Monday, April 5, 2021

Medieval Monday with Anastasia Abboud - Excerpt 9

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week nine of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss. Today I am hosting Anastasia Abboud and her wonderful story, Tremors.

(For easy access to authors taking part in this round of Medieval Monday tales, visit the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page. Authors will post their blog links there.  You can also find us on Twitter at #MedMonSpring21.)

Let me catch you up. Deidre and Lachlann are leaving a Texas Renaissance Festival. The experience brings up traumatic memories for Lachlann he cannot explain to Deidre who is seeking answers. So… will he reveal the to her?

Excerpt 9

Sighing, she leaned back against her car.

“I’m no expert,” she said softly. “I don’t have a lot of experience or success to draw from. But I can tell you what I’ve observed in my studies.”

Moving beside her, he leaned back and crossed his arms.

“Go on.”

“It seems that all through the centuries, since the very beginning, the universal desire, what people live for…” She paused. “It sounds cliché, but...”

He waited.

Last week’s snippet on Daryl Devore’s blog: https://daryldevore.blogspot.com

Follow along next week on Celeste Barclay’s blog: https://www.celestebarclay.com/blog

Tremors
Anastasia Abbound

In the infinite vastness of time – past, present, future, past – love would prevail.


A Norse farmer crashes into this century from fourteenth-century Scotland. How did it happen? Why did he escape the plague when the rest of his family died? He should have died with them.

Three years later, Lachlann is no closer to the truth. His body has healed. He has a job and a place to lay his head at night. He has even learned a little modern English. If he could just figure out how to go back, he might be able to save his family, save his son. But he still can’t read, is still tormented by throbbing headaches and nightmares. Maybe he died after all. Maybe he’s in hell.

But would there be an angel in hell?

Deidre became a medieval history professor because of a treasured family heirloom, the medieval drawing of a farmer that she loved since childhood. Too bad she couldn’t have married him instead of the lying, vicious cheat who had almost ruined her life. Almost.

With a new life in a new city, she has moved forward. She doesn’t need anyone, especially a man. But she can’t seem to ignore her new neighbor, a gorgeous giant with a strange accent, haunted eyes, and a shocking resemblance to her medieval ploughman.

How can she erase the tormented look in his eyes? If only he would confide in her. 

But is she prepared to do the same? To explain how she lost everything – her job, her family, her self-respect – because of her own, poor choices?

And why does she have the feeling that she could lose it all again?

Buy Link: getbook.at/Tremors   http://getbook.at/Tremors

Where you can find Anastasia: https://www.anastasiaabboud.com

 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Medieval Monday with Cathy MacRae - Excerpt 8

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week eight of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss. Today I am hosting Cathy MacRae and her great story, The Highlander’s Pirate Bride.

(For easy access to authors taking part in this round of Medieval Monday tales, visit the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page. Authors will post their blog links there.  You can also find us on Twitter at #MedMonSpring21.)

Let me catch you up. Rona be a fearsome pirate, but intimacies with near strangers even one she is agreeing to wed is a different kind of fight. So… how will he woo her?

Excerpt 8

An exhilaration not unlike facing a storm at the bow of a ship rushed over her. She swallowed, throat suddenly dry. “This isnae going to be a peck on the cheek, then?”

His grin was pure seduction. “Nae, lass. I dinnae have pecks in mind.” He reached a hand toward her. “The first step is yers.”

“Och, thank God. For I dinnae know what the second step is.”

The Highlander’s Pirate Bride
By Cathy & DD MacRae

Will the theft of the wrong ship land her in a hangman’s noose? Or a Highlander’s arms?


As the pirate The Black MacNeill, Rona MacNeill has stolen more than one English ship to keep her clan from starving. With Yule only days away, will the theft of the wrong ship land her in a hangman’s noose? Or the arms of a Highlander?

Rona MacNeill has done everything she can to help her small, impoverished clan—except marry for money. Her luck seems to lie in stealing ships, not attracting suitors. Only days before Yule, she seeks one last ship with stores to keep her people fed over the long, harsh winter. Too bad her luck has run out.

Pedr MacLean is happy to be the younger (by three minutes) son of Baron MacLean. His days are filled with running the family’s shipping business and sailing the world. His heart belongs to the sea—or so he thinks, until one of his ships is stolen, and the woman responsible turns his world upside down.

