Sunday, April 14, 2019

Rue Allyn Spotlights The Herald's Heart on Medieval Monday


On today's Medieval Monday, the talented Rue Allyn features the First Encounter between her hero and heroine in The Herald's Heart, as this blog series enters its third-to-last week.

 If you've been following my excerpts, you find today's at Rue's blog:  https://www.rueallyn.com/blog/

And don't forget to comment for a chance to win a free ebook.
  
Tag Line: A man on a king’s mission and a woman determined to defeat him. Murder. mistaken identity and love will change everything, especially the Herald’s Heart..

Blurb:

Royal herald, Sir Talon Quereste could never love an overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values. Lady Larkin Roshan can only despise a man who would deny her identity and steal her heritage. So why has fate thrown them together to solve the mysteries of the heart?

Excerpt:

He settled back into the saddle and hauled his mount’s head around. With as much speed as he thought safe, given the lack of visibility, Talon hurried after the dying wail, heartened when he heard it rise again, for that meant he was nearing his quarry.

He moved along, pursuing the noise and the woman until his horse once again refused to move. What was wrong with the beast?

Catch last week’s excerpt on Bambi Lynn’s Blog https://bambilynnblog.wordpress.org
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Cathy and DD MacRae Feature The Highlander's Welsh Bride on Medieval Monday


The last four weeks of Medieval Monday begins today with a look at THE HIGHLANDER'S WELSH BRIDE, by award winning Cathy and DD MacRae.  THE HIGHLANDER'S WELSH BRIDE is Book 4 in the popular Hardy Heroines Series.

Blurb:

It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a distant cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men. Carys and Wales would never be the same again.

It was time. Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.

One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.

Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the heard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?

From the towering Welsh mountains to the storm-swept Scottish coast comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.

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EXCERPT:
The man shrugged. “’Tis possible, yet the captain was known to us and an effort was made to discover what happened to him and his lad.” His gaze pierced her. “Do ye know if any others live?”

“The men were all lost,” she replied curtly, not placing thirteen-year-old Tully in the same category. She clenched her fists, digging her nails into her palms against the threatened return of grief.

Catch last week’s excerpt on Rue Allyn’s blog: https://www.rueallyn.com/blog/
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Judith Sterling Brings Shadow of the Swan to Medieval Monday


I’m so happy to welcome my friend (and fellow Rose) Judith Sterling to Medieval Monday. Judith is featuring the first encounter between Sir Robert and Lady Constance from SHADOW OF THE SWAN. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Judith’s book.
And if you’re following along with the first encounter between Henry and Kate in my The Lady of the Forest, drop by Judith’s blog to comment for a chance to win the book.

Blurb:
Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.
Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.
Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.

Excerpt:
She sighed.  “I don’t want to sound ungrateful.”
He held up his hands and shook his head.  “Don’t fret, my lady. I was happy to help.”
“You were?”  She looked askance at him.  “Truly?”
He gave her a pointed look.  “Our acquaintance is possibly the shortest on record, yet you’ve doubted me twice already.”
She rolled her eyes. “Forgive me.  If you were indeed happy, I must trespass on your kindness and beg assistance once more.”
He exchanged glances with Guy, then motioned for her to continue.  “Beg away.”
Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Shadow of the Swan, and follow along next week on Ashley York’s blog: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Lane McFarland and TO SUPPORT A KING Visits Medieval Monday


It’s Medieval Monday, and I’m so happy to welcome my friend Lane McFarland and her exciting book to TO SUPPORT A KING, Book 2 of The Turnberry Legacy Series.

If you’re following my excerpt, you’ll find it on Lane’s blog:  http://lanemcfarland.com/

Blurb:
Plagued by atrocities he committed against innocent victims while pursuing his father’s killers, Laird Mangus MacAndrew pledged to defend and provide for his clan. But his leadership is tested when two of his ships are attacked and his crews massacred. Desperate to fulfill his obligation to protect the clan, Mangus agrees to help reinstate The Turnberry Bond. His mission—garner support for the Bruce and avenge the deaths of his men.

