It’s Medieval Monday!

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.

Blurb:

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?

Buy Link: Amazon

Excerpt:

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

December 30th Bambi Lynn’s blog at http://www.bambilynn.net/

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/

Medieval Monday with Elisabeth Hobbes!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the twelfth excerpt from Elisabeth Hobbes’ book, Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is claimed as an enemy knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her lady; she must go in her place. But there’s more to the scarred knight than she first thought—she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realizes she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

BUY LINKS:

Amazon getbook.at/ForbiddenKnight

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight-elisabeth-hobbes/1127581333?ean=9781488086755

Harlequin https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488086755_beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight.html

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/beguiled-by-the-forbidden-knight-mills-boon-historical

EXCERPT:

Gui pictured what he must have looked like, rising from beneath the surface, his frame broad and towering, the dark spread of hair on his chest darkened further by the soaking and with traces of waterweeds clinging to it. His hair had obscured his eyes so she would only have seen his scarred lips and crooked nose through the matted locks and beard. It was no wonder she believed him to be some unearthly creature.

Humiliation coursed through him, reddening his face and heating his blood. He stopped laughing and raised himself higher in the water, pushing the hair back from his face.

‘I’m a man,’ he repeated firmly.

Gui shifted his right hand before him in an attempt to create a sense of decency, but not before the girl’s eyes had flickered rapidly down. Her eyes slid over his body once more, examining him and flickering to the area of his body that could be guaranteed to prove his claim. As he concealed his most intimate parts she brought her head sharply up again to settle on Gui’s face with a look of mortification. Her skin was very pale like most of the women in these northern parts and now bright streaks of red flashed across each cheek. He wondered if she was a virgin. She had certainly known where to look for confirmation of his masculinity.

Elisabeth is offering one reader chance to win an ebook copy of her brand new Scottish romance, A Runaway Bride for the Highlander which comes out in May.   To be in with a chance all you have to do is leave a comment on each excerpt.

Head back to Elisabeth’s blog next Monday to discover the end of this excerpt. https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk/

Medieval Monday with Jenna Jaxon!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the eleventh excerpt from Jenna Jaxon’s book, Time Enough to Love. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB:

When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend. 

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?

BUY LINK at AMAZON: https://tinyurl.com/yybgurfd

EXCERPT:

The king chuckled. “You are impatient, Sir Geoffrey, but with such beauty before you, I well understand your desire for haste. The first banns will be read this Sunday, and a fortnight hence you shall be husband and wife. Now take the maid back to her table lest you devour her with your eyes.”

Alyse wanted to fan her hot face, but accompanied him obediently. Indeed, he gave her no choice, for he placed her arm atop his and started toward her table.

At least the humiliation is over.

As if reading her thoughts, Geoffrey shot her a mischievous glance that made her heart leap into her throat then coolly reversed his direction.

He’s a sly one! What will Alyse do now? Find out next week on Judith Sterling‘s blog.

Medieval Monday with Mary Morgan!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the tenth excerpt from Mary Morgan’s book, A Highland Moon Enchantment. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB:

You first met this warrior in Dragon Knight’s Axe, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow. 

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

EXCERPT:

Desmond gave a short whistle. Both of their horses trotted forward. “Did ye flee on foot?”

“Nae. Our horses are within the trees.” Ailsa gave a sharp clicking sound, and a stunning white mare sauntered forth, followed by another horse.

“She is a beauty, but why would ye travel with an animal that has the color of snow?”

The lass glanced sharply at him. “Elva was my mother’s horse. It was important she make the journey with us.”

Watching as she mounted the horse, Desmond feared to ask the next question. “And your mother?”

“Dead,” she replied flatly and took off through the trees.

Follow along next week on Judith’s blog https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/  and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of A Highland Moon Enchantment.

BUY LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767QVJBX/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-highland-moon-enchantment-mary-morgan/1127176325

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-highland-moon-enchantment/id1294140045?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-highland-moon-enchantment

Medieval Monday with Ashley York!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the eighth excerpt from Ashley York’s book, The Curse of the Healer. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

BUY LINK: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/curse-of-the-healer

EXCERPT

“Yer skin is soft as silk, Aednat. And what of yer lips?”

He did not disappoint, brushing his full lips lightly over hers. Did he find them soft? That was her greatest desire at the moment. That and the easing of the constriction in her chest. As he worked his hand beneath her hair, goose bumps raced along her neck. He brought her face closer to his.

She arched her back, needing closer contact, and pressed her parted lips against his. His tongue delved inside her mouth, stroking its sudden dampness into full bloom. An exquisite sensation indeed.

He broke the kiss, his eyes hooded and his breath, smelling of ale, brushed her cheek. A sly smile. “And what of yer neck, sweet fire. Shall I find it as alluring?”

