Medieval Monday. Meet Bambi Lynn’s villain!

Here’s today’s wonderful excerpt from Bambi Lynn.  It comes from Lucan in her Gods of the Highlands series.

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He was bone tired and deafened by the constant ringing in his ears. His arms ached. His lungs threatened to burst with the struggle to breathe. But Lucan fought like a man possessed. He was covered in blood, none of it his own. He parried and spun, blocking and hacking. Behind him, Camulus was a killing machine. He took down one man after another, a claymore in one hand, a billhook in the other.

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Blurb:

Neala Comyn, wife of a powerful laird, wants to end the pain and suffering of an abusive marriage. She is a woman without hope, believing God has forsaken her. When she is kidnapped by a rival laird who claims to be a god himself, her faith is further shaken. Could Lucan Munro be the salvation she has prayed for? Or will her sins condemn her to eternal damnation?

Lucan Munro, has the power of a Celtic god. He can conjure his heart’s desire from thin air. But can he save the woman he loves from a demon hell-bent on claiming her soul?

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The Elisabeth Hobbes Singalong Playlist

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All my stories have theme songs that go with them.  I’ve never had a song in mind at the time I start writing but at some point I’ll hear something on the radio or my phone that will resonate with the plot or characters and that’ll be the song for that book.

Once I’ve got the song in my head it’s a useful way of getting into the mood for writing after a break (the curse of the part time writer) or getting out of the occasional block.  I can put it on, sing along and remind myself what grabbed me about it.  I can also amuse myself by imagining the film trailer using them when Hollywood comes calling.

I’ve mentioned what the song is in the author’s note for each book and way back when I started writing I posted the song for my first book but I thought it would be fun to put them all in one place.

Falling for Her Captor 

Something rocky to start with.  A hero who has buried himself inside the job he has to do for the man he hates to serve.  I love the opening chords on the organ, it sounds very Medieval.

Falling for Her Captor

 

‘You take what they give you
And you keep it inside
Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan we’ll got it at alone

I can taste the fear
Lift me up and take me out of here
Don’t want to fight, don’t want to die
Just want to hear you cry’

A Wager for the Widow

A bit of The Boss.  If I had to choose an all time favourite song this would probably be it.

‘Don’t turn me home again, I just can’t face myself alone again
Don’t run back inside, darling, you know just what I’m here for
So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young anymore
Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night
You ain’t a beauty but, hey, you’re alright
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You can hide ‘neath your covers and study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain
For a savior to rise from these streets.’

 

Second chances, taking risks, a slow build to that intensely growly moment when the harmony kicks in, and Bruce.  What’s not to love?

 

 

The Blacksmith’s Wife

A marriage of convenience deserves a song of repressed and unrequited love.  This one is sung by the highly distinctive voice of Stevie Nicks.

Don’t keep me hangin’ on a string
Tell me what I feel is no big thing
Don’t turn away I’m listening
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Don’t give me visions to explain
There are no doubts I feel the strain
Of all my senses yearning
Over and over again

Every day I see you
Every day I need you
Every way I breathe you
On and on and on and on again… again.

The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge

Two lovers who thought they’d never meet again.  Reunited on opposite sides of a conflict.  A mission of vengeance.  Time for a power ballad!

I finished crying in the instant that you left
But I can’t remember where or when or howSOR front
And I banished every memory you and I had ever made!
But when you touch me like this
And you hold me like that
I just have to admit
That it’s all coming back to me.

When I touch you like this
And I hold you like that
It’s so hard to believe but
It’s all coming back to me now.

Redeeming the Rogue Knight

Which brings us to Roger and Lucy’s song.  Something that sums up his journey from womanising, unfaithful, feckless rogue to a devoted, trustworthy lover and her need for a change to her life.
Will you raise me up?
Will you help me down?
Will you get me right out of this godforsaken town? 

Will you make it all a little less cold?
I can do that.

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Just a brief interlude, and a mid-summer night’s fling
Then you’ll see that it’s time to move on

I won’t do that
I won’t do that

I know the territory – I’ve been around
It’ll all turn to dust and we’ll all fall down
Sooner or later you’ll be screwing around

I won’t do that!
No I won’t do that!