Drawn to Rona’s strength and love of the sea, Pedr will agree to her father’s demand—information on the whereabouts of his ship in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Will Rona find herself caught between a marriage of convenience and a hangman’s noose? Or will she discover something far more compelling?

The Highlander’s Pirate Bride is the swash-buckling seventh addition to the Hardy Heroines series. If you like pirates, rags-to-riches, and swoon-worthy Highlanders, you’ll love Cathy & DD MacRae’s newest high-seas romance.

Buy link:  https://www.amzn.com/dp/B08WFJFT8D

 

You can find Cathy here: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com

 


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

March Birthdays - Happy Birthday! Let’s make today a great one.

 


Every person has one. On the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.

 


  • 02 March 1904  Dr. Seuss, author of Cat in the Hat
  • 20 March 1828 – Henrik Ibsen, playwright of Hedda Gabler
  • 06 March 1806 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, author of How Do I Love Thee?

March Facts:

  • It is the first month of Spring that begins between March 19-21.
  • Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.
  • It is the time of year when animals begin to wake up from hibernation.
  • March Madness is the basketball tournament played by the NCAA.
  • Folklore: March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.

See you next month!


Monday, March 22, 2021

Medieval Monday with Barbara Bettis - Excerpt #7

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week seven of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss. Today I am hosting Barbara Bettis and her great story, The Lady of the Forest.

(For easy access to authors taking part in this round of Medieval Monday tales, visit the Medieval Romance Lovers Facebook page. Authors will post their blog links there.  You can also find us on Twitter at #MedMonSpring21.)

Let me catch you up. Henry is stealing a kiss from Katherine. We interrupt Katherine and Henry is a searing passionate kiss. Yeah, that kind of says it all. We’ve been hanging on this picture for a week. What will Katherine do? I’m sure you want to know.

Here is excerpt 7 from The Lady of the Forest by Barbara Bettis.

 Bumps marched along his arms; odd because the heat in his body could have ignite a

blaze. His cock hardened, and he shifted to relieve the pressure

A moan of protest sounded deep in her throat. She tilted forward, her tongue stroking his, and his world shifted. Literally. The small rock on which she sat tipped to the side, dumping her into his lap, which sent him sliding to the earth.

He landed on his back. She collapsed on him, and he grunted. Mouth ajar, she raised on her elbows and stared down into his face. Their shocked gazes tangled as awkwardly as their limbs.

 

Next week you can find Barbara on Sherry Ewing’s blog: www.SherryEwing.com/blog

 

The Lady of the Forest
By
Barbara Bettis

He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people.
Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?


When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.

Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate's past catches her.

When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.

 

Buy Link –  http://amzn.to/2gIrn1j

You can find Barbara at www.barbarabettis.com



Monday, March 15, 2021

Medieval Monday with Mary Morgan - Excerpt 6


 Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week six of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss. Today I am hosting Mary Morgan and her great story, Magnar.

Let me catch you up. Elspeth is in a bind. Ordered to marry Magnar is beyond her comprehension. Will she acquiesce for the sake of her seven year-old nephew, the designated clan chieftain? What will she tell him?

Here is excerpt 6 from Magnar by Mary Morgan.


She grimaced from his words but kept her chin held high. “I won’t let him be hardened.”

“You ken nothing of the responsibility,” he snapped. Turning from her censure, Magnar went back to the stream. “I understand I am not a husband you favor. Nevertheless, as marriage to me, we can undo this pact your brother made.”

She stomped the ground with her foot. “I will not be forced to marry a…a heathen!”

Last week’s snippet on Cathy MacRae’s blog: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog


Follow along next week on Sherry Ewing’s blog here: https://sherryewing.com/blog/



MAGNAR
The Wolves of Clan Sutherland, Book 1

By Mary Morgan

The Wolf surrenders to no one.

Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.

After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.

In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?

Buy Links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | APPLE BOOKS | KOBO

You can find Mary Morgan here: https://www.marymorganauther.com/blog

 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Medieval Monday Spring 2021 - A Video Tour

 Come see the Medieval books that are highlighted for #MedMonSpring21 – I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Here is what Reviewers say about our stories...

Lachlann's Legacy by Ashley York

"I loved the book and it kept me enthralled, from the first sentence to the last."

The Lady of the Forest by Bearbara Bettis

 "Ms. Bettis demonstrates her skill weaving a plot full of twists and turns. From the very first scene I was cheering for the triumph of honor and love."

