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Medieval Monday with Ashley York

Welcome back to the penultimate Medieval Monday of 2018 and our Family theme.  I’m delighted to welcome Ashley York back to the blog.  Her excerpt is from

Daughter of the king – book three in The Derbfine Series

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As if reading her mind, he said, “Ye enjoy yer uncle’s tales more than the other lasses.”

Her defenses went up and she straightened her back. “I am more capable than the other lasses.”

“Ah, so ye have said.”

“I could…I could easily be one of those riding along with him.” She watched him closely. “If I were a man.”

“If ye were a man.”

Darragh’s expression was intense, as if he were looking right into her soul.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog hop. Next week Ashley is going to be back on her blog but if you missed commenting on any of the excerpts, go back and do so now. They start on Mary Morgan’s blog.

I’ll be back here next week with the final excerpt from A Wager for the Widow.  You can catch today’s excerpt on Ashley’s blog today.

 

A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder. The uniting of two powerful clans.

Trained as a warrior…

Brighit of Clonascra is the only daughter of the fearsome overking, Sean, but despises the trappings and demands of womanhood. She’s far more comfortable training for battle than preparing a meal. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.

Trained to be king…

Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to follow in the path of his father, Tadhg, but he is an obedient son and supports his father’s plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing especially when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets.

When she stands accused of the murder, can they finally come to an agreement that will give them each what they truly desire?

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Medieval Monday with Mary Morgan

Welcome back.  We’re over halfway through our Family themed Medieval Monday.  today I’m delighted to welcome Mary Morgan.  Her excerpt is from Dragon Knight’s Shield, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 4.

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Her strength and love filled him as he placed a kiss along her brow. Lifting his head, he reached out with his Fae sight and found the brother he needed. “Alastair, would ye speak with Artair, so he can find the path to the loch where the Great Dragon sleeps.”

Alastair stepped forward and clamped a hand on his brother’s shoulder. “With pleasure.”

Letting out a breath, he turned slightly. “Stephen, I will require your insight if ye should have any visions. They can assist us in finding Lachlan.”

“There have been none, but I will discuss past visions when ye return.”

For a chance to win a signed print copy of DRAGON KNIGHT’S SHIELD, please leave a comment.

Follow along next week on Ruth A. Casie’s blog: https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com

You can catch up with Eleanor and Will over on Mary’s blog here

 

Blurb:

Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him. 

 

Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight.

 

Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?
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Medieval Monday with Sherry Ewing

We’re onto week five of our Family theme and today I have the pleasure of welcoming Sherry Ewing back to the blog.  Her excerpt is from To Follow My Heart: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book 3), a wonderful timeslip novel.

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Jenna gave her a small smile and watched in dismay as Katherine and Riorden turned their attention to their meal. A trencher was set between her and Fletcher but she wasn’t sure what she was supposed to do with it. She put her trembling hands beneath the table to hide them and began twisting the fabric of her dress.

“May I?” Fletcher asked, holding out a large two pronged fork.

“If you wouldn’t mind,” Jenna whispered.

“Is there anything you do not care for?” he inquired while he kindly anticipated her answer.

Jenna looked at the assortment of various meats and fishes in front of her. The fish dishes were no brainers, along with some of the chicken or other kinds of bird entrées. But the red meats, some of which were swimming heavily in brown gravy, were a complete mystery as to their four legged origins.

You can catch up with my excerpt on Sherry’s blog here to see what Will and Eleanor are getting up to.

Blurb:

Love is a leap. Sometimes you need to jump…

After a gut wrenching break up with her fiancé, Jenna Sinclair heads to the coast to do a little soul searching. To say everything is subject to change is putting it mildly. Her world is not only turned upside down, but pretty much torn asunder when she is pulled through a time gate on the beach beneath the Cliff House and transported more than eight hundred years into the past.

Fletcher Monroe, captain of the garrison knights at Berwyck Castle, has wasted too much time pining for a woman who will never be his. When he finally decides to move on with his life and focus on his duties, he is suddenly confronted with a woman who magically appears at his feet. This could either be the best thing that has ever happened to him or another cursed event in a string of many. He soon finds he is wildly attracted to her, but she’s scared to death of him ─ not a very encouraging beginning.

