I’m excited to share the tenth excerpt from Cathy MacRae’s book, The Highlander’s Crusader Bride. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
Born in the Holy Land to a life of danger and adventure, Arbela MacLean is not the bride Caelen expected.
Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword, and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.
After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is recalled to Scotland, the last son available to take up leadership of clan MacLean. He brings with him knights, treasure, trade—and a daughter of marriageable age.
Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, is cynical about women. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away. He has agreed to marry again—against his better judgement—for the men, means, and coin to recover from a devastating pestilence that all but wiped out his clan.
More than a little resentful at finding himself forced to remarry, Caelen’s proposal to Donal MacLean’s headstrong daughter nevertheless piques her interest. Each will receive what they want most from life—the ability to live as they please without interference from a meddling spouse. But their marriage of indifference will soon change to one of passion that neither Arbela nor Caelen could have predicted.
“Go in peace to glorify God with yer life,” came Father Sachairi’s dismissal.
The gathered crowd replied, “Thanks be to God.”
The skirl of pipes once again filled the air and people encircled the couple, congratulating them and ushering them outside. Children scampered about as small coins were tossed in the air. The mood was jubilantly festive and Arbela’s heart lifted. Bram marched at her side, clutching her gown as they crossed the yard to the open doors of the keep.
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I’m excited to share the ninth excerpt from Barbara Bettis’s book, For This Knight Only from the Knights of Destiny Series. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.
Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.
But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.
As a child, she once saw a juggler who twirled a staff burning at both ends. She felt like that juggler. For months now she’d kept the staff balanced but she couldn’t forever, and no matter which way she moved, she would get burned.
Still, to be under the control of this man, any man, for the rest of her life. Did she have a choice? He hadn’t exactly threatened her people, but he had implied—what? What had he said? He had talked of protection, not conquest. Could she trust him?
Closing her eyes, she pictured her people, her sister, her loyal friends here. Their welfare was her responsibility.
Being lady of the keep requires more responsibilities that most realized. Follow next week on Ashley York’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog
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I’m excited to share the eighth excerpt from Sherry Ewing’s book, To Love A Scottish Laird: De Wolfe Back Connected World. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
Sometimes you really can fall in love at first sight…
Lady Catherine de Wolfe knows she must find a husband before her brother chooses one for her, but none of the knights and lords she knows have caught her eye. A tournament to celebrate the wedding of the Duke of Normandy might be her answer. She does not expect to fall for a man after just one touch.
Laird Douglas MacLaren of Berwyck is invited to the tournament by the Duke of Normandy. He goes to ensure Berwyck’s safety once Henry takes the throne. He does not expect to become entranced by a woman who bumps into him.
Before they can express their feelings, the Duke orders them wed to strengthen ties between his English supporters and the borderland, and then separates them by commanding Douglas’s escort to his home.
Yet, nothing is ever quite that simple. Not everyone is happy with the union of this English lady and a Scottish laird. From the shores of France, to Berwyck Castle on the border between their countries, Douglas and Catherine must find their way to protect their newfound love.
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“I had no notion of the intent of the duke but I must admit I was searching for a wife,” he answered with a mischievous grin.
“You wished to wed me?” she asked in what sounded like disbelief. Her face flushed.
Douglas shrugged again. “Tae be fair, I did not even know of ye, my lady, only that I needed tae find myself a bride.”
Catherine gasped before she swatted him. “You mean to tell me any lady would have suited?”
She gave him no chance to reply. He had a hard time not laughing at the lovely picture she presented as she cursed under her breath. At least some color had returned to her face.
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I’m excited to share the seventh excerpt from Bambi Lynn’s book, MAERK. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
Boring accountant, Kitty Petty, struggles to get through each day one at a time since the brutal murder of her husband. She spends every free moment caring for her young daughter, until the night she wakes to find her bed on fire.
Kitty doesn’t know how she got to the year 1196, much less how to get back. But if she doesn’t, her daughter will be institutionalized. Having failed to save her child from the clutches of a madman. Kitty vows to protect her future. But going back to her time means risking her own life and separating her from the knight she has grown to love.
