Monday, February 13, 2017

Laurel O'Donnell Brings the Villain from Angel's Assassin to Medieval Monday

It's Medieval Monday, and today marks the second installment of excerpts featuring our new theme, Villains. Laurel O'Donnell guests today with the second excerpt from ANGEL'S ASSASSIN.


A deadly smile slid over Roke’s lips and he leaned back in his chair.  “You’ve never failed.  Not once.  I knew this would be one mission you could not complete.” 

Damien’s eyes narrowed in disbelief.  “You wanted me to fail?” 

“I wanted to see if you would obey me.  No matter what the cost.” 

Coldness spread through Damien.  Roke’s need to control his life was all consuming.  From the food he ate to the people who served him, Roke’s domination was god-like.  “I could have finished the mission if you had not sent others to do it,” Damien told him. 

Roke’s eyebrows rose in surprise.  “Really?  Even after you saw her for the first time?” 

Damien thought back to the moment he first laid eyes on Aurora, to the first time he saw her walking into the village square.  She was beautiful.  And innocent.  Like an angel from heaven.  He remembered the simple desire of wanting her to speak to him, of wanting her to just look at him.

Follow along next week by checking out Mary Morgan's blog with excerpt #3
And if you'd like to check out the first installment, Excerpt 1 can be found at Laurel's blog,

Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…

Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.




  1. Welcome, Laurel. I so enjoyed the beginning of your Excerpt last week. And I'm looking forward to the next installment.Damien is such a good hero!

  2. Thank you for featuring me, Barbara! I'm excited to present my award-winning novel.