#MedievalMonday ~ Sherry Ewing

Happy President’s Day! I hope you have the day off, but if not, I have a special treat for you. Sherry Ewing is here with me today. Sherry picked up her first historical romance when she was a teenager and has been hooked ever since. She writes historical & time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Today she shares an excerpt from her Medieval Romance, Only For You.

A sudden high pitched shriek rent the air and vibrated off the keep wall with an eerie echo. ’Twas then he heard his name being called. Once…twice…thrice. Riorden tried to steady the uneven beat of his heart, knowing just who was calling his name. For an instant, he failed, as he remembered what this woman had once meant to him.

Follow along next week on Lane McFarland’s blog at http://lanemcfarland.com/blog/

BLURB: Sometimes it’s hard to remember that true love conquers all only after the battle is over…

Katherine de Deveraux has it all or so she believes when she begins her life with her husband Riorden. But as she starts to settle into her duties as the Countess of Warkworth Castle, she finds that an easy life is not only difficult but downright dangerous to her well-being.

Consumed with the haunting memories of his father, Riorden must deal with his sire’s widow who just happens to also be his ex-lover. Yet how could he know just how far Marguerite is willing to go in order to have the life she feels they were truly meant to live?

Torn apart by circumstances neither Katherine nor Riorden could ever imagine, Time becomes their true enemy even while Marguerite continues her ploy to keep Riorden at her side. With all hope lost, will Katherine and Riorden find a way to save their marriage and have their happily ever after ending, or will Katherine be whisked back to where Time truly feels she belongs?

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#MedievalMonday ~ Lane McFarland

Please join me in welcoming Lane McFarland to the forest. Lane is a southern girl living on top of a mountain in North Georgia, and she’s most happy when surrounded by family and friends. If she is not writing, you can find her hiking with her husband, or fiddling around in her flower and vegetable gardens, feeding the birds and watching black bears and deer. Today she is sharing an excerpt from Book 2 in the Turnberry Legacy series, her Medieval Romance, A King’s Enemies.

She glared at the English commander, repulsed by his close-set black eyes and thin lips. She’d trailed him and his companions, Northrop and Bartram, for many years. A day hadn’t gone by when she’d not reaffirmed her promise to ruin the three who’d brutally raped and murdered her mother.

She’d bided her time and waited with painful patience for the perfect opportunity to strike. The king’s bloody announcement heightened the urgency. She couldn’t wait any longer. The murderer could not—would not—rule her beloved Scotland. Now, what was she going to do?

Follow along next week on Judith Sterling’s blog at https://judithmarshallauthor.com/blog/,
and leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook of A KING’S ENEMIES.

BLURB: Tormented by King Edward’s brutality against Scottish sympathizers, Drake Fletcher vows revenge, but only a madman single-handedly attacks the Crown. Instead, he enters the royal court as a spy to aid Robert the Bruce’s rise to power and place a formidable leader on Scotland’s throne.

Scottish lass Katherine Mackenzie Armstrong targets three of King Edward’s officers who brutally raped and murdered her mother. Disguised as one of Queen Margaret’s attendants, she sets a course to destroy the men.

The acts of treason both Drake and Katherine commit are punishable by death in The Tower of London but their determination pushes dangerous limits. Considered enemies, they use each other to gain vital information. Neither expect their overwhelming attraction to one another, the staggering emotions stirred. But the closer they become, the more they jeopardize their pledges of vengeance.

Will the weight of retaliation crush them, see them beheaded? Or will Katherine and Drake form an alliance and learn to live and love again?

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#NewRelease ~ Mask of the #Highlander

It’s here! After weeks of rewriting, the new, expanded version of Mask of the Highlander is here. I realized I had not taken advantage of the prequel by packing it with all the information needed to set up the Gods of the #Highlands series and lay the foundation for the world I had built. So, I went back to the drawing board and added another 40,000 words. That’s about 125 more pages, if you’re counting. I’m thrilled to present the 2nd edition of my Paranormal Romance, Mask of the Highlander, for the low price of #99cents. Here is an excerpt.

Time stood without end. It seemed an eternity, an eternity in the darkest pit of hell, passed as she stared down at his expectant face. He had never kissed her, much less asked her for anything. He took what he wanted, with as much pain and suffering as he could inflict with the taking. Kissing had not been a demand he had made of her during those three days of hell.

Kenna swallowed the bile that rose to the back of her throat. She bit down on her bottom lip to stop its trembling. She glanced around the baily. Expectant faces loomed all around her, waiting to see what would happen. The entire household knew of his mistreatment of her. He was cruel to everyone, but her cries for mercy must surely have been heard during those first days. Thankfully, no one had ever mentioned it, saving her the humiliation of having to face her brutalization out loud.

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BLURBOnce she was afraid to touch him. Now she’s afraid to let go.

Forced to marry to avoid war between clans, Kenna Cleary endured three days of her new husband’s painful brutality, unaware of his demon heritage. Leaving her for dead, he rode off to battle the English. In the five years of his absence, she bore him a daughter, increased his holdings, and gained the love and respect of his people. Now he’s home. Must she and the clan learn to endure his cruelty once more?

Can an ancient Celtic god find peace in the mortal world?

The Laird of Domhnul has returned from war a changed man—moreso than his wife can possibly know. Now the warrior faces a new battle, one for his wife’s heart, and his peoples’ trust. He must walk the knife’s edge of deception and danger, all while learning to manage the supernatural power flaring inside him and discovering a heritage he never imagined.

But when his father embroils both them in a deadly plot, can the couple find a way to prevent war between their clans?