The MacAndrew clan provides Catriona Butler something her Irish home could not, a safe haven. But when she receives a missive her brother is imprisoned and will be executed unless acceptable √©raic can be obtained, she must return to her homeland. Mangus agrees to take Catriona to Ireland and vows she will not become a distraction, but he longs to be near her. Catriona witnesses Mangus’s fierce anger and grows distrustful. After a life of suffering her father’s vicious temper, she is skeptical of anyone with a penchant for violence. She attempts to keep her distance, but her traitorous heart pulls her in Mangus’s direction.

With the fate of the kingdom on his shoulders, will Mangus reunite the men of The Turnberry Bond? Can he pursue vengeance against his enemies without taking more innocent lives? And can Catriona free her brother and grow to trust Mangus, staying true to her heart?    
Buy Link: Amazon

Excerpt:
Intense frustration sprang forth along with the tears welling in her eyes. “Ye’ve made yer point.”

 “Have I?” He dragged her up against his hard body. She gasped, her palms splaying over his brawny chest. “Ye donnae seem to take my point seriously. A man could easily take what he wanted, and ye’d have little to say about it.”

Follow along next week on Ashley York’s blog at https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com, and  leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of To Support A King.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ruth A. Casie Bring The Pirate's Jewel to Medieval Monday

The Pirate’s Jewel – part of Pirates of Britannia
It's Medieval Monday! Welcome to the talented Ruth A. Casie, who is giving us a glimpse of her new and popular entry into the Pirate of Britannia series, The Pirate's Jewel. Tell us about the successful but driven Wesley and his desirable Darla.
Blurb:
He had walked away from women before, but never with remorse, never with his heart broken.
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?
Excerpt:
Lord Ewan laughed. “You and I are two of a kind, not wanting to upset our daughters. I will have an escort available by the end of the week to bring her home. I expect you to be back for the wedding with your prize gem, to keep my daughter happy.”
Maxwell looked up and down the dock and pathway. Lord Ewan mirrored his movements.
“What are we looking for?” Lord Ewan asked.
“Not what, who,” Maxwell said. “Darla. It’s not like her to give up so easily.”
The next excerpt is next week on :  Ashley York
You can catch last week’s excerpt here: Cathy MacRae
Don’t forget, commenters each week will be entered into a drawing for a free digital copy of THE MAXWELL GHOST.
 You can find my next installment of The Lady of the Forest on Ruth's blog: https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Welcome Rachel Brimble and A Rebel at Pennington's





I am delighted to welcome Rachel Brimble to my blog today with her most recent in the Pennington 
series.

Hello, Rachel. Please tell us about your new story and the series.


My Pennington’s Department Store series was inspired by my love of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise – yet, as much as I adored these shows, there was always something missing for me.

It wasn’t long before I realised that ‘something’ was my wish to know more about the female characters and their lives away from the stores. Once I started thinking about a theme of ‘female empowerment’ the more excited I became to write an Edwardian series.

I took a little risk creating another series in a department store, but loved the setting and knew it would give me enough scope and a big cast of characters to stretch the series to at least four books.

So, the next task was to dig deep into the women of the early 20th century. The problems they faced, the restrictions, the frustrations and the chances they were willing to take to make a change. The subject of women’s progression and female empowerment has always fascinated me, and I’ve often wondered what sort of young woman I would’ve been had I lived at this time.
I like to imagine I would’ve been quite a pain!
Life for women in the Edwardian era, especially for those in of the middle class and above, was mostly one of propriety and limitation…limitation enforced by the men in their lives and a very male-dominated hierarchy.

The fight for women’s suffrage was coming into full-force when A Rebel At Pennington’s takes place (1911) and the campaigners fights, protests and rallies were continuing to end in failure. Although the band of suffragists (peaceful) was still larger than the suffragettes (militant), tension was growing and anger simmering hotter and hotter.

Maybe it was inevitable there would be an explosion.

It’s this frustration and feeling of ‘what do we do next?’ that I explore in A Rebel At Pennington’s. Through my research, I immersed myself in the minds of both the suffragists and suffragettes which led to me having Esther Stanbury (the heroine) feeling morally pulled between the two bands of campaigners.