From the shores of California to twelfth century England and back again, Jenna and Fletcher must find a way to reconcile their two different worlds before Time forever tears them apart.

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Medieval Monday with Judith Sterling

Welcome to week four of Medieval Monday and another fabulous excerpt in our Family theme.  This week’s comes courtesy of Judith Sterling and Flight of the Raven

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William frowned.  “Why was I not told of this?”

“I’m telling you now.”

“You know my meaning.”

Robert held up his hand, beseeching his brother to wait.  Then he yawned loudly.

“Don’t test my patience, Robert.  You’ll find it wanting.”

“How refreshing.”

“Answer my question.”

“Your roving about the bailey didn’t go unnoticed, and your moods make the men uneasy.  Can you blame them for keeping their distance? Besides, Guy said your whereabouts were unknown when it occurred.”

Make sure to comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of Flight of the Raven (or if you already own a copy, your choice of another of Judith’s books).  A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on December 31.

Follow along next Monday on Ashley York’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Remember to visit Judith’s blog to discover how Eleanor and Will are faring in this week’s excerpt.

Blurb

How eager would the bridegroom be if he knew he could never bed the bride?

Lady Emma of Ravenwood Keep is prepared to give Sir William l’Orage land, wealth, and her hand in marriage.  But her virginity? Not unless he loves her. The curse that claimed her mother is clear: unless a Ravenwood heir is conceived in love, the mother will die in childbirth.  Emma is determined to dodge the curse. Then William arrives, brandishing raw sensuality which dares her to explore her own.

William the Storm isn’t a man to be gainsaid.  He’ll give her protection, loyalty, and as much tenderness as he can muster.  But malignant memories quell the mere thought of love. To him, the curse is codswallop.  He plans a seduction to breach Emma’s fears and raze her objections. What follows is a test of wills and an affirmation of the power of love.

 

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Medieval Monday with Ruth A. Casie

Welcome back to week three of Medieval Monday with our theme of Family. Today I’m delighted to welcome Ruth A. Casie to share an excerpt from The Guardian’s Witch – Book 1 of the Stelton Legacy

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“You didn’t tell me you traveled with a private army.”

Alex gave Jamie a wide smile. “I hope they get to know you and your men as I do, but right now, Jamie, tell them what your man found.”

The brothers relaxed and found places to sit. Alex noted how easily they seemed to fit in with Jamie’s men. He also noted they didn’t let their guard down.

“Mitchell has detained the king’s protectors and their men in a dungeon in Ravencroft. He holds them prisoner and has them believing they’re being held and ransomed by us,” said Jamie. “He plans to liberate the men and organize them and their followers in a march on Scotland.”

The excerpt continues! Next week Ruth will be here: Ashley York

You can catch last week’s excerpt here: Sherry Ewing

And you can find out what Eleanor and Will are getting up to on Ruth’s blog here https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com 

Commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of THE GUARDIAN’S WITCH.

Blurb: The Guardian’s Witch – Book 1 of the Stelton Legacy

Will he come in time or must she trust in her magic and risk exposure as a witch to save them both?

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

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Medieval Monday week two. Welcoming Cathy MacRae

I’m delighted to welcome Cathy MacRae to the blog this week and to share an excerpt from The Highlander’s Crusader Bride

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“Beannachdan.” Donal lifted his goblet to Caelen who slowly stood.

“I am honored to join our clans. May there be blessings on both our houses. Beannachdan air ar taighean” He lifted his goblet to the people. “Slàinte mhath!”

“Slàinte mhor!” the crowd roared as drinking vessels clinked and the toast became the finality on the announcement and her future.

The heated room shortened her breath, and Arbela sank slowly to her seat, hiding her unsteady hands in a fold of her scarf. She bumped against Bram who stared at her with big, questioning eyes. Struggling for a smile, Arbela leaned her head close to his.