Marek Stone wants to protect his wife from the people of Stonebridge. Katherine has been declared a demon after her miraculous rise from the funeral pyre, and the villagers want justice.
Kitty must return if she has any hope of saving her daughter. However, the knight who loves her will do anything to make her stay.
Kitty left Thane to the wonder of electronic video games and moved to sit next to Remi. He looked at her skeptically, but over the last few days, his animosity towards her had dimmed some. She reached into her bag and pulled out a portable DVD player. She had already loaded the Robin Hood movie.Remi barely breathed as the credits started. “Don’t watch it now. If you’re caught, we might all be burned at the stake. But pay particular attention to the parts about Prince John.”
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I’m excited to share the sixth excerpt from Mary Morgan’s book, To Weave a Highland Tapestry (A Tale from the Order of the Dragon Knights). At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
Patrick MacFhearguis, hardened by battles won and lost, desires what he can never have—peace within his heart and soul. Yet, the ever-meddling Fae weave a new journey for him to conquer—a task this highlander is determined to resist.
When skilled weaver, Gwen Hywel, is commissioned to create a tapestry for the MacFhearguis clan, she embraces the assignment. While seeking out ideas, she finds herself clutching the one thread that can alter the tapestry of her life and heart.
A man conflicted by past deeds. A woman with no family of her own. Is it possible for love to unravel an ancient past, in order to claim two badly scarred hearts? Or will the light of hope be doused forever?
She glanced sideways at him in surprise. “After everything I’ve been through? This is a glorious time.” Waving her hand outward, she continued, “A time to honor the love of family and friends is a treasured moment.” Gwen lifted her gaze to meet his. “And I’m honored to be here with you.”
Words he longed to profess to Gwen froze on his tongue.
She nudged him forward. “Let’s go join the others. I believe Alastair has been waving us over since we entered.”
Swallowing, he nodded.
Rising from his chair, Alastair motioned for them to take the two seats across from him and Fiona.Follow along next week on Sherry’s blog here: https://sherryewing.com/blog/
I’m excited to share the fifth excerpt from Judith Sterling’s book, Night of the Owl. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?
Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she’s an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.
A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.
Lady Constance, to his mother’s right, leaned toward them. “Did I hear mention of a goliard? I’ve longed to hear one perform. Is yours a cleric?”
Hugh smiled. “More a wandering scholar, though a wanderer no more now that Lady Seacrest has given him a place here. Ranulf’s interests run toward poetry and song, not religion. His satires of the Church make that clear, but he was educated in theology.”
Follow along next week on Cathy MacRae’s blog: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com
I’m excited to share the fourth excerpt from Laurel O’Donnell’s book, A Knight Before Christmas. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
Blamed by her father for her twin sister’s death on Christmas Eve, Lady Eve Chandos agrees to marry a man she does not love to please him and appease his years of wrath. Betrayed by his brother at an early age, Sir Gabriel Bedford decides it is time to make amends and attends his brother’s marriage, but he is unprepared for the beauty Lady Eve has grown into and the attraction that quickly sparks between them.
As Christmas approaches, can Eve and Gabriel find the happiness they seek, or will the secrets of their past doom them to remain apart forever?
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She froze, unable to continue. Some sick part of her echoed the words she had tried to suppress.
“Perfect?” Another man’s voice echoed. “You can’t tell me you love her.”
“Love? No. I love her lands.”
Eve knew Michael didn’t love her. Many marriages began as a loveless union. She had to remember that he had saved her. She was his property.
“Ahh! Yes. Her lands are prosperous and vast.”
She inhaled and prepared to enter the room.
“There’s only one thing I find repugnant about her,” Michael continued. “That hand.”
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I’m excited to share the third excerpt from Ruth A. Cassie’s book, The Pirate’s Redemption. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
After her beloved father dies, Moira MacDougall becomes chieftain of their small clan. She is tested on every level, not only by her councilors who question her every move, but also by an exiled Englishman who raids her village under the guise of a notorious pirate, Gareth Talbot.
He wants the secret weapon Moira possesses, and will do anything to get his hands on it—including committing murder so he can give it to King Henry to prove his worthiness and be welcomed home.