It has to be Meatloaf and I’d Do Anything for Love
And there you have it.  The songs from the stories (or perhaps more accurately, the stories from the songs).  Hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them.  If you have other songs you think would suit the stories or characters I’d love to hear them.

Medieval Monday

We’re halfway through the Villains theme.  Are you enjoying it?  I know I’m loving getting to read and share some great excerpts.  Today’s comes from The Highlander’s English Woman by Ruth A. Casie

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Laura Reynolds is in love with her long-time friend, Jamie Maxwell Collins. She adores his playful sense of humor, caring nature as well as his strong sense of family and honor.

Jamie lives across the border in Scotland. Outwardly carefree, he hides a dark secret. He can’t involve Laura in this deception. He can’t give her hope for a future together.

Laura stumbles upon Jamie’s secret. In her heart of hearts she knows Jamie is innocent. Their relationship in tatters and with no hope of reconciliation, she plays a deadly game to exonerate Jamie, she agrees to a political marriage. She has no idea the entire game has been orchestrated by her future husband, Jamie’s greatest enemy.

 

Excerpt:

“Then we best return to the others. They’ll want to spend time with you, too.” They moved on toward the hall.

“I have no words, nothing to say to comfort you.” He could barely get the words out.

“Your presence is enough.”

He held back a nervous smile. He visited to give the family comfort. Instead, she comforted him.

“How are my Maxwell cousins?” Laura asked. Jamie guided her toward the great hall.

“They are well when I last saw them.”

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Medieval Monday. Meet Cathy McRae’s villain

Today I’m delighted to share an excerpt from The Highlander’s French Bride by Cathy McRae.

Heir to a lairdship, Kinnon Macrory is driven to prove his worth by fighting the English on the battlefields of France. His dreams of heroic valor are destroyed by the realities of war—the atrocities visited by fellow soldiers on the very people he is sworn to protect. Three years in a French prison for a crime he did not commit leave Kinnon longing for the one thing of beauty in his war-torn life—a young woman of great kindness and wisdom named Melisende.

Melisende de la Roche struggles to stay one step ahead of soldiers who would imprison her for helping an injured Scotsman wrongly accused of treason. She finds refuge in her uncle’s shop—until a chance encounter sends her fleeing into the unknown once again, haunted by the beguiling friendship with the troubled young Scotsman she is certain she will never see again.

Determined to find the woman of his dreams, Kinnon returns to France, only to discover nothing more than a trail of clues to Melisende’s whereabouts. Their reunion will open the doors to passion, but half-truths and lies from the past could destroy the one thing they both are willing to fight for—each other.

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“As poor a mother as I may be, I do not wish to raise my daughter in such a world as I live in. She is old enough to interest some men who are fascinated by young girls. In my position, I would not be able to deny them.”

Melisende’s eyes widened in horror. “She is scarcely three years old! Please tell me . . .” She could not say the words, and her hand flew to her throat, attempting to relieve a choking sensation.

Lucienne shook her head. “Non. But it would be only a matter of time. I have seen the looks.”

“Lucienne, you do not have to go back.”

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A Chat With…Author Elisabeth Hobbes

Chicks,Rogues and Scandals

Today I am so pleased to have Harlequin and Mills and Boon author Elisabeth Hobbes chatting with me, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit more about Elisabeth.

You can find me hanging around The Unlaced Bookclub on Facebook along with other Harlequin Historical authors. I grew up in York where I spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep me off my feet. Sadly it never happened but I developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. I live in Cheshire with my husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down here in 1999 and I never left.
I love historical fiction and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When I’m…

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Medieval Monday- Laurel O’Donnell

Are you enjoying the Villain theme?  Here’s another excerpt, this time from Angel’s assassin by Laurel O’Donnell.

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Roke grinned, leaning back in his chair. “You see? No one but you would dare to speak to me thus. So I waited. I am, if nothing else, a patient man. And then came that day. So long ago. So very long ago. When I sent you out to kill Margaret.”

Margaret? For a moment, Damien didn’t know of whom he spoke. He had killed many in his years of servitude to Roke. Margaret. Then he realized. He was speaking of Aurora’s mother.

“I remember you came back after killing her and there was something different about you.”

Damien forced himself to relax even though every fiber in his body remembered. It was even more painful now, realizing he had killed Aurora’s mother, that he had hurt Aurora by taking her mother’s life.

 

Blurb: Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…

Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.

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