Sunday, August 25, 2019

Medieval Monday: Ashley York Brings Daughter of the King

Our Medieval Monday Bad Boy/Villain theme has nearly ended. Here in our next to last installment is award-winning author Ashley York with DAUGHTER OF THE KING, Book Three in The Warrior Kings series. Be sure to comment to be entered in the drawing for a copy of her book week after next.

You can find my current snippet at Ashley’s blog

Here’s Ashley’s exciting snippet.


A mistaken identity. A gruesome murder.

Trained as a warrior...

Brighit of Clonascra despises the trappings and demands of womanhood and is far more comfortable training for battle. Long held alliances require she set aside selfish dreams and take Darragh as her husband. The union intended to promote peace between the clans is interrupted by the shocking murder of a neighboring king and she quickly discovers there are far worse things than being wed.

Trained to be king...

Darragh of Drogheda has no wish to be king, but he is an obedient son and supports his father's plans. His marriage to Brighit, however, will be no hardship at all since he finds her most intriguing when she fights him at every turn. A she-warrior indeed. Her persistent dismissal of him merely blows the fire aflame and sets him down the path to discovery of all her most tightly held secrets—secrets that could cost him his life. 


Seigine glanced at the men with him. When all nodded their agreement, he turned to face Tadhg again and said, “There was little choice. We must seek revenge. A leader is required.”

“Ye signed the treaty and we will give assistance as agreed.”

“I need only the blood of the man who killed my brother.”

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Donna Hatch: New Regency Sweet Romance Anthology Giveaway

 We’re in for a treat on Welcome Wednesday with best-selling author Donna Hatch. Donna has joined up with two of her writing buddies in a lovely new anthology A WEEK IN BRIGHTON.  The trio of sweet romances just passed its first month's anniversary, having been released July 30.

In celebration of the debut, I’m giving away a copy of the book. All who leave a comment here and on my author page will be entered into a drawing for the sweet romance collection. Author page:

Here, Donna gives us a glimpse of the three offerings.

Every woman dreams of love, but is a week in Brighton long enough to find happily ever after?

Announcing a new release: A Week in Brighton, a collection of three sweet historical romances by three best-selling authors, Donna Hatch, Jennifer Moore, and Annette Lyon

Angry and grieving over his brother’s sudden death, Rowan turns his attention to finding his late brother’s long-lost love so he can personally inform her of the tragedy. One problem: he only has a lock of her hair, a miniature painting of her eye, and the name “Ann” as clues to her identity. With far-reaching dreams of being a renowned artist, Isabella has one shot at becoming one of the few women to be accepted as a student under a local art master. But when she encounters a mysterious gentleman searching for his late brother’s love, her heart tugs on her to help the lost soul. Helping him may mean sacrificing her dreams, and worse—falling in love with a man she cannot have. 
After years of planning, Arthur Grande’s vision for a luxury hotel in Brighton is finally becoming a reality. But unlike the rest of the town, Daphne Dayley isn’t taken in by the newcomer’s cheerful smile or generous nature. She sees only a wealthy opportunist threatening to close her parents’ bakery. With the lease expiring in one week, the two clash in a battle of wills and wits. But they both come to discover that ambitions which had once seemed so clear may evolve when hearts are softened.

SIGNS OF LOVE by Annette Lyon
When the Hughes family vacations in Brighton, Julia goes exploring for fossils along the Undercliff path—a hobby she’s developed thanks to her curiosity in science. Instead of finding fossils, she stumbles upon Silas Hayward, a handsome wine smuggler, and one of his crew. She slips away undetected but is intrigued by Hayward and drawn to him later at a ball held at the Royal Pavilion. Her long-time friend Andrew is in love with Julia and declares his heart to her at the ball. She’s stunned and doesn’t know how to answer, but right then, Mr. Hayward conveniently takes her away to the dance floor. The distraction is brief, however; Julia quickly learns that the Hayward is far more than a harmless wine smuggler: he’s a traitor to the nation. If she can’t stop his plot with Andrew’s help, the country will fall to Napoleon. 

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Regency Romance, comes A Week in Brighton. Featuring bestselling authors Jennifer Moore, Annette Lyon, and Donna Hatch.
A Week in Brighton is a Timeless Romance Anthology® book

The Reluctant Heir by Donna Hatch

Rowan trotted towards the young woman in the meadow. “Ho, there! Are you looking for a kitten?”

She halted, her stance alert. If he were to wager as to her age, he’d put her somewhere between seventeen and twenty.

