Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ashley York Brings DAUGHTER OF THE KING to Medieval Monday

A warm welcome on Medieval Monday to the talented Ashley York who is sharing a Family Theme from her latest exciting romance, DAUGHTER OF THE KING. 

Lachlann stood and stretched. “Ye’ll be thanking me for covering for ye come tomorrow if ye’re late for the blessing.”

 “Ye canna be late, lass.” Niall’s serious expression surprised her. “Yer mother will have my head if she learns what I’ve got planned. She’ll never forgive me.”

Pressing her lips together to keep from smiling, Brighit said, “Ye need not worry about me. I’ll not be getting caught.”

“Caught?” Darragh’s voice startled her, but her uncle quickly turned back toward the group as if they’d not just been talking. “Are ye getting into mischief again?”

The excerpt continues! Next week I’ll be at Cathy MacRae’s Blog
To catch up on the first installment of the extended excerpt, visit Mary Morgan's blog .

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?

And to find my (Barb's) excerpt today, visit Ashley's blog

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Medieval Monday Returns With Elisabeth Hobbes' A Wager for the Widow

Welcome back to Medieval Monday. If you love exciting tales with dream-worthy heroes and strong heroines, you're definitely in the right place.

For the next eight weeks, you'll see glimpses of both new and favorite books as talented authors tantalize with intriguing excerpts, broken into installments that span the two-month theme of Family Life.

At the end of each post, the location of that author's next installment will help you follow along easily.

Authors are offering giveaways of their books to visitors who comment throughout the eight weeks.

I'm thrilled to welcome my first author in the series, Elisabeth Hobbes, who as you can from her website address below, writes from the UK.

Here's the start of Elisabeth's excerpt from her latest, A WAGER FOR THE WIDOW.


Rob let out an appreciative whistle. ‘Is she as beautiful as ever, and as prickly?’
Will walked to the dais and straightened a couple of goblets, keeping his eyes averted from Rob. Prickly wasn’t how he would describe the way Lady Peyton had felt in his arms. In fact, she had been more appealing than any woman he had encountered in a long while.
‘I don’t remember how beautiful she was before,’ Will answered finally, raising his eyebrows. ‘I haven’t lived here for almost five years and when I left she was not yet a woman grown.’
He tried to keep his voice light as he considered the woman young Eleanor Fitzallan had become, but experience told him Rob would not be easily deceived. Sure enough Rob followed him across the floor, pursing his lips suspiciously. Will poured them both a drink. He raised his cup in salute and drained it in one. It was not as fine as the one he had shared with Sir Edgar, but was at least as potent. A warm feeling began to envelop his head again and the knots in his shoulders eased. He regarded Rob over the lip of his cup and refilled it.

What will Will’s verdict be? Read next week’s excerpt on Cathy MacRae’s blog to find out.

And if you'd like to revisit one of my favorite heroines, Emelin, from SILVERHAWK, you can find her and her nasty brother arguing on Elisabeth's blog:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Michaelmas and the Welcoming of Autumn

Fall/ Autumn is here. (Well, for many of us, it is.) It ties with Spring as my favorite time of year. Traditionally it signals a time of plenty what with the crops being harvested and the garden about to go dormant.

In Medieval times, this time of year was a mixed blessing--a time of plenty just before and time of cold and dark--and diminishing resources as the winter went on.

On Penned by Candlelight, the blog I share with other Romancing Yesteryear authors, I talk a bit about my Autumn memories--and the Medieval celebration of this time of year--Michaelmas. Originally the feast day fell on Oct. 10 or 11. After the change from Julian to Gregorian calendar, the date changed to Sept. 29.

By the way, Nottingham, England, has celebrated Michalemas with its Goose Fair for the past 700 years! And it's going on right now.

Hope you drop over to read blog. And
please leave a comment and share some of your Fall memories.

Here's the link:

Friday, July 13, 2018

Fab Friday: 99 Cent Sale: Cathy MacRae's The Highlander's Outlaw Bride

It's Fabulous Friday, and today's guest, Cathy MacRae, has a fabulous sale to share with us in honor of new look for her Highlander's Bride series. Quite a compelling one,  isn't it? 

And to celebrate the hot new covers for the Highlander’s Bride series, The Highlander’s Outlaw Bride is on sale July 12-15 for only 99 cents at Amazon!

 "What will it take to turn an outlawed lass into  a   Highlander’s cherished bride?"

Thrust into the role of laird upon his father's unexpected death, Connor MacLaurey returns home to learn his cousin has usurped his lands and title. Furthermore, his betrothed--a lass he barely knows and certainly did not agree to marry--is hunted by the sheriff, accused of stealing cattle. He intends to petition the king for clemency for the foolish chit, break the betrothal, and take his castle back from his treacherous cousin. Marriage is not in his plans.

Brianna Douglas has no use for marriage. Widowed young, berated daily for failing to give her husband a child, and sent home in subsequent disgrace, she devotes her life to holding her family's land for her young brother as their sotted father drowns his sorrow in whisky over their mother's death. Raiders have hit her clan hard, and to save them, she finds herself betrothed to Laird MacLaurey's son to seal a pact of protection with the MacLaurey clan.

Forced into a marriage neither wants, it will take a king's edict and sacrifice from both to discover what love means. But can they accept their losses and learn from their mistakes before Brianna marries another?