Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jenna Jaxon Brings TIME ENOUGH TO LOVE to Medieval Monday

On today's Medieval Monday, I'm hosting my friend Jenna Jaxon.  Jenna is sharing a look at her wonderful TIME ENOUGH TO LOVE. And you'll love her medieval series collection. 

 And I'm on Jenna's blog with my next excerpt't forget to comment for the end-of-tour prize drawing.)

Here's Time Enough to Love:


When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, he is no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton, her betrothed’s best friend. 

From the first, Sir Geoffrey finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse, and, despite her infatuation with his friend, vows to win her love. When Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, he is delighted to find her succumbing to his seduction. But when cruel circumstances separate them, Geoffrey must watch helplessly as Thomas steps in to protect Alyse—and falls in love with her himself.

As the three courtiers accompany Princess Joanna to her wedding in Spain, they run headlong into the Black Plague. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both the men she loves. But which love will survive?


“What do you require of me, Majesty?” Her mouth so dry she could taste sand, Alyse fought to speak in a normal tone. With a sigh of relief, she dropped into a deep curtsy, hiding her face in the folds of her skirt. If only she could remain bowed thus before His Majesty for the remainder of the evening.

King Edward laughed. “Obedience, Lady Alyse, as I require of all my subjects. As your father requires of his daughter.”

Her heart thumped wildly in her breast--that could mean but one thing.

Follow Jenna over to Ashley York’s blog next week! And for a reminder of what happened last week, check  Cathy Macrae’s blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Julie Howard and Spirited Quest: New Release in Deerbourne Inn Series

Today I welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Julie Howard, whose contemporary paranormal SPIRITED QUEST released Wednesday, Feb. 13.   (SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM)

The title is part of TWRP's Deerbourne Inn Series, which includes brooks from a variety of authors. Each author selects her own topic, although all books are set around the Inn.

Q: W hat draws you to a paranormal mystery? 

A. My first intent was to write a regular mystery – no ghost involved at all. But my ghost made an appearance on the very first page and she became integral to the plot. 

I’d like to say this Lady of the Deerbourne “haunted” me into writing about her. Silly, right? But from the start, I pictured a beautiful ghost gently moving through the Deerbourne Inn and recalling the wonderful times she’d spent there during her life. I love the way the story turned out and am now eager to write another paranormal mystery.
Q. Why is it called a 'spirited quest'? 

A. Spirited Quest is the name of a blog written by my ghost-hunting character, Jillian Winchester. Jillian tracks down spirits and finds out their stories, then writes about them in her blog. This will be the fifth book in the Deerbourne Inn series being published by The Wild Rose Press.

 Q. What are the other Deerbourne Inn books coming or what others have already appeared?

A. Three others have been published, another one is coming on Feb. 11, with more to follow. Each book is written by a different author, and you don’t need to read them in order. They all take place in the fictional town of Willow Springs, Vermont. 

Here are the other books:
By Reservation Only – Book 1 by Barbara Edwards
Hope’s Dream by Peggy Jaeger
Freedom’s Path by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton (release date: Feb. 11)

More will come out through the rest of the year.

Thanks, Julie. Now tell us all about SPIRITED QUEST.


She’s chasing a ghost, but who is chasing her?

Paige Norman believes in a tangible, explainable world. When her ghost-hunting niece comes for a visit, she tries not to scoff. But someone, or something, is stirring up trouble at the Deerbourne Inn and her niece, Jillian, is at the center of the mystery.

Paige is certain the handsome Aussie photographer is behind the unexplained disturbances, and she warns her niece to stay clear. Meanwhile, Jillian gets to know the otherworldly Lady of the Deerbourne, who foretells an encounter with "two men." Then the pranks turn dangerous. Has her niece attracted a stalker or has she conjured an evil presence? Can the culprit be the man who has captured her heart? 

