Sunday, July 21, 2019

It's ONE LAST KISS from Sherry Ewing on Medieval Monday


Let's welcome the very talented Sherry Ewing to Medieval Monday. She's sharing a look at her latest publications, One Last Kiss: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book Five).

With a cover like this one, the novella has got to be absolutely terrific!

So here's peek at her Bad Boy/Villain--the theme of the Summer blog tours. 

Don't forget to leave a comment for her drawing for a copy of the book. All drawings will be at the end of the blog tour in early September.

Blurb:


Sometimes it takes a miracle to find your heart’s desire…

Scotland, 1182: Banished from his homeland, Thomas of Clan Kincaid lives among distant relatives, reluctantly accepting he may never return home… Until an encounter with the castle’s healer tells him of a woman traveling across time—for him.

Dare he believe the impossible?

Present Day, Michigan: Jade Calloway is used to being alone, and as Christmas approaches, she’s skeptical when told she’ll embark on an extraordinary journey. How could a trip to San Francisco be anything but ordinary? But when a ring magically appears, and she sees a ghostly man in her dreams...

Dare she believe in the possible?

Thrust back in time, Jade encounters Thomas—her fantasy ghost. Talk about extraordinary. But as time works against them, they must learn to trust in miracles.

Can they accept impossible love before time interferes?

One Last Kiss is a medieval/time travel in my Knights of Berwyck series. It first appeared in the Bluestocking Belles’ 2018 box set Follow Your Star Home. This novella is now available for individual sale. Release date: July 11, 2019.
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EXCERPT:

“Aye, your horse,” he replied with a quizzical look. “’Tis the account I heard tell from Lord Dristan on why I found you in such a condition.”

So, that’s what they told everyone instead of the truth of my being from the future because really… who would believe such an outrageous story? God forbid what would happen to her if these people knew where she really came from. A brief image of being burned at the stake caused her to gulp hard.

Be sure to leave a comment for Sherry to be in the running for her giveaway – an eCopy of One Last Kiss. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, September 9th.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ruth A. Casie's Characters Interviewed on TV--Read All About It


We are in for such a wonderful surprise on today's Welcome Wednesday. Ruth Casie has prepared a very special presentation for her newest release THE PIRATE'S JEWEL. 

So sit back, grab a glass of your favorite beverage (white wine's in the fridge) and enjoy this TV broadcast.


The Pirate’s Jewel
Previously Recorded
Welcome to this special edition of The Inside Scoop. I am your host and moderator, Justin Case. In our continuing effort to bring you information about the people portrayed in The Stelton Legacy, we’ve been able to pull off a real coup. Today our guests are Lord and Lady Wesley Reynolds, the parents of Lady Lisbeth Reynolds-Stelton. Lisbeth is the wife of Alex Stelton, the seventh son of the seventh son of Phillip and Celeste Stelton, but that is another story.

Tonight we meet Lady Darla Maxwell, a young woman whose father, Graeme Maxwell, and close friend, Lord Ewan MacDougall were searching for a suitable husband for her. Lady Darla has a … magical background which as a young woman she sought to deny. I hope we can find out more about how her magic influenced the outcome of the story.

Lord Wesley Reynolds, the son of the well-known silk merchant William Reynolds, has a most interesting background that I hope he’ll elaborate on today. It’s what made him the man trusted by the King of England as well as the Guardians of Scotland.
One moment, please. I’m getting instructions from our producer. 

(Listens to instructions over his ear piece). Ladies and gentlemen. Our producer has just informed me our guests have arrived at the studio.

Ah. The lights have dimmed. A hush has come over the studio. I can see into the wings. Yes. The door has opened. The anticipation in the room is palpable. Wait. I see them. They’re walking toward us. They have a stately and commanding appearance, and they’re holding hands. It is very tender and touching.

(Justin rose from his chair as his guests’ approach.)

Justin: Lord Wesley, Lady Darla. It’s good to meet you.
(Chairs scrape the floor, feet shuffle as everyone takes their seats.)

Justin: Lady Darla please sit here next to Lord Wesley.

(Darla and Wesley hold hands. Wesley eases back in his chair and crosses his legs in a relaxed position.)

Justin: Thank you for granting us an interview. Everyone here at Inside Scoop is excited you’re with us.

Lord Wesley: Lady Darla and I are happy to be with you today.

Justin: Our time is short so unless you have any questions I’d like to get right to the questions.

Wesley: I have no questions at the moment. Please begin.