Suffrage aside, women everywhere could make little leeway in their decision-making, including their home lives, where they spent the majority of their time taking care of the home and their children. The husband or father was still the head of the house and, a lot of times, made their status perfectly clear by running their homes and wives with a hard hand…sometimes worse.
Divorce was rare and hard for a woman to instigate, with the authorities often refusing or ruling in favour of the husband which could lead to the wife losing not only her income, but her home and possibly her children, too. Such a thought makes it understandable why many women suffered in silence for many, many years.

It is these women’s issues that I explore throughout the Pennington’s Department Store series and as I write each book, the more I learn and the more impassioned I become about the stories I am compelled to tell. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s (out now) dealt with women in business, A Rebel At Pennington’s deals with women’s suffrage and in book 3 (coming Autumn 2019) I tackle divorce.

I can’t wait to find the subject I want to explore for book 4 (all books can be read stand alone)!
Happy Reading,
Rachel x

BLURB:

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington's Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women's progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life's challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists' determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther's rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

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ABOUT RACHEL:


In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018 with book two coming February 2019.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers from all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sherry Ewing Visits on Medieval Monday


I’m so happy to have the talented Sherry Ewing on Medieval Monday today. She’s spotlighting the first encounter of the hero and heroine from IF MY HEART COULD SEE YOU.

You can find the next excerpt from the initial encounter of Henry and Katherine from my The Lady of the Forest on Sherry’s blog:  https://www.sherryewing.com/blog


Blurb:

When you’re enemies, does love have a fighting chance?

For Amiria of Berwyck, defeat does not come easily as she watches her home and clan being ripped asunder. When the very enemy who has laid siege to her home demands her fealty, she will do whatever it takes to protect her people including a hastily concocted ruse that quickly begins to unravel. All too soon, she starts to question whether she can forgive herself for betraying those she has sworn to protect.
Dristan of Blackmore, champion knight of King Henry II, has a reputation to uphold as the Devil’s Dragon. After his invading army conquers Berwyck castle, he sets out to manage the newly claimed estate by training its knights in the art of proper defense. At first, everything appears as it should be, or is it? Betrayed by those he believed he could trust, he must first set aside his anger before he can make room in his heart for love.
Together they are tied by an unspoken bond. As they begin to rebuild the land and unite their people, forces beyond their control attempt to tear apart their fragile truce and only time will tell if love will forever bring them together.

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Excerpt:

“I see a task afore me that I might coax it from your lips,” he prompted, taking a step in her direction. For each footstep he advanced, Amiria took one in the opposite direction towards the forest ’til he halted.

“Call it as you see fit, but ’twill still not gain you what you seek.” Amiria watched as he laughed out loud, but she could not find the humor of the situation from her words she had spoken.

“I do so love a challenge,” he argued humorously.

“Do you?” she asked sarcastically. “And what, pray tell, do you achieve if you should know my name, my lord?”

Dristan looked on her with a slight smile set upon his handsome face. “Why I achieve the name of a beautiful woman I would like to know better.”

She contemplated him again, wondering at his ploy. “And how know you I am beautiful with just one glimpse of my face?”

“Anyone with eyes in his head could tell, fair damsel, you are indeed a fine looking woman.”

“They say beauty is not everything, my lord Dristan. Perchance I have a shrewish nature, as I have been told such afore.”

“Somehow, I think not.”

“Do you?” she repeated the same words of but seconds ago.

Be sure to leave a comment on Barbara’s blog to be in the running for Sherry’s giveaway – an eCopy of If My Heart Could See You. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, May 6th.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Bambi Lynn Brings THE VIKINGS to Medieval Monday


Bambi Lynn guests on Medieval Monday with a look at her exciting Vikings of Normandy. If you're like me, and fascinated with those who settled Normandy, you'll be eager to read Bambi's stories. (I have to admit: I always like Rollo better than his brother--sorry Vikings.)

If you want to catch up on last week's installment of this excerpt, visit Cathy MacRae. And if you're following my excerpts, visit Bambi's blog www.bambilynnblog.wordpress.com

THE VIKINGS OF NORMANDY

BLURB: Five fierce invaders. Five innocent maids. One land to conquer.