To read this week’s excerpt from A Wager for the Widow, visit Cathy’s blog https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com

Catch last week’s excerpt here: https://sherryewing.com/blog/

Follow Cathy to next week’s blog here: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Don’t forget – Commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Cathy’s ebook, 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- Welcoming Barbara Bettis

Welcome to the first in a brand new Medieval Monday blog hop.

Today I’m delighted to welcome Barbara Bettis to the blog with an excerpt from

SILVERHAWK   — Knights of Destiny

You can find my excerpt from A Wager for the Widow on Barbara’s blog

www.barbarabettis.blogspot.com

 

He’s everything a proper lady should never want; she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.

Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.

Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape

Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate.  But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them.

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(After not setting her eyes on her brother for years after he consigned her to a convent, Emelin at last comes face-to-face with Garley when he arrives for her wedding to the man he’s sold her to.)

Garley’s eyes blazed hatred when they landed on her and sent her spiraling back to a childhood fear. Against her will, the old uncertainty seared her new confidence. Would he force her to Compton if she didn’t satisfy Lord Osbert? Sell her to another rich lord? What would such a man be like? Lord Osbert, at least, was a known entity. And the child, Margaret. Emelin couldn’t leave her alone. Who knew what mischief she would get up to, just to gain attention?

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of SILVERHAWK. And follow along next week at Ashley York’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

If you’d like to buy a copy you can get hold of Silverhawk here Buy Link: SILVERHAWK

Medieval Monday – Families

It’s almost time for another series of Medieval Monday posts.  If you’ve only just joined me, here’s how it works.  Each week I’ll be sharing an excerpt from a Medieval romance by a guest author, and she’ll be sharing an excerpt from my book on her blog.

The blog hop will run for eight weeks (taking us to Christmas Eve).  I’ll be sharing the buy links so if any of the books tempt you – and there are some great ones to choose from – you can get hold of a copy.

For my book I’ve chosen an excerpt from A Wager for the Widow.  It’s an older book and one I love.  It’s set in Midwinter to get you into the Christmas mood.  The hero is based on the delectable Alexander Skarsgard)

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Yum! He’d win the wager in no time if I had any say!

and the heroine is an independent widow who doesn’t want to spend Christmas with her parents.

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“I suppose a kiss of gratitude is out of the question?” 

Widowed Lady Eleanor Peyton has chosen a life of independence. Living alone on her rocky coastal outcrop, she’s cut herself off from the world of men—until William Rudhale saves her life and demands a kiss! 

As steward to Lady Eleanor’s father, Will knows the desire he burns with is futile—but he’ll still wager he can claim Eleanor’s kiss by midwinter. Yet when the tide turns Will realizes vulnerable Eleanor is far too precious to gamble with. Can he win his lady before it’s too late?

If you can’t wait for the excerpts you can get hold of a copy here viewbook.at/WagerforWidow

 

 

Medieval Monday – a bit of a cheat.

Happy Monday (weren’t they a band or am I showing my age now?)

I haven’t got a Medieval Monday post lined up for today so I’m cheating by sharing an interview I did for Books and Winegums.  It’s a fab blog which covers all sorts of books, not just romance or history. Check out my interview then have a look at some of the other articles too.

via An Interview with … Elisabeth Hobbes

First Kiss Friday with guest Elisabeth Hobbes

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Welcome to another First Kiss Friday! Today’s guest is the fabulous Elisabeth Hobbes who has been here a time or two especially with our Medieval Monday blog hop. Today Elisabeth has an excerpt from Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight. Happy reading, my lovelies, and enjoy!

 Excerpt:

They watched each other, eyes locked in challenge. They were standing closer than they had been in the river. Much closer. He could smell the slight scent of lavender, which made him want to bury his face in the soft spot behind her ear to see if she was the source of it. The room seemed to grow hotter as the intensity of her gaze held him fast.

‘What would happen to you if I told the prioress?’ Gui asked. ‘You really didn’t want me to admit to having met you, did you? I think you weren’t supposed to be there.’

It was…

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