 A Knight in Rusted Armor by Bambi Lynn

"The whole story reads like a medieval or renaissance festival. It’s fun -- a thoroughly enjoyable read."

The Highlander's Pirate Bride by Cathy and DD MacRae

 "I had such great fun reading this book, Cathy and DD have done another awesome story…"

Leif by Celeste Barclay

 "This is what you want to read after a tough day of a rainy day when you want to forget the world outside. I enjoyed everything about this novel from the characters to its humour. "

The Last Dragon by Daryl Devoré

"Ms. Devore draws us through the journey and brings us to the other side through her writing skill for suspense, characterization, and description."

Betrayal by Jenna Jaxon

 "Wow! This is an exceptional read! "

 Return of the Raven by Judith Sterling

"The romance between Griffin and Margaret is sweeping and fraught with obstacles but when they finally get together, it filled my heart with joy. A brilliant conclusion to the series, Return of the Raven is a must-read."

 Magnar by Mary Morgan

"Mary has once again created fantastic characters and wonderful descriptions that will whisk you into the story where you find yourself rooting for the hero, cursing the villain, and swooning with the heroine."

The Highlander's Reward by Eliza Knight

"Eliza Knight writes some of the hottest novels, the story's are wonderful, and you can't help falling in love with the characters... this was a wonderful story that made me long for the rest of the series!! Eliza Knight does it again!!

Tremors by Anastasia Abboud 

"Wow, wonderful multi faceted story with great characters who continue to evolve throughout the story."

Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie

"This book took my breath away! Ruth Casie has once again transported the reader back to the days of magic, traitors, battles for honor and true romance."

To Follow My Heart by Sherry Ewing

"Thank you Sherry Ewing for once again lifting my heart with a book that left me wanting more."

 A Highland Autumn by Sophia Nye

"This book has everything you want: a witty heroine, a dashing hero, lots of action, and of course a swoon-worthy romance."

 


Monday, March 8, 2021

Medieval Monday with Ashley York - Excerpt 5

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday. Today is our fifth excerpt. Today, I’m hosting Ashley York. In her story, Lachlann’s Legacy an 11th century highlander who must deceive a lovely woman living among outcasts in order to save his priory, but it’s his heart that’s truly at stake…

Lachlann is injured and Ethne is seeing to him. He’s just realized his injury happened days ago. He’s asked her how long his pain will last. Today’s excerpt finds him waiting for her answer.

 

Excerpt 5

When their eyes met, her hand stopped. “Ye should be careful not to rip it open.”

He glanced beyond her where Finn slept beside the fire, no doubt having fallen asleep waiting for her to be done caring for his wound. “Did Domelch go as well?”

“She decided to join them at the last minute.” Ethne dropped the cloth into the bowl. With a single finger, she traced the roundness of the impressions on his skin, the straight lines crossed like feathers on the shaft of an arrow. “Where did ye get these markings?”

“I do not know. I have always had them.” He looked around him. "Is my satchel about?"

You’ll have to wait until next week and visit Sherry Ewing  for Excerpt 6 o find out what’s in Lachlann’s satchel that’s so important.

 

Lachlann’s Legacy
The Order of the Scottish Thistle

By Ashley York

Hidden secrets could tear them apart as fast as their passion drove them together


On the Moray coast in Scotland…

Ethne’s genuine and caring nature makes her invaluable to her brother as his son’s caretaker, but he and his wife treat her as little more than their servant. When she learns their tribal leader would use her chaste status for his own purposes, Ethne plans to escape and reluctantly accepts the help of Lachlann—a handsome pilgrim she only just met at the local faire.

Despite her independent spirit, Ethne feels drawn to Lachlann. Her instincts say his intentions are honorable, but can she trust him with her heart?

Raised by his godfather with few clues to his family’s past, Lachlann values his freedom and the brotherhood of his highlander kin. Disguised as a pilgrim on a mission for the priory, he encounters Ethne, a warm, intelligent maiden whose courage in the face of a loveless marriage awakens an intense need to protect her.

Unfortunately, Ethne is one of the very people he must deceive to explore the cave system containing clues to the lost treasure he seeks. But he cannot abandon her to an uncertain fate—or deny the simmering tension between them.

With religious prejudice running high and both of them facing tests of loyalty, Lachlann and Ethne may realize the only way to fight for their futures is to surrender... to each other.

