Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis

This Medieval Monday I’m delighted to welcome Barbara Bettis to the blog.  She’s sharing an excerpt from The Lady of the Forest.

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She leaned over to brush a strand of dark hair from his face. Her fingers lingered on his forehead. On impulse, she rounded the table and enveloped the boy in a hug. For a very brief moment, his thin shoulders softened, and he leaned into her embrace.

In less than two heartbeats, he pulled away, his bravado once again in place. “What’ll we do, Cade?” he asked. “You can count on me.”

“I know. You’re very brave. But right now, I think we must try to rest. Ideas come better to a fresh mind. And if a fight comes, it wouldn’t do to yawn right when we need to let loose an arrow, now would it?”

He giggled at her words and got to his feet.

“Don’t forget to wash your face and hands, and use the willow twig on your teeth.”

He wrinkled his nose. “All right,” he grumbled, heading for the corner where a basin sat beside a wooden bucket filled with water.

Kate sighed. She couldn’t wait for morning. Fresh mind or no, she had to devise a plan to free them both. She wouldn’t wait for Alyss’s reply.

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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.


Medieval Monday with Mary Morgan

Welcome back to another Medieval Monday. Today I’m delighted to welcome Mary Morgan with an excerpt from A Highland Moon Enchantment.


Taking the offered mug, Tam went and took a seat beside Bran. Lifting it toward Ailsa, he said, “Blessing to ye, lady.”

Smiling, she bowed her head slightly to the druid. Taking a sip of her own mead, she savored the honeyed sweetness.

Cathal took a place next to Angus. “’Tis good to see ye once again, Desmond. Ye did not return with your brothers after Samhain?”

“’Tis good to see ye, as well.” His mouth twitched in humor. “My sister considered it wise I should stay on until after Midwinter.”

The druid cast a quick glance at Fiona. “A wise woman indeed.” He turned toward Ailsa. “I am happy to meet ye, lady. I have heard your journey has been fraught with troubles. Thank the Gods ye came across the Dragon Knight and Desmond.”

You first meet 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?



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Medieval Monday welcomes Ashley York

I’m delighted to welcome Ashley York to the blog this week with her intriguing excerpt from Eyes of the Seer (and isn’t this a gorgeous cover!).  I hope you enjoy it.


Marcán was not surprised that Merewyn’s smile was so fetching. In fact, there was nothing about her he did not care for. This may be a slave he took for himself.

“Ye’ve been given to me,” Astrid said.

Astrid would own her? Then she would definitely be off limits and his disappointment was acute.

Something stirred at Astrid’s tone. It had sharpened. Marcán looked on, intrigued by this unexpected turn of events. So much so he felt a second wind, his tiredness leaving.

You can find Ashley’s next excerpt on CathyMcRae’s blog, and if you’re wondering whether Lucy has finished giving Roger a tongue-lashing head over to Ashley’s blog and find out 

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.

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Medieval Monday with Lane McFarland

Brrr! It’s been a cold week chez Hobbes.  Luckily Lane McFarland is here to warm things up for us with an excerpt from A King’s Enemies

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Hildred would be shocked at the opinion Katherine held toward the richly dressed men preening in front of her. There was no denying the depraved beasts were all alike. As part of the royal council, they no doubt felt entitled to take what they wanted, when they wanted, with little to no regard for whom they hurt. She abhorred their disgusting arrogance.

Having perfected the art of a shy demure handmaiden, Katherine smiled and lowered her gaze to her hands clasped before her waist.

“Come, my dear.” Hildred pointed toward one of the tables lined with platters of roasted boar and smoked salmon. “Let’s have something to eat.”

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Tormented by King Edward’s brutality against Scottish sympathizers, Drake Fletcher vows revenge, but only a madman single-handedly attacks the Crown. Instead, he enters the royal court as a spy to aid Robert the Bruce’s rise to power and place a formidable leader on Scotland’s throne.

Scottish lass Katherine Mackenzie Armstrong targets three of King Edward’s officers who brutally raped and murdered her mother. Disguised as one of Queen Margaret’s attendants, she sets a course to destroy the men.

The acts of treason both Drake and Katherine commit are punishable by death in The Tower of London but their determination pushes dangerous limits. Considered enemies, they use each other to gain vital information. Neither expect their overwhelming attraction to one another, the staggering emotions stirred. But the closer they become, the more they jeopardize their pledges of vengeance.

Will the weight of retaliation crush them, see them beheaded? Or will Katherine and Drake form an alliance and learn to live and love again?

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