Justin: (Papers rustle as Justin gets settled.) Lord Wesley, you have a very interesting personal history with several twists and turns. Please explain how your background made you the man you are today.

Wesley: As a young man I followed in my father’s footsteps. He was both an excellent silk merchant and business man. He taught me the silk business from cultivating the silk worms, to making the final bolts of cloth, to selling and shipping the bolts. I learned by traveling with him and observing him at his work. He was a well-respected merchant and excellent negotiator. When he passed away, I was ready to take over although I will never be able to take his place.

(Darla squeezes Wesley’s hand, her face full of encouragement.)

Justin: I understand you sailed out of the Cinque Ports in southern Europe, in the service of the King of England. Some say you were a privateer.

(Wesley let's go of Darla’s hand and moves to the edge of his seat.)
Wesley: Why do you ask?

Darla: Wesley. (She touches her husband’s arm.)

Wesley: My Love, it still pains me to think of those days much less speak about them.

(Darla gives her husband an encouraging smile. Wesley turns back to Justin and lets out a slow breath.)

Wesley: I provided the king with the silks he wanted, as I did with many monarchs across Europe. Because of my connections I was a good sounding board for him. I had my own ships and one thing led to another. I had no love for the Spanish. They thought I was a charity, taking my goods without paying for them. So, I simply took from their ships to repay their debt. All in all, a good transaction.

Darla: When Wesley’s father took ill he went to help him.

Wesley: There were certain family incidents that happened. Over the years, my brother told me what happened and why. I believed Darla’s father and Lord Ewan, my father’s closest friends plotted against him and my family. I thought they ruined his business and took his property, circumstances that led to his death.

Justin: You said you thought they conspired against your father. I surmise you don’t believe that now. What made you believe it in the first place and why did you have a change of heart?

Wesley: Simply said, I put my trust in someone close and was deceived.

Justin: Did this have anything to do with the pirate king, MacAlpin?

(Wesley chuckles.)
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Wesley: I understand why you ask. The MacAlpin has the reputation of being a ruthless savage pirate. But, in all my dealings with him he proved to be fair and trustworthy. He was instrumental is seeing justice was served. It was difficult after years of believing something so strongly that it became your essence, to have the truth uncovered and recognize you’d been lied to for a very long time.

Justin: I’m sure it is. I understand Lady Darla was at your side.

Darla: From the first moment we met on the docks by my father’s ship and I mistook him for Lord Ewan’s son-in-law, Magnus I was drawn to Wesley. I was relieved to learn he wasn’t Magnus. Very pleased in deed.

Wesley: Darla’s father, Lord Graeme Maxwell--

Justin: The renowned gem and jewelry merchant?

(Darla beamed with pride.)

Wesley: Yes. Maxwell and Lord Ewan were nothing like I expected. After my father’s death I was told again of their thievery, had it stamped into my brain. I didn’t question it. You see, from an early age I was fostered to the Highland Maxwells. When I came back and worked with my father he had already moved the family from our home on Lord Ewan’s island, forced out I was told. I accepted it as truth and when my father died I vowed to take revenge for all the injustices Graeme Maxwell and Ewan 
MacDougall did to my father and family.

Darla: Wesley thought to use me as a pawn in his effort to hurt my father.

Wesley: (He turns to Darla) That wasn’t one of my shining moments. The more time we spent together and the more I got to know you, your father, and Lord Ewan, the more I knew I had it all wrong, but evil kept buzzing in my ear, pushing me to carry out the plans.

Darla: You found the truth. It’s all over now.
(Wesley holds Darla’s hand and looks into her eyes.)

Wesley: I’m a very lucky man.
(Justin coughs to remind them they aren’t alone. They both turn toward Justin.)

Justin: Lady Darla, I understand you have unique insight—
Wesley: Come Darla. (Wesley gets to his feet.) It’s time to leave.

(Justin, astonished by Lord Wesley’s action looks at Wesley. Darla remains calm and seated.)

Justin: M’lord. I apologize if I have offended you or your lady.

Darla: No, Mr. Case. My husband is very protective. (Darla stands next to her husband.) I do have a unique ability. I have second sight. I see things before they happen. Some people—

Wesley: Unintelligent, witless ones--

Darla: Mr. Case gets your meaning. Some people believe it witchcraft. They say and do foolish things. It is why I kept to myself while growing up. Why I never allowed myself to become attached to a gentleman. How could I get someone I loved tangled in that rat’s nest. Some may see my gift as a blessing, but I assure you it is not. Imagine knowing something terrible is going to happen and you’re not able to influence it at all. I thought I would never marry. I was satisfied with being alone the rest of my life. I was wrong. I had no idea that I waited for the right person, my soul mate. I never saw that coming until I met Wesley. So much for my second sight. When I found him I knew I would never let him go. He is my love, my life.

