Monday, April 23, 2018

Medieval Monday Welcomes Ashley York and EYES OF THE SEER


Our Medieval Monday Author's Choice theme is winding down. Today I'm so happy to
welcome my last guest of the blog tour, my good friend Ashley York. Ashley is spotlighting her exciting book EYES OF THE SEER.


Astrid took a step closer.
“I am readying a bath for ye.” She swallowed right before she reached a hand out to him. “Come.”
She couldn’t be sure, but she sensed there was some inner struggle.
Don’t give up on me now!
When she moved closer, he finally closed the distance to her and accepted her hand. Heat shot up her arm, warming her innards. His palm was rough and she realized she’d never actually touched his hand before.
“It was quite large, making her hand seem as small as a child’s.
“I need to get ye something to eat as well.”
She started to move away, but he stood fast. “What are ye about, Astrid?”
Closing her eyes, she basked in the sound of her name on his lips. How could she have been so blind? When she opened her eyes, he had moved into the light. That same light revealed her expression to him, and he searched her face as if looking for answers.
“Are ye trying to talk me out of telling Diarmuid about Pádraig? Ye needn’t bother. I have done so.”
His tone was even. Steady. And his words meant far less to her than the sound of his voice. That was like a caress and she struggled to keep her eyes open and focused on him. He frowned.
“Ye can go back in, Astrid. I can see to my own needs.”

BLURB:

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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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Lane McFarland and A KING'S ENEMIES Visit Medieval Monday


Today I welcome my good friend Lane McFarland with the latest of her wonderful Scotland-based novels, A KING'S ENEMIES, Book Two in the Turnberry Legacy Series. You won't be able to resist enigmatic and intriguing Drake or brave and determined Katherine.  Here's  Katherine's fascinated first glimpse of Drake.

Excerpt: 

Leaning back in his chair, he drank from a tankard and observed the celebration. At first glance, he appeared somewhat detached, but then he perused the loathsome players of the court. Humph. He was anything but uninterested. He focused on the evil doers, absorbing everything, yet he showed little to no reaction upon his stony face.

Unlike the others, he wore his dark, curly hair cropped short. Black whiskers covered his cheeks and chin. He was a bit too far away to make out the color of his eyes. Would they be warm brown or piercing blue? With thoughts of gazing into those eyes, a strange ripple ran through her and intensified as she perused his wide chest and broad shoulders.

Their eyes locked. Captivated, she couldn’t look away. A slight smile played on his full mouth. Good heavens. He’d caught her admiring him, an Englishman, no less.

Follow along next week on Cathy MacRae’s blog at https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog, and leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of A KING’S ENEMIES.
Blurb:
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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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Medieval Monday Welcomes Ruth A. Casie and THE GUARDIAN'S WITCH


Our Author’s Choice themed blog tour is winding down here on Medieval Monday, but there’s plenty of time left for you to visit member authors’ posts to comment and be in the running to win a free book.

Today I welcome the multi-talented Ruth A. Casie, who is not only a terrific author, but a gifted book video creator. Today Ruth shares a snipped from THE GUARDIAN’S WITCH.

Be sure to check below for her next stop so you can follow along!

Excerpt from The Guardian’s Witch

She felt the tingle at her lips and a dizzying current raced through her. She closed her eyes and gave him another breath. Her hand pressed hard against this chest. She searched for a heartbeat, the rise and fall of his chest, anything to indicate he lived.

Back Cover Copy 


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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Follow along next week on Mary Morgan’s website http://www.marymorganauthor.com Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of The Maxwell Ghost, part of The Stelton Legacy.

And if you're following Barb's excerpts, be sure to visit Ruth's blog today to comment and have the chance at winning a book of your choice.www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Medieval Monday Welcomes Mary Morgan and A Highland Moon Enchantment


I'm so fortunate to welcome the talented Mary Morgan to Medieval Monday today, as the Author's Choice blog tour continues. Here's a peek at Mary's A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT. 

Excerpt:


“I am confused, MacKay,” interrupted Muir, taking a seat near Finn.

Alastair leaned forward in his chair. “Which MacKay are ye referring to?”

“The Laird? Why would I speak of another?”

Angus arched a brow. “What has caused this bewilderment?”

Muir extended his arms outward. “Where is King William? Did ye not speak of him joining us for Midwinter? Was it merely to impress us? Or did ye not deem us worthy to meet the man?”

Follow along next week on Bambi Lynn’s blog: http://www.bambilynn.net/ and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT.

Blurb:
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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If you're following my book, please stop by Mary's blog: http://www.marymorganauthor.com/blog 
to see what Kate has planned to rescue Henry.
and be sure to leave a comment for a chance at a copy of a book of your choice.



Monday, March 26, 2018

Book Birthday Party--Jenna Jaxon Releases Regency--First in New Series


It's Birthday Week at The Book Corner. For starters, the fabulous Jenna Jaxon is celebrating the release of her latest Regency, To Woo a Wicked Widow. It's the first in The Widow's Club series being published by Kensington. And we're making a book birthday party of it. Just like at all good parties, I'm giving away prizes. On Friday, I'm offering one commenter an e-copy of Jenna's new book. So be sure to leave your name below.

And do check back throughout the week for other tidbits and prizes. Tell you why later. 😄 
Let's kick off the festivities with Jenna's Regency. Oh, and if you live anywhere near Williamsburg, VA, here's good news. On March 31, Jenna will have a launch party there. Be sure to stop in to cheer her on and to pick up an autographed copy.  See the picture at the bottom of the post for details.

BLURB:
The war years are behind them. 
The future is before them.
And one by one, the widows of Lyttlefield Park are getting restless . . .
 
Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .
 
Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .


EXCERPT: 


Lord Wrotham’s big, rough hand took hers, but instead of leading her back to the floor, he made his way to Elizabeth, speaking a word in her ear.

She laughed and nodded, then rearranged her sheets of music. 

He pulled Charlotte onto the floor to stand in front of him. “I hope you will not be too scandalized by my request, my lady.” His eyes said he hoped she was and a thrill ran from her head to her toes.

“I doubt you can shock me, my lord.” She raised her chin and stared straight into his coal-black eyes. 

“We shall see.” He grasped her hands, the power in his a tangible thing. His touch spread delicious warmth throughout her body. They bowed and Elizabeth began a waltz.

Not exactly scandalous, yet a bold choice. The first figure moved easily, with little intimate contact. Then, in the second figure, his arms were supposed to embrace hers. Instead, they reached all the way around her back until they touched. 

He pulled her closer to him, his lips pressed against her ear, and whispered, “And now, my lady? A waltz can be a scandalous dance if your partner is of a mind to make it so.” He pressed her tighter, almost indecently. 

Yet she did not struggle. Could not. His big body against her—the hard strength of him leaving nothing for her to imagine—persuaded her that to fight him was futile. She would never be free. Never wanted to be…
 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical romance in all time periods because, she says, “passion is timeless.”  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.   

A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats. 

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as an active member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has three series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France. This March Kensington Publishing will release the first book The Widows’ Club series, To Woo A Wicked Widow in both print and ebook.
She currently writes to support her chocolate habit.
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BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
To Woo a Wicked Widow
March 31
Williamsburg