When the Viking leader, Rollo, sets his sights on conquering Paris, he sends a band of his fiercest warriors to capture a stronghold to shelter the invaders through the winter. Collect all five episodes in one volume.
GUNNAR - Gunnar Sigurdsen finds an unguarded stronghold at the mouth of the Seine River is the perfect target. Oliana du Fossé waits helplessly for her brute of a husband to claim her.
WULF - Wulf contemplates his share of the spoils after capturing a stronghold in Francia, fat with treasure and slaves. Farin longs to escape her fate as bed slave to the most savage barbarian of them all.
BRON - Brondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, as well as the women who share his bed. Now he finds himself saddled with a beauty who may just steal his heart.
THORLEIF - Thorleif Rolvsson has been captured by the enemy. The Queen of the Franks has needs. Will a single night of passion change his fate? Or will he dine with his sons in Valhalla?
MAGNUS - Magnus hasn't the time or motivation to take a wife. Especially not one who will most likely try to slit his throat while he sleeps.

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EXCERPT:

By the time the knock came on the door, he had made up his mind. He would send her right back. Wulf should never have opened his door to her in the first place, now he would have to live with his mistake.

Bron yanked the door open, prepared to slam it right back in Wulf’s face. But one look at the waif on his stoop sent a spear straight through his heart.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Jean M. Grant Previews Her Latest, A HUNDRED BREATHS


I’m happy to welcome fellow Rose (Wild Rose Press) author Jean M. Grant today with insight on her exciting new Medieval , A HUNDRED BREATHS  It is…a prequel to her popular A Hundred Kisses.

So glad you’re here, Jean.

Why the prequel and not a sequel?


When I wrote A Hundred Kisses it was set to be a standalone book. In fact, I had been writing stories set in 12th century Scotland for over a decade. After three practice novels, and much learning of the craft and business, I decided to leap forward to the 13th century and sprinkle in paranormal/mystical elements. Therein I found the magic! From that exploration arose Deirdre and Alasdair’s story in A Hundred Kisses: a ruthless baron, a dark past, a curse, deep secrets, and the mystical power of the Ancients. Not bad for a first book! (A little plug for Rosalind Ashford who narrated the audio book — her voice swept me away.).


I felt compelled to dig deeper into the mystical Silver Veil because Deirdre’s mother, Gwyn, also had a story to tell. And it so happened to be a pivotal time period for the [end of the] Norse (Viking) reign. The stars aligned and what came forth was a story about a merciful Healer, a scarred man hellbent on vengeance, and several unrelenting Nordmen.


What next? I’m writing the final book in the trilogy (hint: it’s about Deirdre and Alasdair’s child). Each story in my “hundred” series explores the powers of the Ancients: Healing (water), Feeling (fire), Seeing (Wind), and the grounding force of Earth. Each book is steeped in Scottish-Norse-English history. I’m looking forward to wrapping up my medieval Scotland adventure and excited to see where the next inkling takes me…

Blurb:

Healing his heart…with her last breath.

1263, Scotland

Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.

Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.

As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle—and an end to the Nordmen—but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?
Excerpt


Pull breath from my body.
Heal this man with my own breath.

A thermal life filled her fingertips as she clasped the Healer’s stone in her pocket. For something small, water was not necessary. However, if left unattended, it
could and would kill.

The man faltered but didn’t move from her light grasp. Wind rustled her hair as Eir surrounded her. Unlike her mother, she never plaited it for healing. She liked to feel Eir’s fingers upon her and the fiery rush of healing as it flowed through her arms to the injured person, as the wind lifted her hair, announcing its presence.

“What the—?” He drew in a sharp breath.

She mouthed the rest of the chant, invoking the goddess’s power. She moved closer to him, their bodies an intimate—and stirring—distance apart. His nearness captured her breath, and not just from the healing.

“What are you doing?” His words said one thing while his body said another. He didn’t step away. His breathing hitched and then steadied.

“It’s not the devil’s works,” she clipped.

“Then what in the devil are you saying? That’s not Norse.”

She ignored him. He placed a gentle, nearly sedated hand on her free arm in protest, but he did nothing. Her healing had a way of stunning and spellbinding her charges. It was working.

A long moment passed. She opened her eyes and stepped back, releasing her hold. He let go of her other arm and immediately reached to touch the wound. Her stomach twisted as she broke from the enchantment. This was her father’s enemy, a murderer. Finished with her prayer, she stepped away, hit with coldness.

Buy links: Amazon


Bio:
Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

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