de Castro was born in Castile in 1325, the daughter of the Pedro Fernández de Castro, an illegitimate grandson of King Sancho IV of Castile and Lord of Lemos and Sarria. Her mother, Pedro’s mistress Aldonca Lourenco de Valadares, daughter of a Portuguese nobleman, was legitimately descended from Infanta Sancha Henriques of Portugal.

At fifteen, Inés went to Portugal as lady-in-waiting to her cousin, Infanta Constanca of Castile, [the granddaughter of James II of Aragon], who was to marry Don Pedro [later King Peter I ], son and heir of King Alfonso IV of Portugal.

Peter, the heir to the throne of Portugal, was born in 1320, the only son of King Alfonso IV and Queen Beatrice.
In those days, as everyone knows, children of noble birth rarely had any say in whom they married. It was all about the politics of kingdoms, alliances, duty to the crown, and responsibility to the realm. Also, remember that all these noble families were inbred and everyone is related to everyone else.
Kingdoms during 1300s 

At the age of nine, Peter was betrothed to Blanche of Castile, but the marriage never took place because of her weak mental health and incapacity. 

Peter was about twenty when his father arranged his marriage to Infanta Constansa of Castile for reasons which I won’t burden the reader with. Different sources give his bride the names Lady Constansa Manuel of Castela and Leão and Constance Manuel of Villena. For clarity, I will refer to her as Constansa.
Peter and Constansa were married in 1340. Since the couple didn’t know each other, and Peter was young, he fell hopelessly in love with Inés and soon was neglecting his legitimate wife.                                                                
Most of the court turned a blind eye to discrete affairs of the heart, even out of wedlock.
Unfortunately, young Peter was not inclined to be discrete and was even willing to give up the throne to be near Inés. His father, King Alfonso IV didn’t approve because it weakened his already-fragile ties with his ally, the King of Castile. Alfonso waited, believing his son’s infatuation would soon die out. But it didn’t, and the affair continued.
Legend tells that although Constansa was not in love with Peter, she plotted to end his affair by inviting Inés to be the godmother of her newly born son, born in 1340. According to the Catholic Church, this would make Inés a member of the family and her affair with Peter would be deemed incestuous, ending it once and for all. To her disappointment, her efforts didn’t produce the result she wanted.
Finally, in 1344, King Alfonso banished Inés from court and sent her back to Castile, where she resided in Albuquerque Castle. Still, they wrote letters and Peter continued to visit her.
Albuquerque Castle today
A year later, in 1345, Constansa died shortly after giving birth to their third child named Fernando (the first of Peter’s sons to succeed him on the throne).
As soon as Peter was no longer married, he brought his lover back to Portugal. They settled in Coimba and lived together openly. Over the next ten years they had four children, one of whom died in infancy.
King Alfonso made attempts to convince his son to remarry other noble women “worthy of his station” with family ties to buttress King Alfonso’s power, but Peter would have none of it. Instead he wanted to marry Inés, which his father forbade. Whether he actually married her during this time or not falls into the legend category. Some sources say he did, some believe he didn’t. After the fact, Peter claimed he had married her and produced witnesses, although they couldn’t quite remember the exact date.
During this time, Peter became close to Inés’s brothers who attempted to convince him to claim the throne of Castile. King Alfonso and his advisors feared the future monarch would embroil the kingdom in a war with neighbors, or worse, a civil war. Something had to be done.
In 1354 (or 1355), while Peter was away from home, the king and his counselors discussed the matter, and finally decided the only solution was do away with Inés. As a grandfather, the king wasn’t happy about the idea, but finally went with three of his courtiers to sentence her to death.
Painting by Eugénie Servières, 1822
Alfonso struggled with the decision, but finally turned his back and told his courtiers to do what they wanted with her. The three men proceeded to decapitate her in front of her children. Some sources say she was stabled with a dagger. Her age was somewhere between 29 and 35 years old, depending on the source of the information.
When Peter returned and learned of Ines’s death, he was furious with his father for ordering the execution. With the support of Ines’s brothers, he staged a revolt against his father lasting almost a year, until Queen Beatrice, Peter’s mother, forced an end to the war and brought about a reconciliation between father and son. Two years later, King Alfonso IV died, and Peter was crowned king in 1357.
As soon as he was crowned, King Peter I did two things. First, ignoring the promise to his father, to forgive the murder, he found two the men who had killed Inés (the third escaped to France), subjected them to public trial where they were found guilty, and then had them tortured and executed.
According to an article by Else M. in, the method of death torture was highly symbolic. “…from one of the men who had killed the love of his life, the heart was ripped out of the body through his back, and from the other, the heart was pulled out through the chest. All this happened in front of the Royal Palace, where the King was able to watch the terrible scene while having dinner!” Other sources claim he did it himself. This earned him the title of “Peter the Cruel.”
Second, King Peter announced that he had secretly married Inés in the town of Braganca, and produced his witnesses. Thus Inés de Castro was declared as Peter’s legitimate wife and therefore Queen of Portugal. He ordered her body exhumed from where she was buried in the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra, and taken to the Monastery of Alcobada (tomb of the kings).

Her body was accompanied by a huge procession and a thousand men carried candles in a way that kept the body lighted for the entire trip. She was placed in a magnificent tomb carved of white marble. Today, King Peter I and Inés de Castro are inured facing each other in identical tombs inscribed “Until the end of the world.”

Legend has it that once Ines’s body arrived in Alcobada, Peter ordered it dressed in finery and jewels and placed on the throne, then required his court to pledge allegiance to her as queen and kiss her hand. There is little evidence this really happened, but after everything else Peter did, who knows? Most legends are found on some truth.

Pierre-Charles Comte, and hangs in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.

King Peter I ruled for ten years, until his death in 1367. Despite his nickname “Peter the Cruel” he was also known as “Peter the Just”.
He was, indeed, just but he carried out justice with extreme measures, often handling executions himself rather than leaving it to servants.
Otherwise, his rule actually displayed him as a sweet and gentle character, as well as a good administrator. He was beloved by the population. He defended the realm against papal influence, helped the least fortunate, administered justice, and curbed the excesses of the nobility. His rule was the only time in the 14th century when Portugal was without war and was very prosperous.

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Note: There are a variety of spellings for the names of these historical figures, including variations of Spanish, Portuguese, and Castillian. I picked those which seemed most familiar and used them consistently.


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