Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Welcome Wednesday--Lane McFarland and TO LOVE AN IMPOSTER


I'm so happy to have my dear friend Lane McFarland on Welcome Wednesday. All of her books are wonderful. Today she's talking about her newest book.

Thank you for having me today, Barbara! I’m excited to tell you about my latest book, To Love an Impostor. Here is a little about the story…

What if you found out the man who you fell in love with wasn't the man you thought he was?

Blurb:


Consumed with hatred, Captain Nicholas Randolf Barlow pledges revenge against Bristol’s gentry for the cruelty they inflicted on him and his friends when they were young orphans struggling to survive on the cruel city streets. Disguised as Nicholas Barlow, a ruthless, old businessman during the day, the Flintlock Brigand's leader at night, and Captain Randolf, in between, Nicholas works above suspicion to abscond with the gentry’s possessions and to legally ruin the constables who failed to show the orphans mercy when they needed it most.

For the past twelve years, Diana Fleming, daughter of one of Bristol's wealthiest gentry, lived a simple, yet happy life in a small abbey far away from the bustling city. Her father who was wracked with grief when her mother died, could not bear to be reminded of his loss, and sent his only daughter away to live in solitude. Diana, not willing to fade away quietly, finds comfort and purpose in tending the orphans of the abbey. When the small sanctuary is ordered to close, Diana returns to Bristol to beg her father for help with the raising of her ten orphan children, but instead discovers that her father died because of Nicholas Barlow. Now penniless and desperate, she's determined to destroy the man who murdered her father.

Nicholas's archenemy's daughter impresses him with her bartering skills and convinces him to rent her one of his homes. When he learns that she intends to raise a group of orphans on her own, his heart softens. As the Flintlock Brigand's leader he delivers much needed supplies to her at night. During the day, Captain Randolf helps her with the children. If she discovers that all three men are really the same man—the one she blames for her father's death—she will loath him for all eternity.
Can Nicholas forgo his vengeance and be truthful to Diana about his identity? Will Diana be able to forgive him, or will she hate him forever?

Excerpt:
(This is in a scene when Diana searches through her father’s home after his death.)

Diana dropped to her knees and rummaged through the chest beside the bed. Heavy feathered blankets were folded on top of thick wraps. She slid her fingers over the soft fabric and found a box. What treasures did it hold? She opened the lid and peered inside.

Several small silver broaches, a brass buckle, and a silk purse lay over a miniature portrait of Mum and Papa. She moved the items aside and ran her finger over the couple’s likeness. How she missed them. Her chest tightened and a tear trickled down her cheek.

Strong hands grasped her shoulders and eased her up. Captain Randolf turned her toward him. “I’m sorry for your loss.”

She sniffled and looked up at him through watery eyes. “How can you be? You work for Mr. Barlow. That evil man killed my father."

The captain straightened and shook his head. “No, Mistress Fleming. It wasn’t like that.”

“Because of him, my father’s gone. I will never see him again.” She choked on the words.

Captain Randolf pulled her to him, wrapped his arms around her, and let her cry into his broad chest. He rubbed her back but didn’t speak. She soaked up his compassion and spent her tears. It felt so good to have someone hold her, let her release the pent-up emotion, and make her feel secure, even cared for. Just for a brief moment.

She straightened and, staring at her feet, she steadied her breathing. She should never have lost control of her emotions in front of Barlow’s man. Surely upon hearing the tale, the murderer would delight in her distress.

He tipped her chin up with a finger. “I truly am sorry for your loss.”

Struck by his sincere gaze, she wanted to return to his strong embrace, have him hold her for a minute longer. Instead, she backed away.

He frightened her. No, her reaction to him frightened her.

“Thank you. I…I think it’s time I should return home.”

He bowed slightly and extended his arm to the front door. “I’ll gather these last few items before we leave.”

Numb, emotionally drained, and dazed from this man’s touch, she nearly stumbled to the door.