A kiss and a prolonged sweep of his tongue. Her eyes closed again to more fully appreciate the sensation. Little waves of pleasure cascaded over her like water lapping against the shore.

Be sure to join me at Judith Sterling Marshall’s blog next week

Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the eighth excerpt from Barbara Bettis’s book, Lady of the Forest. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

EXCERPT:

Kate knelt beside the knight while Oscar and Sam’l wrestled with the green surcoat covering a mail hauberk. A film of blood covered one side of his forehead and temple where the rock had scraped. She’d need to clean that wound.

“What is this mark?” She touched a red place on his lower cheek.

“He weren’t quite out,” Oscar said. “I had to give him a tap on the jaw.”

“Damn tough bastard,” Sam’l agreed. The words scarcely left his mouth when he paused, dull red flushing his face. “Sorry, m’…uh…Cade.”

Kate didn’t answer. She reached out to brush the knight’s hair from his eyes—and paused.

BUY LINKS:

AMAZON

WALMART

Come visit me next week for the next installment: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/ And leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour. To review last week’s installment: https://ruthacasie.blogspot.com/

Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the seventh excerpt from Cathy MacRae’s book, The Highlander’s Welsh Bride. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB:

It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a distant cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men. Carys and Wales would never be the same again.

It was time. Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.

One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.

Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the heard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?

From the towering Welsh mountains to the storm-swept Scottish coast comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.

 EXCERPT:

The big man crossed his arms over his broad chest, bulging forearms corded with heavy muscle and overlaid with dark, crisp hairs. Carys was impressed, despite herself. With a mental shake of annoyance, she discarded the urge to touch him.

“Ye have been brought here on a serious charge,” the man said with a frown, his voice rumbling deep and ominous.

Catch last week’s excerpt on Ruth A. Casie’s blog: http://ruthacasie.blogspot.co.uk

Follow me to next week’s excerpt on Judith Sterling’s blog: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

 BUY LINK:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/dp/B07KNYTMPK

Medieval Monday with Judith Sterling!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the sixth excerpt from Judith Sterling’s book, Shadow of the Swan. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB

Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.

 EXCERPT:

Her smile outshone the sun.  “I was fishing for your name.”

    “Then you must catch it.”  He bowed to her.  “Sir Robert le Donjon, at your service.”

    “No.  In sooth?”

    He straightened.  “You doubt my word?”

    “I doubt my good fortune.  You recently served my sister.”

    “Your sister…”

    “Lady Jocelyn de Bret, as was.  Now Lady Nihtscua.  You escorted her north from Lincoln.  I wasn’t at home then, but my mother wrote to me about it.”

Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow of the Swan, and follow along next week on Rue Allyn’s blog: https://RueAllyn.com/blog

Buy Links:

Amazon https://amzn.com/B078JYQDTX

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-of-the-swan-judith-sterling/1127751024?ean=2940158925597

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadow-of-the-swan/id1332023091

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shadow-of-the-swan-3

Medieval Monday with Rue Allyn!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the fourth excerpt from Rue’s book, The Herald’s Heart . At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB

Royal herald, Sir Talon Quereste could never love an overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values. Lady Larkin Roshan can only despise a man who would deny her identity and steal her heritage. So why has fate thrown them together to solve the mysteries of the heart?

Excerpt

Ghosts! Stones from hell! Nonsense is what it was.

His mount came to an abrupt halt. What now? Try as he might, he could not make the beast move forward. Talon twisted to look behind him. The fog had swallowed all sign of human habitation. The villagers’ absurd fears kept them warm and dry within the alehouse, while his sensible disbelief that Hades somehow escaped its bounds left him cold, wet, and stranded in an impenetrable mist, unable to determine either the way forward or the road back—on a horse gone mad with stubbornness.

Buy all Ruth’s books here!

The excerpt continues! Next week Ruth will be here: Judith Sterling
You can catch last week’s excerpt here: Rue Allyn

Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of THE MAXWELL GHOST.

Medieval Monday with Ruth A. Casie!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Hero and heroine first encounter”. Each author has selected an excerpt from one of their books to share with you over the next few months.

I’m excited to share the third excerpt from Ruth’s book, A Pirate’s Jewel. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.


BLURB:

He had walked away from women before, but never with remorse, never with his heart broken.
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network.
He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?

EXCERPT:

“You have a good idea here. Let’s talk when you return. I’ve given you as many men as I can spare. My main force is two or three weeks from home,” Lord Ewan said.

“Come this way, m’lord. I’d like to show you my castle.” The two men walked to the stern of the ship.

Buy all Ruth’s books here!

The excerpt continues! Next week Ruth will be here: Judith Sterling
You can catch last week’s excerpt here: Rue Allyn

Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of THE MAXWELL GHOST.