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#MedievalMonday ~ Judith Sterling

Six more weeks of winter. I’m not sure I can stand it. I love summer, partly because for the past twenty years I’ve taught school in my spare time. These days I long for summer. I only know one way to combat the winter blues and that’s with a good book. And what kind of book is better than a Medieval Romance? Today, Judith Sterling is visiting the forest. Judith’s love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. Today she is sharing an excerpt from her new release, Shadow of the Swan.

From the other high-backed chair, Robert eyed the pie that lay unprotected on the table between them. “Do you plan to eat that?”

A predator drawn to his prey. She shrugged. “I suppose not. Do you want it?”

“I thought you’d never ask.” He attacked the food.

Follow along next week at Jenna Jaxon’s blog: http://www.jennajaxon.wordpress.

BLURB: Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present.  Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden.  Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm!  But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it.  From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them.  When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one.  She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing.  Two hearts destined to beat as one.

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#Medieval Monday ~ Barbara Bettis

Medieval Monday is back! I’m so glad to be starting up again, sharing some classic favorite and hot new Medieval Romances. My guest this week is Barbara Bettis.  Barbara is an award-winning author who as always loved history and English. As a college freshman, she briefly considered becoming an archaeologist until she realized there likely would be bugs and snakes involved. And math.  She now lives in Missouri, where by day she’s a mild-mannered English teacher, and by night she’s an intrepid plotter of tales featuring heroines to die for—and heroes to live for. Here is an excerpt from her Medieval Romance, The Lady of the Forest.

Kate secured the thick fabric to the bottom of the narrow window and set about lighting candles in the small cottage. A scratch at the door made her shield the flame of the stub she held.

“Come,” she called.

Jamie slid through, then shut the door quickly. “They got ’em.”

She placed the candle in a metal holder. “Were they hurt?”

“Naw. The knight went up on a horse, but Oscar and Sam’l were took back in the cart. I stopped by the kitchen later. Sir Mort be mad as fire, but he couldn’t do nothing to Sam’l, cause as how Sam’l’s the best smith around. But Oscar—” The boy stopped roaming about the small space and worried his lower lip with his teeth.

Follow along next week at https://www.cathymacraeauthor.com/bits-n-bobs-author-blog/. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance at an ebook of your choice from Barbara.

BLURB:  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:   Amazon

#ReadingResolution ~ A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

I’ve only become familiar with Stephen Hawking recently thanks to the television show The Big Bang Theory and the movie The Theory of Everything. I was very excited to start this layman’s guide to, well, everything sciency.  My first reaction: zzzzzzzzzzzzz.  I was about to toss it aside, since I could not understand anything anyway, but then decided I should at least give it more than nine pages.
So I continued reading and discovered that your brain really is a muscle. Work it more, it gets stronger. In this case, the more I read (and worked my brain) the more I understood. While some of it reads like jibberish, you can learn so many fascinating things if you keep going. For instance, did you know that ours is only one small galaxy among a hundred thousand million? Don’t you find that overwhelming? As it turned out, I skipped around to the chapters that really interest me, like the ones on black holes and wormholes, and time-travel. Definitely give this one a chance.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking ~ A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

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Don’t miss next week’s review of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers.

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#MedievalMonday ~ The #Vikings by #Bambi Lynn

I can’t do it. I’ve tried. I have writer friends who are cranking out novels every couple of months. But I need more time. I feel productive if I can get a full-length novel out every six months. Most readers are voracious and are devouring books as fast as they come out. How to compete? Never fear. The Vikings are here!
That’s right. I LOVE Vikings. AND I love erotica (shhh ~ that’s a secret). So to feed my passion and keep my fans interested between books, I’ve started an erotic series of Viking shorts. These are quick reads: 25-40 pages. The first four are available now, and the final episode will be out in February. Episode I, Gunnar, is permanently #99cents and Episode IV, Thorleif, is on sale for a limited time. If you have half an hour or so, give one of them a try. But be warned: these stories are HOT, HOT, HOT!

Gunnar ~ Gunnar Sigurdsen needs a place for his band of Norsemen to hold up for the winter. An unguarded stronghold at the mouth of the Seine River is the perfect target.

Oliana du Fossé waits helplessly for her brute of husband to claim her. She doesn’t realize she is being seduced by an invader from the north until it is too late.

Will Gunnar and Oliana set aside their differences long enough to create a safe haven that just might last longer than a season?

Wulf ~ When her village is overrun by vicious barbarians from the north, Farin becomes a bed slave to the most savage of them all. Will her growing affection for her master’s friend get in the way of the revenge she has planned?

After losing his wife and infant son, Wulf let his friends convince him to give up the life of a simple farmer and become a raider under the leadership of Gunnar Sigurdsen. Now they’ve captured a stronghold in Francia, fat with treasure and slaves. One slave in particular, a haunting image of Wulf’s wife, threatens to drive a wedge between him and his friend, a breech he cannot afford.

 

Bron ~ After escaping the brutal tyrant who holds her under his boot, Leda’s newfound hope is shattered to discover her safe-haven to be nothing more than a den of brutal Norsemen, intent on conquering all of Francia and claiming its riches for their own. When she is offered as a bed slave to the fiercest Viking of them all, she despairs to realize freedom comes at a price.

Brondulf Adilson has struck terror into his enemies for as long as he can remember, to include the women who share his bed. Shunned for his frightful appearance, he doesn’t expect compliance from his new thrall and is resigned to forcing her to his will.

But the beauty he finds himself saddle with turns out to be anything but meek and compliant.

Thorleif ~ Thorleif Rolvsson has been captured by the enemy. The steel of the executioner’s axe is cold against the base of his skull. Will a single night of passion change his fate? Or will he dine with his sons in Valhalla?

The Queen of the Franks has needs. She believes God has sent the pagan Norseman at her feet to fulfill those needs. But can she claim the blessing she has prayed for without losing her heart?

 

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