 

BUY LINK: https://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com/lachlanns-legacy

 

You can find Ashley York at www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

 


Monday, March 1, 2021

Medieval Monday - Excerpt 4 - Eliza Knight

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday. Today is our fourth excerpt. I delighted to host Eliza Knight today. Her Stolen Bride series is an awesome read. This story, The Highlander’s Reward has Lady Arbella in a predicament and in order for guarantee her safety, the best her protector can do is marry her. Today’s excerpt finds him waiting for her answer.

Excerpt 4 – The Highlander’s Reward

He watched her throat constrict as she swallowed. The sudden urge to dip low and kiss her there was overwhelming. Running his tongue over the back of his teeth, his gaze caught on the column of her throat. Slowly his eyes traveled upward to her mouth. Arbella bit her plush lower lip, staring at him with a mixture of fear and desire.

What will it take for Lady Arbella to agree? What will Magnus do? You’ll have to wait until next week and go to Sherry Ewing’s blog to find Eliza’s Excerpt 5.

The Highlander’s Reward

She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…


Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her, she fears she's more in danger of losing herself. 

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

"For fans of Highlander romance, this series is a must read!" ~ Night Owl Reviews, TOP PICK!

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/31v9rxZ

Apple: https://bit.ly/HighlandersReward

B&N: https://bit.ly/BN-Reward

Kobo: https://bit.ly/KoboReward

You can find out more about Eliza Knight and her wonderful stories at www.elizaknight.com

 


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

February - Happy, happy birthday, cheers to you!

 


As promised, on the 23rd of every month I will post a list of literary author birthdays. I came across the list on Book Lover Gifts website. Feel free to add your favorite authors special day. Put it in the comments section, just wait for their birth month.



  • 02 Feb 1882 - James Joyce, author of Ulysses
  • 07 Feb 1812 - Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol
  • 08 Feb 1828 - Jules Verne, author of Around the World in Eighty Days
  • 26 Feb 1802 - Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables

 

February Facts:

  • It is the shortest month of the year (even with leap year). The Welsh call February “y mis bach” which means “little month.”
  • It is the third month of winter.
  • The word February comes from the Latin februum which means purification.
  • Along with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.
  • The Saxon term for February is Sol-monath which means “cake month.” February was the month the Saxons offered cakes to the gods.
  • Folklore: If February give much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow.
See you next month!


Monday, February 22, 2021

Medieval Monday Spring 2021 with Celeste Barclay

 


Welcome back to Medieval Monday! This is week three of the new round of authors, snippets, and fun. Our spring theme is the first kiss.

Today, I'm hosting Celeste Barclay. Fate. Will Leif and Sigrid fight against it? Grab a copy of this Viking romance – Leif – and discover the answer. Meanwhile, here is Celeste's third excerpt.

 


Leif, Viking Glory 1

 

Fate brought them together.
Free will binds them.

 

After months at sea, Leif Ivarrson wants nothing more than to revel in the comforts of home. Yet when word arrives that a new threat has invaded their land, Leif is forced to take up his sword once more. Tasked with rescuing a jarl’s niece, Sigrid, from this malicious enemy, Leif departs on a journey that will alter the course of his fate. 

Since she was a young girl, Sigrid Torbensdóttir’s visions have been both a blessing and a curse. Now a grown woman and powerful seer, she knew enemies would come for her, eager to exploit her gift. Yet her visions taught her that fate could not be denied or ignored. As she had foreseen it, the heroic Viking would save her and sweep them both up in the raging storm of inescapable destiny. 

Drawn together by the will of the gods, Leif and Sigrid battle to save their people from a rival tribe’s scramble for power. Will their blossoming love survive the tests of war and family? Can a match created by fate withstand the machinations of man?

Set sail for adventure in this steamy Viking romance sure to leave you breathless! Norse lore meets passion and intrigue in Leif, written by Celeste Barclay! 

Buy Links: www.books2read.com/leifvikingglory

Excerpt #3

“I knew today wasn’t the day you would die, but it didn’t make it any easier to wait.”

“Knowing Freya would have told you to bar yourself here didn’t make it any easier to wait to find you.”

Leif brushed his lips across her mouth with more finesse than their first kiss. He waited to see if she would change her mind, but her body pressed against his. His tongue whispered against the seam of her mouth before he flicked the tip to express his desire. She gasped and opened to him... 

Check out last week’s blog from Cathy MacRae: https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog

Follow along next week with Sherry Ewing: https://www.sherryewing.com/blog

Where you can find all fourteen Medieval Monday authors:

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