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As he neared, her posture relaxed. “Oh, there you are, Mimi.” The young lady glanced at Rowan and returned her gaze to the kitten in his hand, but not before he caught her glance of appreciation. She pushed at a dark curl peeking out from underneath her straw bonnet and blushed prettily. He might have changed in many ways over the past few days, but at least he had not lost his appeal to ladies.

“Thank you, sir.” Her voice rang out in a clear contralto with the cultured tones of a lady.

“Wherever did you find my kitten?”

He waved a hand over his shoulder in the direction of the tree. “Caught in a snare.”

She reached for the furball. “Oh, you poor little thing! Naughty kitten, running off like that,” she gently scolded.

Rowan handed over the kitten without taking his gaze off the young lady. Pretty didn’t seem to quite fit. She was lovely in a way that a clear brook with sunlight glittering on the playful surface is lovely. Of course, brooks don’t generally bear a pair of kissable, full lips. A stirring inside him pressed against his barrier of sorrow.

Her gray eyes fixed on Rowan, and the girl smiled, a blast of white and joy and cheer. “Oh, good sir, how can I ever thank you?”

“A kiss would be a very nice thank you.” He turned on his most alluring expression.

Instead of blushing in shocked delight, she laughed— not the giggle of a coquette but a sound of true mirth. “It might be nice for one of us, but I daresay that wouldn’t be me.”

Monday, August 19, 2019

Medieval Monday Welcomes Rue Allyn and KNIGHT ERRANT, Book 1 in Her Knight Chronicles Series

As Medieval Monday's Summer Villain/Bad Boy theme winds down, Rue Allyn joins me with an excerpt from her exciting book, KNIGHT ERRANT. It's Book 1 in her new Knight Chronicles. Her villain is one we will all love to hate :) Don't forget to leave a comment for a drawing to be held in three weeks. 

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Set during the early days of the Inquisition, Sir Robert Clarwyn must find a way to compel Lady Juliana Verault to return to England, or he’ll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission to  ensure a safe future for her gender in the church. With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and risk everything … including their hearts.

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“I have done no such thing. I love God with all my heart and soul.” She tightened her hold on the dagger, ready to plunge it into his black heart if need be. His fingers tightened on her shoulder, and he pulled her closer. Juliana broadened her smile. She would not give him the satisfaction of knowing he hurt her. “You are a woman, the lowest and vilest of God’s creations. What can you possibly know of love or souls except to envy that which you cannot have?”

Be sure to leave a comment for Rue to be in the running for her giveaway -- an eCopy of Knight Errant. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, September 9, 2019.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

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

Today I welcome award-winning Cathy MacRae to Medieval Monday. Cathy's featuring  The Highlander’s Welsh Bride.  The book is number five in her popular Hardy Heroines Series. 

Although the Medieval Monday current theme deals with villains and bad boys, here we get a tantalizing look at the hero, Birk MacLean, who is determined to protect Welsh Princess Carys.


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.

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.


(A Welsh princess on the run from King Edward’s army, Carys finds herself embroiled with pirates pillaging the western coastline of Scotland. She has escaped their clutches twice before. Has her luck at last run out?)

I should be protecting them. Birk raked a hand through his hair, grudgingly recalling tales of Hanna in years past. With a grunt, he acknowledged she and Carys were far from helpless, and possibly better fighters than many of the sailors. He did not have time to worry. The pirate ship, larger than the one that had threatened them near Morvern, drew closer.

“This is not the same ship,” Carys remarked as she stepped to his side.

He nodded. “And ’tis too far south. My men have scoured the coastlines from Dairborrodal to Oban and not discovered their lair.”

“Mayhap the question is not, why are they so far south, but rather, why was the other ship so far north?”

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Judith Sterling Brings Shadow of the Swan to Medieval Monday

Only four weeks left of the Bad Boy/ Villain theme for Medieval Monday's Summer blog exchange, and the drawing by each author for copies of their books. So be sure to stay tuned--and comment for your chance to win.
Today, my guest is fellow Rose (The Wild Rose Press) author Judith Sterling. Judith's a multi-faceted author, whose Novels of Ravenwood series has received impressive acclaim. And now she shares a look at Shadow of the Swan, Book 3 of the Ravenwood series.
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.

His eyes and mouth opened wide.  He resembled a fish out of water, and she imagined his mind flipped and flopped in a desperate attempt to grasp the unexpected news.
    At last, he spoke.  “When did all this happen?”
    She plucked another lie out of the ether.  “During the ride north.”
    “That was an eventful ride.”
    “Did the bridegroom also ride you?”
    She gasped, then clenched her fists.  “No.”
    “Why else would you make such a rash decision?  Then again, you’re prone to those, aren’t you, my dear?”

    “Don’t call me that.”

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