Monday, October 30, 2017

Medieval Monday: Ashley York and CURSE OF THE HEALER and a Chance for a Free Book

Medieval Monday's excerpt blog hop featuring First Encounters is winding down, and I'm thrilled to welcome the talented Ashley York for the event. Ashley brings a look at her latest exciting work, set in medieval Ireland. Curse of the Healer is  Book One in The Derbfine Series.


A king held no special power outside his own túath, but at a gathering this size, ruffling any fine feathers was to be avoided.
Aednat glanced at the warrior’s lips. His eyes brightened, and she struggled to breath evenly as she held his gaze, anticipation making a mockery of her show of bravery. She wetted her lips, and his long nose flared ever so slightly.


After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire...and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her. 

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who's far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat's power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.


Be sure to visit Ashely's blog next week for the culmination of the excerpt. And don't forget to comment for a chance to win a book at the end of the excerpt hop--which is next week! Here's her link:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Medieval Monday Welcomes Lane McFarland and ELSBETH

I am so happy to welcome my good friend Lane McFarland to Medieval Monday. Lane writes exciting stories of strong women and valiant men as they struggle to keep their beloved Highlands safe from the invading English. You'll love her heroes and heroines and her lush descriptions that put you right in the middle of the action. Today, we get a peek at ELSBETH, Book III in The Daughters of Alastair MacDougall Series.
Don't forget to leave comments here and at all the Medieval Monday blogs for a drawing of a free book give away at the end of the First Encounter theme. That's only three weeks away!

The men stilled and glanced in his direction.
“My name is Brandon McLeod. I’m a friend of Abbess Mary.” Uncertain of what to divulge to this nun, he paused. “We’ve uncovered the Sassenachs’ plan to advance into the heart of Scotland. If they remain on course, they’ll march into Scone.”
“We’re perfectly safe in our house of worship.”

Join me next week to find out what happens at Cathy MacRae’s blog!

Elsbeth MacDougall recoils at the violent Scottish rebellion and the bleak plight of orphans. Vowing to protect the homeless, she embarks on a journey to Scone and sets her course to become a nun, sheltering children from the cruelties of war. But when Brandon McLeod arrives at the Abby, he shakes her convictions and stirs provoking emotions she buried long ago.
After English soldiers murder his family, Brandon McLeod determines a course of revenge and leads numerous clans in Scotland’s fight for freedom. Bent on the annihilation of English oppression, he is resolved to a life of solitude, vowing never to marry and chance the pain of losing loved ones again. However, that was before he met the enchanting Elsbeth.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Medieval Monday Welcomes Ruth A. Casie with The Guardian's Witch

 The talented Ruth A. Casie visits us for Medieval Monday today, bringing the First Encounter between Lord Alex Stelton and Lady Lisbeth Reynolds of The Guardian's Witch, Book One in The Stelton Legacy. Welcome, Ruth. Alex and Lisbeth are a wonderful couple!

 “The attack came within sight of the tower,” said Ann. “His big blade caught the last of the sun. The flash alerted the tower guard and he sent the men out. Prime, bless the beast’s heart, raised the alarm with Lord Alex’s soldiers who followed on the trail.”
Lisbeth took the linen Ann offered.
“He was dazed but awake when the men brought him in. John helped get him out of his clothes, examined every inch of him, cleaned and dressed his wounds. His lordship was troubled and restless. He kept mumbling about someone behind him. He couldn’t understand who attacked him or why.

England, 1290
Lord Alex Stelton can't resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it's his. Desperate for land of his own, he'll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.     
Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she'd never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.
Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can't get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they'll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Medieval Monday Brings Mary Morgan's DRAGON KNIGHT'S AXE

This second Medieval Monday in October, I'm thrilled to welcome my friend and award-winning author Mary Morgan with a glimpse of Dragon Knight's Axe, one of her popular Dragon Knight time travel series.

For a reminder of her last week's installment of this First Encounter theme, check out Cathy MacRae's blog:

Reality comes to light…

All eyes turned toward her.

She was tired of being passed back and forth, and she was going to take control of this god-awful nightmare. “I’m not going anywhere until you explain where I am.” Pointing a finger at Alastair, she demanded, “And who are you?”

The man who’d flirted with her coughed into his fist. “The elf has balls.”

“Silence!” roared Alastair. “Get ready to depart. I will not remain any longer.”

A mixture of grumbling and smirks ensued, as they climbed up the ladder into the ship. Alastair directed his gaze back to Fiona and approached her.

Fiona willed herself to show no fear as he loomed dark and powerful, and she slowly lifted her head to meet his stare. In all of her life, she had never stood her ground. Until this moment.

“What is this place?” Her voice barely rose above a whisper.

“Dunnyneill. Trading post,” he replied. 

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Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

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