First Encounter with Barbara Bettis

Welcome to week three of our Medieval Monday First Encounters. Today I’m delighted to welcome Barbara Bettis with an excerpt from The Lady of the Forest.

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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He’d been certain Sir Paxton made for Stonehill Castle, the only holding of any size a day’s ride in this direction. If the traitor had traveled along here, the underbrush ought to have provided a clear trail with crushed leaves and snapped twigs.

Yet, not a sign. Not even horse droppings.

He’d need to retrace his path to the crossroads left this morning and try north, toward Glenmore Manor. An entire day, wasted because of rain that obliterated any tracks.

Hell’s fire. The curse loud in his mind nearly obscured the sound. A rustle, a scrape. He turned. In that moment, a moving, breathing weight hit his shoulders.

 

Next week visit for the next instalment: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com   And leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour. To review last week’s installment: https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

Visit Barbara’s blog today and leave a comment on my excerpt to be entered into the draw for a copy of  A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

BUY LINKS for The Lady of the Forest:

AMAZON

WALMART

 

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Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae

Welcome back to week 3 of First Encounters. Today I’d like to welcome Cathy MacRae.  Her excerpt is from

The Highlander’s Welsh Bride

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She glanced up from his hands, now hanging peaceably at his sides, to his face. Dark eyes peered at her from beneath half-lowered lids, thick brows pulled together above his slightly arched nose as he studied her. His nearly black hair hung loose to his shoulders, a bit of curl softening his wide forehead and hard, chiseled features. She was startled to realize her head would likely reach no higher than his shoulder, for she was tall for a woman, and had found it easy to pass for a man. This giant would have been a more familiar figure stepping from a Norse longboat, had his coloring been the pale blonde of that race. She surreptitiously checked his hands for signs of an axe or sword.

 

Catch last week’s excerpt on Jenna Jaxon’s blog: http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com

Follow Cathy to next week’s excerpt on Bambi Lynn’s blog: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.com

Visit Cathy’s blog https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog  and leave a comment on my excerpt to be in with a chance to win a copy of A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

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.

BUY LINK:

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

Medieval Monday with Judith Sterling

Welcome to the first to the excerpts I’m sharing in this First Encounter themed Medieval Monday.  I’d like to welcome Judith Sterling to the blog today.  Her excerpt is from

Shadow of the Swan (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Three)

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The boot retreated.  The woolen cloth stirred, then started to rise.

She yanked it down.  “No! Prithee leave it be!”

“Why?”  ’Twas the older voice.

“I’m in danger.”

The fabric dropped.  “What kind of danger?”

“Do you see a clergyman close by?  An archdeacon?”

A moment of silence passed.  Then came the answer she dreaded.  “Aye. He’s headed this way.”

The younger man, Guy, snickered.  “If the geese don’t trip him first.”

She wiped her sweaty palms on her tunic.  “He mustn’t know I’m here. I beg of you!”

After a slight pause, the elder of the two whispered, “Fear not.  We shan’t betray you.”

A number of geese honked in protest.  Shuffling footsteps drew closer, then stopped a few yards away.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow of the Swan, and follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog: https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.org
Remember to visit Judith’s blog today and leave a comment on my excerpt for a chance to win a copy of A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

 

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.

You can buy a copy in any of these places:

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

 

First Encounters: a brand new Medieval Monday

Welcome back for the first Medieval Monday of 2019.  We’re kicking off with an old favourite- the meet cute.  Though how cute some of these meets will be remains to be seen (after all, where’s the fun if they fall straight in love?)

Today you can find the first excerpt from Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight which will continue around the blog hop for the next thirteen weeks.

As something special for the new year I’m offering one reader chance to win an ebook copy of my brand new Scottish romance, A Runaway Bride for the Highlander which comes out in May.   To be entered into the draw all you have to do is leave a comment on each blog as you follow the excerpt.

So, without further ado- on with the excerpt.

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As she reached the curve in the river almost opposite Gui’s horse the girl dropped her bag to the ground. Still humming, she removed her shoes, unbuckled her girdle and dropped it beside them. She moved slowly, languorously stretching her arms in a manner that sent shivers running over Gui and causing more goosebumps to rise on his skin than the chill of the water had alone managed. The girl unpinned the veil from her hair and revealed a thick plait of pale-blonde hair, the colour of sand from his homeland.

Slowly, and completely unaware of Gui’s presence, the girl pulled her billowing grey tunic over her head to reveal a closer-fitting linen shift beneath. Gui froze, acutely aware that he was intruding on something private, but unable to leave. He could not return to his horse without alerting the girl to his presence and for both their sakes he did not want to do that.

How will Gui get out of his predicament? The next excerpt will be available onJudith Sterling’s blog next Monday: https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/

 

Blurb:

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