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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Sherry Ewing!

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 second excerpt from Sherry’s book, If My Heart Could See You. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

BLURB:

When you’re enemies, does love have a fighting chance?

For Amiria of Berwyck, defeat does not come easily as she watches her home and clan being ripped asunder. When the very enemy who has laid siege to her home demands her fealty, she will do whatever it takes to protect her people including a hastily concocted ruse that quickly begins to unravel. All too soon, she starts to question whether she can forgive herself for betraying those she has sworn to protect.

Dristan of Blackmore, champion knight of King Henry II, has a reputation to uphold as the Devil’s Dragon. After his invading army conquers Berwyck castle, he sets out to manage the newly claimed estate by training its knights in the art of proper defense. At first, everything appears as it should be, or is it? Betrayed by those he believed he could trust, he must first set aside his anger before he can make room in his heart for love.

Together they are tied by an unspoken bond. As they begin to rebuild the land and unite their people, forces beyond their control attempt to tear apart their fragile truce and only time will tell if love will forever bring them together.

Excerpt:

“A good morn to you, mademoiselle,” Dristan said, with a slight bow. “You are far from the village so early. Mayhap I can offer my assistance and see you back to your dwelling?”

A negative shake of her head was all Dristan was awarded, and he watched as she took several steps backwards towards the haven of the trees behind her.

“Come now… I mean you no harm, mistress, as I am lord of yon keep,” he declared with a wave of his hand towards the castle. “As a knight of King Henry’s realm, I fear you must humor me as ’twould be most unchivalrous to leave one so lovely unprotected to the elements of both man and beast alike. May I escort you to the village perchance?”

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Be sure to leave a comment on Lane’s blog to be in the running for Sherry’s giveaway – an eCopy of If My Heart Could See You. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, May 6th.

Catch last week’s excerpt here: www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

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Medieval Monday with Bambi Lynn!

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 first excerpt from book, The Vikings of Normandy. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

Five fierce invaders. Five innocent maids. One land to conquer.

THE VIKINGS OF NORMANDY
When the Viking leader, Rollo, sets his sights on conquering Paris, he sends a band of his fiercest warriors to capture a stronghold to shelter the invaders through the winter. Collect all five episodes in one volume.

GUNNAR
Gunnar Sigurdsen finds an unguarded stronghold at the mouth of the Seine River is the perfect target. Oliana du Fossé waits helplessly for her brute of a husband to claim her.

WULF
Wulf contemplates his share of the spoils after capturing a stronghold in Francia, fat with treasure and slaves. Farin longs to escape her fate as bed slave to the most savage barbarian of them all.

BRON
Brondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, as well as the women who share his bed. Now he finds himself saddled with a beauty who may just steal his heart.

THORLEIF
Thorleif Rolvsson has been captured by the enemy. The Queen of the Franks has needs. Will a single night of passion change his fate? Or will he dine with his sons in Valhalla?

MAGNUS
Magnus hasn’t the time or motivation to take a wife. Especially not one who will most likely try to slit his throat while he sleeps.

EXCERPT TWO
Bron changed his mind. He should never have let Wulf talk him into it, but by the gods—the man could be persuasive. The last thing he needed was a woman underfoot, and now that he’d had time to think about it, he recalled the handful of women he had let get close to him over the years. Trouble one and all.

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Find out what happens next on Sherry Ewing’s blog here: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

It’s Time for Medieval Monday!

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 first excerpt from book, To Support A King. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

Blurb:

Plagued by atrocities he committed against innocent victims while pursuing his father’s killers, Laird Mangus MacAndrew pledged to defend and provide for his clan. But his leadership is tested when two of his ships are attacked and his crews massacred. Desperate to fulfill his obligation to protect the clan, Mangus agrees to help reinstate The Turnberry Bond. His mission—garner support for the Bruce and avenge the deaths of his men.

The MacAndrew clan provides Catriona Butler something her Irish home could not, a safe haven. But when she receives a missive her brother is imprisoned and will be executed unless acceptable éraic can be obtained, she must return to her homeland. Mangus agrees to take Catriona to Ireland and vows she will not become a distraction, but he longs to be near her. Catriona witnesses Mangus’s fierce anger and grows distrustful. After a life of suffering her father’s vicious temper, she is skeptical of anyone with a penchant for violence. She attempts to keep her distance, but her traitorous heart pulls her in Mangus’s direction.

With the fate of the kingdom on his shoulders, will Mangus reunite the men of The Turnberry Bond? Can he pursue vengeance against his enemies without taking more innocent lives? And can Catriona free her brother and grow to trust Mangus, staying true to her heart?        

Excerpts:

Week One – Excerpt 

A cold breeze encircled Catriona and chill bumps rose on her skin. Rubbing her arms, she noticed the darkening sky. Gray billowing clouds heralded dusk. She’d lost track of time. Danger lurked in the remote wilds of Scotland, and she had a long walk back to the shelter of the castle. She folded the missive, tucked it into her pouch at her waist, and then slid from the boulder.

Follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog at  http://www.bambilynn.net/, , and  leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of To Support A King.

Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Author’s Choice”. 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 13th excerpt which is from Cathy & DD MacRae’s book, The Highlander’s Crusader Bride. At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

Excerpt:

A noise akin to thunder rumbled through the heavy door as fists pounded the boards, demanding entrance.

“The guests have noticed our absence,” he said. “’Twill be some time before they admit their disappointment and return to their drinking.” He glanced at the door, reminding himself Arbela had latched it. “What is yer wish, Arbela? How would ye prefer to spend our first night together?”

Join me next week on my blog https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/ for the next excerpt from The Highlander’s Crusader Bride!

Blurb:

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.

Though 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.

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Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Author’s Choice”. 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 12th excerpt which is from Barbara Bettisbook, The 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.

Excerpt:

(Fire was chancy.) No other method for distraction presented such an opportunity, however. Fire would claim the attention of every person at Stonehill, including the villagers. Even the guards would rally to fight the flames. Leaving all prisoners unattended.

The recent rains might have dampened the wood, but perhaps most remained dry enough to burn, at least enough to seem a threat. She counted on it.

Plenty of smoke to attract attention but slow-moving flames that could be extinguished before they spread to the castle or to the whole forest.

She’d start the fire herself and not endanger anyone else. Once the blaze caught, she’d slip through the gate to free Oscar and Henry. A tiny sigh escaped as she pressed her forehead against the door frame. The whole plan reeked of hastiness. Yet time and circumstance demanded quick action. She had no choice.

Follow along next week at https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance at an ebook of your choice.

BLURB:

He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

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.

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Medieval Monday with Ashley York!

It’s time for another Medieval Monday blog hop! Our theme is, “Author’s Choice”. 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 which is from Ashley York‘s book, Eyes of the Seer.

At the end of the post, you will see where to go on the following Monday to find out what happens next.

Excerpt:

Watching as Marcán’s eyes traveled the length of the new slave, assessing her, had made Astrid feel like she was being doused with cold water. The man was considering taking the slave to his bed! He wanted her. She was a pretty thing, obviously intrigued by Marcán—what woman wouldn’t be?—and as far as Astrid could tell, she’d given every indication she was more than willing.

A sick feeling had unfurled inside Astrid. Certainly Marcán had taken plenty of women to his bed, or mayhap he went to theirs as Diarmuid had. Astrid was not ignorant, but she had never actually thought of Marcán in that way—until now. She struggled to contain the emotions that threatened to overwhelm her.

Blurb:

In ancient Ireland, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.

He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascara bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…
Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry to see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

Follow along next week on Barbara Bettis’ blog http://barbarabettis.blogspot.com/.

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