(Wesley takes his wife in his arms. Justin stands.)

Wesley: As you are mine. (Wesley turns to Justin.) Deception and family honor were at stake.

Darla: So was my heart.

Wesley: Do you have any other questions?

Justin: No, Lord Wesley. Thank you both for speaking to us. (He turns to the audience.) Thank you for coming today. Lady Darla hasn’t told us much about her second sight, but I understand it is quite interesting. You can find out more about Lady Darla’s magic and Lord Wesley in The Pirate’s Jewel. Until next time.

The Pirate’s Jewel: Blurb:
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?
Buy Link: Kindle Unlimited https://amzn.to/2Cyrbev


About the Author
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Bambi Lynn Brings The Valiant Viking to Medieval Monday

It's Medieval Monday and the talented Bambi Lynn bring us a look at the despicable villain from her latest wonderful Viking tale, THE VALIANT VIKING. Please join me in welcoming Bambi. And don' forget to comment to enter the drawing for a copy of her book. Drawings will be held at the end of the Villain theme blog tour.

BLURB:
Can a foundering seaside village survive the onslaught of marauding Vikings bearing down on them? 

Desperate to save her village from a band of Norsemen sweeping down the coastline, Kaylla catches her first ray of hope when she discovers one of the pillaging heathens washed ashore. Perhaps they can use this captive to bargain for the safety of their village.

Rolf Bloodhands, sole survivor of a traitorous attack on his king’s fleet, assures her that his kinsmen will not spare the easy conquest of their waning village for the life of one man. Instead he teaches them the basics of defense and combat with the meager weapons they have available. If they fail to stave off the invaders, the few villagers left will either be killed or enslaved.

With only two days to prepare for an invasion sure to decimate her village, Kaylla is shocked by her attraction to the hunky Norseman she has enslaved. Who knew fear of imminent death could drive an innocent woman to explore the oldest sins known to man.

EXCERPT:
Ignoring Boddi’s question, Rolf lifted his chin in her direction. “I have had this one already. I know you prefer your whores untouched.”

Her knees nearly buckled. Hot tears spilled over and ran down her cheeks. Turning her face away, she quickly swiped her free hand across her face.

She winced as Boddi grabbed her chin, pulling her around to face him. He regarded her with a leer that made her cringe. He lifted a handful of her hair and rubbed it against his lips. “She entices me. Besides, I thought you did not like women.”

The Norsemen laughed, a nervous, uncertain sound that failed to relieve the tension.

Rolf joined them as though sharing a joke with old friends. “Enticing she is. Still, I have so few possessions left, I would hate to lose this one.” He gripped his sword tighter.

The Norsemen closed in on them. 

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Welcome Wednesday: Mary Morgan Presents DESTINY OF A WARRIOR


A special treat for today's Welcome Wednesday. My friend Mary Morgan is offering a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the latest entry in her popular Fenian Warriors series, Destiny of a Warrior.

 So enjoy learning about her terrific new book and about The Society of the Thistle, a group of wise women who populate her intriguing stories. 


Blurb:

"You met him in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their greatest legend!”

As leader of the Fenian Warriors, Aidan Kerrigan’s accolades are many and his loyalty to the Fae unwavering. When an unexpected mission sends him to the human world and a chance encounter with Rose MacLaren, he’s tempted for the first time in his existence to discard duty and claim what is forbidden.

Rose MacLaren, a Society of the Thistle member, yearns to expand her botanical knowledge with her love of history. After her rescue by a handsome stranger, she is compelled to look beyond what her rational mind comprehends and unravel the secret of the standing stones, as well as the man who captivates her. 

In a mystical world ruled by ancient laws and edicts, can a fierce warrior choose a path destined for love? And will a woman honoring the ways of the land believe in a myth only spoken of in legends? If they do, will their love be enough to defy death’s punishment?

Excerpt:
Flexing his fingers, Aidan yearned to bring some light into the dreary situation. Rose’s rigid stance against the vehicle spoke volumes. While her back was turned, he magically brought forth a red rose. Striding across the muddy terrain, he presented the flower over her shoulder.

Her indrawn breath at his gift resonated within him. “How lovely, Aidan. I don’t recall seeing any roses on the property.” She grasped the flower, but winced. “Ouch.”

