The Story Behind Sword of the Matchmaker Plus a Giveaway

I want to thank you Jodie, for having me on your blog. I’m super excited to be here. You asked me to tell you the story behind my story. I’d love to share that with you!


In order to explain the story behind Sword of the Matchmaker I need to tell you a bit about the first book in the series. Sword of the Matchmaker is part of the Winds of Change series. In Sword of Forgiveness my heroine is a young lady who marries Royce out of obligation to her people. But Brithwin ends up falling in love with the handsome lord, Royce Warwick. Thomas, the master-at-arms is in his mid-thirties and has kept an eye on Brithwin since she was young, attempting to keep her safe from her abusive father. Now that she’s married, Thomas doesn’t need to be a protector for her.


I fell in love with Thomas when I was writing Sword of Forgiveness. He was such a strong and loving man, sacrificing his happiness for the young Brithwin. I just felt he needed his own story. He was tall, handsome, kind, yet firm, and he had a stubborn streak in him which is always fun to write about. So when the opportunity came around for me to write a novella, I jumped at the chance to tell Thomas’s story.  I’ve loved the characters from the first Winds of Change book and was so eager to go back and visit them and find out what was going on in their lives.


And I felt like poor Thomas could not live the rest of his years single. The man needed a wife. And since Brithwin was so happy in her marriage I decided she would certainly take advantage of a situation when a beautiful young lady ends up at their keep. I’d honestly played with the idea of Brithwin’s lady’s maid being the heroine, but Elespeth was too young for the 35 year old Thomas so Penelope came calling and Brithwin took one look at her and thought, “Let the matchmaking begin!”




I’m giving away a copy of Sword of the Matchmaker (if you have purchased the book you can choose one of my other books). Leave a comment or answer one of the questions I’ve asked or ask me a question to be entered.


Don’t forget to enter in the rafflecopter, too! There will be lots of ways to earn points. I’ll be giving away a kindle fire with Sword of the Matchmaker, $15 Amazon gift card and much more!




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Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father’s his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.




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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