Sunday, June 30, 2019

Mary Gillgannon Joins Medieval Monday with Lady of Steel


I’m thrilled to welcome a new author to the summer session of Medieval Monday. Fellow Rose and talented author, Mary Gillgannon, is sharing excerpts from her exciting book, Lady of Steel.

I’m so glad you’re joining us, Mary.  This was such a good book!

(To see what my villain, Sir Paxton, is up to with Prince John, check out my excerpt on Mary’s blog: http://marygillgannon.blogspot.com/ . And leave a comment for the final drawing for a free book in a few week. )

And now—here’s Mary’s excerpt.

Blurb:
One rapturous hour sparks unforgettable passion between Lady Nicola and Fawkes de Cressy. The memory of their time together enables Fawkes to survive the perils of the Crusades and gives Nicola the hope and strength to endure a brutal marriage. But when Fawkes returns three years later, he finds Nicola enmeshed in a dark web of castle intrigue. Fawkes has also been altered by the hardships and cruelties of war, and Nicola fears to trust him with her secrets or her heart. 

Surrounded by enemies, the battle-hardened knight and the aloof, wary woman must rebuild the bond between them. Only if they dare let the soul-stirring magic their bodies share grow into love can they escape the sinister plot that threatens to destroy them both.

Excerpt:
The knight leading the force wore a green surcote emblazoned with a gold lion rampant. The familiar device aroused Fawkes’s fury and hatred. This was his enemy. The man had who tried to kill him. The man who had humiliated and abused Nicola. Mixed with the fury was a grim satisfaction. How shocked Mortimer would be when he discovered King Richard had given Mordeaux Castle to Fawkes.

“What should we do?” Reynard sounded panicky. “Do we charge? Or wait for them to come to us.”

See what happens next week on Ashley York’s blog:www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/blog

And to catch the beginning again, consult Mary’s blog: http://marygillgannon.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Re-Release Giveaway--$25 GC and a Free Book



Join me for a week of celebration for the re-release of SILVERHAWK. Giles and Emelin's award-winning story debuted to  praise when it was first published several years ago.

It's taking its second bow this coming Monday, July 1 and in honor of the new cover and EXPANDED ENDING, there's a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $25 Gift Card and an ecopy of the new book.


The giveaway will run through July 5, so be sure to enter now.

The release is scheduled to take advantage of America' birthday celebration, July 4. So please share your favorite Fourth of July memory below and don't forget to enter!


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.

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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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Welcome Wednesday: I'm With Jean Grant With For This Knight Only

For today's Welcome Wednesday, I'd like to direct you to Jean Gran'ts blog, where I'm featuring a  look at my new book, FOR THIS KNIGHT ONLY.  You'll recognize Roark and Alyss from my other books.

I love them and their story and I hope you do too! Here's the link. I hope to see you there !!

https://www.jeanmgrant.com/visiting-authors/2019/6/12/for-this-knight-only-by-barbara-bettis


Monday, June 10, 2019

Mary Morgan Celebrates New Book


I am thrilled to have my friend, fellow Rose, and terrific writer Mary Morgan on board today.
Mary has just released her latest novel DESTINY OF A WARRIOR, Book 4 of the Legends of the Fenian Warrior series.

Mary is also known for her Order of Dragon Knights, and now she’s introducing an exciting new element with the Society of the Thistle.

To celebrate her new book, Mary is giving away a signed copy, so don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Mary, I absolutely can’t wait to read this new book. I’ve downloaded it and now I’m waiting for a break so I can settle in.

Tell us about this new element, the Society of the Thistle.

“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
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?”

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

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


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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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Welcome Wednesday: Judith Sterling Shares a Look at FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN


Welcome back to Welcome Wednesday and today, I'm very lucky to feature my friend and fellow Rose (from The Wild Rose Press), Judith Sterling. 

Judith is sharing a bit of FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN,  Book One in her The Novels of Ravenwood Series. 

(By the way: Judith also writes YA, and one of those YA books, The Stone Awakened, is a finalist in the RONE awards. Congratulations, Judith!)



Blurb:
How eager would the bridegroom be if he knew he could never bed the bride?

Lady Emma of Ravenwood Keep is prepared to give Sir William l’Orage land, wealth, and her hand in marriage.  But her virginity?  Not unless he loves her.  The curse that claimed her mother is clear:  unless a Ravenwood heir is conceived in love, the mother will die in childbirth.  Emma is determined to dodge the curse.  Then William arrives, brandishing raw sensuality which dares her to explore her own.

William the Storm isn’t a man to be gainsaid.  He’ll give her protection, loyalty, and as much tenderness as he can muster.  But malignant memories quell the mere thought of love.  To him, the curse is codswallop.  He plans a seduction to breach Emma’s fears and raze her objections.  What follows is a test of wills and an affirmation of the power of love.

Excerpt:
For a long moment, Emma stared into his eyes.  Then she cleared her throat and whirled around to face her worktable.  William’s gaze burned a trail of desire down her back, following her two long braids to the provocative curves where they stopped.
God’s teeth, he cursed inwardly.  How shall I wait until tomorrow night?

Battling his instincts, he claimed a space beside her at the table’s edge.  He watched intently as she placed a handful of leaves in a mortar.  “So this is your work.”

“Aye.”  Her gaze was fixed on the task.  “The people depend on me, and I’m happy to serve.”

She wrapped her delicate fingers around a thick, stone pestle.  The action did nothing to ease his condition.  He had to make conversation, or he’d have his bride on the table faster than a Turk wielded a scimitar.

He pointed to the small pile of red berries beside a cluster of twigs.  “What are those?”

“Hawthorn branches and their fruit.  You’ve probably tasted the berries in jellies and sauces, but a powder made from the seeds is good for the heart.  Don’t expect to see the blossoms in any of the local cottages, though.  ʼTis bad luck, I’m told.”  Her wide grin proved she didn’t share the belief.

He couldn’t help grinning back.  “I didn’t recognize the plant, but I’ve heard the legends.  The ancient Greeks and Romans thought it protected them from evil spirits.”

“Ah, so you listen to legends too.  I thought you only made them.”

He didn’t know whether to laugh or take offense, but at least his blood had cooled.  His gaze dropped to the leaves she bruised in the mortar.  “What’s that there?”

“Mandrake.  It can be deadly, but in moderation, it makes a soothing ointment.  ʼTis likewise a stimulant.”

“How so?”  He pretended ignorance.  This plant had inspired its own tales.

“It encourages the act of—ˮ she broke off and looked at him.  Her amethyst eyes were large, hypnotic.

A new shaft of desire sliced through him.  “What does it encourage?”

She opened her mouth, but no sound escaped.

He lowered his gaze to her full, sensual lips.  Their natural shade was a deep pink.
 Almost purple.  The upper lip was unusually plump, as ripe and tempting as its counterpart.

 In a hushed voice, he continued, “You were saying...”

“I was?”

“You were.  Mandrake encourages...”

“Passion.”

He inched toward her.  He would kiss her, teach her the meaning of the word.

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Author Bio:




Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes.  Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us.  She loves to share that magic with readers and whisk them far away from their troubles, particularly to locations in the British Isles.

Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.


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