He nodded a friendly greeting to her, his gaze grazing past to include others on the porch. “G’day, ma’am. G’day all.”
An Australian. Her heart skipped a beat. Oh, to be twenty-five, even thirty-five, again. His gaze settled on her niece, and as always happened to men where this girl was concerned, his jaw slackened, then tightened.
Next to her, Jillian grew still, lifting wide blue eyes to the newcomer. The moment passed. He was through the front door and into the lobby, and the door closed behind him.
“You’re in for some nice company this week,” Paige commented with a smile.
A frown flickered across her niece’s face. “I’ve seen him before.”
“You’ve met?”
“Not exactly. He appeared to me in a dream.” Jillian’s blue eyes were troubled as she gazed at the Inn’s front door. She lifted one hand and rubbed the back of her head, then gave a shiver. “There was blood and I was afraid.” 
Julie Howard is the author of “Crime and Paradise” and “Crime Times Two.” She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. Learn more at

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NOTE: This is Barb and I had to share a story about posting Julie's blog here. I tried three times to import the information, to no avail. All that would appear were the blurb and bio with links. Finally I opted to write directly on the post page, as I have done for years. When I began to write, the letters appeared in red. I checked the text color, made sure it was black, and began again. Still appeared in red. So, I thought, I'll finish, then go back and change all to black at the same time. But as I typed, the paragraphs kept changing colors. Red, green, blue, then black. When I considered the genre of her story, I just gave up. I certainly wasn't adjusting the colors, they just adjusted themselves. So...I left them the way the blog wanted them to be.  😊

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Romance Book Festival with $150 Prizes

Calling all romance readers for a chance to find new books and win prizes!

I'm thrilled to be a part of N. N. Light's book Heaven Love and Romance Book Festival this month, where $150 in gift cards will be given away.

Some 42 romance books are featured throughout February. Different titles will be added to the list daily, but the list remains so you can always check back through for new authors you'd like to try.

And don't forget to sign up for a chance to win one of the following:
Two $50 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel Gift Cards; and $25, $15 and $10 gift cards.

Not only do you get the chance to win prizes, each author will offer romance tips. (And there are some great ones!)

My LADY OF THE FOREST will be spotlighted Thursday, Feb. 14--Valentine's Day. I'm so excited. You can also check back for earlier posts where SILVERHAWK was featured Feb. 4.

All the spotlight books will be gathered here:  BOOK FESTIVAL or

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mary Morgan Brings A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT to Medieval Monday

I'm so happy to welcome my friend Mary Morgan to Medieval Monday. She's spotlighting the first meeting between the hero and heroine in her popular A HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT, a tale of the Order of the Dragon Knights.

You can check out my next installment of The Lady of the Forest over at Mary's blog today:


You first met 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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His reaction seemed to amuse the Dragon Knight. “One blow to the land with my axe and it will unsettle any foe.”

Squinting, Desmond tapped his chin. “True, but ’tis fear that is hiding in the shadows.”

Alastair kep this gaze on the trees. “Ye think so?”

“We are two men. If they wished us harm, they would have come forth.”

“But the trees can make for great fighting, and any foe can attack from above.” Alastair dismounted and lifted his axe over one shoulder.

Desmond looked down at the man. “Do ye reckon they are hiding among the trees?” He swiftly got off his horse and unsheathed his sword.


Follow along next week on Ashley’s blog  and leave a
comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of
A Highland Moon Enchantment.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

New Book Spotlight; Ruth A. Casie's The Pirate's Jewel

USA Today bestselling author Ruth A. Casie is celebrating the upcoming release of her latest medieval pirate romance The Pirate's Jewel. Here is a glimpse of that exciting new book which will be available Feb. 12.

Deception and family honor are at stake, so is the heroine’s heart in this new medieval pirate romance from USA Today bestselling author, Ruth A. Casie.

The Pirate’s Jewel

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?


RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all.Ruth lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her writing 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.

Visit her website to see what she writes. Her historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary suspense will keep you turning the pages until the end. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Medieval Monday: Welcome Back With First Encounters

 Welcome to the first Medieval Monday blog tour of the new year. To kick off 2019, the theme is a reader favorite, the hero and heroine's First Encounter. The first post features a book of choice from the blog host. This round, I've chosen one of my favorites from THE LADY OF THE FOREST, Henry and Katherine's story.

As usual, comment for a chance to win an ebook of your choice at the end of the three-month blog tour. And now--

Nottinghamshire, England
October 1197     

           He was a fine specimen of a knight. Pity he had to die.
Lady Katherine, late of Stonehill Castle, straddled a low-slung branch and watched the
intruder work toward her. Closer he came, guiding his black gelding in a careful walk as he searched the October leaves mounding the forest floor.
Late-afternoon sun reflected off his arm, and she bit back a curse. The traitor wore chain mail beneath his deep green surcoat. Of course. Why would her task be easy? At least his coif lay folded back to expose his head. She could strike there.

Come visit me next week for the next installment:
 And leave a comment for a book drawing at the end of the tour.


He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?

When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate's past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.