Moira will follow her destiny and do whatever is necessary to protect her clan.
The real Gareth Talbot is through with love. His last romance did not end well. He suffered a broken heart and doesn’t trust women.
Humiliated, Gareth goes to sea and becomes a captain for MacAlpin, the pirate king. When raids along the Scottish coast are blamed on him, he seeks revenge. Nothing less than death will do.
Moira and Gareth are on different missions but seek the same goal. Can they work together and eliminate their greatest enemy, and in the process, find the one thing they didn’t know they were searching for, true love?
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“I’m truly sorry if I offended ye,” she said.
“You need not say anymore. We all say or do things we regret.”
“Did you eat?” he asked as he opened the basket.
She shook her head.
“Come.” He offered his hand. “We’re hungry, and there isn’t enough food here for both of us. And Wesley is waiting for this barrel.”
Gareth put the keg on his shoulder with ease, and together, they brought it to the gathering on the village green.
“Ah, Gareth. You brought my gift. Come everyone. For all your hard work,” Wesley said. “This is my special brew.” Wesley stood by Gareth. “I’m all the sorrier you’re leaving. It’s been like old times. I will miss you, my friend.” Wesley slapped him firmly on his back. “I best go and find a tankard before the barrel is dry.” He grabbed a vessel from a nearby table. “Save me some ale!” He stepped away and was lost in the crowd.
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I’m excited to share the second excerpt from Ashley York’s book, Daughter of the Overking. At the end of the post, you will see where to next Monday to find out what happens next.
A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder.
Trained as a warrior…
Brighit of Clonascra despises the trappings and demands of womanhood and is far more comfortable training for battle. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.
Trained to be king…
Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to be king, but he is an obedient son and supports his father’s plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets—secrets that could cost him his life.
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“A kiss to seal our agreement?”
There it was. Her eyes lit with recognition and some of the fear drifted away. With gentle hands at her small waist, he pulled her toward him, allowing her to meet him halfway. Her lips were as he remembered, soft and pliant. A boon for certain and he wished to offer her the same. Reassurance. Pulling back, he whispered to her, “Ye will come willingly, I promise.”
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It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Celebrations”.
Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months. The scene I’m sharing is from CAMERON, The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall, Book One.
Determined to band Scots together against English tyranny, Laird Robert Graham seals a truce with his feuding neighbor, the MacDougalls. But after his brother is nearly killed in a treacherous attack, Graham kidnaps the laird’s daughter in an act of revenge.
Cameron MacDougall has devoted her life to the healing arts. She’s long rebelled against her father’s feuding ways, but when Robert Graham abducts her, she’s finds herself at the center of the dispute between their families. She expects the anger she feels, not the simmering attraction to the powerful warrior, or the love she develops for his clan.
Can she stop further violence between the clans with her escape? Or will she find her surrender leads to a lasting peace and her own heart’s desire?
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Graham Castle June 1297
“Time for celebrating!” Travis stepped in front of Cameron holding his arms wide, and the room fell silent. “We thank ye, Mistress MacDougall, for yer caring ways.”
He turned, indicating the clan gathered in the hall. Cameron’s gaze skimmed the people standing around him and sitting at tables with their attention focused on her. Heat crept up her neck and spread across her cheeks.
When he faced her again, he continued, “Ye’ve helped many of us, some of whom would not be here tonight if it weren’t for ye.” He reached across the table and clasped her hand. “Come, dance and celebrate with us.”
Follow snippets from this scene on these talented authors’ blogs and comment for a chance to win an ebook of Cameron!
Here is the scheduled blog posts:
November 25th – Ashley York’s blog at https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog
December 2nd – Ruth Cassie’s blog at https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com
December 9th Laurel McDonnell’s blog at http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/
December 16th Judith Sterling’s blog at https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/
December 23rd Mary Morgan blog at https://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog
January 6th Sherry Ewing’s blog at https://sherryewing.com/blog/
January 13th Barbara Bettis’ blog http://barbarabettis.blogspot.com/
January 20th Cathy MacRae’s blog at https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog
January 27th Lane’s blog at https://lanemcfarland.com/blog/