Monday, November 12, 2018

Medieval Monday Blog Hop with Sherry Ewing

Today we have an excerpt from To Follow My Heart: The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time by Sherry Ewing.
From the shores of California to twelfth century England and back again, Jenna and Fletcher must find a way to reconcile their two different worlds before Time forever tears them apart.

"If time travel were to happen, I hope it's like this." Amazon Review
Except Two:
Fletcher must have known her thoughts, since she had clearly been ogling him. When he gazed down at her from his towering height, he gave her a lopsided, cocky grin that almost caused her to trip over her own two feet. He took hold of her around her waist to steady her but just as abruptly let go, mumbling an apology for her to forgive him for being so bold. Bold? By touching her waist? Did it suddenly get overly hot in here?
He halted in front of the main table that was sitting up on some kind of a platform. Jenna assumed that the man sitting next to Amiria was her husband and she attempted to hide a gulp of fear looking at the knight staring down at her with eyes the color of cold hard steel. Fetcher gave a very formal bow and seemed disturbed when Jenna did nothing but wave her hand in a sign of saying hello. She smiled when Katherine returned the gesture with a laugh.
“My liege lord and lady, may I present Lady Jenna of...” Fletcher’s gaze fell on her while he silently urged her to fill in the rest of his unfinished sentence.
“San Francisco.” Jenna heard her own voice sounding rushed and soft, and the hall fell silent. Suddenly, she felt conspicuously foreign.
“...of Sanfran Cisco,” Fletcher replied as Dristan made a motion with his hand for them to join him at his table. “Did I say your township aright?” he asked, for her ears alone.
“Close enough.” She gave him half a smile, still conscious of everyone staring at her as if she had grown another head popping out from her shoulders.
Be sure to leave a comment for Sherry below for a chance to win an eCopy of To Follow Your Heart, The Knights of Berwyck, A Quest Through Time (Book 3). A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Medieval Monday, December 31st.
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Love is a leap. Sometimes you need to jump…
After a gut wrenching break up with her fiancé, Jenna Sinclair heads to the coast to do a little soul searching. To say everything is subject to change is putting it mildly. Her world is not only turned upside down, but pretty much torn asunder when she is pulled through a time gate on the beach beneath the Cliff House and transported more than eight hundred years into the past.
Fletcher Monroe, captain of the garrison knights at Berwyck Castle, has wasted too much time pining for a woman who will never be his. When he finally decides to move on with his life and focus on his duties, he is suddenly confronted with a woman who magically appears at his feet. This could either be the best thing that has ever happened to him or another cursed event in a string of many. He soon finds he is wildly attracted to her, but she’s scared to death of him ─ not a very encouraging beginning.
From the shores of California to twelfth century England and back again, Jenna and Fletcher must find a way to reconcile their two different worlds before Time forever tears them apart.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Books, Chocolate and Wine - Book Review

A Scandalous Deal

Full disclosure - I LOVE Ms. Shupe's gilded age stories. This story was no exception. The premise, a female architect is unique. It weaves a woman's struggle for recognition and equality amidst a male driven industry and political corruption. The attraction between the heroine, Eva and the hero, Phillip sizzles on the page. The writing is clear and evocative. The descriptions put you into each scene, experiencing the action along with the characters. Well done!

Here is the back cover copy.

They call her Lady Unlucky…

With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva’s misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.

Or is it Lady Irresistible?

Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable—and more alluring—than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.
When a series of onsite “accidents” make it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he’s willing to do anything to protect her—even if it requires a scandalous deal…

A Scandalous Deal is available at most book distributors

About Joanna Shupe

Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical.

Joanna’s first Gilded Age historical novel, Magnate, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, and one of 2016′s top romances by The Washington Post and Kobo. The Washington Post named Joanna’s The Lady Hellion as one of 2015’s top five romance novels.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

When she’s not writing or doing laundry, she can be found online at Facebook (Joanna Shupe Author) or Twitter (@joannashupe).

Monday, November 5, 2018

Medieval Monday Blog Hop with Judith Sterling

I’m delighted to announce the return of Medieval Monday. Escape with us into the realm of medieval romance, into the world of knights, Highlanders, strong maidens, and a dragon or two!
Today, I’m welcoming Judith Sterling. Her hero has an interesting problem. How eager would the bridegroom be if he knew he could never bed the bride?
Here is Judith’s first excerpt from Flight of the Raven, Book One of The Novels of Ravenwood.

"Not many romance novels focus in marital drama but this one does and does it well." Amazon Reviewer
Excerpt One          
The brisk wind lashed William’s cheeks as he emerged from the stairwell and stamped onto the twilit battlements.  All night he’d paced:  round the bailey, through the darkened keep, and high above it all.  Anywhere served, so long as ʼtwasn’t his bedchamber.
            As the hours waxed, so did his temper.  His mind discharged a clear and terrible record of his life, from the moment he left for the Holy Land to the memory of Emma’s tears.  He went over the details again and again, stewing in a burst of negativity which was all-consuming.
            Now, on the battlements, his mood so blinded him he nearly slammed into the figure approaching from his right.  At the last second, he stepped aside.  Then he jerked to a halt in recognition.
Make sure to comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of Flight of the Raven (or if you already own a copy, your choice of another of Judith’s books).  A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on December 31.
Follow along next Monday on Mary Morgan’s blog:
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.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Remembering Anne Walradt

Anne Walradt, my dear friend passed away today.

I've tried to write something to honor Anne, but nothing seems good enough, deep enough, says enough about a friend who encouraged my writing, got excited with me when I did well and consoled me when I didn't do so well and even helped me locate the grave of my grandfather who died over a hundred years ago.

There is a poem, a prayer that I'd like to share with you.
We Remember Them 

In the rising of the sun and its going down,

We Remember Them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us and
We Remember Them.

I will always remember Anne, as the Voice of Romance, and for her encouragement and kindness.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Books, Chocolate and Wine - Book Review

One of These Nights by Roni Denholtz

This Victorian cozy set in New Jersey was a very enjoyable read.  Murder, séance, ghosts, and a choice of suspects add in an innocent lovely romance and you have it all. Ms Denholtz, well done!

Here is the back cover copy:

After his brother is murdered, Drew Covington tries to bring his spirit back to find out who killed Charles. With little success, and feeling desperate, he hires an assistant to help with his quest.

Violet Moore is excited about obtaining the job working with Drew. But she also knows something about Charles' demise and is hiding the fact.

Between visits from other spirits and signs that Charles is attempting to reach them, Violet and Drew are falling in love. Can they succeed before the murderer strikes again?

One of These Nights is available at most book distributors.

About Roni Denholtz

Roni has published eight romance novels and one novella.  Her books have been nominated for the New Jersey Golden Leaf award and the National Readers’ Choice Award.  “Marquis in a Minute” won the NJ Golden Leaf award for Best Regency Romance.
Roni is a member of New Jersey Romance Writers (she served as its president in 2016); Romance Writers of America; and the Authors Guild.
Roni lives in northwest New Jersey with her family, including their dog.  She is also a realtor at Jersey Success Realty, a company she and her husband own.  She served on the board of her local animal shelter, Noah’s Ark, for eight years.