Stepping around in front of her, Aidan removed the rose from her delicate fingers and placed it on the roof of the vehicle. Droplets of blood oozed from the damage done by the thorn. Without thinking of the consequences, Aidan brought her injured finger to his lips. Instantly, the taste of her blood ignited a war in his veins. Passion so intense slammed into his body. As he released her hand, his gaze roamed over her features.

Rose was his land—his home. A part of him fractured with the realization. When did his world tilt off its axis? There was no firm compass anymore. No sure direction, save one. Rose.

The roar of desire hummed into his being, and Aidan crushed her to his chest. His hand took her face and held it gently. He covered her mouth hungrily, seeking entry into her velvet softness with his tongue. When her moan slid inside of him, Aidan groaned. Her scent consumed him.

Emotions within him whirled and skidded. Unable to control the flood of so many, he swayed and broke free from the kiss. These feelings were foreign to him, but he no longer feared them.

Aidan breathed heavily, keeping her at arm’s length. The sensuous flame of desire reflected back within her sparkling emerald eyes. “Forgive me?”

“Not for the kiss, Aidan,” her tone low and sultry.

Slowly, he took hold of her hand and kissed her finger, which was now healed from his touch. “I meant the thorn.”

Her tongue darted out along her bottom lip, enticing him further. “Not for the thorn, either,” she admitted, plucking the rose off the top of the vehicle. “Isn’t it time you showed me your other castle, Aidan?”

CroĆ­ Dragon. That is the name of my keep.”

Rose placed her hand on his chest. “Dragon Heart.”


 The Society of the Thistle-by Mary Morgan



“The sole directive of the Society of the Thistle is to establish or restore the natural habitat around a historical site, similar to its beginnings.” ~Society of the Thistle 

My fictional organization (Society of the Thistle) of women was first introduced in Dragon Knight’s Medallion, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 2. I loved the idea of talented, gifted, and intellectual women studying the landscape of historical sites—from Europe and into North America, and who were also healers.

With Destiny of a Warrior, I expanded more on this ancient order. Let me take you back in time to the beginning…

The Society was established over a thousand years ago with a group of nine wise women, skilled in the healing arts and who followed the old religion. In the year 1210, a Scottish chieftain constructed a stone building which was bestowed to these women. The chieftain believed in the old beliefs and sought to appease the Goddess. Yet, the new religion swept through the land with a mighty hammer, and he succumbed on his deathbed before he had a chance to see the dedication.

Thankfully, his sons sought to continue with the healing work the women were doing and expanded their building to include stables and other outbuildings, so they could broaden their studies on the sacred sites. The Society thrived during religious battles, various kings, and wars. Never once did the women seek the assistance from anyone. They honored the old and the new, and flourished. And their descendants continued with their work up to present times.

More quotes regarding the Society of the Thistle ~
“To study the footpath of an ancient civilization, you must travel the road with a keen insight to the landscape of the past, not present.” ~Society of the Thistle

“In the beginning of the Society, the eldest female made annual travels to all the Standing Stones in the surrounding hills. She returned with sage advice that included folklore wisdom from the ancients and historical lore.” ~Society of the Thistle



Buy Links:
Legends of the Fenian Warriors
About the Author:
Award-winning Celtic paranormal and fantasy romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
 
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. Inspired by her love for history and ancient Celtic mythology, her tales are filled with powerful warriors, brave women, magic, and romance. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling by writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Medieval Monday: Mary Morgan Brings the Villain from Dragon Knight's Shield to Visit

Welcome my good friend and award-winning author Mary Morgan to Medieval Monday. We're continuing the theme of Villain and Mary's villains are always delightfully ...well... villainous!

Here's an excerpt from DRAGON KNIGHT'S RING.

Blurb: 
Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy. 


Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?


Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights? 


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Excerpt: Clasping her hands tightly around the staff, she tried to calm her racing heart. Where are ye Adam? Why have ye not found our son? Oh, please Goddess, watch over, and guide them.


“Sweet Mother Danu!” shouted Angus. “Look upward!”


Lifting her head, Meggie gasped. Luminous colored lights shimmered and danced in the darkness and began to grow. She watched as it trailed in a circle above them. Colors of the rainbow glimmered around them. Were they jewels of hope—a beacon of light in this final hour?


“’Tis the Great Dragon!” stated Angus.


“Why is she here?” blurted out Stephen.


She looked over her shoulder at Stephen. “Could someone have called her forth? Jamie?”


“Then I praise your son, for she has brought us more light,” said Stephen.


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