A Union spy relies on her horse to carry her out of danger in Jessica James’s new Civil War novel, Duty Bound. The bond between the two is strong, but is it enough to get them both through the war alive?
Jessica, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Duty Bound.
Duty Bound by Jessica James
Genre Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Duty Bound takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of action and adventure as a Union spy spars with a renowned Confederate cavalry commander. Gallantry and chivalry are put to the test when Colonel Alexander Hunter discovers that Andrea Evans is not only the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect, but is the Union spy he has vowed to his men he would destroy.
When Andrea falls into Hunter’s hands in enemy territory, he must make the difficult choice to honor the vow to his brother—or continue to stand for the convictions he holds dear.
Duty Bound is Volume I in the Shades of Gray Civil War Serial Trilogy. Called the “greatest love story ever told” when it was first released in 2008, the book has been expanded and enhanced in this new three-book series that has dozens of new chapters and introduces new characters.
Meet Justus from Duty Bound
Physical description: Description from the book: The charger, black as night and massive in size, could well have been from Satan’s own stable, so swiftly and silently did he move through the swirling vapor. Galloping with neck outstretched and tail sailing behind like a banner, the daunting steed flew across the field like a soaring dragon, steam bursting from his nostrils at every stride.
Relationship to main character: Pet and best friend, hence the name Just Us.
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: The antagonist knows when he sees this animal that his foe is going to get away.
Where this furbaby came from: Justus was bred at the plantation owned by the main character’s father and stolen by her when she ran away at a young age.
What inspired you to create this character?
As a lifelong horse lover, I know the strong bond between young girls and horses. I think the connection would be even stronger during a turbulent time like the Civil War, so I decided to highlight the close relationship with an equine character.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Justus is not just a horse, but a best friend who provides a shoulder to cry on and the strength to help get her out of tight situations.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Everyone who sees Justus is in awe of his size, strength, and beauty.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
I think Justus shows the strong bond that can form between human and animal, and how they rely on each other. Andrea, the main character, could not accomplish what she does without Justus.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
I’m not sure why, but readers are drawn to Justus more than any other character. I hear from fans who read the first version of Shades of Gray more than a dozen years ago, and they still remember his name!
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Justus weighs 1200 pounds, drinks at least 10 gallons of water in an average day and eats 20 pounds of hay.
This post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
None at the moment.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Ernie, my 19-year-old cat, likes step on my computer keys, sleep on my chest, and snore loudly.
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
A pet duck (Butch) that I won at the local fair.
Where did you find your pet?
My current pet was found near a creek by my nieces and nephew. They were kids when they found her and now have kids of their own!
What do you feed your pet?
Whatever she wants. LOL.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
No toys. She sleeps a lot.
Where to buy Duty Bound
Barnes and Noble ) https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/duty-bound-jessica-james/1138746779?ean=2940162221739
Jessica James Social Media
Jessica James believes in honor, duty, and true love—and that’s what she writes about in her award-winning novels that span the ages from the Revolutionary War to modern day.
She is a four-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards, including a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award and a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Her novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.
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