Buy Link: Amazon

Author Bio:
Starting out as an accountant in line with the rest of the corporate echelons struggling up the proverbial ladder, Lane soon realized the long nights and numerous weekends of closing books and reporting financial results no longer appealed. So, she decided to hit the road selling financial software. Jumping from one high-pressured frying pan into the other, the stress of the road-warrior life and constant deadlines took its toll. She needed a release and found that with her face buried in historical romance books, she could escape to worlds of intrigue with timeless love and happily-ever-after endings. Today, she is fortunate to have found her true passion in writing of spirited heroines and to-die-for-heroes and the romantic love stories between them.

Lane is a southern girl living on top of a mountain in North Georgia, and she's most happy when surrounded by family and friends. If she is not writing, you can find her hiking with her husband, or fiddling around in her flower and vegetable gardens, feeding the birds and watching black bears and deer.

Lane loves to hear from readers! Please drop her a note at mcfarland.lane@gmail.com; tell her about yourself and let her know what you like to read and would like to see in future books and series.

Visit Lane here:
Amazon: Author Page

Monday, June 24, 2019

Medieval Monday--Visit With a Villain and Win a Book


Welcome Back to Medieval Monday. The Summer Session kicks off today with the fun theme of Villains and I get to start the 11-week rounds of excerpts with a look a favorite 'bad guy' from my books. 

Comment on one of my posts during the Villain Theme weeks and be eligible for a free ebook.

Sir Paxton of Corbeau. Paxton manages to weasel his way through three of the Knights of Destiny Series before he's finally brought down. But we meet him for the first time (chronologically) in my latest book, FOR THIS KNIGHT ONLY. 

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Paris, February, 1194

In a crisp, star-crinkled midnight sky, haloed by a ring of clouds, the late-winter moon hung low. Shadows spiked across the courtyard, ghostly reminders of the dormant trees from which they slipped. A smaller shadow flicked between them, moving silently toward the castle’s black bulk.

The snap of heel against rock was deadened in the closeness of the cold air, yet it seemed to ring in Sir Paxton of Corbeau’s ears. He flattened against the stone wall, then eased to the edge and carefully peered around the corner. No one in sight.

Why the hell am I trying to hide?  He was a knight returned from a dangerous mission and should be welcomed. No doubt he would be, soon.

Follow along on Mary Gillgannon’s blog next week and comment to be entering in a drawing for a free ebook. http://marygillgannon.blogspot.com/  

Blurb:
He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him.  If only either had a choice.  It’s a marriage only love can save.
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that, although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves, her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.  

Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.

But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cover Reveal and Announcement Weekend: Re-release of SILVERHAWK

It's here and I love my new cover for SILVERHAWK, my first published book. I'm rereleasing soon, and here is the New Look for one of my favorite heroes. Who am I kidding--I love all my heroes and heroines 💓

The New SILVERHAWK cover is by Kim Killion of Killion Group, and it's a wonderful introduction to my entry into self-publishing.

The book will come out on July 1. It's been re-edited with an expanded ending which I absolutely loved writing.

Throughout the week, I'll be featuring various blogs leading up to the release weekend when prizes and free books will be given away.

Be sure to come back by and join in the fun next weekend.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Welcome Wednesday: I'll Share A Secret With You


I am so excited. Recently, I received the rights back for my first two published medievals--SILVERHAWK and THE HEART OF THE PHOENIX and I'm putting them out again.

Don't get me wrong--my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, is wonderful, and I'm hoping to send more books their way very soon.

But for now, I'm getting ready to re-release SILVERHAWK independently, with help from the Killion Group--the fabulous Kim Killion is doing the new cover and the incomparable Jennifer Jakes is formatting and putting all the books up for me. Goodness knows, I could never do it on my own!

If you're familiar with Kim's covers, you'll know one reason I'm excited about the new launch.  (Although my previous covers were terrific as well, for copyright reasons, TWRP retains the original covers, so they'll both be redone.)

The second reason for my anticipation? A new ending. Don't worry--nothing changes. But I have added a few pages that gives readers a glimpse into Giles and Emelin's life a year after their wedding.

Just as soon as I get details on everything, I'll let you know. And as soon as I get the nod from Kim, I'll share the new cover with you.

Meanwhile, I'll be featuring The Lady of the Forest and For This Knight Only on sale very soon, so keep an eye out for those announcements as well.