Monday, August 26, 2019

Medieval Monday with Mary Morgan - Excerpt #10

Welcome to Medieval Monday. Mary Morgan is our guest author today.
Magic and monsters fill this story. Can Adam protect Meggie and defeat the evil Lachlan?

Excerpt #10
She glanced at her brothers, each holding up their relic: Angus’s shield, Duncan’s sword, Stephen’s medallion, and Alastair’s axe.

Angus’s voice bellowed. “From the land of the Ancients. From the stars of the Fae. We, the Dragon Knights from the Order, keepers of the fire, storm, water, and land dragons, open the gate and call forth the beasts!”

The Earth trembled with a power the world had never seen before. Her brothers’ eyes mirrored the energy. It gathered, grew, and finally with a deafening roar, four dragons burst forth in a blinding light from their relics, scorching a trail in the inky blackness. Their tails twisted and snapped. She could hear the flapping of wings and gnashing of teeth. Fire burst free from all of them.

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DRAGON KNIGHT’S RING, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 5
Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy. 

Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?

Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights? 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Medieval Monday with Bambi Lynn - Excerpt #9

Welcome to Medieval Monday. Bambi Lynn is my guest author today.
Rape and pillage are at play here. Ah, Vikings play the villain here. 

Excerpt #9
“Can I count on you to serve me as you did my uncle?”

Rolf bowed his head so slightly, Kaylla almost did not notice. “I loved your uncle like a father. My loyalty does not waver.”

Boddi considered him. Strange that he would regard Rolf the same as she. Could he be trusted? 

“So be it. We march to Axning at cock’s crow.”

More than a handful of girls were ushered over for Boddi’s inspection. A few of them he sent away after a mere glance. “Too young.” Of those remaining, one was not just a maid, but an old maid. Udela had never caught the eye of a man. And for good reason. This day she had the bad luck to catch Boddi’s eye. “This one’s no maid.”

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The Valiant Viking
Can a foundering seaside village survive the onslaught of marauding Vikings bearing down on them? 

Desperate to save her village from a band of Norsemen sweeping down the coastline, Kaylla catches her first ray of hope when she discovers one of the pillaging heathens washed ashore. Perhaps they can use this captive to bargain for the safety of their village. Rolf Bloodhands, sole survivor of a traitorous attack on his king’s fleet, assures her that his kinsmen will not spare the easy conquest of their waning village for the life of one man. Instead he teaches them the basics of defense and combat with the meager weapons they have available. If they fail to stave off the invaders, the few villagers left will either be killed or enslaved.

With only two days to prepare for an invasion sure to decimate her village, Kaylla is shocked by her attraction to the hunky Norseman she has enslaved. Who knew fear of imminent death could drive an innocent woman to explore the oldest sins known to man.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Medieval Monday with Mary Gillgannon - Excerpt 8

Welcome to Medieval Monday, week eight. My guest author today is Mary Gillgannon.
Has Mortimer intercepted Fawkes message to Nicola? Or is treachery at foot and she has told her husband Mortimer of Fawkes attack? That matters little at the moment. Fawkes has challenged Mortimer.  

Excerpt #8
They both dismounted and handed off their horses, and then drew their swords. Mortimer moved toward Fawkes with a stealth and ease that belied his corpulent form. They circled and parried, assessing. Fawkes felt the battle fever surge through him. He’d waited nearly four years for this moment. Every man he’d killed, every opponent he’d struck down, had worn Mortimer’s ugly visage. 

Now, at last, he faced his true enemy. Mortimer had tried to murder him. He’d humiliated him and mocked him. Even worse, this man had hurt and debased Nicola.

Lady of Steel
One rapturous hour sparks unforgettable passion between Lady Nicola and Fawkes de Cressy. The memory of their time together enables Fawkes to survive the perils of the Crusades and gives Nicola the hope and strength to endure a brutal marriage. But when Fawkes returns three years later, he finds Nicola enmeshed in a dark web of castle intrigue. Fawkes has also been altered by the hardships and cruelties of war, and Nicola fears to trust him with her secrets or her heart. 

Surrounded by enemies, the battle-hardened knight and the aloof, wary woman must rebuild the bond between them. Only if they dare let the soul-stirring magic their bodies share grow into love can they escape the sinister plot that threatens to destroy them both.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Medieval Monday with Ashley York - Excerpt #7

There isn't much time left. This is week seven of Medieval Monday. Today I'm hosting Ashley York.
A wedding celebration is not place to find out about a dead king. Just what does the intruder want?

Excerpt #7
Brighit started to shiver. Uncontrollably. She sought out her uncle in the crowd, but his expression revealed only mild curiosity.

“Yer hands are cold.” She started at Darragh’s words, at the sensation of his hand gripping her own. Without looking, she knew he watched her.

“I am fine.”

Daughter of the Overking - Book Three in The Warrior Kings series
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.